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Chris Coons on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I respect stare decisis, and a woman's right to choose. (Oct 2010)
  • Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. (Oct 2010)
  • Pro-choice, but no federal subsidies. (Sep 2010)
  • Support embryonic stem cell research. (Sep 2010)
  • Make abortion safe, legal and rare. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports giving legal protection to unborn children. (Sep 2010)
Chris Coons on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • TARP lending and SBA loans are positive & concrete steps. (Oct 2010)
  • My county was one of only 30 earning Triple-A bond rating. (Oct 2010)
  • Bailout was done too fast and put billions at risk. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports the stimulus bill. (Sep 2010)
Chris Coons on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Targeted by Stonewall as pro-LGBT candidate. (Jun 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Chris Coons on Corporations
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  • Citizens United was ill-decided & distorts political process. (Oct 2010)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Chris Coons on Crime
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  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
Chris Coons on Drugs
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Chris Coons on Education
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  • Race to the Top: successful change for DE schools. (Oct 2010)
  • I Have a Dream Foundation: private money for public college. (Oct 2010)
  • Every student deserves a quality public education. (Jul 2010)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
Chris Coons on Energy & Oil
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  • Reduce CO2 by focus on energy efficiency and conservation. (Oct 2010)
  • Buildup of carbon dioxide is unsustainable. (Jul 2010)
  • Oil drilling poses an environmental risk. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Supports passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation. (Sep 2010)
Chris Coons on Environment
Click here for 6 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Protect the environment by becoming environmental stewards. (Oct 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 80% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams. (Apr 2013)
Chris Coons on Families & Children
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  • Faith is a central part of how we raise our three children. (Oct 2010)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Chris Coons on Foreign Policy
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  • Strengthen international partnerships; responsibly exit Iraq. (Oct 2011)
  • Rated +1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels. (Mar 2013)
Chris Coons on Free Trade
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  • Recent trade deals take advantage of us. (Oct 2010)
  • Link fair trade with national security. (Jul 2010)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Mar 2013)
Chris Coons on Government Reform
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  • Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees. (Nov 2013)
  • Consider 3-year freeze on non-defense discretionary spending. (Oct 2010)
  • Campaign spending is not a form of speech. (Sep 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
Chris Coons on Gun Control
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  • Respect 2nd Amendment with common sense limitations. (Sep 2010)
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Aug 2010)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Chris Coons on Health Care
Click here for 8 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Malpractice lawsuits with no cap offer important redress. (Oct 2010)
  • Extend, perfect, and implement ObamaCare. (Oct 2010)
  • Groups representing nurses & seniors support ObamaCare. (Oct 2010)
  • Responsibly implement healthcare law while containing costs. (Sep 2010)
  • Longstanding need to fix health care system. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (May 2013)
Chris Coons on Homeland Security
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  • Reduce spending on C-17, F-35, & eliminate other platforms. (Oct 2010)
  • Swiftly repeal discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell". (Oct 2010)
  • Rejected debate hosted by "9-12 Patriots" issue groud. (Sep 2010)
  • Link security with development and human rights. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
Chris Coons on Immigration
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  • No pathway to citizenship; but pathway to legal residency. (Oct 2010)
  • Supports comprehensive federal immigration reform. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports full implementation of current border security laws. (Sep 2010)
  • Allow more visas for STEM college graduates. (Sep 2012)
Chris Coons on Jobs
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  • Unemployment hasn't doubled in two years; O'Donnell is lying. (Oct 2010)
Chris Coons on Principles & Values
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  • Collaborated with Sen. Rubio on pro-small-business AGREE Act. (Jun 2012)
  • I am not a bearded Marxist; but a clean-shaven capitalist. (Oct 2010)
  • Described himself in college as a "bearded Marxist". (Sep 2010)
  • Focuses on his experience; will fight on Delaware issues. (Sep 2010)
Chris Coons on Social Security
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  • Against privatizing Social Security. (Sep 2010)
Chris Coons on Tax Reform
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  • Every extension of Bush tax cut adds to the deficit. (Oct 2010)
  • New approach to replace Bush tax cuts. (Aug 2010)
  • Increase property & sewer taxes; layoff 75 county employees. (Mar 2009)
Chris Coons on Technology
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  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Strengthen infrastructure, including rail, dams, & Internet. (Jan 2013)
Chris Coons on War & Peace
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  • Are 100,000 troops in Afghanistan contributing to security? (Oct 2010)
  • Responsibly end the war in Iraq. (Sep 2010)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves. (May 2013)
Chris Coons on Welfare & Poverty
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  • It's not dependency to rely on food stamps during recession. (Oct 2010)


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
I respect stare decisis, and a woman's right to choose: Favors topic 1
Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice, but no federal subsidies: Favors topic 1
Support embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supports giving legal protection to unborn children: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: 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
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Swiftly repeal discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell": Strongly Favors topic 3
Targeted by Stonewall as pro-LGBT candidate: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Extend, perfect, and implement ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Longstanding need to fix health care system: 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)
Against privatizing Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Every student deserves a quality public education: Opposes topic 7
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Protect the environment by becoming environmental stewards: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Respect 2nd Amendment with common sense limitations: 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)
New approach to replace Bush tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
Increase property & sewer taxes; layoff 75 county employees: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
No pathway to citizenship; but pathway to legal residency: Favors topic 12
Supports comprehensive federal immigration reform: Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports full implementation of current border security laws: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Allow more visas for STEM college graduates: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Recent trade deals take advantage of us: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Link fair trade with national security: Opposes topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
Strengthen international partnerships; responsibly exit Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Link security with development and human rights: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Citizens United was ill-decided & distorts political process: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign spending is not a form of speech: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Are 100,000 troops in Afghanistan contributing to security?: Favors topic 17
Responsibly end the war in Iraq: Favors topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored funding and supplying the Syrian rebels: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sponsored shutting down Iranian foreign reserves: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce CO2 by focus on energy efficiency and conservation: Favors topic 18
Buildup of carbon dioxide is unsustainable: Favors topic 18
Oil drilling poses an environmental risk: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports passage of Cap-and-Trade energy legislation: 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)
TARP lending and SBA loans are positive & concrete steps: Strongly Favors topic 20
Every extension of Bush tax cut adds to the deficit: Favors topic 20
Increase property & sewer taxes; layoff 75 county employees: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Strengthen infrastructure, including rail, dams, & Internet: Strongly Favors topic 20

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