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04n-CFG on Sep 21, 2004

Political Group Ratings: by the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC
Source: CFG website
The GOP controls the Senate by just one vote. Even with today’s margin, the GOP doesn’t have effective control of the agenda as the Democrats use the filibuster to kill pro-growth reform or crucial judicial appointments. The next Senate could confirm two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

If the Republicans do manage to pick up a few extra seats in the Senate, there could also be an ideological shift toward pro-growth issues. Right now, the balance of power is in the hands of the RINO Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With a seat pick-up for the GOP, plus the addition of GOP superstars, Olympia and Arlen would no longer be deciding votes. We could move away from watered-down Republicanism toward a genuine pro-growth agenda.

Members of the Club are economic conservatives, like-minded political contributors who are frustrated with the ideological drift of both parties today. Club members have a shared goal of contributing to and electing more Reaganites to Congress who are willing to stand for the issues like: cutting taxes, controlling federal spending, personal accounts for Social Security, ending the death tax, eliminating the capital gains tax, fundamental tax reform, providing true school choice and minimizing government's role in our daily lives.

The stakes are mighty high in the Senate elections. That’s why we’re providing you now with our outlook for every competitive Senate race and a list of our top tier choices. The “A” List Candidates make this list because their races are competitive and they are the very best on economic issues. The “B” List Candidates are all in hotly contested races too, but they are not as rock solid on economic growth issues.

These ratings are for the 2004 election; the Club for Growth included the following statement preceding that election:

"The GOP controls the Senate by just one vote. Even with today’s margin, the GOP doesn’t have effective control of the agenda as the Democrats use the filibuster to kill pro-growth reform or crucial judicial appointments. The next Senate could confirm two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

If the Republicans do manage to pick up a few extra seats in the Senate, there could also be an ideological shift toward pro-growth issues. Right now, the balance of power is in the hands of the RINO Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With a seat pick-up for the GOP, plus the addition of GOP superstars, Olympia and Arlen would no longer be deciding votes. We could move away from watered-down Republicanism toward a genuine pro-growth agenda.

Also see Notebook 12-CFG for more recent Club For Growth endorsements (2011-2013).


  • Topic: Principles & Values
  • Headline: by the Club for Growth, strong pro-growth & targeted race
  • Headline 2: by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted
  • Headline 3: by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 04n-CFG



Republicans participating in 04n-CFG

Wayne Allard s2nCCO Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
Marsha Blackburn s2nCTennessee Republican 
Richard Burr s2nBNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
John Carter s2nCTexas Republican 
Chris Chocola s2nCIndiana Republican 
Tom Coburn s1nAOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Jim DeMint s1nASC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Mario Diaz-Balart s2nCFlorida Republican 
Thelma Drake s2nCVirginia Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jeff Flake s2nBArizona Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Trent Franks s2nCArizona Republican 
Scott Garrett s2nCNew Jersey Republican 
Louie Gohmert s2nBTexas Republican 
Katherine Harris s2nCFL Republican challenger (2006); Former US Representative 
Jeb Hensarling s2nCTexas Republican 
Tim Hutchinson s2nCAR Former Republican Sr Senator (until 2002) 
Bobby Jindal s2nBLA Republican Governor 
Steve King s2nCIowa Republican 
Connie Mack s2nBFL Former Republican Senator (until 2000) 
Patrick McHenry s2nBNorth Carolina Republican 
Tim Michels s2nCWI Former Republican Challenger (2006) 
Lisa Murkowski s2nCAK Republican Sr Senator 
Marilyn Musgrave s2nCColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Steve Pearce s2nCNew Mexico Republican 
Mike Pence s2nCIN Republican Governor 
Ted Poe s2nBTexas Republican 
Mark Sanford s2nCSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Bill Simon s2nCCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003) 
John Sununu s2nCNew Hampshire Republican 
Jim Talent s2nCMissouri Republican 
John Thune s2nBSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pat Toomey s2nCPA Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s2nBLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Lynn Westmoreland s2nBGeorgia Republican 



Independents participating in 04n-CFG

Pete Coors s1nACO 2004 former Republican challenger 
Tom Feeney s2nCFlorida Former GOP 
Mel Martinez s2nBFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 34
Independents: 3


















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