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Tom Steyer on Abortion
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Tom Steyer on Budget & Economy
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  • Balanced budget in good economies, but spend in tough times. (Feb 2020)
Tom Steyer on Civil Rights
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  • Increase disability funding; we all succeed together. (Feb 2020)
  • Support disabled by undoing tax breaks to rich. (Dec 2019)
Tom Steyer on Corporations
Click here for 13 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Can beat Trump on economy, did not inherit a penny. (Jan 2020)
  • Spent $300M to take on unchecked corporate power. (Nov 2019)
  • Unchecked capitalism has failed us. (Nov 2019)
  • Break the corporate stranglehold of our government. (Oct 2019)
  • Break up monopolies but we should focus on the positive. (Oct 2019)
  • Calculate CA corporate income tax based on in-state sales. (Aug 2019)
Tom Steyer on Crime
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  • Focus on white supremacist violence as domestic terrorism. (Nov 2019)
  • Transgendered hate crimes: unequivocally prosecute severely. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Drugs
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  • 72,000 died from opioids last year; that's a health crisis. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Education
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  • Hold charter schools to same standards as public schools. (Feb 2020)
  • Sustained $125B federal investment in HBCUs. (Feb 2020)
  • Redistribute tax dollars so every kid gets a good education. (Jan 2020)
  • I will tackle the student debt crisis head on. (Nov 2019)
  • Supports two years free tuition to community colleges. (Nov 2019)
Tom Steyer on Energy & Oil
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  • Cap-and-trade market-based approaches are ineffective. (Feb 2020)
  • Supports Green New Deal & carbon-neutrality by 2045. (Dec 2019)
  • Nuclear isn't competitive: focus on wind & solar & batteries. (Dec 2019)
  • Climate crisis is opportunity for good middle-class jobs. (Dec 2019)
  • I've spent a decade fighting oil companies & pipelines. (Nov 2019)
  • On Day 1: declare climate crisis a national emergency. (Nov 2019)
  • End subsidies & tax breaks for fossil fuels. (Nov 2019)
  • We need to lead the world on climate, with allies abroad. (Oct 2019)
  • Ban fracking. (Jul 2019)
Tom Steyer on Environment
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  • Environmental justice means clean air & water. (Feb 2020)
  • Environmental justice, not managed retreat. (Jan 2020)
  • Nuclear energy is risky & not cost competitive. (Nov 2019)
Tom Steyer on Families & Children
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  • $100M/year for mental health, to reduce suicide & depression. (Feb 2020)
Tom Steyer on Foreign Policy
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  • Don't meet with North Korea without preconditions or allies. (Jan 2020)
  • America's brand in the world our most important protection. (Jan 2020)
  • Rebuild traditional multilateral alliances like NATO. (Dec 2019)
  • More foreign aid for Central America. (Dec 2019)
  • Work with China as a frenemy under all circumstances. (Dec 2019)
  • Unilateral action, without allies, makes absolutely no sense. (Oct 2019)
  • Represent LGBT rights in human rights action abroad. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Free Trade
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  • Undo Trump tariffs; negotiate trade deals for U.S. workers. (Jan 2020)
  • No trade war, but stand up to China on intellectual property. (Dec 2019)
  • Trump tax plan & trade war are failures; I can show how. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Government Reform
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  • I'm the only candidate who'll talk about term limits. (Nov 2019)
  • Electoral victories require high turnout among young people. (Nov 2019)
  • The right to vote is gateway to inclusive democracy. (Nov 2019)
  • 12-year Congressional term limits for generational shift. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Gun Control
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  • Gun violence is a public health epidemic. (Feb 2020)
  • I will declare gun violence a public health epidemic. (Nov 2019)
Tom Steyer on Health Care
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  • Break corporate stranglehold to get public option. (Jan 2020)
  • Term limits will break stranglehold on low taxes for rich. (Jan 2020)
  • Supports public option; allow private insurance. (Nov 2019)
  • More funding is needed for mental health care. (Nov 2019)
  • Big Pharma charges Americans 10x what they charge abroad. (Oct 2019)
  • Directly fund academic research to find cure for AIDS. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Homeland Security
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  • National Service Plan: $50B for public service. (Feb 2020)
  • Refocus and reduce U.S. military spending. (Dec 2019)
Tom Steyer on Immigration
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  • Trump is only against immigration for non-white people. (Dec 2019)
  • Decriminalize unauthorized border crossings. (Nov 2019)
  • Trump's border policy is a crime against humanity. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Jobs
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  • Minimum wage should be $11 to $20, for parity with 1980. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on Principles & Values
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  • I have been a grassroots organizer for 10 years. (Jan 2020)
  • Trump officials should testify for court of public opinion. (Dec 2019)
  • Coalitions of ordinary American citizens beat corporations. (Nov 2019)
  • Impeachment reflects the will of the American people. (Oct 2019)
  • To reach non-voters, be trustworthy, not calculating. (Jul 2019)
Tom Steyer on Social Security
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  • Great countries don't break their major promises. (Jan 2020)
Tom Steyer on Tax Reform
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  • Cut taxes for 95% of Americans by 10%. (Dec 2019)
  • Supports higher estate tax, annual wealth tax. (Nov 2019)
  • Repeal Trump tax cuts; close corporate tax loopholes. (Nov 2019)
Tom Steyer on Technology
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  • We need to hit reset button on how we think about technology. (Nov 2019)
  • Collect census data on LGBTQ status. (Oct 2019)
Tom Steyer on War & Peace
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  • Obama got Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. (Feb 2020)
  • Set a strategy: What are we trying to accomplish in Mideast? (Jan 2020)
  • It isn't so much about experience; it's about judgement. (Jan 2020)
  • Withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan. (Dec 2019)
  • Keep US troops in northern Syria. (Dec 2019)
  • Diplomatic measures must always be the first choice. (Nov 2019)
Tom Steyer on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Think much more ambitiously about poverty and how to end it. (Feb 2020)
  • When you look at inequality, you have to start with housing. (Nov 2019)
  • Our affordable housing situation is a crisis. (Nov 2019)


VoteMatch Responses
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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Increase disability funding; we all succeed together: Strongly Favors topic 2
Sustained $125B federal investment in HBCUs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Trump is only against immigration for non-white people: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Transgendered hate crimes: unequivocally prosecute severely: Strongly Favors topic 3
Represent LGBT rights in human rights action abroad: Strongly Favors topic 3
Directly fund academic research to find cure for AIDS: Strongly Favors topic 3
Collect census data on LGBTQ status: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports public option; allow private insurance: Favors topic 5
More funding is needed for mental health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Great countries don't break their major promises: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Hold charter schools to same standards as public schools: Opposes topic 7
I will tackle the student debt crisis head on: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Environmental justice means clean air & water: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Nuclear energy is risky & not cost competitive: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Focus on white supremacist violence as domestic terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Gun violence is a public health epidemic: Strongly Opposes topic 10
I will declare gun violence a public health epidemic: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports higher estate tax, annual wealth tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal Trump tax cuts; close corporate tax loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Calculate CA corporate income tax based on in-state sales: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize unauthorized border crossings: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Undo Trump tariffs; negotiate trade deals for U.S. workers: Favors topic 13
No trade war, but stand up to China on intellectual property: Favors topic 13
Trump tax plan & trade war are failures; I can show how: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Set a strategy: What are we trying to accomplish in Mideast?: Strongly Opposes topic 14
America's brand in the world our most important protection: Opposes topic 14
Rebuild traditional multilateral alliances like NATO: Strongly Opposes topic 14
More foreign aid for Central America: Opposes topic 14
Unilateral action, without allies, makes absolutely no sense: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
National Service Plan: $50B for public service: Favors topic 15
Refocus and reduce U.S. military spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
The right to vote is gateway to inclusive democracy: Strongly Favors topic 16
Break the corporate stranglehold of our government: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(+2 points on Social scale)
Withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Keep US troops in northern Syria: Opposes topic 17
Diplomatic measures must always be the first choice: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports Green New Deal & carbon-neutrality by 2045: Strongly Favors topic 18
On Day 1: declare climate crisis a national emergency: Strongly Favors topic 18
End subsidies & tax breaks for fossil fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
We need to lead the world on climate, with allies abroad: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ban fracking: Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-3 points on Social scale)
72,000 died from opioids last year; that's a health crisis: Favors topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Billions for affordable housing; market won't do it: Strongly Favors topic 20
Increase the earned income tax credit: Favors topic 20
Our affordable housing situation is a crisis: Strongly Favors topic 20
Break up monopolies but we should focus on the positive: Favors topic 20

Tom Steyer is a Populist-Leaning Liberal.
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