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Bill Weld on VoteMatch

Libertarian Party nominee for Vice Pres.; former GOP MA Governor; 2020 GOP Presidential Challenger

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Long record of support for abortion rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
Remove anti-abortion language from GOP platform: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supported abortion rights; moderate stance on social issues: Favors topic 1
Clinic access is guarding a fundamental constitutional right: Strongly Favors topic 1
OpEd: pro-choice stance means ineligible for ambassadorship: Favors topic 1
Partial-birth abortion is terrible, but don't ban it: Favors topic 1
Pro-choice despite the Republican pro-life party platform: Strongly Favors topic 1
Support a woman’s right to choose as an individual freedom: Strongly Favors topic 1
Government out of your pocketbook and your bedroom: Favors topic 1
Establish state pro-choice laws in case Roe gets overturned: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Republican Party should reject immoral choice of racism: Favors topic 2
1990s: Established MA African Caribbean American commission: Favors topic 2
1995: reaffirmed commitment to affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Created Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supported domestic partners; amicus for same sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I led Massachusetts on gay rights, and MA led America: Strongly Favors topic 3
Marriage equality is dictated by equal protection clause: Strongly Favors topic 3
Delivered homily at two same-sex weddings: Strongly Favors topic 3
$1M for homosexual youth office coordinator: Strongly Favors topic 3
Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
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Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports increased Medicaid access: Favors topic 5
More consumer choice instead of single-payer: Opposes topic 5
Tweak ObamaCare with more free market and more choices: Favors topic 5
Likes health savings accounts & more competition: Favors topic 5
Vetoed cigarette-tax hike that paid for kids' health care: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Will not abolish social security and receives it himself: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Just started receiving Social Security and likes it: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Abolish the federal Department of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Control of education by states and parents, more choice: Favors topic 7
Relaxed the eligibility rules for care under Medicaid: Favors topic 7
Prefers state input on education, not one national standard: Favors topic 7
Establish the first 25 charter schools in Massachusetts: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
I'm a lifelong environmentalist, like Theodore Roosevelt: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Protect environment with competition, not regulation: Favors topic 8
1996 River Protection Act: 9,000 miles of land use rules: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favored EPA's electric car mandate and stricter smog limits: Opposes topic 8
OpEd: Supports expansive environmental regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Prosecute police for civil rights violations: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prosecuted organized crime for 7 years in Justice Department: Favors topic 9
Opposes weekend furloughs for convicted murderers & rapists: Favors topic 9
When we catch the bad guys, we've got to hammer them: Strongly Favors topic 9
Support death penalty for cop killers: Strongly Favors topic 9
Tough on taxes, tough on crime: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
1990s: supported assault weapons bans: Opposes topic 10
Now Libertarian, changed position to opposing gun control: Strongly Favors topic 10
2nd Amendment right s are individual rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports gun control: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I never met a tax cut I didn't like: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Greatly increase the earned income tax credit: Favors topic 11
There's no such thing as government money: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors cutting spending, cutting taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Top priority: zero-based budgeting; cut spending; cut taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut capital gains tax; look at flat tax on income: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes without abolishing the IRS: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes 15 times as governor: Opposes topic 11
My across-the-board tax cuts exceeded $1 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Roll back more than $2 billion in recent tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Trump's deportation policy is like Nazi Germany: Strongly Favors topic 12
Guest worker program rather than path to citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Fear-mongering about immigrants is like Nazi round-ups: Strongly Favors topic 12
More H-1B visas; keep more foreign grads & entrepreneurs: Favors topic 12
Current system is "de facto legalization" for 11 million: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Rejoin TPP in a heartbeat: beachhead against China: Strongly Favors topic 13
Return to free trade; tariffs counterproductive: Strongly Favors topic 13
Tariffs in 1920s croaked the world economy: Strongly Favors topic 13
Despite being Libertarian VP, still interested in free trade: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
China promised two systems for Hong Kong; we're watching: Opposes topic 14
Multi-party talks to resolve Venezuelan situation: Opposes topic 14
Supports Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution: Opposes topic 14
Withdrawing from Iran nuke deal was a colossal blunder: Opposes topic 14
Lesson of Iraq War: train Saudis, but no US troops there: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No alliances for intelligence: We have to do it ourselves!: Strongly Favors topic 14
Trump's agenda is hurtful to America & the world: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports non-nuclear proliferation efforts: Opposes topic 15
Phase down our nuclear stockpile: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Nuclear proliferation is #1 threat to world security: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Maintain invincible defense but cut military 20%: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Government leaders should inspire and unite, not divide: Favors topic 16
Supports term limits; they bring in fresh blood: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Unlimited military aid to Ukraine against Russian incursion: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Partial sanction relief for partial Korean denuclearization: Favors topic 17
Supported the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal: Favors topic 17
Troops out of Afghanistan; should have done it long ago: Strongly Favors topic 17
Don't use military for regime change: Favors topic 17
Priority is not "no fly zone" but to stop killing in Aleppo: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supports libertarian "restraint" on military action: Strongly Favors topic 17
Presumption of non-intervention on foreign soil: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Treat ISIS as a gigantic organized crime family: Favors topic 17
Don't intervene abroad when people are mean to each other: Strongly Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Would rejoin Paris accords: Favors topic 18
Climate change is real, must be addressed: Favors topic 18
Climate change dangers are real; rejoin Paris Accords: Strongly Favors topic 18
Carbon capture & sequestration technology for global warming: Opposes topic 18
Carbon trading credits but no carbon tax: Favors topic 18
As governor, supported hybrid electric cars and natural gas: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
On board of cannabis company; supported medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Accept benefits of cannabis; allow vets and seniors to use: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Tighten opioid prescription rules to keep them off streets: Favors topic 19
100 million Americans who've smoked dope are not criminals: Strongly Favors topic 19
Substance abuse cases should not go to criminal prison: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors medical marijuana and needle-exchange programs: Opposes topic 19
Favors "clean" needle giveaways to drug addicts: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Less welfare for drug users; tougher sentences for offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No such thing as government money; only taxpayer's money: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Teach skill sets for tech jobs of the future: Favors topic 20
Balance the Federal budget as states do: Opposes topic 20
Blow up unnecessary state agencies: Strongly Opposes topic 20
In-state training for displaced workers, including on-line: Favors topic 20
Cut 20% waste in every federal agency: Opposes topic 20
I was one of the most fiscally conservative governors: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Abolish wasteful programs and support balanced budgets: Opposes topic 20
Balanced budget in downturn after boom decade of spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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