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Dick Cheney on Defense : Oct 14, 2000

Swift retaliation for USS Cole terrorist attack

Dick Cheney urged “swift retaliation” against those responsible for the apparent suicide bombing of a US destroyer, an attack that is presumed to have killed 17 sailors. “Any would-be terrorist out there needs to know that if you’re going to attack, you’ll be hit very hard and very quick,” Cheney said after a speech at a senior citizens center. “It’s not time for diplomacy and debate. It’s time for action.” The apparent terrorist bombing of the USS Cole near Yemen has provided Cheney with a potent anecdote in calling for a stronger national defense. While not assigning blame in Thursday’s attack on the Navy ship, Cheney said, “it’s still a hostile and dangerous world out there.”
Source: Boston Globe, “Political Briefs,” p. A4
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Ralph Nader on Welfare & Labor : Oct 14, 2000

Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes

Nader speaks to college students about the great paradox of Generation X, the non-voting, self-absorbed, bottom-line crowd - which just happens to do more community service than any in the history of the country. They may be apolitical, but they are not apathetic. They go, almost automatically, to hospitals and soup kitchens, to ghetto classrooms, to the lonely and afraid in old people’s homes. Nader tells them, after praising their phenomenal good deeds: “You burn yourselves out doing charitable work. But if you get into politics and go to the cause of these problems, you will have a just society where you don’t need so much charitable work.“

Nader says they are right to rail against global sweatshops and rain forest abuse - two topics never raised by the big guys. Nader says Bush & Gore both avoid college campuses. ”They like elementary and high schools better - good photo ops and less danger of blind-siding questions and pickets.“

Source: Mary McGrory editorial, Boston Globe, p. A15
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Al Gore on Foreign Policy : Oct 13, 2000

Chernomyrdin Commission produced results despite corruption

[Numerous agreements with Russia between 1993 & 1998 were discussed via] a channel known as the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission. Gore has cited the work of the commission as among his signal achievements as vice president and an important part of his r‚sum‚ for the presidency. Some critics in Congress, as well as Governor Bush, say that Gore placed too much faith in his close personal relationship with Chernomyrdin, and that this led Gore to turn a blind eye to strong evidence of corruption. Gore responds that the Commission produced scores of agreements on a wide range of topics in part because of the strong bond between the men. Gore was fully aware of the allegations of corruption against Chernomyrdin, his spokesman said, but he also believed that the prime minister was dedicated to reform and had the clout to cut through the bureaucracy. Gore’s office has produced a catalog of Gore’s achievements in Russia policy: the removal of nuclear weapons, trade deals, the international space station, etc.
Source: Analysis of Wake Forest debate, John Broder, NY Times
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George W. Bush on Crime : Oct 13, 2000

Ignored Byrd hate crime bill despite plea by Byrd’s family

The Gore campaign accused Bush of trying to deflect attention from his unwillingness to push for an enhanced 1999 hate crimes bill named for James Byrd that died in the State Senate. And Byrd’s daughter, Renee Mullins, who lobbied Bush in 1999 to help pass that bill, said in an interview today that the governor pointedly told her that he would not work to do so. “I pleaded with him,” Mullins recounted of her meeting with Bush. Mullins said she was offended when she learned that Bush expressed support for hate crimes legislation, saying “I just went to him last year and he didn’t support me. So how could he support one?”

A Bush spokesman attributed the governor’s inaction on the Byrd bill in 1999 to several factors: It was not part of Bush’s own legislative package, and [strengthening penalties for one group] might weaken penalties under existing laws for [other groups which were not specified in the Byrd bill]. Advocates of the Byrd bill argued that the existing law was too vague.

Source: Analysis of Wake Forest debate, Jim Yardley, NY Times
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George W. Bush on Foreign Policy : Oct 13, 2000

Chernomyrdin threatens to sue Bush for slander re corruption

Bush’s accusation that aid money from the IMF lined the pockets of former Russian prime minister Chernomyrdin as denied today by Chernomyrdin and the IMF. The comments about misused aid reflect growing skepticism among many Congressional Republicans about the role of the IMF, which some critics have accused of wasting billions and supporting corrupt governments. Bush’s debate barb was clearly aimed at Gore, who has reached numerous agreements with Chernomyrdin.

The IMF has repeatedly denied that aid money was siphoned off, and offered independent audits as evidence. Mr. Chernomyrdin issued a statement in Moscow today denying the accusations and threatening to sue Bush for slander. “I think Mr. Bush Jr. should be getting ready for a court hearing on the issue,” Chernomyrdin said. Bush stood by his statement, but softened his tone today, saying it was “general knowledge” that people in Russia had taken IMF aid, but “it might not have been [IMF money]; it might have been another aid.”

Source: Analysis of Wake Forest debate, Joseph Kahn, NY Times
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Al Gore on Civil Rights : Oct 11, 2000

Find some way for civic union; but not gay marriage

Q: What is your position on gay marriage?

BUSH: I’m not for gay marriage. I think marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. I appreciated the way the administration signed the Defense of Marriage Act. I presume the vice president supported it.

GORE: I agree with that, and I did support that law. But I think that we should find a way to allow some kind of civic unions. And I basically agree with Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman, and I think the three of us have one view and the governor has another view.

BUSH: I’m not sure what kind of view he’s ascribing to me. One day he says he agrees with me, then he says he doesn’t. I will be a tolerant person. I’ve been a tolerant person all my life. I just happen to believe strongly that marriage is between a man and a woman. I don’t really think it’s any of my concern how you conduct your sex life. That’s a private matter. I support equal rights but not special rights for people.

Source: (X-ref Bush) Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University
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Al Gore on Environment : Oct 11, 2000

A clean environment and a healthy economy do not conflict

Q: What will you do to protect the environment?

GORE: Holding on to the old argument that the environment and the economy are in conflict is really outdated. The governor is for letting the oil companies into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Houston’s just become the smoggiest city in the country and Texas is No. 1 in industrial pollution. I will fight for a clean environment in ways that strengthen our economy.

Source: Presidential Debate at Wake Forest
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Al Gore on Health Care : Oct 11, 2000

Claims Bush puts Texas oil interests before healthy children

GORE [to Bush]: Texas ranks 49th out of the states in health care.

BUSH: We spent $4.7 billion a year on the uninsured in Texas. The percentage of uninsured in Texas has gone down, while the percentage of uninsured in America has gone up. Our CHIPS program got a late start because our government meets only four months out of every two years. It may come as a shock for somebody who’s been in Washington for so long, but limited government can work. In ‘99, we signed up over 110,000 children to the CHIPS program. For comparable states our size, we’re signing them up fast as any other state.

GORE: I’m no expert on Texas procedures, but friends there tell me that the governor opposed a measure put forward by Democrats in the legislature to expand the number of children that would be covered. And instead directed the money toward a tax cut, a significant part of which went to wealthy interests. He declared the need for a new tax cut for the oil companies in Texas an emergency need.

Source: Presidential Debate at Wake Forest
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Al Gore on Kosovo : Oct 11, 2000

Genocide is a strategic interest & warrants intervention

GORE [to Bush]: [Regarding] when it’s appropriate for the US to use force around the world, at times the standards that you’ve laid down have given me the impression that if it’s something like a genocide or ethnic cleansing, that that alone wouldn’t be the kind of situation that would cause you to think that the US ought to get involved with troops. There have to be other factors involved for me to want to be involved. But by itself, that, to me, can bring into play a fundamental American strategic interest because I think it’s based on our values.

BUSH: If I think it’s in our nation’s strategic interests, I’ll commit troops. I thought it was in our strategic interests to keep Milosevic in check because of our relations in NATO, and that’s why I took the position I took. I think it’s important for NATO to be strong and confident. I felt like an unchecked Milosevic would harm NATO. So it depends on the situation, Mr. Vice President.

Source: Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University
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George W. Bush on Principles & Values : Oct 11, 2000

The president must have credibility; Gore doesn’t

Q: Do you think the voters should question the Vice President’s credibility?

BUSH: It’s important for the president to be credible with Congress and foreign nations. It’s something people need to consider. I’m going to defend my record against exaggerations. Exaggerations like only 5% of seniors receive benefits under my Medicare package. That’s what he said the other day. That’s simply not the case.

GORE: I got some of the details wrong last week. I’m sorry about that. One of the reasons I regret it is that getting a detail wrong interfered with my point. However many days that young girl in Florida stood in her classroom doesn’t change the fact that there are a lot of overcrowded classrooms in America and we need to do something about that. I can’t promise that I will never get another detail wrong. But I will promise you that I will work my heart out to get the big things right for the American people.

Q: Does that resolve the issue?

BUSH: That’s going to be up to the people.

Source: Presidential Debate at Wake Forest
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Hillary Clinton on Abortion : Oct 8, 2000

Late term abortion only if life or health are at risk

Q: Are there circumstances when the government should limit choice?

LAZIO: I had a pro-choice record in the House, and I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I support a ban on partial-birth abortions. Senator Moynihan called it “infanticide.” Even former mayor Ed Koch agreed that this was too extreme a procedure. This is an area where I disagree with my opponent. My opponent opposes a ban on partial-birth abortions.

CLINTON: My opponent is wrong. I have said many times that I can support a ban on late-term abortions, including partial-birth abortions, so long as the health and life of the mother is protected. I’ve met women who faced this heart-wrenching decision toward the end of a pregnancy. Of course it’s a horrible procedure. No one would argue with that. But if your life is at stake, if your health is at stake, if the potential for having any more children is at stake, this must be a woman’s choice.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan
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Hillary Clinton on Budget & Economy : Oct 8, 2000

Use tax dollars to upgrade infrastructure, not for stadium

Q: Should taxpayer money should be used to build such a stadium in Manhattan?

CLINTON: I don’t think that’s a good use of that space or of taxpayer dollars. There is work we need to do to upgrade the infrastructure. That’s why I support the Second Avenue subway. That’s why I support the East Side connector, a rail link to La Guardia and to JFK. I will go to the Senate to continue the work on Penn Station and others that Senator Moynihan has started.

LAZIO: I think it’s important to get the Jets and Giants back. This is not just a plan for a stadium; it’s also a plan for expansion of convention space. I don’t think this should be funded with public money entirely. But I believe that this is an important initiative to build jobs for New York.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan
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Hillary Clinton on Education : Oct 8, 2000

Vouchers would take money from public schools

Q: Why don’t you support vouchers for low-income parents?

CLINTON: I could not support vouchers that would take money away from schools where teachers are in partitioned hallways, where the teacher has the only textbook in the classroom. If we can get class size down, if we can provide qualified teachers, we can make a difference. I support adding 100,000 teachers to lower class size. I support the bipartisan school construction funding authority that would permit New York to have school construction without raising taxes.

LAZIO: I have voted twice to support hiring additional teachers. Under my plan, New York would not get shortchanged. Under Mrs. Clinton’s plan, New Yorkers would be subsidizing Southern states. I think it’s immoral to force a child to go to a school where they can’t learn. Poor parents want to have the choice to give their children the education that I want for my children. I trust parents to make that decision, and that’s a major philosophical difference.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan
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Hillary Clinton on Government Reform : Oct 8, 2000

Can we trust as a senator someone who broke an agreement?

Q: Do you support campaign finance reform?

LAZIO: I voted for campaign finance reform. I have run this campaign abiding by McCain-Feingold. We have not raised a dime of soft money. I do not agree with public financing because the voters should decide who is elected. We should not have welfare for politicians.

CLINTON: I think we need to change the system of campaign financing. I just have to remark that Mr. Lazio’s campaign violated the very simple agreement that we entered. Last month, Mr. Lazio said that this was an issue of trust and character. If New Yorkers can’t trust him to keep his word for 10 days, how can they trust him for six years on issues like Social Security, Medicare, prescription drugs and education?

LAZIO: Mrs. Clinton, no lectures from Motel 1600 on campaign finance reform. I took a legitimate contribution of clean hard money. My opponent objected. Because I have a commitment to campaign finance reform and to this agreement, I refunded the money.

Source: (X-ref Lazio) Senate debate in Manhattan
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Hillary Clinton on Technology : Oct 8, 2000

Details of “Bill 602P” hoax

The debate’s moderator asked Clinton and Lazio: “How you stand on federal bill 602p?” The only problem is that the proposed bill, “602p,” does not exist. An advisory on the Postal Service’s Web site put it this way in May 1999: “A completely false rumor concerning the US Postal Service is being circulated on Internet e-mail. A similar hoax occurred recently concerning Canada Post. The e-mail message claims that a ‘Congressman Schnell’ has introduced ‘Bill 602P’ to allow the federal government to impose a 5-cent surcharge on each e-mail message delivered over the Internet. The money would be collected by Internet Service Providers and then turned over to the Postal Service. No such proposed legislation exists.“

The hoax has persisted despite warnings on some House members’ Web sites and despite the fact that ‘602p’ is not a valid designation for a congressional bill, which normally bears the preface of ”H.R.“ in the House and ”S“ in the Senate. Nor is there any member of Congress named Schnell.

Source: MS-NBC report on debate in Manhattan
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Ralph Nader on Free Trade & Immigration : Oct 8, 2000

Renegotiate NAFTA & WTO “as if human beings mattered”

A fair trader rather than a free-trader, Nader would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and the World Trade Organization “as if human beings mattered, not global corporations,” insisting on meaningful environmental and worker protections.
Source: Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe, page D1
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Ralph Nader on Tax Reform : Oct 8, 2000

Put meat in the process of progressive taxation

How to pay for all [of Nader’s progressive social programs]? Eliminating “hundreds of billions” in corporate welfare would be a start, says Nader, who would also cut the military budget by $100 billion, or about a third. He would also change the tax system. “I’d really put meat in the process of progressive taxation,” he says. “The richer people are, the more the percentage you pay.”
Source: Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe, page D1
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Rick Lazio on Budget & Economy : Oct 8, 2000

Bring Jets and Giants back to NY in new stadium

Q: Should taxpayer money should be used to build such a stadium in Manhattan?

CLINTON: I don’t think that’s a good use of that space or of taxpayer dollars. There is work we need to do to upgrade the infrastructure. That’s why I support the Second Avenue subway. That’s why I support the East Side connector, a rail link to La Guardia and to JFK. I will go to the Senate to continue the work on Penn Station and others that Senator Moynihan has started.

LAZIO: I think it’s important to get the Jets and Giants back. This is not just a plan for a stadium; it’s also a plan for expansion of convention space. I don’t think this should be funded with public money entirely. But I believe that this is an important initiative to build jobs for New York.

Source: (X-ref Hillary) Senate debate in Manhattan
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Rick Lazio on Drugs : Oct 8, 2000

Vote helped pass crime bill, drug courts, community police

Q: What is your approach to the “Drug War”?

CLINTON: I have spoken out on my belief that we should have drug courts that would serve as alternatives to the traditional criminal justice system for low-level offenders. If the person comes before the court, agrees to stay clean, is subjected to drug tests once a week, they are diverted from the criminal justice system. We need more treatment. It is unfair to urge people to get rid of their addiction and not have the treatment facilities when people finally makes up their minds to get treatment.

LAZIO: The truth is that under the Clinton administration, there has been a dramatic and troubling increase in drug abuse by our children. And that has not been addressed. I crossed party lines in 1994 and built a coalition of Republicans that passed the crime bill. If it were not for that, we would not have drug courts right now. We would not have community policing. We need to have somebody in Washington who has the ability to get the job done.

Source: (X-ref Hillary) Senate debate in Manhattan
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Rick Lazio on Principles & Values : Oct 8, 2000

NY is a great melting pot of bottom-line people

Q: Define a New Yorker.

LAZIO: New Yorkers say, “You got to tell it like it is.” I can relate with New Yorkers lives, the fact that we have a great melting pot here in New York. Our ethnic diversity is our strength. It’s why people from throughout the world want to come to New York. We’re tough, bottom-line people. We don’t want to hear a lot of talk. We have a history of rolling up our sleeves [and working]. I’m very, very proud to be a life-long resident of this state.

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan
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Dick Cheney on Social Security : Oct 5, 2000

Social Security will go bust without individual investment

Q: How will you protect Social Security?

CHENEY: It’s provided benefits for senior citizens, for my parents. Gov. Bush and I want to make absolutely certain that the first thing we do is guarantee the continuation of those payments. We know when the baby boom generation’s coming. That’s going to drive the system into bankruptcy unless we reform it. The reform we offer is to allow young people to take a portion of the payroll tax, 2%, and invest it in a personal retirement account. First, it gives them a stake in the Social Security system. That becomes their property. They own it. They can pass it on to their kids if they want. Secondly, today, you get about a 2% return; we can generate at least 6%. And by generating a bigger return, we’ll put additional funds into the system that will help us survive that crunch that’s otherwise going to hit in the future. They don’t reform Social Security at all. They add another huge obligation on top of it that future generations will have to pay.

Source: Vice-Presidential debate
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Joseph Lieberman on Principles & Values : Oct 5, 2000

I requested report, and I said “stop it” to Hollywood

CHENEY: I liked the old Joe Lieberman better. Joe established an outstanding record in his work on violence in the media. There is the view that the depth of conviction isn’t quite as strong as it was. On one hand, he criticizes the activities of the industry, and at the same time, he participates in fund-raising events with some of the people responsible.

LIEBERMAN: Al Gore and I have felt for a long time that we cannot let America’s parents stand alone in this competition that they feel they’re in with Hollywood to raise their own kids. John McCain and I requested the report that proved conclusively that the entertainment industry is marketing adult-rated products to our children. When that report came out, Al Gore and I said to the industry, “Stop it. And if you don’t stop it in six months, we’re going to ask the FTC to take action against you.” Al Gore and I agree on most everything. We disagree on some things, and I have not changed a single position since Al Gore nominated me.

Source: (X-ref Cheney) Vice-Presidential debate
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Al Gore on School Choice : Oct 3, 2000

Spend resources rebuilding public schools

  • Gore opposes using public funds to provide private school tuition.
  • Would close public schools that failed to meet higher standards and then reopen them with new supervision.
  • Would provide federal funds to help communities raise salaries and recruit new teachers.
  • Proposes $36 billion in tax credits, including making up to $10,000 of college tuition tax deductible.
  • Backs voluntary national tests for 4th and 8th graders in math and reading.
Source: Boston Globe, p. A24
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Pat Buchanan on Free Trade & Immigration : Oct 1, 2000

Use troops on borders to limit immigration

Q: Describe your immigration policy.

A: Frankly, we ought to get control of our immigration, as most Americans want. And, frankly, put our troops, if necessary, on the border to stop the one million illegals coming into this country. 250,000 to 300,000 a year could come in. We’d still be the most generous country in the world, but it would give us time to assimilate and Americanize the 30 million who have come here in recent decades.

Source: Nader-Buchanan debate on ‘Meet the Press’
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Harry Browne on Principles & Values : Sep 27, 2000

Top priorities: Pardon drug offenders; reduce regulations

Q: Give three simple things you’d do first if elected.

A: (1) Pardon every federal prisoner convicted of a nonviolent drug offense. (2) Tear pages of regulations out of the Federal Register. (3) Bring U.S. troops home from abroad and announce that the United States will no longer meddle in other countries’ affairs.

Source: James Ridgeway, “Atlas Rising,” Village Voice (NYC)
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Al Gore on Families & Children : Sep 22, 2000

Abstinence Ed in the context of comprehensive Sex Ed

Q: Do you support the initiative to encourage young people to abstain from sex but not allow discussion of birth control?

A: I support a comprehensive strategy to prevent teen pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases that includes abstinence education and other measures. I believe that community leaders are in the best position to identify those family-planning strategies that will be most effective within their respective communities.

Source: Associated Press
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Howard Phillips on Principles & Values : Sep 20, 2000

Christian liberty benefits even non-Christians

Q: How would your emphasis on “Biblical government” affect Americans who are not from a Judeo-Christian tradition?

A: They’d have the benefits of Christian liberty. The Founders all said we are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights. The Constitution Party wants to return to Constitutional government, which is rooted in British common law, which was itself rooted in Holy Scripture. Immigrants who come to America come because of that Christian liberty, whatever their own faith.

Source: Phone interview on Orvetti.com
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Pat Buchanan on Juvenile Crime : Sep 19, 2000

Shut down NEA; Hollywood causes moral decay

At Bob Jones University, Buchanan found a receptive audience for his accusation that Hollywood and film producers are a source of moral decay in the nation. “Instead of breaking up Microsoft, why don’t we break up Disney?” he asked. He also said he wants to shut the National Endowment for the Arts.
Source: CNN.com
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John Hagelin on Government Reform : Sep 17, 2000

Role of third parties is to widen debate

If the Presidential Debate Commissions rules were in force then, Abraham Lincoln would not have qualified. Jesse Ventura would not have qualified during his successful gubernatorial run either. Furthermore, even if third parties don’t have 15% of the vote, they serve an important function: without third parties, numerous issues would never be brought into general consciousness. Slavery would never have been an issue without third parties, nor most of the civil rights movement.
Source: NPR’s “Morning Edition” (paraphrased)
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George Allen on Crime : Sep 12, 2000

Abolished parole; instituted Three Strikes laws

    During my term as Governor:
  • We abolished parole in Virginia for all felony convictions.
  • We established truth-in-sentencing and increased the penalties for repeat and violent offenders (including three-strikes-and-you’re out laws).
  • We built prisons so that these convicted felons wouldn’t be released early because of a lawsuit on prison overcrowding.
  • we are refocusing the criminal justice system to respect victims’ rights.
Source: Web site Allen2000.com
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George Allen on Defense : Sep 12, 2000

Build SDI; pay soldiers more

“Our national defense is eroding - weakening by the day,” Allen said. “Our military has been cut to near the bone and stretched to near its limit. Our men and women in uniform are underpaid. Our military itself is undermanned.”
    THE GEORGE ALLEN DEFENSE AGENDA
  • Restore defense funding to a level adequate to respond to existing threats - to an annual level of $350 billion by 2005.
  • End the procurement holiday and modernize all branches of the military with the technologically advanced equipment they need to meet new security threats.
  • Provide a strong, effective national missile defense system to protect the people of the United States.
  • Address recruitment and morale problems by ensuring that America’s men and women in uniform are properly paid, housed and trained, and ready to protect our nation.
  • Keep our promises of quality health care and retirement benefits to those who honorably served.
Source: Web site Allen2000.com
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George Allen on Drugs : Sep 12, 2000

Tougher sentencing for drug crimes

We improved Virginia’s laws for trying drug and criminal co-conspirators, and we adopted bifurcated trials so that juries are informed of a convicted felon’s previous record before handing down their sentence. We’re keeping the violent criminals in prison instead of letting them out into our communities to find new victims to prey on.
Source: Web site Allen2000.com
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George Allen on Juvenile Crime : Sep 12, 2000

Try juvenile felons as adults

We enacted sweeping juvenile justice reforms to allow juveniles who commit violent crimes such as rape and armed robbery to be tried as adults. You all recognize that these youthful predators need to be held accountable, and the punishment ought to fit the severity of the crime - regardless of age!
Source: Web site Allen2000.com
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George Allen on Welfare & Labor : Sep 12, 2000

Minor mothers must live at home & identify fathers

Under Virginia’s welfare reform, unmarried minor mothers must be enrolled in school and live at home; no additional benefits are provided to those who have more children while on welfare. Mothers are required to assist in identifying fathers to receive benefits, and parents who refuse to support their children are likely to lose their professional, occupational and drivers’ licenses.
Source: Web site Allen2000.com
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Jon Corzine on Social Security : Sep 12, 2000

15% government investment in equities; no privatization

The earnings test, which punishes seniors for working, should be eliminated. Instead of the privatization of Social Security, which I strongly oppose, we can increase returns with much less risk to individuals by allowing the government to invest a modest amount of the Social Security surplus, about 15 percent, in equities.
Source: Web site www.votecorzine.org
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Ted Celeste on Education : Sep 12, 2000

Invest in education via federal grants

    “Working together we can ensure that both local schools and higher education facilities have access to the internet and are wired to teach the technological skills needed to succeed,” Celeste stated. Celeste’s plan includes:
  • encouraging research by increasing investment in federal civilian and defense research
  • investing in education and providing federal funding for grants, fellowships and loans so that college is once again affordable
  • beginning the transformation to a digital economy with the creation of digital government
  • fostering digital opportunity by wiring rural Ohio with the electronic infrastructure they need for the 21st Century.
“Ohio currently ranks 32nd in the creation of high tech jobs and 28th in internet use. I know that Ohio’s future lies with technological development and education. As United States Senator I will work to forge the necessary partnerships between the public, private and academic sectors to bring growth back to Ohio.”
Source: (X-ref Technology) “Celeste speaks at Gore-Lieberman Rally”
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Ted Celeste on Environment : Sep 12, 2000

Regulate factory farsm; support family farms

    Ted Celeste understands farm families and Ohio’s rural communities have been hit hard by the development of farmland, unfair competition and falling prices. Ted Celeste supports:
  • regulation of factory farms to protect family farms and preserve the quality of life in Ohio’s rural communities.
  • paying farmers a decent price for conservation easements.
  • farmers-owned processing enterprises and cooperatives to help gain a greater share of the food dollar.
Source: www.celeste2000.com, “Celeste on Agriculture”
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Ted Celeste on Families & Children : Sep 12, 2000

Fund pre-school, after-school, & Head Start

    Today’s families are working longer and many need help in providing for the basic needs of their children.
  • Celeste will fight to protect breakfast & lunch programs so that all children are guaranteed the nutritional sustenance they need to concentrate in school.
  • Celeste will fight to fund after-school mentoring, academic assistance and technology training programs to ensure children have a safe and productive place to go when the school day ends.
  • Celeste will work hard to foster partnerships with schools, communities and businesses to address all challenges to learning, not just those in the classroom.
  • Celeste will be a vocal advocate for issues affecting early childhood education and care.
  • Celeste will support plans to make pre-school accessible and affordable for all children.
  • Celeste will promote increases in Head Start funding so those children enter school ready to learn.
Source: www.celeste2000.com, “Celeste on Education”
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Ted Celeste on Government Reform : Sep 12, 2000

Supports McCain-Fiengold campaign finance reform

I advocate Common Sense reform of the Campaign Finance system. Mike DeWine and other Senate Republicans solicit millions of dollars from big corporate and special interests groups and then vote their way in Congress. To preserve this voting/money mill system in Washington, Mike DeWine repeatedly voted against the modest reforms of the McCain-Feingold bill. -- despite his backing Senator McCain in the GOP primaries.
Source: www.celeste2000.com
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Ted Celeste on Technology : Sep 12, 2000

Wire schools to the Internet

    “Working together we can ensure that both local schools and higher education facilities have access to the internet and are wired to teach the technological skills needed to succeed,” Celeste stated. Celeste’s plan includes:
  • encouraging research by increasing investment in federal civilian and defense research
  • investing in education and providing federal funding for grants, fellowships and loans so that college is once again affordable
  • beginning the transformation to a digital economy with the creation of digital government
  • fostering digital opportunity by wiring rural Ohio with the electronic infrastructure they need for the 21st Century.
“Ohio currently ranks 32nd in the creation of high tech jobs and 28th in internet use. I know that Ohio’s future lies with technological development and education. As United States Senator I will work to forge the necessary partnerships between the public, private and academic sectors to bring growth back to Ohio.”
Source: Press Release, “Celeste speaks at Gore-Lieberman Rally”
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Ted Celeste on Welfare & Labor : Sep 12, 2000

Raise the minimum wage

As your next senator, Ted Celeste eill aggressively support not just raising the minimum wage, but indexing it to inflation as well.
Source: www.celeste2000.com, “Celeste on Working Families”
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Hillary Clinton on Gun Control : Sep 9, 2000

Keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them

We need to stand firm on behalf of sensible gun control legislation. We have to enact laws that will keep guns out of the hand of children and criminals and mentally unbalanced persons. Congress should have acted before our children started going back to school. I realize the NRA is a formidable political group; but I believe the American people are ready to come together as a nation and do whatever it takes to keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them.
Source: www.hillary2000.org, “Gun Safety”
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Carla Howell on Gun Control : Sep 5, 2000

Repeal all federal gun laws; no exceptions

    Carla Howell’s Pro-Gun Pledge:
  • Howell will vote to immediately repeal the Brady Bill.
  • Howell will vote to immediately repeal the Assault Weapons Ban.
  • Howell will vote to immediately repeal all other federal laws, regulations, restrictions, and policies that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.
  • Howell always puts the Second Amendment first.
    Every issue. Every time. No exceptions. No excuses.
    Small government is beautiful . And It Leaves Our Guns Alone!
Source: SenateMatch questionnaire interview
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Ezola Foster on Civil Rights : Aug 29, 2000

Racism is out of govt; now focus on people

Q: What is your stand on racism, both white and black?

A: The problem is how you fight racism. Our country has come a long way in terms of [removing] policies that encourage racism. In terms of individuals that continue to promote racism, we have to change the hearts and the mind of the people. To do that, we must reject different groups and organizations who have a vested interest money wise to keep the flames of racism burning. We must recognize an individual’s rights and responsibilities.

Source: Interview on “Free Media”, Washington Post
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Tom Carper on Budget & Economy : Aug 24, 2000

Criticizes ‘Splurging Away’ Surplus

solvency.
  • Work to pay off our national debt. Long-term savings on interest payments will help secure Medicare and can be invested in our schools and for our seniors.
  • Use half of the remaining surplus for broad-based tax reductions, including responsible marriage-penalty and estate tax relief.
  • Invest in our future by improving public education; expanding health care for our children and families; extending prescription drug benefits to our seniors and increasing access to child care.
    Source: Press Release, “Criticizes ‘Splurging Away’ Surplus”
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    Paul Rappaport on China : Aug 15, 2000

    Concerned about China’s military & expansion

    The Paul Rappaport for Senate campaign reports that the candidate is “concerned about China’s military growth, expansion, and relations with Taiwan.”
    Source: Phone interview with Rappaport campaign
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    Paul Rappaport on Crime : Aug 15, 2000

    Tougher sentencing & less plea-bargaining

    The Paul Rappaport for Senate campaign reports that the candidate would “reduce violent crime by implementing programs that target criminals who use firearms in the commission of crimes, or distribute drugs in our communities by taking them out of the normal judicial system; placing them on the fast track to a swift trial with no plea bargain, and a demand for maximum sentencing.”
    Source: Phone interview with Rappaport campaign
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    Paul Rappaport on Defense : Aug 15, 2000

    More pay & support for service personnel

      The Paul Rappaport for Senate campaign reports that the candidate would:
    • Support our service personnel.
    • Address the plight of our homeless veterans.
    • Oppose placing U.S. troops under UN command.
    • Restore the morale of our military with better training, pay and treatment.
    Source: Phone interview with Rappaport campaign
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    Winona LaDuke on Budget & Economy : Jul 23, 2000

    Overconsumption fuels unwarranted economic expansion

    “The essence of the problem is about consumption, recognizing that a society that consumes one-third of the world’s resources is unsustainable. This level of consumption requires constant intervention into other people’s lands. That’s what’s going on.
    Source: Cascadia Planet, “Native Activists”, by Patrick Mazza
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    Winona LaDuke on Environment : Jul 23, 2000

    Unchecked industrial expansion means species extinction

    “The holocaust manifested in the western world is unprecedented. There has been more species extinction than since the ice age. A society based on conquest cannot be sustained. Anything which has caused that much extinction cannot be sustained.
    Source: Cascadia Planet, “Native Activists”, by Patrick Mazza
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    Dianne Feinstein on Free Trade & Immigration : Jul 6, 2000

    $127M for INS to reduce immigrant visa backlog

    Senator Dianne Feinstein is prime sponsor of a bill aimed at reducing the backlog of naturalization and visa applications. “I would hope [candidates] would endorse this bill and urge prompt passage of this legislation by Congress,” said Feinstein, who is pushing for $127 million for the agency to hire staff and boost computer operations without increasing application fees.
    Source: Paul Shepard, Associated Press, in Boston Globe, page A12
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    Rudy Giuliani on Principles & Values : May 20, 2000

    Withdraws from NY Senate race to fight his prostate cancer

    I don’t feel that if I take on the commitment to run, that I’d have the kind of confidence that I should have, that I’d be the candidate that I should be. I don’t know that I’d be able to campaign the way I should. I don’t know that I’d be able to concentrate on it the way I should. The focus that I’m going to have now is going to be fighting cancer, and making a decision about my treatment. I thank God that it gives me another 18 months to be mayor of New York City, which I love very, very much.
    Source: News conference on his withdrawal from NY Senate race
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    Rick Santorum on Social Security : May 15, 2000

    Social Security needs reform sooner rather than later

    Santorum says the Social Security program is in grave danger of going bankrupt and if the future insolvency is not addressed now, it will be much more difficult to deal with later. “There’s an absolute certainty that Social Security will run out of money, and benefits will be cut and taxes will go up,” Santorum said. “[Democrats] are ignoring the fact that Social Security is in trouble; they’re just saying, ‘Oh, this is a risky scheme.’”
    Source: Jill Zuckman, Boston Globe, p. A12
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    Ron Klink on Social Security : May 15, 2000

    Social Security bridges the generations; keep it as is

    Congressman Ron Klink calls Social Security “a sacred bond between the generations.” As vehemently as Santorum wants to change the program, Klink wants to maintain it in its current form. “All of a sudden, Rick Santorum and many others are saying what I pay is my money,” Klink said. “Instead of bridging and uniting the generations and having them take care of each other, it’s dividing the generations.”

    Klink points out that the program is expected to be solvent for the next 37 years. At most, he believes there are “some slight changes that can be made,” but wants nothing that would alter the current structure. He views Santorum’s proposals as needless and risky. If the bull market becomes a bear, Klink says, the federal government would be left with no choice but to make up for people’s investment shortfalls rather than to leave seniors destitute. “We do not need the drastic kinds of changes that will destroy the system that the senator and others are proposing,” Klink said.

    Source: Jill Zuckman, Boston Globe, p. A12
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    David McReynolds on Foreign Policy : May 2, 2000

    Eliminate most foreign aid; it’s only for disasters

      McReynolds supports the following statements regarding foreign aid:
    • Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
    • Would Eliminate Funding for Colombia; Egypt; Israel; Kosovo province; Mexico; North Korea; Russia; Turkey.
    • Greatly increase funding for UN Crisis and Humanitarian Aid and UN Peace Keeping Missions
    Source: Vote-Smart.org NPAT questionnaire
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    Chuck Robb on Civil Rights : Apr 1, 2000

    Soldiers die to protect values; allow flag-burning

    [Justifying his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment allowing a ban on flag-burning, Robb issued a statement with] a rare reference to his tour as a Marine in Vietnam. Robb told of being with men who died fighting not for the flag itself but “for all that it represents.” To punish people for expressing unpopular views, he said, is to “erode the very values, the very freedoms” that distinguish American democracy.
    Source: Washington Post editorial, p. A18
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    Chuck Robb on Environment : Apr 1, 2000

    Keep federal gas tax to maintain VA highway funding

    Robb has said that rolling back the 4.3 cent federal gas tax is a bad idea. He notes that repeal of the tax would do little to lower prices at the pump and could cost Virginians nearly a half-billion dollars in federal highway funding over two years. Given how heavily the Virginia legislature’s transportation plans depend on borrowing against these federal funds, that is no way for the state to go.
    Source: Washington Post editorial, p. A18
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    Chuck Robb on Principles & Values : Apr 1, 2000

    Calls himself a centrist Democrat

    Robb portrays himself as a centrist Democrat diligently tending to Virginia’s business on Capitol Hill and standing up under pressure.
    Source: Washington Post editorial, p. A18
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    Rudy Guiliani on Crime : Mar 3, 2000

    Giuliani backs police in Bronx killing

    With regards to the Diallo verdict, Giulianin said, “If police officers act in the line of duty to protect a community against violent criminals and drug dealers, then that the community should stand up and support them when police officers’ lives are put in jeopardy.” Although Mr. Giuliani was asked several times how he could answer concerns in the neighborhood about police brutality,he did not directly answer.
    Source: New York Times, Page A-23
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    Orrin Hatch on Principles & Values : Jan 26, 2000

    Withdraws, citing too-late entry & anti-Mormon bias

    After his last-place showing in the Iowa caucuses, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch abandoned his nomination bid and endorsed George W. Bush for the nomination. Hatch blamed his late entry into the race for his poor showing in the caucuses. “I got in too late. I regret having not gotten in earlier. I think it would have made a difference.”

    Hatch, the only Mormon among the presidential contenders, has said anti-Mormon bias hurt him among Christian conservative voters. He said a Gallup Poll showed that 17% of Americans would not vote for a Mormon, adding he hoped his candidacy helped dispel some misconceptions about his religious faith. “I can’t do anything about bigotry but I can do a lot about people who are misinformed about my faith and about some people who don’t believe we are Christian,” he said. While he endorsed Bush, Hatch said any of the five remaining GOP candidates would be an “improvement over the current occupant of the White House.”

    Source: CNN.com
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  • Alan Keyes withdraws : Jul 27, 2000

    Withdraws; job done since GOP & V.P. are both pro-life

    Talk-radio host Alan Keyes will officially end his long-shot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination next week, but aides said the well-spoken conservative has not yet decided whether to endorse George W. Bush.

    “His work is done now that the Republican Party has adopted a pro-life platform and pro-life running mate,” said a Keyes spokesperson. Bush announced Tuesday that Dick Cheney would be his vice presidential running mate.

    Source: Reuters, in Boston Globe, p. A15


    John McCain withdraws: Mar 9, 2000

    Leaves race, urging service to country

    Announcing the suspension of his campaign: I’ve been in my country’s service since I was 17 years old. I neither know nor want any other life, for I can find no greater honor than service. You served your country in this campaign by fighting for the causes that will sustain America’s greatness. Keep fighting. America needs you. I ask from you one last promise: Promise me that you will never give up, that you will continue your service in the worthy cause of revitalizing our democracy. Thank you.
    Source: Announcement of withdrawal from race


    Bill Bradley withdraws: Mar 9, 2000

    Leaves race with respect for people over “politics as usual”

    We have been defeated. But the cause for which I ran has not been. The cause of trying to create a new politics in this country, the cause of trying to fulfill our special promise as a nation, that cannot be defeated, by one or 100 defeats. I want to leave this race the same way I got in: with a minimum of politics as usual, and a maximum of respect for the American people & their dreams. I believe these dreams can be the foundation of a new politics that can truly make our country soar. Thank you.
    Source: Announcement of withdrawal from race


    Steve Forbes withdraws: Feb 11, 2000

    Withdraws, saying "money well spent"

    Quipping that "we were nosed out by a landslide," Steve Forbes yesterday ended his costly quest for the Republican presidential nomination. "Today I am withdrawing from the presidential contest, but I'm not withdrawing from the public square," Forbes said Campaign workers applauded a final reprise of the flat tax, anti-abortion speech he'd used throughout the campaign. Forbes said he left with no regrets, offered no candidate endorsements, and said "no" to the question of running for the Senate from New Jersey this year. Forbes spent more than $30 million of his publishing fortune for the 2000 campaign. He said it was money well spent because he'd moved the Republica debate toward his conservative agenda. "And that agenda will come to pass, mark my words," said Forbes. Forbes decided to quit the race after running third, with 20% of the vote, in the Delaware primary.
    Source: Boston Globe, p. A40


    Gary Bauer withdraws: Feb. 5, 2000

    Withdraws after NH Primary

    Bauer abandoned his presidential bid after his last-place finish in the New Hampshire primary. "I was in it to actually get the nomination," Bauer said. "When it became clear to me that I could not see a realistic way to do that, it seemed to me that the better part of valor was to move aside." As he bowed out, Bauer gave a final plug for his defining issues, including opposition to abortion and to trade with China. He said he felt good about pushing the debate toward conservative issues. "Sometimes in the debates… I heard my words even when my lips weren't moving. So I think my message was catching on," he said.

    Bauer declined to endorse any of the four Republicans still vying for the GOP nomination. Bauer noted those who remain: the son of a president, the son of an admiral, and the son of a tycoon. "I'm the son of a janitor," he said.

    Source: Associated Press, in Sacramento Bee p. A9


    Orrin Hatch withdraws: Jan. 26, 2000

    Withdraws, citing too-late entry & anti-Mormon bias

    After his last-place showing in the Iowa caucuses, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch abandoned his nomination bid and endorsed George W. Bush for the nomination. Hatch blamed his late entry into the race for his poor showing in the caucuses. "I got in too late. I regret having not gotten in earlier. I think it would have made a difference."

    Hatch, the only Mormon among the presidential contenders, has said anti-Mormon bias hurt him among Christian conservative voters. He said a Gallup Poll showed that 17% of Americans would not vote for a Mormon, adding he hoped his candidacy helped dispel some misconceptions about his religious faith. "I can't do anything about bigotry but I can do a lot about people who are misinformed about my faith and about some people who don't believe we are Christian," he said. While he endorsed Bush, Hatch said any of the five remaining GOP candidates would be an "improvement over the current occupant of the White House."

    Source: CNN.com


    Bob Smith withdraws: Oct 28, 1999

    Exiting race, returning to GOP

    Smith announced he was folding his presidential campaign, citing the prohibitive cost of running as an independent. Smith said he still believes what he said on leaving the GOP in July. "We won the revolution on issues. We won the revolution on principle," he told his colleagues then. "But the desire to stay in power caused us to start listening to the pollsters again. I want my party to stand for something," he said.
    Source: David Espo, Associated Press


    Elizabeth Dole withdraws: Oct 20, 1999

    Dole withdraws from race; cites campaign finance

    Elizabeth Dole abandoned her bid for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, citing an inability to raise money. “The bottom line remains money,” she said. Later, she said soft money should be phased out. But she also said the $1,000 per donor contribution limit to presidential campaigns - set in 1974 - needs to be changed. “That doesn’t even reflect the rate of inflation. [It should be] increased, perhaps to as much as $5,000.”
    Source: CNN.com


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