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Bob Dole on Abortion
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  • 1996: Sought "tolerance clause" in GOP pro-life platform. (Mar 2012)
Bob Dole on Budget & Economy
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  • 1995 chief legislative goal: Balanced budget. (Nov 2005)
  • Stop deficit spending and balance the budget. (Nov 1996)
Bob Dole on Civil Rights
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  • 1996: Shift away from previous support of affirmative action. (Nov 2005)
  • Disabled is a group no one joins by choice. (Nov 1998)
  • Co-sponsored Senate Defense of Marriage Act. (May 1996)
  • Eliminate gender discrimination in all federal programs. (Jan 1985)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Bob Dole on Corporations
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Bob Dole on Crime
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  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
Bob Dole on Drugs
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  • International strike force; and oppose legalization. (Oct 1988)
Bob Dole on Education
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  • Voted consistently for voluntary school prayer. (Nov 2005)
  • Abolish four departments: Commerce, Energy, Education, & HUD. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Bob Dole on Energy & Oil
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  • Mandate more clean & renewable energy, for oil independence. (Jul 2010)
  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
Bob Dole on Environment
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  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
Bob Dole on Families & Children
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  • Are you comfortable leaving your kids with Clinton, or me? (Mar 2010)
  • 1996: Are you comfortable leaving kids with me or Clinton? (Mar 2010)
  • 2005: Hollywood crossed the line of taste and human dignity. (Nov 2005)
Bob Dole on Foreign Policy
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  • 1994: Supported $25B Mexico bailout. (Jun 2004)
  • 1993: Post-Cold War Russia aid avoided post-WWI errors. (Jun 2004)
  • Defund UN Office of Research and Information Collection. (Apr 1987)
  • $50M for vaccinations in developing countries. (Dec 1985)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
Bob Dole on Free Trade
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  • Trade sanctions on USSR-occupied Afghanistan. (Apr 1987)
  • Fast-track agreements; but also protective tariffs. (Feb 1987)
  • No trade with countries on terrorism list. (Oct 1985)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
Bob Dole on Government Reform
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  • Develop public financing for Congressional races. (Sep 1987)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Bob Dole on Gun Control
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  • Repeal the ban on assault weapons. (Nov 2005)
Bob Dole on Health Care
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  • Let workers keep insurance when they change jobs. (Jan 1997)
  • Provide catastrophic illness coverage through Medicare. (Feb 1987)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Bob Dole on Homeland Security
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  • 1990s: Led campaign for WWII memorial. (Nov 1998)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Bob Dole on Immigration
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  • Don't require English fluency for all immigrants. (Jun 1985)
Bob Dole on Jobs
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  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
Bob Dole on Principles & Values
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  • OpEd 1996: After first Baby Boom president, no reaching back. (Nov 2010)
  • 1996: Won Texas presidential vote, with Bush's help. (Mar 2010)
  • 1994: Considered Colin Powell for V.P. & Secretary of State. (Nov 2005)
  • Dole's strength: What you see is what you get. (Nov 2005)
  • Values are connected with religion. (Nov 2005)
  • 1988: Attacked in TV ads as "Senator Straddle". (Sep 2004)
  • "It Takes a Village" implies state over family. (Nov 2003)
  • 1994: Apology for raising Whitewater when Bill's mother died. (Nov 2003)
  • Injured in Italy in WWII; suffered 3-year recovery. (Nov 1998)
  • 1996 V.P. debate: "Stop lying about my record". (Nov 1998)
Bob Dole on Social Security
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  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Bob Dole on Tax Reform
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  • 1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy. (Feb 2011)
  • 1988: Refused to sign "Taxpayer Protection Pledge". (Nov 2005)
  • As Senate leader, became more conservative on taxes. (Jun 1994)
Bob Dole on Technology
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  • Denounces worst of popular culture, but no censorship. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Bob Dole on War & Peace
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  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Bob Dole on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 1996: Better to have some reform than wait for perfection. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)


VoteMatch Responses
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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)
1996: Sought "tolerance clause" in GOP pro-life platform: Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
1996: Shift away from previous support of affirmative action: Opposes topic 2
Disabled is a group no one joins by choice: Favors topic 2
Eliminate gender discrimination in all federal programs: Strongly Favors topic 2
YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Co-sponsored Senate Defense of Marriage Act: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Voted consistently for voluntary school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Favors topic 4
No opinion on topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(0 points on Economic scale)
Provide catastrophic illness coverage through Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-5 points on Social scale)
NO on continuing desert protection in California: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the ban on assault weapons: Strongly Favors topic 10
No opinion on topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(0 points on Economic scale)
1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy: Opposes topic 11
1988: Refused to sign "Taxpayer Protection Pledge": Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Don't require English fluency for all immigrants: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Trade sanctions on USSR-occupied Afghanistan: Opposes topic 13
Fast-track agreements; but also protective tariffs: Favors topic 13
No trade with countries on terrorism list: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Defund UN Office of Research and Information Collection: Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+5 points on Social scale)
Develop public financing for Congressional races: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
Mandate more clean & renewable energy, for oil independence: Favors topic 18
YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
International strike force; and oppose legalization: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stop deficit spending and balance the budget: Opposes topic 20

Bob Dole is a Moderate Conservative.
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