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John Ashcroft on VoteMatch



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes Roe v Wade, but accepts it as settled law: Opposes topic 1
Restricting abortion has been a hallmark of his career: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Opposes all abortion, even for rape and incest: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No American should suffer based on skin color: Opposes topic 2
Opposed Ronnie White on qualifications, not on skin color: Neutral on topic 2
Against affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Opposes topic 2
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
It's against my religion to impose my religion on others: Opposes topic 4
Allow states to contract with charitable organizations: Strongly Favors topic 4
Fight the assault on the American family: Strongly Favors topic 4
Charitable Choice helps break cycle of poverty: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Voted against penalties on tobacco companies: Opposes topic 5
Medicare lockbox; more funding too: Favors topic 5
$150M for basic health care for uninsured: Favors topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the Social Security Earnings Test: Favors topic 6
Architect of the Social Security lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
YES on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
For Ed-Flex; against national testing: Opposes topic 7
Send “direct checks” to local school districts: Favors topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
No racial bias in Garza execution nor in federal system: Favors topic 9
Opposes any further delays in McVeigh’s execution: Favors topic 9
Oversaw 7 executions as Governor of Missouri: Strongly Favors topic 9
Tougher school rules keep schools safe: Favors topic 9
Death penalty reinforces consequences for our actions: Strongly Favors topic 9
Finding Christ on death row is no reason for pardon: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Unequivocal individual gun rights, but restrictions ok: Favors topic 10
Cut record-keeping to one day for background checks: Strongly Favors topic 10
Tough penalties for gun crimes, but allow concealed carry: Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut tax rates to 10% for middle class & 25% maximum: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Fair trade: partner with friends, challenge rivals: Neutral on topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Reverse Justice Department ruling on legality of torture: Opposes topic 14
UN has no say in deployment of US forces: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on $17.9 billion to IMF: Favors topic 14
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
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Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Zealous proponent of the war on drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Tougher anti-meth laws: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Helped balance budget; now pay down national debt: Opposes topic 20
Make government smaller; cut corporate welfare: Opposes topic 20
Abolish the death tax & other taxes as part of $1.7T tax cut: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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