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Michael Steele on SenateMatch


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
More funding for adult stem-cell research, but not embryonic: Opposes topic 1
Supports Bushís veto of embryonic stem cell research: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Support stem cell research that does not destroy embryos: Opposes topic 1
Pro-life Republicanism is mainstream of America: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life, but we have to live with 33 years of reality: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support affirmative action and its improvements: Strongly Favors topic 2
Affirmative action programs still necessary to close divides: Strongly Favors topic 2
Expand minority-owned business opportunities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Weíre still discovering affirmative action in corporations: Strongly Favors topic 2
Led commitment to $70M in grants to minority-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman and God only: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Affirms marriage is between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Facilitated faith-based institutions to tap into resources: Strongly Favors topic 4
Government should have limited control over welfare & family: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Let businesses avoid burdensome and ineffective system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Extend sign up period for the Medicare Rx Drug plan: Favors topic 5
I donít need government dictating socialized medicine: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Spend more on care and less on bureaucracy: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Flexibility for some ownership over retirement choices: Strongly Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Donít trap poor kids in failing schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+5 points on Social scale)
Revitalize the Chesapeake; focus on open space preservation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
More focus on victims of violent crime: Favors topic 9
Mandatory sentencing guidelines for child sex offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Combat the proliferation of gangs: Favors topic 9
Personally opposed to the death penalty: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No ban on guns; focus on enforcement instead: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Make tax relief permanent and repeal the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Create legacy wealth for future generations: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes amnesty for undocumented workers: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Secure our borders immediately; meaningful reform later: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Led trade mission to Ghana and South Africa: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Enough of negotiating with terrorists who want us dead: Strongly Favors topic 15
Terrorismís tentacles penetrate within US and abroad: Favors topic 15
More spending on biodefense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
I have to take money in small increments, in current system: Opposes topic 16
Declines to sign Voters First Pledge for campaign reform: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
We need a clear strategy, and to pressure Iraq govít: Opposes topic 17
Iraq war worth it, to establish beachhead of democracy: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Would still vote for the Iraq war even there were no weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Yes, I would have authorized the use of force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No timetable for Iraq; donít second-guess the president: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No cut and run strategy in Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Precipitous withdrawal from Iraq is dangerous: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Moratorium on gas taxes until price stabilizes: Opposes topic 18
Create and sustain real energy independence: Favors topic 18
Solar and renewables are the energy sources for the future: Favors topic 18
More biomass, more hybrids, more fuel efficiency: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
More enforcement against Drug Trafficking: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Stimulus package means pork and political payback: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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Retired as of Jan. 2015:
Senate races Nov. 2016:
AK: Murkowski(R) vs.Begich(D)
AL: Shelby(R) vs.Bright(D)
AR: Boozman(R) vs.Beebe(D)
AZ: McCain(R) vs.Ward(R) vs.Kirkpatrick(D) vs.Mealer(I)
CA: Sanchez(D) vs.Harris(D) vs.Chavez(R)
CO: Bennet(D) vs.Glenn(R)
CT: Blumenthal(D) vs.Foley(R)
FL: Jolly(R) vs.DeSantis(R) vs.Cantera(R) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Grayson(D) vs.Keith(D)
GA: Isakson(R) vs.Nunn(D) vs.Barrow(D) vs.Grayson(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D)
IA: Grassley(R) vs.Clovis(D)
ID: Crapo(R) vs.Labrador(R)
IL: Kirk(R)
IN: Stutzman(R) vs.Hill(D) vs.Holcomb(R) vs.Bosma(R) vs.Young(R)
KS: Moran(R) vs.Orman(I) vs.Sebelius(D)
KY: Paul(R) vs.Conway(D) vs.Chandler(D)
LA: Fleming(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Landry(D) vs.McAllister(R) vs.Maness(R)
MD: Edwards(D) vs.Van Hollen(D) vs.Ehrlich(R) vs.Steele(R)
MO: Blunt(R) vs.Kander(D)
NC: Burr(R) vs.Hagan(D) vs.McIntyre(D) vs.Miller(D) vs.Shuler(D)
ND: Hoeven(R)
NH: Ayotte(R) vs.Shea-Porter(D)
NV: Cortez-Masto(D) vs.Heck(R) vs.Beers(R)
NY: Schumer(D) vs.King(R) vs.Gibson(R)
OH: Portman(R) vs.Strickland(D) vs.Sittenfeld(D)
OK: Lankford(R) vs.Johnson(D)
OR: Wyden(D)
PA: Toomey(R) vs.Stern(R) vs.Sestak(D) vs.McGinty(D)
SC: Scott(R)
SD: Thune(R) vs.Herseth-Sandlin(D)
UT: Lee(R) vs.Matheson(D)
VT: Leahy(D)
WA: Murray(D) vs.Reichert(R)
WI: Johnson(R) vs.Feingold(D)
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