Al Gore on VoteMatch

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Strongly Supports
Abortion is a woman's right
Abortion: Abortion question is for women, not government or president
Abortion: Voted against Medicare-funded abortions; but now supports it
Abortion: Always, always defend a woman’s right to choose
Abortion: Abortions should be safe, legal, and rare
Strongly Supports
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
Civil Rights: Close gender gap; equal pay for women
Civil Rights: Keep affirmative action; reject numerical quotas
Civil Rights: More minorities in government to reflect America
Civil Rights: Affirmative action still needed - continue the fight
Civil Rights: Need more opportunities for women-owned businesses
Strongly Supports
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
Civil Rights: Find some way for civic union; but not gay marriage
Civil Rights: Stop discrimination against same-sex domestic partnerships
Civil Rights: Expand laws for gays but don’t re-open Civil Rights Act
Civil Rights: Recognize gays & lesbians in the circle of human dignity
Organized Prayer In Public Schools
Education: Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved
Education: 5-point plan: High school exit exams; focus on character
Families & Children: Solution is gun control, V-chips, and character education
Families & Children: Supports V-Chip and parental controls over TV & Internet
Strongly Supports
More Federal Funding for Health Coverage
Health Care: The goal of universal health care will take time
Health Care: Incrementally fix lack of health care access
Health Care: Aims to insure 15 million uninsured
Health Care: $300B over 15 years to keep Medicare solvent
Privatize Social Security
Social Security: Use stock market for private investment, not Social Security
Social Security: Use balanced budget to save Social Security, not Wall Street
Social Security: Gore: Bush’s Social Security plan is risky privatization
Social Security: Privatization is “stock market roulette”
Strongly Opposes
Parents Choose Schools via Vouchers
School Choice: Choice & competition only within public & charter schools
School Choice: Increase public school aid by 50% instead of vouchers
School Choice: No experimental vouchers
School Choice: Against vouchers; build up public schools instead
Death Penalty
Crime: Recognizes disparities in sentencing blacks
Crime: Supports death penalty; no moratorium for new DNA techniques
Crime: Death penalty for murdering federal officers
Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws
Crime: Crime plan: More police; tougher penalties; victims’ rights
Crime: Three Strikes should apply only to truly violent crimes
Crime: Supports “Three Strikes -- You’re Out” law
Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership
Gun Control: Agrees with Bush on banning weapons; but wants registration
Gun Control: Nationally mandated, state-run system of photo licensing
Gun Control: Take on the NRA with presidential leadership
Gun Control: Passed toughest gun control in 30 years; same for next 30
Make Income Tax Flatter & Lower
Tax Reform: Modest tax cuts will help the middle class
Tax Reform: $250B over 10 years in targeted tax cuts
Tax Reform: Rules out tax increase in good economic times
Tax Reform: $792B tax cut is a “risky tax scheme”
Strongly Supports
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
Immigration: Citizenship for 1.2M cleared backlog, but sacrificed quality
Immigration: More immigrants to alleviate labor shortage
Immigration: Immigration leads to diversity and cultural tolerance
Strongly Supports
Support & Expand Free Trade
Free Trade: Use Fast Track to encourage new markets
Free Trade: Free and fair trade means economic growth and jobs
Free Trade: Protectionism only protects us from prosperity
Free Trade: Open markets with safeguards for labor and environment
Link Human Rights to trade with China
Foreign Policy: Vietnam: Trade will improve human rights & help with MIAs
China: Push Congress aggressively on China/WTO
China: Engage China, but demand respect for human rights
China: Supports permanent normal trade relations with China
China: Speed up China’s access to WTO
More Spending on Armed Forces Personnel
Defense: Build-down military to smaller but more effective
Defense: Invest in technological edge to keep military strong
Defense: Personnel: better pay; housing; family services; healthcare
Defense: Against SDI & more carriers; for Grenada & nuclear freeze
Reduce spending on Missile Defense ("Star Wars")
Defense: Full-scale “Star Wars” is unrealistic & too expensive
Defense: Build less powerful SDI; to keep ABM treaty & START III
Defense: Focus SDI on rogue states
Defense: Bush’s SDI is a risky foreign policy scheme
Strongly Supports
Continue Foreign Aid to Russia, Israel, & others
Foreign Policy: Pres. Bush did too little for Russia; Clinton did not
Foreign Policy: New Security Agenda: keep old; build new; avoid isolation
Foreign Policy: Pay UN dues, as leader of the world
War & Peace: Committed to the survival & security of Israel
Strongly Supports
Spend Resources to Stop Global Warming
Environment: Kyoto goals are an indispensable first step
Environment: Pushed for BTU tax on coal & gas, in 1993
Environment: Global warming is a strategic threat
Environment: Tax credits for efficient vehicles and homes, green towns
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
Drugs: Science doesn’t say medical marijuana is proper
Drugs: Drug treatment programs for every addict who wants one
Drugs: Lead a national crusade against drugs
Drugs: Drug efforts are beginning to pay off; we must do more
Drugs: After-school programs prevent most drug use
Allow churches to provide welfare services
Welfare & Poverty: 7M people off welfare: reform has worked
Welfare & Poverty: Supports volunteerism thru faith-based organizations
Welfare & Poverty: “Charitable Choice:” Fed funds for church-based welfare
Welfare & Poverty: Faith-based organizations replace govt programs

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