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Tim Kaine on SenateMatch



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Personally opposes abortion, but keep government out of it: Favors topic 1
Don't weaken or subvert the basic holding of Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Don't deny privacy to women making health care decisions: Favors topic 1
Increased access to contraceptive coverage: Strongly Favors topic 1
Restricted funding for fetal & embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Personally opposed to abortion, but it shouldn't be outlawed: Strongly Favors topic 1
Parental consent; ban partial birth; informed consent: Opposes topic 1
Promote abstinence; ban partial-birth abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
I have a faith-based opposition to abortion: Opposes topic 1
Supports public abortion funding: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Battle for social justice: everyone deserves opportunity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Civil rights work inspired by fight to integrate schools: Strongly Favors topic 2
Confederate flag celebrates an anti-civil rights heritage: Strongly Favors topic 2
Help whites and blacks find common ground: Favors topic 2
Strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Obama fought for equal pay for women: Favors topic 2
Open all combat roles to women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Close the gender pay gap: Strongly Favors topic 2
2007: pardoned leader of 1800 slave rebellion: Favors topic 2
First state apology for involuntary servitude of Africans: Strongly Favors topic 2
1998: elected 8-1 as mayor by majority black city council: Favors topic 2
Ser justo e incluyente de todas las comunidades: Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly 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)
Protect LGBT students at schools, including gender identity: Strongly Favors topic 3
Obama fought for fair treatment for LGBT Americans: Favors topic 3
Same-sex couples should have the same legal rights: Favors topic 3
2005: No gay adoption; 2011: gay adoption okay: Favors topic 3
Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell": let gays serve in military: Strongly Favors topic 3
GOP agenda on gay marriage is divisive social legislation: Favors topic 3
Tried to pass laws favoring domestic partnerships: Favors topic 3
Opposes defining traditional marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Catholicism & Quakerism influence his political views: Favors topic 4
Opposes death penalty as a Catholic, but upholds VA law: Opposes topic 4
Inspired to public service by Jesuit missionaries: Favors topic 4
Authenticity as Senator means expressing religiosity: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Let Medicare negotiate rates for prescription drug prices: Favors topic 5
Inaction was not a solution for healthcare: Favors topic 5
Public option puts some real competition into the system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Expand pre-natal care to reduce infant mortality rate: Strongly Favors topic 5
Mental health system is chronically under-funded: Favors topic 5
Prevent childhood obesity by improving health education: Favors topic 5
1 million Virginians do not have health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
One out of 7 Virginians lack health insurance: Favors topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Fight against any privatization proposals: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Lift the payroll tax cap: Opposes topic 6
No dangerous privatization schemes for Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Adamantly opposes privatization of Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Make Social Security work for today's seniors and future: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports Common Core and educational standards: Opposes topic 7
Supports Common Core and educational standards: Opposes topic 7
Spend on education: key to everything we want to achieve: Strongly Favors topic 7
Individualized learning, not charter schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Invest in education--from preschool to career skills: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Increase K-12 school funds despite 3 rounds of budget cuts: Favors topic 7
We raised teacher pay & required regular teacher evaluations: Strongly Favors topic 7
Include private & church schools in kindergarten & pre-K: Favors topic 7
School vouchers divert resources from our public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes school vouchers: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+5 points on Social scale)
We must protect resources like oyster reefs and clean water: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Property rights important when mapping pipeline routes: Opposes topic 8
A clean environment and a strong economy need not contradict: Opposes topic 8
Always work to protect our air, water and land: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Save animal lives with anti-freeze poisoning prevention bill: Opposes topic 8
Comprehensive study of mercury's effect on environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Historic investments in water quality & open space: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Re-zoning to account for transportation infrastructure: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Invest in ongoing work to clean up rivers & Chesapeake Bay: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(0 points on Social scale)
Kaine's Project Exile disproportionately impacted blacks: Favors topic 9
Kaine's Project Exile disproportionately impacted blacks: Favors topic 9
Focus attention on the overuse of incarceration: Opposes topic 9
Teach Safe Relationships: prevent sexual assault: Favors topic 9
Release non-violent inmates 90 days early: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Smart sentencing: reduce number of "technical violations": Strongly Opposes topic 9
Don't re-traumatize sex crime victims during investigation: Favors topic 9
Supports Project Exile’s longer mandatory sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Moratorium on the death penalty until it is fair: Opposes topic 9
Rated 64% 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)
After VA Tech shooting, closed background check loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Limit size of magazines and ammunition clips: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun violence causes unbearable pain; stand up to gun lobby: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets: Opposes topic 10
Invest in community-based mental health care: Opposes topic 10
Instant background checks including mental health database: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prevent gun sales if buyer declared dangerously mentally ill: Opposes topic 10
Strongly supports the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports restricting the Second Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Close some gaping loopholes that advantage big corporations: Strongly Favors topic 11
Fix the tax code to help businesses without lobbying clout: Favors topic 11
Keep Bush tax cuts except for the wealthy: Favors topic 11
No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!: Strongly Favors topic 11
Allow Bush tax cuts for wealthy to expire: Strongly Favors topic 11
Balance taxes: let Bush tax cuts expire at the top end: Strongly Favors topic 11
No need for millionaire's tax: just let Bush cuts expire: Favors topic 11
Let Bush tax cuts expire, but do not raise capital gains tax: Favors topic 11
Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance: Favors topic 11
Growth sharing: split local tax revenue with nearby towns: Strongly Favors topic 11
Replace income tax for low-income with cigarette tax: Favors topic 11
As governor, Kaine signed death tax repeal on big estates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal death tax, but raise bottom filing threshold: Opposes topic 11
Increase income tax filing threshold from $7,000 to $12,000: Strongly Favors topic 11
Exempt first 20% of home value from property taxes: Opposes topic 11
Proven record of cutting taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports increasing tax rates: Strongly Favors topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supported 2013 Senate immigration reform package: Strongly Favors topic 12
Give millions of families an earned pathway to citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards: Favors topic 12
Seeks defined path to earned citizenship, plus DREAM Act: Strongly Favors topic 12
Comprehensive immigration policy instead of xenophobia: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supercharged rhetoric causes hostility to New Americans: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Global trade is a reality; need more good trade deals: Strongly Favors topic 13
Pass TPP and create true free trade for U.S.: Strongly Favors topic 13
Unfair Chinese trade practices are hurting American workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA allowed the US to export more products to Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 13
Virginia began as an experiment in global trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Urges US to accept more Syrian refugees: Opposes topic 14
Maintain relations with Britain & EU to move beyond Brexit: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Iran is the real threat; Israel can make peace with Arabs: Opposes topic 14
Allow more Syrian Refugees to resettle in US: Strongly Opposes topic 14
U.S. leadership in global economy, without blind endorsement: Opposes topic 14
It is time to restore freedom to travel to Cuba: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Non-state organizations will have an increasing role: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Investments in international development is important to US: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strengthen partnerships with Latin America: Opposes topic 14
Redefine War Powers to reflect realities of 21st century: Opposes topic 14
Engage with people from other countries in global commerce: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Secured funds to help homeless vets find good housing: Favors topic 15
Help "Blue Water" veterans harmed by Agent Orange: Favors topic 15
Budget cuts made us vulnerable to Libya embassy attack: Favors topic 15
Let Bush tax cuts expire instead of automatic defense cuts: Favors topic 15
Troop Talent Act: ease transition to civilian careers: Favors topic 15
Expand job benefits for members of the Virginia Guard: Favors topic 15
Focus on counter-terrorism and bioterrorism preparedness: Favors topic 15
Maintain the military presence in Virginia: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Citizens United erodes democracy and undermines elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
Citizens United encourages lobbyists to influence votes: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voting Rights Advancement for marginalized groups: Strongly Favors topic 16
We must ban secret money from campaigns: Strongly Favors topic 16
Regulate re-districting so incumbent is not always favored: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voter suppression the worst kind of political corruption: Strongly Favors topic 16
For making public companies publish their political spending: Favors topic 16
Yes to disclosing sources of secret donations: Strongly 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
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Success in Ukraine means resistance to Russian aggression: Opposes topic 17
Proactively address North Korean nuclear & missile programs: Opposes topic 17
Wanted a War on ISIL vote in Congress and would support it: Opposes topic 17
Congress censured Obama for troops to Libya without asking: Strongly Favors topic 17
If we allow a nuclear Iran, others will follow; but deal ok: Opposes topic 17
The public deserves robust debate before we go to war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Authorize military force against ISIL, phasing out Iraq AUMF: Opposes topic 17
We ended war in Iraq and are ending Afghan war now: Favors topic 17
Nuke deal with Iran is dramatic improvement over status quo: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supported Obama's stopping the Iraq War: Favors topic 17
Afghanistan war was not a war of Obama's choosing: Opposes topic 17
Iraq was a wrong choice; Afghanistan was no choice: Favors topic 17
Let Israel & Palestine negotiate about status of Jerusalem: Favors topic 17
Visited VA National Guard members in Green Zone in Baghdad: Opposes topic 17
Americans were given inaccurate information regarding Iraq: Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Climate is a big issue, but government is not always the fix: Opposes topic 18
Cut subsidies to big oil companies: Strongly Favors topic 18
We are producing more energy than ever; find alternatives: Favors topic 18
Major attention on creating green jobs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce electricity consumption by 19% by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Nuclear reactors will be key to America's energy future: Opposes topic 18
We can't drill our way out; diversify our portfolio: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Key to success is availability of reliable, low-cost power: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Against decriminalizing marijuana at state or federal level: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Supported Senate bill to fight opioid epidemic: Favors topic 19
Reduce sentences but do not decriminalize pot: Favors topic 19
Anti-drug and anti-gang units in State Police: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tea Party's reckless economic policies create uncertainty: Strongly Favors topic 20
Reverse the sequester: harmful, across-the-board budget cuts: Favors topic 20
I cut state spending $5B while investing in infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 20
Opposes "Cut, Cap and Balance" as all cuts & no balance: Strongly Favors topic 20
Cabinet Community Days: we see people worried but hopeful: Strongly Favors topic 20

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