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Political Party Selector. Which Party Best Share My Views?
Are you more of a Green, Democrat, Libertarian or a Republican? Political parties hold conventions every four years in which they agree upon and write their party platforms. While individual candidates may differ somewhat from party orthodoxy, they will generally agree with their party's platform planks. The following statements are based upon the wording of the most recent Democratic Party, Republican Party, Libertarian Party and Green Party platforms.

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    1. Which of these statements is closer to your view on abortion?
    I support Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.
    I support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children.
    Government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration
    People should be free from government interference in making their reproductive choices, including abortion, which should be covered by all publicly funded medical insurance programs.
    No preference.
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    2. Which of these statements is closer to your view on campaign finance?
    I support the repeal of the remaining sections of McCain-Feingold, support either raising or repealing contribution limits, and oppose passage of the DISCLOSE Act.
    I believe I must take immediate action to curb the influence of lobbyists and special interests on our political institutions.
    End any tax-financed subsidies to candidates or parties and the repeal of all laws which restrict voluntary financing of election campaigns.
    Equal public campaign financing and free broadcast media time for all candidates who agree not to use private money. Equal free broadcast media time for party broadcasts. Public financing of parties through matching funds for party dues and small donations up to $300 a year.
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    3. Which of these statements is closer to your view on the minimum wage?
    I would raise the minimum wage, and index it to inflation.
    I would not support an increase in the minimum wage.
    Governmental limits on profits and governmental controls on prices of goods and services (including wages, rents, and interest) are abridgements of our fundamental rights.
    No preference.
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    4. Which of these statements is closer to your view on labor unions?
    I believe in the right to organize and collectively bargain.
    I would restore the rule of law to labor law by blocking "card check". I would allow all workers to receive raises without the approval of their union representative.
    I support the right of private employers and employees to choose whether or not to bargain with each other through a labor union.
    No preference.
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    5. Which of these statements is closer to your view on crime and punishment?
    I would to invest in community-based law enforcement programs such as the Community Oriented Policing Services program. I support local prison-to-work programs.
    I support mandatory prison sentencing for gang crimes, violent or sexual offenses against children, repeat drug dealers, rape, robbery and murder. I support a national registry for convicted child murderers. I oppose parole for dangerous or repeat felons.
    I favor the repeal of all laws creating "crimes" without victims, such as the use of drugs for medicinal or recreational purposes, since only actions that infringe on the rights of others can properly be termed crimes.
    No preference.
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    6. Which of these statements is closer to your view on military spending?
    Sequestration--which is severe, automatic, across-the-board cuts in defense spending over the next decade--of the nation's military budget would be a disaster for national security.
    In our current fiscal environment, Congress should make tough budgetary decisions across the board - and that includes within the defense budget
    I support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression. The United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world.
    Cut US military spending unilaterally by 75% in two years to establish a non-interventionist, non-offensive, strictly defensive military posture and save nearly $250 billion a year.
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    7. Which of these statements is closer to your view on sex education?
    I favor replacing "family planning" programs for teens with abstinence education.
    I support evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education.
    Recognizing that the education of children is a parental responsibility, we would restore authority to parents to determine the education of their children, without interference from government. Parents should have control of and responsibility for all funds expended for their children's education.
    Provide birth control information at middle and high schools.
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    8. Which of these statements is closer to your view on the environment?
    I support opening the Outer Continental Shelf for energy exploration and development and ending the moratorium on permitting; opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for exploration and production of oil and natural gas.
    I support balancing environmental protection with development, and that means preserving sensitive public lands from exploration, like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other irreplaceable national landscapes.
    Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems.
    Invest non-renewable energy sources in the creation of self-reproducing, renewable energy systems. Use federal investments, purchasing, mandates, and incentives to: Shut down nuclear power plants. Phase out fossil fuels and phase in clean renewable energy sources. Reduce auto-based transportation and expand pedestrian, bicycle, and rail transportation.
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    9. Which of these statements is closer to your view on Climate Change?
    I would commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change
    Congress should take quick action to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations.
    Our planet's climate is constantly changing, but environmental advocates and social pressure (not governmental control) are the most effective means of changing public behavior.
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    10. Which of these statements is closer to your view on foreign aid?
    America should continue to respond to humanitarian crises around the globe.
    Limit foreign aid spending helps keep taxes lower, which frees more resources in the private and charitable sectors, whose giving tends to be more effective and efficient.
    I would end the current U.S. government policy of foreign intervention, including military and economic aid.
    No preference.
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    11. Which of these statements is closer to your view on same-sex marriage?
    I support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples.
    I support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
    Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government's treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws.
    No preference.
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    12. Which of these statements is closer to your view on gun control laws?
    I oppose legislation that restricts our Second Amendment rights including limits on the capacity of clips or magazines.
    I believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation.
    No preference.
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    13. Which of these statements is closer to your view on health care?
    I support the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I favor a free market health care system.
    I believe accessible, affordable, high quality health care is part of the American promise, that Americans should have the security that comes with good health care, and that no one should go broke because they get sick.
    I support a single-payer National Health Program to provide free medical and dental care for all, with freedom of choice for consumers among both conventional and alternative health care providers, federally financed and controlled by democratically elected local boards.
    No preference.
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    14. Which of these statements is closer to your view on Medicare and Medicaid?
    I oppose any efforts to privatize or voucherize Medicare. I oppose block-granting (federal lump-sum payments to states) Medicaid.
    The age eligibility for Medicare must be made more realistic in terms of today's longer life span. I support a transition to a private health plan of the enrollee's choice. I support block-granting (federal lump-sum payments to states) Medicaid.
    Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. It is the right and responsibility of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.
    I support a single-payer National Health Program to provide free medical and dental care for all (see previous question).
    No preference.
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    15. Which of these statements is closer to your view on voter ID laws?
    Voter identification laws can disproportionately burden young voters, people of color, low-income families, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
    I support state laws that require proof of citizenship at the time of voter registration.
    No preference.
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    16. Which of these statements is closer to your view on Social Security?
    While no changes should adversely affect any current or near-retiree, comprehensive reform should address our society's remarkable medical advances in longevity and allow younger workers the option of creating their own personal investment accounts as supplements to the system.
    I oppose efforts to subject Americans' guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market through privatization.
    Taxable Basic Income Grants for all, structured into the progressive income tax, that guarantee an adequate income sufficient to maintain a modest standard of living. Start at $500/week ($26,000/year) for a family of four, with $62.50/week ($3,250/year) adjustments for more or fewer household members in 2000 and index to the cost of living.
    Retirement planning is the responsibility of the individual, not the government. It is the right and responsibility of individuals to determine the level of health insurance they want (if any), the level of health care they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions.
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