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Ben Carson on VoteMatch



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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Need civil discussion between pro-life and pro-choice: Neutral on topic 1
I would love to see Roe v. Wade overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Maybe exceptions for life of mother, not for rape or incest: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Was personally against abortion; but what others do matters: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Drugs OK to prevent conception in instances of rape & incest: Favors topic 1
Planned Parenthood historically targets black communities: Opposes topic 1
I spent my career saving the lives of little babies: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No abortion for convenience: Strongly Opposes topic 1
The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
People can only afford to live in certain places: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Scrap HUD tool for racial discrimination in public housing: Opposes topic 2
Housing integration is ok, but why must residents solve it?: Opposes topic 2
Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement: Opposes topic 2
Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common: Strongly Favors topic 2
Underdog status is not determined any longer by race: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Underdog status is no longer determined by race: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights: Opposes topic 3
Constitution protects gays equally, but not marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
I have nothing against gay people, but no marriage: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuality is a choice, but same-sex marriage is the law: Favors topic 3
Give gays rights, but not marriage, because it's a choice: Opposes topic 3
Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution: Strongly Favors topic 4
Charities better at providing for needy than the government: Strongly Favors topic 4
PC police make us afraid to say "Merry Christmas": Favors topic 4
End the "war on God": Strongly Favors topic 4
All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable: Strongly Favors topic 4
National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
There's a strong connection between health and housing: Favors topic 5
Health empowerment accounts for families: Opposes topic 5
Health empowerment account for all on the day you're born: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Health savings accounts for families to buy health care: Opposes topic 5
Replace need for Medicare with HSAs & catastrophic insurance: Opposes topic 5
Free medical care to fix primary care deficit: Favors topic 5
Health Savings Accounts make insurance companies irrelevant: Opposes topic 5
Health Savings Accounts make Medicaid less relevant: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare flies in the face of principles of America: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is analogous to slavery: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Obamacare is about restriction and control: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life.: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Health savings account from birth; teach poor responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Fund HSAs for indigent from collected HSAs of the rest of us: Opposes topic 5
Two-tiered system ok as long as care is adequate: Opposes topic 5
Regulate insurance companies as non-profit services: Strongly Favors topic 5
Government responsibility for catastrophic coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Individuals responsible for pension; with federal supplement: Strongly Favors topic 6
Raise retirement age gradually; & forbid raiding Trust Fund: Favors topic 6
Each person should be responsible for their own pension: Strongly Favors topic 6
Gradually raise the age of eligibility for benefits: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Incentivize the state to offer vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Our public education system has become a propaganda system: Favors topic 7
Supports charter schools; supports local control: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports homeschooling; supports teaching values: Favors topic 7
Education has power to lift families out of destitution: Opposes topic 7
Private schooling better than Common Core public schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice increases competitive nature of education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Regulations cost small businesses $34,000 per employee: Favors topic 8
EPA must work with business; warming or cooling not relevant: Favors topic 8
Large cumbersome government needs to be deflated: Favors topic 8
Protecting environment logical for capitalists & socialists: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness: Opposes topic 9
Develop inner city resources to build alternatives to crime: Strongly Opposes topic 9
On Trayvon: It's not a perfect system, but is best we have: Opposes topic 9
Imagine the mayhem if all police protection were removed: Favors topic 9
Saudi Arabian solution: stiff penalties for medical fraud: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Keep 2nd amendment rights for people on terror watchlist: Strongly Favors topic 10
No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity: Favors topic 10
2nd amendment critical in guarding against tyranny: Strongly Favors topic 10
Regard with suspicion anyone ignoring the Second Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 10
Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration: Strongly Favors topic 10
Extremely pro-2nd Amendment; never let anyone tamper with it: Strongly Favors topic 10
Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
The IRS is not honest and we need to get rid of them: Opposes topic 11
Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cancel mortgage deduction and charitable deduction: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tithing at 15%, plus removing all loopholes & waste: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Progressive taxation on the rich--that's socialism: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Flat tax of 10%-15% is fairest option, even for low-income: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Concentrate on incentivizing entrepreneurial risk taking: Opposes topic 11
IRS unneeded with proportional flat tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
God says tithe at 10%; no triple tithe for bumper crops: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Highest corporate tax rate causes highest national debt: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Guest worker program; no citizenship for illegals: Opposes topic 12
Many immigrants are criminals from Iraq, Somalia and Russia: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Our southern border is so porous, anybody can get in: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Turn off the spigots, then allow agricultural guest workers: Favors topic 12
We have the ability to build a border wall, but not the will: Opposes topic 12
Use drones to destroy smuggler hide-outs on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Moral low road to use cheap labor if no path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Pathway to citizenship unfair to past & current immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Use Canadian model for guest worker program: Favors topic 12
Overwhelming majority want the southern border secured: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Stop severe trade imbalance via stiff tariffs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Stop severe trade imbalance: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction: Opposes topic 14
Focus on funding refugee camps; not bringing refugees to US: Favors topic 14
Corner Putin by arming Ukraine & reducing oil dependence: Strongly Favors topic 14
Taking in Middle Eastern refugees could be dangerous: Strongly Favors topic 14
Pinnacle nations before us contributed to their own demise: Opposes topic 14
Back Israel and follow what Netanyahu wants on Iran: Favors topic 14
Ban Ebola-infected people from entry; treat them elsewhere: Favors topic 14
US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rebuild B52's, submarines, missiles: all three need upgrades: Strongly Favors topic 15
Beef up cyber capabilities; reinvigorate space program: Strongly Favors topic 15
Our armed forces are at smallest size in decades: Strongly Favors topic 15
Give the military the tools they need to meet our needs: Strongly Favors topic 15
Roman Empire fell because military was stretched too thin: Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
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Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Replacing Mideast dictators leads to chaos, like in Iraq: Favors topic 17
Political solution must accompany military solution in Syria: Favors topic 17
Continue to confront China in South China Sea: Opposes topic 17
Counter countries propping up Assad: Russia and Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Maintain U.S. military presence in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
I opposed war in Iraq in 2003; then I opposed withdrawal: Opposes topic 17
Leave no doubt that we will stand with South Korea: Opposes topic 17
Military force is not off the table when it comes to Russia: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Shia-led Iran is more dangerous than ISIL: Opposes topic 17
Untie the military's hands; let them destroy ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Eradicate ISIS as quickly and efficiently as possible: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Ethical world leadership stops bullies with brutal force: Favors topic 17
Tyranny follows if we disarm nukes & madmen get them: Opposes topic 17
No right to assume that our way was right for 1960s Vietnam: Favors topic 17
Morality of war in Iraq was highly debatable: Favors topic 17
Better response than post-9-11 invasions: oil independence: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Keep ethanol mandate; unfair to withdraw contracts: Favors topic 18
Change archaic exportation rules to send energy to Europe: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Smart way in Mideast is to declare energy independence: Favors topic 18
Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding: Favors topic 18
Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs: Favors topic 19
Addiction results from weakened values: Favors topic 19
Exposure to marijuana results in decreased IQ: Favors topic 19
Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Intensify the War on Drugs at federal level: Strongly Favors topic 19
Maybe medical marijuana, but recreational use is a gateway: Strongly Favors topic 19
Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
We have 645 federal agencies--that's way, way too many: Opposes topic 20
Raise debt ceiling, but ensure you won't have to do it again: Strongly Opposes topic 20
$18T national debt pales with $200T liability fiscal gap: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Release the economic engine; regulations fetter it down: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Let the economy work the way it's supposed to: Strongly Opposes topic 20
The free market works: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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