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Kweisi Mfume on Abortion
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  • First-trimester always ok; plus minor parental notification. (Nov 2004)
  • Brought NAACP to support keeping abortion legal. (Jun 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Kweisi Mfume on Civil Rights
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  • Full civil rights for gays and lesbians. (Feb 2006)
  • Supports full benefits & rights of gay marriage. (Jan 2006)
  • No constitutional Amendment defining traditional marriage. (Jan 2006)
Kweisi Mfume on Corporations
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  • Encourage female and minority-owned proprietorships. (Mar 2006)
  • Small businesses need advocates. (Mar 2006)
Kweisi Mfume on Crime
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  • Truth in sentencing, but with vocational training. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
Kweisi Mfume on Drugs
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  • Increase penalties for drugs; but more treatment centers too. (Nov 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Education
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  • End devastating cuts to public colleges and universities. (Dec 2005)
  • Committed to strengthening our public schools. (Dec 2005)
  • Public schools overcrowded, understaffed & under-equipped. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Kweisi Mfume on Energy & Oil
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Kweisi Mfume on Environment
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  • Clean air and clean water are American birthrights. (Dec 2005)
Kweisi Mfume on Families & Children
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Kweisi Mfume on Foreign Policy
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Kweisi Mfume on Free Trade
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  • Base trade on human rights; allow retaliatory tariffs. (Nov 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Government Reform
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  • Supports same-day registration for voting. (Feb 2006)
  • Supports publicly funded political campaigns. (Feb 2006)
  • No limits on PAC contributions to campaigns. (Nov 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Gun Control
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  • Ban assault weapons; ban gun sales to minors. (Nov 2004)
  • Blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence. (Feb 1999)
Kweisi Mfume on Health Care
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  • Malpractice insurance & bureaucracy focus on cost,not health. (Dec 2005)
  • Make health care affordable and accessible to everyone. (Dec 2005)
Kweisi Mfume on Homeland Security
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  • We are not doing enough to protect our infrastructure. (Dec 2005)
  • Don't surrender our essential liberties for anti-terrorism. (Dec 2005)
  • Support defense conversion; end Cuba trade embargo. (Nov 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Immigration
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Kweisi Mfume on Jobs
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Kweisi Mfume on Principles & Values
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  • Democratic establishment rejects; Joe Trippi supports him. (Feb 2006)
  • First to announce after Sarbanes' retirement. (Feb 2006)
  • A bachelor with six children (one adopted). (Feb 2006)
  • Turned around his life in his early 20s; elected at 31. (Feb 2006)
Kweisi Mfume on Social Security
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Kweisi Mfume on Tax Reform
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  • No tax cuts, except capital gains. (Nov 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Technology
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Kweisi Mfume on War & Peace
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  • War in Iraq has made us more vulnerable to terrorism. (Dec 2005)
  • Attends Iraq War protests-"We can do better". (Dec 2005)
  • Exit strategy & time frame for withdrawal from Iraq. (Dec 2005)
  • Only use military force in cooperation with UN. (Nov 2004)
Kweisi Mfume on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Make poverty part of our nation's public policy agenda. (Dec 2005)
  • 37 million still in poverty-"We can do better". (Dec 2005)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)
First-trimester always ok; plus minor parental notification: Favors topic 1
Brought NAACP to support keeping abortion legal: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Encourage female and minority-owned proprietorships: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
Full civil rights for gays and lesbians: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports full benefits & rights of gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
No constitutional Amendment defining traditional marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
Teach family values in public schools
(10 points on Social scale)
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
Make health care affordable and accessible to everyone: Favors topic 5
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(2 points on Social scale)
Committed to strengthening our public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(10 points on Social scale)
YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Truth in sentencing, but with vocational training: Favors topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Social scale)
Ban assault weapons; ban gun sales to minors: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
No tax cuts, except capital gains: Opposes topic 11
Neutral on topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(2 points on Economic scale)
Base trade on human rights; allow retaliatory tariffs: Opposes topic 13
Neutral on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(7 points on Economic scale)
Support defense conversion; end Cuba trade embargo: Opposes topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(7 points on Economic scale)
No limits on PAC contributions to campaigns: Opposes topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Replace US troops with UN in Iraq
(2 points on Economic scale)
Only use military force in cooperation with UN: Favors topic 17
Neutral on topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(2 points on Social scale)
Increase penalties for drugs; but more treatment centers too: Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(7 points on Social scale)
Make poverty part of our nation's public policy agenda: Opposes topic 20

Kweisi Mfume is a Moderate Liberal.
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