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Michael Bennet on VoteMatch

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Classify contraception as preventive care & no moral issue: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports public funding for abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: 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)
Opposition to homosexuality is an outdated views of society: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: 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
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Medicare for 35M; private insurance for the other 295M: Favors topic 5
Public option better than Medicare for All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Public option rather than Medicare-for-All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Prefers public option to Medicare for All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make public plan optional; others can keep private insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer would lead to massive tax increase: Opposes topic 5
Help seniors on Medicare; speed up drug approval: Favors topic 5
$500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform: Favors topic 5
Supports government-run healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Opposes topic 5
Opposes repealing mandated health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminate income cap for payroll taxes: Favors topic 6
Preserve the integrity of entitlement programs: Opposes topic 6
Strongly opposes privatizing or reducing benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
Professional development grants for elementary principals: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sponsor of bipartisan First Step reform bill: Opposes topic 9
Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Support a ban on assault weapons: Favors topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated C+ by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights: Opposes topic 10
Supports restrictions on right to bear arms: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Obama-Biden sequester made Bush tax cuts permanent: Favors topic 11
Tax cuts for families; sponsored American Family Act: Favors topic 11
Transparency on paying for tax cuts and spending programs: Favors topic 11
Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports increasing income tax rates: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Family separation more like Holocaust than Statue of Liberty: Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship for DREAMers; oppose family separation: Favors topic 12
Trump is anti-immigrant; immigrants are a positive force: Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship for millions living in the shadows: Strongly Favors topic 12
Our borders not secure; create a path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes full implementation of current border security laws: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Chinese trade practices unfair, but tariffs not the answer: Favors topic 13
Trump's tariffs have harmed farmers: Favors topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Change corruption in DC; restore relationships with allies: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Most Democrats are not socialists and should say so: Favors topic 14
America is a unique place for refugees to succeed: No opin. on topic 14
Diplomatic tools to invest in stability before crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Boost the defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increase military size & strength for new types of conflict: Strongly Favors topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
Overcome structural corruption in voting rights: Strongly Favors topic 16
Federal review voting of discriminatory state voting changes: Favors topic 16
Constitutional amendment tooverturn Citizens United: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep the troops deployed abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Commit to bring home troops from Afghanistan in July 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
Afghan exit after al-Qaida groups destroyed in Pakistan: Opposes topic 17
Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Climate change is major issue; but not Green New Deal: Favors topic 18
Permanent tax incentives to spur renewable energy growth: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports medical and recreational marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Sponsored bill to end Federal ban on marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Let states experiment with marijuana; address racial issues: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Sponsored bill for TV ads to prevent teenage meth use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Stimulus bill avoided Depression; now we need infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 20
Stimulus bill limited because recession worse than expected: Opposes topic 20
Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts: Opposes topic 20
$300B lending fund for small business; plus $12B tax cut: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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