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Mark Sanford on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • No taxpayer funding of abortions via ObamaCare. (Jan 2015)
  • Ban abortion after 20 weeks, except for maternal life. (May 2015)
  • Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection. (Sep 2015)
Mark Sanford on Budget & Economy
Click here for 14 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Nearing point of no return on government spending & debt. (Jul 2019)
  • Republican Party has lost its way on debt & spending. (Jul 2019)
  • Tipping point as civilization if we don't get spending right. (Apr 2013)
  • 2004: Vetoed 106 pork projects; overridden on 105. (Apr 2012)
  • 2009: Reject stimulus funds; reject Washington bailouts. (Apr 2012)
  • Limit spending increases to population growth plus inflation. (Nov 2006)
  • Deficit spending hurts private business & personal finances. (Nov 2000)
  • Incumbents spend more tax funds the longer they’re in office. (Nov 2000)
  • Federal deficit weakens dollar against foreign currencies. (Nov 2000)
  • No congressional pay raise until budget is balanced. (Nov 2000)
  • Highway bills are congressional bribery. (Nov 2000)
  • Sponsored bill allowing $3 on tax form to pay National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans. (Jun 2013)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • Affirmative action in state contracts, but not colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • Religious objections to GLBT services same as 1960s racism. (May 2016)
  • Respect faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage. (Jun 2015)
Mark Sanford on Corporations
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  • Cut corporate income tax by raising cigarette tax. (Jan 2010)
  • 2009: Disdainful of auto companies' bailout proposals. (Oct 2005)
  • Sugar subsidy is corporate welfare to a wealthy few. (Nov 2000)
Mark Sanford on Crime
Click here for 6 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • End parole for repeat violent offenders. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Drugs
Click here for 2 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Mark Sanford on Education
Click here for 7 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Supports merit pay for teachers. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
  • A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
Mark Sanford on Energy & Oil
Click here for 3 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
Mark Sanford on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • I care about land conservation and open space. (Jul 2019)
  • Market-based incentive for private land conservation. (Nov 2006)
  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (Jun 2013)
  • Voted NO on requiring limited GMO labeling. (Jun 2016)
Mark Sanford on Families & Children
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  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Foreign Policy
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  • 1997: proposed freezing State Department budget at $6.3B. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Sponsored bill allowing Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
Mark Sanford on Free Trade
Click here for 4 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Sugar and peanut subsides make no sense. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Declined state commitment to CAFTA. (Aug 2005)
Mark Sanford on Government Reform
Click here for 17 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • I was against earmarks before being anti-earmark was cool. (Apr 2013)
  • Get legislative "voice votes" on the record. (Apr 2012)
  • End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations. (Jan 2010)
  • Change rules of governorship and state officers. (Jan 2010)
  • Bring horse-and-buggy government into the 21st century. (Nov 2006)
  • Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending. (Nov 2002)
  • Term-limited Congressmen do behave differently. (Nov 2000)
  • Cut his own staff and returned funds for staff pay annually. (Nov 2000)
  • Supported 6- year congressional term-limits. (Nov 2000)
  • Pledged never to take any PAC money. (Nov 2000)
  • 1995 government shutdown was a good thing, not a crisis. (Nov 2000)
  • Require that congressional pay raises have open votes. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate. (Nov 2014)
  • Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits. (Jan 2017)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2017)
Mark Sanford on Health Care
Click here for 6 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Transfer more Medicaid recipients into managed care programs. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
  • Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient. (Feb 2015)
Mark Sanford on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Biggest national security threat is debt and deficit. (Jul 2019)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Oct 2013)
  • End bulk data collection under USA PATRIOT Act. (Oct 2013)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Mark Sanford on Jobs
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  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Principles & Values
Click here for 11 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Now engaged to woman from 2009 extramarital affair. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted to impeach Clinton for affair, but should be forgiven. (Apr 2013)
  • OpEd: presidential aspirations gone when he went missing. (Apr 2012)
  • Refused to step down after scandal was revealed. (Apr 2012)
  • Calls for his impeachment for inappropriate travel expenses. (Apr 2012)
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated C by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted. (Sep 2004)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)
  • Member of the Republican Study Committee. (Jan 2016)
  • Member of the House Freedom Caucus. (Jan 2017)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Social Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Off-budget accounting undermines trust in government. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Sponsored bill for personal retirement accounts in Soc.Sec. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 0% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance. (Jan 2013)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Tax Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax. (Jan 2017)
  • Replace income tax and IRS with FairTax. (Jan 2015)
  • Death Tax is a pernicious double tax. (Apr 2015)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Mark Sanford on Technology
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  • Highways are Congress’ responsibility, but don’t break bank. (Nov 2000)
Mark Sanford on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Mark Sanford on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
No taxpayer funding of abortions via ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban abortion after 20 weeks, except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative action in state contracts, but not colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated Religious objections to GLBT services same as 1960s racism: Strongly Favors topic 3
Respect faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments: Strongly Favors topic 4
Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Transfer more Medicaid recipients into managed care programs: Opposes topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Fully repealing ObamaCare is important, but not sufficient: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Sponsored bill for personal retirement accounts in Soc.Sec.: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 0% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports merit pay for teachers: Favors topic 7
Denounce the Common Core State Standards: Favors topic 7
A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind: Favors topic 7
Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(-3 points on Social scale)
I care about land conservation and open space: Opposes topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
Rated Voted NO on requiring limited GMO labeling: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
End parole for repeat violent offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Neutral on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace income tax and IRS with FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Death Tax is a pernicious double tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Declined state commitment to CAFTA: Opposes topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Get legislative "voice votes" on the record: Strongly Favors topic 16
End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Signed term limit pledge: 6 years House; 12 years Senate: Favors topic 16
Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits: Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
Neutral on topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stop harmful EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Voted YES on banning offshore oil drilling in Gulf of Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(0 points on Social scale)
Rated B by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Nearing point of no return on government spending & debt: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Republican Party has lost its way on debt & spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Biggest national security threat is debt and deficit: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2009: Reject stimulus funds; reject Washington bailouts: Opposes topic 20
Limit spending increases to population growth plus inflation: Opposes topic 20
Audit the Federal Reserve & its actions on mortgage loans: Opposes topic 20

Mark Sanford is a Moderate Conservative.
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