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John McCain on Abortion
Click here for 35 full quotes on Abortion OR 2 older headlines OR background on Abortion.
  • I’ve never imposed a litmus test on Supreme Court nominees. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama voted no on partial-birth ban & born-alive treatment. (Oct 2008)
  • 2000: Pro-lifers attack McCain since CFR limits their power. (Mar 2008)
  • Intentionally fuzzy on abortion; wants no litmus test. (Mar 2008)
  • Pro-life and an advocate for the Rights of Man everywhere. (Feb 2008)
  • GovWatch: 1999: Don’t force women to have illegal operations. (Feb 2008)
  • 1999: Repealing Roe forces dangerous illegal abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Abortion issue shows what kind of country we are. (Aug 2007)
  • Concerned if women undergo illegal dangerous operations. (May 2007)
  • Supports federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. (May 2007)
  • Prosecute abortion doctors, not women who get them. (Jan 2000)
  • “Family Conference” if daughter wanted an abortion. (Jan 2000)
  • Abortion OK if raped; and no testing for rape. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports fetal tissue research; against over-intensity. (Jan 2000)
  • Overturn Roe v. Wade, but keep incest & rape exceptions. (Jan 2000)
  • Support adoption & foster care; work together on abortion. (Oct 1999)
  • Wants Roe vs. Wade made irrelevant, but would not repeal it. (Aug 1999)
  • Opposes partial-birth abortions & public financing. (Aug 1999)
  • Nominate justices based on experience, and values. (Jun 1999)
  • Restrict abortions; no partial-birth; no public funding. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Supports repealing Roe v. Wade. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
John McCain on Budget & Economy
Click here for 63 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Obama's new spending is committing generational theft. (Nov 2010)
  • Proposed firing SEC chairman for 2008 economic crisis. (Jan 2010)
  • We’ve laid a $10 trillion debt on our young people. (Oct 2008)
  • Energy independence & tax cuts for all. (Oct 2008)
  • Stabilize mortgage industry so people stay in their homes. (Oct 2008)
  • Cut down on earmarks & establish priorities. (Oct 2008)
  • I have fought against excessive spending my entire career. (Sep 2008)
  • Can’t pass trillions of dollars of debt to our children. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: Specified cuts are $10B, not $100B. (May 2008)
  • 1980s Keating Five: biggest financial scandal in US history. (Mar 2008)
  • Things are tough now, but we’re better off than in 2000. (Jan 2008)
  • May have to go further to fix the subprime lending situation. (Jan 2008)
  • Recession is partly psychological and not inevitable. (Jan 2008)
  • I’m well-versed in economics; I was at the Reagan Revolution. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Said--then denied--he needed economics education. (Jan 2008)
  • Will be able to reduce war costs & have a stable Middle East. (Jan 2008)
  • Reform insurance to cover violent weather patterns. (Jan 2008)
  • To avoid recession, stop out-of-control spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Loss of economic strength leads to losing military strength. (Dec 2007)
  • Republicans have forgotten how to control spending. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: Outrageous to spend $233M for bridge to nowhere. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck:Bridge-to-Nowhere never built; would serve 200,000. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Criticized “Woodstock museum,” but skipped vote. (Nov 2007)
  • Congress spends money like a drunken sailor. (May 2007)
  • Consistent conservative voting on free-market principles. (Sep 2000)
  • FactCheck: Obama’s new programs cost $286B; McCain’s $211B. (Oct 2008)
  • Use veto power to reduce government spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Distribute surplus: 23% tax cuts; 62% Social Security. (Jan 2000)
  • $9B of pork in current budget bills; cut subsidies. (Oct 1999)
  • For Balanced Budget Amend., & off-budget Social Security. (Jul 1999)
  • List of budgetary spending priorities. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1998)
  • Apply surplus to Social Security, Medicare, tax cuts & debt. (Jul 1998)

    Financial Bailout

  • OpEd: Financial crisis gave best chance for 2008 comeback. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: could have single-handedly killed the bailout. (Aug 2010)
  • 2008 financial bailout bill: GOP gets blamed if it fails. (Jan 2010)
  • Suspended campaign to call Sep. 2008 economic summit. (Jan 2010)
  • Americans are innocent victims of Wall Street greed. (Oct 2008)
  • $300B to buy up home mortgages; put a floor under it. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: $300B mortgage plan shifts burden to taxpayers. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, “fundamentals are strong” but “threatened”. (Oct 2008)
  • Buy up bad mortgages so people can stay in homes. (Oct 2008)
  • I suspended my campaign to help resolve financial crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Rescue package already has mortgage renegotiation. (Oct 2008)
  • Have no doubt about the magnitude of financial crisis. (Sep 2008)
  • Recoup financial bailout cost by cutting spending. (Sep 2008)
  • Freeze on everything but Defense, Veterans & entitlements. (Sep 2008)
  • These are tough times; we need changes; so keep taxes low. (Aug 2008)
  • Bailing out Bear Stearns necessary to protect economy. (Apr 2008)
  • Key is to not to bail out homeowners who speculated. (Apr 2008)
  • Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy. (Jan 2008)

    Voting Record

  • Veto all pork-barrel bills and announce pork spenders. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)
John McCain on Civil Rights
Click here for 50 full quotes on Civil Rights OR 3 older headlines OR background on Civil Rights.
  • 2008 concession: Obama helps country heal racial wounds. (Nov 2008)
  • Equal pay for equal work case was a trial lawyer’s dream. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Pay discrimination still subject to time limits. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports CA Prop. 8: one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted against MLK holiday in 1983; now calls that a mistake. (Apr 2008)
  • Supported CA Prop. 209, canceling affirmative action quotas. (Mar 2008)
  • Pro-Confederacy activist continues as top S.C. adviser. (Mar 2008)
  • Private ceremonies fine, but no gay marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • Praised immigrants who join army to advance citizenship. (Oct 2007)
  • Don’t ask, don’t tell is working; don’t tamper with it. (Jun 2007)
  • Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok. (May 2007)
  • Leave gay marriage to the states. (Jan 2007)
  • John Lewis was as courageous as anyone could ever hope to be. (Apr 2004)
  • Fear did not restrain Dr. King to resist repression. (Apr 2004)
  • 1994: No Senate hiring discrimination by sexual orientation. (Jan 2004)
  • 1987: 1st Senate committee was Indian affairs, crucial to AZ. (Sep 2000)
  • Support evangelism but don’t pander to evangelical leaders. (Feb 2000)
  • Inter-racial dating ban is idiotic and cruel. (Feb 2000)
  • Career-long history of supporting Indian causes. (Jan 2000)
  • Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Confederate flag is a “symbol of heritage”. (Jan 2000)
  • Allow, but not mandate, school prayer. (Jan 2000)
  • Would be “comfortable” with a gay president. (Dec 1999)
  • Flying Confederate flag should be left to states. (Sep 1999)
  • 1st Amend. not a shield for hate groups. (Aug 1999)
  • Indian gambling OK; lottery is not. (Aug 1999)
  • Hollywood should voluntarily self-censor sex and violence. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports Amendment against flag-burning. (Apr 1999)
  • We don’t need laws against Spanish language & culture. (Mar 1999)
  • Affirmative action OK for specific programs, but no quotas. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Ban on same-sex marriage is unRepublican; leave it to states. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 33% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
John McCain on Corporations
Click here for 14 full quotes on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Businesses need a stable and predictable tax policy. (Aug 2009)
  • Cut taxes for small business so they can thrive. (Oct 2008)
  • Warned about corporate greed & excess; supports bailout. (Sep 2008)
  • Need stricter interpretation and consolidation of regulators. (Sep 2008)
  • Government should be on businesses’ side, not in their way. (Jun 2008)
  • More deductible expensing of equipment investments. (Feb 2008)
  • Cut corporate income taxes to keep jobs here. (Jan 2008)
  • People worry about corporations unduly influencing elections. (Sep 2007)
  • Skilled chair of Senate Commerce Committee since 1997. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO 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 61% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 17% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
John McCain on Crime
Click here for 16 full quotes on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Judges have limited scope under the Constitution. (Nov 2006)
  • More death penalty; stricter sentencing. (Jan 2000)
  • More community policing; enough hate crime laws. (Jan 2000)
  • Prosecute youths as adults, but separately; explore sources. (Jan 2000)
  • Urges hearings on how FBI can deter Hate Crimes. (Aug 1999)
  • 1st Amend. not a shield for hate groups. (Aug 1999)
  • Pro-death penalty; more prisons; increased penalties. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 29% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)
John McCain on Drugs
Click here for 14 full quotes on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Recuses from alcohol votes because wife owns Anheiser-Busch. (Mar 2008)
  • Mexico should extradite drug dealers to the US. (Mar 2007)
  • Administration is AWOL on the war on drugs. (Mar 2000)
  • Public/private partnerships for drug treatment. (Jan 2000)
  • Prevention & education apply to alcohol as well as marijuana. (Oct 1999)
  • We’re losing drug war - just say no. (Oct 1999)
  • $1B for detection equipment for more border interdiction. (Mar 1999)
  • Mexico: balancing act between free trade & stopping drugs. (Mar 1999)
  • Restrict methadone treatment programs. (Feb 1999)
  • Stricter penalties; stricter enforcement. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Sponsored bill on drug testing for major league sports. (May 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for grants to Indian tribes to fight meth. (Dec 2006)
John McCain on Education
Click here for 59 full quotes on Education OR 3 older headlines OR background on Education.
  • Achieved equality in schools; but failing schools don’t help. (Oct 2008)
  • I want schools to answer to parents and students. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay bonuses to teachers in the most troubled schools. (Jul 2008)
  • Target funding to recruit top graduates as teachers. (Jul 2008)
  • Direct $750 million to build virtual schools. (Jul 2008)
  • Give parents easier access to obtain help for their children. (Jul 2008)
  • Shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition. (Jun 2008)
  • View has evolved on intelligent design vs. evolution. (Mar 2008)
  • Endorses teaching intelligent design in schools. (Oct 2007)
  • Teaching creationism should be decided by school districts. (Jun 2007)
  • Believes in evolution, but sees the hand of God in nature. (May 2007)
  • Against nationally imposed standards & funding strings. (Feb 2000)
  • Teach virtues in all schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Enlist retirees for tutoring. (Nov 1999)
  • Good teachers should earn more than bad lawyers. (Oct 1999)
  • Decisions on teaching evolution should be made locally. (Aug 1999)
  • Help unqualified teachers find other lines of work. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports tax-free savings accounts for education expenses. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports “Reading Excellence”; and rewarding good schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports at-risk programs; homeless ed.; anti-drop-out ed. (Jul 1999)
  • Internet access, with filters, at every school & library. (Jun 1999)
  • Merit pay & competency testing for teachers. (Jun 1999)
  • Ed-ACT Bill: college plans; language proficiency. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Vouchers in DC work; parents wait in line for them. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers and school choice for all. (Jul 2008)
  • Offer more choices to those who wish to become teachers. (Jul 2008)
  • Place parents & children at the center of education. (Feb 2008)
  • We need more choice and competition in education. (Dec 2007)
  • Charters, homeschooling, & vouchers are key to success. (Dec 2007)
  • Local charters are the best Arizona schools. (Mar 2000)
  • Let states decide if they link vouchers to student testing. (Feb 2000)
  • Use sugar, oil, and ethanol subsidies to finance vouchers. (Jan 2000)
  • Tax breaks for charters - not from public school funds. (Dec 1999)
  • Vouchers & charters will improve our school system. (Oct 1999)
  • Nationwide test of school vouchers. (Sep 1999)
  • $5B program for 3-year test of school vouchers. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax-funded vouchers for private schools or charter schools. (Jun 1999)
  • Shift policy-making from bureaucrats to parents. (May 1999)
  • Vouchers needed where teachers fail. (May 1999)
  • Vouchers for any schools; more charter schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Unrestricted block grants--let states decide spending. (Feb 2000)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
John McCain on Energy & Oil
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  • FactCheck: Pushed cap-and-trade bill in 2009, but not since. (Feb 2013)
  • FactCheck: No, Obama voted for $300M oil tax INCREASE. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama not opposed to nuclear energy; just Yucca. (Sep 2008)
  • GovWatch: Build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Gas tax cut goes to oil companies, not consumers. (Jun 2008)
  • Ethanol subsidy OK at $40/bbl oil; opposed it at $60/bbl. (Mar 2008)
  • Public pressure on oil industry to invest in alternatives. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports ethanol but opposes subsidies for it. (Oct 2007)
  • Reinvest oil profits in nuclear power. (Jun 2007)
  • Ethanol made no sense in ‘05 but with $60/bbl it makes sense. (May 2007)
  • Supports alternative fuels, emission controls, & CWA. (Jul 1998)

    Energy Independence

  • Energy independence will create millions of jobs. (Oct 2008)
  • Use alternative energy, including nuclear, coal, gas, solar. (Oct 2008)
  • All of the above: nuclear, wind, tide, solar, gas, coal. (Oct 2008)
  • Offshore drilling & nuke power instead of $700B to enemies. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Voted against new investments in renewable energy. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: US sends $357B to hostile countries, not $700B. (Sep 2008)
  • Attack the energy problem on every front. (Sep 2008)
  • Job creation program with alternate energy & nuclear power. (Aug 2008)
  • Address both the supply and demand sides of imported oil. (Jun 2008)
  • Lexington Project: invest to achieve energy security. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: Obama is the “Dr. No” of energy security. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, Obama supported $150B in energy innovation. (Jun 2008)
  • End moratorium on offshore oil drilling. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Favors wind & solar in ad; favors nuclear in bills. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: 2003: Ethanol doesn’t increase energy independence. (Feb 2008)
  • End reliance on petro-dictators with market-based reform. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Oil independence will take 25 years, not 5 years. (Dec 2007)

    Global Warming

  • The snows of Kilimanjaro may soon exist only in literature. (Feb 2012)
  • Nuclear power is the best way to fix climate change. (Oct 2008)
  • AdWatch: Realistic climate plan that clashes with GOP. (Jun 2008)
  • Be more active in addressing the issue of climate change. (Jan 2008)
  • In favor of cap-and-trade. (Jan 2008)
  • Climate change is real and must be addressed. (Dec 2007)
  • Climate change is real; nuclear power is solution. (Oct 2007)
  • Led delegation with Hillary, to see effects of polar warming. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: nuclear plants do emit no GHGs, but do have waste. (Jun 2007)
  • Utility lobbyists influence White House climate policy. (Sep 2006)
  • 2000: Held hearings on mounting evidence of climate change. (Jan 2004)
  • 2000: Criticized Bush’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Treaty. (Jan 2004)
  • Energy 2001: 1st Republican to sign onto reducing GHGS. (May 2002)
  • Strength Clean Air & Water Acts; but not Kyoto. (Jan 2000)

    Voting Record

  • GovWatch: Yes, his cap-and-trade bill is mandatory. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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 YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Sponsored bill for greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Gas tax holiday for the summer. (Apr 2008)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)
John McCain on Environment
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  • Attacked ethanol subsidies in Iowa, to ne heard in N.H. (Mar 2010)
  • Create green jobs to help economy & environment. (Oct 2008)
  • GovWatch: Voted for one Congressional Katrina investigation. (Jun 2008)
  • Support much tougher regulations on emission requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Criticized $3M “bear DNA” study, but voted for it. (Nov 2007)
  • Economic & environmental interests not mutually exclusive. (Sep 2007)
  • Scored 40% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • 1996: Put 3.5B acres of land into wilderness protection. (Jan 2004)
  • Preserving wilderness among proudest achievements. (Sep 2002)
  • 1980s: 1st House committee was water rights, crucial to AZ. (Sep 2000)
  • Preserve and help our National Parks. (Jan 2000)
  • Repeal ban on new roads in wilderness due to bad process. (Dec 1999)
  • Use park visitor fees for park development bonds. (Dec 1999)
  • Preserve natural resources for future. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 53% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated 20% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)
John McCain on Families & Children
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  • Adopted daughter from Mother Teresa's Bangladesh orphanage. (Mar 2010)
  • Supports flex-time & unpaid family leave. (Nov 2004)
  • Unfiltered Internet robs our children of their innocence. (Dec 1999)
  • Parents should be active in media kids are exposed to. (Jul 1999)
  • Label violent media products like we label cigarettes. (Jun 1999)
  • Media Responsibility Act requires video & music labeling. (Jun 1999)
  • Violence in media caused Littleton shootings. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 83% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
John McCain on Foreign Policy
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  • 2001: Publicly rebuke Uzbekistan for human rights violations. (Feb 2011)
  • Create League of Democracies, instead of UN with dictators. (Nov 2010)
  • Ukraine now in Putin’s sights; penalize Russian aggression. (Oct 2008)
  • Nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel. (Sep 2008)
  • Preconditions required for talks with rogue states. (Sep 2008)
  • Russian aggression in Georgia is wrong; I see KGB in Putin. (Sep 2008)
  • Sit down with any leader, but only with pre-conditions. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama sought restraint in Georgia; so did Bush. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m prepared for the dangerous threats in this world. (Sep 2008)
  • 1994: Worked with John Kerry to normalize Vietnam relations. (Mar 2008)
  • No circumstances where president can disregard treaties. (Dec 2007)
  • Maintain Cuban embargo; indict Castro. (Dec 2007)
  • Situation in Pakistan very serious, but not nuclear threat. (Oct 2007)
  • We need bigger army for more militaristic foreign policy. (Oct 2007)
  • Somalia: alleviating starvation OK; nation-building not. (Oct 2007)
  • 1970s: Vietnam justified because of Domino Theory. (Oct 2007)
  • Naive to exclude nukes; naive to exclude attacking Pakistan. (Aug 2007)
  • We have good reason to expect solidarity of our allies. (Aug 2004)
  • Suu Kyi and the people of Burma will rule themselves someday. (Apr 2004)
  • 2000: Internationalist vision with populist caution. (Sep 2000)
  • Overthrow “rogue” governments to keep Americans safe. (Feb 2000)
  • Our conscience influences US intervention, as in Rwanda. (Feb 2000)
  • Africa: Money for AIDS would be lost to corruption. (Jan 2000)
  • Concern over Chechnya spreads to Caucasus oil reserves. (Jan 2000)
  • Russia: Sanctions until Putin exits Chechnya. (Jan 2000)
  • IMF’s Russia policies bad, but agency is OK. (Oct 1999)
  • Urge Japan to open economy to ensure Asian recovery. (May 1999)
  • Clinton abandoned framework of “assertive multilateralism”. (Apr 1999)
  • Korea: ease starvation, but avoid war during death throes. (Apr 1999)
  • Cuba: No diplomatic and trade relations. (Jul 1998)

    China

  • Support the One-China policy, don’t weaken it. (Mar 2000)
  • $1M political donations by Chinese Army should not be legal. (Jan 2000)
  • China: Advocate for political reforms, and guard Taiwan. (Jun 1999)
  • Inaction on spying led to Chinese nuclear improvement. (May 1999)
  • Engage with China as they become a great power. (Apr 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Pay dues to UN after UN reforms. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Sponsored bill suspending Russia's participation in the G-8. (Feb 2005)
  • Libyan disarmament was a CIA success story. (Mar 2005)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Rated +1 by AAI, indicating a mixed Arab/Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Call for Burma's junta to release political prisoners. (Jun 2007)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)
  • Sponsored bill supporting demonstrations against Iran. (Jun 2009)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
John McCain on Free Trade
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  • Free trade with Colombia is something that’s a no-brainer. (Oct 2008)
  • When have Americans ever been afraid of foreign competition? (Jun 2008)
  • Globalization is an opportunity--reduce barriers to trade. (Feb 2008)
  • Consider subsidies a mistake, and oppose them. (Dec 2007)
  • Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports ethanol, but by exporting, not by subsidies. (Oct 2007)
  • No environmental provisions in trade agreements. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports opening border to Mexican trucks. (May 2002)
  • Against foreign sales corporations (offshore tax breaks). (Feb 2000)
  • Substitute trade treaties for protectionism. (Jan 2000)
  • Admit China to WTO based on their concessions. (Jun 1999)
  • Free trade with any country except security risks. (May 1999)
  • Retaliatory protectionism is a “murder-suicide pact”. (May 1999)
  • Chile in NAFTA is good, but Fast Track isn’t. (May 1999)
  • China: Keep open trade & diplomacy; but keep eyes open. (Apr 1999)
  • Mexico: balancing act between free trade & stopping drugs. (Mar 1999)
  • NAFTA has had unambiguously positive impact on US. (Mar 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES 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 NO 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 NO on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Sponsored bill for trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine. (Apr 2005)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
  • Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices. (Feb 2013)
John McCain on Government Reform
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  • Hayworth was unethical lobbyist hawking infomercials. (Jul 2010)
  • Considered one-term pledge to address age issue. (Jan 2010)
  • Picked Palin because she took on entrenched bureaucracy. (Nov 2009)
  • Led bipartisan "Gang of 14" on judicial nominee standoff. (Aug 2009)
  • Partisan rancor isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom. (Sep 2008)
  • Fought corruption and the big spenders in both parties. (Sep 2008)
  • Share the credit for good ideas instead of fighting over it. (Sep 2008)
  • Eliminate broken government programs--20% of all program. (Feb 2008)
  • More sunshine on the Working Group on Financial Markets. (Jan 2008)
  • No signing statements: either sign or veto bills. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on homeland safety, restoring trust, and fiscal policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Authored line-item veto law; struck down by Supreme Court. (Oct 2007)
  • Keating Five mea culpa established openness to press. (Oct 2007)
  • Skepticism in government can lead to chaos. (Oct 2007)
  • As usual, responsible for none of 309 earmarks in 2007. (Oct 2007)
  • There’s only one president; V.P. sticks to official duties. (Aug 2007)
  • OpEd: Led campaign finance reform because of Keating Five. (Oct 2005)
  • McCain-Feingold is latest in line of 200 years of CFR. (Oct 2001)
  • Infuriates fellow senators by battling pork-barrel spending. (Oct 2001)
  • Reform called incumbent protection, but fought by incumbents. (Oct 2001)
  • Reform election system, and get rid of electors. (Nov 2000)
  • 2000: Theme "reformer & outsider" attacked as Senate insider. (Sep 2000)
  • Early Congressional races included large war chests. (Sep 2000)
  • McCain-Feingold reforms never appealed to GOP base. (Sep 2000)
  • Reform focus endears him to many, but alienates GOP insiders. (Sep 2000)
  • Reform was a lonely message in 2000. (Sep 2000)
  • No term limits; they throw away the good with the bad. (Jan 2000)
  • Influence peddling helps the Chinese Army. (Sep 1999)
  • Politicans poll, posture, & influence-peddle. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports Line-Item Veto and Balanced Budget. (May 1999)
  • Supports term limits on Congress. (Jul 1998)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Alleged affair with lobbyist hurt image as reformer. (Jan 2010)
  • 5-year struggle for CFR portrayed in press as epic tale. (Mar 2008)
  • CFR cut soft money & increased hard money; both helped GOP. (Mar 2008)
  • 1993: Proposed barring campaign funds for personal expenses. (Mar 2008)
  • No litmus test for Supreme Court nominees on McCain-Feingold. (Feb 2008)
  • The 527s need to be eliminated. (Oct 2007)
  • OpEd: McCain-Feingold chilled grassroots political speech. (Oct 2007)
  • 527s are clearly illegal; reform intended for small donors. (Apr 2007)
  • Supported then opposed transparency in grassroots reporting. (Jan 2007)
  • Profile in Courage award for preserving integrity of system. (Apr 2003)
  • Campaign finance reform needed to restore faith in politics. (May 2002)
  • Finance reform will prevail if we have the votes & the guts. (May 2002)
  • Supported non-severability as key component of CFR. (May 2002)
  • CFR passes Senate; focus on House, not court challenges. (Apr 2001)
  • Differentiate “electioneering” from real issue ads. (Mar 2001)
  • Clearer rules about campaign finance; no soft money. (Jan 2001)
  • Replace battle of bucks with battle of ideas. (Feb 2000)
  • Fight iron triangle: special interests, money, & legislation. (Feb 2000)
  • Campaign reform that’s best for country, not for GOP. (Jan 2000)
  • Take away soft money & “hurt the unions bad”. (Jan 2000)
  • Money corrupts politics, and soft money corrupts absolutely. (Dec 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: ban both labor union & corporate donations. (May 1999)

    Earmarks & Pork

  • Save $30M just by ending duplicative catfish regulation. (Apr 2012)
  • Authorized earmarks OK; unauthorized earmarks not. (Feb 2012)
  • Would fight for line-item veto, and veto pork. (Oct 2008)
  • We need a reformer because system in Washington is broken. (Oct 2008)
  • I fought earmarks even in defense spending. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Killed corrupt $6.8B contract, but reinstated it. (Oct 2008)
  • Get earmarks under control to deal with the financial crisis. (Sep 2008)
  • Obama requested for $932M of pork projects; I fought pork. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Earmarks have gone down in last 5 years. (Sep 2008)
  • Earmarks are terrible and pernicious; Palin learned that. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: $35B in pork meant $484 per child, not $1000. (Jan 2008)
  • I’m “the sheriff”, not Miss Congeniality, about pork bills. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Claim of “24 years with no earmarks” mostly true. (Jan 2008)
  • Close corporate loopholes; veto pork-barrel spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Drain the big money swamp to kill lobbyist mosquitoes. (Dec 1999)
  • End sugar subsidy; corporate welfare at its worst. (Aug 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Gets legislation passed despite lack of congeniality. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored bill subjecting 527s to political committee rules. (Feb 2005)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill disclosing lobbyist info & gifts on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Rethink flawed Presidential daily intelligence briefings. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA yielded to conventional wisdom, not political pressure. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Ban paid voter registration. (May 2009)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
John McCain on Gun Control
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  • I know how to use guns; but I don’t own one. (Nov 2007)
  • Prosecute criminals, not citizens for gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition types. (Sep 2007)
  • Calls for GOP “tolerance” of closing gun show loopholes. (May 2002)
  • Ban cheap guns; require safety locks; for gun show checks. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports ban on certain assault weapons. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted against Brady Bill & assault weapon ban. (Aug 1999)
  • Guns are a problem, but so are violent web sites & videos. (Aug 1999)
  • Punish criminals who abuse 2nd Amendment rights. (May 1999)
  • Youth Violence Prevention Act restricts guns for kids. (May 1999)
  • Repeal existing gun restrictions; penalize criminal use. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad. (Apr 2011)
  • Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. (Sep 2013)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)
John McCain on Health Care
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  • Repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law. (Sep 2010)
  • Healthcare reform requires cultural change over a generation. (Nov 2008)
  • Get healthcare records online to reduce costs. (Oct 2008)
  • Mandated heath insurance is Big Government at its best. (Oct 2008)
  • 50% credit for businesses who provide employees insurance. (Oct 2008)
  • Put health records online, to reduce medical errors. (Oct 2008)
  • Health care is a responsibility: just make it available. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Plan is $5,000 per family, not $5,000 per person. (Oct 2008)
  • Bring together smart Americans to solve Medicare. (Oct 2008)
  • $5,000 refundable tax credit for every family. (Sep 2008)
  • Family should make health decisions, not federal government. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama’s plan is voluntary for adults. (Sep 2008)
  • Tax credits to address crisis of health insurance. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain’s $5,000 health tax credit would be taxed. (Aug 2008)
  • Large tax credit for families to buy their health care. (Jul 2008)
  • 1997: Give FDA more regulatory powers over tobacco. (Mar 2008)
  • Harness market competition for comprehensive reform. (Feb 2008)
  • Preserve quality of health care by individual responsibility. (Dec 2007)
  • Give individuals $2500 refundable tax credits for healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Control health costs so manufacturers stay competitive. (Oct 2007)
  • Stumped by whether contraceptives prevent spread of AIDS. (Oct 2007)
  • No mandated universal system; no mandated insurance coverage. (Jun 2006)
  • We should be able to reimport drugs from Canada. (Jan 2006)
  • Include a health savings account in healthcare reform. (Jan 2006)
  • The problem with health care in America is inflation. (Jan 2006)
  • Supports tax-free medical savings accounts & tax credits. (Nov 2004)
  • 1989: No mandatory catastrophic Medicare coverage. (Jan 2004)
  • 1993: To socialize healthcare would be to ruin it. (Jan 2004)
  • Greater consumer access to generic drugs. (May 2002)
  • 1998 tobacco bill attempted regulation via $1.10/pack tax. (Sep 2000)
  • Favorite cause: Cleft-palate surgery for children. (Oct 2007)
  • Higher taxes on cigarettes. (Jan 2000)
  • Matching funds for seniors citizens’ prescription drugs. (Dec 1999)
  • Expand health insurance to 11 million uninsured children. (Dec 1999)
  • Keep health care promises to aging veterans. (Nov 1999)
  • Address powerlessness when faced with health care crises. (Jul 1999)
  • “Patient rights” means value human life over dollars. (Jul 1999)
  • Expand medical savings; community health; & tax deductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Patient Rights: access; MDs over HMOs; grievance process. (Jul 1999)
  • Allow paying extra for choice of doctors & care. (Jul 1999)
  • Full doctor-patient discussion even when it costs HMO. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports patient rights; regulate nicotine as a drug. (Jul 1998)
  • More tax-deductible health costs; limits on malpractice. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Allow appealing HMO decisions externally & in court. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO 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 NO 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 YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 25% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
John McCain on Homeland Security
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  • Vietnam POW: Ashamed of signing false confession. (Nov 2010)
  • Obama opposed surge even after it appeared effective. (Jan 2010)
  • 2008: guaranteed college for vets creates retention problems. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Pushed for immediate withdrawal from Somalia. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Voted against Lebanon deployment, but post-hoc. (Oct 2008)
  • Credit Bush, troops, & luck, for not another 9/11. (Sep 2008)
  • I hate war; it’s terrible beyond imagination. (Sep 2008)
  • Clinton & Bush missed opportunities to get bin Laden. (Sep 2008)
  • Disagrees with Bush often; but credits no attacks since 9/11. (Aug 2008)
  • Applying habeas to Guantanamo let 30 terrorists attack US. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Only 13 Gitmo recidivists & none attacked US. (Jun 2008)
  • Improve human intelligence to get Osama bin Laden. (Jan 2008)
  • Surveillance of overseas communications is ok. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to hold even US citizens as enemy combatants. (Dec 2007)
  • Consult lawyers on war decisions; no half-cocked war basis. (Oct 2007)
  • Ran the largest squadron in the US Navy. (Oct 2007)
  • After 9/11, ask Americans to join military or AmeriCorps. (Oct 2007)
  • Let loose smart, tough spies to catch Bin Laden. (Oct 2007)
  • His Military Commissions Act ended up denying habeas corpus. (Oct 2007)
  • 1973: Spokesperson for Operation Homecoming. (Oct 2007)
  • 1977:Appointed as Navy liaison to Congress. (Oct 2007)
  • 1970s: Communists negotiate when faced with force. (Oct 2007)
  • I admire TR's zest for combat & pugnacious vitality. (Oct 2007)
  • Leading proponent for drastically expanding National Service. (Oct 2007)
  • Boost standing army from 750,000 to 900,000. (Oct 2007)
  • Half of world's defense spending should be US as global cop. (Oct 2007)
  • I’ve spent my life leading on national security issues. (Sep 2007)
  • Radical Islamic extremism is a hydra-headed challenge. (Aug 2007)
  • I support the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war. (Jan 2006)
  • We must provide our children a strong, better country. (Aug 2004)
  • A lack of complacency shouldn’t provoke a lack of confidence. (Aug 2004)
  • We don’t have as much to fear as we had in the past. (Apr 2004)
  • Those who gave their lives deserve to be remembered. (Apr 2004)
  • First reaction to Sept 11: “This is war”. (May 2002)
  • Argued for base closings even in the wake of 9/11. (May 2002)
  • Channel fear into productive missions and activities. (May 2002)
  • 1993: Led effort to normalize relations with Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Accused in 2000 SC primary of ignoring veterans' groups. (Oct 2001)
  • Focuses on issue-specific waste, not overall Pentagon reform. (Sep 2000)
  • “Rogue state rollback” avoids use of US troops. (Mar 2000)
  • Accepts gays in military under current policy. (Jan 2000)
  • Military’s political leaders need military backgrounds. (Jan 2000)
  • Women have proven themselves in combat-no restrictions. (Dec 1999)
  • Bombing useless targets in Vietnam destroyed US morale. (Nov 1999)
  • Pres. needs experience more than briefing books. (Sep 1999)
  • Discard ABM Treaty and develop a missile defense. (Apr 1999)
  • Use force, with US control, only for vital interests. (Apr 1999)

    Defense Spending

  • Make all defense contracts fixed-cost; costs out of control. (Sep 2008)
  • Cited 245 pork projects, or $3.5M waste in defense bill. (Oct 2007)
  • Clean up waste in defense acquisition. (May 2007)
  • Eliminate defense pork, but increase most other defense. (Nov 2004)
  • Terminate C-130, B-2, and Seawolf; use funds to modernize. (Dec 1999)
  • Politicians keep unneeded bases open for political purposes. (Dec 1999)
  • Keep health care promises to aging veterans. (Nov 1999)
  • $6.4B of military spending waste is a disgrace. (Oct 1999)
  • Raise military pay to avoid military draft. (Aug 1999)
  • Military personnel on food stamps is a national disgrace. (Aug 1999)
  • Europeans should spend more on defense, within NATO. (Apr 1999)

    Torture

  • 2005: interrogations must follow US Army Field Manual rules. (Aug 2011)
  • Bush administration’s waterboarding was torture. (Aug 2008)
  • McCain Amendment: Torture ban passed by veto-proof majority. (Jul 2008)
  • Hiding torture is wrong, and harms US credibility abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Waterboarding is torture; we’re not going to torture people. (Nov 2007)
  • Waterboarding is torture; & as A.G., Mukasey will declare it. (Nov 2007)
  • Torture supported only by people without military experience. (Sep 2007)
  • Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion. (May 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo Bay prison; announce no-torture policy. (Apr 2007)
  • Torture has never worked throughout history. (Apr 2007)
  • Abusing prisoners hurts America's cause in War on Terror. (Sep 2006)

    Vietnam

  • Experience has taught me: the US military must not fail. (Sep 2008)
  • Inappropriate to lie to public; tell Americans what we face. (Sep 2008)
  • 1973: America is better country than when I left 6 years ago. (Mar 2008)
  • Vietnam generation still haunted by specter of Vietnam. (Oct 2007)
  • Casualty of Vietnam was loss of America’s faith in herself. (Oct 2007)
  • Worked with John Kerry on Vietnam POWs. (Oct 2007)
  • Immutable principle of war: luck is unreliable. (Aug 2007)
  • Vietnam not wrong, but how it was fought and led was. (Sep 2002)
  • Disagrees with Perot: No more POWs in Vietnam. (Feb 2000)
  • Vietnam was a worthy cause despite losing. (Nov 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Keep “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy - it works. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill giving higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill banning torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)
  • Innovate intelligence-gathering for future hard targets. (Mar 2005)
  • Assessments of al Qaida in Afghanistan in 2001 were accurate. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA needs more focus on counterterrorism. (Mar 2005)
  • So-called Legal Issues are myths; not real CIA hindrances. (Mar 2005)
  • Intelligence community shares information poorly. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA should work more with scientists to understand WMDs. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)
John McCain on Immigration
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  • 2005: guest worker program & path to citizenship. (Mar 2013)
  • Campaign ad: "Complete the danged fence!". (Nov 2010)
  • TV ad: Obama makes protecting AZ border incredibly difficult. (Nov 2010)
  • 10-point plan to secure border; then try legal-worker deal. (Sep 2010)
  • 2007 immigration bill split Republican Party. (Jan 2010)
  • Doing nothing on immigration is really de facto amnesty. (Aug 2009)
  • Party that attracts immigrants becomes the ruling party. (Aug 2009)
  • Restart comprehensive reform only after securing borders. (Jun 2008)
  • Other aspects only after consensus that borders are secure. (Feb 2008)
  • Deport 2 million illegal immigrants who committed crimes. (Jan 2008)
  • Would no longer push his own 2006 immigration proposal. (Jan 2008)
  • Certify border is secure; only then allow guest workers. (Jan 2008)
  • 2003 “amnesty” didn’t mean rewarding illegal behavior. (Jan 2008)
  • Round up and deport two million aliens who committed crimes. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, he has used the word “amnesty” in the past. (Jan 2008)
  • Do everything I can to help all immigrants learn English. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants are God’s children as well. (Nov 2007)
  • Absences from negotiations hurt reform bill’s chances. (Oct 2007)
  • 12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • Amnesty is forgiveness; we offer fines; lines; & long waits. (Sep 2007)
  • No official English; Native Americans use own languages. (Jun 2007)
  • Immigration reform needed for national security. (Jun 2007)
  • Hispanics serve our country, like every wave of immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • America expects us to work on immigration together. (May 2007)
  • Bipartisanship shows preparedness for presidency. (May 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform requires temporary worker program. (May 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform must include border security first. (Apr 2007)
  • McCain-Kennedy bill: balanced alternative to HR.4437. (Jul 2006)
  • I’ve never supported amnesty. (Jan 2006)
  • We have to secure the borders first. (Jan 2006)
  • Make possible for immigrants to do a job Americans won’t do. (Oct 2004)
  • Give everyone in the world an opportunity to come to America. (Oct 2004)
  • 1988: Honored by La Raza for opposing official English. (Jan 2004)
  • More help for legal immigrants when immigrating & once here. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • No more ballot initiatives against immigration. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 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 YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Rated 18% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
John McCain on Jobs
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  • 2007 candor in Michigan: Those jobs aren't coming back. (Jan 2010)
  • Cut business taxes so companies will keep jobs in US. (Sep 2008)
  • Help workers find new jobs that won’t go away. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted against minimum wage 19 times, when in pork bills. (Aug 2008)
  • Raising taxes eliminates jobs. (Jul 2008)
  • Produce jobs by producing America’s own energy. (Jul 2008)
  • Overhaul unemployment insurance as a retraining program. (Feb 2008)
  • Straight talk: some jobs aren’t coming back. (Jan 2008)
  • Unions are monopolies; don’t compel people to join. (Oct 2007)
  • Family farms: Crop insurance; reduce inheritance tax. (Jan 2000)
  • Ethanol is not worth it, even in Iowa. (Dec 1999)
  • Ethanol bad for environment & bad for consumers. (Nov 1999)
  • End sugar subsidy; it hurts consumers & helps only tycoons. (Aug 1999)
  • Ethanol subsidy is outdated; use funds for education. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Rated 15% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
John McCain on Principles & Values
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  • Bush: "I didn't campaign for McCain because he didn't ask". (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Sought Christian endorsements, then rejected them. (Nov 2008)
  • I am not President Bush; so don’t run against him!. (Oct 2008)
  • Identified with Wright brothers, for tenacity & resolve. (Oct 2008)
  • America is an idea and a cause worth fighting for. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m running for president because my country saved me. (Sep 2008)
  • Serve a cause greater than yourself. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth. (Sep 2008)
  • Reform, prosperity, and peace. (Aug 2008)
  • 1980s: Paid back $112,000 in donations from Charles Keating. (Mar 2008)
  • Keating scandal made McCain averse to partisanship. (Mar 2008)
  • My most basic conservative principle: liberty comes from God. (Feb 2008)
  • Disagrees with his mom; he can unite the party. (Feb 2008)
  • Anticipates spirited debate on differences with Democrats. (Feb 2008)
  • Proud of Justice O’Connor; favor Roberts and Alito. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan knows that I stick with my principles. (Jan 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, Constitution says we’re not a Christian nation. (Jan 2008)
  • Able to work with others with own set of principles. (Dec 2007)
  • OpEd: congenital contrarian on numerous conservative issues. (Dec 2007)
  • Op-Ed: Unexamined as both straight-talker and as maverick. (Oct 2007)
  • Emulates TR on vigor, nationalism, common good, intervention. (Oct 2007)
  • Published 5 books over period of 8 years. (Oct 2007)
  • Considers his heroes as one of his qualifications to lead. (Oct 2007)
  • Praises Teddy Roosevelt's expansion of executive power. (Oct 2007)
  • Focus on what America COULD do; not what gov't SHOULDN'T do. (Oct 2007)
  • Most important part of decision-making is self-awareness. (Aug 2007)
  • If I lose capacity for anger, I lose capacity to serve. (Apr 2007)
  • Courage is the capacity for action despite our fears. (Apr 2004)
  • Humility from surviving veterans is remarkable. (Apr 2004)
  • Just government is derived from the consent of the governed. (Apr 2004)
  • We need moral courage to be honest all the time. (Apr 2004)
  • Do the thing you think you cannot do. (Apr 2004)
  • The allure of pride affects adults like it affects children. (Apr 2004)
  • We are indebted to those who shed blood for us. (Apr 2004)
  • It’s love that makes courage necessary. (Apr 2004)
  • 2000: Decried "incumbency protection racket" then lost to it. (Oct 2002)
  • Political style is to be straightforward. (Sep 2002)
  • Principles are more important than personal happiness. (Sep 2002)
  • Temper is same as other senators--he’s just more famous. (May 2002)
  • Keep tight reign on emotions--not to high nor too depressed. (May 2002)
  • Reputation of volcanic temper shared even within GOP. (Oct 2001)
  • Re-adjusted to civilian life after POW years: no "imbalance". (Sep 2000)
  • Secret Pledge of Allegiance: most meaning of POW's day. (Jul 1971)
  • Fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. (Sep 2008)
  • Faith bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity. (Feb 2000)
  • Calls himself conservative who attracts political center. (Feb 2000)
  • Foreign policy should not be shaped by photo-ops & polls. (Jan 2000)
  • Restore, renew, reform, & reinvigorate government. (Sep 1999)
  • “New Patriotic Challenge”: stand against cynicism. (Sep 1999)
  • Public officials have failed to set example for society. (Aug 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Palin is a reformer and a role model. (Oct 2008)
  • I fight for Americans; I fight for you. (Sep 2008)
  • Warning to Washington crowd: Change is coming. (Sep 2008)
  • Fight for what’s right for our country. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m a mainstream conservative; judge my record as a whole. (Feb 2008)
  • This 2008 election is about hugely consequential things. (Feb 2008)
  • The vision, knowledge, and background to be president. (Jan 2008)
  • People want the truth, even if they disagree. (Jan 2008)
  • I didn’t manage for profit, I led for patriotism. (Oct 2007)
  • Philosophy of worthy sacrifice from For Whom the Bell Tolls. (Oct 2007)
  • Hard Calls: consider stakes; time; preparedness; confidence. (Aug 2007)
  • Reform gov’t, fight Islamic extremism; & restore integrity. (Apr 2007)
  • I am here to serve, but not necessarily as president. (Apr 2007)
  • Looks to Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, & Eisenhower as models. (Apr 2007)
  • Loyalty is important, but performance should come first. (Apr 2007)
  • Man of the People: happy to be a Republican and a Reaganite. (Jan 2004)
  • Straight Talk focuses on appeal via authenticity. (May 2002)

    Past Campaigns

  • July 2007: Stalled campaign seemed hopeless. (Aug 2009)
  • Obama broke his word on public campaign financing. (Oct 2008)
  • 2000: Positioned himself as anti-establishment underdog. (Mar 2008)
  • 2004: Press speculated about Kerry-McCain, but McCain didn't. (Mar 2008)
  • Known as a "staunch conservative" until 1999. (Mar 2008)
  • GovWatch: 2002: Religious Right are “agents of intolerance”. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Won NH & SC via independents, but lost GOP vote. (Jan 2008)
  • 1983: Claiming Hanoi residency ended carpetbagger accusation. (Oct 2007)
  • Keating Five scandal converted him to champion of reform. (Oct 2007)
  • Keating Five: investigated during 90s Savings & Loan scandal. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • GOP lost 2006 due to corrupt spending, spending, spending. (Jun 2007)
  • Straight Talk America PAC endorses 60 House candidates. (Dec 2006)
  • McCain’s PAC endorses 19 Senate & 17 governor candidates. (Dec 2006)
  • Denounces “Swift Boat Vets” ads as dishonest. (Aug 2004)
  • 2000 race: More grass-roots populism than Republicanism. (Jan 2004)
  • 2000 race: Maverick positions became threat to GOP. (Jan 2004)
  • Residual bitterness at Bush from 2000 campaign. (May 2002)
  • Time for closure on a bizarre situation. (Nov 2000)
  • 1990: McCain & Glenn exonerated in Keating 5 scandal. (Sep 2000)
  • Won 1992 AZ House election as newcomer & confident war hero. (Sep 2000)
  • Suspends campaign, citing Republican preference for Bush. (Mar 2000)
  • Will take reform crusade back to the Senate. (Mar 2000)
  • Leaves race, urging service to country. (Mar 2000)
  • Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt. (Mar 2000)
  • Support conservative issues, not far-right leaders. (Mar 2000)
  • The GOP should be inclusive. (Feb 2000)
  • Campaigning to return government to the people. (Sep 1999)

    Personal History

  • Favorite movie: “Viva Zapata”, a heroic tale of sacrifice. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: Senator Hothead nickname is well-earned. (Mar 2008)
  • 1980: Second marriage only 3 months after first divorce. (Mar 2008)
  • Inspired by Reagan while in the North Vietnam prison camps. (Jan 2008)
  • Spent 10 years “doing everything I can to control my temper”. (Oct 2007)
  • As teenager, inherited obligation to attend Annapolis. (Sep 2007)
  • Admiral Slew McCain set John’s standard for grit & courage. (Sep 2007)
  • Born at a Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. (Sep 2007)
  • Relationship with father was one of respect, more than love. (Sep 2007)
  • Not youngest candidate, but certainly the most prepared. (May 2007)
  • Admiral McCain’s health failed after retiring from the Navy. (Sep 2002)
  • Spent nearly 23 years on active duty in the Navy. (Sep 2002)
  • To understand McCain, understand grandfather Slew. (Sep 2000)
  • Community of origin is the Navy, not a geographic community. (Sep 2000)
  • Described himself as a "jock," but not exceptional. (Sep 2000)
  • Temper usually directed at those higher; seldom at underling. (Sep 2000)
  • From Hanoi to C.F.R., never chose path of least resistance. (Sep 2000)
  • War injuries left him unable to raise arms above head. (Sep 2000)
  • Survived as POW by faith to a higher cause. (Nov 1999)
  • Refused release to hurt Vietnamese & remain loyal to POWs. (Nov 1999)
  • Graduated 5th from bottom of Naval Academy class. (Nov 1999)
  • “Profligate rake” during Academy and Junior Officer years. (Nov 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Voted with Republican Party 87.3% of 165 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Vote based on character, not issues. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
John McCain on Social Security
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  • Future retirees cannot get what current ones get. (Oct 2008)
  • It’s not that tough to fix Social Security, if bipartisan. (Oct 2008)
  • Looming challenges of entitlements need personal accounts. (Feb 2008)
  • We need personal savings accounts. (Oct 2007)
  • Willing to compromise on raising cap above $90K. (May 2007)
  • Save benefits by bipartisan agreement; but without new tax. (Apr 2007)
  • Trust Fund is a ticking time bomb, set to go off in 2014. (Jan 2000)
  • More believe in Elvis than in getting Social Security check. (Jan 2000)
  • Option to invest 20% of payroll taxes in private accounts. (Jan 2000)
  • Every dollar off-budget - no ifs, ands, or excuses. (Sep 1999)
  • Disallow using Trust Fund for “emergency” spending. (Jun 1999)
  • Allow workers to invest privately. (Jun 1999)
  • Earnings test penalizes productivity in retirees. (Jun 1999)
  • Eliminate the “earnings test” which taxes benefits. (May 1999)
  • Lock up Trust Fund; devote 62% of budget surplus to it. (May 1999)
  • Put surplus into Trust Fund; fulfill promised benefits. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 40% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)
John McCain on Tax Reform
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  • Tap unused stimulus funds to declare a payroll tax holiday. (Sep 2010)
  • Keep tax rates the same; let’s not raise anybody’s taxes. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama voted for taxes 76 times, not 94 times. (Oct 2008)
  • Worst thing in bad economic climate is to raise taxes. (Sep 2008)
  • Double the child tax exemption from $3,500 to $7,000. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: $7,000-per-child tax EXEMPTION, not tax CREDIT. (Aug 2008)
  • Double the personal tax exemption for every dependent. (Jul 2008)
  • Terrible mistake to raise taxes during an economic downturn. (Jun 2008)
  • Veto any tax increase; worst thing now is to raise taxes. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: tax package with spending restraint, against Bush cuts. (Feb 2008)
  • Require a 3/5 majority vote in Congress to raise taxes. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Against Bush tax cuts in 2003; for them in 2006. (Jan 2008)
  • Romney raising fees a quarter-billion dollars is a tax hike. (Jan 2008)
  • Opposed to the Bush tax cuts as spending got out of control. (Jan 2008)
  • Supported Reagan tax cuts because matched by spending cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Reform the tax code that nobody trusts and believes in. (Dec 2007)
  • We need a simpler, fairer tax code, but not FairTax. (Nov 2007)
  • Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes. (Oct 2007)
  • Opposed Bush tax cuts in 2001 & 2003; but now extend them. (Oct 2007)
  • Won’t sign no-tax pledge; focus on cutting spending. (Sep 2007)
  • Make tax reform commission & vote yes-or-no on outcome. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Families spend $20B on tax prep, not $140B. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposed Bush tax cuts, but must extend them now. (May 2007)
  • New tax cuts account for contingencies and over-spending. (May 2007)
  • Alternative minimum tax is eating Americans alive. (May 2007)
  • Bush tax cuts fiscally reckless & favored rich;but keep them. (Apr 2007)
  • Consistent on focusing tax cuts more toward middle class. (May 2002)
  • Tax plan: $238B over 5 years; $500B over 10 years. (Feb 2000)
  • Double child tax credit; add family incentives. (Feb 2000)
  • “Balanced approach”, and starts a flat tax system. (Feb 2000)
  • Reagan Republican: simplify taxes; cut waste. (Feb 2000)
  • Big money interests fear closing loopholes. (Jan 2000)
  • Remove charitable deduction; it only benefits rich. (Jan 2000)
  • Replace employer-provided benefits with a tax cut. (Jan 2000)
  • Middle-class tax cut: expand 15% tax bracket. (Jan 2000)
  • Don’t promise tax cuts from future surpluses we may not have. (Jan 2000)
  • 1st step to simplify taxes: close special interest loopholes. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports flat tax; stop complexity by special interests. (Oct 1999)
  • Keep lump-sum earned income tax credit. (Oct 1999)
  • Cut marriage tax, inheritance tax, & earnings test. (Sep 1999)
  • Taxes should be flatter, lower, and simpler. (Apr 1999)

    Voting Record

  • GovWatch: 2001: against tax cut that went to rich. (Feb 2008)
  • Voting against Bush cuts then for them: not a mistake. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
John McCain on Technology
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  • $686K in donations from telecoms as chair of telecom cmte. (Mar 2008)
  • Ban Internet taxes & new cell phone taxes. (Feb 2008)
  • Don’t police Internet crime; go after money to reduce crime. (Oct 2007)
  • Ban TV boxing; college football betting; & online gambling. (Oct 2007)
  • Veto pork barrel; focus transportation spending on repairs. (Aug 2007)
  • Special interest influence corruptly took HDTV frequencies. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Special interests only delayed HDTV transfer. (May 2007)
  • Provide unused spectrum to emergency officials. (Mar 2007)
  • 1996 Telecomm Bill: public interest was not at the table. (May 2002)
  • Uses Internet to read news & to get donations. (Mar 2000)
  • Digital Divide requires tax credits for equipment & teachers. (Jan 2000)
  • Internet tax ban saved consumers $600M this Xmas. (Jan 2000)
  • Free TV & radio to candidates as a public interest. (Dec 1999)
  • Make Internet tax moratorium permanent. (Dec 1999)
  • Encourage teachers to learn high tech. (Oct 1999)
  • Technology can hasten end of haves vs. have-nots. (Sep 1999)
  • Get more government documents on-line. (Aug 1999)
  • Telecommuncations Act was an influence-peddling scheme. (Jul 1999)
  • Internet access, with filters, at every school & library. (Jun 1999)
  • No government control over computer encryption. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes. (May 2013)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted NO on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
  • Sponsored bill requiring text on TV for visually-impaired. (Apr 2005)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Require websites to police for copyrighted materials. (May 2011)
  • Website for competitive federal awards. (Jun 2008)
John McCain on War & Peace
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  • Putin in Crimea: it's delusional to think Cold War is over. (Mar 2014)
  • Chief Senate proponent of military intervention in Syria. (Jun 2013)
  • 2007: No guarantee with surge; but no surge surely fails. (Nov 2010)
  • Obama "an uncertain trumpet" for Afghan & Iraqi withdrawal. (Nov 2010)
  • 2008: No one has supported Bush in Iraq more than I have. (Oct 2010)
  • Bush mismanaged Iraq; until the surge. (Jan 2010)
  • McCain Doctrine: when we go to war, complete the mission. (Aug 2009)
  • Proudest moment: opposing Reagan on Lebanon deployment. (Mar 2008)
  • Consistent opponent of involving US in civil wars abroad. (Oct 2007)
  • 1983: Questioned US military presence in Lebanon. (Oct 2007)
  • 2000: Air bombing in Kosovo was immoral: it "wins ugly". (Feb 2003)

    Global War on Terror

  • In Afghanistan, employ same winning strategy as in Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • Don’t threaten Pakistan; it’s part of Afghan strategy. (Sep 2008)
  • We face transcendent evil of radical Islamic extremism. (Sep 2008)
  • Since 1998, championed policy of “rogue-state rollback”. (Oct 2007)
  • Follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell. (May 2007)
  • Prefers not to take troops out of Afghanistan. (Jan 2007)
  • The War on Terror is the overriding and transcendent issue. (Oct 2004)
  • The War on Terror is a fight between good and evil. (Aug 2004)
  • The War on Terror a war we must fight. (Aug 2004)
  • Avoiding the War on Terror has cost us dearly. (Aug 2004)
  • Bush promised enemies would soon hear from us and they did. (Aug 2004)
  • Our adversaries express a hatred for all good in humanity. (Aug 2004)
  • 2000: Warned against radical Islamic terrorism. (May 2002)
  • 2001: No pinprick responses to 9/11; it’s a long haul. (May 2002)
  • 2001: Nuclear weapons unnecessary against terrorists. (May 2002)
  • Palestine: Against declaration of statehood. (Feb 1999)

    Iran

  • Don’t wait for UN if Iran attacks Israel. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama did declare Republican Guard terrorists. (Sep 2008)
  • Strategic bombing of Iran OK only if imminent threat. (Dec 2007)
  • Congress can only declare war; not micromanage wars. (Dec 2007)
  • Keep military option open against Iran, even if no nukes. (Dec 2007)
  • No direct talk with Iran; talk is over-rated. (Dec 2007)
  • Iran & Syria must not get nukes; they’ll exterminate Israel. (Nov 2007)
  • Iran is state sponsor of terrorism; no more evidence needed. (Nov 2007)
  • Congressional consultation before attacking Iran’s nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Sanctions to prevent Iranian nukes; but don’t count on UN. (Sep 2007)
  • Iran is sponsor of terrorism; US strike if they get nukes. (May 2007)

    Iraq War

  • 2007: Visited Iraq with Lieberman; led to endorsement. (Jan 2010)
  • No Surrender Tour: Stop Democrats from Iraqi withdrawal. (Jan 2010)
  • 2006: No good options in Iraq, but we can't afford to lose. (Aug 2009)
  • Waving a white flag in Iraq will cause chaos and genocide. (Aug 2009)
  • 2004: Iraq War was "necessary, achievable, and noble". (Aug 2009)
  • Biden’s plan to partition Iraq was a cockamamie idea. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Biden’s plan decentralized Iraq; not 3 countries. (Oct 2008)
  • Bring our troops home with victory and with honor. (Oct 2008)
  • 2007: Encouraging signs of normalcy in Iraq. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Bush vetoed troop bill that Obama voted against. (Sep 2008)
  • We now have a great strategy & are winning in Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • The next president has to decide how and when to leave Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Admiral did not call Obama’s plan dangerous. (Sep 2008)
  • Obama would lose a war to win a political campaign. (Sep 2008)
  • Quoting “100 years in Iraq” is out-of-context. (Apr 2008)
  • Despite deserters & Basra loss, Iraqi military doing better. (Apr 2008)
  • 1998: Remove Saddam by force without UN approval. (Mar 2008)
  • Costs will be far greater should we fail in Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Not a matter of how long in Iraq, but a matter of casualties. (Feb 2008)
  • Don’t let enemy lay in the weeds until we leave. (Jan 2008)
  • Support the surge and bring troops home with honor. (Jan 2008)
  • Timetable for withdrawal is a white flag of surrender. (Jan 2008)
  • Staying for 100 years OK, if US casualties are low. (Jan 2008)
  • The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure. (Jan 2008)
  • Ok with American presence in Iraq for 100 years. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, criticized Rumsfeld, but not before invasion. (Jan 2008)
  • Help Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible. (Nov 2007)
  • I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war. (Oct 2007)
  • Stategy in Iraq: defeat al-Qaeda; limit Iran’s influence. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq is now the central front in the war against al-Qaeda. (Sep 2007)
  • Americans want to win; bin Laden thinks he’s winning now. (Sep 2007)
  • Democrats proposing failure in Iraq by withdrawing. (Sep 2007)
  • Reducing military presence has never in history won a war. (Sep 2007)
  • Bring troops home the right way: home with honor. (Sep 2007)
  • Surge is working; let it continue until it succeeds. (Sep 2007)
  • Tragic mistake of Iraq: no plan to deal with success. (Aug 2007)
  • Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met. (Aug 2007)
  • Did not read NIE before war vote, but was fully briefed. (Jun 2007)
  • If new strategy not working by Sept., we still must succeed. (Jun 2007)
  • Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Consequences of failure: regional chaos & we must come back. (May 2007)
  • In hindsight, Iraq invasion was still justified. (May 2007)
  • Timetable would be catastrophe, even if Iraq wants it. (May 2007)
  • Advocated leaving Somalia, but no comparison to Iraq. (May 2007)
  • War has been mismanaged, but we are now on the right track. (May 2007)
  • War in Iraq has not gone well: dire but not hopeless. (Mar 2007)
  • Al Qaeda may take over Iraqi oilwells. (Mar 2007)
  • Prefers more troops for surge, but 20,000 is sufficient. (Jan 2007)
  • Bush now has the right strategy, and it’s our last chance. (Jan 2007)
  • Generals advising “no more troops” was a failed policy. (Jan 2007)
  • McCain Principle: Committing troops means completing mission. (Jan 2007)
  • If we leave Iraq, terrorists will follow us home. (Jan 2007)
  • Send in a heavy wave of troops to Iraq to establish order. (Nov 2006)
  • Looting, terrorism in Iraq a result of US mistakes. (Sep 2004)
  • The Iraqi war was necessary after years of failed diplomacy. (Aug 2004)
  • Saddam would have acquired terrible weapons again. (Aug 2004)
  • The Iraqi war was necessary, achievable and noble. (Aug 2004)
  • The cause of the Iraqi war was just. (Apr 2004)
  • 1991: Urged formally declaring war on Iraq over Kuwait. (Jan 2004)

    Vietnam

  • OpEd: As war pilot, no remorse for dropping bombs on Hanoi. (Nov 2008)
  • 1967: POW son of admiral was propaganda coup for N. Vietnam. (Sep 2000)
  • 1966: Part of no-win situation in Operation Rolling Thunder. (Sep 2000)
  • 1967: Survived USS Forrestal fire that killed over 100. (Sep 2000)
  • 1967: Shot down on first mission over central Hanoi. (Sep 2000)
  • 1967:Refused making propaganda film in exchange for medicine. (Sep 2000)
  • 1968: Under torture, wrote coerced "confession". (Sep 2000)
  • Silent about origins & necessity of Vietnam. (Sep 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Congress has no authority to cut off funds for Iraqi use. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 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)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)
  • CIA assessments ib Iraqi WMDs were all wrong. (Mar 2005)
  • Belief in Iraqi nukes was poor analysis of aluminum tubes. (Mar 2005)
  • Belief in Iraqi BWs was based on one unreliable person. (Mar 2005)
  • Belief in Iraqi CWs was based on flawed imagery. (Mar 2005)
  • Iraq never had delivery systems to attack US mainland. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA never questioned assumption that Saddam had WMDs. (Mar 2005)
  • Conclusions on Iran and North Korea are all classified. (Mar 2005)
  • Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment. (May 2012)
  • Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
John McCain on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Lower and middle income Americans need more help. (Jan 2008)
  • Require 40 hours work per week from welfare recipients. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports block grants, welfare-to-work, state control. (Jan 2000)
  • Anti-poverty shared by gov’t & faith-based orgs. (Jan 2000)
  • List unoccupied HUD-owned homes, & give them away. (Feb 1999)
  • Use tax code to address unemployment & working conditions. (Jul 1998)
  • More housing assistance; tax breaks against homelessness. (Jul 1998)
  • Pro-block grants; pro-welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pro-life and an advocate for the Rights of Man everywhere: Strongly Opposes topic 1
GovWatch: 1999: Don’t force women to have illegal operations: Favors topic 1
1999: Repealing Roe forces dangerous illegal abortions: Favors topic 1
Concerned if women undergo illegal dangerous operations: Favors topic 1
Prosecute abortion doctors, not women who get them: Opposes topic 1
Overturn Roe v. Wade, but keep incest & rape exceptions: Opposes topic 1
Wants Roe vs. Wade made irrelevant, but would not repeal it: Favors topic 1
Opposes partial-birth abortions & public financing: Opposes topic 1
Supports repealing Roe v. Wade: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Opposes topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Opposes topic 1
NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Opposes topic 1
YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting UN funding for population control policies: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Equal pay for equal work case was a trial lawyer’s dream: Opposes topic 2
Inter-racial dating ban is idiotic and cruel: Favors topic 2
Affirmative action OK for specific programs, but no quotas: Favors topic 2
Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act: Favors topic 2
YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Opposes 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
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Supports CA Prop. 8: one-man-one-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Leave gay marriage to the states: Favors topic 3
1994: No Senate hiring discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
Accepts gays in military under current policy: Favors topic 3
Would be “comfortable” with a gay president: Favors topic 3
1st Amend. not a shield for hate groups: Neutral on topic 3
Ban on same-sex marriage is unRepublican; leave it to states: Strongly Favors topic 3
Keep “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy - it works: Favors topic 3
Rated 33% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Secret Pledge of Allegiance: most meaning of POW's day: Favors topic 4
Support evangelism but don’t pander to evangelical leaders: Opposes topic 4
Faith bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity: Neutral on topic 4
Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Allow, but not mandate, school prayer: Favors topic 4
Supports block grants, welfare-to-work, state control: Favors topic 4
Anti-poverty shared by gov’t & faith-based orgs: Strongly Favors topic 4
Pro-block grants; pro-welfare-to-work: Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 83% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation: Neutral on topic 4
YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Favors topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools: Favors topic 4
YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Mandated heath insurance is Big Government at its best: Strongly Favors topic 5
Family should make health decisions, not federal government: Opposes topic 5
Harness market competition for comprehensive reform: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Include a health savings account in healthcare reform: Opposes topic 5
1989: No mandatory catastrophic Medicare coverage: Opposes topic 5
1993: To socialize healthcare would be to ruin it: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Matching funds for seniors citizens’ prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
Expand health insurance to 11 million uninsured children: Strongly Favors topic 5
Allow paying extra for choice of doctors & care: Favors topic 5
More tax-deductible health costs; limits on malpractice: Favors topic 5
Tax credits for those without employee health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors: Favors topic 5
Rated 25% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes 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
NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
YES on regulating tobacco as a drug: Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Looming challenges of entitlements need personal accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
We need personal savings accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
More believe in Elvis than in getting Social Security check: Favors topic 6
Option to invest 20% of payroll taxes in private accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Allow workers to invest privately: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 40% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues: Neutral on topic 6
Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives: Favors topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
YES on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I want schools to answer to parents and students: Favors topic 7
Let local school boards decide hiring and spending: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers and school choice for all: Strongly Favors topic 7
Place parents & children at the center of education: Strongly Favors topic 7
We need more choice and competition in education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charters, homeschooling, & vouchers are key to success: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers & charters will improve our school system: Strongly Favors topic 7
Nationwide test of school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
$5B program for 3-year test of school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Tax-funded vouchers for private schools or charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers for any schools; more charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Unrestricted block grants--let states decide spending: Strongly Favors topic 7
Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable: Favors topic 7
Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Create green jobs to help economy & environment: Opposes topic 8
Support much tougher regulations on emission requirements: Favors topic 8
Economic & environmental interests not mutually exclusive: Opposes topic 8
Scored 40% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection: Favors topic 8
1996: Put 3.5B acres of land into wilderness protection: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Preserving wilderness among proudest achievements: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Preserve and help our National Parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Preserve natural resources for future: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Led delegation with Hillary, to see effects of polar warming: Strongly Opposes topic 8
2000: Held hearings on mounting evidence of climate change: Strongly Opposes topic 8
End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 53% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: Neutral on topic 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: Opposes topic 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: Opposes topic 8
NO on continuing desert protection in California: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
More death penalty; stricter sentencing: Favors topic 9
Pro-death penalty; more prisons; increased penalties: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 29% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Prosecute criminals, not citizens for gun ownership: Strongly Favors topic 10
Don’t hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes: Favors topic 10
Opposes restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition types: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban cheap guns; require safety locks; for gun show checks: Opposes topic 10
Voted against Brady Bill & assault weapon ban: Strongly Favors topic 10
Punish criminals who abuse 2nd Amendment rights: Favors topic 10
Repeal existing gun restrictions; penalize criminal use: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow veterans to register unlicensed guns acquired abroad: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow firearms in National Parks: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on banning high-capacity magazines of over 10 bullets: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains: Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Require a 3/5 majority vote in Congress to raise taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Remove charitable deduction; it only benefits rich: Favors topic 11
Middle-class tax cut: expand 15% tax bracket: Favors topic 11
Tax cuts should go to middle- & lower-income people: Favors topic 11
Cut marriage tax, inheritance tax, & earnings test: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxes should be flatter, lower, and simpler: Strongly Opposes topic 11
GovWatch: 2001: against tax cut that went to rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending: Opposes topic 11
Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation: Neutral on topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Opposes topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Opposes topic 11
YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"): Opposes 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
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Opposes topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Campaign ad: "Complete the danged fence!": Strongly Opposes topic 12
Party that attracts immigrants becomes the ruling party: Strongly Favors topic 12
Deport 2 million illegal immigrants who committed crimes: Favors topic 12
Certify border is secure; only then allow guest workers: Opposes topic 12
Praised immigrants who join army to advance citizenship: Favors topic 12
12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty: Favors topic 12
12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Immigration reform needed for national security: Strongly Favors topic 12
Give everyone in the world an opportunity to come to America: Favors topic 12
1988: Honored by La Raza for opposing official English: Favors topic 12
More help for legal immigrants when immigrating & once here: Strongly Favors topic 12
No more ballot initiatives against immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
English immersion over bilingual education: Opposes topic 12
Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Rated 18% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors 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 declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Globalization is an opportunity--reduce barriers to trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Consider subsidies a mistake, and oppose them: Strongly Favors topic 13
Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports ethanol, but by exporting, not by subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 13
No environmental provisions in trade agreements: Strongly Favors topic 13
Free trade with any country except security risks: Favors topic 13
Free trade is indispensable to our prosperity: Strongly Favors topic 13
NAFTA has had unambiguously positive impact on US: Strongly Favors topic 13
Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track: Strongly Favors topic 13
Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement: Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
Sponsored bill for trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine: Favors topic 13
Sponsored sugar quotas & import tariffs to stabilize prices: Strongly Opposes 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
NO on removing common goods from national security export rules: Opposes 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
YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Favors topic 13
YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Favors topic 13
YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Create League of Democracies, instead of UN with dictators: Favors topic 14
Half of world's defense spending should be US as global cop: Strongly Favors topic 14
Overthrow “rogue” governments to keep Americans safe: Favors topic 14
UN is useful but cannot replace US world leadership: Favors topic 14
Don’t wait for UN if Iran attacks Israel: Strongly Favors topic 14
Sanctions to prevent Iranian nukes; but don’t count on UN: Opposes topic 14
Pay dues to UN after UN reforms: Favors topic 14
Sponsored bill banning torture of terrorists in US custody: Opposes topic 14
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: Favors topic 14
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
We need bigger army for more militaristic foreign policy: Strongly Favors topic 15
Half of world's defense spending should be US as global cop: Strongly Favors topic 15
Clean up waste in defense acquisition: Opposes topic 15
Eliminate defense pork, but increase most other defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Terminate C-130, B-2, and Seawolf; use funds to modernize: Opposes topic 15
Politicians keep unneeded bases open for political purposes: Opposes topic 15
Raise military pay to avoid military draft: Favors topic 15
Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism: Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
Reduce federal government size & scope, including military: Opposes topic 15
NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Opposes topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Opposes 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 requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding: Opposes topic 15
NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Big money interests fear closing loopholes: Favors topic 16
Limit campaign contributions, not free speech: Favors topic 16
OpEd: McCain-Feingold chilled grassroots political speech: Strongly Favors topic 16
527s are clearly illegal; reform intended for small donors: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign finance reform needed to restore faith in politics: Strongly Favors topic 16
Finance reform will prevail if we have the votes & the guts: Strongly Favors topic 16
CFR passes Senate; focus on House, not court challenges: Favors topic 16
Clearer rules about campaign finance; no soft money: Favors topic 16
Soft money makes gov’t work for special interests: Favors topic 16
Campaign Finance: ban both labor union & corporate donations: Favors topic 16
Supports multiple restrictions on campaign finance: Strongly Favors topic 16
Cozying up to big donors makes big problems: Favors topic 16
Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform: Favors topic 16
Sponsored bill subjecting 527s to political committee rules: Strongly Favors topic 16
Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks: Favors topic 16
Ban paid voter registration: Opposes topic 16
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
YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
Obama "an uncertain trumpet" for Afghan & Iraqi withdrawal: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I support the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Russia: Sanctions until Putin exits Chechnya: Opposes topic 17
IMF’s Russia policies bad, but agency is OK: Favors topic 17
China: Advocate for political reforms, and guard Taiwan: Strongly Favors topic 17
Costs will be far greater should we fail in Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Timetable for withdrawal is a white flag of surrender: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Staying for 100 years OK, if US casualties are low: Strongly Opposes topic 17
The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Send in a heavy wave of troops to Iraq to establish order: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nuclear weapons: prevention instead of containment: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes 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)
GovWatch: Build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Ethanol bad for environment & bad for consumers: Opposes topic 18
Supports alternative fuels, emission controls, & CWA: Favors topic 18
The snows of Kilimanjaro may soon exist only in literature: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate change is real and must be addressed: Favors topic 18
Utility lobbyists influence White House climate policy: Strongly Favors topic 18
2000: Criticized Bush’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Treaty: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strength Clean Air & Water Acts; but not Kyoto: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Make EPA into a Cabinet department: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sponsored bill for greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Gas tax holiday for the summer: Opposes topic 18
Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes 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
NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Opposes 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 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
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Administration is AWOL on the war on drugs: Strongly Favors topic 19
We’re losing drug war - just say no: Strongly Favors topic 19
$1B for detection equipment for more border interdiction: Strongly Favors topic 19
Stricter penalties; stricter enforcement: Strongly Favors topic 19
Sponsored bill for grants to Indian tribes to fight meth: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Worst thing in bad economic climate is to raise taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Can’t pass trillions of dollars of debt to our children: Opposes topic 20
Lower and middle income Americans need more help: Strongly Favors topic 20
Cut corporate income taxes to keep jobs here: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Loss of economic strength leads to losing military strength: Strongly Favors topic 20
Republicans have forgotten how to control spending: Opposes topic 20
Won’t sign no-tax pledge; focus on cutting spending: Favors topic 20
Opposed Bush tax cuts, but must extend them now: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Use veto power to reduce government spending: Opposes topic 20
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: Opposes topic 20
Recoup financial bailout cost by cutting spending: Opposes topic 20
Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy: Opposes topic 20
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: Opposes topic 20
Rated 17% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record: Opposes topic 20
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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