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Lincoln Chafee: Campaign Issues

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2016 Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee, 2015
Source: Charlie Neibergall for Associated Press

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Economy/Budget/Deficit/Taxes

  • Would increase the minimum wage
  • Voted against every Bush tax cut that favored the wealthy
  • Believes government has role in struggle against poverty
  • Would restrict lobbyist gifts
  • Would disclose lobbyist info on Internet
  • Voted no on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move U.S. jobs offshore
  • Voted yes on implementing CAFTA for Central American free-trade

Immigration

  • Supports guest worker programs
  • Wants to create a path to legalization
  • Sponsored bill covering child resident aliens under Medicaid
  • Voted no on building a fence along the border with Mexico

Energy/Environment

  • Supports spending to stop Global Warming
  • Has said of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: "Let's leave one place off limits"
  • Would make Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a Cabinet department
  • Voted yes on including oil and gas smokestacks in mercury regulations
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up
  • Wants to focus on results, not regulation
  • Wants to close SUV loophole and raise mileage standards overall

Foreign Policy

  • Doesn't believe in tapping our phones without a warrant
  • Know our enemy: Al Qaeda wants the U.S. away from Mecca
  • Against linking Human Rights to trade with China
  • End U.S. attitude and habit of arrogant reckless wars
  • Supporter of Palestinian-Israeli land-for-peace deal

Domestic Issues

  • Longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community
  • Believes same-sex marriage is a state issue, not an issue for the federal constitution
  • A woman should make her own reproductive choices
  • Doesn't believe our culture would allow legalizing hard drugs
  • Believes that bipartisanship is the key to reforming Medicare
  • Wants to tackle crime by focusing on the skills and treatment of inmates
—Jennie Wood