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Scott Walker on Abortion
Click here for 9 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I defunded Planned Parenthood in a blue state. (Sep 2015)
  • We defunded Planned Parenthood in a blue state. (Sep 2015)
  • Use alternatives to protect life of mother; no exceptions. (Aug 2015)
  • Ban abortion after 20 weeks at both state & federal level. (Mar 2015)
  • Passed pro-life legislation & defunded Planned Parenthood. (Mar 2015)
  • Supports Personhood Amendment prohibiting all abortions. (Feb 2015)
  • I'm proudly pro-life, but focus on fiscal issues. (Dec 2013)
  • Protect life from conception to natural death. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
Scott Walker on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Wisconsin Comeback: lower unemployment and lower tax burden. (Jan 2015)
  • Blueprint for Prosperity: Lower taxes & $100M Rainy Day fund. (Jan 2014)
  • Refused to participate in federal stimulus package. (Nov 2013)
  • Growth agenda: ease tax burden & regulatory burden. (Jun 2012)
  • Eliminating collective bargaining created $154M surplus. (Jun 2012)
  • Wisconsin's once strong economy is in need of repair. (Feb 2011)
Scott Walker on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Prohibit discrimination in the workplace, but no equal pay. (Sep 2015)
  • If Black Lives Matter, then train cops better. (Aug 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment to prevent federal gay marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • 2013: same-sex marriage issue over; 2015: issue not settled. (Feb 2015)
  • Supreme Court has spoken; preventing gay marriage is over. (Oct 2014)
  • A Better Bottom Line & Project SEARCH: job help for disabled. (Jan 2014)
  • Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. (Nov 2005)
Scott Walker on Corporations
Click here for 4 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Put power into hands of job creators, and job growth results. (Nov 2014)
  • Put in place manufacturing/agriculture production tax credit. (Jan 2014)
  • 300 rule changes from Small Business Regulatory Review. (Jan 2013)
  • Expand relocation & economic development tax credits. (Feb 2011)
Scott Walker on Crime
Click here for 6 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Independent investigation for any death in police custody. (Sep 2015)
  • Require certainty in sentencing, to protect crime victims. (Apr 2015)
  • Use inmates to cut grass on state highway medians. (Nov 2013)
  • Pass "castle doctrine": defend home with deadly force. (Nov 2013)
  • Protect the rights of crime victims. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports capital punishment for certain crimes. (Aug 2010)
Scott Walker on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education: HOPE combats abuse. (Apr 2015)
  • Drug testing is common sense policy for workplace safety. (Apr 2015)
  • Opposes Colorado's legalization of marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Nov 2016)
Scott Walker on Education
Click here for 17 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Private refinancing options for student loan debt. (Jan 2017)
  • Continue with tuition freezes. (Jan 2016)
  • Multiple strategies to increase accessibility of college. (Jan 2016)
  • Support virtual schools and homeschooling. (Jul 2015)
  • Tuition cap on University of Wisconsin; then reform tenure. (Mar 2015)
  • Politicians shouldn't be involved with evolution. (Feb 2015)
  • High school football is ok if practiced responsibly. (Feb 2015)
  • Choose schools based on objective info, not Common Core. (Jan 2015)
  • Over past 4 years, graduation rates & ACT scores are up. (Jan 2015)
  • Liberate schools from the grip of the unions. (Nov 2013)
  • Schools should choose teachers based on merit, not seniority. (Nov 2013)
  • Breaking union monopoly saved schools $10M. (Nov 2013)
  • Expand options at charter schools and choice schools. (Nov 2013)
  • Expand school choice from Milwaukee statewide. (Nov 2013)
  • Expand vouchers statewide for low-income families. (Nov 2013)
  • UW FlexOption: family-friendly flexible degree program. (Jan 2013)
  • Supports charter schools and choice, not one-size-fits-all. (Sep 2010)
Scott Walker on Energy & Oil
Click here for 4 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Climate change action reduces manufacturing jobs. (Sep 2015)
  • Lawsuit against new energy regulations: save jobs & rates. (Jan 2015)
  • Supports using traditional energy sources. (Apr 2010)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
Scott Walker on Environment
Click here for 5 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Keep ethanol mandate until oil companies allow free market. (Mar 2015)
  • Freeze stewardship program for state lands. (Mar 2015)
  • Streamline process for safe and environmentally sound mining. (Jan 2013)
  • Don't ignore sportsmen in DNR decisions. (Nov 2010)
  • Delist wolf & implement land use policy that benefit people. (Aug 2010)
Scott Walker on Families & Children
Click here for the full quote on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Stopped state funding for Planned Parenthood. (Nov 2013)
Scott Walker on Foreign Policy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • China launched a cyber-attack; send a message now. (Sep 2015)
  • Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state sanctions. (Sep 2015)
  • Tore into Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. (Aug 2015)
  • When America leads, we build alliances in Mideast. (Aug 2015)
  • Every country Hillary Clinton touched has gotten worse. (Aug 2015)
  • Foreign policy is about leadership, not PhD's. (Feb 2015)
  • Terrorists are cowards who are afraid of freedom. (Jan 2015)
Scott Walker on Free Trade
Click here for 2 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Milk exports up; but also ginseng exports to China. (Jan 2014)
  • Global opportunity: Get WI products out to the world. (Feb 2011)
Scott Walker on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • No new absentee voting: make it harder to cheat. (Mar 2014)
  • Wisconsin "citizen filibuster" gave birth to Occupy movement. (Nov 2013)
  • Prevent voter fraud: require voter ID at polls. (Nov 2013)
  • Recall election rejected big government interests & spending. (Aug 2012)
  • Cutting the cost of government enables us to save jobs. (Mar 2011)
  • End tax on HSAs; reduce frivolous lawsuits. (Feb 2011)
Scott Walker on Gun Control
Click here for 3 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Allow concealed carry as part of right to bear arms. (Nov 2013)
  • The Second Amendment is not optional. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Scott Walker on Health Care
Click here for 9 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • No Medicaid expansion means no waiting list for poor. (Nov 2014)
  • To best benefit economy, replace ObamaCare. (Jan 2014)
  • Didn't accept additional Medicaid money from ObamaCare. (Dec 2013)
  • Pushed ObamaCare for state choice on Medicaid expansion. (Nov 2013)
  • Passed tort reform & cut taxes on HSAs. (Nov 2013)
  • Don't put bureaucrats in charge of personal decisions. (Nov 2010)
  • The private sector, not mandates, will fix healthcare. (May 2010)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
Scott Walker on Homeland Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Syrian refugees pose a security threat. (Nov 2015)
  • Listen to generals in the field to decide defense policy. (Feb 2015)
  • Ensure against radical Islamic terrorism on American soil. (Feb 2015)
  • Build up U.S. military to take out ISIS entirely. (Feb 2015)
  • Support for our military transcends partisan differences. (Jan 2015)
Scott Walker on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • I changed my view to anti-immigration because I listened. (Aug 2015)
  • We have too many legal immigrants. (Apr 2015)
  • 2013: Comprehensive reform; 2015: no, that's amnesty. (Mar 2015)
  • No amnesty; close the back door & enforce the law. (Feb 2015)
  • No amnesty; but no mass deportation & no executive action. (Feb 2015)
  • No amnesty, but no mass deportation either. (Feb 2015)
  • Endorses path to citizenship for immigrant workers. (Jul 2013)
  • Make it easier to enter the country legally. (Jul 2013)
  • 2010: stop suspected illegals; 2012: that's a distraction. (Jul 2013)
  • Supports AZ's immigration law and no benefits for illegals. (Jul 2010)
Scott Walker on Jobs
Click here for 15 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Don't raise minimum wage; raise whole economy. (Sep 2015)
  • Unemployment dropped in my term from 8% to 4%. (Aug 2015)
  • Wisconsin is open for business, via right-to-work law. (Mar 2015)
  • Anti-state unions but pro-private unions. (Mar 2015)
  • Right-to-work rules stand up for the hardworking taxpayers. (Feb 2015)
  • $35M for Wisconsin Fast Forward: technical skill training. (Jan 2014)
  • Link unemployment benefits to job search every week. (Jan 2014)
  • Don't raise minimum wage; train for higher-wage jobs. (Jan 2014)
  • Make union membership optional for government employees. (Nov 2013)
  • Union bosses donate to campaigns, then get sweetheart deals. (Nov 2013)
  • When given the choice, employees don't choose union. (Nov 2013)
  • Federal employees have limited collective bargaining power. (Nov 2013)
  • Hypothetically, make WI a right-to-work state. (Jun 2012)
  • Unions dislike it, but he was elected to take on sacred cows. (Jan 2012)
  • Create 250,000 jobs via special legislative session. (Feb 2011)
Scott Walker on Local Issues
Click here for 2 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.
  • Build a new sports arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. (Jun 2015)
  • Reopen Travel Wisconsin welcome centers. (Jan 2013)
Scott Walker on Principles & Values
Click here for 8 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • I ran for office because I was worried about my kids' future. (Aug 2015)
  • My relationship with God drives every major decision. (Apr 2015)
  • Raised as a "P.K.", Pastor's Kid, by his father Pastor Llew. (Apr 2015)
  • Run for governor & president are determined by God's will. (Mar 2015)
  • Even if people disagree, they want politicians who lead. (Feb 2015)
  • I won with independents' and young people's votes. (Nov 2014)
  • Book "Unintimidated" isn't my biography, but about reforms. (Jan 2014)
  • 19 Walker associates involved in "John Doe" scandal. (Jun 2002)
Scott Walker on Social Security
Click here for the full quote on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Increase public employee pension payments to 5%. (Feb 2011)
Scott Walker on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Reduce property, income and production tax burden. (Jan 2016)
  • Reduced property taxes by $141 in 4 years; more coming. (Jan 2015)
  • Tax increases reduce state revenues in the long run. (Nov 2013)
  • High tax and low employment is no coincidence. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Scott Walker on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • $35 million to expand broadband access grant program. (Jan 2017)
  • Partner with private firms to install fiber network. (Jan 2016)
  • Opposed high-speed rail line: $810M federal but $110M state. (Nov 2013)
  • Spend $810M on roads instead of high-speed rail. (Jun 2012)
  • Pulled plug on light rail; fix roads and bridges instead. (Nov 2010)
Scott Walker on War & Peace
Click here for 7 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Lift political restrictions on 3,000 troops in Syria. (Sep 2015)
  • Undo Iran nuclear deal on Day One; keep sanctions instead. (Aug 2015)
  • Send weapons to Ukraine; & missile defense to Poland. (Aug 2015)
  • US troops should fight ISIS alongside Kurds and Sunnis. (Jun 2015)
  • Islamic terrorism like a virus; make sure it doesn't spread. (Mar 2015)
  • ISIS will attack on American soil; so take fight abroad. (Feb 2015)
  • Don't rule out US boots on the ground in Syria. (Feb 2015)
Scott Walker on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Help transition from government dependence to independence. (Jan 2014)
  • Public workers should contribute 18.4% to health & pension. (Nov 2013)
  • Able-bodied must work or train to get food stamps. (Nov 2013)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
I defunded Planned Parenthood in a blue state: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Use alternatives to protect life of mother; no exceptions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban abortion after 20 weeks at both state & federal level: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Passed pro-life legislation & defunded Planned Parenthood: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports Personhood Amendment prohibiting all abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I'm proudly pro-life, but focus on fiscal issues: Opposes topic 1
Stopped state funding for Planned Parenthood: Opposes topic 1
Protect life from conception to natural death: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
A Better Bottom Line & Project SEARCH: job help for disabled: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
2013: same-sex marriage issue over; 2015: issue not settled: Opposes topic 3
Supreme Court has spoken; preventing gay marriage is over: Favors topic 3
Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government: Favors topic 3
Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is to be between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
My relationship with God drives every major decision: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No Medicaid expansion means no waiting list for poor: Strongly Opposes topic 5
To best benefit economy, replace ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Pushed ObamaCare for state choice on Medicaid expansion: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Passed tort reform & cut taxes on HSAs: Strongly Opposes topic 5
End tax on HSAs; reduce frivolous lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
Don't put bureaucrats in charge of personal decisions: Strongly Opposes topic 5
The private sector, not mandates, will fix healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase public employee pension payments to 5%: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support virtual schools and homeschooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Choose schools based on objective info, not Common Core: Strongly Favors topic 7
Liberate schools from the grip of the unions: Opposes topic 7
Expand options at charter schools and choice schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Expand school choice from Milwaukee statewide: Favors topic 7
Expand vouchers statewide for low-income families: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports charter schools and choice, not one-size-fits-all: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(-3 points on Social scale)
Freeze stewardship program for state lands: Favors topic 8
Streamline process for safe and environmentally sound mining: Favors topic 8
Delist wolf & implement land use policy that benefit people: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Independent investigation for any death in police custody: Opposes topic 9
Require certainty in sentencing, to protect crime victims: Strongly Favors topic 9
Pass "castle doctrine": defend home with deadly force: Favors topic 9
Protect the rights of crime victims: Favors topic 9
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow concealed carry as part of right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Don't ignore sportsmen in DNR decisions: Favors topic 10
The Second Amendment is not optional: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce property, income and production tax burden: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Wisconsin Comeback: lower unemployment and lower tax burden: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduced property taxes by $141 in 4 years; more coming: Favors topic 11
Blueprint for Prosperity: Lower taxes & $100M Rainy Day fund: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Recall election rejected big government interests & spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Expand relocation & economic development tax credits: Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
We have too many legal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No amnesty; close the back door & enforce the law: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No amnesty, but no mass deportation either: Favors topic 12
Endorses path to citizenship for immigrant workers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Make it easier to enter the country legally: Favors topic 12
2010: stop suspected illegals; 2012: that's a distraction: Opposes topic 12
Supports AZ's immigration law and no benefits for illegals: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Milk exports up; but also ginseng exports to China: Favors topic 13
Global opportunity: Get WI products out to the world: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Syrian refugees pose a security threat: Strongly Favors topic 14
When America leads, we build alliances in Mideast: Favors topic 14
Terrorists are cowards who are afraid of freedom: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Build up U.S. military to take out ISIS entirely: Strongly Favors topic 15
Support for our military transcends partisan differences: Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-5 points on Social scale)
No new absentee voting: make it harder to cheat: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Prevent voter fraud: require voter ID at polls: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Lift political restrictions on 3,000 troops in Syria: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 17
Tore into Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Undo Iran nuclear deal on Day One; keep sanctions instead: Strongly Opposes topic 17
US troops should fight ISIS alongside Kurds and Sunnis: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Ensure against radical Islamic terrorism on American soil: Opposes topic 17
ISIS will attack on American soil; so take fight abroad: Opposes topic 17
Don't rule out US boots on the ground in Syria: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Climate change action reduces manufacturing jobs: Opposes topic 18
Lawsuit against new energy regulations: save jobs & rates: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Pulled plug on light rail; fix roads and bridges instead: Opposes topic 18
Supports using traditional energy sources: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Drug testing is common sense policy for workplace safety: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes Colorado's legalization of marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
$35 million to expand broadband access grant program: Favors topic 20
Don't raise minimum wage; train for higher-wage jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Refused to participate in federal stimulus package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Opposed high-speed rail line: $810M federal but $110M state: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Growth agenda: ease tax burden & regulatory burden: Strongly Opposes topic 20
High tax and low employment is no coincidence: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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