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SelectSmart.com You may select a position for every issue, or just select issues important to you. The positions of these potential candidates are based upon their voting records, special interest group ratings and their statements in the public record. In cases where there is no known public record or statement, these politicos are not rated on that issue. We add candidates, update their views and include new issues as they become known or change. Check back as we near the election.

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1. What would be your ideal candidate's position on HEALTH CARE?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would would favor keeping the Affordable Care Act but would favor adjusting and improving the ACA.
Would repeal & replace Obamacare. There are too many problems with it to fix it.
Would favor a Medicare-for-all plan in which every American is covered by the same, single health plan.
Would favor a Medicare-for-all-who-want-it plan, the general proposal that anyone has the option to get healthcare through Medicare or keep their own private insurance.
No preference
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2. What would be your ideal candidate's position on EMPLOYMENT ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Where appropriate would direct government to improve the situation for American workers. Areas of improvement include raising the minimum wage and fulfilling the goals of labor unions such as the AFL-CIO and AFSCME.
Would hold that the best thing government can do for workers is to butt out. That includes allowing the free market to determine wages and giving workers the right to not join unions.
No preference
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3. What would be your ideal candidate's position on BUDGET & TAX ISSUES?

Choose the option closest to your own view:

Would know that government has a responsibility to address economic and social problems. That means an activist government that invests in projects and programs.
Would know that the best government is limited government. The Cato Institute and other libertarians have the right idea: Less taxation means more money in the pockets of the people so they can solve their own problems.
No preference
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4. What would be your ideal candidate's position on BUSINESS ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
The government should do more, not less, to protect citizens from corporate greed and excess.
Legislation that is preferred by the US Chamber of Commerce and other business groups benefits everybody.
No opinion
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5. What would be your ideal candidate's position on TRADE ISSUES?

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Imported products come at the expense of American jobs. We need tariffs and other trade barriers to protect our economy.
All nations, including our own, benefit from free trade. Imported goods give consumers more choice and lower prices. International trade opens markets abroad for us to sell our goods.
No preference
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6. What would be your ideal candidate's position on IMMIGRATION ISSUES?

Choose the option closest to your own view:

Would generally protect American citizens from immigration. My ideal candidate would know that sanctuary cities harbor criminals, creating a dangerous environment for US citizens.
Would generally welcome immigration. My ideal candidate would know that sanctuary cities are safer because they encourage good relationships between undocumented immigrants and law enforcement
No preference
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7. What would be your ideal candidate's position on MINORITY ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
For the sake of racial justice, government should implement policies favored by the NAACP and other minority advocacy groups. That includes affirmative action which ensures diversity and helps level the playing field.
Legislation designed to benefit any particular racial, ethnic or other minority group is inherently unfair, discriminatory and divisive.
No preference
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8. What would be your ideal candidate's position on INTERNATIONAL & SECURITY ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would have a more hawkish peace through strength point of view. Ideally my candidate would favor measures to secure the homeland including policies such as travel bans on certain Muslim majority nations.
Would have a more pacifistic strength through peace point of view. Nonviolent, non-belligerent and non-antagonistic approaches can effectively resolve conflicts. Policies such as travel bans would be rejected.
No preference
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9. What would be your ideal candidate's position on CRIME & PUNISHMENT ISSUES?
Check any, all or none.
Would oppose prison privatization. Private prisons, also known as for-profit prisons, are run by corporations that have contracts with governments.
Would oppose capital punishment. The death penalty is in practice applied only for murder involving an aggravating factor such as multiple victims, rape, robbery, or a victim under a certain age.
Would favor the goals of the National Association of Police Organizations. The issues they work on include: increased mental health access for offenders, training for officers who encounter mentally ill offenders, law enforcement access to military surplus equipment, gang deterrence and prevention programs and other issues here.
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10. What would be your ideal candidate's position on FELON VOTING RIGHTS?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Restore the voting rights of currently incarcerated felons.
Would not advocate restoring the voting rights of currently incarcerated felons.
No preference.
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11. What would be your ideal candidate's position on POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
It is the primarily the role and responsibility of government to solve the problems of poverty and homelessness.
In solving the problems of the poor and homeless, government should take a backseat to private and faith-based charities.
No preference
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12. What would be your ideal candidate's position on SCHOOL CHOICE?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would share the values of the National Education Association whose mission states that a public education is a human and civil right, a gateway to opportunity and provides students the skills to be involved, informed, and engaged in our representative democracy.
Would share values of charter school, parochial schools and home school organizations which favor "school choice" vouchers. In many cases, parents are advocating for their right to control their child's education and their religious freedom.
No preference
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13. What would be your ideal candidate's position on COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would support government programs providing tuition-free or debt-free four-year public college for all regardless of need.
Would support government programs that provide free two-year community college tuition and/or policies to ease four-year public college costs and debt, including expanding grants for low-income students.
Would oppose any government funded free college programs.
No preference.
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14. What would be your ideal candidate's position on MARIJUANA laws?

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Would favor the legalization of marijuana for recreational and/or medical use.
Would oppose any legalization of marijuana.
No preference
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15. What would be your ideal candidate's position on RELIGIOUS & SOCIAL ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would favor the agenda of the Christian Coalition, whose agenda includes ending human embryonic stem cell research, defunding Planned Parenthood, defending traditional marriage, ending religious discrimination against Christians in the military and these agenda items.
Would take a more secular approach to governing which would respect the separation of church and state. They would accept differing religious and non-religious perspectives and of new norms including same-sex marriage.
No preference
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16. What would be your ideal candidate's position on GUN ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would support gun control legislation recommended by groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Would oppose gun control legislation, agreeing with groups such as the NRA and the Gun Owners of America.
No preference
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17. What would be your ideal candidate's position on ABORTION ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would support the pro-life positions of organizations such as National Right to Life Committee.
Would support the pro-choice positions of organizations such as NARAL Pro Choice USA.
No preference
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18. What would be your ideal candidate's position on the ENVIRONMENT & PROPERTY RIGHTS ISSUES when they conflict?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would favor positions of environmental groups such as the League of Conservation Voters. LCV's top priority is to address climate change.
Would support positions of property rights advocating groups like the American Land Rights Association, which has an often contentious relationship the Environmental Protection Agency and Bureau of Land Management.
No preference
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19. What would be your ideal candidate's position on NUCLEAR POWER?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Support developing new nuclear technologies as part of an effort to fight climate change.
Support closing down existing nuclear power reactors.
No preference
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20. What would be your ideal candidate's position on OIL & GAS DRILLING?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Ban fracking everywhere.
End new oil and gas leases on federal land and end offshore drilling.
No preference
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21. What would be your ideal candidate's position on RETIREMENT ISSUES?
Choose the option closest to your own view:
Would preserve the basic Social Security program as set up by FDR, but possibly make changes such as raising the earnings ceiling and/or the retirement age, etc.
Would consider other options to Social Security, including privatization and allowing people to invest their own retirement funds.
No preference
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22. What would be your ideal candidate's position on CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND STATUES?

Choose the option closest to your own view:
Leave them up. These beautiful statues and monuments represent our heritage, history and culture.
Take them down. Monuments to those traitors who fought for slavery and secession don't belong in public places.
No preference
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23. What would be your ideal candidate's response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Check one or none of these three:
It should be largely a state-led response to the virus, with some guidance and assistance provided by the federal government.
It should be a no-expenses-spared federal approach to mitigating the virus and a beefed-up safety net for those suffering its economic consequences.
It should be free-market driven. A governmental bureaucratic response to COVID-19 prevents the rapid deployment of market solutions to the crisis.
Check one or none of these two:
The president should lead by example and would "insist" everybody wear a mask in public when social distancing not possible.
Mask wearing is patriotic but a personal choice.
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