State of Florida Politicians: Archives
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Charlie Crist: 2006: I'm pro-life; 2014: That was for Republicans.
George LeMieux: Pro-life; don't lose the values that make us special.
Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions.
Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist.
Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
Alexander Snitker: Government must define when life begins & then protect it.
Alexander Snitker: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Bernard DeCastro: Prohibit federal funds for elective abortions.
Jeb Bush: Funded adoption counseling, but not abortion counseling.
Jeb Bush: Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research.
Mitt Romney: Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions.
Ron Paul: Get the federal government out of abortion decision.
Rudy Giuliani: Would probably not sign federal ban on all abortions.
Fred Thompson: Lobbied for Planned Parenthood,but always voted against them.
Marco Rubio: Voted against funding stem cell research.
Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
Jeb Bush: Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health.
Ronald Reagan: Abortion on demand must be outlawed.
Budget & Economy|
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: As Lt. Governor: focus on job creation and tax reduction.
David Jolly: We've doubled our national debt in the last 8 years.
Carlos Curbelo: Chronic budget deficits threaten our economy & security.
Ted Yoho: Keynesian economics is no way to stimulate the economy.
Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default.
Mitt Romney: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were source of housing bubble.
Newt Gingrich: We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s.
Newt Gingrich: We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s.
Ron Paul: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be auctioned off.
George LeMieux: Balance budget by 2013, while extending Bush tax cuts.
Rick Scott: 777 economic plan: 7 Steps to 700,000 Jobs in 7 Years.
Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy.
Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology.
Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
Jeff Greene: Everyone knew housing crash was coming; Congress did nothing.
Charlie Crist: $8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida.
Marco Rubio: Oppose Obama stimulus package; it's bad for America.
Jeb Bush: Florida budget grew by 27% during Bush's terms.
Charlie Crist: Florida HOPE taskforce to help victims of housing crisis.
John McCain: I’m well-versed in economics; I was at the Reagan Revolution.
John McCain: Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy.
John McCain: Will be able to reduce war costs & have a stable Middle East.
John McCain: Reform insurance to cover violent weather patterns.
John McCain: FactCheck: Said--then denied--he needed economics education.
Mike Huckabee: Stimulus plan is $150B from China, to spend on Chinese goods.
Mitt Romney: Make sure that we rein in spending.
Mitt Romney: Support some kind of national catastrophic fund.
Ron Paul: Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money.
Ron Paul: Dollar crashing due to trillions spent on maintaining empire.
Ron Paul: Waving a flag the whole time on spending.
Rudy Giuliani: Get economy back on track based on growth principles.
John McCain: Republicans have forgotten how to control spending.
Mike Huckabee: To reduce spending, get rid of IRS & revamp DHS.
Mitt Romney: Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork.
Rudy Giuliani: Across-the-board spending cuts; zero out failing programs.
Ron Paul: Maintain the value of the dollar, unlike Federal Reserve.
Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
Jeb Bush: Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment.
Pam Keith: Racists are sad aberrations, but they still exist.
Jeb Bush: OpEd: "One Florida" scrapped affirmative action.
Kendrick Meek: Sit-in to protest "One Florida" end of affirmative action.
Gwen Graham: Fight to pass Paycheck Fairness Act.
Charlie Crist: I support same-sex marriage.
Rick Scott: I support traditional marriage.
Charlie Crist: I left GOP because they bash Obama's race.
Charlie Crist: 2010: Backed gay marriage ban; 2014: supports gay marriage.
Rick Scott: $36 million for community-based disabled help.
George LeMieux: Pro-family supporter of traditional marriage.
Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
Al Franken: Apologized for comic routines that offended women.
Alexander Snitker: Open gays ok in military; don't define marriage.
Alexander Snitker: End affirmative action programs.
Bernard DeCastro: Define marriage as one man and one woman.
Charlie Crist: Lifetime member of NAACP.
Rudy Giuliani: Comfortable with trying to reach voters in Spanish.
Mitt Romney: MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage.
Ron Paul: Protect all voluntary associations; don’t define marriage.
Rudy Giuliani: No Marriage Amendment needed now, but maybe if DOMA fails.
Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Andy Martin: Discontinue affirmative action programs.
Bill Nelson: Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities.
Lois Frankel: Affirmative action in state hiring and college.
Jeb Bush: Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas.
Jeb Bush: No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage.
Ronald Reagan: Supports constitutional amendment to allow prayer in schools.
Gwen Graham: Line item veto to get rid of corporate handouts.
Rick Scott: Eliminate thousands of regulations on job creators.
Rick Scott: Remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment.
Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers.
Rick Scott: Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years.
Jeff Greene: Sold $21M of condos to CA dealer now facing charges.
Marco Rubio: Work across the aisle to make America more business-friendly.
John McCain: Cut corporate income taxes to keep jobs here.
Mitt Romney: Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff.
Marco Rubio: Loser pays, to discourage frivolous lawsuits.
Rick Scott: Let's Keep Florida Safe: focus on reductions in crime.
Rick Scott: Signs death warrant for murderer.
Ted Yoho: Support capital punishment.
George LeMieux: Argued in favor of death penalty in Supreme Court case.
Alexander Snitker: Supports capital punishment.
Alexander Snitker: Job-training, substance-abuse, & early-release for prisoners.
Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs.
Jeb Bush: Symbol of crime needs a human face on it.
Jeb Bush: Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act.
Bernard DeCastro: Founded gospel-based Florida Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition.
Charlie Crist: Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program.
Mitt Romney: To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads.
Marco Rubio: Toughen laws against prostitution & sex trafficking.
Marco Rubio: Collect DNA of those convicted of sexually deviant behavior.
Jeb Bush: Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act.
Jeb Bush: 10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences.
Lois Frankel: Death penalty but also alternative sentencing.
Jeb Bush: Build more prisons; private contracts OK.
Jeb Bush: Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable.
Jeb Bush: Supports death penalty.
Jeb Bush: Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses.
Rick Scott: OpEd: Requiring drug testing for welfare is unconstitutional.
Rick Scott: Random drug testing of state employees.
Mike Haridopolos: Random drug testing of state employees.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Random drug testing of state employees.
Rick Scott: Drug courts & alternatives to incarceration.
Al Franken: Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian.
Al Franken: Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors.
Mike Ciresi: 2007: acknowledged past marijuana dabbling.
Norm Coleman: Opposed to legalizing marijuana despite past usage.
Alexander Snitker: No mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Bernard DeCastro: Convicted of drug related crimes & pardoned after 10 years.
Jeb Bush: Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use.
Jeb Bush: Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse.
Jeb Bush: Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses.
Andy Martin: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana; end War on Drugs.
Gwen Graham: Invest in our public schools and Head Start.
Rick Scott: $80M for state colleges; hold the line on tuition at $10K.
Rick Scott: Eliminated tenure; with performance pay, give $2,500 raise.
Ted Yoho: Department of Education should be eliminated over 3-5 years.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Allow non-compulsory student-led prayer in school.
Rick Scott: Increase the number of charter schools.
Jeb Bush: Guarantee college admission for top 20% of high school grads.
Jeb Bush: Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability.
Jeb Bush: 60% of FCAT-passed schools failed to meet NCLB standards.
Fred Thompson: Voted for No Child Left Behind, but critics were right.
Fred Thompson: Allow states to experiment with vouchers & charter schools.
Rudy Giuliani: Empower parents to decide parochial, charter, or home school.
Rudy Giuliani: NYC public school system dysfunctional & should be blown up.
Marco Rubio: Voted for more scholarships for private schools.
Marco Rubio: Incentivize foreign language curriculum in elementary school.
Marco Rubio: Prepare students for the Global Marketplace.
Marco Rubio: More options for student and parent choice in education.
Jeb Bush: Voluntary universal Pre-K: fund 9,600 pre-school teachers.
Jeb Bush: A+ Plan: Make "F" schools disappear; make more "A" schools.
Jeb Bush: Push for gains among minority and disadvantaged students.
Jeb Bush: Social promotion doesn't do our kids any favors.
Andy Martin: Supports vouchers for public, private or religious schools.
Hillary Clinton: Solemn vow never to abandon our public schools.
Hillary Clinton: Hold kids to high standards, starting at home.
Hillary Clinton: Address teacher shortage with salary increases.
Hillary Clinton: Teachers need more peer consulting & more recognition.
Hillary Clinton: Social promotion cheats our children.
Hillary Clinton: More after-school; smaller classes.
Hillary Clinton: Reduce size of schools; and modernize.
Hillary Clinton: Read to young kids 20-30 minutes daily.
Hillary Clinton: Entire school staff should focus on school safety.
Hillary Clinton: Vouchers will not improve our public schools.
Hillary Clinton: Let’s build up our schools-not tear them down.
Hillary Clinton: Charter schools provide choice within public system.
Jeb Bush: More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers.
Jeb Bush: Focus on abstinence; end social promotion.
Jeb Bush: Supports charter schools & vouchers.
Energy & Oil|
Charlie Crist: I'm not a scientists, but I can use my brain & talk to one.
Rick Scott: I'm not a scientist, so I have no proposal on climate change.
Ted Yoho: Department of Energy needs to be eliminated.
Rick Scott: Repeal Florida's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Repeal Florida's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases.
Jeff Greene: Ban offshore oil drilling.
Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.
Charlie Crist: $200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus.
John McCain: In favor of cap-and-trade.
Rudy Giuliani: Support the technologies that improve alternative energy use.
Tim Mahoney: Invest in alternative energy technologies.
Marco Rubio: Tax incentives for energy-efficient appliances.
Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
Gwen Graham: Protect natural heritage & open space for future generations.
Rick Scott: Break tourism records while protecting our environment.
Rick Scott: Lay off DEP staff; environmental compliance & no enforcement.
Connie Mack IV: Criticizes agricultural tax breaks for grazing land.
Rick Scott: Base environmental policy on sound science, not politics.
Jeb Bush: Florida Forever: $1B for environmental land purchases.
Jeb Bush: Everglades are "crown jewel" of Florida environmental legacy.
Jeb Bush: Acceler8: $1.5B plan for Everglades restoration.
Jeb Bush: Declined results of state survey to limit urban sprawl.
Marco Rubio: Partner with private companies for transportation system.
Marco Rubio: Hurricane Savings Accounts for homeowners' insurance.
Jeb Bush: New marine sanctuary to protect the Florida Keys.
Al Gore: Ban oil and gas drilling off Florida coast.
Jeb Bush: Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”.
Families & Children|
Rick Scott: $1.5 million for safe houses against human trafficking.
Mike Huckabee: Understand the totality of the American family.
Rudy Giuliani: Conservative record:I drove pornography out of Times Square.
Marco Rubio: Parental notification for social networking website use.
Jeb Bush: No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids.
Jeb Bush: Increase KidCare; increase developmentally disabled services.
Hillary Clinton: Send message: It is the job of children to learn.
Hillary Clinton: Early-warning hotlines for homicidal & suicidal students.
Pam Keith: Don't live by fear; we're the most bad-ass nation.
Pam Keith: Born in Turkey; lived outside US for 9 years.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Defend democracy in Cuba, Venezuela, & Israel.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: After Cuban "normalization," more beatings & more oppression.
David Jolly: Help create stability in regions where there is none.
Carlos Curbelo: When the US shows weakness, bad actors become emboldened.
Rick Scott: Cuba's Castros are terrorists; don't travel there.
Charlie Crist: Lift the Cuban embargo; it has failed for 50 years.
Bill Nelson: Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel.
Connie Mack IV: Keep the Cuban embargo until Cuba is a free democracy.
Mitt Romney: Critical time for American century vs. European socialism.
Newt Gingrich: I supported Helms-Burton to isolate the Castro regime.
Rick Santorum: Stand up for our friends in Latin America, not leftists.
Rick Santorum: Keep embargo on Cuba--the heart of cancer in Latin America.
Rick Santorum: Self-determination on statehood for Puerto Rico.
Ron Paul: In Latin America, standing up for allies has meant military.
Jeff Greene: 2007: Visited Cuba to repair yacht & support synagogues.
Ron Paul: Stronger national defense by changing our foreign policy.
Mike Huckabee: Law of the Sea Treaty gives away our sovereignty.
Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Gwen Graham: End tax breaks for companies that ship job overseas.
Ron Paul: Free trade helps all of Latin America, even Cuba.
Alexander Snitker: No free trade agreements; free trade with all nations.
Rudy Giuliani: China is a great opportunity and a great caution for the US.
Duncan Hunter: Let’s buy American this Christmas season.
Tom Tancredo: Voted NO on permanent normalized trade relations with China.
Tim Mahoney: Do not lowre our standards in international trade agreements.
Andy Martin: Opposes NAFTA, GATT, and WTO.
David Jolly: OpEd AdWatch: Worked for lobbyists associated with Pakistan.
Ted Yoho: Regulate campaign contributions.
George LeMieux: Opposed thousands of earmarks during time in Senate.
Rick Scott: Free speech includes financially supporting candidates.
Rick Scott: Reducing Tallahassee's unnecessary costs.
Kendrick Meek: Sought earmarks for blighted area which benefited a donor.
Kendrick Meek: Drafted 70 bills in Congress; some got merged into law.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: More disclosure of campaign contributions & fundraising.
Jeb Bush: Legislative term limits strengthened Bush's executive power.
Jeb Bush: OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors.
Jeb Bush: Refused to fund state agency requests for specific services.
Jeb Bush: Mature society can empty government buildings of workers.
Jeb Bush: Judges should respect primacy of Legislature & Executive.
Jeb Bush: Asked judicial candidates: Are you a God-fearing churchgoer?
Jeb Bush: 2004: Purged felons list from eligible voters.
Jeb Bush: 2005: Achieved goal of restraining growth in spending.
John McCain: More sunshine on the Working Group on Financial Markets.
John McCain: FactCheck: $35B in pork meant $484 per child, not $1000.
Mitt Romney: Use my own money in a campaign to try and change the US.
Mitt Romney: Not concerned about voters on his campaign self-contribution.
Fred Thompson: Tort reform ok for liability lawsuits; leave rest to states.
Rudy Giuliani: Supports tort reform like “loser pays” rule.
Tim Mahoney: Clean up corruption: No gifts. No meals. No trips.
Marco Rubio: Reduce paid petition business in citizen initiative process.
Marco Rubio: Allow transferring surplus campaign funds to other campaigns.
Doris Haddock: We need fair voting, good candidates, and good citizens.
Andy Martin: State campaign funding for complying with spending limits.
Jeb Bush: No campaign spending limits; no public financing.
Lois Frankel: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending.
George LeMieux: Staunch believer in Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Rick Scott: A-rating from the NRA.
Jeb Bush: Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened.
Mitt Romney: Support the 2nd Amendment AND the assault weapon ban.
Duncan Hunter: Bearing arms is a tradition of the American soldier.
John McCain: I know how to use guns; but I don’t own one.
Rudy Giuliani: Government can impose reasonable regulations on guns.
Jeb Bush: Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%.
Jeb Bush: Use a Gun and You’re Done.
Hillary Clinton: Don’t water down sensible gun control legislation.
Jeb Bush: Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check.
Carlos Curbelo: ObamaCare increases costs; empower patients instead.
Gwen Graham: Quality rural healthcare is vital; fix ObamaCare.
Charlie Crist: 2007 & 2010: opposed ObamaCare; now supports fixing it.
Charlie Crist: AdWatch: unwavering support of ObamaCare.
Rick Scott: AdWatch: "Let's Get to Work" opposing ObamaCare.
Connie Mack IV: ObamaCare cuts $700 billion out of your Medicare.
Connie Mack IV: Repeal ObamaCare but preserve pre-existing condition rule.
Rick Scott: $10M for vouchers for private schools for poor kids.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: $10M for vouchers for private schools for poor kids.
George LeMieux: ObamaCare makes broken healthcare system even worse.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Amend state constitution to block ObamaCare in Florida.
Mike Haridopolos: Amend state constitution to block ObamaCare in Florida.
Jeff Greene: Supports Obamacare.
Charlie Crist: Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind.
Charlie Crist: Get waste & fraud out of Medicare so program will survive.
Marco Rubio: Provide alternatives to employer-based insurance system.
Jeb Bush: Move Medicaid from "defined benefit" to defined contribution.
Jeb Bush: Provide risk-adjusted premiums (insurance vouchers).
Jeb Bush: Slashed every request for adult mental health.
Jeb Bush: OpEd: Medicaid reforms won't cover chronic conditions.
Mitt Romney: Get everyone some form of catastrophic health coverage.
Duncan Hunter: Romney’s plan has 1,000 mandates; drives up cost by 35%.
Fred Thompson: Less benefits for high-income Medicare beneficiaries.
John McCain: Give individuals $2500 refundable tax credits for healthcare.
Mike Huckabee: We don’t have a healthcare system; it’s a healthcare maze.
Mitt Romney: Let states create their own private, market-based insurance.
Mitt Romney: Removing most mandates drove down premium cost by half.
Ron Paul: Insurance companies & gov’t make healthcare unaffordable.
Ron Paul: Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare.
Ron Paul: Socialized medicine won’t work; nor managed care.
Rudy Giuliani: Medicare and Medicaid need a private solution.
Tom Tancredo: Greater individual opportunity for health savings accounts.
Tim Mahoney: Prescription Drug plan for seniors, not drug manufacturers.
Marco Rubio: Launch a marketplace of affordable health insurance.
Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Jeb Bush: KidCare and Medikids: expand to 1.6M kids and then even more.
Jeb Bush: No physician-assisted suicide.
Pam Keith: My military service exposed me to issues that we face.
Gwen Graham: Encourage military to private sector transitions.
Rick Scott: Florida has one of country's largest veteran populations.
Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military.
George LeMieux: World peace comes when America is unrivaled militarily.
Al Franken: 2005: Coleman should've held hearings on post-war corruption.
Bernard DeCastro: Reduce deployed nuclear weapons of both the US and Russia.
Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked.
Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell.
Mitt Romney: Add 100,000 to the military without a draft.
John McCain: Waterboarding is torture; we’re not going to torture people.
Mitt Romney: Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques.
Rudy Giuliani: Remain on offense against Islamic terrorism.
John McCain: Consult lawyers on war decisions; no half-cocked war basis.
Mitt Romney: Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions.
Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
Jeb Bush: Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation.
Jeb Bush: Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation.
Jeb Bush: $17M for new programs for terrorism response.
Ronald Reagan: No nuclear freeze due to danger from the “evil empire”.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: FactCheck: Supports E-Verify, but not racial profiling.
Carlos Curbelo: US has duty to secure its borders; with guest worker program.
Rick Scott: In-state tuition for illegals, as part of tuition cap deal.
Ted Yoho: First, secure the borders; then a path to citizenship.
Bill Nelson: Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency.
Connie Mack IV: No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Mitt Romney: Enforce employment laws; illegal immigrants will self-deport.
Mitt Romney: English should be the official language of the US.
Newt Gingrich: Use American Express & Visa to verify immigration laws.
Newt Gingrich: Romney's "self-deportation" is an Obama-level fantasy.
Newt Gingrich: Not speaking English traps people into not getting jobs.
Rick Santorum: We need immigration; but we need respect of the law.
George LeMieux: Secure our borders to be secure as a nation.
Alexander Snitker: Legal immigrants ok; no pathway for illegal immigrants.
Bernard DeCastro: Increase family reunification visas.
Marco Rubio: AZ law may unreasonably single out some citizens.
Marco Rubio: Don't count illegal immigrants in the 2010 census.
Charlie Crist: Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line.
Marco Rubio: Allow children of illegals to pay in-state college tuition.
Marco Rubio: No amnesty in any form, not even back-of-the-line.
Bernard DeCastro: Supports a strong immigration policy.
Rudy Giuliani: A special policy for Cuban immigrants fleeing Castro.
Rudy Giuliani: Support tamper-proof ID card and path to citizenship.
Fred Thompson: Pledges to veto any immigration bill that involves amnesty.
John McCain: Illegal immigrants are God’s children as well.
Mitt Romney: Illegal immigrants shouldn’t get tuition break in schools.
Rudy Giuliani: BorderStat & virtual fence: just stop people from coming in.
Tom Tancredo: I’m not going to aid any more immigration.
Fred Thompson: Voted for law to abolish sanctuary cities.
Rudy Giuliani: Sanctuary city policy helped make NYC most legal city in US.
Tim Mahoney: Secure our borders & enforce immigration laws.
Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Andy Martin: Support official English; decrease immigration numbers.
Gwen Graham: Raise the minimum wage; ensure paid sick time.
Rick Scott: Opposed increasing the minimum wage.
Rick Scott: FactCheck: Yes, unemployment up; but stimulus has helped.
Charlie Crist: Minimum wage increase good; living wage better.
Rick Scott: High unemployment compensation deters job creation.
Al Franken: 2005: Fined $25,000 for failing to insure workers.
Rick Scott: 7 Steps; 700,000 jobs; 7 years.
Jeff Greene: We have a jobs crisis, not a job problem.
Jeb Bush: Job growth during Bush terms, but very low wage jobs.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut unemployment substantially, but not in half.
Jeb Bush: Operation Paycheck: stimulus for 33,000 construction jobs.
Principles & Values|
Patrick Murphy: OpEd: Angry black women should oppose party-choice Murphy.
Patrick Murphy: Former Republican; FL's most conservative House Democrat.
Rick Scott: FanGate: Refused to debate if opponent allowed to use a fan.
Charlie Crist: I stand for fairness and trying to treat people right.
Rick Scott: As newlyweds, opened a donut shop with wife and their moms.
Connie Mack IV: GOP debates only help Democrats.
Connie Mack IV: Son of Senator; husband of Congresswoman.
George LeMieux: Kept his promise not run for re-election after appointment.
George LeMieux: Judeo-Christian values make us exceptional as a nation.
Charlie Crist: I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme.
Charlie Crist: We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology.
Al Franken: Spent $20M on campaign; more for Great Minnesota Recount.
Al Franken: Recount: What do we want? Patience! When do we want it? Now!
Al Franken: OpEd: Franken should have beaten Coleman easily in blue MN.
Al Franken: Decided to take on Coleman when he berated Paul Wellstone.
Al Franken: 2005: Formed progressive Midwest Values PAC.
Al Franken: Response to attack ad "Angry Al":why isn't Coleman outraged?
Al Gore: 2000: Urged to recount all FL; focused on just 4 counties.
Christine Gregoire: 2004 recount battle determined by absentee ballots.
Mary Landrieu: 1996-97: ten-month investigation over voting irregularities.
Norm Coleman: If I were 725 votes down, I'd say 'We need to heal'.
Norm Coleman: I'm a 99% improvement over Paul Wellstone.
Norm Coleman: 2002: Hand-picked by Vice President Dick Cheney.
Norm Coleman: Attack ad: evaded questions about $75K donation through wife.
Paul Wellstone: Died 12 days before likely re-election.
Jeff Greene: Ran as Republican for Congress in California in 1982.
Marco Rubio: Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership".
Marco Rubio: Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card.
Marco Rubio: Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards.
Marco Rubio: As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas".
Charlie Crist: In Rubio's $600,000 slush fund only $4000 went to candidates.
Charlie Crist: Problem solving requires consensus, and sometimes concession.
Marco Rubio: Without America, the world would be a worse place.
Marco Rubio: $600,000 fund was not taxpayer money, & is fully accounted.
Marco Rubio: Attended 15-20 Tea Party events; but not formally vetted.
Marco Rubio: Are Floridians better off than they were four years ago? No!
Bob Smith: Only one in this race with real-world experience.
Marco Rubio: God does not love America more than Belgium.
Jeb Bush: Bush family name is a detriment that limits career choices.
Mel Martinez: Call to public service strong, but call to family stronger.
John McCain: FactCheck: Won NH & SC via independents, but lost GOP vote.
Mike Huckabee: Ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith.
Mike Huckabee: People should deal with the use of faith in my campaign.
Mitt Romney: Don’t think religion figuring into this race.
Ron Paul: The Republicans don’t act like Republicans anymore.
Mike Huckabee: Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office.
Mike Huckabee: I believe the Bible is the word of revelation.
Mitt Romney: Bible is the word of God; I don’t disagree with Bible.
Rudy Giuliani: Bible is greatest book ever written, but it’s allegorical.
Fred Thompson: Giuliani sides with Hillary on abortion, guns. & immigration.
Fred Thompson: Consistent since reading “Conscience of a Conservative”.
Fred Thompson: Free markets, free people, free enterprise.
John McCain: I didn’t manage for profit, I led for patriotism.
John McCain: Romney is conning people about conservatism of his record.
Mitt Romney: Acting like Hillary won’t keep Hillary out of White House.
Mitt Romney: Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion.
George W. Bush: Declares victory; names transition team.
Joseph Lieberman: If every vote counts, then count every vote.
Al Gore: Offer to Bush: Hand count, then meet to show unity.
George W. Bush: Election principles: be fair, accurate, & conclusive.
Jeb Bush: Priorities: public education & public safety.
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Preserve and protect Social Security and Medicare.
David Jolly: FactCheck: Discuss private accounts & other options too.
Carlos Curbelo: Trust Fund runs out in 2021; Medicare runs out in 2026.
Gwen Graham: I refuse to support any budget with plans like privatization.
Ted Yoho: Option of 100% privatization.
Jeff Greene: Maintain current retirement age.
Charlie Crist: Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income.
Marco Rubio: Raise retirement age for those now under 55.
Charlie Crist: Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA.
Marco Rubio: Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA.
Charlie Crist: Don't raise retirement age; don't adjust COLA.
Marco Rubio: Hard choices for people under 40, to avoid runaway growth.
Marco Rubio: Keep raising the retirement age on the table.
Marco Rubio: Keep cost-of-living adjustment on the table.
Jeb Bush: Privatization became administration's fundamental philosophy.
Jeb Bush: Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies.
Mike Huckabee: Will try to fix Social Security with FairTax.
Mitt Romney: Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxes.
Ron Paul: Abolish Social Security, but not overnight.
Ron Paul: Let people get out of Social Security; it’s a failure.
Duncan Hunter: Address entitlement programs with trade policy.
Fred Thompson: Present mandatory spending cycle is unsustainable.
John McCain: We need personal savings accounts.
Mike Huckabee: Personalization of retirement funds, not privatization.
Mitt Romney: Private accounts work better than extending retirement age.
Ron Paul: Allow young people to get out of the system.
Rudy Giuliani: Get a consensus behind private accounts.
Tom Tancredo: Give people the ability to control their own money.
Tim Mahoney: Preserve Social Security.
Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
Al Gore: Won’t break Social Security promises to seniors.
Andy Martin: Allow individual investment of payroll tax.
George W. Bush: Set aside $2.4T for seniors as well as younger workers.
Carlos Curbelo: Lower marginal tax rates for all Americans & corporations.
Charlie Crist: 2009: temporary $25 average car fee increase.
Rick Scott: $500 million in automobile fee & tax relief.
Connie Mack IV: Litmus test: Voting for higher taxes means it's time to go.
Charlie Crist: Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later.
Kendrick Meek: Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down.
Marco Rubio: No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%.
Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
Rick Scott: Reducing property tax by 1 mill saves $142 per homeowner.
Jeff Greene: Repeal Bush tax cuts, exempting small business.
Charlie Crist: Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Marco Rubio: 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium.
Charlie Crist: Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish.
Charlie Crist: 2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people.
Marco Rubio: Proposed to replace property taxes with state sales tax.
Marco Rubio: Pledged to never raise taxes as state rep.
Jeb Bush: Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends.
John McCain: Romney raising fees a quarter-billion dollars is a tax hike.
John McCain: Opposed to the Bush tax cuts as spending got out of control.
John McCain: FactCheck: Against Bush tax cuts in 2003; for them in 2006.
Mike Huckabee: FairTax will tax the average American much less.
Mike Huckabee: FairTax and its prebate untax the poor and the elderly.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: To be revenue-neutral, FairTax raises some taxes.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax does not bring underground into economy.
Mitt Romney: I support the Bush tax cuts.
Rudy Giuliani: Reduce the capital gains tax, permanently.
Duncan Hunter: Would be wrong to pledge never to raise taxes.
John McCain: We need a simpler, fairer tax code, but not FairTax.
Ron Paul: I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will.
Tom Tancredo: Promise to oppose any efforts to raise taxes.
Marco Rubio: Supermajority vote for any tax increases.
Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
Mel Martinez: Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
Mitt Romney: Focus manned space program on commercial products.
Newt Gingrich: Get an American on the moon before the Chinese get there.
Newt Gingrich: 6 or 7 private launches every day; permanent moon base.
Rick Santorum: NASA programs sound good, but we need to cut programs.
Ron Paul: Exploring the Moon and Mars are great, if done privately.
Al Franken: 21st-century communication methods helped win recount.
Norm Coleman: Paper pads to fight Franken's 21st-century communications.
Kendrick Meek: Build high-speed rail to solve transportation problems.
Jeb Bush: Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years.
Mike Huckabee: $150B for highway infrastructure is better stimulus package.
Marco Rubio: E-budget website for detailed, issue-level budget.
Marco Rubio: Protect against identity theft with privacy opt-in.
Jeb Bush: $24M for X-ray truck inspection & bioterrorism labs.
Jeb Bush: $100M for Florida Technology Development Initiative.
Hillary Clinton: Train teachers to use technology in classrooms.
War & Peace|
Carlos Lopez-Cantera: No nuclear deal with Iran; support preemptive strike.
Carlos Curbelo: Russia & Mideast: Peace is only achieved through strength.
Ted Yoho: Support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Ted Yoho: Defend if Iran attacks us, but no military prevention.
George LeMieux: Withdraw troops but remain an engaged partner with Iraq.
George LeMieux: Don't leave Afghanistan while there is still work to be done.
Al Franken: Consistently opposed to Iraq War.
Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts.
John McCain: The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure.
Mike Huckabee: Failing to find the WMDs doesn’t mean they weren’t there.
Mitt Romney: It was the right decision to go into Iraq.
Ron Paul: The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasure.
Rudy Giuliani: The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure.
John McCain: Help Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible.
John McCain: I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war.
Tim Mahoney: Win the peace in Iraq.
Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
Jeb Bush: God grants liberty only to ready to defend it.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rick Scott: People don't want handouts; they want their shot at success.
Rick Scott: Require drug testing for receiving welfare.
Jeb Bush: Proposed refusing federal money for welfare.
Jeb Bush: Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board.
Bernard DeCastro: Served on Governor's Statewide Faith-Based Advisory Board.
Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.
Jeb Bush: Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners.
Lois Frankel: Training, transport, and childcare for welfare recipients.
Jeb Bush: Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work.
Jeb Bush: Help welfare recipients into workforce.
The above quotations are from State of Florida Politicians: Archives.