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Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-life, and I also oppose abortion for victims of rape and incest

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Public statementsNo, the government should never determine what a private business should pay employees

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Public statementsYes


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Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?

  Public statementsNo, and the government should not give funds to any organizations that perform abortions

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Rand Paul votersYes

Social  ›  Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?

  Rand Paul votersYes, and consentual sex with a spouse under the age of 18 should be classified as statutory rape

Immigration  ›  Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?

  Public statementsNo, this would be too costly and ineffective

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Gender Identity

Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?

  Public statementsNo, the government should not decide what services a private business can provide

Healthcare  ›  Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?

  Public statementsYes, this will protect the safety and rights of police officers and citizens

Healthcare  ›  Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?

  Public statementsNo, and the government should never regulate prices of private businesses

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?

  Public statementsNo, and cut taxes for all brackets.

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?

  Rand Paul votersNo, but immediately deport them and their children

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Rand Paul votersNo, incentivize private companies to address this issue instead

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?

  Rand Paul votersNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Public statementsNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Domestic Policy  ›  Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?

  Public statementsNo, targeting Muslims is unconstitutional, racist, and incendiary

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

  Public statementsNo, most minimum wage jobs are meant to develop experience, not support a family

Education  ›  Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?

  Public statementsNo

Education  ›  Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?

  Rand Paul votersNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gerrymandering

Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?

  Public statementsYes, gerrymandering gives an unfair advantage to the party in power during redistricting

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Rand Paul votersYes, test anyone receiving money from the government including employees and politicians

Immigration  ›  Immigration

Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?

  Public statementsNo, it is unconstitutional to deny someone’s rights without due process

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Public statementsLower

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Rand Paul votersYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

the Economy  ›  Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Public statementsYes, and legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it

Immigration  ›  Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?

  Public statementsNo, and the government should never subsidize healthcare

Foreign Policy  ›  Iran

Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?

  Rand Paul votersNo, the U.S. should encourage Iran to disarm through diplomatic channels

Immigration  ›  In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?

  Public statementsYes, as long as they pay taxes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Public statementsYes, for most but not all drugs

Immigration  ›  Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?

  Public statementsNo, and we should ban the use of sanctuary cities

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?

  Public statementsNo, and remove the U.N. headquarters from the U.S.

Elections  ›  Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?

  Rand Paul votersNo, foreign interests should not be able to buy the influence of our politicians

Healthcare  ›  Obamacare

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

  Public statementsNo, government should not be involved in healthcare

Immigration  ›  Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?

  Rand Paul votersNo, the electoral college ensures representation of the whole country instead of just major cities

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?

  Public statementsYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

  Public statementsNo, this is a violation of free speech

the Environment  ›  Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Public statementsNo

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Rand Paul votersNo

Elections  ›  Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Torture

Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?

  Public statementsNo, torture is an ineffective form of interrogation

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Rand Paul votersYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?

  Public statementsNo, but allow them to stay

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid

Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Rand Paul votersNo, this is a violation of free speech

Domestic Policy  ›  Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?

  Public statementsNo, only with a warrant showing probable cause of criminal activity

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Rand Paul votersNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. remain in NATO?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?

  Public statementsYes, and allow border states to manage their own security policy

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?

  Public statementsNo, we should not give aid to any foreign nations

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?

  Rand Paul votersNo, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Public statementsNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Rand Paul votersNo, I would respect them more if they did but they shouldn’t be required to

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Rand Paul votersNo, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

the Environment  ›  Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?

  Public statementsNo, and the government should never support unproven technologies

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Rand Paul votersNo, social media companies are private and should not be regulated by the government

the Economy  ›  Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?

  Public statementsYes, each state should have the right to display any flag they choose

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Public statementsMore

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Public statementsNo, we should let China address this issue

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?

  Public statementsNo, we should eliminate any opportunity for terrorists to enter the country

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Rand Paul votersNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  Public statementsYes, this would make the internet faster and more reliable for users

Domestic Policy  ›  Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?

  Public statementsNo, and pass strict laws prohibiting government surveillance without probable cause and a warrant

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Rand Paul votersYes

Social  ›  Safe Spaces

Should universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students?

  Public statementsNo, and cut government funding to universities that impede free speech.

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Public statementsIncrease

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Rand Paul votersNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Public statementsYes, and eliminate federal agencies that are unconstitutional

Elections  ›  Lobbyists

Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?

  Rand Paul votersYes, and ban all forms of lobbying

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Public statementsNo

Healthcare  ›  Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?

  Rand Paul votersYes, this will help States reduce Medicaid costs

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Public statementsHurt

Healthcare  ›  Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?

  Rand Paul votersNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

the Environment  ›  Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

  Public statementsYes, and deregulate the energy sector to let the free market determine the best energy sources

National Security  ›  Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Public statementsDecrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Public statementsDecrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Yemen

Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?

  Public statementsNo, we should stay out of conflicts that are not an immediate threat to our security

Foreign Policy  ›  Terrorism

Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

  Public statementsYes, just like U.S. citizens, terrorists should be given a fair trial in federal courts

Crime  ›  Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?

  Rand Paul votersNo

Social  ›  Gay Wedding Cakes

Should bakeries be required to make wedding cakes for gay couples?

  Public statementsNo, business owners should not be forced to serve customers who violate their religious beliefs

Crime  ›  Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?

  Public statementsNo, we should stay out of this conflict

Social  ›  First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?

  Public statementsNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Public statementsYes, there should be stronger protections for whistleblowers.

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Rand Paul votersNo, but legalize drugs

Domestic Policy  ›  Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?

  Public statementsNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Rand Paul votersYes, but their identity must be privately verified by a female staff member

the Economy  ›  Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?

  Public statementsNo, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national level

Foreign Policy  ›  Drones

Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?

  Public statementsYes, the U.S. needs to use all means necessary to combat terrorism

Healthcare  ›  VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?

  Public statementsMore, veterans should be able to see any doctor of their choice

Domestic Policy  ›  Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?

  Public statementsNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsYes, as long as there is no public subsidy

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Public statementsYes, every citizen deserves the right to vote

the Economy  ›  Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?

  Public statementsNo, increasing the capital gains tax will limit investment in our economy

the Economy  ›  Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?

  Rand Paul votersNo, and the government is currently over-regulating private businesses

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Public statementsNo, recession is a natural cycle that purges excess

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Rand Paul votersNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

the Environment  ›  Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?

  Public statementsYes, and the government should never be allowed to acquire land by eminent domain

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Rand Paul votersYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?

  Public statementsNo, we have selectively bred crops for thousands of years and labeling just adds an unfounded stigma to the science

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Public statementsNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Rand Paul votersYes, but only if there is undeniable evidence they are planning to attack our country

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Rand Paul votersYes, unless they have committed a crime

the Economy  ›  Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?

  Public statementsYes, and we should eliminate it

the Economy  ›  NAFTA

Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Cuba

Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Afghanistan

Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?

  Public statementsNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Public statementsYes

Education  ›  Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?

  Rand Paul votersNo

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?

  Rand Paul votersNo, the government should not interfere with the free market

the Economy  ›  China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Rand Paul votersNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?

  Public statementsNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Iranian Protesters

Should the government provide assistance to protesters in Iran?

  Rand Paul votersNo, I support the protesters but do not want to start an international war

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Rand Paul votersNo, and we should privatize more public transportation services

the Economy  ›  Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?

  Public statementsYes, we deserve to know who the bank gives money to

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?

  Public statementsYes, but only for future workers

the Economy  ›  Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?

  Public statementsYes, but dramatically reduce government spending instead of raising taxes

Foreign Policy  ›  NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?

  Public statementsNo, spying on our allies severely damages our reputation abroad

Domestic Policy  ›  Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?

  Public statementsYes, investigate the CIA and NSA directors instead

the Economy  ›  Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?

  Public statementsNo, we should not get involved

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Rand Paul votersNo, not until we decrease our national debt

Foreign Policy  ›  Jerusalem

Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?

  Rand Paul votersYes, foreign governments should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Foreign Policy  ›  India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?

  Rand Paul votersNo, and we should increase diplomatic efforts to resolve conflicts peacefully

Education  ›  Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?

  Public statementsNo, the federal government does not have the authority to impose state and local taxes

Education  ›  School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  F-35

Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Rand Paul votersNo, the government should never subsidize private businesses

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Greenland

Should the United States acquire Greenland?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?

  Rand Paul votersNo, not until the cost ($4B) is dramatically reduced

Social  ›  Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?

  Public statementsYes