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Rick Lazio on SenateMatch

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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(2 points on Social scale)
Partial birth abortion is infanticide: Opposes topic 1
No Medicare funds for abortions; OK to fund privately abroad: Neutral on topic 1
No funding for abortion; but don’t criminalize it: Favors topic 1
First trimester abortion OK; partial birth not: Favors topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(2 points on Economic scale)
Work for better future rather than reparations: Opposes topic 2
Racial profiling is not needed to keep NYC streets safe: Neutral on topic 2
Racial preferences OK in college admissions: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Ban gays in the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No gay adoption or marriage; domestic partners OK: Opposes topic 3
Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights: Favors topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
Blame Hollywood; maybe post Ten Commandments: Favors topic 4
OK: Day of Prayer; religious memorials; monitor persecution: Favors topic 4
YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(7 points on Economic scale)
Lazio: Hillary’s proposals would destroy teaching hospitals: Neutral on topic 5
Patient rights include access but not unlimited lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
Hillary’s universal health care is “an abysmal disaster”: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Focus on prevention; patient rights; more coverage options: Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(7 points on Economic scale)
Invest Social Security funds; privately or via Trust Fund: Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(10 points on Social scale)
Immoral to force kids to stay in bad schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers help the poor escape failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers for private school tuition: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports limited vouchers & charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
Limit death-row legal challenges: Strongly Favors topic 8
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
Law enforcement is a fundamental govt responsibility: Favors topic 9
More prisons; stricter sentencing; death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag.: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(2 points on Social scale)
Require criminal background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
For Brady Bill & trigger locks; no fans at NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Against gun registration; for sportsmen’s rights: Favors topic 10
Ban assault weapons; maintain federal gun restrictions: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(10 points on Economic scale)
Supports a “significant tax cut”: Favors topic 11
Limit tax burden: 38% is too high: Strongly Favors topic 11
Marriage is sacred event, not a taxable event: Favors topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(10 points on Economic scale)
More aid for immigrants; more high-tech immigrant visas: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(10 points on Economic scale)
Supports NAFTA; GATT; WTO; Fast-Track: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(5 points on Social scale)
Supports retaliatory tariffs; human rights as MFN factor: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
Ensure the best-trained and equipped military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Supports F-22; ensure best technology for future wars: Strongly Favors topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(10 points on Economic scale)
More spending on SDI; readiness; personnel; infrastructure: Strongly Opposes topic 16
YES on deploying SDI: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(2 points on Economic scale)
Embrace our role as a world leader: Strongly Favors topic 17
Israel: Supports strong partnership: Strongly Favors topic 17
Pay our UN debt: Strongly Favors topic 17
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Opposes topic 17
NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Favors topic 17
YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Favors topic 17
NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Allow experimenting for voluntary greenhouse gas reductions: Favors topic 18
Balance prosperity and conservation: Favors topic 18
More emission controls; more air & water standards: Favors topic 18
More grazing & mining fees; promote pollution credits: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
Vote helped pass crime bill, drug courts, community police: Favors topic 19
Supports Weed and Seed anti-drug program: Strongly Favors topic 19
Stricter penalties for drugs; more funding & border security: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(0 points on Social scale)
Promote responsible fatherhood via faith-based institutions: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tax incentives & vouchers to reduce homelessness: Favors topic 20
Continue welfare-to-work & block grants: Favors topic 20
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending: Favors topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20

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