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George Pataki on VoteMatch

Republican NY Governor

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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
Appalled by abortion, but stop trying to overturn Roe v.Wade: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice, but ban abortion after 20 weeks: Favors topic 1
I'm pro-choice, with limitations: Favors topic 1
Claims he can overcome GOP objection to pro-abortion stance: Favors topic 1
Favors abortion rights: Favors topic 1
Vetoes non-prescription morning-after pill: Opposes topic 1
Supports banning partial birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Voted in NY legislature to cut off Medicaid abortion funding: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supported by right-to-life groups in 1990s elections: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Women in any military role as long as they can do the job: Favors topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Uphold rule of law;fire those who won't perform gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Leave rules of same-sex marriage to the states: Favors topic 3
Opposes same-sex marriage; supports gay & lesbian rights: Favors topic 3
No Federal Marriage Amendment; yes hate crime legislation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Four-year limit for full welfare benefits: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Would have rejected Medicaid expansion for New York: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is the worst law of my lifetime: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Revere America: work to repeal ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Take decisions out of the hands of government bureaucrats: Opposes topic 5
$28M for Primary Care Initiative: Favors topic 5
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
I would not reduce social security benefits: Opposes topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Common Core is a horrible idea: Strongly Favors topic 7
Expand charter schools throughout the state: Favors topic 7
Fund charter schools as independent non-profit entities: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(+2 points on Social scale)
Federal role is to incentivize innovative energy technology: Opposes topic 8
Preserve & enhance our natural treasures for future: Opposes topic 8
Majestic Hudson flows cleaner than it has in generations: Strongly Opposes topic 8
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
People must be held accountable for their actions: Favors topic 9
Prevent release of sexual predators into our neighborhoods: Strongly Favors topic 9
Abolished parole for violent felons: Strongly Favors topic 9
Operation IMPACT: focus police in high crime upstate cities: Favors topic 9
Instituted death penalty in NY: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Do a better job of enforcing federal gun laws: Opposes topic 10
Signed New York state's strict gun control legislation: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Ban assault weapons & require trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports gun control legislation: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
12% manufacturing tax rate, so we'll make things in America: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Throw out incomprehensible tax code: simpler, lower rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
We cut taxes 81 times; cut taxes on businesses once again: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate the marriage penalty & cut taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes & cut spending: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phase out estate and gift taxes: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Deport only criminal aliens; but end sanctuary cities: Favors topic 12
Birthright citizenship is ok; don't deport those kids: Favors topic 12
Practical policy: legal residency after 200 hours of service: Favors topic 12
Immigrants come to work, not for government handouts: Favors topic 12
No executive orders on immigration: 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
English immersion over bilingual education: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Invest in math & science innovation to compete with China: Favors topic 13
Focus on in-sourcing foreign companies back to New York: Opposes topic 13
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Bound under state commitment to CAFTA: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We need a cyber-war on North Korea: Favors topic 14
Reauthorize the Patriot Act, including collecting phone data: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Far more to help our military & help our veterans: Strongly Favors topic 15
Freeze government hiring except military & defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
A strong America is a safe America: strengthen our military: Strongly Favors topic 15
We must win the War on Terror to keep America safe: Strongly Favors topic 15
Terrorism III package: cyber-terrorism and agri-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Lifetime ban on elected officials becoming lobbyists: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Risking American lives is necessary to destroy ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support West Bank settlements; tough on Iran & Palestine: Opposes topic 17
Make sure Iran never has a nuclear weapon: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Consider US combat troops to destroy ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Honor soldiers destroying terrorist insurgency in Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Of course pouring CO2 into atmosphere causes global warming: Favors topic 18
Climate change is a real and scientifically proven: Favors topic 18
Tackle climate change via private & market-based initiatives: Opposes topic 18
Reduce expensive, polluting, terror-promoting foreign oil: Opposes topic 18
Make renewable fuel tax-free, for mass transit & cars: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make NY the center for clean, renewable energy research: Strongly Favors topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization: Opposes topic 19
Let each state decide marijuana legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
OK to legalize if we can contain addiction and kids' access: Opposes topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fed should get out of market & let rates go up: Opposes topic 20
Slash job-killing regulations & cut taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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