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Mel Martinez on Abortion
Click here for 15 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception. (Oct 2004)
  • Support the partial birth abortion ban. (Jul 2004)
  • Vote against government-sponsored abortion. (Jul 2004)
  • Support the rights of unborn victims of violence. (Apr 2004)
  • Supports Bush signing the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses. (Jun 2008)
  • Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment. (Feb 2009)
Mel Martinez on Budget & Economy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Biennial budget and appropriations process. (Jan 2009)
Mel Martinez on Civil Rights
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  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Oct 2004)
  • Support gay marriage ban. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Mel Martinez on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
Mel Martinez on Crime
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  • I support the death penalty. (Oct 2004)
  • End illegal Internet gambling and pornography. (Jul 2004)
  • Crack down criminals who prey on senior citizens. (Jul 2004)
  • Close loopholes on Officer Next Door program. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
Mel Martinez on Drugs
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  • More border security against illegal drugs. (Oct 2004)
Mel Martinez on Education
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  • Give parents more choice over kids’ schooling. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
Mel Martinez on Energy & Oil
Click here for 17 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Allow exploration in areas that support drilling. (Oct 2004)
  • Increase domestic oil output. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Develop technology for carbon dioxide sequestration. (Feb 2008)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
  • Gas tax holiday for the summer. (Apr 2008)
Mel Martinez on Environment
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  • Open more federal lands for hunting and shooting. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Fund projects for international conservation of cranes. (Jan 2009)
Mel Martinez on Families & Children
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Mel Martinez on Foreign Policy
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  • No permission from abroad for military actions. (Oct 2004)
  • Block funding for coerced abortions or sterilization. (Jul 2004)
  • Oppose aid to countries that don’t support US foreign policy. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia. (May 2008)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Condemn Iran for state-sponsored persecution of Baha'i. (Feb 2009)
Mel Martinez on Free Trade
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  • Stand up for agriculture in US trade policy. (Oct 2004)
  • Support trade that is free and fair. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Mel Martinez on Government Reform
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  • Secure Bush’s appointment of federal judges. (Mar 2004)
  • In Florida, focused on growth management. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Ensure delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas. (May 2008)
Mel Martinez on Gun Control
Click here for 8 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • I will always protect our Second Amendment Rights. (Aug 2004)
  • Prevent lawsuits from bankrupting firearms manufacturers. (Aug 2004)
  • Prevent activists from bankrupting firearms manufacturers. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal. (Feb 2009)
Mel Martinez on Health Care
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  • Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits. (Oct 2004)
  • Promote health saving account and Association Health Plans. (Oct 2004)
  • Relief for 40 million uninsured via small business AHPs. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Expedited licensing for biosimilar products. (Mar 2009)
Mel Martinez on Homeland Security
Click here for 21 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary. (Oct 2004)
  • Funding the strongest military in the world. (Aug 2004)
  • Fight to keep all FL military bases open. (Aug 2004)
  • Private-public partnerships for anti-terrorism technology. (Aug 2004)
  • Ensure veterans obtain all the benefits entitled. (Jul 2004)
  • Continue to support first responders. (Jul 2004)
  • Ease the burdens of deployed service-members. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP. (Dec 2007)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Mel Martinez on Immigration
Click here for 12 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens. (Oct 2004)
  • Amnesty rewards lawlessness. (Oct 2004)
  • End the flow of illegal aliens. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Rated 10% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Mel Martinez on Jobs
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  • Eliminate government regulations to encourage expansion. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
Mel Martinez on Principles & Values
Click here for 12 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Call to public service strong, but call to family stronger. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted with Republican Party 87.8% of 320 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect our freedom and our core values. (Sep 2004)
  • Escaped communist Cuba at age 15. (Aug 2004)
  • Support public displays of religious devotion. (Jul 2004)
  • Appreciates serving as HUD Secretary, thanks America. (Mar 2004)
  • No Senate run in 2004, but maybe governor in 2006. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Rated B by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted. (Sep 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Mel Martinez on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency. (Oct 2004)
  • Allow people to invest in a private account. (Oct 2004)
  • Support Social Security privatization. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
Mel Martinez on Tax Reform
Click here for 14 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth. (Oct 2004)
  • Make the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Mel Martinez on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
Mel Martinez on War & Peace
Click here for 10 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary. (Oct 2004)
  • Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Condemn Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement. (Feb 2008)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Mel Martinez on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 6 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty. (Oct 2004)
  • HUD worked through religious organizations. (Oct 2004)
  • Led an initiative to help minorities to buy homes. (Mar 2004)
  • More spending on homeownership & mutifamily loans. (Apr 2001)
  • Supports faith-based charities based on personal history. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception: Strongly Favors topic 1
Support the partial birth abortion ban: Opposes topic 1
Vote against government-sponsored abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Block funding for coerced abortions or sterilization: Opposes topic 1
Support the rights of unborn victims of violence: Opposes topic 1
Supports Bush signing the Unborn Victims of Violence Act: Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminate government regulations to encourage expansion: Opposes topic 2
Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Support gay marriage ban: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Support public displays of religious devotion: Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
I support the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Crack down criminals who prey on senior citizens: Strongly Favors topic 9
Close loopholes on Officer Next Door program: Opposes topic 9
NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I will always protect our Second Amendment Rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Prevent activists from bankrupting firearms manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Apply concealed carry permit to all other states where legal: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Promote health saving account and Association Health Plans: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Favors topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency: Favors topic 6
Allow people to invest in a private account: Strongly Favors topic 6
Support Social Security privatization: Strongly Favors topic 6
YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Give parents more choice over kids’ schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow exploration in areas that support drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
Increase domestic oil output: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Develop technology for carbon dioxide sequestration: Opposes topic 18
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Gas tax holiday for the summer: Opposes topic 18
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Opposes topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
More border security against illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
HUD worked through religious organizations: Strongly Favors topic 20
More spending on homeownership & mutifamily loans: Opposes topic 20
Supports faith-based charities based on personal history: Strongly Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Make the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Keep reduction of capital gains tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Opposes topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Amnesty rewards lawlessness: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End the flow of illegal aliens: Opposes topic 12
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 10% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stand up for agriculture in US trade policy: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Support trade that is free and fair: Opposes topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary: Strongly Favors topic 15
Funding the strongest military in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Fight to keep all FL military bases open: Strongly Favors topic 15
Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
NO on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Favors topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(-5 points on Social scale)
No permission from abroad for military actions: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Oppose aid to countries that don’t support US foreign policy: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17

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