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Steve Bullock on Abortion
Click here for 5 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Women should decide, not government. (May 2019)
  • 100 percent rating from NARAL. (May 2019)
  • An abortion, even late-term, is a legal, personal decision. (May 2017)
  • Keep Title X funding for reproductive health services. (Jun 2015)
  • Rejected that insurers have plans with and without abortion. (Apr 2015)
Steve Bullock on Budget & Economy
Click here for 2 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Veto any budget in the red. (Jan 2017)
  • Be responsible, because our children are watching. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. (May 2019)
  • We celebrate progress, but fight for equal rights continues. (Jun 2018)
  • Address persistent wage gap between men and women. (Mar 2016)
  • First MT governor to officiate same-sex wedding. (Oct 2015)
  • Protect the right to marry any person you love. (Jun 2015)
  • Close the wage gap for women. (Mar 2015)
  • Still work to be done to ensure gender pay equity. (Nov 2014)
Steve Bullock on Corporations
Click here for 3 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Tech giants make billions and pay no taxes. (Jun 2019)
  • Cut red tape and cut business equipment tax. (Jan 2019)
  • State colleges will offer certificates for needed job skills. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Crime
Click here for 3 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Keep death penalty for circumstances like terrorism. (Jun 2019)
  • Less money for prison and more for treatment. (Jul 2017)
  • Arrest and prosecute sex predators and scam artists. (Nov 2012)
Steve Bullock on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Let the states decide on legalizing marijuana. (Jul 2019)
  • Strongly supports medical marijuana. (Jul 2019)
  • Confront the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse. (Nov 2012)
  • Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Steve Bullock on Education
Click here for 7 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Freeze college tuition; college credit for veterans. (Jan 2019)
  • 1-2-Free: High school dual enrollment to college. (Jan 2019)
  • Increase funding for higher education. (Jan 2017)
  • Invest in publicly funded early childhood education. (Jan 2017)
  • Invest in higher ed for 21st Century workforce, like Diesel. (Jan 2013)
  • Increase from 40% to 60% those with some college. (Jan 2013)
  • MT is dead last in investment in early childhood education. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Energy & Oil
Click here for 5 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Climate change vs. jobs: that's a false choice. (Jul 2019)
  • President's role is to set direction on climate change. (Jun 2019)
  • Re-enter Paris climate agreement. (May 2019)
  • Promotes wind and solar power and clean coal for Montana. (Jun 2016)
  • Develop our resources for American energy independence. (Nov 2012)
Steve Bullock on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Passionate about protecting public land access for all. (Sep 2018)
  • MT economy depends on hunting & fishing; let's fund LWCF. (Jan 2015)
  • Tackle the threat of invasive species. (Dec 2014)
Steve Bullock on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Supports same-sex marriage in Montana. (May 2019)
  • Don't cut workers from Child and Family Services Division. (Jan 2017)
  • Unemployment benefits to victims of domestic violence. (Mar 2016)
Steve Bullock on Foreign Policy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Israel is a trusted partner & trusted friend. (Jun 2019)
  • Block foreign influence on elections; end Cuba embargo. (May 2019)
  • Vetoed bill banning Shariah law; it's just anti-Muslim. (Apr 2017)
Steve Bullock on Free Trade
Click here for 8 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Blunt instrument of tariffs hurt farmers. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't use tariffs to pressure countries. (Jul 2019)
  • Tariffs hurt farmers; let's work to open up markets. (Jun 2019)
  • Trump has turned "America First" into "America Alone". (Jun 2019)
  • Work with other nations to deal with China's practices. (May 2019)
  • End reckless trade war with China. (May 2019)
  • Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank. (Jul 2014)
  • Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. (Apr 2015)
Steve Bullock on Government Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Elevate the issue of campaign finance. (Jun 2019)
  • Elections should be decided by people, not corporations. (Jun 2019)
  • Overturn Citizens United; ban SuperPACs. (May 2019)
  • Unlimited corporate spending has impacted our elections. (Sep 2018)
  • Signed the Montana Disclose Act into law. (Sep 2018)
  • Primary allows spending $667K instead of returning it. (Mar 2016)
  • Dark money makes our elections into auctions. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Gun Control
Click here for 9 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Must address dark money to take on NRA. (Jul 2019)
  • Voluntary buyback, but locally, not federally. (Jul 2019)
  • Firearm owners just want to keep their family safe. (Jun 2019)
  • Firearm owners just want to keep their families safe. (Jun 2019)
  • Ban assault weapons. (May 2019)
  • Supports background checks & semi-automatic ban. (Sep 2018)
  • Background checks & age restrictions to reduce gun violence. (Aug 2018)
  • Believes in 2nd Amendment, but not guns in wrong hands. (May 2018)
  • Forever preserve access to public land for hunting & fishing. (Nov 2012)
Steve Bullock on Health Care
Click here for 11 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Medicare-for-All is wish-list economics. (Jul 2019)
  • We pay more for prescription drugs than anyplace in world. (Jul 2019)
  • Medicare-for-All is wish-list economics. (Jul 2019)
  • Health care reform without disrupting the entire system. (Jul 2019)
  • Build on ObamaCare but don't replace with single-payer. (Jun 2019)
  • Medicaid expansion good for business & jobs. (Jan 2019)
  • Got Medicaid expansion through a GOP-dominated legislature. (Sep 2018)
  • Protect ObamaCare before pushing to expand further. (Oct 2017)
  • Worked with legislature to expand Medicaid. (Mar 2016)
  • Insure the working poor with federal dollars. (Jan 2015)
  • Access Health Montana: increase coverage and access. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Homeland Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Keep first use of nuclear weapons on the table. (Jul 2019)
  • Don't let terrorists intimidate us to abandon our values. (Nov 2015)
  • Wrap-around services to reintegrate heroes to civilian life. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Healthcare for immigrant means more border crossers. (Jul 2019)
  • Playing into Trumps hands, don't decriminalize. (Jul 2019)
  • No wall; no open borders; need immigration reform. (Jul 2019)
  • There are bigger problems than illegal immigration. (Jun 2019)
  • Refused to send National Guard troops to the southern border. (May 2019)
  • Public DACA support, also tries private persuasion with GOP. (Aug 2018)
  • No Guard troops to border without asking state governor. (Apr 2018)
  • Keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (Oct 2017)
  • Safety first; review protocols for Syrian refugees. (Nov 2015)
  • Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them. (Dec 2017)
Steve Bullock on Jobs
Click here for 5 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour. (Jul 2019)
  • Represented workers as labor lawyer; fight for minimum wage. (Mar 2019)
  • Guarantee equal pay for women. (Oct 2017)
  • J.O.B.S. Bill: Jobs and Opportunity by Building Schools. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce that construction projects hire Montana residents. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Previously served as Montana Attorney General. (Mar 2019)
  • I teach my kids the same Montana values I was taught. (Nov 2012)
Steve Bullock on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Tax cut would have benefitted high-income seniors. (May 2019)
  • Vetoed state tax exemption for Social Security income. (Apr 2019)
Steve Bullock on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Many people not benefitting from economy. (May 2019)
  • Don't benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle class. (Apr 2016)
  • $400 personal rebate instead of $100M property tax cut. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on Technology
Click here for 4 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • First governor to protect net neutrality. (Mar 2019)
  • Signed executive order requiring net neutrality. (Jan 2018)
  • Create jobs by investing in roads and bridges. (Jan 2015)
  • Put state government spending online, in searchable database. (Jan 2013)
Steve Bullock on War & Peace
Click here for 2 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • We need nuclear deterrence against North Korea and others. (Jul 2019)
  • We've been in Afghanistan for entire life of young recruits. (Jun 2019)
Steve Bullock on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Passed statewide Earned Income Tax Credit. (Mar 2019)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Women should decide, not government: Strongly Favors topic 1
100 percent rating from NARAL: Strongly Favors topic 1
An abortion, even late-term, is a legal, personal decision: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep Title X funding for reproductive health services: Favors topic 1
Rejected that insurers have plans with and without abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Guarantee equal pay for women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Address persistent wage gap between men and women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Close the wage gap for women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Still work to be done to ensure gender pay equity: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports same-sex marriage in Montana: Strongly Favors topic 3
We celebrate progress, but fight for equal rights continues: Strongly Favors topic 3
First MT governor to officiate same-sex wedding: 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)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Medicare-for-All is wish-list economics: Opposes topic 5
We pay more for prescription drugs than anyplace in world: Favors topic 5
Medicare-for-All is wish-list economics: Opposes topic 5
Health care reform without disrupting the entire system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Build on ObamaCare but don't replace with single-payer: Favors topic 5
Medicaid expansion good for business & jobs: Strongly Favors topic 5
Got Medicaid expansion through a GOP-dominated legislature: Strongly Favors topic 5
Protect ObamaCare before pushing to expand further: Favors topic 5
Worked with legislature to expand Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Insure the working poor with federal dollars: Strongly Favors topic 5
Access Health Montana: increase coverage and access: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Tax cut would have benefitted high-income seniors: Opposes topic 6
Vetoed state tax exemption for Social Security income: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1-2-Free: High school dual enrollment to college: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Invest in publicly funded early childhood education: Strongly Favors topic 7
MT is dead last in investment in early childhood education: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+2 points on Social scale)
Cut red tape and cut business equipment tax: Favors topic 8
Passionate about protecting public land access for all: Strongly Opposes topic 8
MT economy depends on hunting & fishing; let's fund LWCF: Opposes topic 8
Tackle the threat of invasive species: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep death penalty for circumstances like terrorism: Favors topic 9
Less money for prison and more for treatment: Opposes topic 9
Arrest and prosecute sex predators and scam artists: Favors topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
Must address dark money to take on NRA: Opposes topic 10
Voluntary buyback, but locally, not federally: Favors topic 10
Firearm owners just want to keep their family safe: Favors topic 10
Firearm owners just want to keep their families safe: Favors topic 10
Ban assault weapons: Opposes topic 10
Supports background checks & semi-automatic ban: Favors topic 10
Background checks & age restrictions to reduce gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Believes in 2nd Amendment, but not guns in wrong hands: Opposes topic 10
Forever preserve access to public land for hunting & fishing: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tech giants make billions and pay no taxes: Favors topic 11
Many people not benefitting from economy: Favors topic 11
Don't benefit the wealthy at the expense of middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
$400 personal rebate instead of $100M property tax cut: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Healthcare for immigrant means more border crossers: Opposes topic 12
Playing into Trumps hands, don't decriminalize: Favors topic 12
No wall; no open borders; need immigration reform: Opposes topic 12
There are bigger problems than illegal immigration: Favors topic 12
Refused to send National Guard troops to the southern border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Public DACA support, also tries private persuasion with GOP: Strongly Favors topic 12
No Guard troops to border without asking state governor: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Keep Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Strongly Favors topic 12
Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Blunt instrument of tariffs hurt farmers: Favors topic 13
Don't use tariffs to pressure countries: Favors topic 13
Tariffs hurt farmers; let's work to open up markets: Strongly Favors topic 13
Trump has turned "America First" into "America Alone": Strongly Favors topic 13
Work with other nations to deal with China's practices: Favors topic 13
End reckless trade war with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
Reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank: Favors topic 13
Support long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Israel is a trusted partner & trusted friend: Favors topic 14
Block foreign influence on elections; end Cuba embargo: Opposes topic 14
Vetoed bill banning Shariah law; it's just anti-Muslim: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Don't let terrorists intimidate us to abandon our values: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Safety first; review protocols for Syrian refugees: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Wrap-around services to reintegrate heroes to civilian life: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Elections should be decided by people, not corporations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Primary allows spending $667K instead of returning it: Opposes topic 16
Dark money makes our elections into auctions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep first use of nuclear weapons on the table: Opposes topic 17
We need nuclear deterrence against North Korea and others: Opposes topic 17
We've been in Afghanistan for entire life of young recruits: Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Climate change vs. jobs: that's a false choice: Favors topic 18
President's role is to set direction on climate change: Favors topic 18
Re-enter Paris climate agreement: Strongly Favors topic 18
Promotes wind and solar power and clean coal for Montana: Favors topic 18
Develop our resources for American energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Let the states decide on legalizing marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Strongly supports medical marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Confront the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse: Favors topic 19
Rated B- by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
Veto any budget in the red: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Create jobs by investing in roads and bridges: Strongly Favors topic 20

Steve Bullock is a Moderate Liberal.
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