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Pat Quinn on Principles & Values
Democratic Governor: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Say "no" to world of powerful feeding upon the powerless. (Jan 2014)

Senate:

IL 2014: 2014 IL Senate debate


Richard Durbin on Principles & Values
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Bipartisan dialogue instead of gridlock. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 97.5% of 323 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Sharon Hansen on Principles & Values
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • Judeo-Christian values established our government framework. (Sep 2014)
  • Vote based on majority views of constituents. (Dec 2013)
  • If "God" in public places offends you, go elsewhere. (Dec 2013)
  • God was given great importance by our founding fathers. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Principles & Values
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Raised $6,000 from 12 U.S. citizen businessmen in China. (Oct 2010)
  • I've owned up to my mistakes; my opponent has not. (Oct 2010)
  • Takes responsibility for carelessness about military record. (Oct 2010)
  • Forced to apologize for exaggerating his biography. (Oct 2010)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Jim Oberweis on Principles & Values
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
  • Milk Dud: poured dairy fortune into 5 failed campaigns. (Mar 2014)
Doug Truax on Principles & Values
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
  • Unalienable rights are granted by God, not by government. (Feb 2014)
  • The Great Experiment known as America shines brightly. (Nov 2013)

House:


Judy Biggert on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 50% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Cheri Bustos on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 17): Click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Danny Davis on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Rodney Davis on Principles & Values
Republican (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Aug 2012)
Bob Dold on Principles & Values
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Aug 2012)
Tammy Duckworth on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 8): Click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Enyart on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 12): Click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Foster on Principles & Values
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • Won Denny Hastert's seat in close race in swing district. (Apr 2010)
Luis Gutierrez on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Congressional Hispanic Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Randy Hultgren on Principles & Values
Republican (District 14): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)
Robin Kelly on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 2): Click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Adam Kinzinger on Principles & Values
Republican (District 16): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • 2003: Hero of the Year Award from local Red Cross. (Sep 2010)
Dan Lipinski on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Rated 40% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Mike Quigley on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
  • 7th on list of "10 Poorest Members of Congress". (Sep 2013)
Mel Reynolds on Principles & Values
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Principles & Values
Republican: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Bobby Rush on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 83% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Jan Schakowsky on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Brad Schneider on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 10): Click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Aaron Schock on Principles & Values
Republican (District 18): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • 2008: Youngest member of US House of Representatives. (Sep 2010)
  • Republicans need “Schock to the system” to win again. (Nov 2008)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
John Shimkus on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Joe Walsh on Principles & Values
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Principles & Values
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Arrested in 2008 on federal corruption charges. (May 2010)
  • Religious affiliation: Eastern Orthodox. (Nov 2000)
Jerry Costello on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • National co-chair of Obama's presidential campaign. (Jan 2009)
  • Obama is first thoughtful black speaker since MLK. (Jan 2009)
  • "More perfect union" requires significant federal government. (Oct 2001)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Timothy Johnson on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Donald Manzullo on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Bobby Schilling on Principles & Values
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
    No stance on record.
George Ryan on Principles & Values
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • Instinct for centrism. (Nov 1999)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
James Thompson on Principles & Values
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Principles & Values
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
James Durkin on Principles & Values
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Principles & Values
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Peter Fitzgerald on Principles & Values
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Mike Flanagan on Principles & Values
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Denny Hastert on Principles & Values
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Alan Keyes on Principles & Values
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 27 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Nominated for president by America’s Independent Party. (Aug 2008)
  • Be authentic about who you are. (Dec 2007)
  • We don’t fight for victory; we fight for liberty & faith. (Sep 2007)
  • We face crisis of moral values and principles. (Sep 2007)
  • We can’t remain free if we don’t acknowledge God’s authority. (Sep 2007)
  • Campaigning to raise the standard of our allegiance to God. (Sep 2007)
  • Website donors asked to take a pledge for America’s revival. (Sep 2007)
  • Declares candidacy on live talk radio show. (Sep 2007)
  • Top issues: Defend life; respect for God; restore character. (Sep 2007)
  • Great principles at stake: marriage & innocent life. (Oct 2004)
  • Core values: life, liberty, faith, family, freedom. (Aug 2004)
  • Strengthen the foundations of political liberty. (Aug 2004)
  • Christianity best; but Declaration of Independence will do. (Aug 2004)
  • America’s problems rooted in moral decline. (Aug 2004)
  • Black liberal leadership are a generation of toadies. (Jul 2004)
  • Anything the government gives you destroys your liberty. (Feb 2004)
  • Separation of church and state is phony and is a weapon. (Oct 2003)
  • The real outsider for conservative Republicans. (Feb 2000)
  • Bring God back into the White House. (Jan 2000)
  • Address moral crisis or lose our liberty. (Oct 1999)
  • Core Beliefs Based on ‘Unalienable Rights’. (Jan 1999)
  • Moral bases come from Christianity via Declaration. (Jan 1999)
  • Reverence for God is foundation of justice & citizenship. (Jan 1999)
  • Against the “gay agenda”. (Jun 1998)
  • #1: Restore the moral foundations of family life. (Jul 1996)
  • Truth & right vs. wrong underlies government & society. (May 1996)
  • The crisis of our times is a crisis of character. (May 1996)
William Lipinski on Principles & Values
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2000)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Principles & Values
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Withdraws from presidential race; endorses Howard Dean. (Jan 2004)
  • Contested primaries help energize Dems for general election. (Nov 2003)
  • I win elections by building bridges & breaking down barriers. (Nov 2003)
  • Constitution created a republic; we have to create democracy. (Oct 2003)
  • Favorite song: “You Gotta Be.”. (Sep 2003)
  • Take the “men only” sign off the White House door. (Sep 2003)
  • Demand the truth and stop the deceits. (Jun 2003)
  • Fight the greedy and help the needy. (May 2003)
  • It’s time for serious female presidential candidate. (May 2003)
  • GOP bringing US down wrong road; we can turn this around. (May 2003)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)
Barack Obama on Principles & Values
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 209 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Put nation's interests before party. (Feb 2013)
  • If all Americans get opportunity, we're all better off. (Oct 2012)
  • Letters from Americans: This is who we are fighting for. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Offered a third way; but hid left-of-center agenda. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Many blacks voted for Obama only because he's black. (Jan 2012)
  • Compact in past decades: do your job & make it in America. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: seeks newer New Deals and greater Great Societies. (Feb 2011)
  • American exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism. (Nov 2010)
  • 92% of Tea Partiers: "Obama is moving US toward socialism". (Sep 2010)
  • Loyal opposition is not just valuable, but a necessity. (Jan 2010)
  • Hard times test us, like we have been tested in the past. (Jan 2010)
  • Despite setbacks, Americans don't quit; & I don't quit. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Comfortable with differences; downplays separations. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Master of values-laden over outcome-laden language. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Unflappability comes from Methodist grandparents. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: Combines clergy oratory with intellectual eloquence. (Jan 2009)
  • "Obama Messiah Watch": Keep eye on media gushing hyperbolic. (Jan 2009)
  • Ordinary people found the courage to keep the promise alive. (Aug 2008)
  • Measure progress by observing how ordinary people are doing. (Aug 2008)
  • Our government must keep the promise of America. (Aug 2008)
  • Fulfilling America’s promise means individual participation. (Aug 2008)
  • The American promise is our greatest inheritance. (Aug 2008)
  • Traditional conservatives value temperance & restraint. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Themes of "hope" and "change" has numerous antecedents. (Aug 2008)
  • We have to demand more from ourselves. (Jul 2008)
  • Michelle: My husband demands you move out of comfort zone. (Jul 2008)
  • The Clinton years were undeniably better than the Bush years. (Jan 2008)
  • Turn the page on the failed politics & policies of the past. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticizes voter cynicism from decades of disappointment. (Oct 2007)
  • Post-1960s politics more about moral attitude than issues. (Oct 2006)
  • Americans dislike partisanship--not solution like Dems think. (Oct 2006)
  • Enlist the American people in the process of self-government. (Jan 2006)
  • Guilt is a luxury that not everyone can afford. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Themes

  • Opportunity is who we are: let's restore that promise. (Jan 2014)
  • I want to build on our strengths; invest in America. (Oct 2012)
  • This election about vision of restoring middle class values. (Sep 2012)
  • Fundamental American promise: work hard & build better life. (Sep 2012)
  • Appointed Clinton & Biden as "team of rivals," like Lincoln. (Jun 2012)
  • Effective citizenship means listening to opposing views. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Transformative from individualism to collectivism. (Apr 2010)
  • Campaign slogan: "Yes, we can". (Mar 2010)
  • We've had lots of plans; but a shortage of hope. (Jan 2010)
  • We’re more decent & compassionate than last 8 years. (Aug 2008)
  • ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!. (Jun 2008)
  • Life experiences taught me how to bring people together. (Feb 2008)
  • People understand we must bring the country together. (Feb 2008)
  • End politics of division; make it about addition. (Jan 2008)
  • Hope is the bedrock of this nation. (Jan 2008)
  • Resounds with American theme of overcoming burden of history. (Nov 2007)
  • Cultivates comparison to Jack Kennedy. (Nov 2007)
  • Campaigns assiduously in black churches. (Nov 2007)
  • Community politics: merges Alinsky & political activism. (Oct 2007)
  • Turn the page: invite GOP & independents to join in agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • People have an urgent desire for change in Washington. (Jul 2007)
  • A “hopemonger”, having seen the power of hope. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington can change if we say: Yes we can. (Mar 2007)
  • Replace partisan bickering with politics of hope. (Feb 2007)
  • I’ve been in DC long enough to know that it must change. (Feb 2007)
  • Progressives should recognize common morality with religion. (Oct 2006)
  • “Audacity of Hope” to change politics to reflect common good. (Oct 2006)
  • Seek common ground, not a moral crusade. (Oct 2004)
  • I’m living my parents’ dreams and the American dream. (Jul 2004)
  • Greatness based on Declaration of Independence, not military. (Jul 2004)
  • We are one people all defending the United States of America. (Jul 2004)
  • Want common-sense solutions, not liberal-conservative labels. (Jul 2004)

    Community Organizing

  • OpEd: greatest talent is chairing balanced meetings. (May 2010)
  • 2008 HQ phone greeting: "What can you do for us?". (Apr 2010)
  • Required email list from every candidate event he attended. (Jan 2010)
  • Headed "Project Vote!" in Chicago in 1990s. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama worked in same community as Saul Alinsky. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama implements Alinsky's ideas of radical change. (Aug 2008)
  • Used community organizer skills as State Senator. (Aug 2008)
  • Organizer's method: from issue to action to power. (Apr 2008)
  • 1980s: Registered 150,000 voters in Chicago "Project Vote". (Apr 2008)
  • Moved to Illinois as community organizer, for $13,000 a year. (Feb 2007)
  • Poverty of political organizers was proof of their integrity. (Aug 1996)

    Family of Origin

  • Maternal grandfather fought in WWII. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Black father abandoned him, yet identifies with him. (Nov 2009)
  • Father had wife in Africa when he met and married Ann Dunham. (Aug 2008)
  • Father left family for Harvard education. (Aug 2008)
  • Father's upbringing was Muslim, although never religious. (Aug 2008)
  • Father had 3 or 4 wives; Barack has at least 5 half-siblings. (Aug 2008)
  • Many attribute mother's marriages to being anthropologist. (Aug 2008)
  • Lived with grandparents in Hawaii over mother in Indonesia. (Aug 2008)
  • Would be first president to have extended family abroad. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama invented the dreams in "Dreams from my Father". (Jul 2008)
  • Greatest mistake: absence from mother when she died. (Apr 2008)
  • Father's family from the Luo tribe of Kenya. (Apr 2008)
  • Related to both Vice Pres. Cheney and Pres. Truman. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother described as "the original feminist" at 1960 college. (Apr 2008)
  • In his 20s, searched for his identity, absent both parents. (Apr 2008)
  • Father was first African exchange student at U. Hawaii. (Aug 2007)
  • Traces ancestry to Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy. (Feb 2007)
  • Greeted as hero on visit to ancestral Kenya. (Feb 2007)
  • Father died in car crash before Barack got to know him. (Feb 2007)
  • Full name: Barack Hussein Obama; family calls him “Barry”. (Oct 2006)

    Past Campaigns

  • 2008: supported by both Hollywood and Wall Street. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Big Business gave more to Obama than McCain. (Nov 2009)
  • 2006: Started from scratch compared with Hillary & McCain. (Aug 2009)
  • 1999 Congressional loss: "I got my rear end handed to me". (Aug 2008)
  • Borrowed "Yes, we can" slogan from Cesar Chavez 1960s UFW. (Aug 2008)
  • 1996: job of state senator is organizer, teacher, & advocate. (Apr 2008)
  • 5th African-American ever elected to US Senate. (Apr 2008)
  • June 2008: YouTube hit, "I Got a Crush on Obama". (Apr 2008)
  • Campaigning on change from the bottom up that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • 1990: Elected Law Review president with conservative support. (Aug 2007)
  • Senate 2004 campaign theme: “Yes we can”. (Aug 2007)
  • Lost Congressional primary in 1999 to Bobby Rush. (Feb 2007)

    Personal History

  • Being president doesn't change you--it reveals who you are. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Pal Bill Ayres was a bomb-throwing terrorist. (Nov 2009)
  • Developed style & attitude based on exposure to pop culture. (Jan 2009)
  • 1970s: Teen basketball player & fan of Julius "Dr. J" Erving. (Jan 2009)
  • Favorite movie: “The Godfather”, for respect & family. (Sep 2008)
  • Visited Africa 3 times; 1986, then 1992 & 2006 with Michelle. (Aug 2008)
  • In no other country is my story even possible. (Mar 2008)
  • “Dreams From My Father” is an archetypal search. (Dec 2007)
  • Obama REPRESENTS something; doesn’t have to DO anything. (Dec 2007)
  • Won Grammy for recording “Dreams from My Father”. (Nov 2007)
  • First major politician of the post-Baby Boom generation. (Oct 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: transition from high school to college. (Aug 2007)
  • High school jock--played football as defensive lineman. (Aug 2007)
  • Goal as youth: Leave the world a better place. (Aug 2007)
  • Planned on presidency since well before 2004 Convention. (Aug 2007)
  • Dreams from My Father originally about Harvard Law Review. (Aug 2007)
  • Favorite authors: E. L. Doctorow & Shakespeare. (Aug 2007)
  • To understand Obama, understand Hawaii’s cultural mix. (Aug 2007)
  • Met Michelle Robinson at law firm; married in 1990. (Aug 2007)
  • A reformed smoker but occasionally burns one. (Mar 2007)
  • Personal story is basis of political desire to unite. (Feb 2007)
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review. (Jul 2004)

    Racism & Race

  • OpEd: Jackson & Sharpton were articulate black predecessors. (Oct 2010)
  • OpEd: Elections of underclass occurred in many countries. (Jun 2010)
  • New Yorker cover: Islamic garb & fist-bumping Michelle. (Jan 2009)
  • Am I somehow responsible for fate of entire black race? (Jan 2009)
  • No contradiction as black voice & constituent representative. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: March 2008 "race speech" reminder of ongoing struggle. (Jan 2009)
  • March 2008 speech on race began with "We, the people". (Jan 2009)
  • Speaks about racial anxiety from personal experience. (Aug 2008)
  • 1995: Participated in Million Man March. (Aug 2008)
  • Apocryphal story: race awareness began with skin-bleach ad. (Aug 2008)
  • Taking a black candidate for granted is measure of progress. (Jun 2008)
  • Epiphany at age 21 settled his racial identity. (Apr 2008)
  • We’ve never really worked through complexities of race. (Mar 2008)
  • Intertwined search for father and racial identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Rooted in African-American community but also more than that. (Dec 2007)
  • In college, rejected multiracialism for black identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Fans see Obama as opportunity to vote for redemption. (Dec 2007)
  • Veiled racism in dismissing Obama as “unqualified”. (Oct 2007)
  • Catching a cab, no one questions he’s “authentically black”. (Jul 2007)
  • America’s race and class problems are intertwined. (Aug 1996)
  • There is some hope of eventual reconciliation between races. (Aug 1996)
  • Racism wasn’t merely the cruelty involved, but arrogance too. (Aug 1996)

    Religion

  • Suspected by opponents of being Muslim, Communist, & Nazi. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: installed secularism as America's state religion. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Wrote glowingly of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's first sermon. (Nov 2009)
  • First American president not raised in a Christian home. (Aug 2008)
  • Religious Left calls Obama "called" and "anointed". (Aug 2008)
  • Grandmother raised as strict Methodist, but saw hypocrisy. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother raised in Unitarian Church with secular values. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother declared herself an atheist during high school. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama's Trinity Church is based on black-liberation theology. (Aug 2008)
  • Moved to & attended church in neighborhood he was organizing. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama was born a Muslim, and is now a Christian. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: never a Muslim, but school listed him as Muslim. (Jun 2008)
  • In hard times, people take refuge in traditions, God & guns. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Religion is foundational; not clinging nor elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright helped bring me to Christianity. (Apr 2008)
  • Exposure to Islam taught me that Muslims can partner with us. (Apr 2008)
  • Kenyan grandfather converted to Christianity & then to Islam. (Apr 2008)
  • Barack's UCC church motto: Unabashedly Black & Christian. (Apr 2008)
  • Father was raised Muslim but became an atheist. (Apr 2008)
  • Registered as Muslim at Catholic & secular Indonesian school. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a proud Christian who believes deeply in Jesus Christ. (Jan 2008)
  • Despite attack email, pledges Allegiance & uses Bible. (Jan 2008)
  • Attends church with press, to dispel rumors that he’s Muslim. (Dec 2007)
  • Grandfather converted from Christianity to Islam. (Dec 2007)
  • Joined church that emphasized a “Black Value System”. (Dec 2007)
  • Uses prayer to take stock of his moral compass. (Oct 2007)
  • Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square. (Sep 2007)
  • Active in the Trinity faith community. (Aug 2007)
  • Carries Bible on campaign trail, & refers to it weekly. (Aug 2007)
  • Embrace Christ as an ally. (Mar 2007)
  • Source of his book title “Audacity of Hope” was a sermon. (Feb 2007)
  • Raised secular, but with working knowledge of world religion. (Oct 2006)
  • Baptized as an adult in the Trinity United Church of Christ. (Oct 2006)
  • Religious concerns ok, if translated into universal values. (Oct 2006)
  • There’s a call to evangelize in politics. (Apr 2004)
  • I’m a big believer in the separation of church and state. (Apr 2004)
  • Spent time in both Muslim and Catholic schools. (Aug 1996)

    Scandals

  • Neighbor Bill Ayres admits 1970s violent radicalism. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Distances himself from 1970s radical Bill Ayres. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko: large contributor & active member of campaigns. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko helped Obama buy home in prestigious neighborhood. (Aug 2008)
  • Segments of Wright sermons were "caricatures of the church". (Aug 2008)
  • Photographed without hand over heart during national anthem. (Aug 2008)
  • I revere the American flag; I don’t refuse to wear flag pins. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, refused to wear a flag pin, last year. (Apr 2008)
  • Mar. 2008: Campaign uproar over Rev. Wright's anti-US sermon. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Took Rezko’s donations, but never represented him. (Jan 2008)
  • Gave away all Rezko “boneheaded” donations to charity. (Nov 2007)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Ranked most liberal in Senate, based on 99 votes. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.0% of 251 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Jack Ryan on Principles & Values
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
  • Divorcing wife accused him of taking her to sex clubs. (Nov 2009)
  • Ryan quits Senate race amid sex scandal allegations. (Jun 2004)
Paul Simon on Principles & Values
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Melissa Bean on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Roland Burris on Principles & Values
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
Cardiss Collins on Principles & Values
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Principles & Values
Green Challenger: Click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rahm Emanuel on Principles & Values
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • OpEd: Won 2002 House race with help of Chicago Daley Machine. (Nov 2009)
  • The Plan: new social contract for a changed world. (Jan 2009)
  • Political fundraiser & strategist, before running for House. (May 2007)
  • Ran the Dems' DCCC House campaign after 2004 electoral loss. (May 2007)
  • 2004: Planned four-year process to recapture House for Dems. (May 2007)
  • Three pre-teen children: Zachariah, Ilana, and Leah. (May 2007)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 92% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Lane Evans on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Thomas Ewing on Principles & Values
Republican (District 15): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Alexi Giannoulias on Principles & Values
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • Accuses Kirk of economic treason for fundraising in China. (Oct 2010)
  • I told the truth about my mistakes; my opponent has not. (Oct 2010)
  • Aware his Broadway Bank lent to criminals, but not extent. (Oct 2010)
  • Fallout from the April failure of his family's Broadway Bank. (Oct 2010)
Debbie Halvorson on Principles & Values
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Phil Hare on Principles & Values
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Henry Hyde on Principles & Values
Republican (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Mark Kirk on Principles & Values
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Raised $6,000 from 12 U.S. citizen businessmen in China. (Oct 2010)
  • I've owned up to my mistakes; my opponent has not. (Oct 2010)
  • Takes responsibility for carelessness about military record. (Oct 2010)
  • Forced to apologize for exaggerating his biography. (Oct 2010)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Ray LaHood on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Arab-American Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilization. (Dec 2007)
David Phelps on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
John Porter on Principles & Values
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for the full quote OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Glenn Poshard on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 19): Click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steven Sauerberg on Principles & Values
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • Put $1.3M of his own money into campaign. (Oct 2008)
  • Faith is a powerful force in the lives of so many Americans. (Apr 2008)
Larry Stafford on Principles & Values
Libertarian challenger: Click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jerry Weller on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Christian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Sidney Yates on Principles & Values
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Principles & Values
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Arrested in 2008 on federal corruption charges. (May 2010)
  • Religious affiliation: Eastern Orthodox. (Nov 2000)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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