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Chuck Hagel on Abortion
Click here for 15 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supports insurance coverage for abortion for military women. (Jan 2013)
  • Ban on partial birth abortion reflects will of majority. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
Chuck Hagel on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 1999: Federal surplus mostly conjured by finessing numbers. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Chuck Hagel on Civil Rights
Click here for 12 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Marriage is sacred oath between a man & a woman. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Chuck Hagel on Corporations
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  • 1999: Ran Private Sector Council,linking feds with companies. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 87% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Chuck Hagel on Crime
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  • Prosecute most dangerous crimes with full range of options. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Rated 50% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
Chuck Hagel on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
Chuck Hagel on Education
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  • 1996: No on Department of Education; yes on school choice. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Rated 36% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Chuck Hagel on Energy & Oil
Click here for 22 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Kyoto Protocol would hurt US businesses & slow growth by 1%. (Sep 2006)
  • Not convinced by science, but willing to work with allies. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Environment
Click here for 9 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Farm bill helps large agribusiness, not farmers & ranchers. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Father died when Chuck was a teen; Chuck raised his siblings. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
Chuck Hagel on Foreign Policy
Click here for 14 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Turning our backs on internationalism is dead wrong. (Sep 2006)
  • Consistently supports cooperation through NATO and the UN. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Develop a strategy to protect civilians in Darfur. (Feb 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Free Trade
Click here for 14 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Opposes unilateral trade sanctions against Cuba & Iran. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Rated 92% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Government Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Bloated federal bureaucracy should devolve to states. (Sep 2006)
  • 1998: Opposed severe controls on political donations. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
Chuck Hagel on Gun Control
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  • Banning guns doesn't fix underlying behavior problem. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Health Care
Click here for 21 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Allow Medicare to cover some cost of prescription drugs. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Homeland Security
Click here for 33 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Supports the full repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. (Jan 2013)
  • Hezbollah & Hamas are terrorists; Israeli self-defense ok. (Jan 2013)
  • Regrets using the term "Jewish lobby" for pro-Israel groups. (Jan 2013)
  • Refused to sign letters from "Jewish lobby" on Hezbollah. (Jan 2013)
  • 2007: With Obama, introduced nuclear nonproliferation bill. (Mar 2008)
  • Pay attention to 2B people in poverty, or terrorists will. (Mar 2007)
  • 1984: Oversaw distributing $180M for Agent Orange vets. (Sep 2006)
  • 1960s: Enlisted in army & volunteered for Vietnam. (Sep 2006)
  • 1980s: Appointed president of USO; streamlined its staff. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Hiding sources made post-9-11 analysis impossible. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA depends too heavily on defectors & not enough on HUMINT. (Jul 2004)
  • Administration did not pressure CIA on WMD conclusions. (Jul 2004)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
Chuck Hagel on Immigration
Click here for 15 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Tamper-proof ID and rational middle ground. (Nov 2010)
  • Tie work to legal residency; legalize after 5 years. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 16% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas. (Apr 2008)
Chuck Hagel on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Rated 8% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Chuck Hagel on Principles & Values
Click here for 15 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • 16 years is enough in the Senate; not running for president. (Sep 2007)
  • Third-party candidacies difficult; but we need alternatives. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted with Republican Party 79.4% of 311 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • No plans to change party; no current plans to run for prez. (Jul 2007)
  • Presidential race started absurdly early; need issues focus. (Jul 2007)
  • Offers independent ticket to NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. (May 2007)
  • Sandhills PAC supports 17 Senate & 12 House candidates. (Dec 2006)
  • 90% conservative voting record; 95% support of Pres. Bush. (Dec 2006)
  • Return our culture to values that made America great. (Sep 2006)
  • 1979: Married wife Patsy; but divorced by 1982. (Sep 2006)
  • Finalist on Bush VP list, & interested in presidency. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Chuck Hagel on Social Security
Click here for 7 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Do not alter government workers’ pension plans. (Mar 2007)
  • We need $35T to fix system before it collapses. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 22% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Chuck Hagel on Tax Reform
Click here for 18 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 78% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Chuck Hagel on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • 1980s: Gathered investors for early cellphone franchise. (Sep 2006)
  • 1980s: Made millions by parlaying cellphone licenses. (Sep 2006)
  • 1970: One of the earliest political radio talk-show hosts. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
Chuck Hagel on War & Peace
Click here for 38 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Keep options beyond containment for Iran. (Jan 2013)
  • 2002: Bush administration said they were not going to war. (Oct 2008)
  • Neo-conservative ideology took us into this war of choice. (Mar 2008)
  • Shocking how little Congress & media challenged Bush on Iraq. (Mar 2008)
  • Our current Iraq policy is not worthy of soldiers’ sacrifice. (Jul 2007)
  • Engage with Iran & Syria; follow Baker-Hamilton. (Jul 2007)
  • Internationalize Iraq or we’ll be seen as occupiers. (Jul 2007)
  • Open to withdrawal timelines, but look at other issues too. (Jul 2007)
  • Bush administration wanted to go to war with Saddam. (Jul 2007)
  • No Iraq military solution; focus on political accommodation. (Jul 2007)
  • Outcome in Iraq will be determined by the Iraqis. (Jul 2007)
  • Iraq was a war of choice, like Vietnam. (Jul 2007)
  • Congress should oppose Bush’s actions, but not impeachable. (Jul 2007)
  • Soldiers in Iraq deserve a policy worthy of their sacrifice. (Mar 2007)
  • Supported war in Vietnam, to stop Communism. (Sep 2006)
  • By 2004, cringed at Vietnam as an abstraction to save face. (Sep 2006)
  • We need to question Iraq because we didn't question Vietnam. (Sep 2006)
  • US in “deep trouble” in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • Iraq took our eye off the ball in Afghanistan. (Aug 2004)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq-al-Qaida contacts, but no complicity or assistance. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not reconstituting its nuclear program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its biological weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its chemical weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was developing missiles, but not to reach the US. (Jul 2004)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
Chuck Hagel on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Fund welfare via churches & block grants to states. (Nov 2002)
  • Tax credits to promote home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)


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Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Opposes topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports the full repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Favors topic 3
Marriage is sacred oath between a man & a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Fund welfare via churches & block grants to states: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Allow Medicare to cover some cost of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage: Favors topic 5
Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Opposes topic 5
NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We need $35T to fix system before it collapses: Opposes topic 6
Rated 22% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
1996: No on Department of Education; yes on school choice: Favors topic 7
Rated 36% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Prosecute most dangerous crimes with full range of options: Favors topic 9
Rated 50% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Banning guns doesn't fix underlying behavior problem: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Pledge to never raise taxes is irresponsible: Favors topic 11
Rated 78% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Opposes topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Opposes topic 11
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Opposes topic 11
YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Tie work to legal residency; legalize after 5 years: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 16% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
Increase limitations for H-1B, H-2B, and L-visas: Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes unilateral trade sanctions against Cuba & Iran: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 92% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
Turning our backs on internationalism is dead wrong: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Consistently supports cooperation through NATO and the UN: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Favors topic 14
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-5 points on Social scale)
1998: Opposed severe controls on political donations: Strongly Opposes topic 16
NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Opposes topic 16
NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Opposes topic 16
NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Opposes topic 16
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Hezbollah & Hamas are terrorists; Israeli self-defense ok: Opposes topic 17
Keep options beyond containment for Iran: Opposes topic 17
Our current Iraq policy is not worthy of soldiers’ sacrifice: Strongly Favors topic 17
Open to withdrawal timelines, but look at other issues too: Favors topic 17
No Iraq military solution; focus on political accommodation: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq was a war of choice, like Vietnam: Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Kyoto Protocol would hurt US businesses & slow growth by 1%: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Not convinced by science, but willing to work with allies: Favors topic 18
Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Opposes topic 18
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Opposes topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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