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Bob Smith on Abortion
Click here for 9 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Abortion is not a woman's right. (Mar 2010)
  • Against all aspects of abortion; for Human Life Amendment. (May 1999)
  • Against taxpayer-funded abortions at military hospitals. (May 1999)
  • Pro-life litmus test for Supreme Court. (May 1999)
  • Abortions limited to endangered mother. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
Bob Smith on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • I oppose bailouts for private industry. (Mar 2010)
  • Donít balance budget on veteransí shoulders. (Aug 1999)
  • Keep budget balanced; use surpluses to pay down debt. (Mar 1999)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1996)
  • Fund more education, enviro, Medicare, & student loans. (Jul 1996)
  • Block grants to states for most federal programs. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Bob Smith on Civil Rights
Click here for 19 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Don't require companies to hire more women & minorities. (Mar 2010)
  • Support same-sex benefits but not same-sex marriage. (Mar 2010)
  • Amend Constitution for school prayer. (Aug 1999)
  • Against ambassadorship of gay activist James Hormel. (Jun 1999)
  • For constitutional amendment against flag burning. (May 1999)
  • Against homosexual advocacy in the classroom. (May 1999)
  • Supports school prayer. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
Bob Smith on Corporations
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  • Picking industry winners is unconstitutional & immoral. (Mar 2010)
  • Supports numerous reforms to promote small business. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports Small Business Protection Act & S-Corp reform. (Aug 1999)
  • Reduce taxes to promote small business. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
Bob Smith on Crime
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  • Support the Death Penalty. (Mar 2010)
  • Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws. (Mar 2010)
  • Punish swiftly & severely; including death penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Include violent crime victims in sentence policy-making. (Jul 1999)
  • Victimís Bill of Rights: notification & restitution. (Jul 1999)
  • Broaden use of death penalty; limit death row appeals. (Jul 1996)
  • More prisons; more full sentences; more boot camps. (Jul 1996)
  • Stricter visas & chemical tracing to fight terrorism. (Jul 1996)
  • Prosecute juvenile murderers as adults. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
Bob Smith on Drugs
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  • Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it. (Mar 2010)
  • Unhealthy pleasures should be decided by individuals. (Aug 1999)
  • More penalties & drug testing, more education & treatment. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Bob Smith on Education
Click here for 23 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Teacher-led prayer in public schools. (Mar 2010)
  • Parents choose schools via vouchers. (Mar 2010)
  • Special Ed: Feds should pay for mandates; FY99 is close. (Aug 1999)
  • Amend Constitution for school prayer. (Aug 1999)
  • Federal rules cause educational problems. (Jul 1999)
  • GOAL 2000: Shut down Department of Education. (Jun 1998)

    School Choice

  • Replace federal control with local accountability. (Jul 1999)
  • A+ accounts: $2000/yr to private or parochial schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Consumer choice in education will improve failing schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports school choice; abolish Dept. of Education. (May 1999)
  • Public, private & parochial vouchers; plus charters. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
Bob Smith on Energy & Oil
Click here for 11 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Use coal & oil as well as seeking alternatives. (Mar 2010)
  • Cap-and-trade has huge costs for utilities & taxpayers. (Mar 2010)
  • Global climate treaty stifles US economy. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports CWA, alternative fuels, & pollution credits. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
Bob Smith on Environment
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  • ESA: more recovery & delisting; more State & private role. (Aug 1999)
  • Protect environment andprotect property rights. (Aug 1999)
  • Clarify jurisdiction to allow property-taking disputes. (Aug 1999)
  • Superfund: involve communities in brownfield cleanup. (Aug 1999)
  • Pro-community & pro-schools trumps pro-environment. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
Bob Smith on Families & Children
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  • Welfare reform promotes families. (Jul 1999)
  • Against Ameri-Corps National Service Program. (Jul 1996)
  • Moral rebirth begins with tax policies that help families. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
Bob Smith on Foreign Policy
Click here for 18 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Maintain military presence in Asia to confront China. (Jul 1999)
  • Create Senate committee to investigate China spying. (May 1999)
  • Against UN control of US troops and sovereignty. (May 1999)
  • Get US out of UN. (May 1999)
  • Against NATO expansion; if it continues, US should exit. (Apr 1999)
  • No relations with Cuba & Vietnam; keep Radio Marti & others. (Jul 1996)
  • Russia: link aid to reform. (Jul 1996)
  • Foreign aid: only for disasters or US security interests. (Jul 1996)
  • Retaliatory tariffs OK against Cuba, China. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
Bob Smith on Free Trade
Click here for 14 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Expand free trade. (Mar 2010)
  • No trade rewards to oppressive regimes like China. (Jun 1999)
  • No trade rewards to oppressive regimes like China. (Mar 1999)
  • Against NAFTA, GATT, & WTO. (Jul 1996)
  • Retaliatory tariffs OK against Cuba, China. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Bob Smith on Government Reform
Click here for 19 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Political donations are free speech. (Mar 2010)
  • Corporate Welfare: Against subsidies for private companies. (Aug 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: Full disclosure replace PACs & franking. (Jul 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: independent commission to reform rules. (Jul 1999)
  • Unfunded mandates hurt local services. (Jul 1999)
  • For term limits for judges; against activist Judiciary. (May 1999)
  • Strong voice in exposing fundraising & sex scandals. (May 1999)
  • Abolish unconstitutional federal agencies. (May 1999)
  • Supports Line Item Veto. (Jul 1996)
  • Term limits of 12 years for Senate & Congress. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Adhere to 10th Amendment; delegate power to states. (Jul 2010)
Bob Smith on Gun Control
Click here for 11 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Absolute right to gun ownership. (Mar 2010)
  • I fought the gun grabbers in Congress for 18 years. (Mar 2010)
  • No Brady Bill; problem is moral decay, not personal freedom. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports rights of law-abiding gun owners. (May 1999)
  • Repeal infringements of 2nd Amendment rights. (Mar 1999)
  • Ease ownership, registration, & concealed-carry laws. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
Bob Smith on Health Care
Click here for 18 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Avoid federal funding for health coverage. (Mar 2010)
  • Medicare: Revise reimbursement rules for Home Health Care. (Aug 1999)
  • Tobacco bill was a $500B tax bill in disguise. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports public health measures, but supports right to smoke. (Aug 1999)
  • Unhealthy pleasures should be decided by individuals. (Aug 1999)
  • New non-VA programs for military retireesí health care. (Aug 1999)
  • HMO cost control shouldnít hurt patients. (Jul 1999)
  • HMOs: more info; prudent emergency care; external appeal. (Jul 1999)
  • Health-care vouchers; tax incentives; limit med.mal. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Bob Smith on Homeland Security
Click here for 21 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • The Patriot Act needs reform but not repeal. (Mar 2010)
  • Expand the armed forces. (Mar 2010)
  • Donít balance budget on veteransí shoulders. (Aug 1999)
  • New non-VA programs for military retireesí health care. (Aug 1999)
  • President needs knowledge & passion to inspire troops. (Jul 1999)
  • Cuts have been too deep; need SDI defense. (May 1999)
  • Has worked to account for all POWs and MIAs. (May 1999)
  • Correct shortages in military equipment & personnel. (Mar 1999)
  • Raise military pay & benefits. (Mar 1999)
  • Get answers on POWs and MIAs. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Bob Smith on Immigration
Click here for 8 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Illegal immigrants should not earn citizenship. (Mar 2010)
  • Amnesty is unfair; deny opportunities for illegals. (Mar 2010)
  • Tighten immigration laws; enhance border patrol. (May 1999)
  • Fewer immigrants; less aid; Offical English. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Bob Smith on Jobs
Click here for 7 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Against compulsory unionism; for Right-to-Work. (May 1999)
  • Fund public works & job training for unemployed. (Jul 1996)
  • Raise grazing & mining fees; more cost-benefit analysis. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
Bob Smith on Principles & Values
Click here for 12 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Our Constitution is under siege from all quarters. (Mar 2010)
  • Only one in this race with real-world experience. (Jan 2010)
  • Withdraws from FL Senate race, citing lack of money. (Apr 2004)
  • Announces bid for Senate in Florida. (Dec 2003)
  • Exiting race, returning to GOP. (Oct 1999)
  • Most reliable Republican in Senate, despite resigning GOP. (Jul 1999)
  • Smith quit because GOP was hostile to his activist causes. (Jul 1999)
  • Grass-roots campaign on Main Street, not Wall Street. (Mar 1999)
  • Moral rebirth begins with tax policies that help families. (Jul 1996)
  • Priorities: pay down debt; keep criminals in jail. (Jul 1996)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Bob Smith on Social Security
Click here for 10 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Allow younger workers to opt into private investments. (Mar 2010)
  • No taxes on retirement benefits; no earnings test. (Jul 1999)
  • Keep Trust Fund off-budget; adminster it independently. (Jul 1999)
  • Must act now to avoid insolvency in 2030. (Jul 1999)
  • Long-term changes needed, via bipartisan approach. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Bob Smith on Tax Reform
Click here for 12 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Reduce taxes instead of making taxes more progressive. (Mar 2010)
  • Tobacco bill was a $500B tax bill in disguise. (Aug 1999)
  • Throw out tax code & fire IRS agents who harass citizens. (Jul 1999)
  • Lower taxes for individuals and businesses. (May 1999)
  • Overhaul the entire tax system. (Mar 1999)
  • Flat tax ok, consumption tax not. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Bob Smith on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Ban local and state taxes on Internet commerce. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Bob Smith on War & Peace
Click here for 11 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • US should leave Iraq, but on favorable terms. (Mar 2010)
  • No unconditional withdrawal from engagement in Afghanistan. (Mar 2010)
  • Mistake to intervene in Yugoslavian Civil War. (Apr 1999)
  • Breaching sovereignty requires Congressional authorization. (Mar 1999)
  • Supports US intervention if Kosovo war spreads across border. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Bob Smith on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 11 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Churches have the right to provide welfare services. (Mar 2010)
  • Preserve welfare as temporary safety net. (Jul 1999)
  • Welfare reform promotes families. (Jul 1999)
  • Apartment vouchers for homeless; more charity deductions. (Jul 1996)
  • Funds for hiring homeless; more enterprise zones. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Strict limits on federal "General Welfare" clause. (Jul 2010)


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(-5 points on Social scale)
Abortion is not a woman's right: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Against all aspects of abortion; for Human Life Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Against taxpayer-funded abortions at military hospitals: Opposes topic 1
Pro-life litmus test for Supreme Court: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortions limited to endangered mother: Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Don't require companies to hire more women & minorities: Opposes topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Opposes topic 2
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support same-sex benefits but not same-sex marriage: Opposes topic 3
Against ambassadorship of gay activist James Hormel: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Against homosexual advocacy in the classroom: Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Teacher-led prayer in public schools: Favors topic 4
Amend Constitution for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
For constitutional amendment against flag burning: Favors topic 4
Supports school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Favors topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support the Death Penalty: Favors topic 8
Punish swiftly & severely; including death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 8
Broaden use of death penalty; limit death row appeals: Strongly Favors topic 8
Prosecute juvenile murderers as adults: Favors topic 8
YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Favors topic 8
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws: Favors topic 9
Include violent crime victims in sentence policy-making: Favors topic 9
Victimís Bill of Rights: notification & restitution: Favors topic 9
More prisons; more full sentences; more boot camps: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Absolute right to gun ownership: Favors topic 10
I fought the gun grabbers in Congress for 18 years: Strongly Favors topic 10
No Brady Bill; problem is moral decay, not personal freedom: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports rights of law-abiding gun owners: Strongly Favors topic 10
Repeal infringements of 2nd Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ease ownership, registration, & concealed-carry laws: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Avoid federal funding for health coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports public health measures, but supports right to smoke: Favors topic 5
New non-VA programs for military retireesí health care: Favors topic 5
HMO cost control shouldnít hurt patients: Favors topic 5
HMOs: more info; prudent emergency care; external appeal: Favors topic 5
Health-care vouchers; tax incentives; limit med.mal.: Opposes topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Allow younger workers to opt into private investments: Strongly Favors topic 6
Keep Trust Fund off-budget; adminster it independently: Favors topic 6
Must act now to avoid insolvency in 2030: Neutral on topic 6
Long-term changes needed, via bipartisan approach: Neutral on topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Parents choose schools via vouchers: Favors topic 7
Replace federal control with local accountability: Favors topic 7
A+ accounts: $2000/yr to private or parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Consumer choice in education will improve failing schools: Favors topic 7
Supports school choice; abolish Dept. of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Public, private & parochial vouchers; plus charters: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Use coal & oil as well as seeking alternatives: Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has huge costs for utilities & taxpayers: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Global climate treaty stifles US economy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Protect environment andprotect property rights: Neutral on topic 18
Pro-community & pro-schools trumps pro-environment: Opposes topic 18
Supports CWA, alternative fuels, & pollution credits: Favors topic 18
Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup: Opposes topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it: Favors topic 19
Unhealthy pleasures should be decided by individuals: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More penalties & drug testing, more education & treatment: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Churches have the right to provide welfare services: Strongly Favors topic 20
Welfare reform promotes families: Favors topic 20
Preserve welfare as temporary safety net: Opposes topic 20
Block grants to states for most federal programs: Favors topic 20
Fund public works & job training for unemployed: Opposes topic 20
Strict limits on federal "General Welfare" clause: Favors topic 20
YES on welfare overhaul: Favors topic 20
YES on allowing state welfare waivers: Favors topic 20
NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps: Favors topic 20
YES on welfare block grants: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce taxes instead of making taxes more progressive: Opposes topic 11
Reduce taxes to promote small business: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Throw out tax code & fire IRS agents who harass citizens: Opposes topic 11
Lower taxes for individuals and businesses: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Overhaul the entire tax system: Opposes topic 11
Ban local and state taxes on Internet commerce: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Flat tax ok, consumption tax not.: Opposes topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes topic 11
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Illegal immigrants should not earn citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Amnesty is unfair; deny opportunities for illegals: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Tighten immigration laws; enhance border patrol: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Fewer immigrants; less aid; Offical English: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Expand free trade: Favors topic 13
No trade rewards to oppressive regimes like China: Opposes topic 13
Retaliatory tariffs OK against Cuba, China: Opposes topic 13
Against NAFTA, GATT, & WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Opposes topic 13
NO on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on expanding trade to the third world: Opposes topic 13
NO on removing common goods from national security export rules: Opposes topic 13
NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Opposes topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Expand the armed forces: Strongly Favors topic 15
Correct shortages in military equipment & personnel: Strongly Favors topic 15
Raise military pay & benefits: Favors topic 15
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Political donations are free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Campaign Finance: Full disclosure replace PACs & franking: Favors topic 16
Campaign Finance: independent commission to reform rules: Favors topic 16
NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
The Patriot Act needs reform but not repeal: Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(-5 points on Social scale)
US should leave Iraq, but on favorable terms: Opposes topic 17
Get US out of UN: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Foreign aid: only for disasters or US security interests: Strongly Opposes topic 17

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