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Bill Richardson on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Stem cell research as part of preventive healthcare: Favors topic 1
Supreme Court model cannot be justice who dissented on Roe: Strongly Favors topic 1
Resist any effort to weaken a womanís right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Diversity isnít just talking points; itís facts of life: Favors topic 2
New Mexico is first ďmajority minorityĒ state: Favors topic 2
Supports minority preferences for government contracts: Strongly Favors topic 2
Establish a Women's Bureau in Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Extend Domestic Partnership rights as anti-discrimination: Favors topic 3
Focus on achievable civil unions as a path to full inclusion: Favors topic 3
Voted for DOMA, but now regrets vote; repeal it: Strongly Favors topic 3
Homosexuality is a choice, but itís not an issue of science: Opposes topic 3
Full civil unions with full marriage rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
For hate crimes law, domestic partnerships, civil unions: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly: Strongly Favors topic 3
Added sexual orientation & gender identity as NM civil right: Strongly Favors topic 3
Defeated DOMA in NM by tying it to civil union legislation: Favors topic 3
Voted for federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996: Opposes topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase tax deduction for charities: Favors topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done: Favors topic 5
New healthcare system in one year, with no new bureaucracies: Favors topic 5
Shift Medicaid costs back from states to federal: Strongly Favors topic 5
Affordable access to healthcare for all New Mexicans: Strongly Favors topic 5
New Mexico Cares: invest in our health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports managed competition & medical savings accounts: Opposes topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Stop talking about privatization; stop raiding trust fund: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Focus budget reform like Soc. Sec., avoiding future burden: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesnít work: Opposes topic 7
Help failing schools; donít penalize by defunding them: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Charter schools show tremendous promise: Favors topic 7
No vouchers: they abandon public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Provide parents with vouchers, even for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Green Jobs Cabinet: build aggressive clean energy strategy: Opposes topic 8
Climate change cynics donít consider cost of inaction: Opposes topic 8
Invest in bike lanes & commuter bike facilities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Buying carbon offsets not enough; sacrifice for common good: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require renewable technologies and ask for conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Expand and create new state parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Develop a comprehensive water management plan: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Mandatory jail time, especially for repeat offenders: Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty: zero tolerance for heinous crimes: Favors topic 9
Impose ďtruth in sentencingĒ for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No guns for mentally ill or those with criminal background: Opposes topic 10
Assault weapons ban did not work; despite his vote for ban: Favors topic 10
The 2nd Amendment is precious: Strongly Favors topic 10
Endorsed by NRA; has his own concealed carry permit: Strongly Favors topic 10
We should ally with pro-gun recreationists in West: Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
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End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Replace Bush tax cuts with cuts for middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cut NM capital gains tax & income tax from 8.2% to 4.9%: Opposes topic 11
Continue to cut taxes and reform the tax code: Opposes topic 11
Reduce income tax; create Taxpayer Bill of Rights: Opposes topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: Favors topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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Allowed giving driverís licenses to illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Border wall is horrendous example of misguided policy: Strongly Favors topic 12
Federal raids are ineffective; we dehumanize immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
McCain-Kennedy bill is not amnesty; it has strong standards: Strongly Favors topic 12
The 2007 immigration bill is not an amnesty bill: Favors topic 12
Opposes compromise immigration bill: it tears apart families: Strongly Favors topic 12
Declared state of emergency on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Path to legalization if illegals pay taxes & learn English: Favors topic 12
Reduce immigration; no automatic citizenship for kids: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Guarantee human services to illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
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Government is needed to keep markets competitive: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No such thing as completely free market; so regulate: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Enforce labor & environmental standards & job safety: Strongly Opposes topic 13
We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA critically important for US as well as Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 13
Expand regional trade with Chihuahua: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports NAFTA, GATT, & WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Declined state commitment to CAFTA: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
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US is isolated; need vision to rejoin world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
UN pressure in 1997 kept Saddam from restarting nuke program: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Maintain Geneva Conventions; keep restrictions on torture: Opposes topic 14
UN troops in Darfur, & UN-enforced no-fly zone: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Being stubborn isnít a foreign policy--diplomacy is: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
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Spend $250K annually to fight base closures: Strongly Favors topic 15
Homeland Security Department at federal AND state level: Strongly Favors topic 15
Eliminate funding for SDI: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Whistleblower protections, & ban corporate donations: No opin. on topic 16
Instituted all-paper ballots for all N.M. elections: Favors topic 16
Prohibit PAC contributions; restrict campaign spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+5 points on Social scale)
Surge failing politically, even if reducing violence: Strongly Favors topic 17
US military force only when US territory attacked: Favors topic 17
Withdrawing from Iraq lets real peace & reconciliation begin: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Green Jobs Cabinet: lead renewable energy export: Strongly Favors topic 18
About time we got Saudis to increase production: Opposes topic 18
Windfall profit tax to shift obscene profits from Exxon: Strongly Favors topic 18
New oil refineries and nuclear plants ok, if done right: Strongly Opposes topic 18
30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020: Strongly Favors topic 18
Recommends 90% GHG reduction to IPCC: Strongly Favors topic 18
Invest in bike lanes & commuter bike facilities: Strongly Favors topic 18
Bush wonít follow the Kyoto treaty, but my state does: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
50 mpg efficiency and 30% renewable electricity: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop alternative energy, including wind & solar: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Treatment & education over enforcement & incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Crack down on illegal drug labs: Favors topic 19
No legalization: drugs play an insidious role in crime: Strongly Favors topic 19
Drug Courts and treatment instead of incarceration: Opposes topic 19
Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Any tax increase must expire in 3 years or less: Favors topic 20
Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget: Opposes topic 20
Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them: Favors topic 20
Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare: Favors topic 20
Constitutionally require balanced budget & fiscal discipline: Opposes topic 20
Increase the minimum wage to $7.50: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: Opposes topic 20

Bill Richardson is a Populist-Leaning Liberal
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