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Dennis Kucinich on Abortion
Click here for 25 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Litmus test on Roe, but as part of a culture of life. (Apr 2007)
  • Women’s right-to-choose is essential to gender equality. (Nov 2006)
  • Abortions should always be legal. (Jan 2004)
  • Shifted to pro-choice when women’s health became at risk. (Dec 2003)
  • All men & women have right to make difficult moral decisions. (Aug 2003)
  • Supreme Court nominees must agree to uphold Roe v. Wade. (Apr 2003)
  • Women can’t be free unless they have the right to choose. (Apr 2003)
  • Prevention, education, & health care, to minimize abortions. (Apr 2003)
  • Life begins at conception. (Jul 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Journey in 2002 from pro-life to pro-choice. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals. (Sep 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception. (Jan 2009)
Dennis Kucinich on Budget & Economy
Click here for 22 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • As Cleveland mayor, first city to default since Depression. (Nov 2007)
  • Cleveland declaring bankruptcy ok, to save public utility. (Sep 2007)
  • Bailing out mortgage lenders just postpones crisis. (Aug 2007)
  • Make any corporation with an American name pay taxes here. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: military spending less than entitlement programs. (Jun 2007)
  • Must cut Pentagon spending. (Jan 2004)
  • WPA-type program will create jobs and rebuild America. (Jan 2004)
  • Social cuts redistribute wealth upwards. (Jan 2004)
  • $435B trade deficit is critical to economy. (Sep 2003)
  • Steel, automotive, and shipping are critical to US economy. (Sep 2003)
  • Cut the runaway Pentagon budget to save the economy. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Increase debt limit from $14.3 trillion to $16.7 trillion. (Jul 2011)
  • Establish a usury limit of 16% for consumer credit cards. (Dec 2009)
Dennis Kucinich on Civil Rights
Click here for 37 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Not any issue on which he disagrees with GLBT community. (Aug 2007)
  • Real GLBT equality includes the right to marry. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports reparations for slavery, to “repair the breach”. (Jul 2007)
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender right to marry. (Jul 2007)
  • Supreme Court has forgotten 13th, 14th, & 15th Amendment. (Jul 2007)
  • Overturn the Patriot Act as unconstitutional. (Jun 2007)
  • Civil marriage is not necessarily between a man & a woman. (Feb 2004)
  • Allow gays and lesbians to marry. (Nov 2003)
  • Reparations for slavery should take form of social programs. (Nov 2003)
  • Repeal the PATRIOT Act: stop being driven by fear. (Sep 2003)
  • Must challenge rationale of USA PATRIOT Act. (Aug 2003)
  • Same sex couples deserve equal domestic benefits. (Aug 2003)
  • Affirmative action is necessary & right & must be preserved. (Aug 2003)
  • Prayer for America: Why put aside Constitutional justice? (Feb 2002)
  • Focus on jobs instead of pitting people against each other. (Jul 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against the misnamed “Patriot Act”. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 64% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Dennis Kucinich on Corporations
Click here for 15 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Break up monopolies in agriculture, in utilities, in oil. (Jun 2007)
  • Democracy fails without corporate regulation. (Sep 2003)
  • Iraq: no more Halliburton sweetheart deals. (Sep 2003)
  • Cleveland’s bankruptcy was hard decision but right decision. (May 2003)
  • Enron: Dems should become party of re-regulation. (May 2002)
  • Need separation of corporation and state. (May 2002)
  • Rescued Cleveland Electric from profitable utility. (Jan 1977)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 15% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Dennis Kucinich on Crime
Click here for 14 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • End mandatory minimums. (Jun 2007)
  • Ban the death penalty-98% of those convicted are poor. (Jan 2004)
  • Terminate the federal death penalty, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Focus on prevention, not punishment. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 80% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • Sponsored abolishing the federal death penalty. (Sep 2011)
Dennis Kucinich on Drugs
Click here for 17 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports national ban on smoking in public places. (Sep 2007)
  • Lower drinking age from 21 to 18; and voting age to 16. (Sep 2007)
  • Medical marijuana should be decided by doctors & patients. (Aug 2007)
  • Hasn’t smoked marijuana, but would decriminalize it. (Nov 2003)
  • Emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration. (Sep 2003)
  • War on Drugs benefits only the prison-industrial complex. (Aug 2003)
  • Racial bias in drug enforcement is pervasive. (Aug 2003)
  • Addiction is a medical and moral problem. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated A+ by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated +10 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
Dennis Kucinich on Education
Click here for 26 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Cut the Pentagon budget 15% for tuition-free college. (Oct 2007)
  • End No Child Left Behind; end testing as be-all & end-all. (Sep 2007)
  • Free education from pre-kindergarten to college. (Sep 2007)
  • Fund universal pre-K with 15% cut in Pentagon budget. (Aug 2007)
  • Teach sex ed in schools; including AIDS prevention. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to public school; apply that to all kids. (Jul 2007)
  • Stop funding war, start funding education; 15% DoD reduction. (Jun 2007)
  • Constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal opportunity. (Jun 2007)
  • Quality education is a core American right. (Nov 2006)
  • Vouchers divert public money away from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Stop making us a nation of test-takers: free education. (Jan 2004)
  • Establish universal pre-kindergarten programs. (Aug 2003)
  • Keep public education separate from private education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 90% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
Dennis Kucinich on Energy & Oil
Click here for 33 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Voted against drilling in Alaska, against union preference. (Nov 2007)
  • Cost of nuclear energy ignores storage continuing forever. (Sep 2007)
  • Current approach to energy results in war for oil. (Jul 2007)
  • Twin threats of global warring and global warming. (Jun 2007)
  • Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 45, and 40 for SUVs. (Jan 2004)
  • Nuclear waste poses grave danger to US. (Aug 2003)
  • Auto-dependent sprawl causes runoff pollution. (Aug 2003)
  • Double our energy from renewable sources by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Global Green Deal for renewable energy. (Jun 2003)
  • $50B solar venture fund for developing nations. (Aug 2002)

    Voting Record

  • Journey to planet Earth: renewable energy by 2010. (Jan 2004)
  • Would sign Kyoto climate change treaty. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)
Dennis Kucinich on Environment
Click here for 22 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Katrina response underscores what’s wrong about race. (Jun 2007)
  • Scored 100% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Water should forever be in the public domain. (Aug 2003)
  • Bush’s wetland rules would increase flooding. (Aug 2003)
  • Clean, safe water is a human right. (Aug 2003)
  • A clean environment is not a luxury. (Aug 2003)
  • Market-based system has no place in water distribution. (Aug 2002)
  • Water Marks: 10 principles for water protection. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Prohibits commercial logging on Federal public lands. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Health impact assessments for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
  • Promote conservation of rare felids & canids. (Mar 2007)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 100% by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Dennis Kucinich on Families & Children
Click here for 12 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Teach principles of compassion to reduce domestic violence. (Jun 2007)
  • Dept. of Peace should address all forms of violence. (Aug 2003)
  • Dept. of Peace would address violence at home. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Ban high lead levels in children's toys. (Nov 2005)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Dennis Kucinich on Foreign Policy
Click here for 23 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • My most favored nation is America; no MFN for China. (Aug 2007)
  • If Darfur had oil, we’d be occupying Sudan. (Jun 2007)
  • Reject war as an instrument of foreign policy. (Jun 2007)
  • Americans have been misled about the Iraqi war. (Jan 2004)
  • Affirm intention to work with the world community. (Nov 2003)
  • Promote international treaties but reject global corporatism. (Aug 2003)
  • Lead world to sustainable energy production. (Aug 2003)
  • Foreign aid for peace incentives, not conflict. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated +4 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
Dennis Kucinich on Free Trade
Click here for 39 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • We need a policy of constructive engagement with China. (Dec 2007)
  • Either buy America or bye-bye America. (Dec 2007)
  • NAFTA accelerated immigration from Mexico, in search of jobs. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA coincided with (not caused) peso collapse. (Sep 2007)
  • Manufacturing policy: trade based on workers right. (Aug 2007)
  • Base trade on worker rights, human rights & environment. (Aug 2007)
  • Go back to trade based on worker’s rights. (Jul 2007)
  • Democrats started NAFTA; Democrats will end it. (Jun 2007)
  • NAFTA and GATT intentionally limit workers rights. (Feb 2007)
  • Withdraw from NAFTA and WTO. (Nov 2006)
  • Withdraw from WTO because they disallow protecting jobs. (Feb 2004)
  • Americans’ social consciousness overrides cheap goods. (Jan 2004)
  • Free trade encourages privatization, so avoid it. (Jan 2004)
  • Bilateral trade structure to support American manufacturing. (Jan 2004)
  • President has authority to cancel NAFTA and WTO-I will. (Jan 2004)
  • Push trade deals based on power of US market leverage. (Nov 2003)
  • First act as president will be to cancel NAFTA. (Sep 2003)
  • Need specific worker rights written into trade agreements. (Sep 2003)
  • Companies profit from trade based on Third World misery. (Sep 2003)
  • Review & modify all treaties not respecting human rights. (Aug 2003)
  • No NAFTA, No WTO, No Fast Track. (Aug 2003)
  • Cancel NAFTA and the WTO. (May 2003)
  • Don’t sacrifice our rights to global corporate ethic. (Apr 2003)
  • Retaliatory tariffs yes; GATT no. (Jul 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Against China MFN because of $100B trade deficit. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Maintain anti-dumping restrictions against foreign importers. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 39% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation. (Jun 2009)
  • Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency. (Feb 2011)
  • Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements. (May 2011)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)
Dennis Kucinich on Government Reform
Click here for 31 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • 14th and 15th Amendment are being shredded. (Dec 2007)
  • 1967: Argued “not a job agency”; reduce size of City Council. (Nov 2007)
  • Introduced impeachment resolution to make Cheney accountable. (Jun 2007)
  • Public campaign financing yields to public control. (Nov 2003)
  • Public financing for elections. (Aug 2003)
  • Register on election day; more voting rights enhancements. (Aug 2003)
  • Give DC residents proper representation. (Aug 2003)
  • Debate reform opens the door to new candidates. (Aug 2003)
  • Implement Instant Runoff Voting in US. (Aug 2003)
  • Will not accept corporate PAC money. (Aug 2003)
  • Private campaign financing leads to private control of gov’t. (Aug 2003)
  • Spend money on job creation, not corporate cronies. (Jun 2003)
  • End privatization: it sells government to lowest bidder. (May 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against certifying 2004 election because of Ohio fraud. (Jul 2007)
  • Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
Dennis Kucinich on Gun Control
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  • We have babies dying in the streets; ban handguns. (Jul 2007)
  • Ban sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns. (Nov 2006)
  • Require background checks, licensing, and fingerprinting. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Dennis Kucinich on Health Care
Click here for 56 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • 2009: Obama presidency at stake with ObamaCare. (Oct 2011)
  • Insurance companies make money by NOT providing health care. (Oct 2007)
  • Let the US be like every other industrialized democracy. (Sep 2007)
  • Fake debate if we talk about maintaining present system. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck:Insurance industry profit is under $97B, not $600B. (Sep 2007)
  • Challenge system of premiums, co-pays and deductibles. (Aug 2007)
  • Medicare For All: all long-term care totally covered. (Aug 2007)
  • Healthcare access is a basic right in a democratic society. (Jun 2007)
  • Half of all bankruptcies come from medical bills. (Jun 2007)
  • Universal not-for-profit health care. (Apr 2007)
  • Break the hold of the insurance companies. (Mar 2007)
  • Competition between insurers only drives up profits. (Mar 2007)
  • Key to reform: end role for for-profit insurance companies. (Feb 2007)
  • Streamlined national health insurance as Enhanced Medicare. (Nov 2006)
  • Single-payer isn’t in platform because it offends donors. (Feb 2004)
  • Not socialism, but a change from predatory capitalism. (Feb 2004)
  • Not-for-profit system differs from Hillary’s pro-HMO system. (Jan 2004)
  • Tax employers to pay for single-payer plan. (Jan 2004)
  • Rally to elect a new Congress to pass new health care deal. (Nov 2003)
  • I’m not selling insurance-switch to not-for-profit system. (Nov 2003)
  • Single-payer for alternative medicine, mental health, more. (Sep 2003)
  • 7.7% tax to pay for full coverage. (Sep 2003)
  • Health is a right, not a privilege. (Sep 2003)
  • Take profit motive out of health care. (Sep 2003)
  • Insurance companies do not heal people; practitioners do. (Aug 2003)
  • Seniors forced to choose between medicine and food. (Aug 2003)
  • Prescription for America: ceiling on drug company profits. (Aug 2003)
  • Regulate prescription drug prices like utility rates. (Aug 2003)
  • Medicare for All: universal single-payer national system. (Aug 2003)
  • Private companies charge 18% admin & Medicare charges 3%. (May 2003)
  • Raise taxes for guaranteed, single payer, universal care. (May 2003)

    Voting Record

  • HR 676, Conyers-Kucinich bill, establishes Medicare for all. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Dennis Kucinich on Homeland Security
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  • National service yes; military draft no. (Dec 2007)
  • Strength through peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Cut military spending by 25%; fund diplomacy instead. (Jun 2007)
  • Believe in international law, not assassination politics. (Jun 2007)
  • Global war on terror is pretext for aggressive war. (Apr 2007)
  • Treaties on nuclear, bio & chem non-proliferation. (Apr 2007)
  • Opposes the use of war as an instrument of policy. (Jan 2007)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act. (Nov 2006)
  • Bush doctrine of preemption and unilateralism is wrong. (Jan 2004)
  • Weapons in outer space and missile shields are DOD waste. (Jan 2004)
  • Create domestic Dept. of Peace & make all war obsolete. (Oct 2003)
  • $550B defense budget implies more taxes. (Sep 2003)
  • Cut defense budget by 15%, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • End the ban on gays in military. (Aug 2003)
  • Terminating ABM treaty was unconstitutional. (Aug 2003)
  • Violence and war are not inevitable. (Aug 2003)
  • Confront the bloat and waste in Pentagon budget. (Aug 2003)
  • Hometown Security: social spending instead of military. (Aug 2003)
  • Abide by Non-Proliferation, ABM, and Test Ban Treaties. (Aug 2003)
  • Bush’s foreign policy of preemption is destabilizing. (May 2003)
  • Abandon plans for a missile shield. (Mar 2002)

    Voting Record

  • We did not authorize a permanent war economy. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Take US nuclear missiles off high alert. (Aug 2001)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence. (Feb 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
Dennis Kucinich on Immigration
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  • No vigilantism & no sending illegals home willy-nilly. (Dec 2007)
  • Encourage the American people to reach out; learn languages. (Dec 2007)
  • There aren’t any illegal human beings. (Nov 2007)
  • Promote Spanish as a second national language. (Sep 2007)
  • Build relationships between nations, not walls. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities follow moral law if not federal law. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop blaming immigrants for our system of slave labor. (Jun 2007)
  • Roadmap to citizenship for immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush immigration program is indentured servitude. (Jan 2004)
  • Extend our arms to world-immigrant amnesty and more. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Dennis Kucinich on Jobs
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  • I’m the one candidate who comes from the working class. (Nov 2007)
  • Put unemployed to work rebuilding infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Require all government agencies to follow ENDA for GLBT jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • Restore right to organize; to collective bargain; to strike. (Aug 2007)
  • Would accept minimum wage as president, reluctantly. (Jul 2007)
  • Works Green Administration: WGA creates green jobs, like WPA. (Jun 2007)
  • Cancel tax cuts for the rich. (Nov 2003)
  • Rebuild infrastructure with a program like FDR’s WPA. (Sep 2003)
  • Shift USDA funds from agribusiness to family farmers. (Aug 2003)
  • Labor defends workers when corporations attack. (Aug 2003)
  • Right to a job and to decent wages. (Aug 2003)
  • Labor protections; not binding employer arbitration. (Aug 2003)
  • Genetically-engineered food is an issue of freedom of choice. (Aug 2003)
  • Address plight of small farmer by canceling NAFTA & WTO. (Aug 2003)
  • Break apart monopolistic agribusiness companies. (Aug 2003)
  • National ban on packer ownership of livestock. (Aug 2003)
  • Farm worker safety by fining employers. (Aug 2003)
  • Invest in rural America. (Aug 2003)
  • Enshrine workers’ rights in a workers’ White House. (May 2003)
  • Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. (May 2003)
  • Engrave into stone the rights of working people. (Aug 2002)

    Voting Record

  • Give teeth to the National Labor Relations Act. (Feb 2007)
  • Raise minimum wage to over $8.50. (Jan 2004)
  • Repeal portions of Taft-Hartley Act; enhance right to strike. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Require full disclosure of outsourced employees. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Member of House Education and Labor Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Rated 0% by CEI, indicating a pro-worker rights voting record. (May 2012)
  • Extend unemployment compensation during recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
  • Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (Jan 2009)
Dennis Kucinich on Principles & Values
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  • Excluded from debate by Nevada Supreme Court ruling. (Jan 2008)
  • I’ve been right all along on Iraq, Iran, & healthcare. (Dec 2007)
  • Ran for city council seat before he was old enough to vote. (Nov 2007)
  • Won House seat “Because he was right” as mayor. (Nov 2007)
  • Met wife Elizabeth when she lobbied him on monetary policy. (Nov 2007)
  • Planned as teenager to become Mayor of Cleveland. (Nov 2007)
  • RFK assassination persuaded him to fight to change the world. (Nov 2007)
  • This debate is total flop for ignoring practical aspirations. (Oct 2007)
  • Sighted a UFO in Washington State. (Oct 2007)
  • Decisive moment: living as child out of family car. (Aug 2007)
  • Elected to Congress on 5th try; only on 2nd presidential run. (Aug 2007)
  • I am in the center of American people’s hopes and dreams. (Aug 2007)
  • Biggest mistake was firing police chief on Good Friday. (Apr 2007)
  • I can move this country because I have no strings. (Feb 2007)
  • Day 1: Pull out of Iraq, NAFTA, and the WTO. (Jan 2004)
  • Endorsed by Natural Law Party’s 2000 presidential nominee. (Jan 2004)
  • His campaign’s lack of media coverage becomes a media story. (Nov 2003)
  • Will run for House and President simultaneously. (Nov 2003)
  • A Green Democrat, but will support Dem nominee over Green. (Nov 2003)
  • Favorite song: John Lennon, “Imagine”. (Sep 2003)
  • Grew up poor, so is attuned to the concerns of the people. (Sep 2003)
  • Sacrificed political career to save city utility ownership. (Aug 2003)
  • Broccoli would be welcomed in first vegetarian White House. (May 2003)
  • Grass-roots campaign to take back America for the people. (May 2003)
  • Declaration of human economic rights of the American people. (Feb 2003)
  • Long list of legislative priorities in Congress. (Jul 1996)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Dennis Kucinich on Social Security
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  • Raise the cap to protect Social Security. (Sep 2007)
  • Strengthen protections for private pensions. (Sep 2007)
  • Privatization is off the table-I’ll block it. (Sep 2003)
  • Return retirement age to 65-we’re solid thru 2041. (Sep 2003)
  • Restore retirement age to 65. (Aug 2003)
  • Safe retirement is part of American Dream. (Aug 2003)
  • Double standard between employers & employees must end. (Aug 2003)
  • Stop privatization and return retirement age to 65. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age. (Aug 2010)
  • Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction. (Aug 2011)
Dennis Kucinich on Tax Reform
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  • Keep child tax credit, and extend it to more families. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Says $40K earners pay same as $400K -not really. (Jan 2004)
  • Repeal tax cuts for wealthy to fund public higher ed. (Oct 2003)
  • Top 272,000 taxpayers got as much benefit as bottom 129M. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 29% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Dennis Kucinich on Technology
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  • Create a federal bank of infrastructure modernization. (Aug 2007)
  • Technologies will create jobs. (Jan 2004)
  • Rebuild cities to prevent urban sprawl. (Nov 2003)
  • Stimulate economy with massive new WPA-type program. (Oct 2003)
  • Americans need more info about genetic alterations in food. (Aug 2003)
  • Subsidize farmer losses due to genetic modifications. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Require text on TV for visually-impaired viewers. (Apr 2005)
  • Facilitate nationwide 2-1-1 phone line for human services. (Jan 2007)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
Dennis Kucinich on War & Peace
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  • I was right the first time; now no evidence of nukes in Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • US role: security for Israel and a state for Palestine. (Dec 2007)
  • There’s no basis for an Iran military resolution. (Oct 2007)
  • Impeach Bush for violating international law on preemption. (Oct 2007)
  • The war against Iraq was about oil. (Oct 2007)
  • Urge Iran to let go nuclear and abolish nuclear in the US. (Oct 2007)
  • All troops out well before 2013, with no partition. (Sep 2007)
  • US army has civilian leadership; it’s not Patraeus’ decision. (Sep 2007)
  • Congress has the Constitutional power to end the war. (Sep 2007)
  • Assassination is extrajudicial killing; not even Osama. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq plan: Reconstruction, rehabilitation, & reconciliation. (Sep 2007)
  • Biden Plan splits up Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • Use $97 billion of Iraq funding to bring troops home. (Aug 2007)
  • November 2006 election meant Dems promised to exit Iraq. (Aug 2007)
  • Strength through peace: pursue science of human relations. (Jul 2007)
  • Democrats have failed the American people by not ending war. (Jul 2007)
  • Same thinking that took us into Iraq will take us into Iran. (Jul 2007)
  • Path to peace runs right through Jerusalem. (Jun 2007)
  • The Iraq war has been based on lies. (Jun 2007)
  • Democrats were elected to end the war. (Jun 2007)
  • End the Iraq occupation & use the military for peacekeeping. (Jun 2007)
  • Use Iraq funding only to bring the troops home. (Jan 2007)
  • Best way to support the troops is to bring them home. (Jan 2007)
  • Bush’s Iraq plan failed because it was predicated on lies. (Jan 2007)
  • Stop building Israeli wall; start rebuilding infrastructure. (Nov 2003)
  • Barred from CIA briefing, but considers them misleading. (Oct 2003)
  • Supports Palestinian security and Israeli security. (Aug 2003)
  • Establish a cabinet Department of Peace and Nonviolence. (Jun 2003)
  • America should not be the world’s policeman. (Sep 2002)

    Iraq War

  • The surge strategy is fueling the insurgency. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: $2 trillion for Iraq? High, but accurate estimate. (Jun 2007)
  • We’re in Iraq for oil & looking at attacking Iran for oil. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Iraqi oil production has fallen during war. (Apr 2007)
  • Insurgency in Iraq is being fueled by US occupation. (Apr 2007)
  • New direction in Iraq, and that direction is out. (Apr 2007)
  • Bring in UN troops, and pay reparations to Iraq. (Apr 2007)
  • Cut off the funds; end the occupation of Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Reparations to Iraq for 650,000 innocent civilians killed. (Feb 2007)
  • International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in. (Nov 2006)
  • Democratic Party is divided over the war in Iraq. (Jan 2004)
  • Disavowing Iraqi oil creates entirely different direction. (Jan 2004)
  • 90 days to bring US troops home and rotate the UN troops in. (Dec 2003)
  • Let go of Iraqi oil and let the UN in. (Dec 2003)
  • Let the UN rebuild Iraq and develop its governance. (Nov 2003)
  • Have UN handle all Iraqi oil contracts. (Sep 2003)
  • End Bush’s blunder: Bring US troops home & bring UN in. (Sep 2003)
  • War in Iraq was wrong, and isolated the US. (Aug 2003)
  • Question Bush’s truthfulness on Iraq. (Jun 2003)
  • No credible evidence for offensive against Iraq. (Sep 2002)

    Voting Record

  • One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it. (Apr 2007)
  • Lack of info was no excuse for voting for Iraq war. (Apr 2007)
  • 2003 war vote was audition for presidential decision-making. (Apr 2007)
  • I voted against war because I saw no proof from Bush. (Feb 2007)
  • No on $87B for Iraq-bring the troops home before it’s $245B. (Sep 2003)
  • $87B to “protect troops” is cynical; end the war. (Sep 2003)
  • We authorized a response to 9/11, not war without end. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Impeach Dick Cheney for lying about Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus. (Jan 2007)
Dennis Kucinich on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Address poverty with full employment economy & social reform. (Dec 2007)
  • Funding faith-based initiatives with taxes is problematic. (Oct 2007)
  • Separate state from church, not from spiritual values. (Aug 2007)
  • Public sector has moral responsibility to provide jobs. (Aug 2003)
  • Education is only solution to alleviate poverty. (Aug 2003)
  • Work not welfare for those able to work. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Support school breakfast for low-income children. (Mar 2009)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)


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Abortion is a woman's right
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Litmus test on Roe, but as part of a culture of life: Favors topic 1
Women’s right-to-choose is essential to gender equality: Strongly Favors topic 1
Abortions should always be legal: Strongly Favors topic 1
All men & women have right to make difficult moral decisions: Favors topic 1
Supreme Court nominees must agree to uphold Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Women can’t be free unless they have the right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Prevention, education, & health care, to minimize abortions: Opposes topic 1
Life begins at conception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Journey in 2002 from pro-life to pro-choice: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record: Strongly Favors topic 1
Emergency contraception for rape victims at all hospitals: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
Focus on preventing pregnancy, plus emergency contraception: Favors topic 1
Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly 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
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports reparations for slavery, to “repair the breach”: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights: Strongly Favors topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements: Favors topic 2
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination: Favors topic 2
Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP: Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Not any issue on which he disagrees with GLBT community: Strongly Favors topic 3
Real GLBT equality includes the right to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender right to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Allow gays and lesbians to marry: Strongly Favors topic 3
Same sex couples deserve equal domestic benefits: Strongly Favors topic 3
Affirmative action is necessary & right & must be preserved: Strongly Favors topic 3
End the ban on gays in military: Strongly Favors topic 3
Focus on jobs instead of pitting people against each other: Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays: Favors topic 3
Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays: Favors topic 3
Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC: Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer: Opposes topic 4
Rated 25% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 92% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Opposes topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Ban the death penalty-98% of those convicted are poor: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Terminate the federal death penalty, even if unpopular: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing: Opposes topic 8
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Opposes topic 8
Sponsored abolishing the federal death penalty: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
End mandatory minimums: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Focus on prevention, not punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rated 80% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We have babies dying in the streets; ban handguns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Require background checks, licensing, and fingerprinting: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Medicare For All: all long-term care totally covered: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal not-for-profit health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Streamlined national health insurance as Enhanced Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 5
I’m not selling insurance-switch to not-for-profit system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Regulate prescription drug prices like utility rates: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for All: universal single-payer national system: Strongly Favors topic 5
Private companies charge 18% admin & Medicare charges 3%: Favors topic 5
Raise taxes for guaranteed, single payer, universal care: Strongly Favors topic 5
MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
Make health care a right, not a privilege: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Favors topic 5
YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Favors topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restore retirement age to 65: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Stop privatization and return retirement age to 65: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women: Opposes topic 6
Reject proposals for private saving accounts: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Reject privatization; don't raise the retirement age: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction: Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
NO on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Quality education is a core American right: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Vouchers divert public money away from public schools: Opposes topic 7
Keep public education separate from private education: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes: Opposes topic 7
Rated 90% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Double our energy from renewable sources by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
Global Green Deal for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Journey to planet Earth: renewable energy by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
Would sign Kyoto climate change treaty: Strongly Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 85% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Favors topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively: Favors topic 19
Medical marijuana should be decided by doctors & patients: Opposes topic 19
Hasn’t smoked marijuana, but would decriminalize it: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on Drugs benefits only the prison-industrial complex: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Racial bias in drug enforcement is pervasive: Opposes topic 19
Addiction is a medical and moral problem: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated A+ by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated +10 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Funding faith-based initiatives with taxes is problematic: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cancel tax cuts for the rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repeal tax cuts for wealthy to fund public higher ed: Strongly Favors topic 11
Top 272,000 taxpayers got as much benefit as bottom 129M: Strongly Favors topic 11
American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person: Favors topic 11
Rated 29% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Favors topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Favors topic 11
NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Favors topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Favors topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
There aren’t any illegal human beings: Strongly Favors topic 12
Build relationships between nations, not walls: Strongly Favors topic 12
Sanctuary cities follow moral law if not federal law: Strongly Favors topic 12
Stop blaming immigrants for our system of slave labor: Strongly Favors topic 12
Roadmap to citizenship for immigrants: Favors topic 12
Extend our arms to world-immigrant amnesty and more: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Base trade on worker rights, human rights & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Withdraw from NAFTA and WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Free trade encourages privatization, so avoid it: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Bilateral trade structure to support American manufacturing: Opposes topic 13
President has authority to cancel NAFTA and WTO-I will: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Push trade deals based on power of US market leverage: Opposes topic 13
No NAFTA, No WTO, No Fast Track: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Cancel NAFTA and the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Don’t sacrifice our rights to global corporate ethic: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Retaliatory tariffs yes; GATT no: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Maintain anti-dumping restrictions against foreign importers: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 39% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
Review free trade agreements biennially for rights violation: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Impose tariffs against countries which manipulate currency: Opposes topic 13
Require open markets for US goods in all trade agreements: Opposes topic 13
No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights: Neutral on topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Favors topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
Stop funding war, start funding education; 15% DoD reduction: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Must cut Pentagon spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
$550B defense budget implies more taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut defense budget by 15%, even if unpopular: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Confront the bloat and waste in Pentagon budget: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut the runaway Pentagon budget to save the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Take US nuclear missiles off high alert: Opposes topic 15
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
NO on deploying SDI: Opposes topic 15
NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Opposes topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public financing for elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge: Strongly Favors topic 16
YES on banning soft money and issue ads: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Opposes topic 16
YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Favors topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
Repeal the Patriot Act: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+5 points on Social scale)
Promote international treaties but reject global corporatism: Favors topic 17
Foreign aid for peace incentives, not conflict: Favors topic 17
International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in: Strongly Favors topic 17
Let the UN rebuild Iraq and develop its governance: Strongly Favors topic 17
Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies: Strongly Favors topic 17
One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it: Strongly Favors topic 17
Member of the Out-of-Iraq Congressional Caucus: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

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