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Socialist Party on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Full reproductive freedom for all women. (Nov 2014)
  • Right to free abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy. (Apr 2008)
  • Defend women's reproductive rights & abortion on demand. (Jan 2008)
Socialist Party on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • Transform the economy to focus on need, not profit. (Nov 2014)
  • Socialize all financial & insurance institutions. (Apr 2008)
  • Rational social & economic planning, rather than "market". (Jan 2008)
  • Socialist Party stands for values beyond consumerism. (Sep 1999)
Socialist Party on Civil Rights
Click here for 13 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Ban discrimination against GLBTQ people. (Nov 2014)
  • Overcome the intimate link between racism and capitalism. (Nov 2014)
  • Full enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Nov 2014)
  • Reparations for slave trade and Native American genocide. (Nov 2014)
  • Ban military tribunals, and restore habeas corpus. (Apr 2008)
  • Promote a multicultural/multiethnic presence. (Apr 2008)
  • Blacks & women have been historically discriminated against. (Apr 2008)
  • Affirmative action is under attack just when redress began. (Jan 2008)
  • Equal marriage rights for all LGBT. (Jan 2008)
  • Pay reparations, with interest, for slavery. (Jan 2008)
  • End all restrictions on marriages and sodomy laws. (Dec 2007)
  • Speak out against racism in any form. (Sep 1999)
  • Never accept racism, sexism, nor homophobia. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Corporations
Click here for 7 full quotes on Corporations OR other political leaders on Corporations.
  • Revolution to overcome capitalist worker exploitation. (Nov 2014)
  • Capitalism is fundamentally incompatible with democracy. (Nov 2014)
  • Eliminate corporate welfare, then eliminate corporations. (Apr 2008)
  • Capitalist system creates war, poverty and racism. (Jan 2008)
  • Cap and reduce corporate profits and executive salary. (Dec 2007)
  • In 1980s, wealthiest 1% got 2/3 of all wealth increases. (Jun 1997)
  • The needs of the rich & large corporations are never ignored. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Crime
Click here for 6 full quotes on Crime OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Oppose death penalty; abolish FBI and DHS. (Nov 2014)
  • Abolish for-profit prisons; free legal services for all. (Nov 2014)
  • Abolish the death penalty. (Apr 2008)
  • Base justice system on mediation and rehabilitation. (Apr 2008)
  • Eliminate the racist prison-industrial complex. (Jan 2008)
  • Abolish the death penalty. (Jan 2000)
Socialist Party on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR other political leaders on Drugs.
  • Decriminalize drug use; de-fund war on drugs. (Apr 2008)
  • Disability pay for people in substance abuse programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Cutoff all U.S. military aid to Colombia. (Dec 2007)
  • War on drugs is a failure; decriminalize. (Sep 1999)
Socialist Party on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR other political leaders on Education.
  • Full and equal funding for public education. (Nov 2014)
  • Oppose school-sponsored prayer or other religious practices. (Nov 2014)
  • Too much emphasis on high tech in classrooms. (Apr 2008)
  • Fully fund libraries & museums to preserve culture. (Apr 2008)
  • Full and equal funding of public education. (Apr 2008)
  • Privatizing schools is just to reap profit. (Jan 2008)
  • Promote universal access to education. (Dec 2007)
  • No public funding of private schools. (Jan 2000)
Socialist Party on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other political leaders on Energy & Oil.
  • Join Kyoto Protocol; limit carbon emissions. (Nov 2014)
  • Develop solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower and biomass. (Apr 2008)
  • Phase out nuclear power; rejoin Kyoto Protocol. (Apr 2008)
  • Our planet is facing a crisis from carbon dioxide build-up. (Jan 2008)
  • Cap-and-trade allows polluters the right to pollute. (Jan 2008)
  • Support Kyoto; phaseout nuclear; develop alternatives. (Dec 2007)
Socialist Party on Environment
Click here for 6 full quotes on Environment OR other political leaders on Environment.
  • Public ownership of all our natural resources. (Nov 2014)
  • Recognize rights of animals. (Nov 2014)
  • Require companies to clean up their own toxic waste. (Apr 2008)
  • Rebuild black neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. (Jan 2008)
  • Public ownership of all natural resources. (Dec 2007)
  • Support sustainable organic agriculture & family farms. (Dec 2007)
Socialist Party on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR other political leaders on Families & Children.
  • Decriminalize prostitution; social services for sex workers. (Nov 2014)
  • 16 months paid maternity or paternity leave. (Nov 2014)
  • 16 months paid maternity & paternity leave. (Apr 2008)
Socialist Party on Foreign Policy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other political leaders on Foreign Policy.
  • Pay off debts to UN; give up veto power at UN. (Nov 2014)
  • Large-scale transfer of technology to developing countries. (Apr 2008)
  • Corporate interests are the cause of most wars. (Apr 2008)
  • Replace US global domination with solidarity among peoples. (Jan 2008)
  • Oppose IMF, World Bank, and WTO. (Jan 2000)
  • War is a local issue because local youngsters fight and die. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Free Trade
Click here for 4 full quotes on Free Trade OR other political leaders on Free Trade.
  • Withdraw from NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, IMF, and WTO. (Nov 2014)
  • Withdraw from NAFTA, FTAA, WTO, and IMF. (Apr 2008)
  • Free trade enriches capitalists and displaces humans. (Jan 2008)
  • Fair trade instead of NAFTA, CAFTA, and WTO. (Dec 2007)
Socialist Party on Government Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Public financing of candidates for public office. (Nov 2014)
  • Public financing of campaigns, with free TV access. (Apr 2008)
  • Promote public funding of elections. (Dec 2007)
  • Widen the range of views by including Socialists. (Sep 1999)
  • Competitive bidding saves government money. (Jun 1997)
  • Receives more contributions, but fewer dollars, than GOP. (Jun 1997)
  • Accepts PAC money, but not from special interests. (Jun 1997)
  • Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • Right to bear arms needed for oppressed people. (Apr 2008)
  • Gun rights apply only to states, not individuals. (Sep 1999)
Socialist Party on Health Care
Click here for 7 full quotes on Health Care OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • Single payer: abolish all private health insurance companies. (Nov 2014)
  • National health care system for all citizens. (Apr 2008)
  • Free quality health care for all. (Jan 2008)
  • Create a universal healthcare system. (Jan 2008)
  • National single-payer healthcare system. (Dec 2007)
  • 20 years work experience in HMO/ Managed Care industry. (Dec 2007)
  • Single payer system for all basic health needs. (Sep 1999)
Socialist Party on Homeland Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • Close all US bases abroad; 50% cut in defense budget. (Nov 2014)
  • Repeal PATRIOT Act; abolish the CIA and NSA; ban drones. (Nov 2014)
  • Close down all foreign military bases. (Apr 2008)
  • Close down the DHS and repeal the Patriot Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Reduce terrorist threat by ending foreign exploitation. (Apr 2008)
  • The Patriot Act is racist profiling. (Jan 2008)
  • Transfer billions from Pentagon budget to jobs. (Jan 2008)
  • Question the Patriot Act, prisoner abuse, & domestic spying. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduce weaponry & defense spending significantly. (Dec 2007)
  • Cut Pentagon budget by 50%. (Sep 1999)
  • End nuclear testing; strive for zero nuclear weapons. (Sep 1999)
Socialist Party on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR other political leaders on Immigration.
  • Don't militarize the US-Mexico border; freely cross instead. (Nov 2014)
  • End the militarization of the US/Mexican border. (Apr 2008)
  • Full rights and equality for all undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Give sanctuary to illegal immigrants & full social services. (Dec 2007)
  • Amnesty for immigrants; grant them full rights. (Jan 2000)
Socialist Party on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR other political leaders on Jobs.
  • Oppose global capitalism with militant united labor action. (Nov 2014)
  • Guaranteed incomes and grants for artists and performers. (Nov 2014)
  • Set maximum wage at 10 times the minimum wage. (Nov 2014)
  • Unemployment compensation at 100% of previous income. (Apr 2008)
  • 30-hour work week with 6-weeks annual paid vacation. (Apr 2008)
  • Militant labor action for social ownership of production. (Apr 2008)
  • Set minimum wage of $15 per hour and index upward. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. (Jan 2008)
  • A job should be a constitutional right. (Jan 2008)
  • Mandate labor union representation. (Dec 2007)
  • Raise minimum wage & establish maximum wage. (Sep 1999)
Socialist Party on Principles & Values
Click here for 4 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other political leaders on Principles & Values.
  • Abolish every form of domination and exploitation. (Nov 2014)
  • Abolition all forms of domination and exploitation. (Apr 2008)
  • 1990: First Socialist elected to Congress in 62 years. (Jun 1997)
  • Revolution will not start at "progressive bastion" Harvard. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • Oppose privatization of the Social Security system. (Nov 2014)
  • Retirement at age 55 with $25,000 annual income. (Apr 2008)
  • No privatization of Social Security. (Jan 2008)
  • More graduated taxes to pay for Social Security. (Jan 2000)
Socialist Party on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other political leaders on Tax Reform.
  • Steeply graduated income tax, capital gains, & luxury tax. (Nov 2014)
  • Steeply graduated income tax and estate tax. (Apr 2008)
  • Limit maximum income to 10 times minimum income. (Dec 2007)
  • More progressive taxation; especially on runaway industry. (Jan 2000)
  • 1% room-and-meal tax instead of property tax. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR other political leaders on Technology.
  • Replace automobile-based transport with public transit. (Nov 2014)
  • Breakup large media companies; have government own airwaves. (Nov 2014)
  • Massive federal investment in infrastructure. (Apr 2008)
  • Transfer interstate highway funding to high-speed rail. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore & reconstruct 155,000 U.S. bridges. (Jan 2008)
  • Invest in rural infrastructure & public transportation. (Dec 2007)
  • Sued cable TV company to pay city for damaging streets. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on War & Peace
Click here for 5 full quotes on War & Peace OR other political leaders on War & Peace.
  • The "war on terror" is just subterfuge for U.S. imperialism. (Nov 2014)
  • End wars by removing greed motivation & cultural alienation. (Apr 2008)
  • Exit Iraq immediately, and pay reparations. (Jan 2008)
  • Stop the Iraq War immediately. (Dec 2007)
  • 1983 war against Nicaragua was illegal and immoral. (Jun 1997)
Socialist Party on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other political leaders on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Nationalize assets of private corporate pension funds. (Nov 2014)
  • Eliminate poverty by eliminating for-profit system. (Apr 2008)
  • Expand welfare with guaranteed income for all. (Dec 2007)
  • Neither Dems nor GOP talk about income inequality. (Jun 1997)
  • Land Trust: affordable housing by resale below market rates. (Jun 1997)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Full reproductive freedom for all women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Right to free abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Defend women's reproductive rights & abortion on demand: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Overcome the intimate link between racism and capitalism: Strongly Favors topic 2
Full enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reparations for slave trade and Native American genocide: Strongly Favors topic 2
Promote a multicultural/multiethnic presence: Favors topic 2
Blacks & women have been historically discriminated against: Strongly Favors topic 2
Affirmative action is under attack just when redress began: Strongly Favors topic 2
Pay reparations, with interest, for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Speak out against racism in any form: Neutral on topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban discrimination against GLBTQ people: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal marriage rights for all LGBT: Strongly Favors topic 3
End all restrictions on marriages and sodomy laws: Strongly Favors topic 3
Never accept racism, sexism, nor homophobia: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Oppose school-sponsored prayer or other religious practices: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rational social & economic planning, rather than "market": Strongly Opposes topic 4
Expand welfare with guaranteed income for all: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Single payer: abolish all private health insurance companies: Strongly Favors topic 5
National health care system for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 5
Free quality health care for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
Create a universal healthcare system: Strongly Favors topic 5
National single-payer healthcare system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer system for all basic health needs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose privatization of the Social Security system: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Nationalize assets of private corporate pension funds: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Retirement at age 55 with $25,000 annual income: Strongly Opposes topic 6
No privatization of Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
More graduated taxes to pay for Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Full and equal funding for public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Full and equal funding of public education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Privatizing schools is just to reap profit: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Promote universal access to education: Opposes topic 7
No public funding of private schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(+5 points on Social scale)
Public ownership of all our natural resources: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Recognize rights of animals: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require companies to clean up their own toxic waste: Opposes topic 8
Massive federal investment in infrastructure: Opposes topic 8
Restore & reconstruct 155,000 U.S. bridges: Opposes topic 8
Public ownership of all natural resources: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Support sustainable organic agriculture & family farms: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Invest in rural infrastructure & public transportation: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Oppose death penalty; abolish FBI and DHS: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Abolish for-profit prisons; free legal services for all: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Decriminalize prostitution; social services for sex workers: Opposes topic 9
Abolish the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Base justice system on mediation and rehabilitation: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Eliminate the racist prison-industrial complex: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Abolish the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
Right to bear arms needed for oppressed people: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun rights apply only to states, not individuals: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Steeply graduated income tax, capital gains, & luxury tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Steeply graduated income tax and estate tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Limit maximum income to 10 times minimum income: Favors topic 11
More progressive taxation; especially on runaway industry: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Don't militarize the US-Mexico border; freely cross instead: Strongly Favors topic 12
End the militarization of the US/Mexican border: Favors topic 12
Full rights and equality for all undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Give sanctuary to illegal immigrants & full social services: Strongly Favors topic 12
Amnesty for immigrants; grant them full rights: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Withdraw from NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, IMF, and WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Withdraw from NAFTA, FTAA, WTO, and IMF: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Free trade enriches capitalists and displaces humans: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fair trade instead of NAFTA, CAFTA, and WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Oppose IMF, World Bank, and WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pay off debts to UN; give up veto power at UN: Strongly Opposes topic 14
War is a local issue because local youngsters fight and die: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Close all US bases abroad; 50% cut in defense budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Close down all foreign military bases: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Transfer billions from Pentagon budget to jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reduce weaponry & defense spending significantly: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut Pentagon budget by 50%: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Public financing of candidates for public office: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of campaigns, with free TV access: Strongly Favors topic 16
Promote public funding of elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
Publicly fund elections, or small individual contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
The "war on terror" is just subterfuge for U.S. imperialism: Strongly Favors topic 17
Replace US global domination with solidarity among peoples: Favors topic 17
Exit Iraq immediately, and pay reparations: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stop the Iraq War immediately: Strongly Favors topic 17
1983 war against Nicaragua was illegal and immoral: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Join Kyoto Protocol; limit carbon emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower and biomass: Strongly Favors topic 18
Phase out nuclear power; rejoin Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
Transfer interstate highway funding to high-speed rail: Favors topic 18
Our planet is facing a crisis from carbon dioxide build-up: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cap-and-trade allows polluters the right to pollute: Favors topic 18
Support Kyoto; phaseout nuclear; develop alternatives: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize drug use; de-fund war on drugs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Disability pay for people in substance abuse programs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Cutoff all U.S. military aid to Colombia: Opposes topic 19
War on drugs is a failure; decriminalize: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Transform the economy to focus on need, not profit: Strongly Favors topic 20
Replace automobile-based transport with public transit: Strongly Favors topic 20
Set minimum wage of $15 per hour and index upward: Strongly Favors topic 20
Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour: Strongly Favors topic 20
Raise minimum wage & establish maximum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20

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