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Pete Buttigieg on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Offered anti-abortion clinic help away from abortion clinic. (Jun 2019)
  • Federal government should protect reproductive freedom. (May 2019)
  • Personal choice is best for abortion's moral decision. (May 2019)
  • Abortion is moral question decided by woman, not government. (Apr 2019)
  • Abortion is a woman's choice, not a political statement. (Mar 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Budget & Economy
Click here for 5 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Led on local transportation issues as mayor. (Dec 2020)
  • Redesigned streets proved safer & increased property values. (Dec 2020)
  • This economy works for Wall Street, but not for middle class. (Dec 2019)
  • Government investment can help minority businesses. (Apr 2019)
  • We should support workers going through changes. (Mar 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Civil Rights
Click here for 29 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Transportation decisions have hurt minority neighborhoods. (Dec 2020)
  • Fight racial, economic injustice with transportation policy. (Dec 2020)
  • OpEd: Appointed to Cabinet solely because he's gay. (Dec 2020)
  • Federal funding should never be used to discriminate. (Feb 2020)
  • Campaign co-chaired by member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2020)
  • Look at reparations to mend generational theft of racism. (Dec 2019)
  • I welcome the challenge of connecting with black voters. (Nov 2019)
  • I knew I was different long before I knew I was gay. (Oct 2019)
  • An Equality Act will fight discrimination on many fronts. (Oct 2019)
  • We need a systemic approach to replace racist system. (Sep 2019)
  • Black voters more interested in issues than his being gay. (Aug 2019)
  • Systemic racism has touched every part of American life. (Jul 2019)
  • Douglass Plan: tackle racial inequality with funding & laws. (Jul 2019)
  • Racial inequality compounds, which is why it is persistent. (Jul 2019)
  • White America needs to face roots of systemic racism. (Jul 2019)
  • Has dealt with racism & police violence, but it's not enough. (Jun 2019)
  • If U.S. to address human rights, we need to be credible. (Apr 2019)
  • Problem about me being gay means problem with my creator. (Apr 2019)
  • Address racial divide by showing up & building trust. (Apr 2019)
  • Calls for redistricting reform; questions Electoral College. (Feb 2019)
  • As mayor, renamed main street as Martin Luther King Blvd. (Feb 2019)
  • Declared "open city" for LGBT, when state became anti-LGBT. (Feb 2019)
  • Someday, politicians won't have to come out as gay. (Feb 2019)
  • For LGBT rights, but doesn't presume to speak for everyone. (Feb 2019)
  • Supports Equality Act; need better legislation. (Feb 2019)
  • Trans members of the military deserve presidential support. (Feb 2019)
  • Voters have judged his record, not his marriage. (Feb 2019)
  • Freedom is personal, not about government regulation. (Jan 2017)
  • Came out as gay, to inspire others to judge character. (Jun 2015)
Pete Buttigieg on Corporations
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  • Anti-trust law must go beyond pricing to deal with high tech. (Apr 2019)
  • Capitalism is good, but it must be subject to rules. (Apr 2019)
  • Companies are not persons; should not have religious rights. (Feb 2019)
  • Supported 2008 auto bailout, to save workers and communities. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Crime
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  • Country is shockingly over-incarcerated. (Feb 2020)
  • Systemic racism has penetrated into police departments. (Feb 2020)
  • Legalize pot and help those incarcerated unfairly. (Feb 2020)
  • Broken criminal justice system kindest to rich and guilty. (Sep 2019)
  • Felons should be allowed after release from prison. (Jul 2019)
  • End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans. (Jul 2019)
  • Eliminate private prisons. (Jul 2019)
  • Abolish capital punishment. (Jul 2019)
  • Supports constitutional ban on death penalty. (Jul 2019)
  • Move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism. (Jun 2019)
  • I believe in police accountability and will implement it. (Jun 2019)
  • Cut federal prison population, encourage states to follow. (Jun 2019)
  • Justice is blind; appointees should uphold that principle. (Jun 2019)
  • Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison. (Apr 2019)
  • Death penalty is racist; mandatory minimums too. (Mar 2019)
  • Concentrate law enforcement on gang-related violence. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Drugs
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  • Incarceration does more harm than dealing with addiction. (Feb 2020)
  • Fewer arrests than US, but more black arrests for pot. (Feb 2020)
  • Accountability for drug producers; treatment for users. (Feb 2020)
  • Put boundaries on what phamra companies can do. (Feb 2020)
  • Decriminalize and legalize marijuana. (May 2019)
  • Marijuana is personal responsibility issue; move to legalize. (May 2019)
  • Focus on opioid treatment options, not just defining problem. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Education
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  • Teachers shouldn't have to pay their own classroom expenses. (Feb 2020)
  • Schoolchildren shouldn't have to have active shooter drills. (Feb 2020)
  • Triple Title I funding; create Education Access Corps. (Feb 2020)
  • Stand up and support public education. (Feb 2020)
  • Public-service loan forgiveness program. (Jul 2019)
  • Rich kids should pay tuition; but make it more affordable. (Jun 2019)
  • States should take on more of cost of higher education. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports loan forgiveness but not across the board. (Apr 2019)
  • Charter schools have a place in the school ecosystem. (Apr 2019)
  • Charter schools can't replace public, but can try new things. (Mar 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Energy & Oil
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  • Deadline for climate change isn't 2050, it's 2020. (Feb 2020)
  • Have to break idea that choice is between climate and jobs. (Feb 2020)
  • Put environmental justice at the core of our climate plan. (Jan 2020)
  • Make all Americans part of the climate solution. (Dec 2019)
  • Conservative farmers are part of the climate change solution. (Nov 2019)
  • Set up climate action plan as South Bend Mayor. (Sep 2019)
  • Polluters pay carbon tax; redistribute it to those affected. (Sep 2019)
  • No more intermediate steps: de-carbonize industry by 2050. (Sep 2019)
  • Federal investment in renewable tech for farms. (Sep 2019)
  • Military can play huge role in solving climate change. (Sep 2019)
  • We have 12 years until climate catastrophe. (Jul 2019)
  • US must lead the way in exit of coal-fired power. (Jul 2019)
  • Ban fracking. (Jul 2019)
  • Pittsburgh Summit instead of Paris Summit. (Jun 2019)
  • Money from carbon tax should go to American families. (Apr 2019)
  • Institute carbon tax, to capture the true cost of things. (Apr 2019)
  • Timetable on climate set by reality, not by Congress. (Mar 2019)
  • Climate security is priority, invest in renewables. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal. (Feb 2019)
  • Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs. (Feb 2019)
  • Observe Paris Climate Agreement in city, if not federally. (Apr 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Environment
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  • Fight climate change and prepare for flood and fire. (Jan 2020)
  • Regulate plastics; incentives for non-plastic replacements. (Sep 2019)
  • Support nuclear power. (Jul 2019)
  • As mayor, installed "River Lights" outdoor art for $700,000. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Families & Children
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  • Teens shouldn't worry that they will be killed at school. (Feb 2020)
  • Not going to take family values lectures from Rush Limbaugh. (Feb 2020)
  • Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support. (Feb 2020)
  • It makes no sense to spend 2/3 of income on childcare. (Jan 2020)
  • Generational justice for those who'll come in the future. (Sep 2019)
  • Supports broad paid family and medical leave plans. (Jul 2019)
  • $100B in grants for minority home ownership. (Jul 2019)
  • Open to gay parenthood if elected president. (Jun 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Foreign Policy
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  • China uses technology for perfection of dictatorship. (Dec 2019)
  • Trump welcomes white nationalists, plays at being pro-Israel. (Dec 2019)
  • Syrian Civil War partially based on climate security. (Sep 2019)
  • Restore U.S. credibility by leading world on big challenges. (Aug 2019)
  • Accept both cooperation and conflict with China. (Jul 2019)
  • Sanctions on Russia; support for Ukraine. (Jul 2019)
  • We must reset our relationship with Saudi Arabia. (Jul 2019)
  • Supports 2-state solution, but not current Israeli policies. (Jul 2019)
  • Targeted sanctions against Venezuelan officials. (Jul 2019)
  • US foreign policy should be based on American values. (Jun 2019)
  • Work with allies in region & elsewhere on Middle East. (Jun 2019)
  • We can lead the world or resent it; we can't do both. (Jun 2019)
  • Regional & global allies have interest in Middle East peace. (Jun 2019)
  • Isolationism is not right way for us to go. (Jun 2019)
  • Foreign policy grounded in American interests for 2050s. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports Israel; situation more complex than seen in media. (Apr 2019)
  • Use diplomatic strategies in Venezuela, not military. (Mar 2019)
  • Pay attention to assessments of intelligence agencies. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Free Trade
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  • I support USMCA, but focus on people over corporations. (Jan 2020)
  • Trump tariffs come down on us, without any bigger strategy. (Sep 2019)
  • Invest in domestic competitiveness to stay ahead of China. (Aug 2019)
  • Americans pay the price for Trump's trade war with China. (Aug 2019)
  • Deals must support workers, but US can't sit on sidelines. (Jul 2019)
  • Support African nations; recognize market opportunities. (Jul 2019)
  • Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Tariffs are taxes; we pay $800 a year for Trump's tariffs. (Jun 2019)
  • Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs. (Apr 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Government Reform
Click here for 19 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • As mayor: ask how USDOT worked rather than make demands. (Dec 2020)
  • 21st century voting rights: core of Frederick Douglass plan. (Feb 2020)
  • End political battlefield of Supreme Court nominations. (Feb 2020)
  • Same-day voter registration, and fight voter suppression. (Nov 2019)
  • Expand but depoliticize Supreme Court. (Oct 2019)
  • Constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. (Sep 2019)
  • We need structural reform; we can reform our democracy. (Jul 2019)
  • Amendments among "most elegant features" of Constitution. (Jul 2019)
  • Provide new opportunities for voluntary public service. (Jul 2019)
  • Prosecution for obstruction shouldn't be president's call. (Jun 2019)
  • Offer of foreign electoral help should lead to call to FBI. (Jun 2019)
  • Change the way Supreme Court nominees are picked. (Jun 2019)
  • Citizens United was a disaster for our democracy. (May 2019)
  • Abolish Electoral College; it makes society less democratic. (Apr 2019)
  • Need to depoliticize Supreme Court. (Mar 2019)
  • Make Supreme Court appointments less partisan. (Mar 2019)
  • Open to expanding judiciary in reaction to GOP actions. (Feb 2019)
  • Get rid of the Electoral College. (Feb 2019)
  • Created plan to ensure diversity in city government jobs. (Jul 2016)
Pete Buttigieg on Gun Control
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  • Much work to enact measures that vast majority supports. (Aug 2019)
  • What we're doing on gun violence isn't working. (Jul 2019)
  • Voluntary buyback, plus ban assault weapons. (Jul 2019)
  • Trained on military weapons: no place in civilian use. (Jun 2019)
  • Respect people's desire for self-defense. (Jun 2019)
  • Common sense gun control can work under Second Amendment. (Apr 2019)
  • Yes to gun control and universal background checks. (Feb 2019)
  • Installed ShotSpotter technology: identify source of gunfire. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Health Care
Click here for 24 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Deal with coronavirus with international integration. (Feb 2020)
  • Make it OK to publicly talk about mental health struggles. (Feb 2020)
  • Fix healthcare so we don't force it on anybody. (Feb 2020)
  • 2018: Medicare-for-All; 2020: only for those who want it. (Feb 2020)
  • Don't command, it should be Medicare for those who want it. (Feb 2020)
  • Don't command, it should be Medicare for those who want it. (Feb 2020)
  • Support people facing assisted suicide from terminal illness. (Feb 2020)
  • Individual mandate so no such thing as an uninsured American. (Jan 2020)
  • My plan does not cost the most, but isn't small. (Jan 2020)
  • Forced Medicare for All would divide the country. (Oct 2019)
  • Good care for all and affordable prevention for all. (Oct 2019)
  • Trust people to know what health plan is best for them. (Sep 2019)
  • Pay more in taxes but less in healthcare premium. (Jul 2019)
  • My mother-in-law's life was saved by the ACA. (Jul 2019)
  • How do we get to single payer? Need a glide path. (Jun 2019)
  • Cover undocumented immigrants; then we're all healthier. (Jun 2019)
  • Single payer option can lead to Medicare for all. (Mar 2019)
  • Medicare for all who want it: public option. (Mar 2019)
  • Public option is step towards universal care. (Mar 2019)
  • Single rate for healthcare before single payer. (Feb 2019)
  • His generation not put off by claims of "socialism". (Feb 2019)
  • Gender reassignment surgery is part of health care. (Feb 2019)
  • Single payer can still allow role for private insurance. (Feb 2019)
  • 2018: favored single-payer Medicare-for-All. (Feb 2018)
Pete Buttigieg on Homeland Security
Click here for 15 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Re-prioritize runaway growth in military spending. (Nov 2019)
  • Put an end to endless war; require 3-year sunset for wars. (Sep 2019)
  • Bring troops home from Afghanistan except for Special Ops. (Jul 2019)
  • Boost the defense budget. (Jul 2019)
  • Suffered post-deployment depression, but not PTSD. (Jun 2019)
  • Must not allow foreign powers to interfere in elections. (Jun 2019)
  • Prioritize cyber-threats & extremism, not more submarines. (Jun 2019)
  • Security establishment should reflect nation's diversity. (Jun 2019)
  • More years of executive & military experience than most. (May 2019)
  • Be serious about security like Israel, but live freely. (Apr 2019)
  • 9/11 brought post-Cold War era to new generation of war. (Feb 2019)
  • Knee-jerk PATRIOT Act undercut American freedoms. (Feb 2019)
  • Signed up for military in 2008, during Iraq troop surge. (Feb 2019)
  • 1950s norm was college then military; he followed suit. (Feb 2019)
  • Recognize Vietnam Veterans Day, as late honor. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Immigration
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  • Biblical "welcoming the stranger" means immigrants. (Feb 2020)
  • Community Renewal Visas: fast-track rural immigration. (Feb 2020)
  • Fast-track to citizenship for kids in cages at border. (Dec 2019)
  • Rural residents know immigrants help revitalize small towns. (Sep 2019)
  • Values of faith and welcome should be cultivated. (Sep 2019)
  • Set up program for undocumented, alert system for ICE raids. (Aug 2019)
  • Crossing the border illegally should still be illegal. (Jul 2019)
  • Decriminalizing border-crossing ends child separation. (Jun 2019)
  • Policies make things worse instead of solving problems. (Jun 2019)
  • Should help stabilize Central America nations, not cut aid. (Jun 2019)
  • Most Americans are immigrants or their descendants. (May 2019)
  • There's a consensus on immigration if we have the will. (Apr 2019)
  • Problem isn't ICE; it's what they're ordered to do. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports DACA and easing deportation policies. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Jobs
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  • Lots of job opportunity in green economy; not all high tech. (Sep 2019)
  • Let gig workers unionize. (Jul 2019)
  • Raise minimum wage, like Scripture tells us. (Jul 2019)
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. (Jul 2019)
  • Government must be pro-active with changing economy. (Mar 2019)
  • Consider guaranteed income, perhaps redefine work. (Mar 2019)
  • Unions good for US workers, but not NAFTA. (Feb 2019)
  • 2009 auto bailout was worthwhile; it saved jobs and pensions. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Principles & Values
Click here for 39 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Transportation makes the American dream possible. (Dec 2020)
  • Can't keep letting infrastructure week be a punch line. (Dec 2020)
  • Nobody this side of paradise can fix anything alone. (Feb 2020)
  • We can accomplish goals without polarization. (Feb 2020)
  • This is a time for belonging, not exclusion. (Feb 2020)
  • Government belongs to people of every religion & no religion. (Feb 2020)
  • No purity tests: welcome Republicans and wealthy people. (Dec 2019)
  • America known as country that keeps its word. (Oct 2019)
  • Religious freedom does not mean the right to hurt others. (Oct 2019)
  • Unity and bold ideas will solve our challenges. (Sep 2019)
  • Politics is not theoretical; our generation must deliver. (Jun 2019)
  • The world needs America at our best. (Jun 2019)
  • Ensure that America's future is better than its past. (May 2019)
  • We cannot find greatness in the past. (May 2019)
  • God does not have a political party. (Apr 2019)
  • If I had been given a choice, I would have not been gay. (Apr 2019)
  • Supports religious values and separation of church and state. (Mar 2019)
  • Tension between capitalism and democracy America's challenge. (Mar 2019)
  • Progressive, but not concerned with labels. (Mar 2019)
  • National service can unite Americans. (Mar 2019)
  • 1990s: Nominated Bernie Sanders for Profile in Courage award. (Feb 2019)
  • 2000: worked for Gore, but Bush was same on domestic policy. (Feb 2019)
  • Invest in mental health and build community. (Oct 2019)

    2020 Presidential Race

  • Didn't set out to be gay president; sees how it's meaningful. (Feb 2020)
  • I'm the only presidential candidate who's not a millionaire. (Dec 2019)
  • Qualified for president since mayors have to get things done. (Dec 2019)
  • Right experience, not traditional Washington experience. (Nov 2019)
  • Would be youngest president ever, and first mayor. (Mar 2019)
  • Yes, young, but more government experience than Pres. Trump. (Mar 2019)
  • Name recognition is key; his is pronounced "Buddha-judge". (Feb 2019)
  • My success shows that Democrats can win in Flyover Country. (Feb 2019)
  • For DNC chair: "A Letter from Flyover Country". (Feb 2019)

    Trump Impeachment

  • Congress had no choice but to impeach Trump. (Dec 2019)
  • Impeachment should be above politics, but Trump confessed. (Nov 2019)
  • Impeachment is not just about Trump, but about presidency. (Oct 2019)
  • Purpose of presidency is unification, not self-glorification. (Oct 2019)
  • Won't demand prosecution of Trump; that's AG's call. (Jun 2019)
  • Not up to the president to decide who should be prosecuted. (Jun 2019)
  • Rejecting foreign election interference isn't complicated. (Jun 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Social Security
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  • Double Social Security's payroll-tax cap to $250,000. (Jul 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Tax Reform
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  • Move from fuel taxes to mileage fees to fund roads. (Dec 2020)
  • The American Dream [is collapsing except in] Denmark. (Feb 2020)
  • April: raise top tax rate; October: "soft-pedals" wealth tax. (Nov 2019)
  • Financial transactions tax, wealth tax, and estate tax. (Aug 2019)
  • The wealthy should pay their fair share in taxes. (Apr 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Technology
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  • Put millions of new electric vehicles on America's roads. (Dec 2020)
  • Chaired Automation Task Force of Conference of Mayors. (Dec 2020)
  • National data security policy, don't leave it to companies. (Feb 2020)
  • Can't solve problem by air travel ban; focus on fast trains. (Sep 2019)
  • Mustn't let China lead world on artificial intelligence. (Aug 2019)
  • Empower federal regulators to deal with tech giants. (Jul 2019)
  • As mayor: major investment in data and technology industries. (May 2019)
  • Automation is changing the workplace; we need to adapt. (Apr 2019)
  • Infrastructure upgrade of sewer system needed in South Bend. (Feb 2019)
  • Set up 311 phone system for easier contact to city services. (Feb 2019)
  • Created city data map of infrastructure and road assets. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on War & Peace
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  • I stand with the people of Idlib against Syrian dictator. (Feb 2020)
  • Taking out a bad guy is not always a good idea. (Feb 2020)
  • Biden made wrong decision on Iraq War. (Feb 2020)
  • Biden made wrong decision on Iraq War. (Feb 2020)
  • No Iranian nukes, via reinstating joint nuclear deal. (Jan 2020)
  • If troops go to war, will include 3-year sunset clause. (Jan 2020)
  • Would use force, but need to think of the consequences. (Jan 2020)
  • We have betrayed our allies & values by exiting Syria. (Oct 2019)
  • Syrian withdrawal undermines our soldiers' honor. (Oct 2019)
  • No open-ended commitment to ground troops in Afghanistan. (Sep 2019)
  • Make sure we have right kind of settlement in Afghanistan. (Aug 2019)
  • Rejoin Iran deal with 6 other countries. (Jul 2019)
  • N. Korea: Step-by-step process for peace & denuclearization. (Jul 2019)
  • Keep the troops deployed abroad. (Jul 2019)
  • Restore Iran deal; work with allies in Europe and the region. (Jun 2019)
  • Deal with Iran; consult with intelligence. (Jun 2019)
  • Never should have left Iran deal, will do something new. (Jun 2019)
  • We've learned how hard it is to end a war. (Jun 2019)
  • Never send troops without clear definition of their mission. (Jun 2019)
  • Small steps forward in North Korea; no "love letters". (Jun 2019)
  • Be more judicious when committing troops. (May 2019)
  • Don't let Iraq war supporters plan Venezuela invasion. (Mar 2019)
  • U.S. not the guarantor of peace in Afghanistan. (Mar 2019)
  • Pull troops out of Afghanistan, but not Syria. (Feb 2019)
  • Afghanistan war was "outsourced" to the few in uniform. (Feb 2019)
  • Not realistic to demand "with us or with the terrorists". (Feb 2019)
  • 2002 Iraq War made no strategic sense, even if WMDs existed. (Feb 2019)
  • 2002: opposed Iraq War because believed WMDs would be used. (Feb 2019)
Pete Buttigieg on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Dow Jones doesn't measure performance of economy. (Feb 2020)
  • Measure economy by poverty levels, not by Dow Jones. (Feb 2020)
  • Every religion says we should care for our neighbors. (Sep 2019)
  • Scripture is about protecting the stranger and the poor. (Mar 2019)
  • 1000 Homes in 1000 Days: repair or demolish abandoned homes. (Mar 2019)
  • Deal with 1,000 abandoned buildings in 1,000 days. (Feb 2019)
  • Public scoreboard showing progress on 1,000 abandoned homes. (Feb 2019)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Offered anti-abortion clinic help away from abortion clinic: Opposes topic 1
Federal government should protect reproductive freedom: Strongly Favors topic 1
Personal choice is best for abortion's moral decision: Favors topic 1
Abortion is moral question decided by woman, not government: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortion is a woman's choice, not a political statement: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Transportation decisions have hurt minority neighborhoods: Strongly Favors topic 2
Look at reparations to mend generational theft of racism: Strongly Favors topic 2
Systemic racism has touched every part of American life: Strongly Favors topic 2
Douglass Plan: tackle racial inequality with funding & laws: Strongly Favors topic 2
Racial inequality compounds, which is why it is persistent: Strongly Favors topic 2
White America needs to face roots of systemic racism: Favors topic 2
Move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism: Strongly Favors topic 2
Security establishment should reflect nation's diversity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Government investment can help minority businesses: Favors topic 2
Address racial divide by showing up & building trust: Favors topic 2
As mayor, renamed main street as Martin Luther King Blvd: Favors topic 2
Created plan to ensure diversity in city government jobs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Not going to take family values lectures from Rush Limbaugh: Strongly Favors topic 3
Black voters more interested in issues than his being gay: Strongly Favors topic 3
Open to gay parenthood if elected president: Strongly Favors topic 3
Problem about me being gay means problem with my creator: Strongly Favors topic 3
If I had been given a choice, I would have not been gay: Favors topic 3
Declared "open city" for LGBT, when state became anti-LGBT: Strongly Favors topic 3
Someday, politicians won't have to come out as gay: Favors topic 3
Companies are not persons; should not have religious rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
For LGBT rights, but doesn't presume to speak for everyone: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports Equality Act; need better legislation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Trans members of the military deserve presidential support: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gender reassignment surgery is part of health care: Strongly Favors topic 3
Voters have judged his record, not his marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Freedom is personal, not about government regulation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Came out as gay, to inspire others to judge character: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Federal funding should never be used to discriminate: Opposes topic 4
Government belongs to people of every religion & no religion: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Every religion says we should care for our neighbors: Favors topic 4
God does not have a political party: Opposes topic 4
Supports religious values and separation of church and state: Opposes topic 4
Scripture is about protecting the stranger and the poor: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Make it OK to publicly talk about mental health struggles: Favors topic 5
Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support: Favors topic 5
How do we get to single payer? Need a glide path: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover undocumented immigrants; then we're all healthier: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer option can lead to Medicare for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all who want it: public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Public option is step towards universal care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single rate for healthcare before single payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
His generation not put off by claims of "socialism": Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer can still allow role for private insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
2018: favored single-payer Medicare-for-All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Double Social Security's payroll-tax cap to $250,000: Favors topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Triple Title I funding; create Education Access Corps: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Stand up and support public education: Opposes topic 7
Charter schools have a place in the school ecosystem: Favors topic 7
Charter schools can't replace public, but can try new things: Favors topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(0 points on Social scale)
Regulate plastics; incentives for non-plastic replacements: Opposes topic 8
Support nuclear power: Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Country is shockingly over-incarcerated: Strongly Opposes topic 9
End cash bail; it hits low-income Americans: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Eliminate private prisons: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Abolish capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Supports constitutional ban on death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Has dealt with racism & police violence, but it's not enough: Opposes topic 9
Cut federal prison population, encourage states to follow: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Justice is blind; appointees should uphold that principle: Neutral on topic 9
Death penalty is racist; mandatory minimums too: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Concentrate law enforcement on gang-related violence: Favors topic 9
Not up to the president to decide who should be prosecuted: Neutral on topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Teens shouldn't worry that they will be killed at school: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Schoolchildren shouldn't have to have active shooter drills: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Much work to enact measures that vast majority supports: Strongly Opposes topic 10
What we're doing on gun violence isn't working: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Voluntary buyback, plus ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Trained on military weapons: no place in civilian use: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Respect people's desire for self-defense: Favors topic 10
Common sense gun control can work under Second Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Yes to gun control and universal background checks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Installed ShotSpotter technology: identify source of gunfire: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Move from fuel taxes to mileage fees to fund roads: Neutral on topic 11
April: raise top tax rate; October: "soft-pedals" wealth tax: Favors topic 11
Financial transactions tax, wealth tax, and estate tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
The wealthy should pay their fair share in taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Biblical "welcoming the stranger" means immigrants: Favors topic 12
Set up program for undocumented, alert system for ICE raids: Strongly Favors topic 12
Crossing the border illegally should still be illegal: Opposes topic 12
Decriminalizing border-crossing ends child separation: Favors topic 12
Policies make things worse instead of solving problems: Favors topic 12
Should help stabilize Central America nations, not cut aid: Favors topic 12
Most Americans are immigrants or their descendants: Favors topic 12
There's a consensus on immigration if we have the will: Strongly Favors topic 12
Problem isn't ICE; it's what they're ordered to do: Favors topic 12
Supports DACA and easing deportation policies: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Invest in domestic competitiveness to stay ahead of China: Favors topic 13
Americans pay the price for Trump's trade war with China: Favors topic 13
Support African nations; recognize market opportunities: Strongly Favors topic 13
Demand changes to post-NAFTA agreement USMCA: Opposes topic 13
Don't use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
Tariffs are taxes; we pay $800 a year for Trump's tariffs: Strongly Favors topic 13
Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs: Favors topic 13
Unions good for US workers, but not NAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
America known as country that keeps its word: Strongly Favors topic 14
Mustn't let China lead world on artificial intelligence: Favors topic 14
Amendments among "most elegant features" of Constitution: Favors topic 14
Provide new opportunities for voluntary public service: Favors topic 14
US foreign policy should be based on American values: Favors topic 14
We can lead the world or resent it; we can't do both: Strongly Favors topic 14
Regional & global allies have interest in Middle East peace: Opposes topic 14
Isolationism is not right way for us to go: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Foreign policy grounded in American interests for 2050s: Favors topic 14
The world needs America at our best: Strongly Favors topic 14
If U.S. to address human rights, we need to be credible: Opposes topic 14
Be serious about security like Israel, but live freely: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Tension between capitalism and democracy America's challenge: Opposes topic 14
National service can unite Americans: Favors topic 14
9/11 brought post-Cold War era to new generation of war: Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
Re-prioritize runaway growth in military spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Military can play huge role in solving climate change: Favors topic 15
Make sure we have right kind of settlement in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 15
Boost the defense budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
Prioritize cyber-threats & extremism, not more submarines: Opposes topic 15
Recognize Vietnam Veterans Day, as late honor: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Same-day voter registration, and fight voter suppression: Strongly Favors topic 16
Felons should be allowed after release from prison: Favors topic 16
Offer of foreign electoral help should lead to call to FBI: Strongly Favors topic 16
Must not allow foreign powers to interfere in elections: Favors topic 16
Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison: Favors topic 16
Abolish Electoral College; it makes society less democratic: Strongly Favors topic 16
Calls for redistricting reform; questions Electoral College: Strongly Favors topic 16
Get rid of the Electoral College: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Would use force, but need to think of the consequences: Strongly Opposes topic 17
China uses technology for perfection of dictatorship: Opposes topic 17
We have betrayed our allies & values by exiting Syria: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Syrian withdrawal undermines our soldiers' honor: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Restore U.S. credibility by leading world on big challenges: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Russia; support for Ukraine: Opposes topic 17
We must reset our relationship with Saudi Arabia: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Bring troops home from Afghanistan except for Special Ops: Opposes topic 17
Rejoin Iran deal with 6 other countries: Favors topic 17
Keep the troops deployed abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Work with allies in region & elsewhere on Middle East: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Restore Iran deal; work with allies in Europe and the region: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Deal with Iran; consult with intelligence: Opposes topic 17
Never should have left Iran deal, will do something new: Strongly Opposes topic 17
We've learned how hard it is to end a war: Favors topic 17
Never send troops without clear definition of their mission: Favors topic 17
Small steps forward in North Korea; no "love letters": Strongly Opposes topic 17
Be more judicious when committing troops: Strongly Favors topic 17
Supports Israel; situation more complex than seen in media: Opposes topic 17
Don't let Iraq war supporters plan Venezuela invasion: Strongly Favors topic 17
Use diplomatic strategies in Venezuela, not military: Opposes topic 17
U.S. not the guarantor of peace in Afghanistan: Favors topic 17
Pull troops out of Afghanistan, but not Syria: Neutral on topic 17
2002: opposed Iraq War because believed WMDs would be used: Favors topic 17
Pay attention to assessments of intelligence agencies: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Put millions of new electric vehicles on America's roads: Strongly Favors topic 18
Have to break idea that choice is between climate and jobs: Strongly Favors topic 18
No more intermediate steps: de-carbonize industry by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Federal investment in renewable tech for farms: Strongly Favors topic 18
Lots of job opportunity in green economy; not all high tech: Strongly Favors topic 18
Can't solve problem by air travel ban; focus on fast trains: Favors topic 18
We have 12 years until climate catastrophe: Strongly Favors topic 18
US must lead the way in exit of coal-fired power: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ban fracking: Favors topic 18
Pittsburgh Summit instead of Paris Summit: Strongly Favors topic 18
Money from carbon tax should go to American families: Favors topic 18
Institute carbon tax, to capture the true cost of things: Strongly Favors topic 18
Timetable on climate set by reality, not by Congress: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate security is priority, invest in renewables: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports Paris climate accord and Green New Deal: Strongly Favors topic 18
Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs: Favors topic 18
Observe Paris Climate Agreement in city, if not federally: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Incarceration does more harm than dealing with addiction: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Put boundaries on what phamra companies can do: Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize and legalize marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana is personal responsibility issue; move to legalize: Opposes topic 19
Focus on opioid treatment options, not just defining problem: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Redesigned streets proved safer & increased property values: Strongly Favors topic 20
As mayor: major investment in data and technology industries: Favors topic 20
Government must be pro-active with changing economy: Favors topic 20
We should support workers going through changes: Strongly Favors topic 20
Infrastructure upgrade of sewer system needed in South Bend: Favors topic 20
2009 auto bailout was worthwhile; it saved jobs and pensions: Strongly Favors topic 20

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