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Alex Merced on SenateMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Invest in technology & charity to reduce number of abortions: Favors topic 1
Prohibiting abortion creates a black market: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fund minority-owned businesses with charity, not government: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Let consenting adults marry, regardless of gender: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes require businesses to serve gays equally: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
I consider myself spiritual, via faith and forgiveness: Opposes topic 4
Laws should not force practicing values of any religion: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Most of ObamaCare moves in the wrong direction: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports Congressionally repealing Affordable Care Act: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Our current system discourages private savings: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow parents more control of education choices: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes Common Core as a nationwide academic standard: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-5 points on Social scale)
Abolish the EPA; rely on technological innovation instead: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Goal of criminal justice should be reform, not punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun control makes us less safe: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly opposes restrictive gun laws: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Less taxes for everyone: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Robust and generous legal immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes constructing a wall on our southern border: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Trade with other nations leads to peace & prosperity: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
We are exceptional when we are free; lead by example: Opposes topic 14
Supports proper vetting for Syrian refugees: Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Scrutinize military spending vigorously to prevent abuses: Opposes topic 15
Supports maintaining our nuclear arsenal: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
I'm for online voting: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Foreign intervention destabilizes the world: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supports addressing Islamic militants only if they attack US: Favors topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Remove barriers to innovation, and let technology develop: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Government should not pick winners & losers in green energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Supports deregulating domestic oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
Opposes government developing wind and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Marijuana is not a gateway drug; end the drug war: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Supports legalizing and regulating marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut federal spending so states can spend on infrastructure: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Government stimulus prevents re-allocation of capital: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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Retiring in 2016 election:

Retired as of Jan. 2015:
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CA: Feinstein(D) vs. Eisen(D) vs. Sanchez?(D) vs. Garcetti?(D)
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DE: Carper(D) vs. Biden?(D) vs. Markell?(D)
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MO: McCaskill(D) vs. Kinder?(R)
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VA: Kaine(D) vs. Cuccinelli?(R) vs. Fiorina?(R)
WA: Cantwell(D) ; no opponent yet
WV: Manchin(D) vs. Raese(R) vs. Goodwin?(R)
WI: Baldwin(D) vs. Grothman?(R) vs. Gallagher?(R)
WY: Barrasso(R) ; no opponent yet
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