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Brad Carson on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • 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)
  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Budget & Economy
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  • Rid waste & fraud and close loopholes to balance the budget. (Oct 2004)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
Brad Carson on Civil Rights
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  • Preserve marriage between one man and one woman. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Establish a national holiday honoring Native Americans. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 67% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Brad Carson on Corporations
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  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 72% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Crime
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  • More funding for COPS on the streets. (May 2004)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Brad Carson on Drugs
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  • Cleanup methamphetamine in rural communities. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
Brad Carson on Education
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  • Support the lottery proposal to fund education. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Three Rís: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)
Brad Carson on Environment
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  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 45% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 41% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES 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)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
Brad Carson on Free Trade
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  • Tariffs on China for currency manipulation. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 44% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
Brad Carson on Government Reform
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  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • 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)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
Brad Carson on Gun Control
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  • Iím A-rated by the NRA. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • No lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Health Care
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  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Homeland Security
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  • Coburn voted against efforts to crack down on terrorism. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted YES on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Immigration
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  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Jobs
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  • Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 73% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Principles & Values
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  • Coburn is a strong Christian man, a good family man. (Oct 2004)
  • Member of Cherokee Nation; descendant of ďTrail of TearsĒ. (Apr 2004)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Endorsed by MoveOn, for moderate progressive principles. (Sep 2004)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Brad Carson on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Rated 60% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Tax Reform
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  • Opposed to rolling back the top bracket tax cut. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 27% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Brad Carson on Technology
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  • Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
Brad Carson on War & Peace
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  • Should have gotten Saddam back in 1991. (Oct 2004)
  • Success in Iraq is critical to our future. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)
Brad Carson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: 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
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Establish a national holiday honoring Native Americans: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Preserve marriage between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 41% by the Christian Coalition: mixed voting record on families: Neutral on topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
More funding for COPS on the streets: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Iím A-rated by the NRA: Strongly Favors topic 10
No lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers: Opposes topic 5
Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues: Neutral on topic 5
NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Opposes topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 60% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on 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
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy: Favors topic 18
Rated 45% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Cleanup methamphetamine in rural communities: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-5 points on Economic scale)
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Opposed to rolling back the top bracket tax cut: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 27% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes 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
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly 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
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Rated 44% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform: 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
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)
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17

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