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2008 Republican nominees:
John McCain
(Arizona Senator).
Sarah Palin
(Alaska Governor).

2008 Democratic nominees:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

3rd-Party presidential challengers:
Constitution Party:
Chuck Baldwin
(Radio talk-show host): Nominated, May 2008.
Libertarian:
Bob Barr
(former GA Rep.)
Independent:
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor)
Libertarian:
Mike Gravel
(former AK Senator)
Constitution Party:
Alan Keyes
(Maryland talk-show host): Lost nomination, May 2008.
PLS:
Gloria La Riva
(Liberation & Socialism)
Green Party:
Cynthia McKinney
(Former GA Representative).
NAIP Party:
Frank McEnulty
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Socialist Party:
Brian Moore
Independent:
Ralph Nader
(2000 & 2004 candidate).

2008 Republican presidential primary:
George Allen
(Former Virginia Senator) Never entered race.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor).
Sam Brownback
(Kansas Senator) Withdrew Nov. 2007.
Jeb Bush
(Governor of Florida): Never entered race.
John Cox
(Chair of Cook County GOP, Chicago IL).
Bill Frist
(Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Newt Gingrich
(former Speaker of the House): Opted out of race, Sept. 2007.
James Gilmore
(former Governor of Virginia): Withdrew July 2007.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary
Chuck Hagel
(Nebraska Senator): Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Governor of Arkansas).
Duncan Hunter
(California Representative). Withdrew after Nevada caucuses, Jan. 2008
George Pataki
(New York Governor): Never entered race.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative).
Mitt Romney
(Massachusetts Governor).
Tom Tancredo
(Colorado Representative): Withdrew, Dec. 2007.
Fred Thompson
(former TN Senator). Withdrew Jan. 2008 after SC primary
Tommy Thompson
(former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Withdrew Aug. 2007.
Mark Sanford
(South Carolina Governor): Never entered race.

2008 Democratic presidential primary:
Evan Bayh
(IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006.
Joe Biden
(DE Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
Wes Clark
(former NATO commander): Never entered race.
Hillary Clinton
(NY Senator).
Tom Daschle
(Former SD Senator): Never entered race.
Christopher Dodd
(CT Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
John Edwards
(former NC Senator). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary.
Russ Feingold
(WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Al Gore
(former V.P.): Never entered race.
John Kerry
(MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007.
Dennis Kucinich
(OH Representative); withdrew Jan. 2008 to defend House seat.
Bill Richardson
(NM Governor); withdrew after NH primary, Jan. 2008.
Al Sharpton
(Reverend): Never entered race.
Tom Vilsack
(IA Governor): Withdrew Feb. 2007.
Mark Warner
(VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.

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John Edwards on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Gov’t should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion. (Apr 2007)
  • Ad: compassion, truth, and hope over fear-mongering. (Jul 2004)
  • Right to abortion is constitutionally protected. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
John Edwards on Budget & Economy
Click here for 15 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • We need bold solutions for people who can’t wait months. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is out of touch with what’s happening in country. (Jan 2008)
  • Stimulus package: focus on long-term investments. (Jan 2008)
  • Allow bankruptcy courts to restructure mortgage loans. (Jan 2008)
  • $100B economic stimulus package for green infrastructure. (Jan 2008)
  • Long-term growth come from strengthening middle class. (Jan 2008)
  • National predatory lending law, including payday lending. (Jan 2008)
  • Get rid of structural deficiencies in American economy. (Dec 2007)
  • Savings & Credit Commission to regulate abusive credit. (Nov 2007)
  • Need home rescue fund for those worried about losing homes. (Aug 2007)
  • Asset gap: Poorest 25% of Americans have negative net worth. (Apr 2007)
  • Federal budget is a moral document to end American poverty. (Jun 2005)
  • More funds for education, health care, and defense. (Mar 2004)
  • Roll back the Bush tax cuts and address real priorities. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
John Edwards on Civil Rights
Click here for 37 full quotes on Civil Rights OR 6 older headlines OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Subprime mess is also an issue of race. (Jan 2008)
  • Equal housing policy and economic policy for all. (Jan 2008)
  • Ok to read about same-sex couples to second-graders. (Sep 2007)
  • Get rid of DOMA; get rid of don’t-ask-don’t-tell. (Aug 2007)
  • Support transgendered people publicly while transitioning. (Aug 2007)
  • Mistake to say my faith makes me oppose same-sex marriage. (Aug 2007)
  • On journey about same-sex marriage, but does not support it. (Aug 2007)
  • No reparations for slavery; but plenty more we can do. (Jul 2007)
  • Better advocate for women than Hillary Clinton. (Jul 2007)
  • Opposes gay marriage due to his religion; but conflicted. (Jul 2007)
  • Racial inequality is at heart & soul of my campaign. (Jun 2007)
  • Support all partnership benefits for same-sex couples. (Jun 2007)
  • Equal opportunity needs to be active principle, not passive. (Apr 2007)
  • Ten Commandments in courthouses cause more trouble than good. (Mar 2007)
  • Let gays serve in the military. (Feb 2007)
  • No gay marriage, but no discrimination & civil unions. (Feb 2007)
  • Allow gay couples to visit each other in the hospital. (Oct 2004)
  • Raising the minimum wage is a working women’s issue. (Aug 2004)
  • Embrace equal opportunities for all, like I had. (Jul 2004)
  • Talk about race everywhere and to every American. (Jul 2004)
  • Enormous strides for gays and lesbians without gay marriage. (Jan 2004)
  • Flag burning is despicable, but not a constitutional issue. (Jan 2004)
  • Let each state decide about civil unions and gay marriage. (Jan 2004)
  • Fund the Help America Vote Act. (Jan 2004)
  • Remove Confederate flag from South Carolina state house. (Nov 2003)
  • Most southerners don’t drive around with Confederate flags. (Nov 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act removes liberties that it’s supposed to protect. (Sep 2003)
  • Governments don’t belong in bedrooms, including gay bedrooms. (May 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act ok, if watchdogs protect civil liberties. (May 2003)
  • Affirmative Action needed 40 years ago & still needed today. (May 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Opposes DOMA because states already can ignore gay marriages. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business. (Mar 2004)
John Edwards on Corporations
Click here for 21 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Some corporations lobby against people, but not all are bad. (Jan 2008)
  • Big multinationals account for all current economic growth. (Jan 2008)
  • No cut in corporate tax rates; change incentives instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Trade policy caters to interests of big corporate America. (Dec 2007)
  • Corporate interests have taken over democracy. (Dec 2007)
  • I was wrong to vote for Bankruptcy Reform Act. (Dec 2007)
  • Oil windfall tax is most serious blow against wealthy. (Nov 2007)
  • Worked for hedge fund in 2006, but close hedge fund loophole. (Oct 2007)
  • Eliminate all tax breaks for outsourcing jobs. (Jun 2007)
  • Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Record corporate profits don’t benefit tenuous middle class. (Apr 2007)
  • Support organized labor against mistreatment by corporations. (Feb 2007)
  • FactCheck: Halliburton fined for actions while Cheney CEO. (Oct 2004)
  • We can stop the job losses, by closing loopholes. (Jan 2004)
  • Product liability suits attack corporate indifference. (Jan 2004)
  • Howard verdict forced trucking companies’ safety training. (Dec 2003)
  • Tax incentives to companies to keep jobs in America. (Sep 2003)
  • Crack down on CEO pay; and require honest accounting. (Aug 2003)
  • Address moral crisis: Shareholder & Worker Bill of Rights. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 15% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Crime
Click here for 13 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Our justice system is not color-blind. (Jun 2007)
  • We shouldn’t take away the right of severely injured victims. (Oct 2004)
  • Put more responsibility on the lawyers, not the victims. (Oct 2004)
  • Eliminate mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes. (Mar 2004)
  • Death penalty OK despite flaws, on state-by-state decision. (Feb 2004)
  • Capital punishment needed-some crimes deserve ultimate. (Feb 2004)
  • Death penalty for heinous crimes, but applied fairly. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports the death penalty. (Jan 2004)
  • More DNA testing to reduce wrongful capital convictions. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Rated 63% 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)
John Edwards on Drugs
Click here for 10 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose decriminalizing marijuana; it sends wrong signal. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports national ban on smoking in public places. (Sep 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Help convicts with drug counseling & job counseling. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports drug courts and alternatives to incarceration. (Mar 2004)
  • Disparity in penalty for crack vs. powder is not justified. (Jan 2004)
  • Admits having smoked marijuana. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Rated B- by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Education
Click here for 34 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Provide work-study programs for students to afford college. (Jan 2008)
  • Need universal pre-K, child care, and second chance schools. (Jan 2008)
  • Provide continual education for those in the work force. (Dec 2007)
  • A comprehensive plan to improve education. (Dec 2007)
  • Should have universal pre-Kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. (Oct 2007)
  • Make community colleges & public universities free. (Sep 2007)
  • Think of education as a birth-to-death experience in America. (Sep 2007)
  • Teach in public school that we embrace same-sex parents. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent all four kids to public schools. (Jul 2007)
  • College for Everyone: tuition paid, for 10 hrs/week work. (Jun 2007)
  • Invest in rural community colleges as practical job training. (Apr 2007)
  • College for Everyone pilot: $300,000 to 80 N.C. students. (Apr 2007)
  • Create “Second Chance” schools to get dropouts back on track. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports individual school prayer, not teacher-led prayer. (Mar 2007)
  • FactCheck: NCLB might be under-funded, but it grew 58%. (Oct 2004)
  • No Child Left Behind is much underfunded. (Oct 2004)
  • Give public schools the resources that they need. (Jul 2004)
  • Higher teacher pay in low-income schools. (Mar 2004)
  • Two public school systems: one for rich, one for others. (Feb 2004)
  • When schools fail, bring in expertise and resources. (Feb 2004)
  • Private school vouchers drain resources from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Two school systems: one for the have’s, one for have-not’s. (Sep 2003)
  • Pay for college tuition in exchange for part-time work. (Aug 2003)
  • New Deal for Teachers: more pay & scholarships. (Aug 2003)
  • Free first year of college for all willing to work for it. (Jun 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Appoint judges with backbone to desegregate schools. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Energy & Oil
Click here for 21 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • FactCheck: Changed to anti-Yucca before forged documents. (Jan 2008)
  • Investigate the oil companies and ask for conservation. (Oct 2007)
  • Give up SUVs & other sacrifices, to deal with climate crisis. (Sep 2007)
  • No on developing more nuclear power in the US. (Sep 2007)
  • No new nuclear power plants; no liquified coal either. (Jul 2007)
  • 80% greenhouse emissions reductions by the year 2050. (Jun 2007)
  • Bold transformation to stop importing 12M bbl of oil per day. (Apr 2007)
  • Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration. (Apr 2007)
  • Store nuclear waste near nuclear plants, not in Yucca Mt. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports real increases in CAFE standards. (Jan 2004)
  • Convert agricultural waste into energy products. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Keep climate change in EPA "State of the Environment" report. (Jun 2003)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
John Edwards on Environment
Click here for 12 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Opposed to Yucca Mountain and new nuclear power plants. (Jan 2008)
  • Need a moratorium on any more coal-fired power plants. (Jan 2008)
  • Deal with energy independence in a serious way. (Dec 2007)
  • Pay New Orleans residents to rebuild from Katrina. (Jun 2007)
  • Victims in New Orlean’s Ninth Ward were “shaming of America”. (Jun 2007)
  • Investigate & enforce clean air laws against the refineries. (Jun 2007)
  • Katrina gave a face to millions in poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Protect ANWR, lead in global warming battle. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Rated 37% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
John Edwards on Families & Children
Click here for 8 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Talked to his kids about sex abuse & inappropriate touching. (Jul 2007)
  • Our nation was built on institution of strong families. (Apr 2007)
  • Invest in proven programs to reduce teen pregnancy. (Apr 2007)
  • End marriage penalty for absent poor fathers. (Apr 2007)
  • Relief for working parents via taxes & schools. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Foreign Policy
Click here for 27 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Belligerence and selfish policy turn people against the US. (Jan 2008)
  • President empowered to unilaterally withdraw from treaties. (Dec 2007)
  • US has ignored China because of obsession with terrorism. (Dec 2007)
  • Edwards Doctrine: long term vision over ad hoc policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Aid should go to Pakistan, not to Musharraf. (Nov 2007)
  • Cosponsored 2002 Iraq War Resolution. (Nov 2007)
  • Our Latin America policy is either disengaged or bullying. (Sep 2007)
  • We need country-of-origin labeling for China trade safety. (Aug 2007)
  • Meet with enemy leaders after diplomacy first. (Jul 2007)
  • Make primary school available to 100M kids in Africa. (Jul 2007)
  • No-fly zone in Darfur; but also social spending in Africa. (Jun 2007)
  • Russia has moved from democracy to autocracy. (Apr 2007)
  • Lead international effort on economic development. (Apr 2007)
  • The Israelis do not have a partner for peace right now. (Oct 2004)
  • Strengthen the sanctions on Iran. (Oct 2004)
  • America should lead by extending a hand, not a fist. (Aug 2004)
  • Reorient US aid to support open societies. (Mar 2004)
  • UN-led peacekeeping, but US forces under US command. (Mar 2004)
  • Target Castro’s regime but help people of Cuba. (Mar 2004)
  • More funds for AIDS prevention in Africa. (Mar 2004)
  • Haiti is in crisis because Bush stayed disengaged. (Feb 2004)
  • Bring UN, allies and friends to Iraq. (Nov 2003)
  • Need multilateral solutions for world’s problems. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
John Edwards on Free Trade
Click here for 26 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Enforce country-of-origin labeling laws to deal with China. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights should be central to the US trade policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes trade with Colombia, South Korea, and Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Hold China responsible for their trade obligations. (Nov 2007)
  • Trade agreements now focus on profits for big multinationals. (Aug 2007)
  • NAFTA is perfect example of bigger need for change. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA did not cost US a million jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • We need smart trade, not fair trade vs. free trade. (Feb 2007)
  • Globalization means more education needed for success. (Feb 2007)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA rather than cancel it. (Feb 2004)
  • Require labor and environmental standards plus right-to-know. (Jan 2004)
  • Against NAFTA, against Chile trade, against Singapore trade. (Jan 2004)
  • Level the playing field for American workers. (Nov 2003)
  • I supported steel tariffs, but now ease off. (Sep 2003)
  • National venture capital fund for those hurt by trade. (Sep 2003)
  • Against Fast Track--not enough for US workers. (Jul 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for China trade, but Bush has not enforced obligations. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
John Edwards on Government Reform
Click here for 22 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • I should not have voted for that bankruptcy law. (Jan 2008)
  • No use of signing statements as back-door vetoes. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush damages constitution by increasing power of presidency. (Dec 2007)
  • Use signing statements as in the past, unlike Bush. (Dec 2007)
  • Let’s all pledge not another dime from Washington lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Money from trial lawyers OK because they don’t push policy. (Aug 2007)
  • Public campaign finance would reduce length of campaigns. (Aug 2007)
  • Democrats should say no to all insider lobbyist money. (Aug 2007)
  • Big change means take power from Big Oil & Big Drugs. (Jul 2007)
  • Vigorously prosecute voter suppression efforts. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports public financing of elections. (Mar 2004)
  • Day 1: Order limits on lobbyists & special interests. (Jan 2004)
  • Ban lobbyist campaign donations and disclose activities. (Jan 2004)
  • Judge’s philosophy matters-juries rely on trust. (Dec 2003)
  • Hold attorneys accountable for frivolous lawsuits. (Nov 2003)
  • Put forward an agenda that stands up for all Americans. (Jun 2003)
  • $50B aid to states to avoid municipal layoffs. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
John Edwards on Gun Control
Click here for 11 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Against gun licensing but support the assault weapons ban. (Jan 2008)
  • In rural America, hunting and gun ownership is a way of life. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t need AK-47 to hunt; renew assault weapons ban. (Jul 2007)
  • Right to bear arms protected by Second Amendment, with rules. (Mar 2004)
  • Hunting is fine, but criminals & kids should have limits. (Jan 2004)
  • Leading Dems distance themselves from divisive gun debate. (Oct 2003)
  • Guns are about independence-don’t mess with that. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
John Edwards on Health Care
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  • No one is not worthy of health care. (Jan 2008)
  • Critics call plan backdoor to a single payer system. (Nov 2007)
  • Don’t spend another decade arguing; get it done. (Nov 2007)
  • Provide incentives for students to go to nursing school. (Oct 2007)
  • Exactly the same healthcare rights for same-sex couples. (Aug 2007)
  • Fully fund finding a cure for AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Mental health parity: treat it just like physical health. (Jun 2007)
  • End Bush’s tax cuts to pay for health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Medicare: invest in preventive care & better chronic care. (Feb 2007)
  • America’s seniors & children victimized by healthcare cuts. (Jun 2005)
  • Double the funding to fight the global AIDS epidemic. (Oct 2004)
  • Support allowing prescription drugs into the US from Canada. (Oct 2004)
  • Health care should be viewed in larger context of poverty. (Feb 2004)
  • Cap on damages for personal injuries is discriminatory. (Jan 2004)
  • Med-mal cases are about accountability for mistakes. (Dec 2003)
  • Campbell verdict empowered nurses & informed consent. (Dec 2003)
  • Bush works for big HMOs and big pharma; I stand up for you. (May 2003)
  • Health care crisis requires fighting big corporations. (May 2003)
  • More help to those who fall through the cracks of the system. (Aug 2004)

    Universal Coverage

  • For universal coverage for kids in ‘04; now coverage for all. (Nov 2007)
  • Taking away Congress’ healthcare intended to shake things up. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: Universal health care by July 2009. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: President cannot remove Congress’ health care. (Nov 2007)
  • $90B-$120B per year for healthcare, by ending Bush tax cut. (Sep 2007)
  • If not universal coverage, which people wouldn’t be covered? (Sep 2007)
  • Let people choose between private plan and single-payer. (Sep 2007)
  • Take on insurance & drug companies, who have blocked reform. (Sep 2007)
  • Comprehensive coverage costs $90B to $120B a year. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Plan costs $106B-$146B per year, not $90B-$120B. (Sep 2007)
  • 2004: universal coverage irresponsible; but US has changed. (Sep 2007)
  • Congress grants healthcare to all, or give up their own. (Sep 2007)
  • For universal coverage, must mandate everyone be covered. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Medicaid already covers treatment for HIV/AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Obama’s health plan will leave about 15 million uncovered. (Jun 2007)
  • Require employer coverage for every single American. (Apr 2007)
  • Dysfunctional health care system needs bold, dramatic change. (Mar 2007)
  • Universal coverage makes US business more competitve abroad. (Mar 2007)
  • Not possible to get universal coverage without raising taxes. (Mar 2007)
  • Job-based insurance can be accomplished, not single-payer. (Mar 2007)
  • Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we can’t wait. (Feb 2007)
  • Expand Medicaid & create health markets to cover uninsured. (Feb 2007)
  • Increase taxes to pay for universal insurance. (Feb 2007)
  • We need universal health insurance. (Feb 2007)
  • It is morally wrong to leave so many Americans uninsured. (Aug 2004)
  • Start providing health insurance for every child in America. (Aug 2004)
  • Provide a bonus for states to get children insured. (Aug 2004)
  • Cover every child and vulnerable adults. (Mar 2004)
  • Cover 3m Hispanic kids & have National Translation Center. (Sep 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Require health insurance for every child. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • End government propaganda on Medicare bill. (Mar 2004)
John Edwards on Homeland Security
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  • Appropriate to talk to Musharraf after Bhutto assassination. (Jan 2008)
  • Provide medical care and job training for veterans. (Jan 2008)
  • Colleges must allow military recruiters for ROTC on campus. (Jan 2008)
  • End Bush’s illegal spying on American citizens. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush created a national embarrassment at Guantanamo. (Dec 2007)
  • Torture does not work & undermines our moral authority. (Dec 2007)
  • I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • Don’t-ask-don’t-tell is discriminatory & bad for military. (Aug 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo; end torture; comply with Geneva. (Jun 2007)
  • President is not above law; no spying on Americans. (Jun 2007)
  • Require deployed troops to be fully trained and equipped. (Apr 2007)
  • End $250 registration fee for veterans getting healthcare. (Mar 2007)
  • Iraq/Afghan soldiers shouldn’t beg or pay for benefits. (Jun 2005)
  • Cannot sacrifice rights & freedoms that define America. (Nov 2004)
  • Attention to bin Laden was diverted because of Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Important things haven’t been done to make America safe. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush opposed a 9/11 commission and a Homeland Security Dept. (Oct 2004)
  • We weren’t attacked by Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Cast a global net for terrorists. (Aug 2004)
  • Improve intelligence capabilities to counter terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • Cut off terrorists funds. (Aug 2004)
  • Prevent Afghanistan & others from becoming terrorist havens. (Aug 2004)
  • Individual Ready Reserve call-up is used as a backdoor draft. (Aug 2004)
  • Expand active duty and Army’s forces to security peace. (Aug 2004)
  • Offer a military modernization plan for the troops. (Aug 2004)
  • Ensure Americans in uniform receive benefits they deserve. (Aug 2004)
  • Make better use of the National Guard. (Aug 2004)
  • Keep our promises to American veterans. (Aug 2004)
  • We must and we will treat our veterans better. (Jul 2004)
  • Protect our country without sacrificing rights and freedoms. (Mar 2004)
  • Americans are safer at home when we are respected abroad. (Aug 2003)

    Nuclear Proliferation

  • Lead a long-term effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons. (Nov 2007)
  • No hypothetical nuke talk in Pakistan; eliminate all nukes. (Aug 2007)
  • Concerned about Iran, but alternatives over military strike. (Feb 2007)
  • Ad-hoc proliferation policy does not work over the long-term. (Jan 2006)
  • Serious threats about terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons. (Jan 2006)
  • No connection between the attacks of 9/11 and Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Secure Russian loose nukes from getting to rogue nations. (Jul 2004)

    Voting Record

  • Supports a new homeland intelligence agency, with safeguards. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Hiding sources made post-9-11 analysis impossible. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA depends too heavily on defectors & not enough on HUMINT. (Jul 2004)
  • Administration did not pressure CIA on WMD conclusions. (Jul 2004)
John Edwards on Immigration
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  • Health plan does not cover illegal immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Create a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Loss of middle-class jobs drives down wages, not immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • No short-term solution; need comprehensive reform. (Dec 2007)
  • H1-B visas only for jobs Americans can’t do. (Dec 2007)
  • End immigrant raids that separate parents from children. (Dec 2007)
  • No driver’s license unless immigrants on path to citizenship. (Nov 2007)
  • Oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • More technology at the border, but address underlying causes. (Sep 2007)
  • Undocumented workers deserve same rights as American workers. (Sep 2007)
  • Enforce borders & employers, and allow earning citizenship. (Sep 2007)
  • Roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Differentiate terrorists from the immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Welcome immigrants with earned legalization program. (Jan 2004)
  • Hard working immigrants earn right to citizenship. (Sep 2003)
John Edwards on Jobs
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  • Trade policy should look out for manufacturing jobs. (Dec 2007)
  • We need a president who’s willing to say the word “union”. (Dec 2007)
  • Create a million “stepping stones” jobs at minimum wage. (Nov 2007)
  • Change law so people can’t be fired legally for being gay. (Aug 2007)
  • Treat CEO pensions exactly as we treat every other worker. (Aug 2007)
  • Would accept minimum wage as president. (Jul 2007)
  • Strong unions can make services foundation of middle class. (Apr 2007)
  • Grow the union movement; unions made great jobs great. (Mar 2007)
  • Make joining unions easier; ban firing strikers. (Feb 2007)
  • Increase minimum wage at state level, since feds won’t do it. (Nov 2006)
  • Labor unions are vital for the future of American workers. (Jun 2005)
  • FactCheck: 1.6 million jobs lost ignores federal employment. (Oct 2004)
  • Keep tax cuts for middle class and pay down the debt. (Oct 2004)
  • Get rid of tax cuts for companies sending jobs overseas. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide tax breaks for companies that keep jobs in America. (Jul 2004)
  • Greater protection for unionization. (Mar 2004)
  • Raise minimum wage to at least $6.65. (Jan 2004)
  • Help bring jobs to where they are most needed. (Nov 2003)
  • Stand by our farmers-but end millionaire farmer subsidies. (Sep 2003)
  • Ban hiring permanent replacement workers for strikers. (Sep 2003)
  • Fair trade deals & closing corporate loopholes creates jobs. (Aug 2003)
  • Invest in rural America. (Aug 2003)
  • Increase the minimum wage again. (Jul 2003)
  • Support unions; ban striker replacements. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Principles & Values
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  • Campaigning on equality & ending poverty that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • Focus on the Iraq War, healthcare, and global warming. (Dec 2007)
  • Op-Ed: more populist or perhaps more redistributionist. (Nov 2007)
  • Positioning as a populist who stands with struggling masses. (Nov 2007)
  • Founding member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Nov 2007)
  • The government should help those hit by natural disasters. (Oct 2007)
  • We can’t negotiate change; must take from those in power. (Aug 2007)
  • Stand up to hate-mongering by Republicans. (Aug 2007)
  • Don’t change one group of insiders for different insiders. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn’t want your vote if you won’t vote for blacks or women. (Jul 2007)
  • Doing something about the two Americas is cause of my life. (Jul 2007)
  • Biggest professional mistake was voting for Iraq War. (Apr 2007)
  • We must fight multiple causes of poverty in US. (Feb 2007)
  • We need a new spirit of activism and leadership. (Dec 2006)
  • Campaign slogan: “Tomorrow begins today”. (Dec 2006)
  • One America PAC about Raising the States. (Nov 2006)
  • Maintains PAC, One America Committee. (Jun 2006)
  • Take on the special interests to bring about change. (Jan 2006)
  • Judge values based upon deeds, not words. (Jul 2004)
  • Ensure tomorrow will always be better in our one America. (Jul 2004)
  • Lawyers help people, lawmakers help many people. (Dec 2003)
  • Every person should get opportunity they’re entitled to. (Sep 2003)
  • Government should honor values that built America. (Aug 2003)
  • Fight for values of people and workers over privilege. (May 2003)
  • Career spent fighting for the working people. (May 2003)

    2004 campaign

  • I’m the same as in 2004; America & world have changed. (Oct 2007)
  • We shouldn’t use the Constitution to divide the country. (Oct 2004)
  • Halliburton paid millions in fines for false financial data. (Oct 2004)
  • The Bush administration has flip-flopped on many issues. (Oct 2004)
  • Halliburton got a $7.5 billion no-bid contract in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Would consider an Edwards-Kerry ticket. (Feb 2004)
  • Two Americas: one does the work, the other reaps the reward. (Dec 2003)
  • Make America an ownership society. (Dec 2003)
  • Democrats should address values of ‘guns, God, and gays’. (Dec 2003)
  • Son of a mill worker can beat son of a president. (Sep 2003)
  • Will not seek Senate re-election, to focus on presidency. (Sep 2003)
  • Never hesitate to question Bush about any issue. (Jun 2003)
  • Give this White House back to the American people. (May 2003)

    Personal Life

  • Prays daily; but prayer doesn’t prevent bad things. (Aug 2007)
  • Decisive moment: father self-educating by watching public TV. (Aug 2007)
  • In it for the duration, despite wife’s breast cancer. (Mar 2007)
  • Mill-town job persuaded him to get college education. (Dec 2003)
  • On birth of 1st son, thanked wife for what he always wanted. (Dec 2003)
  • Makes most speeches from notes, not a prepared text. (Dec 2003)
  • Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with his teenage son. (Dec 2003)
  • Lost teenage son in a traffic accident. (Dec 2003)
  • Favorite song: John Cougar Mellencamp, “Small Town”. (Sep 2003)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
John Edwards on Social Security
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  • Raise the cap on Social Security taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Don’t privatize; reduce benefits; nor raise retirement age. (Nov 2007)
  • Buffer zone from $97K to $200K, then lift cap above $200K. (Nov 2007)
  • Raise cap with “protective zone” from $97K to $200K. (Sep 2007)
  • We can’t grow our way out of Social Security crisis. (Sep 2007)
  • Social Security has lifted 13M seniors out of poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Maybe raise the cap from $90,000, or eliminate the cap. (Feb 2007)
  • We have social contract to not raise retirement age. (Feb 2007)
  • Don’t divert payroll taxes to private accounts. (Mar 2004)
  • Keep stock market out of Social Security. (Sep 2003)
  • Federal match for every dollar put into savings. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Tax Reform
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  • Get rid of the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts to pay for universal health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Shift burden from taxing work to taxing wealth. (Apr 2007)
  • Progressive tax credit for first-time homebuyers. (Apr 2007)
  • EITC lifted 4.4M out of poverty and helped 22M others. (Apr 2007)
  • Bush has made millionaires pay a lower tax rate than others. (Oct 2004)
  • For more tax cuts for middle class, not multimillionaires. (Oct 2004)
  • Offer tax cuts that will help the middle class families. (Aug 2004)
  • New tax cuts to 95% of Americans. (Jan 2004)
  • AdWatch: claims millionaires pay more than cops-not really. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal tax cuts for earners over $200,000. (Nov 2003)
  • Federal match for middle-class savings up to $1000 per year. (Nov 2003)
  • Shift tax burden from taxing work to taxing wealth. (Sep 2003)
  • Revise the capital gains tax rate. (Sep 2003)
  • Tax cuts to working people-stop Bush’s War On Work. (Sep 2003)
  • Millionaires should not pay lower taxes than nurses. (Aug 2003)

    Voting Record

  • More tax cuts and tax credits for 98% of Americans. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
John Edwards on Technology
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  • Use technology to protect children on Internet. (Oct 2007)
  • One America, Many Voices: let America’s many voices be heard. (Sep 2007)
  • Fairness Doctrine: define public interest obligations. (Sep 2007)
  • Achieve high-speed Internet access for all Americans. (Mar 2004)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Promote internet via Congressional Internet Caucus. (Jan 2001)
John Edwards on War & Peace
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  • 2002: Saddam has WMD and is trying to get nuclear weapons. (Oct 2008)
  • There has been no meaningful political progress in Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Stop the neocons march to war with Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Muslim dislike from Bush’s bullying abusive behavior. (Dec 2007)
  • Iran military resolution enables Bush to invade Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • Keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. (Oct 2007)
  • All combat troops out of Iraq in the first year in office. (Oct 2007)
  • GOP candidates are Bush on steroids; Dems would all end war. (Aug 2007)
  • The War on Terror is just a bumper sticker slogan. (Jun 2007)
  • Drive wedge between Iranian people & radical leader. (Jun 2007)
  • Get bin Laden, period, even if in Pakistan. (Jan 2006)
  • We were attacked by Osama bin Laden, not Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Cheney keeps suggesting a connection between Iraq and 9/11. (Oct 2004)
  • America cannot be safe without help and respect of allies. (Jul 2004)
  • Implement 9/11 Report; focus on al Qaeda. (Jul 2004)
  • Work with allies to shut down North Korea’s nuclear program. (Mar 2004)
  • Don’t negotiate with Arafat, but build trust with envoy. (Jan 2004)
  • Leadership means standing up for what you believe in. (Oct 2003)
  • Negotiating with North Korea would make world safer. (Oct 2003)
  • Work with other nations in war on terror. (Jul 2003)
  • Bush’s preemption doctrine is unnecessary and unwise. (Jun 2003)

    Iraq War

  • Have all combat troops out in 2009. (Jan 2008)
  • Keep troops at embassy & border, but out of civil war. (Oct 2007)
  • End combat missions & focus on removing all combat troops. (Sep 2007)
  • 40,000 troops out by 2009, but no pledge for all out by 2013. (Sep 2007)
  • Focus on political progress in Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • Congress has a mandate to defund war to force Bush out. (Sep 2007)
  • Troops not dying in vain if they do their duty. (Jul 2007)
  • 2006 elections were mandate to Congress to end the war. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist a funding bill with a troops withdrawal timetable. (Jun 2007)
  • Did not read pre-war NIE, but was fully informed. (Jun 2007)
  • No more debate; end war by Congress defunding it. (Apr 2007)
  • End no-bid contracts & war profiteering in Iraq. (Apr 2007)
  • Citizens should speak out for immediate action to end war. (Apr 2007)
  • Draw down 40,000 to 50,000 troops right now. (Feb 2007)
  • I accept responsibility for the huge price of war on America. (Feb 2007)
  • Not naive to think that Iraq can become a democracy. (Feb 2007)
  • No funding for the surge, but continue funding the troops. (Feb 2007)
  • Stop escalation of war & restore US’s moral leadership. (Feb 2007)
  • Pull 40,000 to 50,000 troops out in 1st year as President. (Jan 2006)
  • Stop propping the Sunni and Shia up with American lives. (Jan 2006)
  • FactCheck: US portion of coalition losses is 88%, not 90%. (Oct 2004)
  • Cheney has no answer for the failure to have adequate troops. (Oct 2004)
  • Reports say there are not enough troops to secure Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Never fight a war without enough troops and a plan to win. (Aug 2004)
  • Iraq war has cost America dearly. (Jul 2004)
  • Immediately get NATO involved in Iraq. (Mar 2004)
  • Supporting Iraq war OK, but how war was conducted not OK. (Feb 2004)
  • Saddam’s trial will reveal atrocities, but won’t end terror. (Jan 2004)
  • Partial yes on $87B-irresponsible to not support troops. (Sep 2003)
  • Allies in Iraq would reduce burden on troops & taxpayers. (Sep 2003)
  • Irresponsible to not fund troops; also to fund Halliburton. (Sep 2003)
  • Problems in Iraq are because Bush has not led. (Sep 2003)
  • Supported Iraq invasion because of WMD threat. (Jul 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Apologized for Iraq war vote; others must search conscience. (Apr 2007)
  • Wrong on Iraq war vote about WMDs and about Bush’s lead-up. (Feb 2007)
  • Got war vote wrong based on bad intel & Bush incompetence. (Feb 2007)
  • Made mistake in voting for Iraq war resolution. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now recants his vote. (Nov 2006)
  • On voting for Iraq War: “I was wrong”. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted for war in Iraq but against $87B-and it’s consistent. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq-al-Qaida contacts, but no complicity or assistance. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not reconstituting its nuclear program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its biological weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its chemical weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was developing missiles, but not to reach the US. (Jul 2004)
John Edwards on Welfare & Poverty
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  • A comprehensive, detailed plan to end poverty. (Jan 2008)
  • Ending poverty is the single most important cause in my life. (Jan 2008)
  • 37 million Americans live in poverty. (Jan 2008)
  • The minimum wage should be at least $9.50 an hour. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticized for personal extravagances after poverty lectures. (Nov 2007)
  • Morally wrong that full time workers are still in poverty. (Nov 2007)
  • Poverty in America is the cause of my life. (Jun 2007)
  • A million new Section 8 vouchers; let poor move freely. (Jun 2007)
  • Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Give poor a stake with “automatic 401k” & kids’ savings. (Apr 2007)
  • Principles against poverty:work, opportunity, thrift, family. (Apr 2007)
  • Housing vouchers, not housing projects. (Apr 2007)
  • 37M in poverty is a plague on America. (Apr 2007)
  • Poverty is America’s greatest challenge--for citizens & govt. (Apr 2007)
  • Poverty is such low priority, we have no accurate statistics. (Apr 2007)
  • 30-year goal: Ending poverty in America. (Apr 2007)
  • EITC is a well-run gov’t program that decreased poverty. (Nov 2006)
  • Founded Center on Law & Poverty at UNC. (Oct 2005)
  • Raise the minimum wage and training fund to help the poor. (Aug 2004)
  • Moral responsibility to help 35 million Americans in poverty. (Jul 2004)
  • Raise minimum wage so full-time workers are out of poverty. (Jul 2004)
  • We need to talk about 35 million who live in poverty. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jan 2004)
  • My “Cities Rising” plan is to help urban America. (Oct 2003)
  • Bush honors wealth while we honor work. (Jun 2003)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Gov’t should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Right to abortion is constitutionally protected: Strongly Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
NO on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Racial inequality is at heart & soul of my campaign: Strongly Favors topic 2
Equal opportunity needs to be active principle, not passive: Strongly Favors topic 2
I support affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Affirmative Action needed 40 years ago & still needed today: Strongly Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Get rid of DOMA; get rid of don’t-ask-don’t-tell: Strongly Favors topic 3
On journey about same-sex marriage, but does not support it: Opposes topic 3
Exactly the same healthcare rights for same-sex couples: Favors topic 3
Opposes gay marriage due to his religion; but conflicted: Strongly Favors topic 3
Governments don’t belong in bedrooms, including gay bedrooms: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ten Commandments in courthouses cause more trouble than good: Opposes topic 4
Supports individual school prayer, not teacher-led prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools: Favors topic 4
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-3 points on Social scale)
Death penalty OK despite flaws, on state-by-state decision: Favors topic 8
Capital punishment needed-some crimes deserve ultimate: Strongly Favors topic 8
Supports the death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Eliminate mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
In rural America, hunting and gun ownership is a way of life: Opposes topic 10
Don’t need AK-47 to hunt; renew assault weapons ban: Opposes topic 10
Right to bear arms protected by Second Amendment, with rules: Favors topic 10
Hunting is fine, but criminals & kids should have limits: Opposes topic 10
Guns are about independence-don’t mess with that: Favors topic 10
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Health care crisis requires fighting big corporations: Strongly Favors topic 5
It is morally wrong to leave so many Americans uninsured: Favors topic 5
Start providing health insurance for every child in America: Strongly Favors topic 5
Cover every child and vulnerable adults: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations: Opposes topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We can’t grow our way out of Social Security crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Social Security has lifted 13M seniors out of poverty: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don’t divert payroll taxes to private accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Keep stock market out of Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Private school vouchers drain resources from public schools: Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Rated 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on Educational Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Need a moratorium on any more coal-fired power plants: Strongly Favors topic 18
No new nuclear power plants; no liquified coal either: Strongly Favors topic 18
80% greenhouse emissions reductions by the year 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration: Strongly Favors topic 18
Protect ANWR, lead in global warming battle: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Keep climate change in EPA "State of the Environment" report: Favors topic 18
Rated 37% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Opposes topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively: Favors topic 19
Oppose decriminalizing marijuana; it sends wrong signal: Strongly Favors topic 19
Supports drug courts and alternatives to incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated B- by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
EITC is a well-run gov’t program that decreased poverty: Opposes topic 20
Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit: Opposes topic 20
Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs: Favors topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Shift burden from taxing work to taxing wealth: Strongly Favors topic 11
Offer tax cuts that will help the middle class families: Favors topic 11
Repeal tax cuts for earners over $200,000: Strongly Favors topic 11
Shift tax burden from taxing work to taxing wealth: Strongly Favors topic 11
Revise the capital gains tax rate: Favors topic 11
Millionaires should not pay lower taxes than nurses: Strongly Favors topic 11
Roll back the Bush tax cuts and address real priorities: Favors topic 11
Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Favors topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Create a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
Oppose granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
More technology at the border, but address underlying causes: Favors topic 12
Undocumented workers deserve same rights as American workers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants: Favors topic 12
Welcome immigrants with earned legalization program: Strongly Favors topic 12
Hard working immigrants earn right to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes trade with Colombia, South Korea, and Peru: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Against NAFTA, against Chile trade, against Singapore trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Level the playing field for American workers: Opposes topic 13
Against Fast Track--not enough for US workers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on expanding trade to the third world: Opposes topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
NO on allowing another round of military base closures: Favors topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Let’s all pledge not another dime from Washington lobbyists: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
End Bush’s illegal spying on American citizens: Strongly Favors topic 14
President is not above law; no spying on Americans: Strongly Favors topic 14
Cannot sacrifice rights & freedoms that define America: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Cosponsored 2002 Iraq War Resolution: Strongly Opposes topic 17
America should lead by extending a hand, not a fist: Strongly Favors topic 17
Reorient US aid to support open societies: Strongly Favors topic 17
Bring UN, allies and friends to Iraq: Favors topic 17
Work with other nations in war on terror: Favors topic 17
Have all combat troops out in 2009: Strongly Favors topic 17
Apologized for Iraq war vote; others must search conscience: Strongly Favors topic 17
On voting for Iraq War: “I was wrong”: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17

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