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Al Franken on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest. (Jun 2011)
  • Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions. (Jul 2011)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
  • Sponsored emergency contraception at military facilities. (Dec 2009)
Al Franken on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Opposed $700B rescue package; it only helps Wall Street. (Oct 2008)
  • Fully fund the Veterans Administration budget. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
Al Franken on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Apologized for comic routines that offended women. (Sep 2010)
  • Apologizes for stigmatizing hermaphrodites & conjoined twins. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting sexual-identity discrimination. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
Al Franken on Corporations
Click here for 5 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Oppo AdWatch: Franken limits free speech issue advocacy. (Mar 2014)
  • End collusion between banks and security rating agencies. (Sep 2011)
  • Level the playing field for middle class against industry. (Aug 2008)
  • Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business. (Mar 2012)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
Al Franken on Crime
Click here for 2 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Ridicules imprisoning drug abusers & maximum sentences. (Apr 2004)
  • Sponsored bill for easier access to rape kits & analysis. (Nov 2009)
Al Franken on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian. (Sep 2010)
  • Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors. (Sep 2010)
  • Drug abuse isnít immoral; hypocrisy about it is. (Apr 2004)
Al Franken on Education
Click here for 12 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • $5,000 tax credit to help people pay for college. (Oct 2008)
  • No Child Left Behind law must be dramatically reformed. (May 2008)
  • Ideas for educational reforms that measure performance. (May 2008)
  • Fight to end unfunded mandates on education. (May 2008)
  • Invest in early childhood education. (May 2008)
  • Restore Pell Grants. (May 2008)
  • Forgive loans for pledge to teach in under-served areas. (Mar 2008)
  • Improve low-performing schools instead of punishing them. (Mar 2008)
  • Fully fund our public schools. (Mar 2008)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Al Franken on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Tax credits for wind-power, not for oil companies. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases. (Sep 2008)
  • US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords. (Sep 2008)
  • Investing in renewable energy is win-win-win-win-win. (Mar 2008)
  • Apollo project for renewable energy development. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
Al Franken on Environment
Click here for 6 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Prevent invasive species Asian carp in Great Lakes. (Sep 2014)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs. (Feb 2011)
  • Rated 40% by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare. (Jan 2012)
  • No EPA permits required for forest road runoff. (Jul 2013)
Al Franken on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception. (Mar 2009)
  • More funding & services for victims of domestic violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Sponsored bill for more kids eligible for free school meals. (Oct 2009)
Al Franken on Foreign Policy
Click here for 10 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy. (Aug 2014)
  • A great nation meets its obligations; pay up our UN dues. (Sep 2008)
  • There is a difference between leading the world & ruling it. (Sep 2008)
  • Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing. (Sep 2008)
  • Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports International Criminal Court. (Sep 2008)
  • Convene a regional conference in the Middle East. (May 2008)
  • US intervention in Iran has made it worse. (Sep 2006)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Vigorous support for State of Israel against Hamas in Gaza. (Nov 2012)
Al Franken on Free Trade
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  • Iím a fair trader; enforce labor, safety, & environment. (Mar 2008)
Al Franken on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Congress needs watchdogs, not lapdogs. (Aug 2008)
  • Investigate the misappropriation of billions on Iraq. (May 2008)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote. (Jun 2014)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Feb 2013)
Al Franken on Gun Control
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  • Voted YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Ban large-capacity ammunition. (Jan 2013)
Al Franken on Health Care
Click here for 11 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • We need to go to universal health care. (May 2008)
  • Address the quality and cost of care. (May 2008)
  • Kids without health insurance grew to 8.3 million in 2005. (May 2008)
  • Full funding for state-based coverage, but not single payer. (Mar 2008)
  • Universal health care as soon as possible. (Mar 2008)
  • Root cause of many problems is no access to healthcare. (Oct 2005)
  • 1994: Wrote spoof ads for Hillary defending health reforms. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians. (Jan 2009)
Al Franken on Homeland Security
Click here for 18 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered. (Nov 2013)
  • 2005: Coleman should've held hearings on post-war corruption. (Sep 2010)
  • Fund UN Peace Operations in Darfur. (Sep 2008)
  • Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons. (Sep 2008)
  • Renew our commitment to our men and women in uniform. (Aug 2008)
  • Investigate waste, fraud, & abuse in Iraq contracts. (Aug 2008)
  • Better screenings for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (May 2008)
  • Respect the sacrifice made by military families. (May 2008)
  • Do for the VA bureaucracy what we did for VA hospitals. (May 2008)
  • Help veterans re-integrate into their communities. (May 2008)
  • We must renew our commitment to our veterans. (May 2008)
  • Create a new G.I. Bill to pay for 100% of college. (Mar 2008)
  • 9/11 Commission says Bush failed to prevent 9/11. (Oct 2005)
  • Terror alerts are politicized; purpose is to scare people. (Oct 2005)
  • War on Terror failing: number of terrorist attacks has risen. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
  • Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials. (Aug 2014)
Al Franken on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Support guest worker programs for seasonal jobs. (May 2008)
  • Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border. (Mar 2008)
  • We need comprehensive immigration reform. (Mar 2008)
Al Franken on Jobs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • 2005: Fined $25,000 for failing to insure workers. (Sep 2010)
  • Preserve occupational safety and prevailing wage laws. (May 2008)
  • Iím a member of four unions. (May 2008)
  • A hard dayís work should earn a decent dayís pay. (May 2008)
  • Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (Mar 2009)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
Al Franken on Principles & Values
Click here for 8 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Recount: What do we want? Patience! When do we want it? Now!. (Sep 2010)
  • Spent $20M on campaign; more for Great Minnesota Recount. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: Franken should have beaten Coleman easily in blue MN. (Sep 2010)
  • 2005: Formed progressive Midwest Values PAC. (Sep 2010)
  • Decided to take on Coleman when he berated Paul Wellstone. (Sep 2010)
  • Response to attack ad "Angry Al":why isn't Coleman outraged? (Sep 2010)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Al Franken on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Iíll scream if Republicans ever try to privatize again. (Mar 2008)
  • Raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax. (Oct 2005)
  • Social Security was the greatest achievement of the New Deal. (Oct 2005)
  • Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI". (Apr 2013)
  • Rated 98% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance. (Jan 2013)
Al Franken on Tax Reform
Click here for 3 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • 2008: Owed $70K in back taxes & $25K in workmen's compass. (Nov 2009)
  • Gift of living in America comes with responsibilities. (Oct 2005)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Al Franken on Technology
Click here for 5 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • 21st-century communication methods helped win recount. (Sep 2010)
  • Invest in our nationís physical infrastructure. (May 2008)
  • Mainstream media reports accusations as if they were news. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
Al Franken on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Consistently opposed to Iraq War. (Sep 2010)
  • Astounded anyone would still believe Iraq war is good idea. (Oct 2008)
  • Build schools in Afghanistan to keep them from Al-Qaida. (Oct 2008)
  • Keep our country safe; but Iraq was a mistake. (Sep 2008)
  • Convince the Iraqi government that weíre leaving by leaving. (May 2008)
  • The litany of mistakes in Iraq is endless. (May 2008)
  • Start bringing our troops home from Iraq. (Mar 2008)
  • Muslims hate our policies; they don't hate our freedom. (Oct 2005)
  • We build barriers in Iraq, but should rebuild infrastructure. (Oct 2005)
Al Franken on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing. (Mar 2014)
  • Guarantee the retirement benefits our workers have earned. (May 2008)
  • The economy--and its effect on poverty--are moral issues. (Oct 2005)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Let military perform abortions in cases of rape or incest: Favors topic 1
Require pharmacies to fulfill contraceptive prescriptions: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Sponsored emergency contraception at military facilities: Strongly Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Apologized for comic routines that offended women: Opposes topic 2
Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy: Favors topic 2
More funding & services for victims of domestic violence: Strongly Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Apologizes for stigmatizing hermaphrodites & conjoined twins: 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
Sponsored bill prohibiting sexual-identity discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 3
Sponsored enforcing against anti-gay discrimination in public schools: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+5 points on Social scale)
Sex Ed including both abstinence and contraception: Opposes topic 4
Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents: Opposes topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We need to go to universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Full funding for state-based coverage, but not single payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal health care as soon as possible: Strongly Favors topic 5
Root cause of many problems is no access to healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Merge Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit: Favors topic 5
Disclose payments from manufacturers to physicians: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Iíll scream if Republicans ever try to privatize again: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Raise the cap on income subject to the payroll tax: Opposes topic 6
Social Security was the greatest achievement of the New Deal: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI": Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 98% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No Child Left Behind law must be dramatically reformed: Strongly Favors topic 7
Improve low-performing schools instead of punishing them: Opposes topic 7
Fully fund our public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
$25B to renovate or repair elementary schools: Opposes topic 7
Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Prevent invasive species Asian carp in Great Lakes: Opposes topic 8
Regulate all dog breeders down to kennels of 50 dogs: Opposes topic 8
No EPA permits required for forest road runoff: Strongly Favors topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Ridicules imprisoning drug abusers & maximum sentences: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ban large-capacity ammunition: Opposes topic 10
YES on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Level the playing field for middle class against industry: Favors topic 11
Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border: Favors topic 12
We need comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Iím a fair trader; enforce labor, safety, & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
OpEd: Campaign website devoid of views on foreign policy: Neutral on topic 14
A great nation meets its obligations; pay up our UN dues: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention: Opposes topic 14
Convene a regional conference in the Middle East: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US intervention in Iran has made it worse: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Fund UN Peace Operations in Darfur: Opposes topic 15
Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Renew our commitment to our men and women in uniform: Favors topic 15
Investigate waste, fraud, & abuse in Iraq contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Non-proliferation includes disposing of nuclear materials: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Congress needs watchdogs, not lapdogs: Favors topic 16
Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures: Strongly Favors topic 16
No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote: Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
Consistently opposed to Iraq War: Strongly Favors topic 17
Astounded anyone would still believe Iraq war is good idea: Strongly Favors topic 17
Keep our country safe; but Iraq was a mistake: Strongly Favors topic 17
Investigate the misappropriation of billions on Iraq: Favors topic 17
Convince the Iraqi government that weíre leaving by leaving: Strongly Favors topic 17
The litany of mistakes in Iraq is endless: Strongly Favors topic 17
Start bringing our troops home from Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax credits for wind-power, not for oil companies: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords: Strongly Favors topic 18
Investing in renewable energy is win-win-win-win-win: Strongly Favors topic 18
Apollo project for renewable energy development: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian: Opposes topic 19
Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors: Opposes topic 19
Drug abuse isnít immoral; hypocrisy about it is: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Expand lending caps for credit unions to small business: Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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