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Pete Buttigieg on VoteMatch

Democratic Presidential Challenger; IN Mayor

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Federal government should protect reproductive freedom: Strongly Favors topic 1
Personal choice is best for abortion's moral decision: Favors topic 1
Abortion is moral question decided by woman, not government: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortion is a woman's choice, not a political statement: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Look at reparations to mend generational theft of racism: Strongly Favors topic 2
Systemic racism has touched every part of American life: Strongly Favors topic 2
Douglass Plan: tackle racial inequality with funding & laws: Strongly Favors topic 2
Racial inequality compounds, which is why it is persistent: Strongly Favors topic 2
White America needs to face roots of systemic racism: Favors topic 2
Move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism: Strongly Favors topic 2
Security establishment should reflect nation's diversity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Government investment can help minority businesses: Favors topic 2
Address racial divide by showing up & building trust: Favors topic 2
As mayor, renamed main street as Martin Luther King Blvd: Favors topic 2
Created plan to ensure diversity in city government jobs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Black voters more interested in issues than his being gay: Strongly Favors topic 3
Open to gay parenthood if elected president: Strongly Favors topic 3
Problem about me being gay means problem with my creator: Strongly Favors topic 3
If I had been given a choice, I would have not been gay: Favors topic 3
Declared "open city" for LGBT, when state became anti-LGBT: Strongly Favors topic 3
Someday, politicians won't have to come out as gay: Favors topic 3
Companies are not persons; should not have religious rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
For LGBT rights, but doesn't presume to speak for everyone: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports Equality Act; need better legislation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Trans members of the military deserve presidential support: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gender reassignment surgery is part of health care: Strongly Favors topic 3
Voters have judged his record, not his marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Freedom is personal, not about government regulation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Came out as gay, to inspire others to judge character: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Government belongs to people of every religion & no religion: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Every religion says we should care for our neighbors: Favors topic 4
God does not have a political party: Opposes topic 4
Supports religious values and separation of church and state: Opposes topic 4
Scripture is about protecting the stranger and the poor: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support: Favors topic 5
How do we get to single payer? Need a glide path: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover undocumented immigrants; then we're all healthier: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer option can lead to Medicare for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all who want it: public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Public option is step towards universal care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single rate for healthcare before single payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
His generation not put off by claims of "socialism": Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer can still allow role for private insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
2018: favored single-payer Medicare-for-All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Double Social Security's payroll-tax cap to $250,000: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stand up and support public education: Opposes topic 7
Charter schools have a place in the school ecosystem: Favors topic 7
Charter schools can't replace public, but can try new things: Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(0 points on Social scale)
Regulate plastics; incentives for non-plastic replacements: Opposes topic 8
Support nuclear power: Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Eliminate private prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Supports constitutional ban on death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Has dealt with racism & police violence, but it's not enough: Opposes topic 9
Cut federal prison population, encourage states to follow: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Justice is blind; appointees should uphold that principle: Neutral on topic 9
Not up to the president to decide who should be prosecuted: Neutral on topic 9
Death penalty is racist; mandatory minimums too: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Concentrate law enforcement on gang-related violence: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Much work to enact measures that vast majority supports: Strongly Opposes topic 10
What we're doing on gun violence isn't working: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Voluntary buyback, plus ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Trained on military weapons: no place in civilian use: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Respect people's desire for self-defense: Favors topic 10
Common sense gun control can work under Second Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Yes to gun control and universal background checks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Installed ShotSpotter technology: identify source of gunfire: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
April: raise top tax rate; October: "soft-pedals" wealth tax: Favors topic 11
Financial transactions tax, wealth tax, and estate tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
The wealthy should pay their fair share in taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Set up program for undocumented, alert system for ICE raids: Strongly Favors topic 12
Crossing the border illegally should still be illegal: Opposes topic 12
Decriminalizing border-crossing ends child separation: Favors topic 12
Policies make things worse instead of solving problems: Favors topic 12
Should help stabilize Central America nations, not cut aid: Favors topic 12
Most Americans are immigrants or their descendants: Favors topic 12
There's a consensus on immigration if we have the will: Strongly Favors topic 12
Problem isn't ICE; it's what they're ordered to do: Favors topic 12
Supports DACA and easing deportation policies: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Invest in domestic competitiveness to stay ahead of China: Favors topic 13
Americans pay the price for Trump's trade war with China: Favors topic 13
Support African nations; recognize market opportunities: Strongly Favors topic 13
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Don't use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
Tariffs are taxes; we pay $800 a year for Trump's tariffs: Strongly Favors topic 13
Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs: Favors topic 13
Unions good for US workers, but not NAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
America known as country that keeps its word: Strongly Favors topic 14
Mustn't let China lead world on artificial intelligence: Favors topic 14
Amendments among "most elegant features" of Constitution: Favors topic 14
Provide new opportunities for voluntary public service: Favors topic 14
US foreign policy should be based on American values: Favors topic 14
We can lead the world or resent it; we can't do both: Strongly Favors topic 14
Regional & global allies have interest in Middle East peace: Opposes topic 14
Isolationism is not right way for us to go: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Foreign policy grounded in American interests for 2050s: Favors topic 14
The world needs America at our best: Strongly Favors topic 14
If U.S. to address human rights, we need to be credible: Opposes topic 14
Be serious about security like Israel, but live freely: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Tension between capitalism and democracy America's challenge: Opposes topic 14
National service can unite Americans: Favors topic 14
9/11 brought post-Cold War era to new generation of war: Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Re-prioritize runaway growth in military spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Military can play huge role in solving climate change: Favors topic 15
Make sure we have right kind of settlement in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 15
Boost the defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Prioritize cyber-threats & extremism, not more submarines: Opposes topic 15
Recognize Vietnam Veterans Day, as late honor: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Same-day voter registration, and fight voter suppression: Strongly Favors topic 16
Felons should be allowed after release from prison: Favors topic 16
Offer of foreign electoral help should lead to call to FBI: Strongly Favors topic 16
Must not allow foreign powers to interfere in elections: Favors topic 16
Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison: Favors topic 16
Abolish Electoral College; it makes society less democratic: Strongly Favors topic 16
Calls for redistricting reform; questions Electoral College: Strongly Favors topic 16
Get rid of the Electoral College: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Would use force, but need to think of the consequences: Strongly Opposes topic 17
China uses technology for perfection of dictatorship: Opposes topic 17
We have betrayed our allies & values by exiting Syria: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Syrian withdrawal undermines our soldiers' honor: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Restore U.S. credibility by leading world on big challenges: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Russia; support for Ukraine: Opposes topic 17
We must reset our relationship with Saudi Arabia: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Bring troops home from Afghanistan except for Special Ops: Opposes topic 17
Rejoin Iran deal with 6 other countries: Favors topic 17
Keep the troops deployed abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Work with allies in region & elsewhere on Middle East: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Restore Iran deal; work with allies in Europe and the region: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Deal with Iran; consult with intelligence: Opposes topic 17
Never should have left Iran deal, will do something new: Strongly Opposes topic 17
We've learned how hard it is to end a war: Favors topic 17
Never send troops without clear definition of their mission: Favors topic 17
Small steps forward in North Korea; no "love letters": Strongly Opposes topic 17
Be more judicious when committing troops: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supports Israel; situation more complex than seen in media: Opposes topic 17
Don't let Iraq war supporters plan Venezuela invasion: Strongly Favors topic 17
Use diplomatic strategies in Venezuela, not military: Opposes topic 17
U.S. not the guarantor of peace in Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Pull troops out of Afghanistan, but not Syria: Neutral on topic 17
2002: opposed Iraq War because believed WMDs would be used: Favors topic 17
Pay attention to assessments of intelligence agencies: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No more intermediate steps: de-carbonize industry by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Federal investment in renewable tech for farms: Strongly Favors topic 18
Lots of job opportunity in green economy; not all high tech: Strongly Favors topic 18
Can't solve problem by air travel ban; focus on fast trains: Favors topic 18
We have 12 years until climate catastrophe: Strongly Favors topic 18
US must lead the way in exit of coal-fired power: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ban fracking: Favors topic 18
Pittsburgh Summit instead of Paris Summit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Money from carbon tax should go to American families: Favors topic 18
Institute carbon tax, to capture the true cost of things: Strongly Favors topic 18
Timetable on climate set by reality, not by Congress: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate security is priority, invest in renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Put boundaries on what phamra companies can do: Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize and legalize marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana is personal responsibility issue; move to legalize: Opposes topic 19
Focus on opioid treatment options, not just defining problem: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
As mayor: major investment in data and technology industries: Favors topic 20
Government must be pro-active with changing economy: Favors topic 20
We should support workers going through changes: Strongly Favors topic 20
Infrastructure upgrade of sewer system needed in South Bend: Favors topic 20
2009 auto bailout was worthwhile; it saved jobs and pensions: Strongly Favors topic 20

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