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Harold Ford on Abortion
Click here for 13 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Pro-life; education before pregnancy to reduce abortions. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports stem cell research of all types. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 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)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993)
Harold Ford on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Fight $2 trillion debt by balancing budget & ending pork. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Retire half the public debt by 2006. (May 2001)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
Harold Ford on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (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)
Harold Ford 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 48% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Crime
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  • Voted YES 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 habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 78% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
Harold Ford on Drugs
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  • Voted NO 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)
Harold Ford on Education
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  • Education needs equivalent of Interstate highway system. (Oct 2006)
  • Keep words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • 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)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Harold Ford on Energy & Oil
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  • Grow our way to energy independence, while drilling Alaska. (Oct 2006)
  • We need an energy policy that reduces Mideast oil. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • 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)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy. (Jul 2001)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
Harold Ford on Environment
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  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)
Harold Ford 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)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 33% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
  • Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Double funding for the Peace Corps to $550M. (Mar 2002)
Harold Ford on Free Trade
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  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
Harold Ford on Government Reform
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  • Missed votes while campaigning, but voted 93% of the time. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
Harold Ford on Gun Control
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  • Supports Second Amendment rights. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • 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 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)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 86% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Harold Ford on Homeland Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Bush’s illegal wiretaps are unnecessary & wrong. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 89% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Immigration
Click here for 7 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Claims Corker hired four illegal immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • 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)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Jobs
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  • Consistently supports minimum wage increase. (Oct 2006)
  • 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 NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 86% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
Harold Ford on Principles & Values
Click here for 11 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Attended law school but failed bar exam due to campaigning. (Oct 2006)
  • Campaign should be about ideas, not family political machine. (Oct 2006)
  • This race is about whether we want a rubber stamp for Bush. (Oct 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Harold Ford on Social Security
Click here for 8 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Privatization will not enhance solvency. (Sep 2006)
  • 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)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Strengthen Trust Funds and take them off-budget. (May 2001)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Rated 88% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Tax Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Harold Ford on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Close digital divide with high-tech training. (Jan 2001)
Harold Ford on War & Peace
Click here for 8 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Divide up Iraq into Sunni, Shia & Kurd regions. (Oct 2006)
  • If you want to stay the course, I’m not your guy. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush failed to define serious long-term nature of Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • 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)
Harold Ford on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • 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)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pro-life; education before pregnancy to reduce abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly 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
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 mother’s life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace: Favors topic 2
Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: 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
Neutral on topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(0 points on Social scale)
Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keep words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Rated 33% 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
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors 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)
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing: Opposes topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
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
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
Rated 78% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: 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
Neutral on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supports Second Amendment rights: Favors topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: 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
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices: Strongly Favors topic 5
Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid: Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs: Favors topic 5
Rated 86% 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 subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Privatization will not enhance solvency: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women: Opposes topic 6
Rated 88% 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
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 91% 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
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Grow our way to energy independence, while drilling Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 18
We need an energy policy that reduces Mideast oil: Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Balance fossil fuels and viable renewable energy: Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 90% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors 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
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: 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
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Neutral on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(0 points on Economic scale)
Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs: Favors 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
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible: 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
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
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors 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
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors 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
YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Favors topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(0 points on Social scale)
Bush failed to define serious long-term nature of Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Rated 89% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors 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
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
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+2 points on Social scale)
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
Double funding for the Peace Corps to $550M: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17

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