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Michael Bennet on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Classify contraception as preventive care & no moral issue. (Oct 2016)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism. (Aug 2010)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Mar 2017)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Jan 2015)
  • Supports public funding for abortion services. (Nov 2016)
  • Keep federal funding for family planning clinics. (Mar 2017)
Michael Bennet on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Stimulus bill avoided Depression; now we need infrastructure. (Oct 2010)
  • Stimulus bill limited because recession worse than expected. (Oct 2010)
  • Use paid back bank bailout funds to reduce the deficit. (Aug 2010)
  • Transparency on paying for tax cuts and spending programs. (Jul 2009)
  • Served two years as Denver Mayor's Chief of Staff. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (May 2009)
Michael Bennet on Civil Rights
Click here for 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Opposition to homosexuality is an outdated views of society. (Sep 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jan 2015)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Michael Bennet on Corporations
Click here for 4 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • $300B lending fund for small business; plus $12B tax cut. (Aug 2010)
  • Restructured $3 billion in corporate debt at Anschutz. (Jan 2009)
  • Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record. (May 2012)
  • Restrict corporate use of consumer mandatory arbitration. (Aug 2016)
Michael Bennet on Crime
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  • Sponsor of bipartisan First Step reform bill. (May 2019)
  • Easier access to rape kits, and more rape kit analysis. (Nov 2009)
  • Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues. (Dec 2014)
Michael Bennet on Drugs
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  • Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records. (May 2019)
  • Sponsored bill to end Federal ban on marijuana. (May 2019)
  • Let states experiment with marijuana; address racial issues. (Jan 2018)
  • Sponsored bill for TV ads to prevent teenage meth use. (Apr 2010)
  • Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
  • Immunity for banks offering services to marijuana businesses. (Jul 2015)
Michael Bennet on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Halted years of budgetary cuts in the Denver Public Schools. (Jan 2009)
  • Oversaw investing $18 million in Denver schools & classrooms. (Jan 2009)
  • Opposes less federal or more local control of education. (Sep 2010)
  • Professional development grants for elementary principals. (Jul 2010)
  • Sponsored bill discounting combat pay from free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Michael Bennet on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Climate change is major issue; but not Green New Deal. (May 2019)
  • Permanent tax incentives to spur renewable energy growth. (Aug 2010)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Supports renewable energy tax credits. (Aug 2010)
Michael Bennet on Environment
Click here for 7 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • $5 million to begin work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts. (Aug 2010)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 40% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
Michael Bennet on Families & Children
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  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
Michael Bennet on Foreign Policy
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  • Diplomatic tools to invest in stability before crisis. (Sep 2016)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
  • Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank. (Jan 2017)
Michael Bennet on Free Trade
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  • Trump's tariffs have harmed farmers. (May 2019)
  • Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets. (Mar 2010)
  • Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties. (Apr 2014)
  • Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)
Michael Bennet on Government Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Federal review voting of discriminatory state voting changes. (Oct 2016)
  • Constitutional amendment tooverturn Citizens United. (Sep 2016)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Michael Bennet on Gun Control
Click here for 6 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales. (May 2009)
  • Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated C+ by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports restrictions on right to bear arms. (Nov 2016)
Michael Bennet on Health Care
Click here for 13 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Public option rather than Medicare-for-All. (May 2019)
  • Make public plan optional; others can keep private insurance. (Feb 2019)
  • Single payer would lead to massive tax increase. (Mar 2017)
  • Help seniors on Medicare; speed up drug approval. (Sep 2016)
  • I back fiscally sound measures, including Medicare cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • $500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform. (Oct 2010)
  • Committee membership: Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. (Dec 2009)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Supports government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate. (Feb 2015)
  • Opposes repealing mandated health insurance. (Nov 2016)
Michael Bennet on Homeland Security
Click here for 7 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Mixed history on transferring Gitmo prisoners to US prisons. (Oct 2015)
  • No expansion option for 238,000-acre Trinidad training site. (Oct 2010)
  • Increase military size & strength for new types of conflict. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Opposes banning homosexuals in the military. (Aug 2010)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Michael Bennet on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Path to citizenship for DREAMers; oppose family separation. (May 2019)
  • Trump is anti-immigrant; immigrants are a positive force. (Jan 2018)
  • America is a unique place for refugees to succeed. (Jan 2018)
  • Path to citizenship for millions living in the shadows. (Sep 2016)
  • More National Guard troops on border; then amnesty. (Oct 2010)
  • Sponsor and enthusiastic support of the DREAM Act. (Sep 2010)
  • Our borders not secure; create a path to citizenship. (Jul 2009)
  • Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities. (Sep 2010)
  • Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. (Sep 2010)
  • Opposes full implementation of current border security laws. (Sep 2010)
Michael Bennet on Jobs
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  • Opposes Employee Free Choice Act & card-check. (Oct 2010)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Mar 2014)
Michael Bennet on Principles & Values
Click here for 8 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Born in India, to diplomat & Jewish Holocaust survivor. (May 2019)
  • Family includes Mayflower descendants & Holocaust survivors. (Apr 2019)
  • Most Democrats are not socialists and should say so. (Mar 2019)
  • Pragmatism and independent thinking at national level. (Dec 2009)
  • Editor-in-Chief of The Yale Law Journal. (Jan 2009)
  • Married with three school-age daughters. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Question Trump on Emoluments clause. (May 2017)
Michael Bennet on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Eliminate income cap for payroll taxes. (Oct 2016)
  • Preserve the integrity of entitlement programs. (Jul 2009)
  • Strongly opposes privatizing or reducing benefits. (Jul 2009)
  • Opposes private retirement accounts. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Michael Bennet on Tax Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Tax cuts for families; sponsored American Family Act. (May 2019)
  • Cut taxes $12B on small businesses. (Oct 2010)
  • Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts. (Sep 2010)
  • Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families. (Jul 2009)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports increasing income tax rates. (Nov 2016)
Michael Bennet on Technology
Click here for 2 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Withdrew support for policing websites for copyright. (May 2011)
Michael Bennet on War & Peace
Click here for 7 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • AdWatch: Supports Iranian nuclear deal. (Sep 2015)
  • Commit to bring home troops from Afghanistan in July 2011. (Oct 2010)
  • Afghan exit after al-Qaida groups destroyed in Pakistan. (Oct 2010)
  • Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. (Sep 2010)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection. (Mar 2014)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Michael Bennet on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Classify contraception as preventive care & no moral issue: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports both federal abortion funding & judicial activism: 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
Supports public funding for abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: 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)
Opposition to homosexuality is an outdated views of society: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Opposes banning homosexuals in the military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: 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
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public option rather than Medicare-for-All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make public plan optional; others can keep private insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
Single payer would lead to massive tax increase: Opposes topic 5
Help seniors on Medicare; speed up drug approval: Favors topic 5
$500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform: Favors topic 5
Supports government-run healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Religious exemption from ObamaCare individual mandate: Opposes topic 5
Opposes repealing mandated health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminate income cap for payroll taxes: Favors topic 6
Preserve the integrity of entitlement programs: Opposes topic 6
Strongly opposes privatizing or reducing benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes private retirement accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 90% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes less federal or more local control of education: Opposes topic 7
Professional development grants for elementary principals: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sponsor of bipartisan First Step reform bill: Opposes topic 9
Rated 64% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated C+ by the NRA, indicating a mixed voting record on gun rights: Opposes topic 10
Supports restrictions on right to bear arms: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax cuts for families; sponsored American Family Act: Favors topic 11
Transparency on paying for tax cuts and spending programs: Favors topic 11
Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty: Strongly Favors topic 11
Supports increasing income tax rates: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Path to citizenship for DREAMers; oppose family separation: Favors topic 12
Trump is anti-immigrant; immigrants are a positive force: Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship for millions living in the shadows: Strongly Favors topic 12
Our borders not secure; create a path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Supports continued funding of sanctuary cities: Strongly Favors topic 12
Supports granting amnesty to illegal immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes full implementation of current border security laws: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Trump's tariffs have harmed farmers: Favors topic 13
Insist on access to post-mad-cow Japanese beef markets: Favors topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
Most Democrats are not socialists and should say so: Favors topic 14
America is a unique place for refugees to succeed: No opin. on topic 14
Diplomatic tools to invest in stability before crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Increase military size & strength for new types of conflict: Strongly Favors 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)
Federal review voting of discriminatory state voting changes: Favors topic 16
Constitutional amendment tooverturn Citizens United: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Commit to bring home troops from Afghanistan in July 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
Afghan exit after al-Qaida groups destroyed in Pakistan: Opposes topic 17
Opposes timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Climate change is major issue; but not Green New Deal: Favors topic 18
Permanent tax incentives to spur renewable energy growth: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports renewable energy tax credits: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Sponsored bill to end Federal ban on marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Let states experiment with marijuana; address racial issues: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Sponsored bill for TV ads to prevent teenage meth use: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly 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)
Stimulus bill avoided Depression; now we need infrastructure: Strongly Favors topic 20
Stimulus bill limited because recession worse than expected: Opposes topic 20
Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts: Opposes topic 20
$300B lending fund for small business; plus $12B tax cut: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record: Neutral on topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

Michael Bennet is a Moderate Liberal.
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