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Tom Ridge on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Pro-choice. (Jan 2000)
  • Allow abortions, with limits; no partial-birth. (Jul 1998)
Tom Ridge on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Invest in strong economy, for solid international alliances. (Sep 2009)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
Tom Ridge on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Opposes Affirmative Action. (Jul 1998)
  • No special gay laws; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry. (Apr 2013)
Tom Ridge on Corporations
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Ridge on Crime
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  • Supports victimís rights & death penalty. (Jan 2000)
  • More prisons; more death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • Stricter penalties; less parole. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Tom Ridge on Drugs
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  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Tom Ridge on Education
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  • More standards, and make them clear. (Jan 2000)
  • Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK. (Jul 1998)
  • State-wide student testing; teacher re-certification. (Jul 1998)
  • More charters; push for school choice. (Jan 2000)
  • Vouchers for private & religious schools. (Jul 1998)
Tom Ridge on Energy & Oil
Click here for 3 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Comprehensive energy policy including nuclear & clean coal. (Sep 2009)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
Tom Ridge on Environment
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  • Regional DHS office would have decreased Katrina damage. (Sep 2009)
  • Changed rules & got 350 polluted industrial sites cleaned up. (Jan 2000)
  • Let industries audit themselves & then clean up. (Jul 1998)
  • More flexibility in environmental regulation. (Jul 1998)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
Tom Ridge on Families & Children
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  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Tom Ridge on Foreign Policy
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  • UNICEF is ok, but the rest of the UN is ineffective. (Sep 2009)
Tom Ridge on Free Trade
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  • Closing borders post-9-11 dealt a crushing blow to trade. (Sep 2009)
  • Increase global connections, even for small business. (Sep 2009)
Tom Ridge on Government Reform
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  • More effective to have one Cabinet DHS, not a dozen agencies. (Mar 2010)
  • Replace "need to know" culture with "need to share". (Sep 2009)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Tom Ridge on Gun Control
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Tom Ridge on Health Care
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  • Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility. (Jul 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Tom Ridge on Homeland Security
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  • 9/11 reaction: We will find those responsible. (Sep 2009)
  • Nobody knew about Al Qaeda or radical Islam until 9/11. (Sep 2009)
  • Governors must show up at disaster locations. (Sep 2009)
  • Overcome barriers between CIA and FBI. (Sep 2009)
  • Guantanamo holds theological zealots, not POWs. (Sep 2009)
  • Post-9-11 goal: tell Americans specifics about threats. (Sep 2009)
  • Duct Tape Debacle: public mocked our "Ready Campaign". (Sep 2009)
  • Threat advisory system: not politically told "Go to orange". (Sep 2009)
  • 2001: Nation was not equipped to deal with bioterrorism. (Sep 2009)
  • Reinterpreting FISA secretly seems like unauthorized power. (Sep 2009)
  • We will never celebrate a Victory over Terrorism Day. (Sep 2009)
  • No Orwellian oppression, but inconveniences are ok. (Sep 2009)
  • OpEd: Diverted attention to terrorism for political gain. (Sep 2009)
  • OpEd: Ignored FOIA request from AP until he left office. (Oct 2005)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
Tom Ridge on Immigration
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  • 2003: US-VISIT relying on biometric fingerprinting. (Mar 2013)
  • No amnesty, but a path to legitimate law-abiding aliens. (Sep 2009)
  • INS is ineffective; US policy is confused. (Sep 2009)
  • New visa interview policy unwisely restricts immigration. (Sep 2009)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
Tom Ridge on Jobs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Tom Ridge on Principles & Values
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  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
Tom Ridge on Social Security
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  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Tom Ridge on Tax Reform
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  • Cut taxes as governor by $2.6B. (Jan 2000)
  • 60% legislative supermajority for raising taxes. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Tom Ridge on Technology
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  • Install biometric checks at 150 international airports. (Sep 2009)
  • End computer service tax; start R&D tax credit. (Jan 2000)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
Tom Ridge on War & Peace
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  • Iraq invasion made us less safe in the short run. (Sep 2009)
  • Bin Laden is a master of disguises who moves almost daily. (Sep 2009)
  • Who knew there are 1.3 billion Muslims in 50 countries? (Sep 2009)
  • Woefully deficient in human intelligence in war on terror. (Sep 2009)
  • Traditional hardware of war obsolete against terrorists. (Sep 2009)
  • Saddam did have WMDs, but no relationship with al Qaeda. (Sep 2009)
  • Iraqi invasion justified to overthrow a despot. (Sep 2009)
Tom Ridge on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Able-bodied welfare recipients must work 100 hours a month. (Jan 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pro-choice: Favors topic 1
Allow abortions, with limits; no partial-birth: Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Opposes Affirmative Action: Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
No special gay laws; no gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Able-bodied welfare recipients must work 100 hours a month: Favors topic 4
Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
More standards, and make them clear: Favors topic 7
More charters; push for school choice: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers for private & religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-3 points on Social scale)
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports victimís rights & death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
More prisons; more death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
Stricter penalties; less parole: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cut taxes as governor by $2.6B: Opposes topic 11
60% legislative supermajority for raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
End computer service tax; start R&D tax credit: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but a path to legitimate law-abiding aliens: Favors topic 12
New visa interview policy unwisely restricts immigration: Favors topic 12
New visa interview policy unwisely restricts immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Closing borders post-9-11 dealt a crushing blow to trade: Favors topic 13
Increase global connections, even for small business: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Saddam did have WMDs, but no relationship with al Qaeda: Favors topic 17
Iraqi invasion justified to overthrow a despot: Strongly Favors topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Comprehensive energy policy including nuclear & clean coal: Opposes topic 18
Changed rules & got 350 polluted industrial sites cleaned up: Favors topic 18
Let industries audit themselves & then clean up: Strongly Opposes topic 18
More flexibility in environmental regulation: Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Tom Ridge is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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