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Richard Blumenthal on SenateMatch


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fight to protect a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Sponsored banning anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
CT statutes do not allow same-sex marriage licenses: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare is a start to national reform: Strongly Favors topic 5
New health law is a start but does not do enough: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protecting Medicare and Social Security from cutbacks: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
More resources for teaching as a profession: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fought unfair utility rates & environmental wrongdoing: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Prohibits breeding or possessing Big Cat species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored enforcing against illegal ocean fishing: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Crack down on sexual predators; end domestic violence: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Sued gun manufacturers to withdraw gun designs: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Nation's wealthiest don't need extension of Bush tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 11
Don't hold middle-income tax cut hostage to wealthiest 2%: Favors topic 11
Extend Bush tax cuts only for people earning under $250K: Favors topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Enact comprehensive solution; piecemeal approach fails: Strongly Favors topic 12
Crack down on employers of illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Comprehensive reform, to avoid patchwork of state laws: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Protect "Made in the USA" and "Made in Connecticut": Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Deeply committed to a strong national defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
Withdraw US combat troops from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap-and-trade OK; fuel cells & clean energy better: Strongly Favors topic 18
America must win race for Green Energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More job training and more R&D tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 20
Extending Bush tax cuts for wealthiest 2% is wrong: Strongly Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20

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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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