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Charles Melancon on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (Aug 2010)
  • Prohibit funding abortion as part of healthcare reform. (Nov 2009)
  • Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Budget & Economy
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  • Stimulus package will avoid God-awful recession like 1980s. (Oct 2010)
  • TARP package will avoid depression from doing nothing. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 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 revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
Charles Melancon on Civil Rights
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  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act fights women's discrimination. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Corporations
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  • Supported $30 billion small-business lending fund. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
Charles Melancon on Crime
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  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Opposes more severe penalties for Hate Crimes. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
Charles Melancon on Education
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  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Charles Melancon on Energy & Oil
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  • Congressional trip to Antarctica to study global warming. (Oct 2010)
  • Funnel BP oil-leak penalties into coastal restoration. (Oct 2010)
  • 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 NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
Charles Melancon on Environment
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  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO 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)
Charles Melancon on Families & Children
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  • Family brings us all together; about honesty & integrity. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted YES on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Charles Melancon on Foreign Policy
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  • Voted YES on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
Charles Melancon on Free Trade
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  • Fight against harmful trade policies like CAFTA. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
Charles Melancon on Government Reform
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  • Supports campaign disclosure & donation regulations. (Jun 2010)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
Charles Melancon on Gun Control
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  • Hunting in Louisiana isn't just a sport--it's a way of life. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Health Care
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  • Supports kids on parents' insurance policies until age 26. (Oct 2010)
  • Opposed healthcare bill because it didn't work for America. (Oct 2010)
  • ObamaCare costs too much & does too little for middle-class. (Oct 2010)
  • 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)
Charles Melancon on Homeland Security
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  • Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
Charles Melancon on Immigration
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  • I have been a staunch hawk on immigration. (Oct 2010)
  • Supports SCHIP, despite insuring illegal immigrant kids. (Oct 2010)
  • Supports secure fence; law enforcement; and REAL ID. (Sep 2006)
Charles Melancon on Jobs
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  • 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)
Charles Melancon on Principles & Values
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  • OpEd: Vitter broke the law, and lied about it, with DC Madam. (Oct 2010)
  • Ran based on Vitter's integrity issue from call-girl scandal. (Oct 2010)
Charles Melancon on Social Security
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  • Take privatization off the table; it's too risky. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Tax Reform
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  • Tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers but not middle-class. (Oct 2010)
  • Immediate tax relief for middle-class families. (Nov 2004)
  • 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)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Technology
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  • Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
Charles Melancon on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
Charles Melancon on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit funding abortion as part of healthcare reform: Opposes topic 1
Opposes prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Neutral on topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Neutral on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Neutral on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Opposes more severe penalties for Hate Crimes: Opposes topic 9
YES on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Hunting in Louisiana isn't just a sport--it's a way of life: Strongly Favors topic 10
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposed healthcare bill because it didn't work for America: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare costs too much & does too little for middle-class: Strongly Opposes 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
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)
Take privatization off the table; it's too risky: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Opposes topic 7
YES on $40B for green public schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Opposes 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
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Opposes topic 20
Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers but not middle-class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Immediate tax relief for middle-class families: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty: 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 Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports secure fence; law enforcement; and REAL ID: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Fight against harmful trade policies like CAFTA: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Neutral on topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Supports campaign disclosure & donation regulations: Favors topic 16
Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+2 points on Social scale)
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

Charles Melancon is a Moderate Liberal Populist.
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