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Tom Coburn: I favor the death penalty for abortionists.
Al Sharpton: Abortion is wrong, but let women choose.
Al Sharpton: His Supreme Court nominees will allow right to choose.
Al Gore: Two questions: Is abortion acceptable? Who should decide?
Budget & Economy|
Al Green: Entrepreneurs & small businesses are the economy’s backbone.
Al Gore: Deficit Hawk for balancing 1993 budget, but not ideological.
Al Sharpton: Let gays and lesbians adopt.
Al Sharpton: Supports gay rights-let people choose to sin or not.
Al Gore: Tipper & Al pushed for voluntary record lyric labeling.
Al Gore: Bush supporters oppose regulations but like big contracts.
Al Gore: Commerce wounds nature that can no longer heal itself.
Anthony Kennedy: International opinion opposes juvenile death penalty.
Al Sharpton: It’s no coincidence that the wealthy don’t get executed.
Al Sharpton: Focus on prevention instead of Three Strikes.
Al Sharpton: Something wrong with mandatory time for drug users.
Al Gore: Smoked pot recreationally, but kept it separate from work.
Al Sharpton: Supports school prayer, but don’t impose it.
Energy & Oil|
Dick Cheney: 2000: Energy Task Force studied Iraqi oilfield maps.
George W. Bush: OpEd: Melded energy policy with Iraq policy.
Alan Schlesinger: Energy Bill had 3-mile LNG platform in Long Island Sound.
Alan Schlesinger: Suspend the gas tax during the driving months.
Alan Schlesinger: 1980s Excess Profits Tax caused skyrocketing oil prices.
Alan Schlesinger: Declaration of Energy Independence: 2-tiered oil profit tax.
Joseph Lieberman: 50% Excess Profits Tax on oil companies’ undeserved profit.
Joseph Lieberman: Set America Free Act: reduce oil from unstable countries.
Joseph Lieberman: Energy Bill included incentives for conservation.
Ned Lamont: Cheney Energy Bill lost chance for comprehensive energy plan.
Ned Lamont: Focus on incentives & conservation to reduce oil dependence.
Al Gore: Skeptics point to historical warming--but today is hotter.
Al Gore: Ocean warming causes stronger hurricanes, like Katrina.
Al Gore: Global warming causes more floods & also more droughts.
Al Gore: Supported ethanol in 1970s & cellulosic ethanol now.
Al Gore: Arctic ice is melting & may disrupt global weather patterns.
Al Gore: Carbon exchange market can cap-and-trade CO2 like we did SO2.
Al Gore: Consensus on global warming, but newspapers fabricate doubt.
Al Gore: Current tech can reduce CO2 emissions to 1970 levels.
Al Gore: Dealing with global warming inconvenient for rich & powerful.
Al Gore: We solved ozone crisis; can solve CO2 crisis by same methods.
Al Gore: Pushed for BTU tax on coal & gas, in 1993.
Al Gore: Pushed emissions trading plan at Kyoto greenhouse summit.
Al Gore: Humans can impact earth’s ecology; especially the atmosphere.
Al Gore: To let earth continue warming would be deeply immoral.
Al Gore: Use market capitalism as ally of environmentalism.
Al Gore: Proposed tsunami warning system prior to 2004 tsunami.
Al Gore: Co-sponsored first Superfund bill, on Love Canal.
Families & Children|
Al Gore: Son’s accident taught Gore sensitivity & better parenting.
Al Gore: Bush’s division into good vs. evil is Christian heresy.
Al Gore: New security agenda based on addressing global problems.
Al Franken: US intervention in Iran has made it worse.
Al Gore: Drought from global warming set stage for Darfur genocide.
Al Sharpton: We deal with China, so let’s deal with Cuba.
Al Gore: Debate with Perot was instrumental in passing NAFTA.
Bill Clinton: His 140 signing statements focused on judicial resolution.
George W. Bush: More signing statements than all other presidents combined.
Al Gore: Money dominates campaigns because of cost of TV ads.
Al Gore: Bush pursues policies in advance of the facts.
Al Gore: Bush chronically abuses “signing statements”.
Al Gore: Full & robust public financing of all federal elections.
Al Gore: Gore as reporter uncovered City Hall zoning scandal.
Al Gore: Supported “PAC participation in the political process”.
Al Gore: “Reinvention” caused some reform, but nothing fundamental.
Al Gore: Fundraising from White House? Maybe. Candor & caution? No.
Al Gore: Buddhist temple fundraiser: overzealous but probably legal.
Tim Kaine: Limit high-capacity clips to no more than ten bullets.
Al Gore: Supported gun rights in 1970s, because his constituents did.
Al Franken: Root cause of many problems is no access to healthcare.
Al Green: Ensure quality health care is accessible to all individuals.
Al Gore: Could “never vote against” anti-smoking lobby.
Donald Rumsfeld: 9/11: First response was to look for Iraq link.
George W. Bush: Signing statement: We will decide what is torture.
John McCain: McCain Amendment: Torture ban passed by veto-proof majority.
Al Gore: Our government condones torture for first time in history.
Al Gore: Mass eavesdropping threatens integrity of Bill of Rights.
Alan Schlesinger: Iran has 6 enriched nuclear warheads; no negotiating.
Joseph Lieberman: North Korea must know that we are prepared to use force.
Joseph Lieberman: Iran: Sponsored resolution calling for regime change.
Ned Lamont: North Korea: Negotiation is not appeasement.
Ned Lamont: Iran: Cannot negotiate while we’re calling for regime change.
Al Gore: Real danger to WTC is not terrorism, but rising sea levels.
Al Franken: Terror alerts are politicized; purpose is to scare people.
Al Franken: 9/11 Commission says Bush failed to prevent 9/11.
Al Franken: War on Terror failing: number of terrorist attacks has risen.
Al Gore: Pre-9/11 warnings were as strong as Millennium threats.
Colin Powell: Pottery Barn Rule about Iraq: you break it, you own it.
Colin Powell: 2004: Stopped reporting number of terrorist attacks.
Condoleezza Rice: Speech scheduled for 9/11/01 focused on missile defense.
Dick Cheney: 2004: Wrong choice for president & we'll get hit again.
George W. Bush: A president must not shift in the wind.
George W. Bush: OpEd: Clinton told Bush that biggest threat was al Qaeda.
Harry S Truman: 1941: War profiteering is treason.
Henry Waxman: 2004: discovered $108M Halliburton overcharges in Kuwait.
Rush Limbaugh: Nobody got physically injured in Abu Ghraib scandal.
Tom Ridge: OpEd: Ignored FOIA request from AP until he left office.
Al Sharpton: Military increases have nothing to do with terrorism.
Al Gore: Even as student at anti-war Harvard, Gore intended to serve.
Al Gore: Concluded Vietnam was a mistake, but had valid purpose.
Al Gore: Called for replacing MIRVed MX with single-warhead Midgetman.
Al Gore: Against SDI & more carriers; for Grenada & nuclear freeze.
Al Gore: Quicker than Clinton to favor force; but avoided it in Haiti.
Al Sharpton: Immigration system is archaic & biased against Latinos.
Principles & Values|
Al Gore: Son’s serious accident spurred interest in environment.
Heritage Foundation: 1980: Conservatism converted from intellectual to active.
John Kerry: OpEd: Swift Boat mess caused by media reporting accusations.
Al Gore: Offer to Bush: Hand count, then meet to show unity.
Al Gore: Al & Tipper as model for “Love Story”?
Al Gore: Born-again Baptist; serves God & obeys God’s will.
Al Gore: Congressional campaign style: hard work & cautiousness.
Al Gore: In Congress, called himself a “raging moderate”.
Al Gore: “One of our greatest Pres.” but “disappointed” by Clinton.
Al Franken: Social Security was the greatest achievement of the New Deal.
Al Franken: Raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax.
Cato Institute: Changed term "privatization" to "choice" in 2002.
Dwight Eisenhower: 1954: anyone attempting to abolish Social Security is stupid.
George W. Bush: Overhaul Social Security because it's unfair to black people.
Heritage Foundation: Minorities realize dismal return from Social Security.
Al Franken: Gift of living in America comes with responsibilities.
Al Gore: TV converts well-informed citizenry to well-amused audience.
Al Gore: Defend Internet freedom as ferociously as freedom of press.
Al Gore: Tech makes us a force of nature; obligation to use wisely.
Al Gore: Internet restores press integrity lost by 1-way TV dominance.
Al Franken: Mainstream media reports accusations as if they were news.
Al Gore: Assisted heavily with invention of Internet in 1989.
Al Gore: Supported V-Chip; pushed TV execs for rating system.
War & Peace|
Eric Shinseki: 2003: Undercut for disagreeing with White House on Iraq.
George W. Bush: 9/11: Persisted in seeking Iraq link to terrorist attacks.
Al Gore: Bush engaged in mass deception of the US public about Iraq.
Al Franken: We build barriers in Iraq, but should rebuild infrastructure.
Al Franken: Muslims hate our policies; they don't hate our freedom.
Colin Powell: 1991: Leave Saddam enough power to threaten Iran.
Dick Cheney: 2001: Success in Iraq would be a blow to 9/11 terrorists.
Donald Rumsfeld: 1983: friendly talks with Saddam during his war with Iran.
George Bush Sr.: Sold Saddam precursors for chemical weapons before Kuwait.
George W. Bush: 2002: Keep the peace by authorizing use of force in Iraq.
Ronald Reagan: 1983: sold Saddam precursors for chemical weapons.
Rudy Giuliani: OpEd: Gave false impression that Iraq was involved in 9/11.
Condoleezza Rice: Goal is steady progress toward Israel-Palestine peace.
Condoleezza Rice: War on Terror is not a war against Islam.
Condoleezza Rice: Monitor Iraq & take action if Saddam threatens US interests.
Condoleezza Rice: Syria must decide: either for terrorism or against it.
Condoleezza Rice: Blocking bin Laden’s propaganda tapes is not censorship.
Al Gore: Supported early action in Bosnia; no “Vietnam syndrome”.
Al Gore: Committed to the survival & security of Israel.
Al Gore: Supported Gulf War; costs of war less than alternative.
Welfare & Poverty|
Al Franken: The economy--and its effect on poverty--are moral issues.