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Tom Coburn on Abortion
Click here for 2 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Tom Coburn on Budget & Economy
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  • Creating deficit is stealing from our children. (Oct 2004)
  • Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security. (Oct 2004)
  • Hard to repay the ever expanding discretionary spending. (Oct 2004)
Tom Coburn on Civil Rights
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  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Tom Coburn on Corporations
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    No stance on record.
Tom Coburn on Crime
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  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
Tom Coburn on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
Tom Coburn on Education
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  • The lottery proposal to fund education undermines virtue. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Tom Coburn on Energy & Oil
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  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
Tom Coburn on Environment
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    No stance on record.
Tom Coburn on Families & Children
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    No stance on record.
Tom Coburn on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
Tom Coburn on Free Trade
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  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Tom Coburn on Government Reform
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  • Rejected a road bill that came with a bribe. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Tom Coburn on Gun Control
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  • Both Carson and Coburn have 100% NRA records. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Tom Coburn on Health Care
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  • Voted NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Tom Coburn on Homeland Security
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  • Would have voted for the Patriot Act. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
Tom Coburn on Immigration
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  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Tom Coburn on Jobs
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    No stance on record.
Tom Coburn on Principles & Values
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  • Carson is very bright, intellectually smart and advanced. (Oct 2004)
  • Chose Alan Keyes over George W. Bush in GOP Primary. (Oct 2004)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated A by the Club for Growth, strong pro-growth & targeted race. (Sep 2004)
Tom Coburn on Social Security
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  • Black men are being penalized by the Social Security system. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
Tom Coburn on Tax Reform
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  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on repealing the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
Tom Coburn on Technology
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    No stance on record.
Tom Coburn on War & Peace
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  • We didn't go to Iraq for WMD's. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
Tom Coburn on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(7 points on Economic scale)
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(2 points on Social scale)
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Neutral on topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(5 points on Economic scale)
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(7 points on Economic scale)
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(7 points on Social scale)
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 8
Neutral on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(5 points on Social scale)
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag.: Favors topic 9
Neutral on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(5 points on Social scale)
Both Carson and Coburn have 100% NRA records: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(7 points on Economic scale)
YES on repealing the estate tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(7 points on Economic scale)
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(0 points on Social scale)
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 14
Neutral on topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(5 points on Economic scale)
Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security: Favors topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
Neutral on topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(7 points on Economic scale)
YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Opposes topic 17
NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Opposes topic 17
NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(10 points on Economic scale)
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(7 points on Social scale)
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 20

Tom Coburn is a Populist-Leaning Conservative.
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