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Dick Gephardt on VoteMatch

Democratic Representative (MO-3); Former Democratic Candidate for President

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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(7 points on Social scale)
Overturn the ban on new stem cell research: Strongly Favors topic 1
Voted 7 times against partial birth abortion: Opposes topic 1
Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Favors topic 1
NO on banning human cloning, including medical research: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Favors topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Democrats need to earn the vote of African-Americans: Favors topic 2
Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(10 points on Social scale)
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on banning gay adoptions in DC.: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(7 points on Social scale)
Keep "under God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Address school violence via character ed & counselors: Favors topic 4
Christian Coalition’s intolerance has no place in politics: Opposes topic 4
Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer: Strongly Opposes topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)
Lay aside Bush tax cut to fund healthcare package: Strongly Favors topic 5
Push a bold plan for health care and jobs creation: Favors topic 5
Subsidize 60% of health costs for all employees: Strongly Favors topic 5
Sharing health costs reduces overall costs & reduces worries: Favors topic 5
Get everybody covered with health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
$172B over 3 years for state employee health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Help corporations give people needed health insurance: Opposes topic 5
Ensure that all seniors get the care they deserve: Strongly Favors topic 5
More funding for Meaningful Prescription Drug Coverage: Favors topic 5
Focus on seniors; no blank checks to insurance companies: Neutral on topic 5
Federal tax breaks for small business health coverage: Favors topic 5
Supports R&D funding for medical and health research: Favors topic 5
Health care reform: no selective insurance: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Favors topic 5
NO on Prescription Drug Coverage under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages and setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Treat Social Security like insurance; no stock market: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Social Security is most successful peacetime program: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Opposes topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Social scale)
Vouchers take needed funds away from public schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Education agenda to improve public schools for 21st century: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(7 points on Social scale)
Require DNA testing for all federal executions: Strongly Opposes topic 8
NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment: Strongly Favors topic 8
NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on maintaining right of habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Rated 56% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Opposes topic 9
YES on Amendment to prohibit burning the US flag.: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(2 points on Social scale)
Against protectionism and for trade treaties: Favors topic 10
Sensible gun safety legislation & right to possess firearms: Opposes topic 10
No additional authority for federal gun agency: Favors topic 10
NRA opposes gun rules that vast majority support: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal the Bush tax cuts and invest in people: Strongly Opposes topic 11
1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Bush tax cuts hurt economy; same $ for health helps economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No Bush Lite: get rid of tax cut and get health care done: Strongly Opposes topic 11
$900B tax cut protects other important interests: Favors topic 11
Targeted tax cuts for middle-class families: Opposes topic 11
$36B in tax relief for small businesses: Favors topic 11
Require national referendum to raise federal income tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
10% Tax Plan: end loopholes, lower rates: Favors topic 11
Remove special interests from tax code: Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the estate tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
NO on Tax Cut Package of $958B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
NO on eliminating the Estate Tax: Opposes topic 11
NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(7 points on Economic scale)
Celebrate diversity and welcome hard-working immigrants: Favors topic 12
Nothing wrong with immigrants, but Americans in jobs better: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Enact international minimum wage through WTO: Opposes topic 13
Trade agreements must protect labor & environment: Opposes topic 13
Fair trade saves jobs-globalization with fairness: Opposes topic 13
NAFTA and China PNTR cause a race to the bottom in wages: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rejected NAFTA: needed more for labor & environment: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fair trade on an equal playing field: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on implementing the US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(0 points on Social scale)
Trade will not bring about change in China: Favors topic 14
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(0 points on Economic scale)
Yes on $87B for Iraq, but also for homeland security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(0 points on Economic scale)
NO on deploying SDI: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(2 points on Economic scale)
We need allies and the UN to rebuild Iraq: Favors topic 17
NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo: Favors topic 17
YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations: Favors topic 17
YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction: Favors topic 17
YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored: Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(2 points on Economic scale)
End dangerous addiction to foreign oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
10-year plan to develop hybrid cars then hydrogen fuel cells: Strongly Favors topic 18
Use gas tax for highway infrastructure: Favors topic 18
Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it: Favors topic 18
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(7 points on Social scale)
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(7 points on Social scale)
YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Favors topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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