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Matt Bevin on VoteMatch



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
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I am the most pro-life governor in America: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Latest abortion laws are straight-up infanticide: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Sued for closing state's only abortion provider: Strongly Opposes topic 1
We have a duty to protect unborn human life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
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Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Why not define marriage as a parent marrying their child?: Opposes topic 3
Marriage is between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
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Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Ban use of tobacco products in schools: Favors topic 5
Work/school requirements for Medicaid: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Disband KYNECT immediately; transition to federal system: Opposes topic 5
Defund ObamaCare immediately, then repeal ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
401(k)-style plan for state employee pensions struck down: Favors topic 6
More state contribution to $43B unfunded state pension plan: Opposes topic 6
Increase taxes to fund Kentucky Retirement Systems: Favors topic 6
Replace public pension system with 401(k) for new employees: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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Legislature should decide teacher pensions, not judges: Favors topic 7
Proposed school cuts of $128M; legislature restored them: Favors topic 7
Create Charter Schools Advisory Council & implement charters: Favors topic 7
End education monopoly with school choice and vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Limit federal one-size-fits-all role in education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-5 points on Social scale)
Parents should be free to vaccinate their children or not: Strongly Favors topic 8
Opposes federal regulations like waterway protection: Strongly Favors topic 8
I don't support cockfighting, but don't criminalize it: Strongly Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Imperative to address backlog of forensic tests: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Guns aren't problem in schools; kids in my school had guns: Strongly Favors topic 10
Culture of violence, like zombie shows, cause mass shootings: Strongly Favors topic 10
School shootings caused by "culture of death" in media: Strongly Favors topic 10
Second Amendment is the lynchpin of the Bill of Rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Signed $106 million tax cut for banks & other institutions: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce tax revenue: not simple revenue neutrality: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Higher taxes mean fewer private sector jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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Eliminate the magnets that attract illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
21st century reality means re-negotiating with China: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
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Oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees: Strongly Favors topic 14
Led public Pledge of Allegiance, & speeches about patriotism: Strongly Favors topic 14
No unilateral action in Eastern Europe: Opposes topic 14
Fight foreign treaties that weaken our sovereignty: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
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We must keep the strongest military in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Overturn voting rights to ex-felons who completed sentences: Opposes topic 16
Restore felon voting rights, but only through legislature: Opposes topic 16
Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
No war unless Constitutional and in our national interest: Favors topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Don't subsidize renewables; we didn't cause climate change: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Stand up for coal; we have hundreds of years of supply: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Fight against EPA's relentless attacks on the coal industry: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Support coal production and new nuclear power plants: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
Crack down on drug dealers and others who abuse the system: Favors topic 19
Random drug testing for welfare recipients: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Minimum wage stifles job creation; reduce to $7.25: Strongly Opposes topic 20
AdWatch: Supporting a debt-limit increase is too liberal: Strongly Opposes topic 20
No budget deal; let the sequester cuts take place: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Wall Street and auto bailouts made us pay for their mistakes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Balanced Budget Amendment ends Congress' spending addiction: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Permanent ban on earmarks, with no loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Matt Bevin is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative
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Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D) vs.Chase(R) vs.Fairfax(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) vs.Williams(D)
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Galloway(D) vs.Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D) vs.Cooney(D) vs.Williams(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Coachman(R) vs.Lenz(D)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinksy(D) vs.Dan Feltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Garced(D) vs.Pierluisi(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Burningham(R) vs.Newton(D) vs.Hughes(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Holcombe(D) vs.Zuckerman(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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Page last updated: Apr 13, 2020