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Dick Gephardt on Abortion
Click here for 10 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Overturn the ban on new stem cell research. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted 7 times against partial birth abortion. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning, including medical research. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Return to Clinton economic policy from Bush's failed policy. (Sep 2003)
  • Healthcare reform is critical to economy. (Sep 2003)
  • I led 1990s boom-I can get economy moving again. (Sep 2003)
  • Push a bold plan for health care and jobs creation. (Jun 2003)
  • Repeal the Bush tax cuts and invest in people. (Jun 2003)
  • 1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus. (May 2003)
  • Stakeholder economics: Balance for everyone’s benefit. (Jul 1999)
  • Top 1% have benefited much more than average worker. (Jul 1999)
  • People are working harder for same wages. (Aug 1995)
Dick Gephardt on Civil Rights
Click here for 10 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted for USA Patriot Act, but it's not balanced now. (Nov 2003)
  • Democrats need to earn the vote of African-Americans. (Sep 2003)
  • We're all in it together. (Sep 2003)
  • Strike a balance between liberty and security. (Jun 2003)
  • Christian Coalition’s intolerance has no place in politics. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 71% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Dick Gephardt on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Greed can kill democracy and capitalism. (Sep 2003)
  • $36B in tax relief for small businesses. (Mar 2000)
  • Code of conduct for US businesses empowers workers. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Crime
Click here for 8 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 56% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Dick Gephardt on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
Dick Gephardt on Education
Click here for 17 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Republicans don't want to fund special education. (Dec 2003)
  • Vouchers take needed funds away from public schools. (Nov 2003)
  • Join Teacher Corps and we'll pay your college loans. (May 2003)
  • Make first $10,000 of college tax deductible. (Jan 2002)
  • Mobilize against national security crisis in our schools. (Jan 2001)
  • Education agenda to improve public schools for 21st century. (Oct 2000)
  • Address school violence via character ed & counselors. (Oct 2000)
  • More teachers, more classrooms, more federal funding. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal help for college; outraged at rising costs. (Jul 1999)
  • Longer school day and longer school year. (Jul 1999)
  • Opposes vouchers on equity & civic grounds. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Energy & Oil
Click here for 8 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Apollo 2: Make US independent of foreign oil. (Sep 2003)
  • End dangerous addiction to foreign oil. (Jun 2003)
  • 10-year plan to develop hybrid cars then hydrogen fuel cells. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
Dick Gephardt on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Provide real leadership on critical environmental issues. (Jun 2003)
  • Base trade on shared environmental values. (Jul 1999)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Families & Children
Click here for 4 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • More funding for Violence Against Women Act. (Sep 2000)
  • Parental involvement with school & kids solves social woes. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Foreign Policy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Bush broke up alliances built over 70 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
Dick Gephardt on Free Trade
Click here for 19 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • I'm for labor rights and NAFTA supporters are not. (Jan 2004)
  • Walk the walk of labor and environmental standards-by voting. (Jan 2004)
  • Enact international minimum wage through WTO. (Nov 2003)
  • Against protectionism and for trade treaties. (Nov 2003)
  • Trade agreements must protect labor & environment. (Oct 2003)
  • Fair trade saves jobs-globalization with fairness. (Sep 2003)
  • Progressive trade policy helps every worker in the world. (Sep 2003)
  • Race to the bottom if we have no trade standards. (Sep 2003)
  • NAFTA and China PNTR cause a race to the bottom in wages. (May 2003)
  • Rejected NAFTA: needed more for labor & environment. (Jul 1999)
  • Gephardt Amendment: results-oriented trade penalties. (Jul 1999)
  • Fair trade on an equal playing field. (Aug 1995)
  • Trade will not bring about change in China. (Jul 1999)
  • China: no positive economic relations with totalitarians. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on implementing the US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Dick Gephardt on Government Reform
Click here for 10 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Fact Check: Would ban lobbyist donations, but took $4.4 M. (Jan 2004)
  • Election reform: restore faith in “one person one vote”. (Feb 2001)
  • Citizen participation solves crisis of faith in democracy. (Jul 1999)
  • Disturbed by cynical attitude that government is the problem. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit campaign spending, by Const. amendment if needed. (Jul 1999)
  • Voting reform: easier registration, weekend voting. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit campaigns to 8 weeks, with no TV. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Dick Gephardt on Gun Control
Click here for 6 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Sensible gun safety legislation & right to possess firearms. (Nov 2003)
  • Leading Dems distance themselves from divisive gun debate. (Oct 2003)
  • No additional authority for federal gun agency. (Oct 2003)
  • NRA opposes gun rules that vast majority support. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Health Care
Click here for 25 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • AdWatch: Criticizes Dean for 11-year-old outdated stances. (Jan 2004)
  • Link. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Dean agreed with Clinton on cuts, not Gingrich. (Jan 2004)
  • Lay aside Bush tax cut to fund healthcare package. (Nov 2003)
  • Dean sided with Gingrich against Medicare Plan. (Sep 2003)
  • Tax breaks to all companies to cover all employees. (May 2003)
  • Subsidize 60% of health costs for all employees. (May 2003)
  • Sharing health costs reduces overall costs & reduces worries. (May 2003)
  • Get everybody covered with health insurance. (May 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts hurt economy; same $ for health helps economy. (May 2003)
  • $172B over 3 years for state employee health care. (May 2003)
  • Help corporations give people needed health insurance. (May 2003)
  • Ensure that all seniors get the care they deserve. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Meaningful Prescription Drug Coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Focus on seniors; no blank checks to insurance companies. (Jun 2000)
  • Federal tax breaks for small business health coverage. (Jul 1999)
  • Health care reform: no selective insurance. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages and setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Homeland Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Address the root causes of terrorism. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Immigration
Click here for 9 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Immigration service is a mess and needs reform. (Jan 2004)
  • Federal government should help illegal immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Legalize all immigrants who've been productive for 5 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush tax plan is a failure-return to Clinton tax plan. (Sep 2003)
  • Celebrate diversity and welcome hard-working immigrants. (Jan 2002)
  • Nothing wrong with immigrants, but Americans in jobs better. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Dick Gephardt on Jobs
Click here for 14 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Ask the WTO for an international minimum wage. (Jan 2004)
  • AdWatch: claims Bush did worst on jobs-but Reagan did worse. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports safe genetically modified food. (Nov 2003)
  • My presidency will have three goals: jobs, jobs, jobs. (Nov 2003)
  • Fight for unions & working families is in my bones. (Sep 2003)
  • How many Americans lose their jobs before Bush loses his? (Sep 2003)
  • Represents hard-working labor union people. (May 2003)
  • Establish international minimum wage. (May 2003)
  • Workers need to be paid a living wage. (Jul 1999)
  • Require companies to invest 1% of payroll in worker training. (Jul 1999)
  • Employees must “think like owners” to compete globally. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-labor voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Principles & Values
Click here for 15 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Keep "under God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Nov 2003)
  • Dems need to beat Bush in Midwestern states. (Nov 2003)
  • Favorite song: Bruce Springsteen, "Born In The USA.". (Sep 2003)
  • We're all tied together to make America a better place. (Sep 2003)
  • We're all tied together in a single garment of destiny. (May 2003)
  • Not a fresh face, but experienced voice for workers. (May 2003)
  • Build a bipartisan coalition of the center. (Jan 2001)
  • Truth about votes will come out, no matter what. (Nov 2000)
  • No more demands for perfect morality. (Jul 1999)
  • Politics is a substitute for violence. (Jul 1999)
  • Foundation of liberalism is community activism. (Jul 1999)
  • Citizen participation will get us to “an even better place”. (Jul 1999)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
Dick Gephardt on Social Security
Click here for 8 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Don't raise retirement age over 67. (Sep 2003)
  • Social Security stands between many retirees & poverty. (Jul 1999)
  • Treat Social Security like insurance; no stock market. (Jul 1999)
  • Social Security is most successful peacetime program. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dick Gephardt on Tax Reform
Click here for 18 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Supported Clinton 1993 tax plan, despite it being unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • No Bush Lite: get rid of tax cut and get health care done. (May 2003)
  • Crazy to cut taxes without creating a budget first. (Mar 2001)
  • $900B tax cut protects other important interests. (Feb 2001)
  • Bush tax cut plan threatens our prosperity. (Feb 2001)
  • Targeted tax cuts for middle-class families. (Jan 2001)
  • Require national referendum to raise federal income tax. (Jul 1999)
  • 10% Tax Plan: end loopholes, lower rates. (Jul 1999)
  • Remove special interests from tax code. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the so-called marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99.5B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on repealing the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Dick Gephardt on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Space programs shouldn't be a top priority. (Jan 2004)
  • Using raw census numbers disenfranchises minorities. (Feb 2001)
  • Fund schools & workplaces to close Digitial Divide. (Oct 2000)
  • Protect medical privacy via consumer consent. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports R&D funding for medical and health research. (Jul 1999)
  • Use gas tax for highway infrastructure. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
Dick Gephardt on War & Peace
Click here for 18 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Helped initiate Iraqi war resolution because of CIA support. (Jan 2004)
  • Two-state solution for Arab-Israeli conflict. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted for Iraq war because of intel on WMDs. (Nov 2003)
  • It is not unpatriotic to criticize the president. (Oct 2003)
  • Would not negotiate with terrorists. (Oct 2003)
  • No on $87B for Iraq-until Bush answers some hard questions. (Sep 2003)
  • Iraq: get allies to reduce $1B per week war cost. (Sep 2003)
  • Yes on $87B for Iraq, but also for homeland security. (Sep 2003)
  • We can't cut and run in Iraq - but use UN. (Sep 2003)
  • We need allies and the UN to rebuild Iraq. (Jun 2003)
  • Congress should ask questions and find the truth. (Jun 2003)
  • Pay any price and bear any burden to win war. (Jan 2002)
  • Congressional authority united country for Kuwait invasion. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)
Dick Gephardt on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)


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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(7 points on Social scale)
Overturn the ban on new stem cell research: Strongly Favors topic 1
Voted 7 times against partial birth abortion: Opposes topic 1
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on banning human cloning, including medical research: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Democrats need to earn the vote of African-Americans: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(7 points on Social scale)
Keep "under God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Address school violence via character ed & counselors: Favors topic 4
Christian Coalition’s intolerance has no place in politics: Opposes topic 4
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)
Lay aside Bush tax cut to fund healthcare package: Strongly Favors topic 5
Push a bold plan for health care and jobs creation: Favors topic 5
Subsidize 60% of health costs for all employees: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sharing health costs reduces overall costs & reduces worries: Favors topic 5
Get everybody covered with health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$172B over 3 years for state employee health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Help corporations give people needed health insurance: Opposes topic 5
Ensure that all seniors get the care they deserve: Strongly Favors topic 5
More funding for Meaningful Prescription Drug Coverage: Favors topic 5
Focus on seniors; no blank checks to insurance companies: Neutral on topic 5
Federal tax breaks for small business health coverage: Favors topic 5
Supports R&D funding for medical and health research: Favors topic 5
Health care reform: no selective insurance: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages and setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Treat Social Security like insurance; no stock market: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Social Security is most successful peacetime program: 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
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Social scale)
Vouchers take needed funds away from public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Education agenda to improve public schools for 21st century: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(7 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Rated 56% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag.: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(2 points on Social scale)
Against protectionism and for trade treaties: Favors topic 10
Sensible gun safety legislation & right to possess firearms: Opposes topic 10
No additional authority for federal gun agency: Favors topic 10
NRA opposes gun rules that vast majority support: 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
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the Bush tax cuts and invest in people: Strongly Opposes topic 11
1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Bush tax cuts hurt economy; same $ for health helps economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No Bush Lite: get rid of tax cut and get health care done: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$900B tax cut protects other important interests: Favors topic 11
Targeted tax cuts for middle-class families: Opposes topic 11
$36B in tax relief for small businesses: Favors topic 11
Require national referendum to raise federal income tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
10% Tax Plan: end loopholes, lower rates: Favors topic 11
Remove special interests from tax code: Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the estate tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
NO on Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax: Opposes topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(7 points on Economic scale)
Celebrate diversity and welcome hard-working immigrants: Favors topic 12
Nothing wrong with immigrants, but Americans in jobs better: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Enact international minimum wage through WTO: Opposes topic 13
Trade agreements must protect labor & environment: Opposes topic 13
Fair trade saves jobs-globalization with fairness: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA and China PNTR cause a race to the bottom in wages: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rejected NAFTA: needed more for labor & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fair trade on an equal playing field: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing the US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(0 points on Social scale)
Trade will not bring about change in China: Favors topic 14
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(0 points on Economic scale)
Yes on $87B for Iraq, but also for homeland security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(0 points on Economic scale)
NO on deploying SDI: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(2 points on Economic scale)
We need allies and the UN to rebuild Iraq: Favors topic 17
NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Favors topic 17
YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Favors topic 17
YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Favors topic 17
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
End dangerous addiction to foreign oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
10-year plan to develop hybrid cars then hydrogen fuel cells: Strongly Favors topic 18
Use gas tax for highway infrastructure: Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(7 points on Social scale)
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
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(7 points on Social scale)
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Dick Gephardt is a Liberal Populist.
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