issues2000.org
Home Issues Candidates Recent Grid Archive Senate House VoteMatch_Quiz The_Forum Policy_Papers News
 George   Bush   Al   Gore    |    Harry Browne   (Libertarian)   Pat Buchanan   (Reform)   John Hagelin   (Natural Law)   David McReynolds   (Socialist)   Ralph Nader   (Green)   Howard Phillips   (Constitution) 
Candidates
George W. Bush
Al Gore
Pat Buchanan
Ralph Nader
On the issues>>
Profile
VoteMatch
The Forum

Harry Browne
John Hagelin
David McReynolds
Howard Phillips

Dick Cheney
Joe Lieberman
Winona LaDuke
Ezola Foster

Withdrawn Candidates
Alan Keyes
John McCain
Bill Bradley

Issues
Abortion
Budget & Economy
China
Civil Rights
Crime
Defense
Drugs
Education
Environment
Families & Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade & Immigration
Government Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Juvenile Crime
Kosovo
Principles & Values
School Choice
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
Welfare & Labor

Book Reviews

(from Amazon.com)

The Forum (Express your views on the issues)
Abortion
Defense
Drugs
Education
Environment
Families & Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade & Immigration
Gay Rights
Gun Control
Social Security
Tax Reform
Term Limits

(Express your views on the candidates)
Al Gore
Alan Keyes
Bill Bradley
George W. Bush
Harry Browne
John McCain
Pat Buchanan
Steve Forbes

Site Map
Home
(Main page)
Issues
(Presidential quotations organized by topic)
Candidates
(Presidential quotations organized by candidate)
Recent
(Most recent quotation for each candidate)
Issue Grid
(Summary by topic of each candidate's positions)
Candidate Grid
(Summary by candidate of positions on each topic)
Archives
(Debate and book excerpts)
Senate
(Senate races in 33 states)
VoteMatch
(Presidential Selector and Political Affiliation 20-question quiz)
The Forum
(Your views on the candidates and the issues)
SpeakOut Issues
(Policy background)
News
(Latest headlines on the Presidential race)
About Us
(About Issues2000.org)
Letters
(Other viewers' letters)
Write Us
(Your feedback to us)

SpeakOut!

Activism Centers

Abortion

Death Penalty

Drugs

Education

Environment

Gay Rights

Gun Control

Health Care

Napster

Privacy

Race Relations

Social Security

Sports

Tax Reform

Tobacco



Policy Background
(Essays on the Issues)
Abortion
Budget & Economy
China
Civil Rights
Crime
Defense
Drugs
Education
Environment
Families & Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade & Immigration
Government Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Kosovo
Principles & Values
School Choice
Social Security
Tax Reform
Technology
Welfare & Labor

Senate races

House of Representatives
  
International Issues  Domestic Issues   Economic Issues  Social Issues 
Foreign Policy Gun Control Budget & Economy Education
Defense Crime Government Reform   School Choice
Kosovo Juvenile Crime Tax Reform Welfare & Labor
China Drugs Social Security Health Care
Free Trade & Immigration   Civil Rights Technology Abortion
Environment Principles & Values Families & Children
Ralph Nader on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Abortion.
  • Threats to overturn Roe are “scare tactics”. (Nov 1)
  • Women should decide whether to use RU-486, not government. (Oct 1)
  • No government role; let women privately decide. (May 7)
  • Roe v Wade is safe; GOP must back off pushing it. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Budget & Economy
Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Budget & Economy.
  • 47 million full-time workers make less than $10 an hour. (Oct 26)
  • Use surplus to rebuild country & provide for communal needs. (Oct 1)
  • Top priorities: Infrastructure; poverty; preventive health. (Jul 23)
  • High gas prices are the fruit of corporate power. (Jun 29)
  • People indicators are down despite good economic indicators. (May 7)
  • Two-tiered economy is unhealthy & troubling. (May 7)
  • Allow citizen lawsuits for waste in govt spending. (Feb 21)
  • The economy is down, when measured by human yardsticks. (Feb 21)
  • Fed worries wrongly about wage inflation over profits. (Nov 1999)
  • Spend surplus on public works & infrastructure. (Jul 1999)
  • GNP fails to measure quality of life. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on China
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Human Rights in China OR click here for other candidates on China.
  • Support human rights as cornerstone of US foreign policy. (Jun 25)
  • China & other dictatorships have no real free trade. (Jul 2)
Ralph Nader on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for 5 headlines on about Gay Rights OR click here for other candidates on Civil Rights.
  • Truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans. (Aug 9)
  • Disagrees with ACLU on spending money as free speech. (Feb 23)
  • Supports “impenetrable protection of privacy”. (Oct 1996)
  • Differentiate discriminatory justice from indiscriminate. (Oct 1996)
  • Political discourse narrows when media serves Mammon. (Dec 1995)

    Gay Rights

  • Nader supports gay marriage; but gay groups support Gore. (Nov 2)
  • Equal gay rights, including civil union. (Oct 1)
  • Supports Civil Union in Vermont and elsewhere. (May 7)
  • Long history of fighting in sexual politics. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Crime
Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for 4 headlines on about Death Penalty OR click here for other candidates on Crime.
  • Decreasing unemployment reduces crime; not enforcement. (Aug 14)
  • Death penalty does not deter. (Aug 9)
  • Moratorium on executions. (Aug 9)
  • Some executed by death penalty were innocent. (Jul 23)
  • Pollution & toxic exposure cause more deaths than homicide. (Jun 25)
  • Death penalty does not deter & is discriminatory. (Jun 25)
  • Focus on crime prevention instead of harsher sentences. (Jun 25)
  • Police must follow the law too. (May 16)
  • Product liability suits are a pillar of democracy. (Mar 1996)
  • Lawyers & victims need unlimited contingency fees. (Mar 1996)
  • Regulatory agencies are needed to fight corporate crime. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on Defense
Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for 4 headlines on about Armed Forces Personnel OR click here for other candidates on Defense.
  • Corporate welfare: taxpayers fund defense industry mergers. (Oct 9)
  • Deter wars by being attuned abroad. (Oct 8)
  • Kill F-22, Seawolf, Osprey, & other gold-plated weapons. (Oct 1)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is discriminatory against gays. (Sep 6)
  • SDI doesn’t work; money better spent elsewhere. (Jul 11)
  • Stop using weapons sales to determine foreign policy. (Jun 25)
  • Stop spending on unneeded weapons & non-existent enemies. (Jun 25)
  • Cut defense budget by $100B; time to demobilize. (May 7)
  • Stop unneeded defense of prosperous countries. (May 7)
  • Defense frameworks: how to wage peace while building weapons. (Feb 23)
  • Popular participation instead of corporate involvement. (Feb 23)
  • Supports Test Ban Treaty & arms control. (Feb 23)
  • Arms race is driven by corporate demand. (Feb 23)
  • F-22 aircraft is unneeded; and dangerous to fly. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Drugs
Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for 7 headlines on about Farm Policy OR click here for other candidates on Drugs.
  • Failed War on Drugs endangers communities. (Oct 22)
  • Legalize marijuana, and treat addiction as a health problem. (Sep 9)
  • Treat hemp like poppy seeds, not like heroin. (Sep 6)
  • Remove industrial hemp from DEA drug list. (Jun 25)
  • Replace Drug War with treatment and alternative sentencing. (Jun 25)
  • Supports legalization of industrial hemp. (May 16)
  • Solution to addiction is information, not prohibition. (Oct 1994)
Ralph Nader on Education
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Education.
  • Abandon standardized testing; focus on teaching civic skills. (Oct 8)
  • Invest in K-12 education; that will reduce poverty. (Jun 26)
  • Teach democratic principles & citizenship in schools. (Feb 21)
  • Kick Channel One & commercialism out of class. (May 1999)
  • Focus on civic & consumer education. (Oct 1996)
Ralph Nader on Environment
Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for 3 older headlines OR click here for 9 headlines on from Nader's debate with Buchanan OR click here for other candidates on Environment.
  • Kyoto treaty is so watered down there’s nothing to fight for. (Nov 1)
  • Charge agribusiness for water; stop charging more to people. (Oct 22)
  • Mining companies get free mines for campaign contributions. (Oct 9)
  • Highway pork leads to sprawl, air pollution, global warming. (Oct 9)
  • Focus on family farms instead of large agribusiness. (Oct 9)
  • Drilling Alaska is a temporary fix for an inebriated system. (Oct 1)
  • U.S. farm policy should focus on family farmers. (Sep 22)
  • More renewables & more efficency to stave off global warming. (Jul 24)
  • Raise CAFE standards; treat SUVs like cars. (Jul 24)
  • End all commercial logging in National Forests. (Jul 24)
  • Head off a genetic engineering rampage. (Feb 23)
  • Protect whistleblowers on health, safety, & pollution. (Feb 21)
  • Corporate collectivism leads toward ecological disaster. (Feb 21)
  • Congress should revive energy policies before crisis. (Oct 1999)
  • Bold investment needed for public transportation. (Jul 1999)
  • More funds to maintain National Park system. (Jul 1999)
  • Promote energy independence to avoid foreign wars. (Oct 1996)
  • National corporate charters for environmental bankruptcy. (Mar 1996)

    Auto Safety

  • Auto safety devices are simple & cheap; but take years. (Oct 10)
  • Safety regulation works; but Auto Safety Agency sold out. (Oct 10)
  • More regulation for auto safety, with criminal penalties. (Oct 10)
  • Cancel R&D giveaways to auto industry; let them do it. (Oct 9)
  • Gore has given auto industry and other polluters a free ride. (Oct 1)
  • Motor vehicles are the greatest environmental hazard. (Feb 21)
  • DOT: Focus on safety and mass transit. (Oct 1996)
  • Automakers avoid replacing internal combustion engines. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Families & Children.
  • Democracy needs youth’s energy & participation. (Jun 25)
  • TV ads targeting kids are “electronic child molesting”. (Feb 23)
  • Corporate TV marketers are raising our kids. (Oct 1999)
  • National speed limit saves lives. (Mar 1996)
  • Commercial TV separates children from parents. (Dec 1995)
Ralph Nader on Foreign Policy
Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for 3 headlines on about Cuba OR click here for other candidates on Foreign Policy.
  • Wage peace and anticipate conflicts abroad. (Oct 8)
  • Forget “hot spots”; ask “How did we get into this?”. (Jun 25)
  • Redefine national purpose to solve Third World scourges. (Jun 25)
  • Support foreign peasants instead of foreign dictators. (Jun 25)
  • Support social and economic justice across the globe. (Jun 25)
  • Assist Russia & Israel in moving towards better governments. (Jun 25)
  • Iraq: Trade sanctions strengthen Saddam. (May 16)
  • Selling arms is not a good way to conduct foreign affairs. (Feb 23)
  • Cuba: corporate sales of junk undermines their system. (Feb 23)
Ralph Nader on Free Trade & Immigration
Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for 13 headlines on about Labor Policy OR click here for other candidates on Free Trade & Immigration.
  • Restrict IMF power, or abolish it. (Oct 9)
  • End export assistance; it’s corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA & WTO “as if human beings mattered”. (Oct 8)
  • Subordinate the commercial to human rights, enviro, & labor. (Jul 2)
  • It’s not free trade; it’s corporate-managed trade. (Apr 28)
  • NAFTA failures: $50B Mexico bailout; 400,000 exported jobs. (Oct 1996)

    Globalization

  • Globalization is a betrayal of workers and environment. (Nov 6)
  • Seattle sparked movement to question corporate globalization. (Feb 23)
  • “Battle of Seattle” convinced president to reconsider WTO. (Dec 1999)
  • Global trade concentrates power & homogenizes the globe. (Dec 1999)
  • WTO’s “trade uber alles” hurts environment, health, & safety. (Dec 1999)
  • A growing movement: international labor rights. (Aug 1999)
  • Multinational corporations challenge democracy. (Oct 1994)

    Immigration

  • Don’t criminalize the border; but no open border either. (Oct 22)
  • Guest workers OK, with labor standards. (Oct 22)
  • Support democracy abroad so fewer will immigrate. (Oct 1)
  • Immigrants don’t come for welfare; restore safety net. (Jun 26)
  • Don’t blame immigrants for social and economic problems. (Jun 25)
Ralph Nader on Government Reform
Click here for 33 full quotes OR click here for 8 older headlines OR click here for 10 headlines on from Nader's book, Cutting Corporate Welfare OR click here for other candidates on Government Reform.
  • Bush & Gore are same corporate party; would impeach Clinton. (Nov 6)
  • Don’t waste your vote: Gore & Bush only marginally differ. (Oct 23)
  • Supreme Court nominees should have a sense of justice. (Aug 9)
  • Nader in debates will draw out the “priceless truth”. (Aug 9)
  • Justices need sense of justice & sense of history. (Jul 23)
  • Allow voting for “None of the Above”. (Feb 23)
  • Empower citizens via accurate information from govt. (Feb 21)
  • Reinvent democracy via new tools for citizen empowerment. (Feb 21)
  • Concentrated party power weakens democracy. (Feb 17)
  • Focus on anti-trust enforcement to help small business. (Oct 1996)
  • 100% publicly funded campaigns, by $100 tax checkoff. (Oct 1996)
  • Government delivers more service than people realize. (Dec 1995)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Green Party does not take PAC, soft, or corporate cash. (Oct 1)
  • No private money in public campaigns. (Aug 9)
  • Spending campaign money is not free speech. (Feb 23)
  • Public campaign finance; 12-year term limits. (Feb 21)
  • Public election financing, with free TV & radio time. (Feb 21)

    Corporate Welfare

  • Scrutinize even “good” corporate welfare which helps public. (Oct 9)
  • Corporate welfare is a function of political corruption. (Oct 9)
  • S&L bailout helped bankers & hurt consumers. (Oct 9)
  • Rules needed for examining & challenging corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • Disallow benefits to companies except for public purposes. (Oct 9)
  • Stadiums & other local tax abatements ignore small business. (Oct 9)
  • Federal regulation of state & local abatements & subsidies. (Oct 9)
  • Bailouts: require payback; practice prevention by regulation. (Oct 9)
  • Legislation to eliminate all corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • $1000 bounty for suing for abuse of corporate welfare. (Oct 9)
  • Big business influence hurts democracy. (Jun 25)
  • Corporate sponsorship turns debates into beer commercials. (Jun 20)
  • Corporate government has hijacked political leadership. (Feb 21)
  • States & the public should oppose corporate tax breaks. (Apr 1999)
  • Role of government is to counteract power of corporations. (Apr 1996)
  • Coined the term “corporate welfare”. (Jul 1995)
Ralph Nader on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Second Amendment OR click here for other candidates on Gun Control.
  • Support Brady Bill & thoughtful gun control. (Jun 25)
  • Supports trigger locks, licensing, & banning some guns. (Jun 24)
Ralph Nader on Health Care
Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for 4 older headlines OR click here for 6 headlines on about Tobacco OR click here for other candidates on Health Care.
  • Enforce fair drug prices if sponsored by govt research. (Oct 9)
  • Medicare prescriptions covered under universal health care. (Sep 8)
  • Price restraints on drugs; limit profiteering. (Sep 8)
  • Opposes assisted suicide laws for terminally ill. (Aug 25)
  • Cradle-to-grave health care better than Clinton’s plan. (Jul 11)
  • Use Canadian system as a model for US. (May 3)
  • Health care is a universal human right. (May 3)
  • Recast health care in a non-profit mode. (Mar 21)
  • Keep commercialism out of maternity wards. (Aug 1999)
  • Make medicines affordable in Third World. (Jul 1999)
  • Challenge the monetization of HMOs. (Jul 1999)
  • HMO review procedures must be independent of HMOs. (Jul 1999)
  • HMO plan: accountability, doctor-driven, independent review. (Jul 1999)
  • Criticizes “sweetheart deal” for big tobacco. (Nov 1998)
  • Let FDA regulate nicotine as an addictive drug. (Mar 1996)
  • Tobacco is the world’s worst air pollutant. (Oct 1994)
Ralph Nader on Juvenile Crime
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 11 headlines on on Crime OR click here for other candidates on Juvenile Crime.
  • Commercialism & TV make childrearing more difficult. (Jun 25)
  • Support personal responsibility; teach dispute resolution. (Jun 25)
Ralph Nader on Kosovo
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 14 headlines on on Defense OR click here for other candidates on Kosovo.
  • Should have anticipated Yugoslav breakup by “waging peace”. (Jul 11)
  • Bosnia: Force acceptable to help against mass slaughter. (Oct 1996)
Ralph Nader on Principles & Values
Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for 9 older headlines OR click here for 13 headlines on about Labor Policy OR click here for other candidates on Principles & Values.
  • Nader-Trader: Swap Gore vote with friend in non-swing state. (Oct 26)
  • Experience to run government comes from suing most agencies. (Oct 8)
  • Shift power from corporations to consumers. (Oct 8)
  • Attract new voters to build future party. (Oct 1)
  • Focus on broader distribution of power. (Aug 9)
  • Spoiled political system spawns spoiled candidates. (Jul 17)
  • Uses personal income as societal change agent. (Jun 18)
  • Opposes concentration of power & monied interests. (Mar 13)
  • Counter “democracy gap”: raise expectations in politics. (Feb 21)
  • New populism: citizen participation over commercialism. (Feb 21)
  • Expand agenda to voter, worker, consumer, shareholder. (Apr 1996)
  • Struggle against commercialism based on priceless things. (Oct 1994)
  • Sacrificed personal life because civic work is a joy. (Oct 1994)
  • Power corrupts, unless it fears loss of power. (Oct 1994)
  • Pushed consumer protection in “Nader’s Raiders”. (Feb 17)

    Green Party

  • Vote with your heart if your state is a foregone conclusion. (Nov 6)
  • Waited 16 years; Dems no different than GOP about power. (Nov 1)
  • Goal is 5% of vote, to qualify Greens as a recognized party. (Oct 25)
  • Tactical voting: if Gore leads your state by 9%, vote Nader. (Oct 23)
  • Vote conscience rather than choosing between drab and dreary. (Sep 21)
  • One purpose of campaign is moving Democrats Left. (Jul 23)
  • The DemRep duopoly obstructs citizenship. (Feb 21)
Ralph Nader on School Choice
Click here for the full quote OR click here for 5 headlines on on Education OR click here for other candidates on School Choice.
  • Support choice within public schools. (Jun 25)
Ralph Nader on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Disabled Rights OR click here for other candidates on Social Security.
  • Social Security is solid; pending bankruptcy is nonsense. (Sep 20)
  • Pensions controlled by people, not banks or insurers. (Feb 21)
  • Social insurance is government at its noblest. (Jan 1999)
  • Social Security privatization replaces certainty with risk. (Jan 1999)
  • Fears loss of retirement funds in privatized investments. (Jan 1999)
Ralph Nader on Tax Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for the Tax Policy Calculator OR click here for other candidates on Tax Reform.
  • Tax code loopholes benefit corporate donors & cost taxpayers. (Oct 9)
  • Sunshine on tax loopholes; sunset on tax breaks. (Oct 9)
  • Put meat in the process of progressive taxation. (Oct 8)
  • More taxpayer input into tax & spending policy. (Feb 21)
  • Tax breaks for big business hurt families. (Dec 1999)
  • Tax breaks to big business unfairly hurt small business. (Apr 1999)
  • Focus on under-taxation of corporations, not income tax. (Oct 1996)
  • Against flat tax; keep progressivity. (Oct 1996)
Ralph Nader on Technology
Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Technology.
  • FCC gave away $70B in airwave licenses to large corporations. (Oct 9)
  • Domain name registration needs openness to replace monopoly. (Oct 9)
  • Put all Congressional voting records on Internet. (Jun 26)
  • More free info from govt via computers & airwaves. (Feb 21)
  • Ruling against Microsoft bodes well for competition. (Nov 1999)
  • Microsoft is anticompetitive and anticonsumer. (Nov 1998)
  • Microsoft must be stopped. (Nov 1998)
  • The public owns the airwaves; express our rights. (Apr 1996)
Ralph Nader on Welfare & Labor
Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for 13 headlines on about Labor Policy OR click here for other candidates on Welfare & Labor.
  • Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes. (Oct 14)
  • Attack corporate welfare kings, not poor welfare queens. (Oct 9)
  • Limit executive compensation to 30-to-1 over lowest pay. (Oct 9)
  • Domestic Marshall Plan to abolish poverty. (Oct 8)
  • Democracy can’t co-exist with gross income inequality. (Jun 25)
  • Retail malls siphon off business from central cities. (May 18)
  • Homelessness is peaking despite good economy. (May 7)
  • Big business lobbying subordinates democracy. (Feb 21)
  • Training & earned income credits are corporate subsidies. (Apr 1996)

    Consumer Rights

  • Help for ordinary people should replace corporate welfare. (Sep 1)
  • Address corporate crimes piecemeal AND by revoking charters. (Feb 23)
  • Stop giving corporations the same rights as people. (Dec 1995)

    Labor

  • Living wage spreads economic expansion to reach all areas. (Oct 22)
  • Repeal Taft-Hartley; strengthen unions. (Oct 8)
  • Unions struggle even in heart of union country. (Sep 5)
  • Vote for a union supporter, not against Republicans. (Aug 29)
  • Message to Democrats: Don’t take labor for granted. (Jul 23)
  • Raise the minimum wage immediately. (Jun 26)
  • Functional wages are falling despite economic boom. (Jun 25)
  • Top CEOs make 415 times entry wages. (Feb 23)
  • Limit executive salaries & perks. (Feb 21)
  • Student pressure can help oppressed textile workers abroad. (Aug 1999)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  



Logo
Copyright 1999-2000
by Issues2000.org
Reprinting by permission only.
E-mail: submit@issues2000.org
Mail
Send donations or submit quotations to:
Issues 2000
1770 Massachusetts Ave. #630
Cambridge, MA 02140
DCOrbit


WM_logo Written by
WebMerchants


IWP_logo Powered by
Instant Web Page


Reproduction of material from any Issues2000.org pages without written permission is prohibited.
Copyright © 2000 Issues2000.org & SpeakOut.com, all rights reserved.
Issues2000.org 1770 Massachusetts Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail us at:submit@issues2000.org
| Advertising information | Privacy and Use Policies