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John Edwards on VoteMatch

2004 Democratic Nominee for Vice President; Former Jr Senator (NC)



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Govít 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 donít-ask-donít-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 donít 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
Donít 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-donít 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 canít 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
Donít 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 govít 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 driverís 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)
Letís 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 Bushís 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: ďI was wrongĒ: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17

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Frontrunners:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
Democrat: Sen.Hillary Clinton
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama

GOP V.P. Possibilities:
Mayor Rudy Giuliani(NYC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Sen.Joe Lieberman(CT)
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Gov. Mark Sanford(SC)

Third Parties:
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Libertarian: Sen.Mike Gravel
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
Libertarian: Rep.Ron Paul
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Page last updated: Feb 07, 2010