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Joe Walsh on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • 1996: favored abortion rights; 2012: no abortion exceptions. (Sep 2019)
  • No medical need any more for exceptions for maternal health. (Oct 2012)
  • Pro-life without exception. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Jan 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund. (May 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
Joe Walsh on Budget & Economy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Budget deficit is bankrupting future generations. (Sep 2019)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding. (Jul 2011)
  • Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Joe Walsh on Civil Rights
Click here for 4 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • LGBTQ activists are "constitutional terrorists". (Sep 2019)
  • Same-sex marriage is law of the land, but give it time. (Sep 2019)
  • Marriage can only exist between one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Jan 2012)
Joe Walsh on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Cut the capital gains tax and the corporate tax rate. (Sep 2019)
  • Criticized "Occupy Wall Street" movement as pampered youth. (Sep 2019)
  • Member of House Small Business Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated 0% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Joe Walsh on Crime
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  • Reform the criminal justice system. (Sep 2019)
Joe Walsh on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Joe Walsh on Education
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  • Market-based solutions to education reform and urban poverty. (Sep 2019)
  • Vouchers force competition & provide better education. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Joe Walsh on Energy & Oil
Click here for 8 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Past: climate science not definitive; now: it's a problem. (Sep 2019)
  • Acknowledge the real problem of climate change. (Sep 2019)
  • All-of-the-above, while shifting from coal to renewables. (Sep 2019)
  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)
Joe Walsh on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Balance environmental regulation with small business needs. (Sep 2019)
  • Rated 6% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Jan 2012)
  • Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous. (Sep 2011)
  • Rated 13% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Joe Walsh on Families & Children
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  • Sued by ex-wife for $117,000 in child support. (Jul 2011)
Joe Walsh on Foreign Policy
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  • Put America's interests first: no photo ops with Putin. (Sep 2019)
  • Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
  • Rated -6 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
Joe Walsh on Free Trade
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  • Supports a free trade system; opposes tariffs on China. (Sep 2019)
  • China cheats world, so deal with them with world coalition. (Sep 2019)
  • Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade. (Dec 2012)
Joe Walsh on Government Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • No opinion on campaign finance reform. (Sep 2019)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
Joe Walsh on Gun Control
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  • Arm school employees to prevent school shootings. (Sep 2019)
  • Federal background check at gun shows and online. (Sep 2019)
  • Supports right to own hand guns & to carry concealed weapons. (Nov 2010)
  • Rated 93% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases. (Oct 2011)
Joe Walsh on Health Care
Click here for 10 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • 2013: engage in civil disobedience to defy ObamaCare. (Sep 2019)
  • Look at things like universal catastrophic care coverage. (Sep 2019)
  • Opted out of Congress' health insurance plan. (Apr 2012)
  • Opposed to government sponsored health care system. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Aug 2012)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)
Joe Walsh on Homeland Security
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  • Supports military service for gays and transgendered. (Sep 2019)
  • Keep prisoners at Guantanamo; try them in military tribunals. (Feb 2010)
  • All provisions of the Patriot Act should be renewed. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Member of House Committee on Homeland Security. (Mar 2011)
Joe Walsh on Immigration
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  • End policy of family separation at the southern border. (Sep 2019)
  • Securing borders isn't just a scare tactic if you live there. (Sep 2019)
  • Secure our borders using the National Guard. (Nov 2010)
Joe Walsh on Jobs
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  • Rated 50% by CEI, indicating a mixed voting record on Big Labor. (May 2012)
Joe Walsh on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • I helped create Trump; now I have to live with that. (Sep 2019)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)
Joe Walsh on Social Security
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  • Individuals set aside portion of own income for retirement. (Feb 2010)
Joe Walsh on Tax Reform
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  • Focus tax cuts on middle class and payroll tax. (Sep 2019)
  • Reduced tax rates will increase economic activity. (Feb 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Joe Walsh on Technology
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  • Retrain workers displaced by automation. (Sep 2019)
  • Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
Joe Walsh on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Israel should annex Palestinian territory. (Sep 2019)
  • Support Israel & Saudis, but no US troops in Mideast. (Sep 2019)
  • Provide the troops needed in Afghanistan, like Iraqi surge. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America. (Jan 2012)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
Joe Walsh on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
1996: favored abortion rights; 2012: no abortion exceptions: Favors topic 1
No medical need any more for exceptions for maternal health: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Pro-life without exception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Neutral on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
LGBTQ activists are "constitutional terrorists": Strongly Opposes topic 3
Same-sex marriage is law of the land, but give it time: Favors topic 3
Supports military service for gays and transgendered: Strongly Favors topic 3
Marriage can only exist between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2013: engage in civil disobedience to defy ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Look at things like universal catastrophic care coverage: Favors topic 5
Opted out of Congress' health insurance plan: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Opposed to government sponsored health care system: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Individuals set aside portion of own income for retirement: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Market-based solutions to education reform and urban poverty: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers force competition & provide better education: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
Balance environmental regulation with small business needs: Opposes topic 8
Rated 6% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reform the criminal justice system: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Arm school employees to prevent school shootings: Strongly Favors topic 10
Federal background check at gun shows and online: Opposes topic 10
Supports right to own hand guns & to carry concealed weapons: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated 93% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut the capital gains tax and the corporate tax rate: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Focus tax cuts on middle class and payroll tax: Favors topic 11
Reduced tax rates will increase economic activity: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
End policy of family separation at the southern border: Favors topic 12
Securing borders isn't just a scare tactic if you live there: Opposes topic 12
Secure our borders using the National Guard: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports a free trade system; opposes tariffs on China: Strongly Favors topic 13
China cheats world, so deal with them with world coalition: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 63% by the USAE, indicating a mixed record on trade: Neutral on topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Put America's interests first: no photo ops with Putin: Favors topic 14
Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific: Strongly Favors topic 14
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
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
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Israel should annex Palestinian territory: Opposes topic 17
Support Israel & Saudis, but no US troops in Mideast: Favors topic 17
Provide the troops needed in Afghanistan, like Iraqi surge: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Counter Iran's growing presence in Latin America: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Past: climate science not definitive; now: it's a problem: Favors topic 18
Acknowledge the real problem of climate change: Favors topic 18
All-of-the-above, while shifting from coal to renewables: Favors topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Budget deficit is bankrupting future generations: Opposes topic 20
Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Ban roadway signs indicating Recovery Act funding: Opposes topic 20
Apply all remaining stimulus funds to budget deficit: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge: Opposes topic 20

Joe Walsh is a Libertarian Conservative.
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