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Rand Paul on SenateMatch



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fund community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood: Neutral on topic 1
Force a Senate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood: Opposes topic 1
Stop flow of taxpayer dollars to fund abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports "Plan B" morning-after contraception: Opposes topic 1
Re-establish inter-country adoptions from Guatemala: Opposes topic 1
Supports religious freedom to deny contraceptive coverage: Opposes topic 1
Thousands of exceptions follow from maternal health: Opposes topic 1
Personhood at conception, including embryonic stem cells: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Coarsening of our culture led to 50 million unborn deaths: Strongly Opposes topic 1
My opponents call me libertarian but I'm pro-life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Opposes federal abortion funding: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Boycott countries that demonize women, like Saudi Arabia: Strongly Favors topic 2
Be aware of those who are missing out on American Dream: Favors topic 2
War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome: Favors topic 2
Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Illegal to impose racial segregation in the private sector: Opposes topic 2
Opposes affirmative action: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
I don't believe in rights based on your behavior: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Gay contracts ok, but gay marriage is offensive: Opposes topic 3
Don't register guns federally, nor marriages: Favors topic 3
Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states: Favors topic 3
Make federal benefits equal for gay couples: Favors topic 3
Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it: Favors topic 3
Military should decide don't-ask-don't-tell policy: Opposes topic 3
Opposes same-sex marriage: Opposes topic 3
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Resist government imposing religious views of marriage: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Health system was over-regulated before ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Compassion cannot be delivered in the form of coercion: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supports tort reform & free-market principles: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is still unconstitutional, despite Supreme Court: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Restrain ObamaCare from using Commerce Clause: Opposes topic 5
Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Replace over-regulation with free market principles: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Opposes government-run healthcare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Raise the retirement age to deal with Baby Boomers: Opposes topic 6
Raise retirement age gradually; allow opting out: Favors topic 6
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme: Strongly Favors topic 6
Supports private retirement accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 17% by ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Don't constrict kids to one-size-fits-all Common Core: Strongly Favors topic 7
Transfer $100B spent on federal DOE to states & local: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charters & flexibility instead of federal one-size-fits-all: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black: Strongly Favors topic 7
No Child Left Behind is federal takeover of schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support homeschooling and parental responsibility: Strongly Favors topic 7
Block funding for Common Core; it's too heavy-handed: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
(-5 points on Social scale)
Repeal energy regulations like Clean Power Act: Favors topic 8
Balance environmental safety with business deregulation: Strongly Favors topic 8
EPA regulations cost $15 trillion in 2012: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Focus on violent criminals, not nonviolent African-Americans: Strongly Opposes topic 9
REDEEM Act: seal non-violent criminal records to allow jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Defend the whole Bill of Rights, including speedy trials: Opposes topic 9
Defend the 4th & 5th Amendments against Big Government: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them: Opposes topic 9
Death penalty is a state issue: Favors topic 9
Justice cannot occur without a trial, especially minorities: Opposes topic 9
Defend trial by jury & oppose unlawful searches: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Stop over-criminalization in vague laws like Lacey Act: Opposes topic 9
Many criminal statutes lack requirement of criminal intent: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Drones have executed people wrongfully, like death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 45% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose laws which would limit the right to gun ownership: Strongly Favors topic 10
Don't let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports 2nd amendment; vote against restricting handguns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated AQ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Endorsed Liberty Candidate: no point in keeping guns you can't access: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Shifting payroll tax to business helps middle class the most: Favors topic 11
Flat tax 14.5% on personal income; & 14.5% value added tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Flat tax doesn't exacerbate income inequality: Strongly Opposes topic 11
EZ Tax: $700B tax cut via 17% flat tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Balanced budget and a simple, fair tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Help the unemployed by lowering taxes dramatically: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut corporate tax in half to create millions of jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposed to increasing taxes during recession: Opposes topic 11
Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
To defend against terrorism, we need to defend the border: Opposes topic 12
Secure border with Mexico; do away with sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Latinos support GOP stances of faith and family values: Favors topic 12
Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform: Favors topic 12
See immigrants as assets, not liabilities: Strongly Favors topic 12
No amnesty; respect the law: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
China trade improves economy AND makes fight less likely: Strongly Favors topic 13
Accompany free trade laws with other export inducers: Favors topic 13
Rated 75% by the USAE, indicating support for trade engagement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Both refugees and visa waivers pose threat: Favors topic 14
Good idea to end Cuba embargo; it hasn't worked: Opposes topic 14
Neocons are neoisolationist: 'all should behave like us': Opposes topic 14
My worldview: engage both friend and foe in dialogue: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No isolationism; but don't go abroad seeking enemies: Opposes topic 14
We spoke to Russians throughout the Cold War; keep doing so: Opposes topic 14
Sponsored opposing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Provide veterans support tools to adjust to civilian life: Favors topic 15
US aid enables a war on Christianity in the Middle East: Opposes topic 15
End US aid to countries that burn our flag: Opposes topic 15
Military sacrifice spreads flame of freedom around the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Treat armed service members like heroes: Strongly Favors topic 15
How is it conservative to add $1T in military expenditures?: Strongly Opposes topic 15
$76B in defense spending via cuts to EPA, HUD & foreign aid: Strongly Favors topic 15
Military should be second to none; so audit the Pentagon: Opposes topic 15
National defense is important, but no blank check: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Put defense spending on the table for reducing budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Defense should be largest part of much smaller budget: Favors topic 15
How much of what is spent on defense is actual "defense"?: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Remove waste from last decade's doubling of military budget: Opposes topic 15
Defense policy is influenced by the makers of weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Fiscal conservative on both domestic & military spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Not every military dollar is necessary,nor every entitlement: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports early voting; but voter ID also ok: Favors topic 16
Let convicted felons regain the right to vote: Strongly Favors topic 16
Voter ID laws offend African Americans: Strongly Favors topic 16
Paid speech is still protected free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Federal contracts should include no-PAC clauses: Favors topic 16
Lobbyists' sole goal is to rip you off: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Stop funding & arming allies of ISIS: Strongly Favors topic 17
We've over-militarized our foreign policy: Favors topic 17
Normalizing relations with Cuba can lead to positive change: Favors topic 17
GOP is too eager for war; and so is Hillary: Favors topic 17
We don't need grandstanding tough talk against Russia: Favors topic 17
9/11 justified eliminating Taliban, but not nation-building: Opposes topic 17
Staying in Afghanistan will not make America safer: Strongly Favors topic 17
If we had bombed Syria, ISIS would control Damascus today: Strongly Favors topic 17
I brought fighting ISIS to the forefront of discussion: Neutral on topic 17
Create & arm a Kurdish state as support against ISIL: Opposes topic 17
Hillary's War: Ousting Gadhafi in Libya gave rise to ISIS: Favors topic 17
Supporting rebels in Syrian Civil War gave rise to ISIS: Favors topic 17
Assist Iraqi government against ISIS, but not Syrian rebels: Opposes topic 17
No US troops in Iraq, even against ISIS: Strongly Favors topic 17
Only Sunni-Shiite coalition forces, not US, in Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
A no-fly zone in Iraq means shooting war with Russia: Strongly Favors topic 17
I opposed Iraq war in 2003 & I oppose Syria war now: Strongly Favors topic 17
Fight Iran with diplomacy and military strength, not war: Favors topic 17
Arming Syrian rebels wades into another civil war: Strongly Favors topic 17
How many Americans should die to defend Iraq?: Favors topic 17
ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos: Favors topic 17
Keep all options on the table, but don't declare war on Iran: Favors topic 17
Opposed to Iraq War; no direct threat & no declared war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Would have voted against a declaration of war against Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Endorsed Liberty Candidate: US abroad unconstitutional & unaffordable: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut red tape to allow energy freedom & traditional energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Compete on the free market, including nuclear plants: Opposes topic 18
Develop mineral & energy resources on public lands: Opposes topic 18
Supports Keystone XL, plus domestic oil & gas exploration: Strongly Opposes topic 18
End subsidies to solar companies; they're donation kickbacks: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Energy crisis stems from too much government intervention: Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
Let states lease energy rights on federal lands: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Endorsed Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based alternatives: Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
More rehabilitation and less incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Apply 10th Amendment to let states keep pot legal: Strongly Opposes topic 19
End hypocrisy and over-criminalization of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Whites & blacks use drugs, but prisons are full of blacks: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 19
Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs: Opposes topic 19
Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh: Opposes topic 19
Favors legalizing medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We borrow a million dollars a minute: no more debt!: Strongly Opposes topic 20
We borrow $1M per minute; mandate a balanced budget: Strongly Opposes topic 20
The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it: Opposes topic 20
Government not serious about controlling spending: Opposes topic 20
Debt crisis is approaching a point of no return: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Sponsored bill increasing debt limit to $16.7 trillion: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 14% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
Sponsored auditing the Fed & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20

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