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Bob Wise on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Bob Wise on Budget & Economy
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  • Limit capital assistance find to new businesses. (Feb 2001)
  • The cupboard is bare, despite national economic growth. (Feb 2001)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Protect local milk supplies with Southern Dairy Compact. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Civil Rights
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  • Restrict and regulate video gambling. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Bob Wise on Corporations
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Bob Wise on Crime
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  • $1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Drugs
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  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
Bob Wise on Education
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  • First priority: PROMISE College Scholarship Program. (Feb 2001)
  • Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives. (Feb 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)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Bob Wise on Energy & Oil
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  • Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • More funding to develop domestic energy supplies. (Sep 2001)
  • Use federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input. (Sep 2001)
  • Share offshore oil development revenue with states. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Environment
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  • Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy. (Feb 2001)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Supports national drought policy, focusing on readiness. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain water flow in Mississippi & Missouri Rivers. (Feb 2001)
Bob Wise on Families & Children
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  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Bob Wise on Foreign Policy
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  • 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)
Bob Wise on Free Trade
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  • Protect steel industry from illegal imports. (Feb 2001)
  • Require use of US steel in state-funded projects. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Bob Wise on Gun Control
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  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Bob Wise on Health Care
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  • $1.5M to provide healthcare access for every child. (Feb 2001)
  • Improve patient rights by allowing to sue HMOs. (Feb 2001)
  • More discounts for prescription drugs. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
Bob Wise on Homeland Security
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  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
Bob Wise on Immigration
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  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Jobs
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  • More R&D & tax incentives for small farmers. (Sep 2001)
  • Repeal the federal unemployment "temporary surtax". (Feb 2001)
Bob Wise on Principles & Values
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  • Treat citizens as customers of government, not as subjects. (Feb 2001)
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Bob Wise on Tax Reform
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  • Top-to-bottom review of business taxes & regulations. (Feb 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Bob Wise on Technology
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  • Make e-government service available 24/7. (Feb 2001)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
  • Permanent R&D tax incentive & more R&D funding. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on War & Peace
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  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
Bob Wise on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)
  • More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance. (Sep 2001)
  • Supports TANF grants to states. (Aug 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortions: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
$1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards: Favors topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$1.5M to provide healthcare access for every child: Strongly Favors topic 5
Improve patient rights by allowing to sue HMOs: Favors topic 5
More discounts for prescription drugs: 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
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: 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
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives: Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building: Favors topic 18
Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy: Favors topic 18
More funding to develop domestic energy supplies: Opposes topic 18
Share offshore oil development revenue with states: Neutral on topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 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
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Promote the next generation of welfare reform: Opposes topic 20
Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants: Favors topic 20
More federal funding for Low-income energy assistance: Neutral on topic 20
Supports TANF grants to states: Favors topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
Neutral on topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(0 points on Economic scale)
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(0 points on Social scale)
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Import farm workers from Mexico: Favors topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Protect steel industry from illegal imports: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Require use of US steel in state-funded projects: Opposes topic 13
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports: Favors 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
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(0 points on Social scale)
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17

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