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James Webb on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supports Roe v. Wade and abortion rights. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
James Webb on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Top of economy doing great; but workers not. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)
James Webb on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Affirmative action should apply to African-Americans only. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports civil unions; opposes constitutional ban. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes constitutional ban of gay marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Government’s power should end at my front door. (Apr 2006)
  • Realign politics by union of Scots-Irish & African Americans. (Jan 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
James Webb on Corporations
Click here for 2 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • GOP puts corporate interests first; Dems put workers first. (Apr 2006)
  • Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record. (May 2012)
James Webb on Crime
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  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
James Webb on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
James Webb on Education
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  • Public education levels the playing field. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
James Webb on Energy & Oil
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  • Bush called for energy independence every year since 2001. (Jan 2007)
  • Support alternative sources instead of drilling ANWR. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
James Webb on Environment
Click here for 5 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • More funding to reduce traffic congestion. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Rated 0% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
James Webb on Families & Children
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James Webb on Foreign Policy
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  • Focus on strategic threats like China, not Iraq. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Rated +1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
James Webb on Free Trade
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  • Enforce existing trade laws to create fair trade. (May 2006)
  • GOP free trade dream world costs American jobs. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
James Webb on Government Reform
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  • Increasing number of lobbyists is a problem. (Jun 2006)
  • Culture of corruption in Washington needs real reform. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
James Webb on Gun Control
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  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Jun 2011)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights. (Mar 2009)
James Webb on Health Care
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  • Focus on health access, not on corporate profits. (May 2006)
  • Don’t let drug companies write Rx drug plan. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 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 NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
James Webb on Homeland Security
Click here for 15 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • No draft; 5% tax break to recruit soldiers. (Sep 2006)
  • Continue terrorist interrogations within Geneva Accord rules. (Sep 2006)
  • Wrote “Women Can’t Fight” in ‘79; now OK with military women. (Sep 2006)
  • Decisions about women in military should be made militarily. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports don’t ask, don’t tell rule for military. (Jun 2006)
  • Quit Reagan administration protesting cuts to Navy budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Republicans are illegally wiretapping Americans. (Apr 2006)
  • Added soldiers’ statue to Vietnam Memorial. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell, and reinstate discharged gays. (Mar 2010)
James Webb on Immigration
Click here for 7 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Secure the border first; them deal with other aspects. (Oct 2006)
  • Tamper-proof ID card; stricter enforcement against employers. (Jun 2006)
  • Allow illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
James Webb on Jobs
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  • I will lead the ANTI out-sourcing of American jobs. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (Jan 2009)
James Webb on Principles & Values
Click here for 7 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Endorsed Allen in 2000; turned away because of Iraq blunder. (Sep 2006)
  • America doesn’t lack ideas, it lacks leaders. (May 2006)
  • Progressive approach prioritizing fairness and justice. (May 2006)
  • Marines take care of their people; politicians have not. (Apr 2006)
  • Secretary of the Navy, published author; decorated veteran. (Jan 2006)
  • Converted from Republican; supported Robb & Kerry. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
James Webb on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Opposes using Social Security taxes for private accounts. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
James Webb on Tax Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Our tax policy is creating a permanent underclass. (May 2006)
  • Our tax policies make no sense. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
James Webb on Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Crumbling infrastructure results from failed leadership. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
James Webb on War & Peace
Click here for 20 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Bush took us into this war recklessly; we predicted chaos. (Jan 2007)
  • Bush can join us in ending war, or we will show him the way. (Jan 2007)
  • US has patiently endured a mismanaged war for 4 years. (Jan 2007)
  • Shift toward diplomacy & leave Iraq in short order. (Jan 2007)
  • No patriotism question when Eisenhower questioned Korean War. (Oct 2006)
  • We’re burning out our troops in Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • Terrorists are in Iraq because we invaded, not vice-versa. (Sep 2006)
  • Saddam and al Qaeda were natural enemies. (Sep 2006)
  • Iran cooperated with US in Afghanistan, until “Axis of Evil”. (Sep 2006)
  • $300B better spent on Iraqi containment. (Sep 2006)
  • Convene international conference to involve others in Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • No Mideast peace as long as US forces are in Iraq. (Sep 2006)
  • It was a mistake to go to Iraq; said so before Senate vote. (Jun 2006)
  • America is fighting the wrong war in Iraq. (May 2006)
  • Honors troops but questions Bush’s strategic errors. (Apr 2006)
  • A cogent critic of the war in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Opposed the War on Iraq on pragmatic grounds. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
James Webb on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports Roe v. Wade and abortion rights: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports civil unions; opposes constitutional ban: Favors topic 3
Supports don’t ask, don’t tell rule for military: Opposes topic 3
Opposes constitutional ban of gay marriage: 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
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Focus on health access, not on corporate profits: Favors topic 5
Don’t let drug companies write Rx drug plan: Strongly Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes using Social Security taxes for private accounts: Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Public education levels the playing field: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements: Opposes topic 8
NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Dangerousness, not mental incompetence, limits gun rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership: Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Our tax policy is creating a permanent underclass: Favors topic 11
Our tax policies make no sense: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Secure the border first; them deal with other aspects: Opposes topic 12
Tamper-proof ID card; stricter enforcement against employers: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Allow illegal immigrants a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Enforce existing trade laws to create fair trade: Opposes topic 13
GOP free trade dream world costs American jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
I will lead the ANTI out-sourcing of American jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Economic scale)
Allow travel between the United States and Cuba: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Quit Reagan administration protesting cuts to Navy budget: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Increasing number of lobbyists is a problem: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+5 points on Social scale)
No patriotism question when Eisenhower questioned Korean War: Strongly Favors topic 17
It was a mistake to go to Iraq; said so before Senate vote: Strongly Favors topic 17
America is fighting the wrong war in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Honors troops but questions Bush’s strategic errors: Favors topic 17
A cogent critic of the war in Iraq: Favors topic 17
Opposed the War on Iraq on pragmatic grounds: Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Support alternative sources instead of drilling ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Opposes topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade: Opposes topic 18
YES on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax: Opposes topic 18
YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Top of economy doing great; but workers not: Strongly Favors topic 20
GOP puts corporate interests first; Dems put workers first: Strongly Favors topic 20
Rated 86% by UFCW, indicating an anti-management/pro-labor record: Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Favors topic 20

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