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2012 Republican nominees:
Paul Ryan
(Wisconsin Representative): Selected by Mitt Romney for V.P. Aug. 11.
Mitt Romney
(Former Massachusetts Governor): Publicly announced candidacy June 3.

2012 Democratic incumbents:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

2012 Third Party contenders:
Rocky Anderson
(Justice Party)
Andre Barnett
(Reform Party)
Virgil Goode
(Former U.S. House Rep.): Constitution Party nominee.
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor): Publicly announced Libertarian candidacy Dec. 21.
Scott Keller
(Independent)
JL Mealer
(Independent)
Buddy Roemer
(former Louisiana Governor). Candidate for GOP and AmericansElect.
Robert Steele
(Reform Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party)

2012 Republican withdrawals:
Michele Bachmann
(Minnesota Representative): Withdrew Jan. 4.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor). Opted out of race, Feb. 8, 2011.
Herman Cain
(Radio talk-show host): Suspended candidacy Dec. 3.
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor). Opted out of presidential race.
Jim DeMint
(South Carolina Senator). Never entered race.
Newt Gingrich
(Former Speaker of the House): Publicly announced candidacy May 12.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor): Opted out of presidential race May 15.
Jon Huntsman
(former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China). Withdrew Jan. 15
Thad McCotter (Michigan Representative): Publicly announced candidacy July 2.
Sarah Palin
(former Alaska Governor). Opted out of presidential race Oct. 5.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative): Publicly announced candidacy April 28.
Tim Pawlenty
(Former Minnesota Governor): Publicly announced candidacy May 24.
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor): Publicly announced candidacy Aug. 11.
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator): Publicly announced candidacy June 6; withdrew April 11, 2012.
Donald Trump
(Real estate mogul): Opted out of presidential race May 16.

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Fact-checking on the 2012 Presidential and Senatorial races

Paperback: Romney/Paul/Santorum/Gingrich side-by-side, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Arizona 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King

2012 State of the Union address to Congress

Obama vs. Paul On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Gingrich vs. Paul On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Survey of 2012 Presidential contenders' campaign websites

Sean Hannity 2012 presidential interviews "Hannity Primary"

WMUR 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate

Fox News debate in Myrtle Beach, preceding South Carolina Primary

Meet the Press 2012 GOP New Hampshire debate

South Carolina 2012 Republican primary debate

CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary

Yahoo's "Your Voice Your Vote" debate in Iowa, Dec. 10, 2011

Club for Growth 2012 Presidential White Papers

2011 CNBC GOP Primary debate, at Oakland University in Rochester, MI,

2011 CNN National Security GOP primary debate

CBS News primary debate in South Carolina on Foreign Policy

GOP 2011 primary debate in Las Vegas

2011 GOP debate at Dartmouth College, NH

2011 GOP Google debate in Orlando FL

Pres. Obama's Address to Joint Session of Congress

2011 Tea Party Express Republican Primary debate in Tampa, Florida

2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library, Sept. 7, 2011

2011 Republican primary debate at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 11, 2011, prior to the Iowa Straw Poll

GOP primary debate in Manchester NH, June 13, 2011, at Saint Anselm College

GOP primary debate in South Carolina, at the Peace Concert Hall, May 5, 2011

Liberty Defined, by Ron Paul (April 19, 2011)

63 Documents, by Gov. Jesse Ventura

The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul (Feb. 22, 2011)

Speeches at 2011 CPAC conference

2011 OnTheIssues Fact Checking

Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You and Enriching His Wall Street Friends, Corporate Lobbyists, and Union Bosses, by Timothy P. Carney

End the Fed, by Ron Paul

Saving Freedom, by Sen. Jim DeMint

Do the Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee


Survey of 2008 House campaign websites

The Revolution: A Manifesto, by Ron Paul, published April 2008

Speeches at 2008 CPAC conference

Meet the Press: Meet the Candidates 2008 series, with Tim Russert

CNN Late Edition, throughout 2008

Washington Post, "The Fact Checker"

2008 GOP debate at Reagan Library in Simi Valley

Republican presidential debate, before South Carolina primary

2008 Republican primary debate in Boca Raton Florida

2008 Republican primary debate, sponsored by Facebook, Jan. 5, 2008

FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 primary debates

FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 campaign ads

Republican primary debate, broadcast in Spanish

2007 GOP debate sponsored by Des Moines Register, Dec. 12, 2007

Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power

The Contenders, by Laura Flanders et al.

2007 GOP YouTube debate

2007 Republican Presidential Forum at Morgan State University, Sept. 27, 2007

GOP debate in Dearborn, Michigan

2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida

Values Voter Presidential Debate

2007 Republican Primary debate at University of New Hampshire

2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate, hosted by George Stephanopoulos, August 5, 2007

A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship

2007 Republican primary debate at St. Anselm College, Manchester N.H., June 5, 2007

2007 Republican Primary Debate in Columbia, South Carolina, May 15, 2007, sponsored by Fox News

2007 GOP primary debate, at Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley California

CNN Late Edition, throughout 2007

Humane Society 109th Congress Scorecard

Fact-Check

1996-8 National Political Awareness Test

Freedom Under Siege, by Ron Paul

The Case for Gold, by Ron Paul and Lewis Lehrman

Gold, Peace, and Prosperity, by Ron Paul

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Ron Paul on Abortion
Click here for 39 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Morning-after pill same as birth control pill; not immoral. (Feb 2012)
  • Right to privacy is explicit, but not for contraception. (Jan 2012)
  • More laws don't solve problems on abortion. (Sep 2011)
  • Efforts to fund abortion ranks among stupidest policies. (Apr 2011)
  • Deregulate the adoption market. (Apr 2011)
  • Abortion laws should be a state-level choice. (Apr 2011)
  • Abortion causes inconsistent moral basis for value of life. (Apr 2011)
  • Day-after pill allows individual moral choice. (Apr 2011)
  • Abortion is murder. (Apr 2008)
  • Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution. (Apr 2008)
  • Define life at conception in law, as scientific statement. (Feb 2008)
  • Protecting the life of the unborn is protecting liberty. (Feb 2008)
  • Get the federal government out of abortion decision. (Nov 2007)
  • Delivered 4000 babies; & assuredly life begins at conception. (Sep 2007)
  • Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench. (Sep 2007)
  • Save “snowflake babies”: no experiments on frozen embryos. (Sep 2007)
  • No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  • Embryonic stem cell programs not constitutionally authorized. (May 2007)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Sanctity of Life Act: remove federal jurisdiction. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • No federal funding of abortion, and pro-life. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 56% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Report on Medicaid payments to abortion providers. (Apr 2009)
Ron Paul on Budget & Economy
Click here for 83 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be auctioned off. (Jan 2012)
  • We're reversing 100 years of bad policy; audit the Fed. (Jan 2012)
  • Obama economic stances compared to Paul's. (Jan 2012)
  • Destroying our currency transfers wealth to the rich. (Dec 2011)
  • Let Italy fail; or we face 10-year recession. (Nov 2011)
  • Let market determine interest rate, instead of Fed price-fix. (Nov 2011)
  • Go after crony capitalism; defend real capitalism. (Nov 2011)
  • 1976: Let's put Uncle Sam on a diet; 2011: it's possible. (Oct 2011)
  • Don't bail out banks; bail out homeowners. (Oct 2011)
  • Auditing the fed revealed $5T loaned to foreign banks. (Oct 2011)
  • Housing bubble was predictable; we had too many houses. (Oct 2011)
  • We spend $1.5T on wars; start by cutting there. (Sep 2011)
  • 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's message. (Sep 2011)
  • Country is bankrupt & we can't keep spending. (Aug 2011)
  • Bailout confiscates productive money for failing companies. (Nov 2009)
  • Economic crisis demonstrates that Fed must come to an end. (Sep 2009)
  • Security or growth: you can't have both. (Sep 2009)
  • Wall Street is dumping its trouble onto Main Street. (Sep 2008)
  • Mortgage & Financial Institutions Trust: more of the same. (Sep 2008)
  • There’s payback for guns and butter. (Feb 2008)
  • Great nations and empires end for financial reasons. (Feb 2008)
  • Live within our means and start paying down the deficit now. (Feb 2008)
  • Stimulus package means more printing & devaluing the dollar. (Feb 2008)
  • Economic Revitalization Plan: “Prescription for Prosperity”. (Feb 2008)
  • We’re worse off than in 2000, due to Bush & Congress. (Jan 2008)
  • The people, not government, are supposed to run the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money. (Jan 2008)
  • Dollar crashing due to trillions spent on maintaining empire. (Jan 2008)
  • Waving a flag the whole time on spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Give up American empire; that reduces debt without sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore GOP by returning to less gov’t & fiscal conservatism. (Dec 2007)
  • Weak economy is source of resentment against immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • Can’t legislate economic fairness; so make government small. (Sep 2007)
  • Prioritize spending based on Constitution--and lower it too. (Sep 2007)
  • Government out of regulating economy & out of our bedrooms. (Jan 2007)
  • Oil prices rise in part because of the weak dollar. (Jan 2006)
  • We can’t afford a trillion-dollar war in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Maintaining American empire diminishes dollar. (Jun 2004)
  • We’ve come to accept debt, wealth confiscation, & big gov’t. (Dec 1987)

    Federal Reserve

  • I'm delighted that auditing the Fed has become mainstream. (Aug 2011)
  • If we want to cure the bust, don't create the boom. (Apr 2011)
  • Fed has ominous power with no oversight & no control. (Sep 2010)
  • All bets are off if a cataclysmic dollar devaluation occurs. (Feb 2008)
  • We owe foreigners $2.7 trillion and more printing won’t do. (Feb 2008)
  • Federal Reserve creates money and prints it out of thin air. (Jan 2008)
  • Lower interest rates CAUSED housing bubble & can’t solve it. (Jan 2008)
  • The longer the Fed delays recession, the worse the recession. (Jan 2008)
  • Maintain the value of the dollar, unlike Federal Reserve. (Oct 2007)
  • Monetarism is unworkable; feds cannot control money supply. (Jul 1982)
  • Friedman monetarist policy is better, but still inflationary. (Dec 1981)

    Gold & Currency

  • Paper money in unconstitutional; only gold is legal tender. (Sep 2010)
  • Reagan was very sympathetic to the gold standard. (Jan 2008)
  • We spend too much, tax too much, & print too much money. (Dec 2007)
  • Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor. (Oct 2007)
  • Fiat money causes economic & political imbalances. (Jun 2007)
  • Gold standard limits deficit spending. (Dec 1987)
  • Alternative to gold standard: legalize competing currencies. (Jul 1982)
  • All great inflations end with gold replacing paper money. (Jul 1982)
  • No return to gold standard; forward to modern gold standard. (Jul 1982)
  • Market values currency in terms of gold, regardless of rates. (Jul 1982)
  • Gold standard is superior to any form of paper standard. (Jul 1982)
  • Depreciating currency is greatest threat to middle class. (Dec 1981)
  • Gold standard avoids need for government promises. (Dec 1981)
  • Gold standard means minimal inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Dollar as fiat currency only benefits politicians. (Dec 1981)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Wasteful government spending backed by both parties. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment & on-budget accounting. (Dec 2000)
  • Maintain public information about M3 money supply. (Mar 2006)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Disapprove of increasing the debt limit. (Jan 2012)
  • Raise small business depreciation to $125,000. (Jul 2009)
  • Liberty Candidate: End the Federal Reserve. (Sep 2010)
Ron Paul on Civil Rights
Click here for 30 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • No federal marriage licenses & no state licenses either. (Aug 2011)
  • Let churches marry couples, without government document. (Jun 2011)
  • Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws. (May 2011)
  • Voluntary associations are better than quotas. (Apr 2011)
  • Definition of marriage is free speech. (Apr 2011)
  • National ID card is part of fear-based government. (Feb 2008)
  • Civil Rights Act was more about property than race relations. (Dec 2007)
  • Against ID for immigrants; it leads to national ID card. (Dec 2007)
  • Protect all voluntary associations; don’t define marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • No affirmative action for any group. (Sep 2007)
  • No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough. (Sep 2007)
  • First Amendment was written for controversial speech. (Sep 2007)
  • Use power of presidency to restore habeas corpus. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t ask, don’t tell is a decent policy for gays in army. (Jun 2007)
  • Tamper-proof I.D. for immigrants is a bad idea. (Jan 2006)
  • Gender-equal pay violates idea of voluntary contract. (Dec 1987)
  • In times of war, our freedoms are threatened at home. (Dec 1987)
  • Rights belong only to individuals, not collective groups. (Dec 1987)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 67% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Corporations
Click here for 15 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Auto bailout was bad because all bailouts are bad. (Feb 2012)
  • Inflated currency benefits some industry's CEO salaries. (Sep 2010)
  • Auto company nationalization is fascism. (Sep 2010)
  • Obama is a corporatist, not a socialist. (Apr 2010)
  • Typical lobbyists champion corporatism over free markets. (Nov 2009)
  • The Fed acts as everyday corporate welfare. (Nov 2009)
  • Big business demand for easy money causes inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 46% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated 0% by UFCW, indicating a pro-management voting record. (May 2012)
Ron Paul on Crime
Click here for 13 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Constitution even protects terrorists, not just citizens. (Apr 2011)
  • Replace "hate crime" with equal penalties for equal assaults. (Apr 2011)
  • Too many capital convictions have been proven errors. (Apr 2011)
  • Eliminate ultimate penalty & incarcerate for life. (Apr 2011)
  • Opposes death penalty at state and federal level. (Jan 2008)
  • Changed opinion to anti-death penalty due to many mistakes. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes “hate crimes” legislation. (Sep 2007)
  • Not appropriate to prosecute all illegal adult pornography. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes the death penalty. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 60% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
Ron Paul on Drugs
Click here for 24 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Blacks disproportionately imprisoned for victimless crimes. (Jan 2012)
  • Cancel the drug war, and cancel its violence. (Nov 2011)
  • Our drug war is driving our immigration policy. (Sep 2011)
  • We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin. (May 2011)
  • Drug War allows drug lords to make a lot more money. (Apr 2011)
  • Someday we'll wake up and end the Second Prohibition. (Apr 2011)
  • War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal most federal drug laws; blacks are treated unfairly. (Sep 2007)
  • Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs. (Sep 2007)
  • $500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure. (Sep 2007)
  • Legalize industrial hemp. (Jan 2007)
  • Drug War fosters violence at home & breeds resentment abroad. (Oct 2001)
  • Societal inconsistency on alcohol contributes to drug use. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans. (Jan 2008)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
  • Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis. (Jan 2009)
  • Sponsored bill letting states legalize industrial hemp. (Apr 2009)
Ron Paul on Education
Click here for 28 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Obama's education stances compared to Paul's. (Jan 2012)
  • Student loan program is a total failure and unconstitutional. (Nov 2011)
  • Abolish college aid after a transition period. (Oct 2011)
  • Stop enforcing No Child Left Behind; allow opt-out of system. (Sep 2011)
  • Competition helps, but vouchers invite bureaucratic control. (Apr 2011)
  • No-Child-Left-Behind hooks institutions on federal funding. (Apr 2011)
  • Evolution doesn't support atheism nor diminish God. (Apr 2011)
  • School prayer is not a federal issue. (Apr 2008)
  • Private funds for arts work better than government funds. (Apr 2008)
  • Close Dept. of Education, but don’t dismantle public schools. (Dec 2007)
  • Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff. (Dec 2007)
  • Don’t impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Guarantee parity for home school diplomas. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools. (Feb 2003)
  • Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Ron Paul on Energy & Oil
Click here for 26 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Develop energy independence; no crony handouts like Solyndra. (Jan 2012)
  • No nuclear waste in Yucca Mt.; it's other states' garbage. (Oct 2011)
  • I can get you a gallon of gas for a silver dime. (Sep 2011)
  • Absurd to let global bureaucrats try to manipulate climate. (Apr 2011)
  • Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
  • Repeal weatherization assistance for low-income persons. (Nov 2011)
  • No EPA regulation of greenhouse gases. (Jan 2011)
  • Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based alternatives. (Sep 2010)
Ron Paul on Environment
Click here for 18 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Eliminate the ineffective EPA. (Feb 2012)
  • Recycling consumes more energy than it saves. (Apr 2011)
  • Neglected property rights during the industrial revolution. (Jan 2008)
  • Property rights are the foundation of all rights. (Sep 2007)
  • Scored 14% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment. (Jan 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Stop considering manure as pollutant or hazardous. (Sep 2011)
  • Repeal requirements for compact fluorescent bulbs. (Jan 2011)
  • Rated 25% by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record. (Jan 2012)
Ron Paul on Families & Children
Click here for 6 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids. (Jan 2005)
  • State role on medical care for children undermines freedom. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 76% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Foreign Policy
Click here for 59 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • We don't even accept elections from overseas. (Jan 2012)
  • Newt Gingrich's foreign policy stances compared to Paul's. (Jan 2012)
  • Wartime brainwashing that Islam is inherently warlike. (Apr 2011)
  • We're endangered as a result of our foreign policy. (Apr 2011)
  • Foreign aid wastes billions, with unintended consequences. (Apr 2011)
  • We manufactured fear about Saddam, Al Qaeda, & Ahmadinejad. (Apr 2011)
  • We invested $70B in Mubarak; stop spending on puppets. (Feb 2011)
  • Can’t spread our goodness through the barrel of a gun. (Feb 2008)
  • We tax people to blow up bridges overseas then rebuild them. (Jan 2008)
  • Cut off all foreign aid to Israel & to Arabs. (Dec 2007)
  • Get out of South Korea and let two Koreas unify. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush humble foreign policy was hijacked into nation-building. (Dec 2007)
  • US must obey human rights treaties abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on the Iraq war and foreign policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Empires usually end by spending too much to maintain empire. (Dec 2007)
  • Stronger national defense by changing our foreign policy. (Nov 2007)
  • No constitutional or moral authority for US action in Darfur. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t pressure Israel to give up land for promise of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Not US role to monitor eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. (Sep 2007)
  • Our foreign policy is designed to protect our oil interests. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush mistake: ran on humble foreign policy; now runs empire. (Jun 2007)
  • Avoid double standard--follow international law. (Jun 2006)
  • Neutrality on Israel-Palestine; start by defunding both. (Dec 2001)
  • $140B to protect Europe creates competitive disadvantage. (Dec 1987)
  • Foreign aid helps dictators, not the people of aided country. (Dec 1987)

    Non-Interventionism

  • In Latin America, standing up for allies has meant military. (Jan 2012)
  • Intervention in Arab Spring always backfires on us. (Oct 2011)
  • We installed Shah in Iran; we should mind our own business. (Aug 2011)
  • Worldwide interventionism requires perpetual fear. (Apr 2011)
  • Exceptionalism shouldn't mean using force around the world. (Feb 2011)
  • We spend $1 trillion a year overseas; it’s needed at home. (Sep 2008)
  • Stop interfering with Latin America; talk & trade instead. (Dec 2007)
  • Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force. (Aug 2007)
  • Interventionism perpetuated by politician’s false patriotism. (Jun 2007)
  • No foreign aid; no treaties that commit US to future wars. (Jun 2007)
  • Non-intervention is traditional American & Republican policy. (May 2007)
  • No nation-building; no world policeman; no pre-emptive war. (Jan 2006)
  • UN membership leads to impractical military conflicts. (Feb 2003)
  • Policy of non-intervention, neutrality, & independence. (Dec 1987)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
  • Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful . (Dec 2000)
  • Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production. (May 2001)
  • Sponsored bill invalidating International Criminal Court. (Mar 2003)
  • Sponsored bill to end the Cuban embargo. (Apr 2003)
  • Sponsored resolution to withdraw from UNESCO. (Jun 2004)
  • Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Rated +2 by AAI, indicating pro-Arab pro-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Allow travel between the United States and Cuba. (Feb 2009)
  • Liberty Candidate: US abroad unconstitutional & unaffordable. (Sep 2010)
Ron Paul on Free Trade
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  • Free trade helps all of Latin America, even Cuba. (Jan 2012)
  • China trade benefits American consumers. (Jan 2012)
  • Trade sanctions never worked on Cuba, and won't work on Iran. (Aug 2011)
  • No embargoes & no tariffs; but no NAFTA too. (Jun 2011)
  • Fast-track cedes power from Congress to President. (Apr 2011)
  • I oppose trade organizations because of flawed fast-track. (Apr 2011)
  • Market can sort out mess created by central banks. (Sep 2010)
  • Inflation is regressive & results in protectionism. (Sep 2010)
  • Free trade agreements threaten national sovereignty. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA Superhighway not a conspiracy; it’s I-35. (Feb 2008)
  • Look at the monetary system and deal with the trade issues. (Dec 2007)
  • Block international highway from Canada to Mexico. (Dec 2007)
  • No North American Union; no WTO; no UN. (Sep 2007)
  • Inappropriate to impose sanctions for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • China trade not contingent on human rights & product safety. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • NAFTA superhighway threatens widespread eminent domain. (Sep 2007)
  • IMF empowers politicians by causing inflation. (Dec 1981)
  • Allow Americans to own gold; end large-scale foreign sales. (Dec 1981)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty . (Dec 2000)
  • End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire . (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 76% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)
Ron Paul on Government Reform
Click here for 57 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • If Congress doesn't earmark, the Executive Branch decides. (Feb 2012)
  • Preach the gospel of liberty. (Jan 2012)
  • All spending should be designated by earmarks. (Jan 2012)
  • Veto every single bill that violates the 10th amendment. (Sep 2011)
  • Some Executive Orders are legal; but power has been abused. (Sep 2011)
  • I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation. (Sep 2011)
  • Everything government does is a mandate. (Sep 2011)
  • Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws. (Sep 2011)
  • FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't. (Sep 2011)
  • Government investment in ANY business is malinvestment. (Jun 2011)
  • Enough bipartisanship; gridlock can be the friend of liberty. (Apr 2011)
  • Tax-funded elections are worse than campaign finance reform. (Apr 2011)
  • People shouldn't be able to vote to take away others' rights. (Apr 2011)
  • Government "insurance" is really just a transfer payment. (Apr 2011)
  • I vote for term limits, but they won't solve anything. (Apr 2011)
  • Lobbyists shouldn't see bills before Congressmen. (Feb 2011)
  • Paper money makes Congress believe it has no spending limit. (Sep 2010)
  • Introduced Federal Reserve Transparency Act with Sen.Sanders. (Sep 2010)
  • The “living Constitution” is the death of democracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Constitution defines much smaller government. (Feb 2008)
  • Received the most campaign contributions from the military. (Feb 2008)
  • Dismantle agencies that have no Constitutional role. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports compulsory term limits, not voluntary for himself. (Dec 2007)
  • DC voting representation should be determined by Amendment. (Sep 2007)
  • No federal voter ID card; but state ID cards ok. (Sep 2007)
  • Constitution was written to restrain the federal government. (Sep 2007)
  • We are drifting rather rapidly into a totalitarian state. (Sep 2007)
  • Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
  • End government secrecy; restore openness of information. (Aug 2007)
  • With neocon philosophy, Cheney is more powerful than Bush. (Aug 2007)
  • Signing statements erode constitutional balance. (Jul 2007)
  • Conservatives support big government war policies. (Jun 2007)
  • Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security. (May 2007)
  • Judges have become legislators by de-emphasizing juries. (Dec 1987)
  • Our government routinely lies to us. (Dec 1987)
  • Federal abuses today worse than King’s in 1776 revolution. (Dec 1987)
  • Politicians dislike gold standard--it disallows dishonesty. (Jul 1982)
  • Spending without taxation causes inflation. (Dec 1981)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Put 65 projects into 2006 bills, worth $4B to his district. (Dec 2007)
  • No on all earmarks, even those he proposes for his district. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit federal power, per the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2000)
  • Unlimited campaign contributions; with full disclosure. (Dec 2000)
  • Reduce the salary of Members of Congress. (Jan 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Ron Paul on Gun Control
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  • FactCheck: Terroristic shootings do occur with guns around. (Aug 2011)
  • No negligence lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jun 2011)
  • Gun-free zones don't make any difference. (Apr 2011)
  • Let airlines make rules about passenger guns to fight terror. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it’s not just a “collective right”. (Mar 2007)
  • Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms. (Nov 1996)
  • Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Support the Second Amendment . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill against United Nations taxation on firearms. (Sep 2003)
  • Require video recording of every firearm test by ATF. (Jan 2011)
  • Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense. (Jan 1999)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Liberty Candidate: no point in keeping guns you can't access. (Sep 2010)
Ron Paul on Health Care
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  • Newt Gingrich's healthcare stances compared to Paul's. (Jan 2012)
  • Government should not protect you from yourself. (Dec 2011)
  • Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws. (Sep 2011)
  • Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine. (Sep 2011)
  • States CAN mandate insurance, but it's a bad idea. (Aug 2011)
  • Private contract instead of tort reform. (Jun 2011)
  • Let people opt out of Medicare. (Jun 2011)
  • Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty. (May 2011)
  • ObamaCare is only as socialized as Bush's & Nixon's reforms. (Apr 2011)
  • Insurers promote ObamaCare's giant expansion of government. (Nov 2009)
  • Individual mandate is back door to national health insurance. (Nov 2009)
  • Replace Medicaid with volunteer pro-bono medical care. (Apr 2008)
  • Private medical savings accounts, not government meddling. (Apr 2008)
  • Insurance companies & gov’t make healthcare unaffordable. (Oct 2007)
  • Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Socialized medicine won’t work; nor managed care. (Oct 2007)
  • Managed care is expensive and hasn’t worked. (Sep 2007)
  • Not government’s role to protect people like Terri Schiavo. (Sep 2007)
  • Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
  • Expedited licensing for biosimilar products. (Mar 2009)
Ron Paul on Homeland Security
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  • We supported Taliban; differentiate them from al Qaeda. (Jan 2012)
  • Getting bin Laden OK; Iranian nukes not OK. (Jan 2012)
  • 17,000 troops for Baghdad embassy? Come home!. (Dec 2011)
  • The Patriot Act is unpatriotic; it undermines our liberty. (Nov 2011)
  • Waterboarding is torture: illegal, uncivilized, and immoral. (Nov 2011)
  • Enhance national security by slashing military spending. (Oct 2011)
  • We can blow up the world 20 times and we can't cut a penny? (Oct 2011)
  • Guantanamo prisoners are just suspects; not terrorists yet. (Oct 2011)
  • Military spending is not necessarily defense spending. (Sep 2011)
  • Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security. (Sep 2011)
  • Many terrorists have been properly tried in US courts. (Aug 2011)
  • Waterboarding doesn't achieve anything. (May 2011)
  • Assassination policy targeting citizens is unconstitutional. (Apr 2011)
  • Conscription is not part of Constitution nor free society. (Apr 2011)
  • Hated for freedom? No, hated for invading their countries!. (Apr 2011)
  • Patriot Act is radical departure from 4th Amendment. (Apr 2011)
  • 100 detainees have died of torture under US custody. (Apr 2011)
  • Politically convenient wars are not at all necessary. (Sep 2009)
  • Conscription is unconstitutional--including National Service. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: US spends $572B on foreign operations, not $1T. (Feb 2008)
  • Military is not in good shape; we have a de facto draft. (Feb 2008)
  • We don’t need any troops abroad--they don’t help our defense. (Dec 2007)
  • Suicide terrorism stops when we stop intervening abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • In wartime, people willing to sacrifice liberty for security. (Dec 2007)
  • No presidential power for secret surveillance. (Dec 2007)
  • Habeas corpus always applies, even to Guantanamo. (Dec 2007)
  • We have a de-facto draft; we can achieve more in peace. (Dec 2007)
  • Protect against terrorism by understanding their motivations. (Dec 2007)
  • Violating habeas corpus will be used against us. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect military chaplains’ right to pray in preferred faith. (Sep 2007)
  • Eliminate FBI & DHS; interpret intelligence intelligently. (Sep 2007)
  • Governments orchestrate fear to throw their weight around. (Jun 2007)
  • DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it. (May 2007)
  • Be cautious about warrantless searches & habeas corpus. (May 2007)
  • Criticizes use of war on terror to curtail civil liberties. (Jan 2007)
  • We’d be as furious as Muslims are, if our land was occupied. (Jan 2006)
  • Grouping terrorists together damages relations with Muslims. (Jan 2006)
  • We can’t fight for freedom if we impose Patriot Act. (Sep 2005)
  • Conscription is forced servitude--no draft for illegal wars. (Nov 2003)
  • Explore reasons behind terrorist attacks on US. (Oct 2001)
  • Reassess “mutual security” treaties; our allies never aid us. (Dec 1987)
  • Military Keynesianism? Blowing up bombs is economic negative. (Apr 2011)

    Imperialism

  • Islamists attacked us for US bases on Arab lands. (Sep 2011)
  • Neither Dems nor GOP will cut one nickel from militarism. (Aug 2011)
  • American Empire is big government war & militarism. (Apr 2011)
  • We can't keep troops in 135 countries & 900 bases forever. (Feb 2011)
  • We’re broke and we just can’t continue to police the world. (Feb 2008)
  • Stop policing the world and we can get rid of income tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Bring all troops home from abroad & save $100B’s every year. (Dec 2007)
  • 9/11 resulted from blasphemy of our bases in Saudi Arabia. (Dec 2007)
  • Pre-emptive war policy is a grave mistake. (Jun 2007)
  • Pre-emptive war is not part of the American tradition. (Jun 2007)
  • Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense. (May 2007)
  • Jihadists attack because we have bases in their countries. (Jan 2006)
  • Costs of war always higher than expected & go on for decades. (Jun 2005)
  • Conscription is a trait of totalitarian government. (Dec 1987)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Opposes Patriot Act & Iraq War. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End draft registration; all-volunteer forces . (Dec 2000)
  • Federal duty to provide missile defense . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Terminate Selective Service. (Jan 2007)
  • Appoint chiropractors as commissioned officers. (Apr 2008)
  • Free postage for soldiers serving abroad. (Jan 2009)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Ron Paul on Immigration
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  • Incentives like benefits create illegal alien problem. (Nov 2011)
  • Data banks for illegal aliens keep track of us too. (Sep 2011)
  • Pay attention to US borders, not international borders. (Aug 2011)
  • Let churches provide services for immigrants, not state. (Jun 2011)
  • Give illegals limbo status: a green card with an asterisk. (Apr 2011)
  • Sending 12M illegals home won't & shouldn't happen. (Apr 2011)
  • If economy were good, there’d be no immigration problem. (Dec 2007)
  • Amend Constitution to remove aliens’ birthright citizenship. (Dec 2007)
  • Those who attack bilingualism are jealous & feel inferior. (Dec 2007)
  • No amnesty, but impractical to round up 12 million illegals. (Sep 2007)
  • Immigration problem is consequence of welfare state. (Sep 2007)
  • No amnesty, but border fence isn’t so important. (Jun 2007)
  • We subsidize illegal immigration, so we get more. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • End all incentives and amnesty for illegal immigrants. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Sponsored bill banning student visas from terrorist nations. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • Rated C by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Ron Paul on Jobs
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  • Ron Paul side-by-side against Gingrich, Romney & Santorum. (Mar 2012)
  • Government picking winners and losers kills jobs. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college. (Jan 2012)
  • National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing. (Jan 2012)
  • Unemployment insurance should be privatized, but not cut off. (Jan 2012)
  • Government destroys jobs; the market creates jobs. (Sep 2011)
  • Printing & inflating money ships jobs overseas. (Jun 2011)
  • Mandated wages & unions hurt unprotected workers. (Apr 2011)
  • Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions. (Oct 2007)
  • Minimum wage takes away opportunities, especially for blacks. (Sep 2007)
  • No “sexual orientation” in Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Sep 2007)
  • Unemployment caused by artificial "full employment" policies. (Jul 1982)
  • Voted NO on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 47% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a mixed record on union issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Rated 100% by CEI, indicating a pro-workplace choice voting record. (May 2012)
Ron Paul on Principles & Values
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  • Accused of racist remarks in 1980s newsletters. (Dec 2011)
  • Freedom is based on tolerance and non-violence. (Dec 2011)
  • Routinely skips presidential speeches as "a bunch of fluff". (Sep 2011)
  • Congress should never prohibit Christian faith in public. (Jun 2011)
  • Government today threatens the American dream itself. (Apr 2011)
  • Patriotism means NOT being blindly obedient to the state. (Apr 2011)
  • 1976: Head of GOP convention Texas delegation for Reagan. (Feb 2011)
  • Freedom brings people together. (Feb 2011)
  • Since 1984, a one-man Tea Party. (Feb 2011)
  • 1984: unsuccessful bid for US Senate. (Feb 2011)
  • 2008 "money bomb": $4M and $6M donations in one day. (Nov 2009)
  • 1971 dropping of gold standard prompted first run for office. (Sep 2009)
  • Just about everything Congress does is unconstitutional. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Genuine convictions, no matter the audience. (Nov 2008)
  • OpEd: Faux-con libertarians like Paul worship Ayn Rand. (Nov 2008)
  • Contract with America was a toothless cop out. (Apr 2008)
  • 11/5/07: Set fundraising record of $4 million in single day. (Apr 2008)
  • We lost because we’re neither compassionate nor conservative. (Feb 2008)
  • Liberty promotes peace, and peace promotes prosperity. (Feb 2008)
  • Tyranny and inflation are ancient, Bill of Rights isn’t. (Feb 2008)
  • Would not have appointed Justice O’Connor. (Jan 2008)
  • The Republicans don’t act like Republicans anymore. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan ran on limited government, but increased its size. (Dec 2007)
  • Called Bush 41 a “bum”; didn’t vote for Bush 43. (Dec 2007)
  • 99% no intention to run as independent if he loses GOP race. (Dec 2007)
  • Breaks one-day fundraising record: $6M at “Boston Tea Party”. (Dec 2007)
  • All political action’s goal should be to preserve liberty. (Dec 2007)
  • The term “revolution” was coined by the supporters. (Dec 2007)
  • Broke fundraising records by spontaneous support on Internet. (Dec 2007)
  • Blogosphere hails Paul/Gravel ticket with cross-party appeal. (Nov 2007)
  • Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending. (Oct 2007)
  • Washington shouldn’t dictate to us our personal behavior. (Sep 2007)
  • GOP will continue losing elections with current Iraq policy. (Sep 2007)
  • The champion of the Constitution. (Jun 2007)
  • Congress should write fewer laws regarding church & state. (Jun 2007)
  • Given epithet “Dr. No” by colleagues in Congress. (Jan 2007)
  • Neocons believe in secrecy, deceit, & imperialism. (Jul 2003)
  • Appears that American republic is in its waning days. (Dec 1987)
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Ron Paul on Social Security
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  • System is broke; allow young people to get out. (Sep 2011)
  • Abolish Social Security, but not overnight. (Jan 2008)
  • Let people get out of Social Security; it’s a failure. (Jan 2008)
  • Never voted to spend one penny of Social Security money. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow young people to get out of the system. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one’s future. (Sep 2007)
  • Federal government won’t keep its entitlement promises. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Sponsored bill to put Trust Fund into market certificates. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Ron Paul on Tax Reform
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  • Ideal tax rate is 0%; especially the "inflation tax". (Jan 2012)
  • Tax code is the symptom; spending is the problem. (Nov 2011)
  • You don't "pay for" tax cuts; they give people's money back. (Sep 2011)
  • Disastrous tax code contributes to underground economy. (Sep 2009)
  • AdWatch: Taxpayer’s best friend: never supported an increase. (Feb 2008)
  • Repeal 16th Amendment and get rid of the income tax. (Feb 2008)
  • Spending money doesn’t stimulate economy; reduced taxes do. (Jan 2008)
  • Get rid of IRS; get rid of income tax; get rid of spending. (Dec 2007)
  • The most sinister of all taxes is the inflation tax. (Dec 2007)
  • I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will. (Nov 2007)
  • GovWatch: Zero income tax reverts to 1990 budget, not 2000. (Nov 2007)
  • Immediately work to phase out the IRS. (May 2007)
  • Get rid of the inflation tax with sound money. (May 2007)
  • Campaign slogan in 2004: The Taxpayers’ Best Friend. (Jan 2007)
  • 1986 tax simplification made tax code more incomprehensible. (Dec 1987)
  • Inflation is a form of taxation on poor & middle class. (Dec 1981)

    Voting+Sponsorships

  • Doesn’t want flat tax or consumption tax. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax. (Dec 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 89% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Ron Paul on Technology
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  • Exploring the Moon and Mars are great, if done privately. (Jan 2012)
  • WikiLeaks only released true but embarrassing information. (Apr 2011)
  • Surveillance cameras are out of control; safety is no excuse. (Apr 2011)
  • We need more WikiLeaks so we know the truth. (Apr 2011)
  • No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t apply broadcast indecency rules to cable networks. (Sep 2007)
  • Privatize infrastructure maintenance; government fails at it. (Aug 2007)
  • Privatize infrastructure maintenance; government fails at it. (Aug 2007)
  • Militarizing outer space impoverishes America. (Jun 2007)
  • Trusts the Internet a lot more than the mainstream media. (May 2007)
  • Gov’t computer snooping makes National ID Card inevitable. (Dec 1987)
  • Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Dedicated funds for harbor maintenance. (Jan 2011)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Ron Paul on War & Peace
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  • Let locals settle Israel-Palestine issue; no world police. (Dec 2011)
  • No Israeli nor US attacks on Iranian nuclear sites. (Nov 2011)
  • No war propaganda against Iran; learn from Iraq. (Nov 2011)
  • Of course Arab countries retaliate against US presence there. (Sep 2011)
  • Cut $20B in Green Zone air conditioning to force troops home. (Sep 2011)
  • Of course Iran wants nukes; talk to them like we did USSR. (Aug 2011)
  • I worry about war propaganda will lead to war against Iran. (Aug 2011)
  • Out of Iraq; stay out of Libya; stop bombing Yemen. (Jun 2011)
  • Sanctions are precursor to war, not an alternative. (Apr 2011)
  • World ignores Israel's 200 nukes yet pressures Iran's 1 nuke. (Apr 2011)
  • Leave Afghanistan now; we won't lose face. (Mar 2011)
  • Perpetual occupation will end up destroying American empire. (Mar 2011)
  • Century of war correlates with century of central banking. (Sep 2010)
  • Terrorism is just like any other murder: you look for motive. (Apr 2008)
  • War in Iraq was senseless invasion of sovereign state. (Apr 2008)
  • Mandate declaration of war before military aggression. (Apr 2008)
  • The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasure. (Jan 2008)
  • If Iran invaded Israel, it’s up to Congress to declare war. (Dec 2007)
  • Israeli government & the neocons want US to bomb Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Every country ended slavery without civil war; US could have. (Dec 2007)
  • No presidential authority to bomb Iran without Congress. (Dec 2007)
  • Non-intervention means Congress declares war when threatened. (Dec 2007)
  • Congressional authorization needed to attack Iran’s nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Radicals come to kill us because we occupy their lands. (Sep 2007)
  • Talk to Iran like we talked to Soviets during Cold War. (Sep 2007)
  • US has fought 70 engagements since 1945. (Jun 2007)
  • Limit wars debunking glorification of war. (Jun 2007)
  • Terrorists attack us for our actions abroad, not our freedom. (Jun 2007)
  • Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon. (May 2007)
  • Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11. (May 2007)
  • When we go to war carelessly, the wars don’t end. (May 2007)
  • Iran not in violation of NPT--so talk without preconditions. (Jun 2006)
  • Same false arguments for invading Iraq now applied to Iran. (Apr 2006)
  • 1991 Gulf War was a UN war, not a US war. (Feb 2003)
  • We believe Osama’s threats, so why not believe his reasons? (Jan 2003)
  • Congress is abdicating its responsibility to declare war. (Oct 2002)
  • 2002: No evidence of Iraqi nukes nor al Qaeda ties. (Sep 2002)
  • Internationalists favor perpetual war by fear-mongering. (Dec 1987)
  • 1980s Libya bombing was an unauthorized act of war. (Dec 1987)

    Iraq War

  • Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11; Al Qaeda was not in Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • How many men are you willing to let die in Iraq? (Jan 2008)
  • The Iraq war is driving the US into bankruptcy. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush in 2000 had same humble policy that I propose in Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Terrorists do not attack us because we’re free or prosperous. (Jan 2008)
  • Congress can defund war, but not micromanage it. (Dec 2007)
  • Different view on war because I adhere to the Constitution. (Dec 2007)
  • Iraq is not Nazi Germany; WWII opposition did not cause WWII. (Dec 2007)
  • Anger abroad at US for planning 14 permanent bases in Iraq. (Dec 2007)
  • Mercantilist oil dependency was reason for war. (Oct 2007)
  • We went into Iraq under false pretenses of WMD and 9/11. (Sep 2007)
  • Preemptive war is against Christian doctrine of just war. (Sep 2007)
  • No US role in autonomy for Christians in Iraq Nineveh region. (Sep 2007)
  • People saying “bloodbath” said “cakewalk”: listen to dissent. (Sep 2007)
  • Take marching orders from Constitution; not from al Qaeda. (Sep 2007)
  • How many more lives lost just to save face? (Sep 2007)
  • Neocons hijacked our foreign policy to invade Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose. (Aug 2007)
  • Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida. (Aug 2007)
  • We’re more threatened now by staying in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Stop policing Iraq’s streets; have Iraqis take over. (Jun 2007)
  • We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all. (May 2007)
  • Opposes Iraq war and opposes path toward Iran war. (Jan 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for going after Al Qaeda, not invading Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted against war because Iraq was not a national threat. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011. (Aug 2011)
Ron Paul on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Entitlements are not rights; only big guys get entitlements. (Jan 2012)
  • Churches used to take care of ill without insurance. (Sep 2011)
  • Welfare state isn't in the Constitution. (Sep 2011)
  • Moral hazard permeates a welfare state. (Sep 2010)
  • Bush’s faith-based initiative is “a neocon project”. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)


VoteMatch Responses
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
More laws don't solve problems on abortion: Favors topic 1
Efforts to fund abortion ranks among stupidest policies: Opposes topic 1
Abortion laws should be a state-level choice: Favors topic 1
Abortion causes inconsistent moral basis for value of life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Day-after pill allows individual moral choice: Favors topic 1
Abortion is murder: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Roe v. Wade decision was harmful to the Constitution: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Protecting the life of the unborn is protecting liberty: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Get the federal government out of abortion decision: Opposes topic 1
Delivered 4000 babies; & assuredly life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench: Opposes topic 1
Save “snowflake babies”: no experiments on frozen embryos: Opposes topic 1
No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion: Opposes topic 1
Sanctity of Life Act: remove federal jurisdiction: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No federal funding of abortion, and pro-life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 56% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Report on Medicaid payments to abortion providers: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: 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
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Favors topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Favors topic 1
NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Voluntary associations are better than quotas: Strongly Opposes topic 2
No affirmative action for any group: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Gender-equal pay violates idea of voluntary contract: Opposes topic 2
Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action: Neutral on topic 2
YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Opposes topic 2
NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
No federal marriage licenses & no state licenses either: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let churches marry couples, without government document: Favors topic 3
Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws: Strongly Favors topic 3
Definition of marriage is free speech: Strongly Favors topic 3
Replace "hate crime" with equal penalties for equal assaults: Opposes topic 3
Protect all voluntary associations; don’t define marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
No need for Marriage Amendment; DOMA is enough: Opposes topic 3
Opposes “hate crimes” legislation: Opposes topic 3
No “sexual orientation” in Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Opposes topic 3
No legislation to counteract the homosexual agenda: Favors topic 3
Rated 38% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights: Neutral on topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Congress should never prohibit Christian faith in public: Strongly Favors topic 4
Evolution doesn't support atheism nor diminish God: Opposes topic 4
School prayer is not a federal issue: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Don’t impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers: Opposes topic 4
Present scientific facts that support creationism: Favors topic 4
Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God: Strongly Favors topic 4
Protect military chaplains’ right to pray in preferred faith: Favors topic 4
No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable: Favors topic 4
Rated 76% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 17% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Too many capital convictions have been proven errors: Opposes topic 8
Eliminate ultimate penalty & incarcerate for life: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes death penalty at state and federal level: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Changed opinion to anti-death penalty due to many mistakes: Opposes topic 8
Opposes the death penalty: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rated 60% 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 funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
No negligence lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it’s not just a “collective right”: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ease procedures on the purchase and registration of firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Support the Second Amendment : Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
Sponsored bill against United Nations taxation on firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Require video recording of every firearm test by ATF: Favors topic 10
Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Liberty Candidate: no point in keeping guns you can't access: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Let people opt out of Medicare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Private medical savings accounts, not government meddling: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Socialized medicine won’t work; nor managed care: Opposes topic 5
Managed care is expensive and hasn’t worked: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers: Opposes topic 5
Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues: Neutral on topic 5
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals: Opposes topic 5
NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Opposes topic 5
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Favors topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Favors topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Favors topic 5
NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Favors topic 5
NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
NO on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Opposes topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Abolish Social Security, but not overnight: Strongly Favors topic 6
Allow young people to get out of the system: Strongly Favors topic 6
Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one’s future: Favors topic 6
Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Sponsored bill to put Trust Fund into market certificates: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Favors topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Stop enforcing No Child Left Behind; allow opt-out of system: Favors topic 7
Competition helps, but vouchers invite bureaucratic control: Opposes topic 7
Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff: Strongly Favors topic 7
Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
Abolish the federal Department of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Sponsored bill for private scholarships to public schools: Favors topic 7
Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: Neutral on topic 7
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Opposes topic 7
NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Favors topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Absurd to let global bureaucrats try to manipulate climate: Opposes topic 18
Repeal the gas tax: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Repeal weatherization assistance for low-income persons: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Repeal requirements for compact fluorescent bulbs: Favors topic 18
No EPA regulation of greenhouse gases: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Liberty Candidate: tax incentives for US-based alternatives: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Opposes topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cancel the drug war, and cancel its violence: Strongly Opposes topic 19
We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty: Opposes topic 19
Drug War allows drug lords to make a lot more money: Opposes topic 19
Someday we'll wake up and end the Second Prohibition: Strongly Opposes topic 19
War on drugs is out of control; revert control to states: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Inner-city minorities are punished unfairly in war on drugs: Opposes topic 19
$500B on War on Drugs since 1970s has been a total failure: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize industrial hemp: Opposes topic 19
War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights : Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated A by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated +30 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Allow rehabilitated drug convicts get student loans: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs: Strongly Favors topic 19
Distribute sterile syringes to reduce AIDS and hepatitis: Opposes topic 19
Sponsored bill letting states legalize industrial hemp: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 19
NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Churches used to take care of ill without insurance: Favors topic 20
Welfare state isn't in the Constitution: Favors topic 20
Let churches provide services for immigrants, not state: Strongly Favors topic 20
Bush’s faith-based initiative is “a neocon project”: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states: Strongly Favors topic 20
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 20
NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeal 16th Amendment and get rid of the income tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Spending money doesn’t stimulate economy; reduced taxes do: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Campaign slogan in 2004: The Taxpayers’ Best Friend: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Doesn’t want flat tax or consumption tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 89% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the Death Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
No amnesty, but border fence isn’t so important: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Tamper-proof I.D. for immigrants is a bad idea: Favors topic 12
End all incentives and amnesty for illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 83% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Government services in English only: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated C by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance: Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Favors topic 12
YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
China trade benefits American consumers: Strongly Favors topic 13
No embargoes & no tariffs; but no NAFTA too: Favors topic 13
I oppose trade organizations because of flawed fast-track: Opposes topic 13
Free trade agreements threaten national sovereignty: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No North American Union; no WTO; no UN: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Inappropriate to impose sanctions for persecuting Christians: Favors topic 13
China trade not contingent on human rights & product safety: Favors topic 13
No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico: Opposes topic 13
No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty : Strongly Favors topic 13
End economic protectionism: let dairy compacts expire : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 76% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+2 points on Social scale)
Enhance national security by slashing military spending: Strongly Opposes topic 15
We manufactured fear about Saddam, Al Qaeda, & Ahmadinejad: Strongly Opposes topic 15
We can’t afford a trillion-dollar war in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Neither Dems nor GOP will cut one nickel from militarism: Strongly Opposes topic 15
We can't keep troops in 135 countries & 900 bases forever: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Bring all troops home from abroad & save $100B’s every year: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Costs of war always higher than expected & go on for decades: Opposes topic 15
End draft registration; all-volunteer forces : Strongly Opposes topic 15
Federal duty to provide missile defense : Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 67% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues: Neutral on topic 15
Terminate Selective Service: Opposes topic 15
Free postage for soldiers serving abroad: Favors topic 15
NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Opposes topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
NO on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Tax-funded elections are worse than campaign finance reform: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Reduce the salary of Members of Congress: Favors topic 16
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Opposes topic 16
NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Favors topic 16
NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Guantanamo prisoners are just suspects; not terrorists yet: Strongly Favors topic 14
Many terrorists have been properly tried in US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
Waterboarding doesn't achieve anything: Strongly Favors topic 14
Constitution even protects terrorists, not just citizens: Strongly Favors topic 14
Patriot Act is radical departure from 4th Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 14
First Amendment was written for controversial speech: Strongly Favors topic 14
We are drifting rather rapidly into a totalitarian state: Strongly Favors topic 14
Violating habeas corpus will be used against us: Strongly Favors topic 14
Be cautious about warrantless searches & habeas corpus: Strongly Favors topic 14
Criticizes use of war on terror to curtail civil liberties: Strongly Favors topic 14
We can’t fight for freedom if we impose Patriot Act: Strongly Favors topic 14
In times of war, our freedoms are threatened at home: Favors topic 14
Worldwide interventionism requires perpetual fear: Favors topic 14
Opposes Patriot Act & Iraq War: Favors topic 14
YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+5 points on Social scale)
17,000 troops for Baghdad embassy? Come home!: Strongly Favors topic 17
Pay attention to US borders, not international borders: Favors topic 17
Out of Iraq; stay out of Libya; stop bombing Yemen: Strongly Favors topic 17
War in Iraq was senseless invasion of sovereign state: Strongly Favors topic 17
The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasure: Favors topic 17
Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose: Strongly Favors topic 17
Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida: Strongly Favors topic 17
We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all: Favors topic 17
Opposes Iraq war and opposes path toward Iran war: Strongly Favors topic 17
Exceptionalism shouldn't mean using force around the world: Favors topic 17
Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful : Strongly Opposes topic 17
Ban foreign aid to oil-producers who restrict production: Opposes topic 17
Terminate funding for Iraq War on Dec. 31, 2011: Strongly Favors topic 17
Liberty Candidate: US abroad unconstitutional & unaffordable: Opposes topic 17
YES on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
NO on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Favors topic 17

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