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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
I'm more pro-choice than opponent; but no late-term abortion: Favors topic 1
Authored state's Stem Cell Investment Act: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:Oppose strict Constitutionalist judges: Favors topic 1
CC:Publicly fund abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
CC:No parental notification for abortions by minors: Favors topic 1
Rated Born-Alive Survivors bill tries to illegalize abortion: Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: 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)
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: 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
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
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Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I'm a huge supporter of the public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
I'm a huge supporter of the public option: Strongly Favors topic 5
Right to health care, not just sick care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: 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)
To do nothing about entitlements is irresponsible: Opposes topic 6
Raise debt ceiling instead of privatizing Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Strengthen our country's public school system: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Massive infrastructure spending; great deals now: Opposes topic 8
First political battle: protect fragile wetlands: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
Prohibit invasive research on great apes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros: 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)
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Rated 73% by the NAPO, indicating a moderate stance on police issues: Neutral on topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Teachers don't want to be armed; nor do parents or students: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Stricter gun control laws on a federal level: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Sandy Hook opened my eyes to catastrophe of gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
The NRA created a fantasy world where stockpiles are needed: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NRA has more control over Congress than any other group: Opposes topic 10
Close the Gun Show Loophole; restrict show sales: Opposes topic 10
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
Restrict right to bear arms, according to CC survey: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Keep preferential tax for hedge funds; costs too much to cut: Opposes topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
CC:Reverse federal income tax cuts: Favors topic 11
CC:Keep the inhertiance tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Allow more visas for STEM college graduates: Favors topic 12
Opposes more border security, according to CC survey: Strongly Favors topic 12
Terminate national emergency at the Southern border: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Invest in local infrastructure & stronger Buy American laws: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Buy American Act for government purchasing: Opposes topic 13
Rebuild manufacturing with Buy-American laws: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tariffs against countries undervaluing their currency: Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Russia never stopped interfering in American politics: Favors topic 14
Integrate gender into diplomatic and foreign aid processes: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Welcome 10,000 Syrian refugees now, and more later: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Keep Groton submarine base open: Favors topic 15
Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public financing of federal campaigns by voter vouchers: Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill for election holiday & easier voting access: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
It's dangerous that administration is not talking to Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Executing foreign political figures opens Pandora's box: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Oppose sale of precision guided bombs to Saudi Arabia: Strongly Favors topic 17
Economic sanctions as main tactic against Iran: Favors topic 17
Stark differences with Lieberman about the Iraq War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Ending Iraq & Afghan wars saves $2B per week: Favors topic 17
Refocus on Afghanistan, not Iraq: 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
Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians: Opposes topic 17
CC:Keep alliance with Israel: Opposes topic 17
No military force against Iran without Congress approval: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap oil prices; let market decide green technology: Opposes topic 18
Energy reform is my holy grail: Strongly Favors topic 18
Oil & gas companies are prevent renewable energy development: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
YES on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Admits past marijuana usage: Opposes topic 19
Rated 75% by NORML, indicating a pro-legalization stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services: Opposes topic 19
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

Chris Murphy is a Hard-Core Liberal
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