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Bill Richardson on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • Stem cell research as part of preventive healthcare. (Jul 2007)
  • Supreme Court model cannot be justice who dissented on Roe. (May 2007)
  • Resist any effort to weaken a woman’s right to choose. (Oct 2002)
  • Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993)
Bill Richardson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • Hiring freeze & 7% budget cut in state agencies. (Jan 2010)
  • Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports restricted Constitutional balanced budget amendment. (Dec 2007)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don’t need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment to address $9 trillion debt. (Dec 2007)
  • Constitutionally require balanced budget & fiscal discipline. (Sep 2007)
  • Mortgage industry needs more liquidity & more transparency. (Aug 2007)
  • Grow the trade link to Mexico and attract Hollywood business. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Civil Rights
Click here for 17 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Extend Domestic Partnership rights as anti-discrimination. (Jan 2010)
  • Won’t accept honorary chair of Boy Scouts due to gay issue. (Sep 2007)
  • Focus on achievable civil unions as a path to full inclusion. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted for DOMA, but now regrets vote; repeal it. (Aug 2007)
  • Included transgender in hate-crimes law. (Aug 2007)
  • Apologizes for “maricon” comment; but look at the record. (Aug 2007)
  • The country isn’t there yet on gay marriage. (Aug 2007)
  • Homosexuality is a choice, but it’s not an issue of science. (Aug 2007)
  • Full civil unions with full marriage rights. (Jul 2007)
  • Diversity isn’t just talking points; it’s facts of life. (Jun 2007)
  • For hate crimes law, domestic partnerships, civil unions. (Jun 2007)
  • Let gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly. (Jan 2007)
  • Added sexual orientation & gender identity as NM civil right. (Jan 2007)
  • Defeated DOMA in NM by tying it to civil union legislation. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted for federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. (Jan 2007)
  • New Mexico is first “majority minority” state. (Nov 2005)
  • Supports minority preferences for government contracts. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Corporations
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  • Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare. (Dec 2007)
  • Resigned from Peregrine Systems amid 2002 financial collapse. (Nov 2007)
  • Government is needed to keep markets competitive. (Oct 2007)
  • Corporate role is profit, not protecting national interests. (Oct 2007)
  • Reward companies that pay over the prevailing wage. (Jun 2007)
Bill Richardson on Crime
Click here for 9 full quotes on Crime OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Pushed “Marissa’s Law”--tougher penalties for sex predators. (Nov 2005)
  • Toughened DWI and sex offender laws. (Jan 2004)
  • Domestic violence incidents start with drinking. (Jan 2004)
  • Mandatory jail time, especially for repeat offenders. (Oct 2002)
  • Supports death penalty: zero tolerance for heinous crimes. (Oct 2002)
  • Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
Bill Richardson on Drugs
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  • Supports national ban on smoking in public places. (Sep 2007)
  • Keep drinking age at 21; enforce but also rehab. (Sep 2007)
  • Treatment & education over enforcement & incarceration. (Mar 2007)
  • Pushed “War on DWI”--you drink, you drive, you lose. (Nov 2005)
  • Crack down on illegal drug labs. (Jan 2004)
  • No legalization: drugs play an insidious role in crime. (Oct 2002)
  • Drug Courts and treatment instead of incarceration. (Oct 2002)
  • Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Education
Click here for 25 full quotes on Education OR other political leaders on Education.
  • FactCheck: NM teacher salary only moved from 44th to 36th. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: NM test scores have not made “enormous progress”. (Dec 2007)
  • Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • $60 billion plan to make American education #1 in world. (Dec 2007)
  • Create science and math academies with 100,000 new teachers. (Nov 2007)
  • Commit to extending school day and/or the school year. (Oct 2007)
  • Start earlier with preschool for every child under 4. (Sep 2007)
  • Pay off college loans in exchange for national service. (Sep 2007)
  • Minimum wage for our teachers: $40,000 per year. (Aug 2007)
  • One-point plan on No Child Left Behind: Scrap it. (Aug 2007)
  • Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesn’t work. (Jul 2007)
  • Help failing schools; don’t penalize by defunding them. (Jul 2007)
  • Minimum wage of $40,000 for teachers. (Jul 2007)
  • Supreme Court backstabbed equality of Brown v. Board of Ed. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks how we pay for war; why do we ask on education? (Jun 2007)
  • Eliminate junk food in schools; statewide smoking ban. (Mar 2007)
  • Equip every 7th grader with a laptop computer. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase the salary of school teachers. (Jan 2004)
  • A plan that can reach straightforward education goals. (Jan 2004)
  • Charter schools show tremendous promise. (Jan 2004)
  • Expand the lottery scholarship program for college students. (Jan 2004)
  • No vouchers: they abandon public schools. (Oct 2002)
  • Provide parents with vouchers, even for religious schools. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Bill Richardson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 36 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other political leaders on Energy & Oil.
  • Green Jobs Cabinet: lead renewable energy export. (Jan 2010)
  • Start carbon trading in 11-state Western Climate region. (Jan 2009)
  • About time we got Saudis to increase production. (Jun 2008)
  • Windfall profit tax to shift obscene profits from Exxon. (Jun 2008)
  • New oil refineries and nuclear plants ok, if done right. (Jun 2008)
  • FactCheck: No, NH gas prices are not highest ever. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Reducing GHGs by 90% costs households $800/yr. (Dec 2007)
  • 30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020. (Dec 2007)
  • Recommends 90% GHG reduction to IPCC. (Nov 2007)
  • Served on boards of three large oil companies. (Nov 2007)
  • Need an energy revolution in the US. (Oct 2007)
  • Supernova of clean energy policy in New Mexico. (Oct 2007)
  • 2020 Vision: An energy revolution in 5 simple steps. (Oct 2007)
  • States have addressed global warming; now feds should too. (Oct 2007)
  • Hydrogen cars only in 30 years; need plug-ins & hybrids now. (Oct 2007)
  • Opposes gas tax: it burdens everyday people. (Oct 2007)
  • Regulated utilities can profit by “selling efficiency”. (Oct 2007)
  • Iran & Russia are exploring natural gas control like OPEC. (Oct 2007)
  • Energy incentives are just anti-government ideology. (Oct 2007)
  • Climate change cynics don’t consider cost of inaction. (Oct 2007)
  • 50-mpg cars by 2020 even if it costs $6000 per car. (Oct 2007)
  • Carbon auction: use market to make emitter pay for emissions. (Oct 2007)
  • Bush won’t follow the Kyoto treaty, but my state does. (Jun 2007)
  • Buying carbon offsets not enough; sacrifice for common good. (Jun 2007)
  • Claimed too early that secrets were safe at nuclear labs. (May 2007)
  • Supports nuclear energy, but not waste storage at Yucca Mt. (May 2007)
  • Cap-and-trade CO2 emissions, including 50-mpg cars by 2020. (May 2007)
  • Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel. (Apr 2007)
  • Mandatory emissions reductions to make US energy-independent. (Feb 2007)
  • 50 mpg efficiency and 30% renewable electricity. (Jan 2006)
  • Oppose carbon tax, favor a cap-and-trade system. (Jan 2006)
  • Oversaw Dept. of Energy during nuclear lab security breach. (Nov 2005)
  • Tapped Strategic Oil Reserve to pierce bubble in oil prices. (Nov 2005)
  • $6M for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. (Jan 2004)
  • Develop alternative energy, including wind & solar. (Oct 2002)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Bill Richardson on Environment
Click here for 9 full quotes on Environment OR other political leaders on Environment.
  • Green Jobs Cabinet: build aggressive clean energy strategy. (Jan 2009)
  • Invest in bike lanes & commuter bike facilities. (Oct 2007)
  • Lack of Katrina response by our government was inexcusable. (Jul 2007)
  • Katrina response “disgraceful”; reform FEMA & insurance. (Jun 2007)
  • Require renewable technologies and ask for conservation. (Jun 2007)
  • Expand and create new state parks. (Jan 2004)
  • Develop a comprehensive water management plan. (Jan 2004)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
  • Declare a forest health emergency on federal lands. (Jan 1993)
Bill Richardson on Families & Children
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  • Supports paid family leave; voted for Family & Medical Leave. (Sep 2007)
Bill Richardson on Foreign Policy
Click here for 29 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other political leaders on Foreign Policy.
  • Nominated for five Nobel Peace Prizes. (Jul 2009)
  • 1996: Negotiated release of Red Cross hostages in Sudan. (Jul 2009)
  • 1996: Negotiated release of American hostages in Cuba. (Jul 2009)
  • Al Qaida gets stronger while Musharraf governs Pakistan. (Jan 2008)
  • Set conditions on foreign aid assistance to Musharraf. (Nov 2007)
  • Make $10B in aid to Pakistan conditional on democracy. (Nov 2007)
  • No conditions on aid to Pakistan, but push for democracy. (Nov 2007)
  • 2001-2: Worked on energy strategy for Kissinger Association. (Nov 2007)
  • At UN,embraced Clinton’s vision of international cooperation. (Oct 2007)
  • US can inspire world with sacrifice instead of arrogance. (Oct 2007)
  • US is isolated; need vision to rejoin world. (Oct 2007)
  • Jaw-boning is a non-military way to get things done. (Oct 2007)
  • Alliance with Latin America on microlending & human needs. (Sep 2007)
  • Be tougher on China; it’s a strategic competitor. (Aug 2007)
  • UN troops in Darfur, & UN-enforced no-fly zone. (Jul 2007)
  • We always forget about Africa; I will care. (Jul 2007)
  • Pressure China & Europe to enforce no-fly zone in Darfur. (Jun 2007)
  • Talking to your enemies can produce results, like N. Korea. (Jun 2007)
  • Israel is less safe with Bush’s policies. (Jun 2007)
  • Strategic interests in Russia: loose nukes & Chechnya. (Apr 2007)
  • Being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy--diplomacy is. (Apr 2007)
  • Re-evaluate embargo for post-Castro Cuba. (Apr 2007)
  • Bad guys like Richardson; he can make peace with enemies. (Feb 2007)
  • Ask Musharraf to step aside as Pakistan’s ruler. (Jan 2006)
  • When negotiating, focus on goals, not locale or format. (Nov 2005)
  • First to visit Aung San Suu Kyi under Burmese house arrest. (Nov 2005)
  • Negotiated with Castro to halve fee to emigrate from Cuba. (Nov 2005)
  • Clinton administration negotiated North Korea nuclear freeze. (Feb 2005)
  • US military force only when US territory attacked. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Free Trade
Click here for 9 full quotes on Free Trade OR other political leaders on Free Trade.
  • Ban contaminated toys and food from China. (Dec 2007)
  • No such thing as completely free market; so regulate. (Oct 2007)
  • Communism is teaming up with corporations to open up China. (Oct 2007)
  • Enforce labor & environmental standards & job safety. (Aug 2007)
  • Fair trade includes no slave labor & no child labor. (Jun 2007)
  • We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade. (Feb 2007)
  • NAFTA critically important for US as well as Mexico. (Nov 2005)
  • Expand regional trade with Chihuahua. (Oct 2002)
  • Supports NAFTA, GATT, & WTO. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Government Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Government Reform OR other political leaders on Government Reform.
  • Whistleblower protections, & ban corporate donations. (Jan 2010)
  • Focus on Iraq, energy reform, and restoring the Constitution. (Dec 2007)
  • Use regulated free market for food, drugs, land, & energy. (Oct 2007)
  • Same-day registration to increase voter participation. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: 28 states have verified paper trails, not just 10. (Jul 2007)
  • When all minorities can vote, Democrats win. (Jul 2007)
  • Delayed call for Gonzales to resign until failed testimony. (Apr 2007)
  • Instituted all-paper ballots for all N.M. elections. (Nov 2006)
  • Focus on eliminating waste and fraud from public spending. (Jan 2004)
  • Prohibit PAC contributions; restrict campaign spending. (Nov 1996)
  • Supports line-item veto. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Gun Control
Click here for 8 full quotes on Gun Control OR other political leaders on Gun Control.
  • 1993: Opposed Brady Bill in Congress. (Nov 2007)
  • No guns for mentally ill or those with criminal background. (Jul 2007)
  • Attack poverty at the core of gun violence. (Jul 2007)
  • Assault weapons ban did not work; despite his vote for ban. (May 2007)
  • Endorsed by NRA for governor; would accept endorsement again. (May 2007)
  • The 2nd Amendment is precious. (Apr 2007)
  • Endorsed by NRA; has his own concealed carry permit. (Oct 2006)
  • We should ally with pro-gun recreationists in West. (Apr 2005)
Bill Richardson on Health Care
Click here for 25 full quotes on Health Care OR other political leaders on Health Care.
  • ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done. (Aug 2013)
  • 2007: Pushed for New Mexico universal health insurance. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Between 7% and 31% of costs are administrative. (Dec 2007)
  • Universal health care is a right for every American. (Dec 2007)
  • Give students incentives to become health professionals. (Oct 2007)
  • Universal health care, no matter who you are. (Sep 2007)
  • New healthcare system in one year, with no new bureaucracies. (Sep 2007)
  • Cover undocumented workers under health plan. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Correct that 33% of Medicare is diabetes. (Jul 2007)
  • Fund fight on HIV/AIDS both nationally and internationally. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: AIDS rate in Africa is 5.8%, not 20% as claimed. (Jun 2007)
  • NM plan: mandatory; prevention-based; choose your own plan. (Jun 2007)
  • Focus on preventive healthcare without raising taxes. (Apr 2007)
  • All Americans need same coverage as members of Congress. (Mar 2007)
  • State flexibility creates universal coverage without taxes. (Feb 2007)
  • Shift Medicaid costs back from states to federal. (Nov 2005)
  • Secure lower prescription drug costs for seniors. (Jan 2004)
  • Focus on raising childhood immunization rates. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase access to affordable health care. (Jan 2004)
  • Consolidate mental health and substance abuse therapy needs. (Jan 2004)
  • Restrain Medicaid costs and maintain benefits. (Jan 2004)
  • Affordable access to healthcare for all New Mexicans. (Oct 2002)
  • New Mexico Cares: invest in our health. (Oct 2002)
  • Supports managed competition & medical savings accounts. (Nov 1996)
  • Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year. (Oct 2009)
Bill Richardson on Homeland Security
Click here for 24 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other political leaders on Homeland Security.
  • Habeas corpus may not be suspended in war on terror. (Dec 2007)
  • 2 years of college tuition for 1 year of national service. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights can be more important than national security. (Nov 2007)
  • Qaeda targets oil infrastructure until we wean ourselves off. (Oct 2007)
  • Ignoring Nuclear Test Ban creates world distrust. (Oct 2007)
  • I will restore habeas corpus and the rule of law. (Sep 2007)
  • Maintain Geneva Conventions; keep restrictions on torture. (Sep 2007)
  • Rescind authority to eavesdrop without court order. (Sep 2007)
  • No first use of nukes; but keep options on table. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted against don’t-ask-don’t-tell; get rid of it now. (Aug 2007)
  • Focus on international terrorism & fissionable material. (Aug 2007)
  • Provide veterans with health care anywhere they want. (Jun 2007)
  • Hero’s health card gives veterans access anywhere, anytime. (Mar 2007)
  • Reorder priorities: shift $400B from war to human needs. (Mar 2007)
  • We should not be known for Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. (Feb 2007)
  • Convince Muslims by closing Guantanamo & stopping renditions. (Feb 2007)
  • Seek immediate negotiations with the Soviet Union on nuclear. (Jan 2006)
  • 9/11 shifted world focus from nukes to terrorism. (Nov 2005)
  • Negotiated for 1994 release of pilots downed in North Korea. (Feb 2005)
  • Negotiated for 1995 release of US workers arrested in Iraq. (Feb 2005)
  • Spend $250K annually to fight base closures. (Oct 2002)
  • Homeland Security Department at federal AND state level. (Oct 2002)
  • Eliminate funding for SDI. (Nov 1996)
  • Establish a Women's Bureau in Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (Aug 1993)
Bill Richardson on Immigration
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  • Allowed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • Driver’s license for illegals helps public safety. (Nov 2007)
  • Declared state of emergency in NM’s four border counties. (Nov 2007)
  • We pay for immigrant healthcare; have them pay into system. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase H-1B visas to permit more skilled workers. (Sep 2007)
  • Border wall is horrendous example of misguided policy. (Sep 2007)
  • Federal raids are ineffective; we dehumanize immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities ok until we have comprehensive policy. (Sep 2007)
  • Include same-sex couples in binational marriage sponsorship. (Aug 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform needed; but McCain-Kennedy bill flawed. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain-Kennedy bill is not amnesty; it has strong standards. (Jun 2007)
  • A wall on Mexican border is not America. (Jun 2007)
  • A wall divides families and doesn’t solve the problem. (Jun 2007)
  • The 2007 immigration bill is not an amnesty bill. (Jun 2007)
  • Opposes compromise immigration bill: it tears apart families. (May 2007)
  • Border fence hasn’t worked; border patrols & tech have. (May 2007)
  • Driver’s licenses & scholarships for illegals; not amnesty. (May 2007)
  • Legalization plan, not this stupid wall being proposed. (Mar 2007)
  • Declared state of emergency on Mexican border. (Nov 2006)
  • Path to legalization if illegals pay taxes & learn English. (Nov 2006)
  • Reduce immigration; no automatic citizenship for kids. (Nov 1996)
  • Guarantee human services to illegal immigrants. (Nov 1996)
Bill Richardson on Jobs
Click here for 9 full quotes on Jobs OR other political leaders on Jobs.
  • AdWatch: Over 80,000 new jobs; NM 6th in nation. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: NM gained 68,100 new jobs, not 80,000 as claimed. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: NM ranks 17th in job growth; not 6th, as claimed. (Aug 2007)
  • Focus our farm policy on renewable fuels. (Aug 2007)
  • Would accept minimum wage as president. (Jul 2007)
  • Tax credit for creating jobs paying over the prevailing wage. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase the minimum wage to $7.50. (Mar 2007)
  • Film industry initiatives create jobs. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase small business access to credit. (May 2010)
Bill Richardson on Principles & Values
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  • 2008: Appointed by Clinton, but endorsed Obama. (Jan 2010)
  • Withdrew nomination under scandal from $1.5M donations. (Nov 2009)
  • Endorsed Obama despite intense pressure from Bill Clinton. (Aug 2009)
  • Giuliani left Iraq Study Group; uninterested in war deaths. (Nov 2007)
  • Predicts a win in New Hampshire primary. (Nov 2007)
  • Well-off childhood in Mexico as son of Citibank executive. (Nov 2007)
  • Lead by example by climate negotiations with the world. (Oct 2007)
  • The New Realism: end policy based on unilateralist illusions. (Oct 2007)
  • Would not leave NM governorship to be vice president. (Sep 2007)
  • With me, you get both change AND experience. (Aug 2007)
  • My sense of social justice comes from being a Roman Catholic. (Aug 2007)
  • Decisive political moment: wife agreeing to marry him. (Aug 2007)
  • I have the most experience and I represent change. (Aug 2007)
  • Running on resume & record, to be president of middle class. (May 2007)
  • Offered MLB contract, but mistakenly called that drafted. (May 2007)
  • Biggest mistake is impatience, like pushing minimum wage. (Apr 2007)
  • I can bring people together. (Apr 2007)
  • Pledges to not engage in negative campaigning on Dems. (Feb 2007)
  • Richardson’s Rules for negotiating. (Nov 2005)
  • New Progressivism: combine opportunity with accountability. (Nov 2005)
  • In Guinness Book of World Records for most handshakes. (Nov 2005)
Bill Richardson on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR other political leaders on Social Security.
  • Don’t raise the cap; it’s a 15% tax on middle class. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop talking about privatization; stop raiding trust fund. (Jul 2007)
  • Focus budget reform like Soc. Sec., avoiding future burden. (Nov 2005)
Bill Richardson on Tax Reform
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  • Any tax increase must expire in 3 years or less. (Jan 2010)
  • End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%. (Dec 2007)
  • Replace Bush tax cuts with cuts for middle class. (Jun 2007)
  • Cut NM capital gains tax & income tax from 8.2% to 4.9%. (Nov 2005)
  • Continue to cut taxes and reform the tax code. (Jan 2004)
  • Reduce income tax; create Taxpayer Bill of Rights. (Oct 2002)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Bill Richardson on Technology
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  • Launched Spaceport America; signed Virgin Galactic as tenant. (Jan 2009)
  • Doesn’t believe in UFOs, but wants more info on Roswell. (Nov 2007)
  • Nurture & invest in science and technology. (Oct 2007)
  • Subsidize inter-city rail--it works in New Mexico. (Oct 2007)
  • Partner on rail & smart growth; no privatized toll roads. (Aug 2007)
  • 250 science & math academies to limit technical outsourcing. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushed R&D tax credit--3 year tax holiday for high tech. (Nov 2005)
  • Allocate capital to education and water projects. (Jan 2004)
Bill Richardson on War & Peace
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  • Surge failing politically, even if reducing violence. (Jun 2008)
  • Only Congress has authority to declare war on Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Pledge that Iran will not develop a nuclear bomb. (Oct 2007)
  • Negotiate with Iran without any conditions. (Oct 2007)
  • UN pressure in 1997 kept Saddam from restarting nuke program. (Oct 2007)
  • Multilateral security with Iran; instead of saber-rattling. (Oct 2007)
  • Leaving some troops is just changing mission, not ending war. (Sep 2007)
  • When US exits, Iraqi insurgents will fight terrorists. (Aug 2007)
  • African-American community has disproportionate war pain. (Jul 2007)
  • Sanctions would work on Iran. (Jun 2007)
  • Open an ideological front in the war against Jihadism. (Feb 2007)
  • Get bin Laden in Pakistan unilaterally, if Pakistan can’t. (Jan 2006)
  • We have an opportunity to get Musharraf to step aide. (Jan 2006)
  • Negotiated with Taliban in 1998 to extradite Osama bin Laden. (Nov 2005)
  • Move troops to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda. (Jun 2007)

    Iraq War

  • Donor conference: get EU & Arabs to pay for reconstruction. (Nov 2007)
  • The surge is not working; Petraeus just being team player. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraqi situation is about to implode; withdraw all troops. (Sep 2007)
  • Tri-partite entity within Iraq; reconcile three groups. (Aug 2007)
  • Move out troops, through Turkey & Kuwait, in 6-8 months. (Aug 2007)
  • Withdrawing from Iraq lets real peace & reconciliation begin. (Aug 2007)
  • Iraq has become an endless quagmire. (Jul 2007)
  • Long road ahead is hauntingly similar to 1968. (Jun 2007)
  • No troops left behind at bases; green zone; or for training. (Jun 2007)
  • No long-term Korea-like presence in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Obsession with Iraq makes us more vulnerable to al Qaeda. (Jun 2007)
  • Deauthorize the war; original resolution no longer operative. (May 2007)
  • Iraq now in civil war, & US troops are nothing but a target. (May 2007)
  • Time for Iraqis to take over their own security. (May 2007)
  • Supporting war initially was a mistake. (May 2007)
  • Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end. (Apr 2007)
  • Withdraw US troops by end of 2007, with no residual force. (Apr 2007)
  • Iraq policy is a massive failure; Iraq is in civil war. (Apr 2007)
  • Congress should de-fund and de-authorize the war. (Apr 2007)
  • Congress authorized this war; now de-authorize it. (Feb 2007)
  • Find ways to withdraw from Iraq, but with diplomacy. (Feb 2007)
  • Iraq was single biggest issue as Clinton’s UN ambassador. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted against Kuwait war but later regretted it. (Feb 2005)
Bill Richardson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Strategy to deal with poverty: unions; living wage; EITC. (Jun 2007)
  • New Mexico ranked 48th worst in poverty, but moving forward. (May 2007)
  • Increase tax deduction for charities. (Nov 1996)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Stem cell research as part of preventive healthcare: Favors topic 1
Supreme Court model cannot be justice who dissented on Roe: Strongly Favors topic 1
Resist any effort to weaken a woman’s right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Diversity isn’t just talking points; it’s facts of life: Favors topic 2
New Mexico is first “majority minority” state: Favors topic 2
Supports minority preferences for government contracts: Strongly Favors topic 2
Establish a Women's Bureau in Dept. of Veterans Affairs: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Extend Domestic Partnership rights as anti-discrimination: Favors topic 3
Focus on achievable civil unions as a path to full inclusion: Favors topic 3
Voted for DOMA, but now regrets vote; repeal it: Strongly Favors topic 3
Homosexuality is a choice, but it’s not an issue of science: Opposes topic 3
Full civil unions with full marriage rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
For hate crimes law, domestic partnerships, civil unions: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly: Strongly Favors topic 3
Added sexual orientation & gender identity as NM civil right: Strongly Favors topic 3
Defeated DOMA in NM by tying it to civil union legislation: Favors topic 3
Voted for federal Defense of Marriage Act in 1996: Opposes topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Increase tax deduction for charities: Favors topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done: Favors topic 5
New healthcare system in one year, with no new bureaucracies: Favors topic 5
Shift Medicaid costs back from states to federal: Strongly Favors topic 5
Affordable access to healthcare for all New Mexicans: Strongly Favors topic 5
New Mexico Cares: invest in our health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Supports managed competition & medical savings accounts: Opposes topic 5
Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Stop talking about privatization; stop raiding trust fund: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Focus budget reform like Soc. Sec., avoiding future burden: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesn’t work: Opposes topic 7
Help failing schools; don’t penalize by defunding them: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Charter schools show tremendous promise: Favors topic 7
No vouchers: they abandon public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Provide parents with vouchers, even for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+5 points on Social scale)
Green Jobs Cabinet: build aggressive clean energy strategy: Opposes topic 8
Climate change cynics don’t consider cost of inaction: Opposes topic 8
Invest in bike lanes & commuter bike facilities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Buying carbon offsets not enough; sacrifice for common good: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Require renewable technologies and ask for conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Expand and create new state parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Develop a comprehensive water management plan: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
Mandatory jail time, especially for repeat offenders: Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty: zero tolerance for heinous crimes: Favors topic 9
Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No guns for mentally ill or those with criminal background: Opposes topic 10
Assault weapons ban did not work; despite his vote for ban: Favors topic 10
The 2nd Amendment is precious: Strongly Favors topic 10
Endorsed by NRA; has his own concealed carry permit: Strongly Favors topic 10
We should ally with pro-gun recreationists in West: Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%: Strongly Favors topic 11
Replace Bush tax cuts with cuts for middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Cut NM capital gains tax & income tax from 8.2% to 4.9%: Opposes topic 11
Continue to cut taxes and reform the tax code: Opposes topic 11
Reduce income tax; create Taxpayer Bill of Rights: Opposes topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: Favors topic 11
$12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Allowed giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Border wall is horrendous example of misguided policy: Strongly Favors topic 12
Federal raids are ineffective; we dehumanize immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
McCain-Kennedy bill is not amnesty; it has strong standards: Strongly Favors topic 12
The 2007 immigration bill is not an amnesty bill: Favors topic 12
Opposes compromise immigration bill: it tears apart families: Strongly Favors topic 12
Declared state of emergency on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Path to legalization if illegals pay taxes & learn English: Favors topic 12
Reduce immigration; no automatic citizenship for kids: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Guarantee human services to illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Government is needed to keep markets competitive: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No such thing as completely free market; so regulate: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Enforce labor & environmental standards & job safety: Strongly Opposes topic 13
We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NAFTA critically important for US as well as Mexico: Strongly Favors topic 13
Expand regional trade with Chihuahua: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports NAFTA, GATT, & WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
US is isolated; need vision to rejoin world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
UN pressure in 1997 kept Saddam from restarting nuke program: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Maintain Geneva Conventions; keep restrictions on torture: Opposes topic 14
UN troops in Darfur, & UN-enforced no-fly zone: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy--diplomacy is: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Spend $250K annually to fight base closures: Strongly Favors topic 15
Homeland Security Department at federal AND state level: Strongly Favors topic 15
Eliminate funding for SDI: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Whistleblower protections, & ban corporate donations: No opin. on topic 16
Instituted all-paper ballots for all N.M. elections: Favors topic 16
Prohibit PAC contributions; restrict campaign spending: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Surge failing politically, even if reducing violence: Strongly Favors topic 17
US military force only when US territory attacked: Favors topic 17
Withdrawing from Iraq lets real peace & reconciliation begin: Strongly Favors topic 17
Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Green Jobs Cabinet: lead renewable energy export: Strongly Favors topic 18
About time we got Saudis to increase production: Opposes topic 18
Windfall profit tax to shift obscene profits from Exxon: Strongly Favors topic 18
New oil refineries and nuclear plants ok, if done right: Strongly Opposes topic 18
30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020: Strongly Favors topic 18
Recommends 90% GHG reduction to IPCC: Strongly Favors topic 18
Invest in bike lanes & commuter bike facilities: Strongly Favors topic 18
Bush won’t follow the Kyoto treaty, but my state does: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel: Strongly Favors topic 18
50 mpg efficiency and 30% renewable electricity: Strongly Favors topic 18
Develop alternative energy, including wind & solar: Strongly Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Treatment & education over enforcement & incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Crack down on illegal drug labs: Favors topic 19
No legalization: drugs play an insidious role in crime: Strongly Favors topic 19
Drug Courts and treatment instead of incarceration: Opposes topic 19
Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Any tax increase must expire in 3 years or less: Favors topic 20
Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget: Opposes topic 20
Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don’t need them: Favors topic 20
Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare: Favors topic 20
Constitutionally require balanced budget & fiscal discipline: Opposes topic 20
Increase the minimum wage to $7.50: Strongly Favors topic 20
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: Opposes topic 20

Bill Richardson is a Populist-Leaning Liberal.
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