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Erskine Bowles on Abortion
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  • Strongly supports a woman's right to choose. (Oct 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Budget & Economy
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  • Double the Small Business Administration budget. (Jul 2004)
  • Must pass a tobacco buyout. (Jul 2004)
  • Mitigate the dairy industry crisis. (Jul 2004)
  • Provide economic development support for hardhit communities. (Jul 2004)
  • Restored fiscal discipline & balanced the budget. (Jul 2004)
  • We must restore fiscal discipline via "pay as you go" rule. (Jul 2004)
  • A plan that reduces deficits. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Civil Rights
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  • Increased loans to minority and women-owned businesses. (Oct 2004)
  • Constitutional amendment on gay marriage as last resort. (Sep 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Corporations
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    No stance on record.
Erskine Bowles on Crime
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  • Reduce the cost of litigation. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Drugs
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    No stance on record.
Erskine Bowles on Education
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  • No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate. (Sep 2004)
  • Provide seed money for school construction. (Jul 2004)
  • Scholarships for training and lifelong learning. (Jul 2004)
  • Allow reservists to defer student loans while on active duty. (Jul 2004)
  • Waive penalties and fees for reservists returning to school. (Jul 2004)
  • Increase federal support for education. (Mar 2002)
Erskine Bowles on Energy & Oil
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  • Ban drilling off U.S. coast and tap U.S. energy sources. (Mar 2002)
Erskine Bowles on Environment
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  • No offshore drilling off NC coast. (Sep 2004)
  • Encourage the development of the tourism industry. (Jul 2004)
  • Pollution threatens health & economy. (Feb 2002)
  • Reduce emissions & invest in alternative energy. (Feb 2002)
Erskine Bowles on Families & Children
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  • Extend the Family Medical Leave Act to reservists families. (Jul 2004)
  • Extend the Child Tax Credit to Grandparents. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Foreign Policy
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    No stance on record.
Erskine Bowles on Free Trade
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  • Negotiated China trade agreement for Pres. Clinton. (Sep 2004)
  • Force foreign countries to open up their markets. (Jul 2004)
  • Stop any new trade deal until enforcing current agreements. (Jul 2004)
  • Stop China from damaging the manufacturing sector. (Jul 2004)
  • Promote exports of American farm products. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Government Reform
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  • Reduce excess paperwork, unnecessary regulations. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Gun Control
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  • Reinstitute the assault weapons ban. (Sep 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Health Care
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  • Provide health insurance for the unemployed. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax credits for businesses that provide health care. (Jul 2004)
  • Allow small businesses to pool purchasing power. (Jul 2004)
  • Give all reservists access to TRICARE. (Jul 2004)
  • Must invest in health care for rural residents. (Nov 2001)
Erskine Bowles on Homeland Security
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  • Support the 9/11 Commission. (Sep 2004)
  • Expand military facilities and related businesses. (Jul 2004)
  • Bring more defense contracts and defense-related businesses. (Jul 2004)
  • Cover civilian jobs and active duty service pay differences. (Jul 2004)
  • Fix the administrative payroll problems. (Jul 2004)
  • Double the Child Tax Credit for activated guardsmen. (Jul 2004)
  • Support Military Family Readiness Groups. (Jul 2004)
  • Assess options for early retirement for reservists. (Jul 2004)
  • Support Military Family Readiness Groups. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Immigration
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  • More border security. (Sep 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Jobs
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  • Supports the Job Protection Act. (Jul 2004)
  • Stimulate the growth of food processing businesses. (Jul 2004)
  • Create local National Skills Corporation. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Principles & Values
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  • Post 9/11, values and security most important. (Mar 2002)
  • Running on experience & commitment to service. (Mar 2002)
  • by MoveOn for moderate progressive principles. (Sep 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Social Security
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  • Fight against privatization. (Aug 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Tax Reform
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  • Repeal tax breaks for companies moving jobs overseas. (Oct 2004)
  • Level playing field between domestic and foreign investment. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax credits to keep film and television productions. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on Technology
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  • Support building high-speed network infrastructure. (Jul 2004)
  • Expand the research and development tax credit. (Jul 2004)
  • Support e-commerce & other R&D initiatives. (Jul 2004)
  • Invests in highways, ports, airports, water/sewer systems. (Jul 2004)
  • Support an Economic Impact Study for the Garden Parkway. (Jul 2004)
  • Create a Textile-Related Economic Development District. (Jul 2004)
Erskine Bowles on War & Peace
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    No stance on record.
Erskine Bowles on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Provide safety-valve "wage-insurance" support. (Jul 2004)
  • Support for Community Development Corporations. (Jul 2004)
  • Invest in training, childcare to help welfare reform succeed. (Feb 2002)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(10 points on Social scale)
Strongly supports a woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
Increased loans to minority and women-owned businesses: Strongly Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Constitutional amendment on gay marriage as last resort: Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Permit prayer in public schools
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(2 points on Economic scale)
Must invest in health care for rural residents: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
Fight against privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(2 points on Social scale)
Increase federal support for education: Opposes topic 7
No opinion on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(2 points on Social scale)
Reinstitute the assault weapons ban: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(2 points on Economic scale)
Repeal tax breaks for companies moving jobs overseas: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Immigration helps our economy-encourage it
(2 points on Economic scale)
More border security: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Force foreign countries to open up their markets: Opposes topic 13
Stop any new trade deal until enforcing current agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Stop China from damaging the manufacturing sector: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Link human rights to trade with China
(7 points on Social scale)
Negotiated China trade agreement for Pres. Clinton: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
Expand military facilities and related businesses: Favors topic 15
Bring more defense contracts and defense-related businesses: Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Reduce spending on missile defense (Star Wars)
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 17:
Seek UN approval for military action
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
No offshore drilling off NC coast: Favors topic 18
Pollution threatens health & economy: Favors topic 18
Reduce emissions & invest in alternative energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Erskine Bowles is a Liberal Populist.
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