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Samuel Alito on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Aggressive line of attack against Roe. (Sep 2008)
  • Stare decisis is first step; then an open mind on abortion. (Jan 2006)
  • Was against Roe in 1985, but a lot has happened since then. (Jan 2006)
  • Roe v Wade is important precedent but not settled law. (Jan 2006)
  • Respect for precedent implies not overturning Roe v Wade. (Nov 2005)
  • Defines ‘undue burden’ restrictively for abortion. (Nov 2005)
  • States can require women seeking abortions to notify spouses. (Oct 2005)
  • Oppose publicly funded abortions for rape and incest victims. (Oct 2005)
  • Unconstitutional to ban partial-birth abortions. (Jul 2000)
  • States can require notifying father before abortions. (Jun 1992)
Samuel Alito on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Samuel Alito on Civil Rights
Click here for 15 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • 1971: all private sexual acts between consenting adults ok. (Jan 2006)
  • Derogatory speech about gays is part of free speech. (Jan 2006)
  • Overturning separate-but-equal OK despite 60-year precedent. (Jan 2006)
  • Treat religious speech equally with secular speech. (Jan 2006)
  • Racial profiling violates the 4th Amendment. (Jan 2006)
  • I joined CAP to defend ROTC, not to keep out minorities. (Jan 2006)
  • Privacy is a question of interpretation of the Constitution. (Jan 2006)
  • The Constitution protects a right to privacy. (Jan 2006)
  • The President has to comply with statutes that are passed. (Jan 2006)
  • Schools cannot limit student speech insulting other students. (Nov 2005)
  • Agrees that women should consult husband before abortion. (Nov 2005)
  • Government cannot supress free speech in alcohol ads. (Nov 2005)
  • Beards are protected religious rights for employees. (Mar 1999)
  • Anti-gay funeral pickets intend emotional distress. (Mar 2011)
  • Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Corporations
Click here for 3 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • "Simply not true" that companies will bankroll campaigns. (Jan 2010)
  • Bundling goods to large purchasers is not monopolistic. (Jan 2006)
  • Can only sue for direct results of corporate negligence. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Crime
Click here for 7 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Overruled by Supreme Court on death penalty adequate counsel. (Jan 2006)
  • Congress limits judicial review of death penalty cases. (Jan 2006)
  • Casinos not responsible for drunken gambling losses. (Nov 2005)
  • Ineffective counsel not grounds to overturn death sentence. (Feb 2004)
  • Recanting perjury not enough to overturn perjury conviction. (Jul 1999)
  • Live witness not required for all scientific testing. (Jun 2011)
  • International Court not grounds for stay of execution. (Jul 2011)
Samuel Alito on Drugs
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  • Alcohol ads cannot be banned from school newspapers. (Nov 2005)
  • Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Education
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  • Cannot ban hate speech in a school’s anti-harassment policy. (Nov 2005)
  • Supported free religious expression in kindergartens. (Nov 2005)
  • Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools. (Apr 2011)
Samuel Alito on Energy & Oil
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  • Federal statutes displace federal common law on CO2. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Environment
Click here for 7 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • EPA enforcement gives no recourse to homeowners. (Sep 2012)
  • EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Citizens can only sue under CWA if they suffered injury. (Jan 2006)
  • Ruling on standing is not ruling against the environment. (Jan 2006)
  • Required proof that pollution from companies damaged water. (Oct 2005)
  • Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases. (Apr 2007)
Samuel Alito on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Ok to jail husband indefinitely until divorce judgment paid. (Nov 2002)
  • Government has a role in protecting traditional values. (Nov 1985)
  • 1st Amendment doesn't apply to vague restrictions. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Foreign Policy
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  • Don’t look to foreign law for civil rights interpretation. (Jan 2006)
  • Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts. (Mar 2008)
Samuel Alito on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Samuel Alito on Government Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Over-reaching by Court undermines respect for law. (Jan 2006)
  • No one is above the law and no one is beneath the law. (Jan 2006)
  • Supports one-person-one-vote within a deviation of 10%. (Jan 2006)
  • Supports stare decisis--following prior precedents. (Jan 2006)
  • Executive power issues are not often resolved by the court. (Jan 2006)
  • Constitution is a living thing, with unchanging principles. (Jan 2006)
  • Courts play limited role in Constitutional system. (Nov 2005)
  • Supremacy of elected branches over judicial usurpation. (Nov 1985)
  • Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Gun Control
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  • Congress has no authority to curb the sale of machine guns. (Oct 2005)
  • Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective. (Jun 2008)
Samuel Alito on Health Care
Click here for 5 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Key question: is ObamaCare a tax or a penalty? (Feb 2013)
  • OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional. (Nov 2010)
  • Ok to refuse medical treatment; but assisted suicide not ok. (Jan 2006)
  • Federal government decides insurance issues, not states. (Jun 2006)
  • Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning. (Jun 2011)
Samuel Alito on Homeland Security
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  • President can be challenged for not following Congress’ laws. (Jan 2006)
  • Government needs to justify domestic spying. (Jan 2006)
  • Government role in providing for a strong defense. (Nov 1985)
Samuel Alito on Immigration
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  • Voted against immigrants because Congress set law that way. (Jan 2006)
  • Asylum only ok for facing forced abortion, if married. (Apr 2005)
  • Asylum ok when home country forces birth control. (Apr 2005)
  • Asylum ok for persecuted Christians facing forced abortion. (Jun 2004)
  • AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens. (May 2011)
Samuel Alito on Jobs
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  • Supports employer right to promote without fully explaining. (Nov 2005)
  • Employers must accommodate religious beliefs, within reason. (Aug 2000)
Samuel Alito on Principles & Values
Click here for 13 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • OpEd: Painfully shy; but can explain views to non-lawyers. (Mar 2010)
  • Strongly supported by religious conservatives. (Aug 2009)
  • Pledge of recusal does not last for 12 years. (Jan 2006)
  • Constitution doesn’t change but the factual situations do. (Jan 2006)
  • All the courts should be insulated from public opinion. (Jan 2006)
  • 1960s Princeton: “privileged people behaving irresponsibly”. (Jan 2006)
  • Good judges can change their minds during a case. (Jan 2006)
  • Attorneys want results; judges want only the rule of law. (Jan 2006)
  • Pledges to administer justice without respect to persons. (Jan 2006)
  • Conflict-of-interest recusals only apply to“initial service”. (Nov 2005)
  • Adherent of Reagan’s philosophical views. (Nov 1985)
  • Life-long registered Republican and conservative donor. (Nov 1985)
  • Conflict-of-interest recusal missed due to computer glitch. ()
Samuel Alito on Social Security
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  • Disability benefits apply if job category dissapears. (Jan 2006)
Samuel Alito on Tax Reform
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  • Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users. (Feb 2011)
Samuel Alito on Technology
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  • Voted to televise 3rd Circuit court. (Jan 2006)
Samuel Alito on War & Peace
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  • President does not have a blank check in time of war. (Jan 2006)
Samuel Alito on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Eminent domain affects emotions, not just money. (Jan 2006)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Aggressive line of attack against Roe: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Was against Roe in 1985, but a lot has happened since then: Opposes topic 1
Roe v Wade is important precedent but not settled law: Opposes topic 1
Respect for precedent implies not overturning Roe v Wade: Favors topic 1
Defines ‘undue burden’ restrictively for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
States can require women seeking abortions to notify spouses: Opposes topic 1
Oppose publicly funded abortions for rape and incest victims: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Unconstitutional to ban partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
States can require notifying father before abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Racial profiling violates the 4th Amendment: Favors topic 2
I joined CAP to defend ROTC, not to keep out minorities: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Supports one-person-one-vote within a deviation of 10%: Opposes topic 2
Employers must accommodate religious beliefs, within reason: Opposes topic 2
Beards are protected religious rights for employees: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
1971: all private sexual acts between consenting adults ok: Favors topic 3
Derogatory speech about gays is part of free speech: Opposes topic 3
Anti-gay funeral pickets intend emotional distress: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Treat religious speech equally with secular speech: Favors topic 4
Supported free religious expression in kindergartens: Favors topic 4
Government has a role in protecting traditional values: Strongly Favors topic 4
Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: sympathetic to labeling ObamaCare unconstitutional: Opposes topic 5
Federal government decides insurance issues, not states: Favors topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Disability benefits apply if job category dissapears: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
EPA enforcement gives no recourse to homeowners: Favors topic 8
Required proof that pollution from companies damaged water: Favors topic 8
Clean Water Act does not apply to wetlands: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Overruled by Supreme Court on death penalty adequate counsel: Favors topic 9
Ineffective counsel not grounds to overturn death sentence: Strongly Favors topic 9
Ok to jail husband indefinitely until divorce judgment paid: Favors topic 9
Recanting perjury not enough to overturn perjury conviction: Favors topic 9
Live witness not required for all scientific testing: Strongly Favors topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Congress has no authority to curb the sale of machine guns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Bundling goods to large purchasers is not monopolistic: Opposes topic 11
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Voted against immigrants because Congress set law that way: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Voted against immigrants because Congress set law that way: Opposes topic 12
Asylum only ok for facing forced abortion, if married: Opposes topic 12
Asylum ok when home country forces birth control: Favors topic 12
Asylum ok for persecuted Christians facing forced abortion: Favors topic 12
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Social scale)
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
President does not have a blank check in time of war: Opposes topic 15
Government role in providing for a strong defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
"Simply not true" that companies will bankroll campaigns: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Don’t look to foreign law for civil rights interpretation: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Citizens can only sue under CWA if they suffered injury: Opposes topic 18
Ruling on standing is not ruling against the environment: Opposes topic 18
States can't request EPA to regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Federal statutes displace federal common law on CO2: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Sentences should stand despite crack-vs.-powder rule change: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Samuel Alito is a Moderate Conservative.
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