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Rick Lazio on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • No litmus tests for Supreme Court justices; likes O’Connor. (Oct 2000)
  • Partial birth abortion is infanticide. (Oct 2000)
  • No Medicare funds for abortions; OK to fund privately abroad. (Jun 2000)
  • No funding for abortion; but don’t criminalize it. (May 2000)
  • First trimester abortion OK; partial birth not. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
Rick Lazio on Budget & Economy
Click here for 8 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 2000: Upstate "turning the corner" viewed as out-of-touch. (Nov 2003)
  • Bring Jets and Giants back to NY in new stadium. (Oct 2000)
  • Stimulate upstate economy by tax breaks & tech partnerships. (Sep 2000)
  • NY should get more back from Washington than it sends. (Sep 2000)
  • Not a big fan of casino gambling, but it’s a local decision. (Sep 2000)
  • Supported GOP budgets for “smaller decentralized govt”. (Jun 2000)
  • Supported balanced budget amendment. (May 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Work for better future rather than reparations. (Oct 2000)
  • Racial profiling is not needed to keep NYC streets safe. (Oct 2000)
  • Racial preferences OK in college admissions. (Jun 2000)
  • Ban gays in the military. (Jun 2000)
  • No gay adoption or marriage; domestic partners OK. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit bank info-sharing; but expand federal wiretapping. (Jul 1999)
  • OK: Day of Prayer; religious memorials; monitor persecution. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Rick Lazio on Corporations
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Rick Lazio on Crime
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  • Limit death-row legal challenges. (Jun 2000)
  • Tort Reform: Limit product liability damages. (Jun 2000)
  • Law enforcement is a fundamental govt responsibility. (May 2000)
  • Jennifer’s Law: help identify deceased children. (Mar 2000)
  • More prisons; stricter sentencing; death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Mar 1993)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Drugs
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  • Vote helped pass crime bill, drug courts, community police. (Oct 2000)
  • Supports Weed and Seed anti-drug program. (May 2000)
  • Stricter penalties for drugs; more funding & border security. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
Rick Lazio on Education
Click here for 18 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • More teachers, smaller classes, no Washington decisions. (Oct 2000)
  • Teacher testing for new teachers and current teachers. (Oct 2000)
  • Arkansas education: high spending, disastrous performance. (Oct 2000)
  • Testing only new teachers is trap by teachers’ unions. (Oct 2000)
  • Immoral to force kids to stay in bad schools. (Oct 2000)
  • Buffalo teacher’s strike illegal; get back to classrooms. (Sep 2000)
  • $97 Billion Education Plan. (Sep 2000)
  • Provide opportunity for education for all children. (May 2000)
  • Supports easier certification & mentoring new teachers. (May 2000)
  • Instill standards via local control over spending. (Aug 1999)
  • Ed-Flex gives school spending flexibility. (Aug 1999)
  • Teacher testing; merit pay; block grants for teachers. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • Vouchers help the poor escape failing schools. (Sep 2000)
  • Vouchers for private school tuition. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports limited vouchers & charter schools. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Rick Lazio on Energy & Oil
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  • Develop alternative energy & a new energy policy. (Oct 2000)
  • Support EPA and CWA; but allow drilling in ANWR. (Jun 2000)
  • Allow experimenting for voluntary greenhouse gas reductions. (May 2000)
Rick Lazio on Environment
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  • Clean up toxic areas with new Superfund legislation. (Sep 2000)
  • Balance prosperity and conservation. (May 2000)
  • Require reduced sulfur emissions from gasoline. (May 2000)
  • End “Mountain Top Removal” mining practice. (May 2000)
  • More emission controls; more air & water standards. (Jul 1998)
  • More grazing & mining fees; promote pollution credits. (Jul 1998)
Rick Lazio on Families & Children
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  • Require companies to allow unpaid family leave. (Jun 2000)
  • Forgive college debt to encourage more day-care workers. (May 2000)
  • Encourage-not require-notifying parents for contraceptives. (Oct 1999)
  • Blame Hollywood; maybe post Ten Commandments. (Jun 1999)
  • Religious memorials OK; Ten Commandments sometimes OK. (Jun 1999)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Foreign Policy
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  • Embrace our role as a world leader. (May 2000)
  • Supports restitution of Holocaust assets. (Feb 2000)
  • Pay our UN debt. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO 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)
Rick Lazio on Free Trade
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  • Supports NAFTA; GATT; WTO; Fast-Track. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports retaliatory tariffs; human rights as MFN factor. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Rick Lazio on Government Reform
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  • Rejects use of soft money. (Oct 2000)
  • Average donation is under $100. (Oct 2000)
  • Public financing of elections is welfare for politicians. (Oct 2000)
  • Demands Hillary sign “Freedom from Soft Money Pact”. (Sep 2000)
  • Fully fund the National Endowment for the Arts. (Jun 2000)
  • Ban soft money & issue ads. (Jun 2000)
  • Supported a Term Limits constitutional amendment. (Jun 2000)
  • No soft money; yes full campaign disclosure. (Jul 1998)
  • Term limits: 12 years for Senate & House. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Gun Control
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  • Require criminal background checks at gun shows. (Jun 2000)
  • Use gun technology instead of licensing handguns. (Jun 2000)
  • For Brady Bill & trigger locks; no fans at NRA. (May 2000)
  • Against gun registration; for sportsmen’s rights. (May 2000)
  • Tougher juvenile gun rules; more juvenile justice funds. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban assault weapons; maintain federal gun restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
Rick Lazio on Health Care
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  • Give uninsured employees a deduction to pay for health care. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio: Hillary’s proposals would destroy teaching hospitals. (Sep 2000)
  • Patient rights include access but not unlimited lawsuits. (Sep 2000)
  • Opposes allowing patient lawsuits against HMOs. (Jun 2000)
  • Against allowing assisted suicide. (Jun 2000)
  • Hillary’s universal health care is “an abysmal disaster”. (May 2000)
  • Supports Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act. (May 2000)
  • Focus on prevention; patient rights; more coverage options. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)
Rick Lazio on Homeland Security
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  • Ensure the best-trained and equipped military. (May 2000)
  • Supports F-22; ensure best technology for future wars. (May 2000)
  • Veterans guaranteed democracy: we must never forget. (May 2000)
  • Proudly supported $20 billion in emergency defense spending. (Aug 1999)
  • More spending on SDI; readiness; personnel; infrastructure. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Immigration
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  • More aid for immigrants; more high-tech immigrant visas. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
Rick Lazio on Jobs
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  • Disallow hiring scabs during union strikes. (Jun 2000)
  • Tie minimum wage increase to business tax cut. (Jun 2000)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Principles & Values
Click here for 16 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • 2000: Pushed Hillary on "NY Freedom From Soft Money Pact". (Nov 2003)
  • Supported NAFTA & assault weapon ban despite unpopularity. (Oct 2000)
  • Hillary’s a good mom, but it’s about different philosophies. (Oct 2000)
  • Contract with America votes led to surplus and opportunity. (Oct 2000)
  • A majority party senator will be most effective for N.Y. (Oct 2000)
  • NY is a great melting pot of bottom-line people. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio: Hillary has chutzpah to make guilt by association. (Sep 2000)
  • With Dems on social issues; with GOP on taxes & impeachment. (Jun 2000)
  • Proud of his “mainstream record”. (Jun 2000)
  • Supported Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America. (May 2000)
  • Effective representation comes from community partnership. (May 2000)
  • Politics is philosophy in action. (Aug 1999)
  • Priorities: defense; education; social security; tax relief. (Aug 1999)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Social Security
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  • Invest Social Security funds; privately or via Trust Fund. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Tax Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Supports a “significant tax cut”. (May 2000)
  • Limit tax burden: 38% is too high. (May 2000)
  • Marriage is sacred event, not a taxable event. (Feb 2000)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Rick Lazio on Technology
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  • Keep the government’s hands off the Internet. (Oct 2000)
  • Details of “Bill 602P” hoax. (Oct 2000)
  • Technology fuels our economy. (May 2000)
  • Maintain a world-class transportation infrastructure. (May 2000)
  • Terminate funding for the superconducting super collider. (Feb 1993)
Rick Lazio on War & Peace
Click here for 13 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Allowing UN condemnation of Israel was great mistake. (Oct 2000)
  • Unequivocal support for security of Israel. (Oct 2000)
  • Hillary cavorts with terrorists & encourages Hamas violence. (Oct 2000)
  • Move embassy to Jerusalem now; Hillary won’t do it. (Oct 2000)
  • No support for Palestinian state. (Oct 2000)
  • Pollard’s pardon is for only the President to decide. (Sep 2000)
  • Supported intervention in Kosovo. (Jun 2000)
  • Follow Israel’s lead on independent Palestine. (May 2000)
  • Israel: Supports strong partnership. (May 2000)
  • Supports military action against Iraq. (Jul 1998)
  • Keep army in Bosnia; with a deadline. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Rick Lazio on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Advocate for public housing in Congress. (Oct 2000)
  • Congressional fight against FHA was supported by HUD. (Oct 2000)
  • Allow food stamps for legal immigrants. (Jun 2000)
  • Public housing: More work & service; less concentrated poor. (Jun 2000)
  • Promote responsible fatherhood via faith-based institutions. (Nov 1999)
  • Tax incentives & vouchers to reduce homelessness. (Jul 1998)
  • Continue welfare-to-work & block grants. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Increase the earned income tax credit. (Jan 1993)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Partial birth abortion is infanticide: Opposes topic 1
No Medicare funds for abortions; OK to fund privately abroad: Neutral on topic 1
No funding for abortion; but don’t criminalize it: Favors topic 1
First trimester abortion OK; partial birth not: 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
Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Work for better future rather than reparations: Opposes topic 2
Racial profiling is not needed to keep NYC streets safe: Neutral on topic 2
Racial preferences OK in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ban gays in the military: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No gay adoption or marriage; domestic partners OK: Opposes topic 3
Endorsed Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights: Favors topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Blame Hollywood; maybe post Ten Commandments: Favors topic 4
OK: Day of Prayer; religious memorials; monitor persecution: Favors topic 4
YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Limit death-row legal challenges: Strongly Favors topic 8
More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty: Favors topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-5 points on Social scale)
Law enforcement is a fundamental govt responsibility: Favors topic 9
More prisons; stricter sentencing; death penalty: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Require criminal background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
For Brady Bill & trigger locks; no fans at NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Against gun registration; for sportsmen’s rights: Favors topic 10
Ban assault weapons; maintain federal gun restrictions: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Lazio: Hillary’s proposals would destroy teaching hospitals: Neutral on topic 5
Patient rights include access but not unlimited lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
Hillary’s universal health care is “an abysmal disaster”: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Focus on prevention; patient rights; more coverage options: Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Invest Social Security funds; privately or via Trust Fund: Favors topic 6
Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings: Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Immoral to force kids to stay in bad schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers help the poor escape failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers for private school tuition: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports limited vouchers & charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Allow experimenting for voluntary greenhouse gas reductions: Favors topic 18
Balance prosperity and conservation: Favors topic 18
More emission controls; more air & water standards: Favors topic 18
More grazing & mining fees; promote pollution credits: Favors topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Vote helped pass crime bill, drug courts, community police: Favors topic 19
Supports Weed and Seed anti-drug program: Strongly Favors topic 19
Stricter penalties for drugs; more funding & border security: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Promote responsible fatherhood via faith-based institutions: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tax incentives & vouchers to reduce homelessness: Favors topic 20
Continue welfare-to-work & block grants: Favors topic 20
Increase the earned income tax credit: Opposes topic 20
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending: Favors topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports a “significant tax cut”: Opposes topic 11
Limit tax burden: 38% is too high: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Marriage is sacred event, not a taxable event: Opposes topic 11
Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
More aid for immigrants; more high-tech immigrant visas: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports NAFTA; GATT; WTO; Fast-Track: Strongly Favors 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
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Ensure the best-trained and equipped military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Supports F-22; ensure best technology for future wars: Strongly Favors topic 15
No US troops under UN command; more defense spending: Favors topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Public financing of elections is welfare for politicians: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Public financing of elections is welfare for politicians: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No soft money; yes full campaign disclosure: Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+5 points on Social scale)
Embrace our role as a world leader: Strongly Favors topic 17
Israel: Supports strong partnership: Strongly Favors topic 17

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