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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
Sponsored emergency contraception at military facilities: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Apologized for comic routines that offended women: Opposes topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Apologizes for stigmatizing hermaphrodites & conjoined twins: Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Sponsored bill prohibiting sexual-identity discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Apply copyright inheritance to same-sex couples: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We need to go to universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Full funding for state-based coverage, but not single payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal health care as soon as possible: Strongly Favors topic 5
Root cause of many problems is no access to healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Iíll scream if Republicans ever try to privatize again: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax: Opposes topic 6
Social Security was the greatest achievement of the New Deal: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 98% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No Child Left Behind law must be dramatically reformed: Strongly Favors topic 7
Improve low-performing schools instead of punishing them: Opposes topic 7
Fully fund our public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ok the PolyMet copper mine only after 9-year review: Opposes topic 8
Prevent invasive species Asian carp in Great Lakes: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ridicules imprisoning drug abusers & maximum sentences: Opposes topic 9
Rated 73% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Level the playing field for middle class against industry: Favors topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Apologize for stripping citizenship for marrying foreigners: Strongly Favors topic 12
Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border: Favors topic 12
We need comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Immediate action on steel dumping, to protect U.S. jobs: Opposes topic 13
Iím a fair trader; enforce labor, safety, & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 38% by the USAE, indicating support for trade sanctions: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Muslim travel ban is a recruiting tool for ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 14
OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy: Neutral on topic 14
A great nation meets its obligations; pay up our UN dues: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention: Opposes topic 14
Convene a regional conference in the Middle East: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US intervention in Iran has made it worse: Opposes topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Fund UN Peace Operations in Darfur: Opposes topic 15
Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Renew our commitment to our men and women in uniform: Favors topic 15
Investigate waste, fraud, & abuse in Iraq contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Congress needs watchdogs, not lapdogs: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supported airstrikes in Syria to fight ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Consistently opposed to Iraq War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Astounded anyone would still believe Iraq war is good idea: Strongly Favors topic 17
Keep our country safe; but Iraq was a mistake: Strongly Favors topic 17
Investigate the misappropriation of billions on Iraq: Favors topic 17
Convince the Iraqi government that weíre leaving by leaving: Strongly Favors topic 17
The litany of mistakes in Iraq is endless: Strongly Favors topic 17
Start bringing our troops home from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Delay Keystone pipeline; but if built, use American steel: Favors topic 18
Tax credits for wind-power, not for oil companies: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords: Strongly Favors topic 18
Investing in renewable energy is win-win-win-win-win: Strongly Favors topic 18
Apollo project for renewable energy development: Strongly Favors topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian: Opposes topic 19
Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors: Opposes topic 19
Drug abuse isnít immoral; hypocrisy about it is: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated C by NORML, indicating a mixed record on drug reform: Neutral on topic 19
Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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