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Rick Perry on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit. (Jul 2013)
  • Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement. (Feb 2011)
  • The right to privacy is fictitious. (Nov 2010)
  • Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health. (Jun 2002)
  • Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes federal abortion funding. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rick Perry on Budget & Economy
Click here for 15 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • No debt-ceiling increase without spending cuts & caps. (Apr 2012)
  • The federal reserve is at the root of a lot of our problems. (Dec 2011)
  • Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them. (Nov 2011)
  • I pushed TX to 2nd-lowest debt per capita in the US. (Oct 2011)
  • I've signed six balanced budgets in Texas. (Oct 2011)
  • Don't trade tax increases for spending cuts; BBA instead. (Oct 2011)
  • People are tired of spending on programs we don't want. (Sep 2011)
  • Using the Federal Reserve for political purposes is treason. (Sep 2011)
  • We cannot spend our way to prosperity. (Sep 2011)
  • Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America. (Sep 2011)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night. (Sep 2011)
  • Priorities: education; transportation; border; e-government. (Jan 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rick Perry on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Scouts' no-gays is principled like stand against slavery. (May 2013)
  • Civil Rights Act was glorious fulfillment of Declaration. (Nov 2010)
  • Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so. (Nov 2010)
  • We divvy up races using tools invented to fight racism. (Nov 2010)
  • Suing for girls in Boy Scouts is part of strategic assault. (Feb 2008)
  • Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys. (Feb 2008)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Capitalism creates jobs; vulture capitalism kills jobs. (Jan 2012)
  • Reduce business' tax burden & regulatory climate. (Sep 2011)
  • Free up small businessmen and -women to risk capital. (Sep 2011)
  • Texas is the land of freedom from over-regulation. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Says don't pick winners & losers; but doles out $250M. (Oct 2005)
Rick Perry on Crime
Click here for 13 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • I think our justice system is color blind. (Jul 2013)
  • If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice. (Sep 2011)
  • Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders. (Feb 2011)
  • States know best on punishment; federalism is arrogance. (Nov 2010)
  • Death penalty for aggravated rape. (Nov 2010)
  • Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration. (Feb 2007)
  • Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent. (Feb 2007)
  • Executes Mexican citizen despite plea from Pres. Fox. (Aug 2002)
  • Vetoes ban on execution of mentally retarded inmates. (Jun 2002)
  • Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports capital punishment for certain crimes. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Drugs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war. (Feb 2011)
  • Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas. (Nov 2010)
  • Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border. (Nov 2010)
  • ACLU shouldn't protest random drug sweeps in public housing. (Feb 2008)
  • Protect the border from drug traffickers. (Feb 2007)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Rick Perry on Education
Click here for 15 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Promote school choice all across this country. (Sep 2011)
  • We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates. (Sep 2011)
  • Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: School choice laudable at local level but not federal. (Nov 2010)
  • Public prayer is not establishing a religion. (Nov 2010)
  • Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached. (Nov 2010)
  • No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached. (Jan 2010)
  • Best teachers, accountability, math & science prep. (Jan 2009)
  • New discoveries make evolutionary explanation less plausible. (Feb 2008)
  • My parents didn't sue when I was paddled at school. (Feb 2008)
  • Boy Scouts granted right to use schools in 2002 NCLB law. (Feb 2008)
  • $305 million for public schools and colleges. (Jan 2001)
  • Start a pilot voucher program in Texas. (Jun 2002)
  • Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through. (May 1999)
  • Supports voluntary prayer in public schools. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Energy & Oil
Click here for 11 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • No federal energy subsidy; let states decide on nuke waste. (Oct 2011)
  • Put 1.2 million Americans to work in domestic energy. (Oct 2011)
  • Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Yes, climate change is settled science. (Sep 2011)
  • $5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles. (Jan 2009)
  • Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory. (Feb 2008)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
Rick Perry on Environment
Click here for 15 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Create jobs by taking advantage of our natural resources. (Oct 2011)
  • We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating. (Sep 2011)
  • Flexible permitting to reduce ozone & NOx levels. (Feb 2011)
  • Flexible permitting: cap emissions for entire facility. (Nov 2010)
  • Katrina: feds impede crucial work; get out of the way. (Nov 2010)
  • Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs. (Feb 2007)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)
  • Keystone XL Pipeline fundamental to economic prosperity. (Jan 2013)
Rick Perry on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • War on the Boy Scouts is a microcosm of larger culture war. (Feb 2008)
  • We gravitate to bad behavior unless we revere authority. (Feb 2008)
  • Free speech for "Coming Out Day" but not "Family Values"? (Feb 2008)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Rick Perry on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Russia & Syria crises: price we pay for not leading world. (Mar 2014)
  • Mitt Romney's foreign policy stances compared to Perry's. (Jan 2012)
  • End aid to Pakistan; money only goes to allies. (Nov 2011)
  • FactCheck: Pakistan is our ally, according to Bush generals. (Nov 2011)
  • China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR. (Nov 2011)
  • F-16s to India; they are our allies, not Pakistan. (Sep 2011)
  • America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism. (Sep 2011)
  • Iraq: combat terror on their turf, not ours. (Nov 2010)
  • Divest state funds from companies doing business in Sudan. (Feb 2007)
Rick Perry on Free Trade
Click here for 4 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade. (Sep 2011)
  • Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India. (Nov 2010)
  • Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist. (Nov 2010)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Rick Perry on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Unconstitutional to federalize education & healthcare. (Mar 2014)
  • Cut Congress' pay in half & make them part-time. (Dec 2011)
  • Culture of Washington too cozy with corporate lobbyists. (Nov 2011)
  • McCain-Feingold unconstitutionally restricts of free speech. (Sep 2011)
  • Make Washington inconsequential in your lives. (Sep 2011)
  • Tort reform was powerful TX job creator; do same federally. (Sep 2011)
  • Require voters to present photo ID at polling places. (May 2011)
  • States are liberty's friend. (Nov 2010)
  • Reverse trend of federal power back to state & local level. (Nov 2010)
  • Strong union requires limited federal government. (Nov 2010)
  • Earmarks corrupt the governing process. (Nov 2010)
  • Campaign contributions are political free speech. (Nov 2010)
  • Control spending to make government less burdensome. (Jan 2009)
  • What's wrong with restricting ex-felons from voting? (Feb 2008)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
  • No Pork Pledge: decrease earmarking; increase transparency. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Individual right to keep and bear arms. (Nov 2010)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Health Care
Click here for 29 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Mitt Romney healthcare stances compared to Perry. (Jan 2012)
  • ObamaCare is an abomination for this country. (Dec 2011)
  • States innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all. (Oct 2011)
  • Block-grants to states allows real healthcare innovation. (Oct 2011)
  • I will always err on the side of life. (Sep 2011)
  • We're proud of Texas health system; let Texas decide rules. (Sep 2011)
  • Medicare prescriptions are a $17T hole in our budget. (Sep 2011)
  • I made a mistake on using Executive Order for HPV. (Sep 2011)
  • HPV order balanced cancer protection against parental choice. (Sep 2011)
  • RomneyCare OK for MA, but not for TX nor US. (Sep 2011)
  • Individual mandate just won't work. (Sep 2011)
  • Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states. (Sep 2011)
  • TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse. (Sep 2011)
  • HillaryCare did not address agricultural needs. (Sep 2011)
  • I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Perry sought mandatory HPV immunizations. (Sep 2011)
  • Require 6th graders to receive STD vaccination. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamaCare is a trainwreck of a plan. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough". (Feb 2011)
  • Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare. (Nov 2010)
  • The future of America depends on repealing ObamaCare. (Nov 2010)
  • Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits. (Feb 2007)
  • $50 million nursing initiative to address shortage of nurses. (Feb 2007)
  • Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care. (Feb 2007)
  • More focus on nursing home and in-home care. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
Rick Perry on Homeland Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security. (Sep 2011)
  • Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it. (Sep 2011)
  • US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude. (Nov 2010)
  • Invest in defense to prepare for unpredictable threats. (Nov 2010)
  • Unsettled policy on Guantanamo signals weakness to enemies. (Nov 2010)
  • Always maintain a robust military capability. (May 2008)
  • 1976: Vietnam-era C-130 pilot in US Air Force. (Feb 2008)
  • 2004: DoD only unofficially supports Boy Scout Jamboree. (Feb 2008)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)
Rick Perry on Immigration
Click here for 17 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border? (Jul 2013)
  • US-Mexican border security helps the entire hemisphere. (Nov 2011)
  • Mexican border beset with vicious murders & tortures. (Oct 2011)
  • We have Texas Rangers patrolling the border. (Sep 2011)
  • You don't have a heart if you don't educate immigrant kids. (Sep 2011)
  • A 2000-mile fence makes no sense; need boots on the ground. (Sep 2011)
  • Failed federal responsibility to secure the border. (Sep 2011)
  • Discounted in-state tuition regardless of immigration status. (Sep 2011)
  • Let illegals contribute to society & pursue citizenship. (Sep 2011)
  • El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground. (Sep 2011)
  • Secure the Mexican border against drug cartels. (Feb 2011)
  • Illegal immigration cost TX $928M in one year. (Nov 2010)
  • End the notion of sanctuary cities. (Jan 2009)
  • $100 million investment in a more secure border. (Feb 2007)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Rick Perry on Jobs
Click here for 12 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Repeal national right-to-work law; let states decide. (Jan 2012)
  • Focus on bringing jobs back from China like we did in Texas. (Oct 2011)
  • Texas has been the #1 state for relocation for last 5 years. (Sep 2011)
  • Pull back on job-killing regulations. (Sep 2011)
  • We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Texas has highest number of minimum wage workers. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Jobs grew faster in TX under Perry's predecessors. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Texas job growth is strong, but pre-dated Perry. (Jun 2011)
  • 70% of all jobs created in the US last year were in Texas. (Jan 2009)
  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)
  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)
Rick Perry on Local Issues
Click here for 2 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.
  • Texas is nation's top moving destination for last 8 years. (Jan 2013)
  • Can-do culture: Texas is not merely strong, but exceptional. (Jan 2013)
Rick Perry on Principles & Values
Click here for 26 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • It is time for a little rebellion on battlefield of ideas. (Mar 2014)
  • Obama's a socialist; Founding Fathers didn't want socialists. (Jan 2012)
  • Debates are just not my thing. (Dec 2011)
  • Repudiates pastor's opinion that Mormonism is a cult. (Oct 2011)
  • I converted from Democrat at a younger age than Reagan did. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama is "hell bent" on taking America towards socialism. (Sep 2011)
  • Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray. (Feb 2011)
  • Modern liberals shifting back to term "Progressive". (Nov 2010)
  • Take back America: Stand up and lead. (Nov 2010)
  • America is great; Washington is broken. (Nov 2010)
  • Route to success is lower taxes & smaller government. (Nov 2010)
  • Some GOP not on right page; but Dems can't find the library. (Nov 2010)
  • Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach. (Nov 2010)
  • Supreme Court shouldn't choose how & where we may pray. (Nov 2010)
  • Elected Democrat; switched to run statewide as Republican. (Mar 2010)
  • Hometown of Paint Creek TX is a "throw-back in time". (Feb 2008)
  • Entered politics in 1984; 5th generation in political family. (Feb 2008)
  • It's about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. (Feb 2008)
  • Romney disallowed Boy Scouts to participate in Olympics. (Feb 2008)
  • No state-sponsored morality; but sponsor value organizations. (Feb 2008)
  • Secular humanism emanates out of man's sin of pride. (Feb 2008)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Social Security
Click here for 13 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Pledge to older workers; transform program for younger ones. (Nov 2011)
  • Solemn oath to people approaching Social Security age. (Sep 2011)
  • Let state employees opt out of Social Security. (Sep 2011)
  • Slam-dunk guarantee to preserve Social Security for elders. (Sep 2011)
  • Social Security was unconstitutional, but don't take it away. (Sep 2011)
  • We need conversation about Social Security run by states. (Sep 2011)
  • It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits. (Sep 2011)
  • Cannot keep the Social Security status quo. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Softened "fraud" rhetoric in current campaign. (Sep 2011)
  • We are fed up with system teetering on bankruptcy. (Nov 2010)
  • New Deal inventions violently toss aside federalism. (Nov 2010)
  • Trust Fund is an unsustainable Ponzi scheme. (Nov 2010)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Rick Perry on Tax Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • No state can tax and spend its way to prosperity. (Mar 2014)
  • 7% flat tax on all income; keep it simple. (Jan 2012)
  • Taxation is not the solution; live within our means instead. (Feb 2011)
  • Balance our budget without raising taxes. (Feb 2011)
  • Give taxes dose of accountability, transparency & restraint. (Jan 2009)
  • Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rick Perry on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime. (Nov 2011)
  • Put technology into place for long-distance learning. (Nov 2011)
  • Texas Enterprise Fund: $14B invested in emerging technology. (Oct 2011)
  • Trans-Texas corridor: 4000 miles of highway & utilities. (Aug 2011)
  • $40M for 5,500 students in Texas Technology Grants. (Feb 2007)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
  • Permanent R&D tax incentive & more R&D funding. (Sep 2001)
Rick Perry on War & Peace
Click here for 6 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • I would send troops back into Iraq, to exclude Iran. (Jan 2012)
  • Sanction the Iranian Central Bank; no-fly zone over Syria. (Nov 2011)
  • Shut down the Iranian Central Bank to stop nukes. (Nov 2011)
  • Complete the mission in Afghanistan, with no timetable. (Nov 2011)
  • Transition out of Afghanistan but keep non-military presence. (Sep 2011)
  • Secure freedom for oppressed people in Iraq and Afghanistan. (May 2008)
Rick Perry on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 6 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Many homeless chose their lifestyle; take a hard approach. (Feb 2008)
  • Help Texans move off public assistance. (Jan 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)


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(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit: Opposes topic 1
Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement: Strongly Opposes topic 1
The right to privacy is fictitious: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Civil Rights Act was glorious fulfillment of Declaration: Strongly Favors topic 2
We divvy up races using tools invented to fight racism: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Suing for girls in Boy Scouts is part of strategic assault: Opposes topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
Public prayer is not establishing a religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supreme Court shouldn't choose how & where we may pray: Strongly Favors topic 4
It's about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion: Strongly Favors topic 4
Help Texans move off public assistance: Favors topic 4
Supports voluntary prayer in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is an abomination for this country: Strongly Opposes topic 5
States innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is a trainwreck of a plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough": Strongly Opposes topic 5
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Total repeal and dismantling of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
The future of America depends on repealing ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care: Favors topic 5
More focus on nursing home and in-home care: Favors topic 5
More federal funding for rural health services: Favors topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Let state employees opt out of Social Security: Favors topic 6
We are fed up with system teetering on bankruptcy: Favors topic 6
New Deal inventions violently toss aside federalism: Favors topic 6
Trust Fund is an unsustainable Ponzi scheme: Favors topic 6
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)
Promote school choice all across this country: Favors topic 7
Choose from mix of public, charter & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: Favors topic 7
Turned down $700M in federal aid due to strings attached: Strongly Favors topic 7
No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached: Strongly Favors topic 7
$305 million for public schools and colleges: Opposes topic 7
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: Strongly Favors topic 7
Start a pilot voucher program in Texas: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, but didn't push proposal through: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Create jobs by taking advantage of our natural resources: Favors topic 8
Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs: Favors topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
State primacy over water quantity & quality issues: Favors topic 8
Keystone XL Pipeline fundamental to economic prosperity: No opin. on topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
I think our justice system is color blind: Favors topic 9
If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice: Strongly Favors topic 9
Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders: Favors topic 9
States know best on punishment; federalism is arrogance: Favors topic 9
Death penalty for aggravated rape: Strongly Favors topic 9
What's wrong with restricting ex-felons from voting?: Favors topic 9
Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration: Favors topic 9
Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent: Strongly Favors topic 9
Executes Mexican citizen despite plea from Pres. Fox: Strongly Favors topic 9
Vetoes ban on execution of mentally retarded inmates: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders: Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Zero tolerance for violence against government employees: Neutral on topic 9
Supports capital punishment for certain crimes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Individual right to keep and bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions: Neutral on topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?: Opposes topic 12
Mexican border beset with vicious murders & tortures: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Discounted in-state tuition regardless of immigration status: Favors topic 12
Let illegals contribute to society & pursue citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Illegal immigration cost TX $928M in one year: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the notion of sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the notion of sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes 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
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India: Favors topic 13
Milk price controls are egregiously interventionist: Strongly Favors topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: 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)
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude: Strongly Favors topic 15
Invest in defense to prepare for unpredictable threats: Strongly Favors topic 15
Always maintain a robust military capability: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
McCain-Feingold unconstitutionally restricts of free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Require voters to present photo ID at polling places: Opposes topic 16
Earmarks corrupt the governing process: Favors topic 16
Campaign contributions are political free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
I would send troops back into Iraq, to exclude Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Transition out of Afghanistan but keep non-military presence: Opposes topic 17
Iraq: combat terror on their turf, not ours: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Secure freedom for oppressed people in Iraq and Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Put 1.2 million Americans to work in domestic energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science: Strongly Opposes topic 18
$5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Strongly Favors topic 18
Manmade global warming: "It's-All-Our-Fault" theory: Strongly Opposes topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Opposes topic 18
Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship: Neutral on topic 18
Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions: Neutral on topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Secure the Mexican border against drug cartels: Favors topic 19
Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war: Favors topic 19
Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas: Opposes topic 19
Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border: Favors topic 19
ACLU shouldn't protest random drug sweeps in public housing: Favors topic 19
Protect the border from drug traffickers: Favors topic 19
States should make drug policy, not feds: Neutral on topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them: Opposes topic 20
Reduce business' tax burden & regulatory climate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Taxation is not the solution; live within our means instead: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Balance our budget without raising taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20

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