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William Rehnquist on Abortion
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  • In minority on 7-2 vote on Roe v. Wade. (Sep 2008)
  • Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned. (Jun 1992)
William Rehnquist on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
William Rehnquist on Civil Rights
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  • 1971: Dedicated to free society, not integrated society. (Sep 2009)
  • Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct. (Aug 2005)
  • Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
  • Court is conscience in constitutional sense, not moral sense. (Jul 1987)
  • Legal sodomy leads to legal incest, adultery, & bestiality. (Jun 2003)
  • State laws should not protect gay rights. (May 1996)
  • Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing. (Jun 2000)
  • Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights. (Jun 2000)
  • Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters. (Jun 2000)
William Rehnquist on Corporations
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  • Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies. (Apr 2003)
William Rehnquist on Crime
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  • Government is not responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search. (Jan 2000)
  • Shorten time between sentencing and executions. (Apr 2000)
  • OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
  • Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence. (Jun 2000)
William Rehnquist on Drugs
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  • No tactile inspection by police for drugs. (Apr 2000)
  • Roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs are OK. (Nov 2000)
William Rehnquist on Education
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  • School vouchers are neutral with respect to religion. (Apr 2005)
  • 1970s: Supported "separate but equal"; opposed desegregation. (Nov 2003)
  • Vouchers ok if neutral with respect to religion. (Jun 2002)
  • Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
  • Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials. (Jun 2000)
William Rehnquist on Energy & Oil
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  • Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force. (Jun 2004)
William Rehnquist on Environment
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  • Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters. (Jan 2001)
  • Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich. (Jun 2005)
  • OK to sue polluters for past pollution. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways. (Jan 2001)
William Rehnquist on Families & Children
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  • 1991: Violence Against Women Act federalizes divorce law. (Oct 2010)
  • Grandparents get no visitation rights unless parents agree. (Jun 2000)
  • Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers. (May 2000)
William Rehnquist on Foreign Policy
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William Rehnquist on Free Trade
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William Rehnquist on Government Reform
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  • States’ rights over federal power. (Dec 2000)
  • Court is conscience in constitutional sense, not moral sense. (Jul 1987)
William Rehnquist on Gun Control
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  • Can't use Commerce Clause to criminalize guns. (Jul 2011)
William Rehnquist on Health Care
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  • States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools. (Jun 2001)
  • States have no authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
William Rehnquist on Homeland Security
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  • Support executive-branch power in foreign & military affairs. (Nov 2011)
  • All-male military schools like VMI must admit women. (Dec 2003)
  • Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers. (Jun 2004)
  • No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US. (Jun 2004)
William Rehnquist on Immigration
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  • No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants. (Jun 2001)
  • Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes. (Jun 2001)
  • INS may hold deportation suspects without bail. (Apr 2003)
William Rehnquist on Jobs
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  • No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing. (Mar 2002)
  • Public agencies can make unilateral rules for comp time. (May 2000)
William Rehnquist on Principles & Values
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William Rehnquist on Social Security
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William Rehnquist on Tax Reform
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William Rehnquist on Technology
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  • Newspapers may not electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
William Rehnquist on War & Peace
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William Rehnquist on Welfare & Poverty
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  • "Separation of church and state" is metaphor & bad history. (Sep 2006)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
In minority on 7-2 vote on Roe v. Wade: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided & should be overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
1971: Dedicated to free society, not integrated society: Strongly Opposes topic 2
All-male military schools like VMI must admit women: Favors topic 2
Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing: Favors topic 2
Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Coloradans entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Don't recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Legal sodomy leads to legal incest, adultery, & bestiality: Strongly Opposes topic 3
State laws should not protect gay rights: Opposes topic 3
Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters: Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
"Separation of church and state" is metaphor & bad history: Strongly Favors topic 4
Court is conscience in constitutional sense, not moral sense: Neutral on topic 4
Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools: Opposes topic 5
States have no authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School vouchers are neutral with respect to religion: Strongly Favors topic 7
School vouchers are neutral with respect to religion: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers ok if neutral with respect to religion: Favors topic 7
Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Favors topic 8
Eminent domain should not take from poor to give to rich: Favors topic 8
OK to sue polluters for past pollution: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search: Favors topic 9
Shorten time between sentencing and executions: Strongly Favors topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights: Opposes topic 9
Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Can't use Commerce Clause to criminalize guns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Opposes topic 12
INS may hold deportation suspects without bail: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+5 points on Social scale)
Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers: Strongly Favors topic 14
No statute gives habeas review for non-citizens outside US: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Support executive-branch power in foreign & military affairs: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force: Opposes topic 18
Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
No tactile inspection by police for drugs: Opposes topic 19
Roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs are OK: Strongly 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)

William Rehnquist is a Moderate Populist Conservative.
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