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Mitt Romney on VoteMatch



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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Reverse Obama regulations that threaten innocent life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
1990: As church leader, urged at-risk mom against abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
1994: Supported abortion rights but personally opposed: Favors topic 1
1993: Personally opposed, but let women decide themselves: Favors topic 1
Firmly pro-life; including Court nominations: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortion decision should recognize TWO lives involved: Opposes topic 1
GovWatch: 2002: “preserve & protect” right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
I took action as governor to preserve the sanctity of life: Opposes topic 1
No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions: Favors topic 1
Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life: Opposes topic 1
Firmly in the “legal but rare” camp: Favors topic 1
Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life: Opposes topic 1
Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Breach of Constitution for justices to adjust Constitution: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Anti-abortion views have “evolved & deepened” while governor: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor: Favors topic 1
For safe, legal abortion since relative’s death from illegal: Favors topic 1
2002: No to new abortion law; yes to emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
1993: Morning-after pill could make abortions obsolete: Favors topic 1
Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Stem cell research lofty goals don’t justify destroying life: Opposes topic 1
Vetoed stem cell research bill: Opposes topic 1
Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
2005: Vetoed availability without Rx of morning-after pill: Opposes topic 1
Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes Roe v Wade, but won’t tamper with abortion laws: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Endorsed legalization of RU-486: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Recruited women for gubernatorial staff: Favors topic 2
I picked a woman Lt. Gov., and more women in my Cabinet: Favors topic 2
1993: As church leader, granted women's equality requests: Favors topic 2
Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issue: Strongly Favors topic 2
To compete as a nation, draw on skills of women & minorities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Help women thru glass ceiling by requiring annual reporting: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Impact of same-sex marriage on kids won't be known for years: Opposes topic 3
2006: Marriage: I agree with 3000 years of recorded history: Opposes topic 3
1994: "I'll be better than Ted Kennedy" on gay rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
2002: domestic partnership benefits instead of civil unions: Favors topic 3
Gay community needs more support from the Republican Party: Favors topic 3
1994: Supported ENDA to ban anti-gay employer discrimination: Favors topic 3
2003: Worked with cities to prepare for gay marriages: Favors topic 3
Federal definition of marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is not just quaint custom; recognize critical role: Opposes topic 3
GovWatch: 1994: Favored gays serving openly in military: Strongly Favors topic 3
1994: Gays ok in Boy Scouts: Favors topic 3
Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn’t de redefined: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law: Favors topic 3
Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Every child deserves a mother and a father: Strongly Opposes topic 3
OpEd: abdicated power in 2004 & allowed gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Abstinence-only education for 12-to-14 year olds: Favors topic 4
My faith would inform my presidency: Strongly Favors topic 4
Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects: Favors topic 4
Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules: Favors topic 4
Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing: Favors topic 4
Would require welfare recipients to work: Favors topic 4
Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Conservative idea: individual responsibility for health care: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals: Favors topic 5
No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare's power grab won't work; Obama didn't ask me: Strongly Opposes topic 5
2006: individual mandate is a Republican approach: Strongly Favors topic 5
Base health care system on free choice & private medicine: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics: Opposes topic 5
Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform: Favors topic 5
MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines): Opposes topic 5
State universal coverage plan is national test case: Strongly Favors topic 5
MA state health insurance plan lowered costs: Favors topic 5
Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Add individual retirement accounts as option: Favors topic 6
Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold: Strongly Favors topic 6
Private accounts work better than extending retirement age: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Teachers unions need to go behind parents & kids: Favors topic 7
Let IDEA and Title I funds follow disabled child: Favors topic 7
Every parent should have a choice of schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
2003: Bold reforms: required H.S. graduation test: Favors topic 7
Vetoed abandoning three new Massachusetts charter schools: Favors topic 7
School choice over fat-cat CEOs of teachers' unions: Favors topic 7
Education is not just the teachers’ union: Strongly Favors topic 7
Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion: Favors topic 7
Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships: Favors topic 7
Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
FDA should collaborate with businesses they monitor: Favors topic 8
Clean Air & Water Acts are significantly out of date: Favors topic 8
Cross-border pollution matters; so build natural gas system: Opposes topic 8
Replace "green jobs" program with American competitiveness: Strongly Favors topic 8
2008: "Lifelong" devotion to hunting meant "small varmints": Strongly Favors topic 8
States should be able to have their own emissions standards: Favors topic 8
Lit mountain with Olympic rings while placating enviro’s: Opposes topic 8
Clean environment will be a campaign theme: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
2002: Supported death penalty although it was long abolished: Strongly Favors topic 9
One Strike, You’re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking: Strongly Favors topic 9
Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty in heinous murders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty and “three strikes” sentencing: Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty and “three strikes” sentencing: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1994: backed 5-day waiting period on gun sales: Strongly Opposes topic 10
2002: My positions won't make me the hero of the NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
GovWatch: 1994: did not “line up with the NRA”: Opposes topic 10
I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes: Opposes topic 10
Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police: Opposes topic 10
Compromise MA gun bills were net gain for gun owner: Favors topic 10
Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminate taxes on dividends & interest but not via FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Apply Reaganomics to current recession: cut taxes & grow: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I support the Bush tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Death tax just doesn’t make sense: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002: Strongly Opposes topic 11
My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback: Opposes topic 11
Pledges not to raise taxes: Opposes topic 11
1996: flat tax is unfair to the middle class: Favors topic 11
I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Executive action on immigration is only a temporary solution: Opposes topic 12
Enforce employment laws; illegal immigrants will self-deport: Opposes topic 12
I like legal immigration; let business determine visas: Favors topic 12
Ardent proponent of English immersion: Opposes topic 12
GovWatch: 2005: Called comprehensive reform “reasonable”: Strongly Favors topic 12
Deport illegal immigrants in 90 days under the ideal setting: Strongly Opposes topic 12
No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals: Favors topic 12
Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now: Strongly Opposes topic 12
McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally: Opposes topic 12
The 12 million illegal immigrants can’t stay forever: Opposes topic 12
Unfair to allow all illegal immigrants to stay: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
If America fails to protect against China, we'll be eclipsed: Opposes topic 13
China must respect intellectual property if they want trade: Opposes topic 13
Trade is good for the nation, but not good for everybody: Opposes topic 13
Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries: Opposes topic 13
Open up markets to American goods and services: Strongly Favors topic 13
Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce: Favors topic 13
Declined state commitment to CAFTA: Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
World has been losing respect for America for last 5 years: Strongly Favors topic 14
To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Strong Economy; Strong Military; Strong People: Strongly Favors topic 15
Stronger America is less likely to have to fight: Strongly Favors topic 15
We want a peaceful planet; but we need strength to do that: Strongly Favors topic 15
Navy needs 313 ships; cutting to 200 is unacceptable: Strongly Favors topic 15
It's a terrible idea to cut defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Devoted to making America the strongest nation on Earth: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending to at least 4% of GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Raise military spending to 4% of our GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Add 100,000 to the military without a draft: Strongly Favors topic 15
We need at least 100,000 more troops in our military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(-3 points on Social scale)
1994: campaign spending limits and the abolition of PACs: Favors topic 16
2002: publicly fund campaigns; 2008: repeal McCain-Feingold: Favors topic 16
1960s large donors avoided union influence in politics: Strongly Opposes topic 16
GovWatch: 1994: advocated spending limit on elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 16
McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-5 points on Social scale)
Do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS-including ground troops: Strongly Opposes topic 17
ISIS: bad things happen as a result of inaction: Opposes topic 17
No military involvement in Syria; work with our allies: Opposes topic 17
Dissuade Iran from nukes by peaceful means, like sanctions: Opposes topic 17
It’s time for people of America to show a surge of support: Strongly Opposes topic 17
We should withdraw from Afghanistan after 2012: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leave: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Timetable for troop reduction ok; but not for withdrawal: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Leave 20,000 US troops in Iraq as an ongoing presence: Strongly Opposes topic 17
American resolve in Iraq counters jihad with fortitude: Opposes topic 17
$700B was well-spent to win freedom in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war: Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Obama cut in half the number of drilling permits/licenses: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No consensus on extent of global warming or human activity: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change is occurring, with SOME human contribution: Favors topic 18
No-regrets policy at home; reduce greenhouse emission abroad: Strongly Favors topic 18
Nuclear power is a win-win: no CO2 and no imports: Opposes topic 18
Opposes McCain-Lieberman bill due to $0.50/gal. gas tax: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax: Opposes topic 18
Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
We share cross-border drug problem with Mexico: Favors topic 19
Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
Mandatory sentence & higher penalty for repeat drunk driving: Favors topic 19
Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
We need to cut taxes and reduce regulations for businesses: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2003: $500M budget cuts, including aid to cities: Opposes topic 20
I don't want to raise taxes in the middle of a recession: Opposes topic 20
Incentivize hiring jobless: cover $2000 in training costs: Strongly Favors topic 20
Apply Reaganomics to current recession: cut taxes & grow: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Make sure that we rein in spending: Opposes topic 20
Avoid recession with immediate middle-income tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankrupt: Opposes topic 20

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