Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mitt Romney - Position on Issues

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Principles & Values

Mitt Romney on Abortion
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  • Supreme Court had said feds should stay out of abortion. (Dec 2007)
  • I took action as governor to preserve the sanctity of life. (Dec 2007)
  • No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions. (Dec 2007)
  • Outlaw embryo farming, but allow using surplus embryos. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: TV ad ignores recency of conversion to pro-life. (Dec 2007)
  • Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life. (Dec 2007)
  • Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions. (Nov 2007)
  • Two-step process: overturn Roe; then change hearts & minds. (Sep 2007)
  • Following in Reagan's footsteps in converting to pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Iowa attack phone ads are not true; I am pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Personally pro-life, but government should not intrude. (May 2007)
  • Was effectively pro-choice until cloning changed his opinion. (May 2007)
  • Altered nuclear transfer instead of embryonic stem cells. (May 2007)
  • Breach of Constitution for justices to adjust Constitution. (Mar 2007)
  • Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Anti-abortion views have "evolved & deepened" while governor. (Jul 2005)
  • Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor. (Mar 2002)
  • For safe, legal abortion since relative's death from illegal. (Oct 1994)
  • Stem cell research lofty goals don't justify destroying life. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it. (Aug 2007)
  • Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2007)
  • Committed to not change law on abortion as Gov., and did not. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposes Roe v Wade, but won't tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
  • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
  • Endorsed legalization of RU-486. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Budget & Economy
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  • Economic strength comes from people, not from Washington. (Dec 2007)
  • Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs. (Dec 2007)
  • Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork. (Nov 2007)
  • Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Closed MA budget gap of $1.2B, not $3B. (Sep 2007)
  • Disagrees with reported negative study of MA economy. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Cap discretionary spending at inflation minus 1%. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington is broken; needs fundamental change. (May 2007)
  • First challenge as governor was $3B budget gap. (Aug 2004)
  • Remedies for budget imbalance: cut expenses or raise revenue. (Aug 2004)
  • Balance state budget by removing waste and folderol. (Mar 2002)
  • Will cut deficit and help Americans save. (Oct 1994)
Mitt Romney on Civil Rights
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  • Supports Employment Nondiscrimination Act at state level. (Dec 2007)
  • MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • Equality for Muslims; but follow hate-preachers into mosques. (Oct 2007)
  • No longer calls Giuliani pro-choice & pro-gay & anti-gun. (Aug 2007)
  • Don't ask, don't tell sounds silly, but it's effective. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn't de redefined. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law. (Apr 2006)
  • Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform. (Nov 2005)
  • Every child deserves a mother and a father. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage. (Sep 2002)
  • Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout. (Oct 1994)
  • To compete as a nation, draw on skills of women & minorities. (Oct 1994)
  • Help women thru glass ceiling by requiring annual reporting. (Oct 1994)

    Mormonism

  • Welcome nativity scenes in public places on holidays. (Dec 2007)
Mitt Romney on Corporations
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  • FactCheck: Closed $174M in corporate tax loopholes. (Jan 2008)
  • Don't apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies. (Oct 2007)
  • Approach to business as "Bainiac": meritocracy & results. (Mar 2007)
  • Company's culture must align with mission, or mission fails. (Aug 2004)
  • Piracy protection key to selling Olympic sponsorships. (Aug 2004)
Mitt Romney on Crime
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  • To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads. (Nov 2007)
  • One Strike, You're Ours: lifetime GPS tracking. (Jul 2007)
  • Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences. (Sep 2002)
  • Supports death penalty in heinous murders. (Sep 2002)
  • Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes. (Mar 2002)
  • Safe streets will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)
  • Will bring new businesses to urban areas. (Nov 1994)
  • Supports death penalty and "three strikes" sentencing. (Oct 1994)
Mitt Romney on Drugs
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  • Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia. (Jul 2007)
Mitt Romney on Education
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  • FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is not just the teachers' union. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush was right on No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion. (Dec 2007)
  • Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports English immersion & abstinence education. (May 2007)
  • Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB. (May 2007)
  • Reform underperforming schools or replace with charters. (Sep 2002)
  • Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education. (Mar 2002)
  • Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. (Aug 1994)
  • Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil
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  • Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal. (Oct 2007)
  • No-regrets policy: biofuel, nuclear power, drill ANWR. (Jun 2007)
  • Big Oil should reinvest profits in oil refineries. (Jun 2007)
  • Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Environment
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  • Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil. (Dec 2007)
  • Response to Big Dig death shows how Romney handles crises. (Mar 2007)
  • Lit mountain with Olympic rings while placating enviro's. (Aug 2004)
  • Clean environment will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Families & Children
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  • FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong military, strong economy, and strong families. (Jun 2007)
  • To strengthen America, strengthen the American family. (Feb 2007)
Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
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  • Free Cuba and eliminate threat of people like Hugo Chavez. (Dec 2007)
  • To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world. (Aug 2007)
  • Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military. (Aug 2007)
  • Move Muslim world toward modernity so they reject extreme. (Aug 2007)
  • US is not arrogant, but we have resolve. (Jun 2007)
Mitt Romney on Free Trade
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  • Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries. (Dec 2007)
  • Open up markets to American goods and services. (Oct 2007)
  • Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians. (Oct 2007)
  • Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Government Reform
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  • McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment. (Jan 2008)
  • Focus on global Jihad, immigration, tax cut, and healthcare. (Dec 2007)
  • Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: 844 line item vetoes; but over 700 overridden. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney had 700 line-item vetoes, President cannot. (Jun 2007)
  • Never pardoned anyone as governor, but might pardon Libby. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns. (May 2007)
  • Open document policy overcame SLOC obfuscation & scandal. (Aug 2004)
  • Balanced budget amendment and line-item veto. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Gun Control
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  • I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban. (May 2007)
  • Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill. (Aug 1994)
Mitt Romney on Health Care
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  • FactCheck: Untrue that 47M uninsured want to "not play". (Jan 2008)
  • Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA employers have no mandates, but "requirements". (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: No, MA healthcare plan is not paid for, yet. (Dec 2007)
  • Let states create their own private, market-based insurance. (Oct 2007)
  • Removing most mandates drove down premium cost by half. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: HillaryCare closer to RomneyCare than "all gov't". (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan works, but Romney not proposing it for US. (Oct 2007)
  • Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers. (Oct 2007)
  • Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics. (Oct 2007)
  • Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney plan virtually identical to Obama plan. (Jun 2007)
  • MA program relies on personal responsibility & the market. (Jun 2007)
  • MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan not yet in place so analysis premature. (May 2007)
  • Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform. (Mar 2007)
  • MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines). (Mar 2007)
  • State universal coverage plan is national test case. (Apr 2006)
  • Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals. (Mar 2002)
  • Voluntary purchasing pools. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Homeland Security
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  • Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques. (Nov 2007)
  • Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Bush cut military budget as much as Bill Clinton. (Oct 2007)
  • Apologized for comparing public service to military service. (Sep 2007)
  • Wiretap mosques to keep tabs on Islamic extremists. (Sep 2007)
  • Global military & non-military effort to defeat jihad. (Aug 2007)
  • Don't weaken Musharraf; we need ally against Bin Laden. (Aug 2007)
  • Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers. (May 2007)
  • Eligible for draft in 1969; regrets not having served. (Mar 2007)
  • Stronger America is less likely to have to fight. (Mar 2007)
  • FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK. (Dec 2006)
  • Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists. (Dec 2006)
  • Jihadists attack to destroy all moderate governments. (Jan 2006)
  • We need at least 100,000 more troops in our military. (Jan 2006)
  • Islamic terror has nothing to do with US policy of bases. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: Yes, his ads DID accuse McCain of "amnesty". (Jan 2008)
  • Illegal immigrants should go home eventually. (Dec 2007)
  • No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • AdWatch: Huckabee ok'ed tuition & scholarships for illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took hard-line on illegals, but only late in term. (Dec 2007)
  • Welcome the people who have been standing in line first. (Dec 2007)
  • Employers have no means of knowing who's legal & who's not. (Dec 2007)
  • Avoid chain migration; disallow families from one citizen. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants shouldn't get tuition break in schools. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Illegals employed at his home, but by contractor. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: No driver's license & in-state tuition for illegals. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities. (Sep 2007)
  • Z-visa is not technically amnesty; but is in fact amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC never declared itself a "sanctuary city". (Sep 2007)
  • Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now. (Jun 2007)
  • Proposed Z visa allows illegal aliens to stay in America. (Jun 2007)
  • Make English national language; communicate in Spanish too. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain's plan gives special pathway to those here illegally. (May 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration. (Nov 2005)
Mitt Romney on Jobs
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  • I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry. (Oct 2007)
  • Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes,US added 50M jobs since '78; but EU added 36M. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax incentives for employee training. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Principles & Values
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  • Changing views: I've learned from experience & made mistakes. (Jan 2008)
  • Freedom requires religion in society, not in individuals. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to appoint atheists or agnostics--no litmus test of faith. (Dec 2007)
  • Draw upon the strengths of the conservative principles. (Dec 2007)
  • Acting like Hillary won't keep Hillary out of White House. (Oct 2007)
  • Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • 1983: Carried dog in kennel on car roof, against MA law. (Aug 2007)
  • Misspoke that sons' campaign service comparable to military. (Aug 2007)
  • Strong families, a strong economy and a strong military. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Stood up for conservatism in most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: VT would disagree that MA is most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • Doesn't dislike anything about America. (May 2007)
  • Address issues so America can remain a superpower. (Dec 2006)
  • #8 on Human Events' list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Success in DC: Tell truth, find right fit, never give up. (Aug 2004)
  • Has "over-developed community service gene". (Aug 2004)
  • Pronounced dead at age 20 from car accident in Paris. (Aug 2004)
  • Experience to lead to prosperity after fiscal mismanagement. (Mar 2002)
  • Dad inspired him to public service. (Mar 2002)
  • Aspiring to greatness is its own reward. (Jun 2001)
  • Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing. (Jun 2001)

    Mormonism

  • Endorsed by Bob Jones, despite calling Mormonism a "cult". (Dec 2007)
  • Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. (Dec 2007)
  • I believe Jesus is savior of mankind & Son of God. (Dec 2007)
  • Ignoring religion in policy is at odds with our founders. (Dec 2007)
  • No church authorities will exert influence on my decisions. (Dec 2007)
  • Will serve no one religion, but will not distance himself. (Dec 2007)
  • We share a common creed despite differences in theology. (Dec 2007)
  • Bible is the word of God; I don't disagree with Bible. (Nov 2007)
  • Mormons believe in God, the Bible, & Jesus Christ as savior. (Jun 2007)
  • Roman Catholic bishops can do whatever the heck they want. (May 2007)
  • Every person of any faith has deeply-held values. (May 2007)
  • Romney is the 5th Mormon to run for President. (Mar 2007)
  • George Romney never questioned on Mormonism during 1968 race. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitution is explicit: no religious test for presidency. (Mar 2007)
  • Faces questions on Mormonism like Kennedy did on Catholicism. (Apr 2006)

    Past Elections

  • Bush & Cheney have made mistakes, but have kept us safe. (Aug 2007)
  • Not seeking re-election as governor; speaking around US. (Apr 2006)
  • Respects Kerry's Vietnam record, but not his Senate record. (Sep 2004)
  • Kerry's leadership is 57 varieties; Bush is unwavering. (Sep 2004)
  • Ran against Kennedy in 1993 to offer a different vision. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran for MA governor to help people. (Aug 2004)
  • Drafted to run for MA governor; incumbent was unelectable. (Aug 2004)

    Salt Lake Olympic Committee

  • Salvaged Olympic games from financial and scandal disaster. (Mar 2007)
  • Olympic slogan "Light the Fire Within":it's more than sports. (Aug 2004)
  • SLOC's guiding principles: teamwork, pride, integrity, fun. (Aug 2004)
  • Did not consider political value of Olympics. (Aug 2004)
  • Worked for Olympics with no salary and no expense account. (Aug 2004)
  • $100M in SLOC donations criticized as special deals for rich. (Aug 2004)
  • $99M in deferred payments from State of Utah paid for SLOC. (Aug 2004)
  • World Trade Center flag shown at Olympic opening ceremony. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran Olympics in spirit of volunteerism. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Social Security
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  • Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold. (Oct 2007)
  • Private accounts work better than extending retirement age. (Oct 2007)
  • Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors. (Aug 2006)
  • Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for future. (Aug 2006)
Mitt Romney on Tax Reform
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  • Raised $240M in MA fees, but only covering cost of services. (Jan 2008)
  • Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Never opposed 2003 Bush cuts, but never supported. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families. (Dec 2007)
  • Signed no-tax pledge; Dems pledge to raise taxes. (Sep 2007)
  • Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees. (May 2007)
  • End taxes on interests, dividends & capital gains. (May 2007)
  • My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback. (Mar 2002)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes. (Nov 1994)
Mitt Romney on Technology
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  • AdWatch: More change in next 10 years than in 10 centuries. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Ludicrous exaggeration to compare 10 centuries. (Jan 2008)
  • Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes. (Aug 2007)
Mitt Romney on War & Peace
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  • Supported timed withdrawal, but only by Iraqis and in secret. (Jan 2008)
  • Staying in Iraq protects lives of American citizens. (Dec 2007)
  • Let lawyers decide if authorization needed to attack Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • After surge, move to support phase, based in Kuwait. (Sep 2007)
  • Deal with Iran nukes with Dems at home & with allies abroad. (Sep 2007)
  • Slow progress vs. frightening consequences of withdrawal. (Aug 2007)
  • It's time for people of America to show a surge of support. (Aug 2007)
  • Keep option to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan, but don't say it. (Aug 2007)
  • Right to invade Iraq, but not what came after. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: Saddam didn't refuse UN inspectors prior to war. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West. (May 2007)
  • Don't decide policy by polls; don't leave Iraq precipitously. (May 2007)
  • Osama bin Laden will die for the outrage he has exacted. (May 2007)
  • Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake. (Dec 2006)
  • Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war. (Nov 2006)
  • You attack US and we respond; but use nonmilitary too. (Jan 2006)
  • Supported the surge; never supported a timed withdrawal. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules. (Jul 2005)
  • Would require welfare recipients to work. (Nov 1994)


VoteMatch Responses
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
I took action as governor to preserve the sanctity of life: Opposes topic 1
No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions: Favors topic 1
Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life: Opposes topic 1
Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life: Opposes topic 1
Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Breach of Constitution for justices to adjust Constitution: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Anti-abortion views have "evolved & deepened" while governor: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor: Favors topic 1
For safe, legal abortion since relative's death from illegal: Favors topic 1
Stem cell research lofty goals don't justify destroying life: Opposes topic 1
Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes Roe v Wade, but won't tamper with abortion laws: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Vetoed stem cell research bill: Opposes topic 1
Endorsed legalization of RU-486: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
To compete as a nation, draw on skills of women & minorities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Help women thru glass ceiling by requiring annual reporting: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn't de redefined: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law: Favors topic 3
Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Every child deserves a mother and a father: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing: Favors topic 4
Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports death penalty in heinous murders: Strongly Favors topic 8
Supports death penalty and "three strikes" sentencing: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-5 points on Social scale)
One Strike, You're Ours: lifetime GPS tracking: Strongly Favors topic 9
Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty and "three strikes" sentencing: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes: Opposes topic 10
Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police: Opposes topic 10
Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics: Opposes topic 5
Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform: Favors topic 5
MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines): Opposes topic 5
State universal coverage plan is national test case: Strongly Favors topic 5
Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals: Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold: Strongly Favors topic 6
Private accounts work better than extending retirement age: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion: Favors topic 7
Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships: Favors topic 7
Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects: Favors topic 20
Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules: Favors topic 20
Would require welfare recipients to work: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Repeal tax cuts on wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002: Strongly Opposes topic 11
My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback: Opposes topic 11
Pledges not to raise taxes: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals: Favors topic 12
Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now: Strongly Opposes topic 12
McCain's plan gives special pathway to those here illegally: Opposes topic 12
Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries: Opposes topic 13
Open up markets to American goods and services: Strongly Favors topic 13
Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Stronger America is less likely to have to fight: Strongly Favors topic 15
Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists: Favors topic 15
We need at least 100,000 more troops in our military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 16
McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns: Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-3 points on Social scale)
FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(-5 points on Social scale)
It's time for people of America to show a surge of support: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war: Favors topic 17

Mitt Romney is a Populist-Leaning Conservative.
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