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Elected 1998; term ends 2003
Tom Vilsack
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Tom Vilsack on Abortion
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  • A Catholic who supports abortion rights. (Jul 2004)
Tom Vilsack on Budget & Economy
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  • Support the extension of unemployment benefits. (Jan 2004)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)
Tom Vilsack on Civil Rights
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  • Rated “B” by National Review on pro-gay issues. (Jan 2007)
  • Hosted Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth. (Feb 2006)
  • Declared English as Iowa’s official language. (Jun 2004)
  • Demand full funding to help Americans vote. (Jan 2004)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Corporations
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Tom Vilsack on Crime
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  • Against the death penalty. (Nov 2006)
  • Opposes death penalty in Iowa. (Dec 2005)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Drugs
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  • Reduced supply of dangerous drugs. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Tom Vilsack on Education
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  • We need educational revolution, NOT “No Child Left Behind”. (Jun 2006)
  • Support a funded No Child Left Behind program. (Jan 2004)
  • Demand funding for disabled learning. (Jan 2004)
  • More pay for teachers, with merit pay. (Jan 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Energy & Oil
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  • Need an energy policy tied to environmental conservation. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
Tom Vilsack on Environment
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  • More investment in production of bio-fuels & bio-materials. (Sep 2012)
  • Vetoed a bill that failed to adequately protect health. (Apr 2004)
  • Burn waste oat hulls to save energy costs. (Apr 2004)
  • Vetoed a bill without adequate environmental safeguards. (Mar 2004)
  • Fund solutions for runoff contaminating waterways. (Jan 2004)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)
  • Maintain joint EPA-state authority over nuclear waste. (Oct 1999)
Tom Vilsack on Families & Children
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  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Foreign Policy
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  • America’s real war on terror is fighting poverty & ignorance. (Jun 2006)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
Tom Vilsack on Free Trade
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  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)
Tom Vilsack on Government Reform
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  • Made Iowa government more transparent and smaller. (Dec 2006)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Gun Control
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  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
Tom Vilsack on Health Care
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  • Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage. (Feb 2007)
  • Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare. (Feb 2007)
  • Disapprove inefficient uses of tobacco prevention dollars. (May 2004)
  • Supports changes to the new Medicare law. (Jan 2004)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
Tom Vilsack on Homeland Security
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  • Pay salary differentials for active duty employees. (Feb 2004)
  • Support continued funding for First Responders. (Jan 2004)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Immigration
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  • Diversity adds to our economic wealth. (Jan 2001)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)
Tom Vilsack on Jobs
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  • Launched plant construction projects to create jobs. (Feb 2004)
  • University R&D will find new uses for crops. (Jan 2001)
  • Full review of farm policy; more state flexibility. (May 2001)
  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)
Tom Vilsack on Principles & Values
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  • Abandoned at birth; adopted out from orphanage. (May 2010)
  • Heartland PAC supports 22 statewide candidates plus IA & NH. (Dec 2006)
  • Launches presidential bid; files FEC paperwork. (Nov 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Social Security
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  • If US gov’t were a business, balance sheet looks mismanaged. (Feb 2007)
  • Index by prices instead of wages, to maintain stability. (Feb 2007)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Tax Reform
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  • GOP tax cuts & deregulation hurt middle-class families. (Sep 2012)
  • Embraces middle-class tax cuts. (Nov 2006)
  • Support growth measure but not accompanying tax cuts. (Jun 2004)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Tom Vilsack on Technology
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  • Tech & infrastructure must create jobs & support families. (Jun 2006)
  • Address the nation’s aging infrastructure. (Jan 2004)
  • Get all Iowa communities electronically connected by 2005. (Jan 2001)
  • 100% E by 2003: 24x7 e-government. (Jan 2001)
  • Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
  • Level playing field for Main Street vs. Internet sales tax. (Aug 2001)
Tom Vilsack on War & Peace
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  • National Guard too busy in Iraq handle natural disasters. (Feb 2007)
  • The war needs to be ended now, not in 6 months or 6 years. (Feb 2007)
  • Congress should remove funding for the war. (Feb 2007)
  • Get troops out of harm’s way in Iraq. (Nov 2006)
Tom Vilsack on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Provide heating and energy assistance for poor families. (Jan 2004)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
A Catholic who supports abortion rights: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Declared English as Iowa’s official language: Opposes topic 2
Demand funding for disabled learning: Favors topic 2
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all: Neutral on topic 2
Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated “B” by National Review on pro-gay issues: Favors topic 3
Hosted Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth: Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care: Favors topic 5
Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Create Retirement Savings Accounts: Favors topic 6
Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding: Favors topic 6
Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
We need educational revolution, NOT “No Child Left Behind”: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice: Opposes topic 7
Improve and invest in public schools: Opposes topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Against the death penalty: Opposes topic 9
Opposes death penalty in Iowa: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs: Neutral on topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Embraces middle-class tax cuts: Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Diversity adds to our economic wealth: Strongly Favors topic 12
Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal: Neutral on topic 12
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation: Neutral on topic 12
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Build a rule-based global trading system: Favors topic 13
Ease Canadian border-crossing rules: Favors topic 13
Grant fast-track authority to the President: Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pay salary differentials for active duty employees: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Get troops out of harm’s way in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence: Favors topic 17
Include states in anti-terrorism planning: Neutral on topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Need an energy policy tied to environmental conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Vetoed a bill without adequate environmental safeguards: Favors topic 18
Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases: Favors topic 18
Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol: Neutral on topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
Reduced supply of dangerous drugs: Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
GOP tax cuts & deregulation hurt middle-class families: Favors topic 20

Tom Vilsack is a Centrist.
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