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Conrad Burns on Principles & Values

Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007)


On Abramoff allegations: I never shortchanged my state

Q: Could you explain your relationship with Jack Abramoff, why you accepted campaign donations from them, and whether the Abramoff money affected any of your votes?

BURNS: There we go again - baseless allegations, drummed up in a negative campaign that started almost a year and a half ago. We’ve answered those questions. I know what negative campaigns are. What does [bringing up this issue] do for jobs in Montana? What’s it do for our learning institutions? It has nothing to do with it. Montanans have always been first in my office. I never shortchanged my state. Never. This is politics in its worst light.

TESTER: What Sen. Burns didn’t tell you is that he DID change his vote on the Marianas Island, on slave labor. And he did give a school to the richest tribe in the US. And he did give Jack Abramoff everything he wanted. You’ve cost Montana a lot.

BURNS: All baseless allegations and untruths. This is just a negative campaign and innuendo and that’s all he has to run on.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Apologizes for calling Arabs “ragheads”

Even Burns admits he is a walking gaffe machine. “I can self-destruct in one sentence,” Burns told a campaign rally last month in Billings. “Sometimes in one word.” At a fundraiser attended by First Lady Laura Bush, Burns offered the comment that the US faces terrorists who “drive taxicabs in the daytime and kill at night.” The remark was criticized as anti-Muslim. A spokesman later said the senator was simply pointing out terrorists could be anywhere. Burns has apologized in past years for calling
Source: Sam Howe Verhovek, L.A. Times Staff Writer Sep 3, 2006

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Lutheran.

Burns : religious affiliation:

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