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Ed Gillespie on SenateMatch


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
I never supported a Personhood amendment: Favors topic 1
Sell contraceptives over-the-counter to avoid Hobby Lobby: Favors topic 1
Opposes abortion: Opposes topic 1
Promoting culture of life does not make me Taliban: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Believes deeply in the sanctity of life: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Increase share of African-American vote in midterm elections: Favors topic 2
OpEd: Lobbied for company that paid women 39% less than men: Opposes topic 2
Accused of minority outreach? Guilty as charged: Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Maintain state same-sex marriage ban, but leave it to states: Favors topic 3
Marriage is the legal union of one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Courts should not encroach on definition of marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Deciding marriage at state level is not gay-bashing: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
We spend $12 on safe sex ed for every $1 on abstinence: Favors topic 4
I am tired of having my religious convictions scorned: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Benefits from GOP resistance to the new health law: Opposes topic 5
1993: HillaryCare bureaucracy meant job-killing mandates: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Market principles: portability & tort reform: Opposes topic 5
Broken medical liability system costs $28B per year: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
OpEd: Lobbied for company that received 50 EPA warnings: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fight UN gun ban treaty, & fight bans on guns or ammunition: Strongly Favors topic 10
Revere 2nd Amendment as much as 1st Amendment: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Believes in conservative ideas of lower taxes: Opposes topic 11
Death tax is an egregious aspect of our tax code: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Send migrant kids back to parents in Central America: Opposes topic 12
Unapologetic supporter of comprehensive immigration overhaul: Favors topic 12
Pro-assimilation more than anti-immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
New temporary worker program after securing our border: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes the Export-Import Bank: Opposes topic 13
Aggressively open markets for exports: Strongly Favors topic 13
Lobbied to remove tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Emphasize American exceptionalism; a force for good in world: Strongly Favors topic 14
We should stand by Bush doctrine of pre-emption: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Condemn deep and dangerous defense-budget cuts: Strongly Favors topic 15
2004: Kerry voted against many important weapons systems: Strongly Favors topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
2004: interpreted 527s (PACs) as illegal expenditures: Favors topic 16
Paid $27M in lobbying fees in early 2000s: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Keep troops in Afghanistan; military on table with Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Foolish to say that Iran is not a serious threat: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Victory against Islamic terrorism must be our national goal: Strongly Opposes topic 17
As Bush spokesperson, defended Iraqi surge & al Qaeda link: Strongly Opposes topic 17
1984: Threat of Communism drove me to Reagan: Opposes topic 17
Bush was insightful and resolute in War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Fight War on Terror in Kabul or it will be waged in Kansas: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Sea levels are rising, but it's debatable what causes it: Opposes topic 18
Democrats' energy policy is an attack on our quality of life: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Budget-cutting is collective exercise in national interest: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL: Sessions(R,unopposed)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R) vs.Swaney(G) vs.LaFrance(L)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE: Coons(D) vs.Wade(R)
GA: Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Swafford(L) vs.Kingston(R) vs.Gingrey(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R) vs.Pirkowski(R)
IA: Braley(D) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Butzier(L) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.Truax(R)
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Orman(I) vs.Batson(L) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.Gomez(R)
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI: Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Johnson(L) vs.Abeler(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.Childers(D) vs.McDaniel(R)
MT: Walsh(D) vs.Daines(R) vs.Curtis(D) vs.Rankin(I) vs.Edmunds(R) vs.Bohlinger(D)
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R) vs.Haugh(L)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Haugh(L) vs.Osborn(R)
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R) vs.Martin(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Bell(R) vs.Sabrin(R)
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Lankford(R) vs.Johnson(D) vs.Shannon(R)
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.Conger(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Zaccaria(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Hutto(D) vs.Ravenel(I) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I) vs.Howie(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Ball(D) vs.Carr(R) vs.Adams(D)
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.Sanchez(G) vs.Stockman(R)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Buckley(L) vs.Lawhorn(I) vs.Raese(R) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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