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Mark Sanford on VoteMatch

Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1)



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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)
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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

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Page last updated: Jul 23, 2019