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Dennis Kucinich on VoteMatch

Democratic Representative (OH-10)



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
Litmus test on Roe, but as part of a culture of life: Favors topic 1
Womenís right-to-choose is essential to gender equality: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortions should always be legal: Strongly Favors topic 1
All men & women have right to make difficult moral decisions: Favors topic 1
Supreme Court nominees must agree to uphold Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Women canít be free unless they have the right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Prevention, education, & health care, to minimize abortions: Opposes topic 1
Life begins at conception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Journey in 2002 from pro-life to pro-choice: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports reparations for slavery, to ďrepair the breachĒ: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Not any issue on which he disagrees with GLBT community: Strongly Favors topic 3
Real GLBT equality includes the right to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender right to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Allow gays and lesbians to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Same sex couples deserve equal domestic benefits: Strongly Favors topic 3
Affirmative action is necessary & right & must be preserved: Strongly Favors topic 3
End the ban on gays in military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Focus on jobs instead of pitting people against each other: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer: Opposes topic 4
Rated 25% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 92% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban the death penalty-98% of those convicted are poor: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Terminate the federal death penalty, even if unpopular: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing: Opposes topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
End mandatory minimums: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Focus on prevention, not punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 80% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We have babies dying in the streets; ban handguns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Require background checks, licensing, and fingerprinting: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Medicare For All: all long-term care totally covered: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal not-for-profit health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Streamlined national health insurance as Enhanced Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Iím not selling insurance-switch to not-for-profit system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Regulate prescription drug prices like utility rates: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for All: universal single-payer national system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Private companies charge 18% admin & Medicare charges 3%: Favors topic 5
Raise taxes for guaranteed, single payer, universal care: Strongly Favors topic 5
MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make health care a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore retirement age to 65: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Stop privatization and return retirement age to 65: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women: Opposes topic 6
Reject proposals for private saving accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Quality education is a core American right: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vouchers divert public money away from public schools: Opposes topic 7
Keep public education separate from private education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes: Opposes topic 7
Rated 90% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Double our energy from renewable sources by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
Global Green Deal for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Journey to planet Earth: renewable energy by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
Would sign Kyoto climate change treaty: Strongly Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively: Favors topic 19
Medical marijuana should be decided by doctors & patients: Opposes topic 19
Hasnít smoked marijuana, but would decriminalize it: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on Drugs benefits only the prison-industrial complex: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Racial bias in drug enforcement is pervasive: Opposes topic 19
Addiction is a medical and moral problem: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated A+ by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated +10 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Funding faith-based initiatives with taxes is problematic: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cancel tax cuts for the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal tax cuts for wealthy to fund public higher ed: Strongly Favors topic 11
Top 272,000 taxpayers got as much benefit as bottom 129M: Strongly Favors topic 11
American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person: Favors topic 11
Rated 29% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
There arenít any illegal human beings: Strongly Favors topic 12
Build relationships between nations, not walls: Strongly Favors topic 12
Sanctuary cities follow moral law if not federal law: Strongly Favors topic 12
Stop blaming immigrants for our system of slave labor: Strongly Favors topic 12
Roadmap to citizenship for immigrants: Favors topic 12
Extend our arms to world-immigrant amnesty and more: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Base trade on worker rights, human rights & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Withdraw from NAFTA and WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Free trade encourages privatization, so avoid it: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Bilateral trade structure to support American manufacturing: Opposes topic 13
President has authority to cancel NAFTA and WTO-I will: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Push trade deals based on power of US market leverage: Opposes topic 13
No NAFTA, No WTO, No Fast Track: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Cancel NAFTA and the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Donít sacrifice our rights to global corporate ethic: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Retaliatory tariffs yes; GATT no: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Maintain anti-dumping restrictions against foreign importers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 39% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights: Neutral on topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
Stop funding war, start funding education; 15% DoD reduction: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Must cut Pentagon spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
$550B defense budget implies more taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut defense budget by 15%, even if unpopular: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Confront the bloat and waste in Pentagon budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut the runaway Pentagon budget to save the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Take US nuclear missiles off high alert: Opposes topic 15
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Opposes topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public financing for elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
Repeal the Patriot Act: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+5 points on Social scale)
Promote international treaties but reject global corporatism: Favors topic 17
Foreign aid for peace incentives, not conflict: Favors topic 17
International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in: Strongly Favors topic 17
Let the UN rebuild Iraq and develop its governance: Strongly Favors topic 17
Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies: Strongly Favors topic 17
One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it: Strongly Favors topic 17
Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

Other candidates' VoteMatch: Dennis Kucinich on the issues:
Frontrunners:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
Democrat: Sen.Hillary Clinton
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama

GOP V.P. Possibilities:
Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Sen.Joe Lieberman(CT)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Gov. Mark Sanford(SC)

Third Parties:
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Libertarian: Sen.Mike Gravel
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
Libertarian: Rep.Ron Paul
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Page last updated: Feb 07, 2010