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Joe Biden on Abortion
Click here for 20 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Constitution does offer an inherent right to privacy. (Oct 2008)
  • Roe v. Wade is as close to a consensus as we can get. (Oct 2008)
  • Allow women to choose, but no federal funding. (Jul 2007)
  • No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports partial-birth abortion ban, but not undoing Roe. (Apr 2007)
  • Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception. (Apr 2007)
  • Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy. (Apr 2007)
  • 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 YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
Joe Biden on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Obama's economic plan focuses on middle class. (Oct 2008)
  • Deregulationgot us into the housing crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • Balancing budget is about priorities; GOP made wrong choices. (Dec 2007)
  • Save Pentagon spending by getting the troops out of Iraq. (Dec 2007)
  • More transparency for hedge funds and private equity funds. (Aug 2007)
  • Invest in new programs by ending war & eliminating tax cuts. (Apr 2007)

    Financial Bailout

  • FactCheck: McCain didn't "lurch" from "strong" to "crisis". (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Joe Biden on Civil Rights
Click here for 21 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment. (Oct 2008)
  • 1978: opposed busing except for gov't-intended segregation. (Jul 2007)
  • 1968: Wilmington riots failed at conversation between races. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks if you're gay in a foxhole. (Jun 2007)
  • Civil unions ok; gay marriage is probably inevitable. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on Corporations
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  • We've yielded to corporate America on trade. (Dec 2007)
  • OpEd: beholden to corporations because so many based in DE. (Nov 2007)
  • Take burden off corporations so jobs stay in US. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 32% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Crime
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  • Supreme Court wrong to deny federalization of wife-beating. (Oct 2008)
  • Bush is impediment to hate crimes legislation. (Dec 2007)
  • Biden Law of 1994 created several new capital offenses. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals. (Jul 2007)
  • Authored the Clinton crime bill & 100,000 cops on the street. (Jul 2007)
  • Separate juveniles from adults in jail. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)
Joe Biden on Drugs
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  • Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control. (Nov 2007)
  • National ban on smoking would reduce chronic illnesses. (Sep 2007)
  • Absolutely do not lower drinking age from 21. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: 40,000 babies with alcohol syndrome, not 300,000. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools. (Sep 2007)
  • Most violent crime is related to drugs. (Jul 2007)
  • Divert drug offenders out of prison system. (Jun 2007)
  • Created nation's Drug Czar Office & drug courts. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Rename "Drug Abuse" institute as "Diseases of Addiction". (Mar 2007)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)
Joe Biden on Education
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  • No Child Left Behind was left behind. (Oct 2008)
  • Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes. (Dec 2007)
  • Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education. (Nov 2007)
  • For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum. (Oct 2007)
  • $3000 tax credit for college for anyone earning under $150K. (Sep 2007)
  • There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to private school after death of their mother. (Jul 2007)
  • Overcome racial achievement gap with early education. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more to get better educational results. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China. (Apr 2007)
  • NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed. (Feb 2007)
  • Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities. (Jan 2006)

    Voting Record

  • Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Energy & Oil
Click here for 32 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • I have supported clean coal for 25 years. (Oct 2008)
  • Cause of global warming is clearly Man-made. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama believes in investing in alternative energy. (Oct 2008)
  • The energy challenge take sacrifice and is a moral crusade. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Oil did not jump $18/bbl due to Iran Resolution. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports cap-and-trade for greenhouse gases. (Nov 2007)
  • Provide for emergency fuel assistance immediately. (Oct 2007)
  • Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile. (Apr 2007)
  • 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 factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018. (Jul 2006)
  • Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
Joe Biden on Environment
Click here for 14 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • America should guarantee Katrina reconstruction. (Jun 2007)
  • Take away the billions of subsidy to the oil companies. (Jun 2007)
  • Scored 80% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Joe Biden on Families & Children
Click here for 7 full quotes on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • I've been a single parent; I know the difficulties. (Oct 2008)
  • Fought for Family and Medical Leave, up to 12 unpaid weeks. (Sep 2007)
  • 1990: authored the Violence Against Women Act. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Joe Biden on Foreign Policy
Click here for 29 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Time to sit down and talk, talk, talk to enemies. (Oct 2008)
  • Bush's approach to middle east has been disastrous. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain did not refuse to sit down with Spain. (Oct 2008)
  • The US is less secure and more isolated in recent history. (Aug 2008)
  • Even Bush recognizes we should talk to Iran. (Aug 2008)
  • Doctrine of crisis prevention, not preemption. (Dec 2007)
  • Hold China accountable; it's capitulation, not competition. (Dec 2007)
  • Move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy. (Nov 2007)
  • Pakistani elections will be a sham if emergency not lifted. (Nov 2007)
  • Pakistan is potentially most dangerous country in the world. (Aug 2007)
  • China holds the mortgage on our house, to pay for war. (Aug 2007)
  • American troops on the ground in Darfur now. (Jul 2007)
  • US troops on ground in Sudan to end Darfur carnage. (Jun 2007)
  • Biggest threat to US is from North Korea, Iran, & Russia. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Remove African National Congress from terrorist list. (May 2008)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia. (May 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
Joe Biden on Free Trade
Click here for 20 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • No to tariffs; just enforce the law. (Dec 2007)
  • Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements. (Dec 2007)
  • Toughest choice: rationalizing competition & trade policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights. (Nov 2007)
  • Shut down any imports of toys from China. (Oct 2007)
  • President's job is to create jobs, not to export jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • No trade agreements without workers' & environmental rights. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Joe Biden on Government Reform
Click here for 22 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Led fight against Bork based on ideology. (Oct 2008)
  • Countries without state-church separation are in turmoil. (Oct 2008)
  • Radical change to preserve family farmers. (Dec 2007)
  • As Judiciary Chair, rejected Bork and supported Thomas. (Nov 2007)
  • Would consider a Republican for head of DHS or Pentagon. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges to stop no-bid contracts. (Aug 2007)
  • 1988: led fight against nomination of Robert Bork. (Jul 2007)
  • The greatest sin is abuse of power. (Jul 2007)
  • Roberts & Alito have turned Supreme Court upside down. (Jul 2007)
  • History of racism was keeping black Americans from voting. (Jul 2007)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on Gun Control
Click here for 8 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Health Care
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  • McCain health plan is ultimate Bridge to Nowhere. (Oct 2008)
  • Modernize, simplify & expand health insurance. (Nov 2007)
  • Help medical students find ways to finance their tuition. (Oct 2007)
  • Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy. (Sep 2007)
  • Rethink healthcare by focusing on prevention. (Sep 2007)
  • Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids. (Aug 2007)
  • Got tested for AIDS after blood transfusion; no shame in it. (Jun 2007)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on Homeland Security
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  • We spend same in 3 weeks in Iraq as 7 years in Afghanistan. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama worked with Republicans to reduce nuclear weapons. (Oct 2008)
  • Greatest security threat is from al Qaeda in Pakistan. (Oct 2008)
  • Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22's. (Dec 2007)
  • Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps. (Dec 2007)
  • Talks about nations acquiring uranium are more complicated. (Oct 2007)
  • Commitment to never use torture; no part of our policy, ever. (Sep 2007)
  • Don't Ask Don't Tell is antiquated & unworkable. (Aug 2007)
  • Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism. (Jul 2007)
  • Urged Pres. Bush to return to Washington on 9/11. (Jul 2007)
  • 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 NO 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)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Give higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. (Jul 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)
Joe Biden on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: 67% of illegal aliens speak Spanish; not 40%. (Dec 2007)
  • H1-B visas only for jobs Americans can't do. (Dec 2007)
  • Americans will do any job if you pay them properly. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • Supported Bush plan: both border fence & path to citizenship. (Nov 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities exist because feds can't enforce their laws. (Sep 2007)
  • It's impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted for border fence, but to tackle drug trafficking. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Joe Biden on Jobs
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  • No job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Aug 2007)
  • Implement current recommendations on job safety. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: His AFL-CIO rating of 85% is not best of all Dems. (Aug 2007)
  • Couldn't afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it. (Jul 2007)
  • Bush tries to strip away 100 years of labor progress. (Mar 2007)
  • 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 restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
Joe Biden on Principles & Values
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  • As VP, I'll be point person in Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • Cheney has been most dangerous VP in history. (Oct 2008)
  • Models his role on LBJ's vice presidency. (Oct 2008)
  • Favorite movie: "Chariots of Fire", for real heroism. (Oct 2008)
  • 35-year track record of accomplishments. (Oct 2008)
  • McCain no maverick on education, health care, and debt. (Oct 2008)
  • Failure is at times inevitable but giving up is unforgivable. (Aug 2008)
  • Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. (Aug 2008)
  • We need a wise leader like Obama, not just a good soldier. (Aug 2008)
  • We should embrace change just like the previous generations. (Aug 2008)
  • Focus on Iraq, ending torture, healthcare, and education. (Dec 2007)
  • Insulted Indian-Americans in attempt to compliment vibrancy. (Nov 2007)
  • Giuliani is truly not qualified to be president. (Oct 2007)
  • MoveOn.org has not changed politics. (Sep 2007)
  • Prayer gives you strength, but doesn't prevent crises. (Aug 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: engaging in civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Next president has no margin of error, post-Bush. (Aug 2007)
  • Politics is a noble calling. (Jul 2007)
  • Childhood stuttering strengthened me. (Jul 2007)
  • 1970: won first election, to County Council, in GOP district. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: beat GOP incumbent; 2nd youngest Senator ever elected. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: Wife & child killed in pre-inauguration auto accident. (Jul 2007)
  • Remarried in 1977, willing to give up Senate for Jill. (Jul 2007)
  • 1988: Presidential run intended as base-building for 1992. (Jul 2007)
  • 1988: plagiarized law school paper, but not malevolently. (Jul 2007)
  • 1988: suffered aneurysm requiring brain surgery. (Jul 2007)
  • Religion informs my values; my reason dictates outcomes. (Jul 2007)
  • His book "Promises to Keep" written before presidential race. (Jul 2007)
  • Apologized for saying Barack Obama was clean and articulate. (Apr 2007)
  • Embellishment forced withdrawal from 1988 presidential race. (Apr 2007)
  • Biggest mistake was thinking he could work with George Bush. (Apr 2007)
  • Knocked out of 1988 race due to plagiarizing a speech. (Oct 2005)
  • Plans to seek presidential nomination in 2008. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Joe Biden on Social Security
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  • Raise the $97,500 cap, but don't raise retirement age. (Sep 2007)
  • Prevent senior fraud by educating seniors about caution. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Tax Reform
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  • Middle class is U.S. economic engine and needs tax cuts. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain did not vote with Obama on tax increase. (Oct 2008)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don't need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Top 1% only got $67B in 2007 tax cuts, not $85B. (Jul 2007)
  • Eliminate the tax cut just for those people in the top 1%. (Mar 2007)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Joe Biden on Technology
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  • Proposed $980M for tunnel repair; others have dropped ball. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
  • Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on War & Peace
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    Iraq War

  • We will end Iraq War; McCain has no end in sight. (Oct 2008)
  • Al-Qaeda & the Taliban have regrouped due to Bush's neglect. (Aug 2008)
  • Iraq war is sucking up a $150B a year. (Dec 2007)
  • Post-colonial countries like Iraq need federal system. (Nov 2007)
  • Third way: federalize Iraq; troops home; no chaos behind. (Nov 2007)
  • Troops out by 2013 if no political reconciliation. (Sep 2007)
  • Patraeus report is wrong strategy; draw down troops now. (Sep 2007)
  • Changed mind on Iraq pullout, not about political solution. (Sep 2007)
  • Worth losing election to protect our troops. (Sep 2007)
  • Leaving Iraq will cause generation-long regional war. (Aug 2007)
  • Bush has lied for 7 years; tell truth on Iraq. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted for Iraq War resolution to avoid war in Iraq. (Jul 2007)
  • Bush invaded Iraq as the weakest of the Axis of Evil. (Jul 2007)
  • End neocon fantasy of remaking Iraq in our image. (Jul 2007)
  • We can't just pull out; one year to remove 160,000 troops. (Jul 2007)
  • Iraqi leaders unwilling & unable to accommodate with Sunnis. (Jul 2007)
  • Never de-fund a single soldier in Iraq. (Jul 2007)
  • Rather lose elections than to lose troops' lives. (Jun 2007)
  • Start to draw down troops immediately and all out by '08. (Jun 2007)
  • Fund the safety of the troops till 67 anti-war votes reached. (Jun 2007)
  • Start moving combat troops out of harm's way now. (Apr 2007)
  • Not micromanaging war to authorize & define mission. (Apr 2007)
  • Target date ok; deadline not ok; changing failed mission ok. (Apr 2007)
  • Think about the decade after Iraq, not just the day after. (Apr 2007)
  • There will be a residual force left in Iraq. (Apr 2007)
  • In 2002 Saddam posed a threat of purchasing a nuclear bomb. (Apr 2007)
  • US worse off than before Saddam because US lost credibility. (Apr 2007)
  • Partitioning Iraq is inevitable, as shown by history. (Apr 2007)
  • Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement. (Apr 2007)
  • Decentralize Iraqi government; local control over daily life. (Apr 2007)
  • Biden-Gelb plan: UN & Muslim powers to enforce Iraq unity. (Apr 2007)
  • Stop training thugs as the national Iraqi police force. (Apr 2007)
  • Decentralize Iraq to give people control over daily lives. (Feb 2007)
  • If Iraq metastasizes into regional war, it'll take decades. (Feb 2007)

    Trouble Spots

  • My push for Bosnian intervention saved 1000s of lives. (Oct 2008)
  • Accept NIE conclusion that Iran stopped nukes in 2003. (Dec 2007)
  • Muslims don't like us because they do not trust us. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong US intervention in trouble spots around the world. (Nov 2007)
  • A military action resolution on Iran is a bad policy. (Oct 2007)
  • It's already US policy to go into Pakistan to get al Qaeda. (Aug 2007)
  • 1995: pushed to lift arms embargo in Bosnia. (Jul 2007)
  • 1995: pushed Clinton to bomb Serbia to free Kosovo. (Jul 2007)
  • Do away with the policy of regime change for Iran. (Jun 2007)
  • Replace pre-emption doctrine with prevention. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Regrets his war vote because Bush misused war authority. (Apr 2007)
  • Vote for war allowed war only after all else failed. (Apr 2007)
  • Introduced legislation barring US Military bases in Iraq. (Apr 2007)
  • Vote for Iraq War was mistake; assumed Bush competence. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now a war critic. (Nov 2006)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty
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  • No faith-based initiative; it ain't broke, so don't fix it. (Oct 2007)
  • We're no longer certain our kids will be better off than us. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)


VoteMatch Responses
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+2 points on Social scale)
No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view: Opposes topic 1
Supports partial-birth abortion ban, but not undoing Roe: Opposes topic 1
Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: 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
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 banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: 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)
1978: opposed busing except for gov't-intended segregation: Opposes topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment: Opposes topic 3
Nobody asks if you're gay in a foxhole: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Opposes topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
Biden Law of 1994 created several new capital offenses: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 8
NO on limiting death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Opposes topic 9
Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids: Favors topic 9
NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy: Strongly Favors topic 5
Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: 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
YES on blocking medical savings acounts: Favors topic 5
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: 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
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
NO on allowing personal retirement accounts: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake: Opposes topic 7
Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I have supported clean coal for 25 years: Opposes topic 18
Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors 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
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control: Strongly Favors topic 19
Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools: Favors topic 19
Divert drug offenders out of prison system: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Created nation's Drug Czar Office & drug courts: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rename "Drug Abuse" institute as "Diseases of Addiction": Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines: Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No faith-based initiative; it ain't broke, so don't fix it: Strongly Opposes topic 20
YES on welfare overhaul: Favors topic 20
NO on allowing state welfare waivers: Opposes topic 20
YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps: Opposes topic 20
YES on welfare block grants: Favors topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 15% 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
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly 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
Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+2 points on Social scale)
Oppose granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
It's impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights: Strongly Opposes topic 13
President's job is to create jobs, not to export jobs: Opposes topic 13
No trade agreements without workers' & environmental rights: Opposes topic 13
Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
We spend same in 3 weeks in Iraq as 7 years in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 15
Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps: Favors topic 15
Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism: Opposes topic 15
Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Opposes topic 15
NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Opposes topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Commitment to never use torture; no part of our policy, ever: Strongly Favors topic 14
Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Favors topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
We will end Iraq War; McCain has no end in sight: Strongly Favors topic 17
Worth losing election to protect our troops: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Never de-fund a single soldier in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Fund the safety of the troops till 67 anti-war votes reached: Opposes topic 17
Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement: Strongly Favors topic 17
Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now a war critic: Strongly Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17

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