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Beto O`Rourke on VoteMatch

Democratic candidate for President; Texas Senator nominee

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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
VA must cover full spectrum of women's reproductive care: Strongly Favors topic 1
Repeal Hyde Amendment; work to secure women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
Repeal Hyde Amendment; will lead pro-choice administration: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortions up until third trimester are woman's choice: Strongly Favors topic 1
Oppose limiting abortions to under 20 weeks of pregnancy: Strongly Favors topic 1
Trust women to make their own decisions: Strongly Favors topic 1
I consider myself pro-choice: 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
Rated Funding abortion avoids discrimination against poor women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated Constitutional right to terminate pregnancy for health: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges: Favors topic 1
CC:Publicly fund abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Legacy of slavery is alive and well: we need reparations: Strongly Favors topic 2
We don't just tolerate our differences, we embrace them: Favors topic 2
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports NFL players taking a knee during national anthem: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly 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)
Conversion therapy for gay children is tantamount to torture: Strongly Favors topic 3
More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women: Strongly Favors topic 3
Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost: Strongly Favors topic 3
Why do we check for HIV at the border and no other diseases?: Strongly Favors topic 3
Upgrade records of LGBTQ vets who were discharged: Strongly Favors topic 3
Military should welcome transgender recruits: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Religious freedom means no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public option vs. Medicare for all a false choice: Strongly Favors topic 5
Biggest provider of mental healthcare in Texas are the jails: Favors topic 5
Universal coverage, not Medicare-for-All: Favors topic 5
Supports Medicare for America as public option: Favors topic 5
Protect existing priorities, then expand Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Medicare-X: government-run public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Eventually make "health care for all" a reality: Favors topic 5
Open to different ways to get to universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Improve ObamaCare, including public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare addresses some problems, but needs El Paso focus: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes repealing ObamaCare: Favors topic 5
Rated GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
2012: Protect retirees, but make changes for the future: Favors topic 6
2012: Maybe raise age; 2019: Against raising age: Opposes topic 6
2012: raise retirement age; apply means-testing: Favors topic 6
Opposes personal retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Investment in public education pays off: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
More pre-school; more science teachers: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Rated No-strings-attached block grant will kill transparency: Opposes topic 7
Rated Oppose private and religious school voucher programs: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Even conservatives want to protect public lands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
U.S. investment in Brazil incentivizes burning the Amazon: Opposes topic 8
We left Puerto Rico unprotected & under-funded for disasters: Opposes topic 8
Bring everyone into process with conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Ensure EPA's funding & independence: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Tackle climate change: reduce greenhouse gas emissions: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Voted YES to require GMO labeling: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences: Opposes topic 9
2.3M Americans behind bars is most in the world: Opposes topic 9
Expand death penalty if police officers are attacked: Favors topic 9
Capital punishment is an inequitable, unfair, unjust system: Strongly Opposes topic 9
We must cut down on recidivism for non-violent offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 92% by the NAPO, indicating a tough-on-crime stance: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
No door-to-door enforcement, but reduce weapons of war: Opposes topic 10
Voluntary buyback for assault weapons, plus a ban: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Weapons of war belong on battlefield, not in our communities: Opposes topic 10
We need to stop listening to NRA and gun lobby: Opposes topic 10
Background checks; limit assault rifles: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports Second Amendment with sensible gun laws: Opposes topic 10
Universal background checks; ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports common sense gun laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax capital at same rate as regular income: Strongly Favors topic 11
War tax on non-military households to support vet healthcare: Favors topic 11
Voted for oil tax; opposed 2017 tax legislation: Favors topic 11
Wealth tax would generate revenue for 'common benefit': Strongly Favors topic 11
Everyone should sacrifice, with higher top marginal tax rate: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise corporate rates to fund higher education: Strongly Favors topic 11
GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue: Strongly Opposes topic 11
CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts: Favors topic 11
CC:Keep the inhertiance tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Don't turn away asylum seekers who return home to face death: Strongly Favors topic 12
Grant refuge to those severely impacted by climate change: Favors topic 12
Keep asylum laws; let refugees apply from home countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
End family separation; rewrite law from ground up: Strongly Favors topic 12
Asylum seekers should be able to apply from home countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
Asylum-seekers are fleeing deadliest countries in the world: Favors topic 12
Military service as pathway to citizenship for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Most immigrants pose no danger, but keep illegal entry law: Favors topic 12
Do not repeal law: keep illegal border crossings a crime: Favors topic 12
Treat asylum seekers with respect; repair home countries: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immediately undo Trump actions; work with Congress: Strongly Favors topic 12
Expedite citizenship process for legal residents & DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Those seeking asylum pose no threat: Favors topic 12
Against border wall; against criminalizing asylum seekers: Opposes topic 12
Help refugee asylum seekers at home in Northern Triangle: Strongly Favors topic 12
Stop refugee issue by dealing with what's driving them here: Favors topic 12
Condemns President Trump's wall; "Walls end lives": Strongly Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship for all DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Raise cap on work visas; find pathway to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
End separating kids; make DREAMers citizens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes "open borders," but new wall unnecessary: Favors topic 12
DREAMers are as American as my kids: Strongly Favors topic 12
End the inhumane & un-American practice of family separation: Strongly Favors topic 12
No 2,000-mile, 30-foot-high, $30 billion wall: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support the DREAM Act and comprehensive reform: Favors topic 12
Opposes exiting US to apply for citizenship: Favors topic 12
Rated Voted to legalize DREAMer immigrants via military service: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes more border security, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Don't use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
Support NAFTA and TPP: Strongly Favors topic 13
Traveled to Asia with Obama to push TPP: Strongly Favors topic 13
Tariffs on China will devastate our economy: Strongly Favors topic 13
Make our international ports modern, efficient and safe: Favors topic 13
$70B in legal trade passes through El Paso to Mexico: Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Renew alliances like Kurds; they make America stronger: Opposes topic 14
Trump embraces dictators at expense of great democracies: Opposes topic 14
Invest in improving Northern Triangle of Central America: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
We addressed suicide epidemic in El Paso VA & nationally: Favors topic 15
Boost the defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Expand health care benefits and support for veterans: Strongly Favors topic 15
Deal with conflicts diplomatically or fight wars for years: Opposes topic 15
Supported 11th aircraft carrier; opposed 1% military cut: Favors topic 15
Supports reducing defense spending: Strongly Opposes 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)
Felons should be allowed to vote while incarcerated: Strongly Favors topic 16
Eliminate the Electoral College: Favors topic 16
Mandate paper ballots: Favors topic 16
New voting rights: automatic & same-day voter registration: Strongly Favors topic 16
Impeachment necessary to signal this can't happen again: Strongly Favors topic 16
New Voting Rights Act: eliminate gerrymandering & PACs: Strongly Favors topic 16
Same-day voter registration; make election day a holiday: Strongly Favors topic 16
Term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court: Strongly Favors topic 16
Supports term limits for Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Empower communities by ending gerrymandering: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Committed to personal term limit for serving in Congress: Favors topic 16
Supports Congress term limits; leaving House after 6 years: Favors topic 16
Members of Congress use our tax dollars to get re-elected: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Corporate political spending is not free speech: Favors topic 16
Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
No separate contribution limits for party activities: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Withdraw from Afghanistan within four years: Opposes topic 17
End U.S. wars in Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Syria: Strongly Favors topic 17
Bring the troops home from post-9-11 wars: Strongly Favors topic 17
Would talk to North Korea, but only if it gets results: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Diplomacy should yield results: none yet with North Korea!: Opposes topic 17
End war in Afghanistan; even work with Taliban: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Default should be to pursue peace, not war: Opposes topic 17
Discuss U.S. policy in Syria in a more meaningful way: Neutral on topic 17
Nuclear treaty was best path to prevent Iranian nukes: Favors topic 17
We need to think before acting in Mideast: Favors topic 17
CC:Keep alliance with Israel: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Use cap and trade revenue to underwrite transition economy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Unite to keep planet from warming another two degrees: Strongly Favors topic 18
Invest in fighting climate change as JFK did with "moonshot": Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change a true existential threat: Strongly Favors topic 18
Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but allow drilling: Favors topic 18
Leverage carbon pricing; use market against climate change: Favors topic 18
Invest in green research via national labs & universities: Favors topic 18
Return to Paris climate agreement: Favors topic 18
Keep planet from warming one-half degree Celsius: Strongly Favors topic 18
Unprecedented action to build clean energy economy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentivize renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize opioids; legalize marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opioid manufacturers should be held to account: Favors topic 19
Decriminalize marijuana; expunge criminal records: Opposes topic 19
Dealing Drugs and Death: 2011 call for legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Treat drug abuse as public health issue, not criminal: Opposes topic 19
Long-time advocate for marijuana legalization: Strongly Opposes topic 19
End prohibition on marijuana, expunge records of possessors: Strongly Opposes topic 19
2008 crackdown cost 1,623 lives in Juarez: Opposes topic 19
2008: National debate on ending the prohibition of narcotics: Opposes topic 19
Regulating drug market would bring in billions of revenue: Strongly Favors topic 19
Legalization closes "gateway" effect of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws: 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)
Farmers want markets, not subsidies: Opposes topic 20
Invest in training for evolving economy: Strongly Favors topic 20
Stimulus spending invests in areas like infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 20
Promote antitrust & regulations that promote competition: Favors topic 20
Supports federal stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached: Favors topic 20

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