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George W. Bush on Abortion
Click here for 30 full quotes on Abortion OR 11 older headlines OR other political leaders on Abortion.
  • 1990s: Sought to find common ground on divisive issues. (May 2008)
  • First day as president: reinstate Mexico City Policy. (May 2008)
  • Build a culture of life. (Feb 2005)
  • Partial birth abortion is a brutal practice to be banned. (Oct 2004)
  • Not going to spend taxpayers’ money on abortion. (Oct 2004)
  • Must make a place for the unborn child. (Sep 2004)
  • Re-instituted global gag order on family planning. (Nov 2003)
  • No funds to international groups that offer abortion. (Jan 2001)
  • Accepts FDA approval of RU-486 but concerned about overuse. (Oct 2000)
  • Ban partial-birth abortions, and reduce abortions overall. (Oct 2000)
  • Good people can disagree; but let’s value life. (Aug 2000)
  • Every child born and unborn ought to be protected. (Jun 2000)
  • Welcome all children; supports adoption tax credits. (Apr 2000)
  • No Republican will allow partial-birth abortion. (Feb 2000)
  • Ideal: Value every life; but many steps to get there. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports Parental Notification Law for minor girls. (Jun 1999)
  • Ban partial-birth; ban taxpayer funding. (Mar 1999)
  • Encourage fewer abortions via adoption & abstinence. (Jul 1998)

    Embryonic Research

  • Destruction of human embryos is a slippery slope. (Nov 2010)
  • I was first president to fund embryonic stem cell research. (Nov 2010)
  • 2001: First president to give speech on bioethical issue. (Nov 2010)
  • First president to fund embryonic stem cell research. (Oct 2004)
  • Supports adult stem-cell research but limits on embryos. (Jun 2003)

    Supreme Court + Constitution

  • No litmus test except interpretation of the Constitution. (Oct 2004)
  • Prefers strict constructionists, like overturning Dred Scott. (Oct 2004)
  • No litmus test; just strict constructionist interpretation. (Oct 2000)
  • No tax money for abortion, but no Pro-Life Amendment either. (Sep 2000)
  • Supreme Court is wrong: leave abortion to the states. (Jun 2000)
  • No pro-life pledge; VP & judges will simply be qualified. (Jan 2000)
  • Would support - but not pursue - a pro-life Amendment. (Jun 1999)
George W. Bush on Budget & Economy
Click here for 46 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR 21 older headlines OR other political leaders on Budget & Economy.
  • OpEd: Intended big government binge to be temporary. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Pursued freedom agenda more than fiscal agenda. (Nov 2010)
  • Cut growth of spending each year except DoD, DHS, DVA, & SSA. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: weak budget negotiator against Democrats. (Jul 2009)
  • Priorities: balance budget; stop earmarks; fix entitlements. (Jan 2007)
  • FactCheck: Deficit is increasing substantially this year. (Feb 2006)
  • FactCheck: Overall spending increased 42% under Bush. (Feb 2006)
  • Spending cuts will reduce deficit to half by 2009. (Jan 2006)
  • Protectionists want to escape competition. (Jan 2006)
  • Cut non-security discretionary spending every year. (Jan 2006)
  • Confront the larger challenge of entitlements spending. (Jan 2006)
  • Limit discretionary spending; cut 150 non-essential programs. (Feb 2005)
  • Pay-as-you-go means you pay, he goes and spends. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush ties growing economy to his tax cuts. (Mar 2004)
  • Investment and aid to states will help economy rebound. (Aug 2003)
  • Provides assistance to new small businesses. (Aug 2003)
  • Reframed Clinton from economic prosperity to moral failing. (Jun 2003)
  • Restore consumer confidence with tax cuts & new oil supplies. (Mar 2001)
  • Despite prosperity, “It’s time for a change” in Washington. (Oct 2000)
  • Prosperity results from entrepreneurship & ingenuity. (Oct 2000)
  • Private sector responsible for economic boom. (Aug 2000)
  • Make budget biennial; reinstate line-item veto; target pork. (Jun 2000)
  • $46B in new spending on health, education, & defense. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: remove obstacles to advancement. (Apr 2000)
  • Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth. (Apr 1999)

    Budget Deficit

  • 2007: Avoided restructuring to maintain market confidence. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: 2008 stimulus checks went to savings, not spending. (Apr 2010)
  • Haven’t vetoed any spending bills because we work together. (Oct 2004)
  • Will cut the deficit in half in the next 5 years. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Deficit didn’t exist at end of Clinton term. (Jan 2004)
  • Proposes to shrink federal budget to 16% of GDP. (Mar 2001)
  • Cut national debt by $2T in 10 years; leave $1.2T in debt. (Feb 2001)
  • Too much government spending will end prosperity. (Nov 2000)

    Financial Bailout

  • OpEd: 2008 bailouts gave rise to Tea Party. (Feb 2012)
  • 2008 TARP bailouts: Bear-Stearns; Fannie Mae; AIG. (Nov 2010)
  • Well-being of Main St. directly linked to fate of Wall St. (Nov 2010)
  • To avoid another crisis: faith in free markets & free trade. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Bush free-market fundamentalism was defective theory. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: "Ownership Society" inflated housing bubble. (Sep 2010)
  • Abandoned free market principles to save the free market. (Aug 2010)
  • 2001: Warned of problems with Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac. (Mar 2010)
  • 2008: Convinced of need for gargantuan bailout fund. (Jan 2010)
  • Sep. 2008 summit: bailout deal is needed quickly. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Great Wall Street Bailout got tank of state rolling. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: $700B bailout borrows from future taxpayers. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Blamed Wall Street bailout on others, but spent $1T. (Jul 2009)
George W. Bush on Civil Rights
Click here for 44 full quotes on Civil Rights OR 17 older headlines OR other political leaders on Civil Rights.
  • Coalition for governor: Juntos Podemos & Amigos de Bush. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: Declined to address NAACP; signaled not worth dialogue. (Dec 2007)
  • W stands for Women: get out the women's vote. (Oct 2006)
  • 2006: National Anthem sung only in English, not in Spanish. (Jul 2006)
  • Withholding info from Congress OK on national security issue. (Apr 2006)
  • Federal courts have approved the authority to wiretap. (Jan 2006)
  • Congress can't protect flag; only Amendment can. (Oct 2002)
  • Local control with consequences if racial profiling occurs. (Oct 2000)
  • $145M over 5 years for disabled transportation. (Jun 2000)
  • Government should promote independence for the disabled. (Jun 2000)
  • Ten Commandments OK in schools for “inherent values”. (Jan 2000)
  • Leave decisions on flying Confederate flag to the states. (Jan 2000)
  • English-plus, not English-only. (Aug 1999)
  • State lottery OK, but qualms about casino gambling. (Jul 1999)
  • Patriot Act does not water down civil liberties. (Oct 2004)
  • Don’t let Patriot Act expire-terrorist threat won’t. (Jan 2004)
  • On Patriot Act, willing to defy ethnic lobbies. (Jun 2003)

    Affirmative Action

  • Equal protection supercedes recruiting women & minorities. (Apr 2006)
  • Help minority business by unbundling government contracts. (Oct 2004)
  • Minorities benefit from good climate for small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Recognizes value of diversity on college campuses. (Aug 2004)
  • Race-neutral admissions first; race factor ok if that fails. (Aug 2004)
  • Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all. (May 2004)
  • Affirmative access: qualified candidates guaranteed college. (Oct 2000)
  • Guaranteed TX college racial preference for top 10% of class. (Sep 2000)
  • Affirmative access: end soft bigotry of low expectations. (Aug 2000)
  • For affirmative action, but not quotas or preferences. (Apr 2000)
  • 1978: ERA is unnecessary. (Aug 1999)
  • Reach out to minorities, but without quotas. (Jun 1999)

    Gay Rights

  • 2004: Supported Family Marriage Amendment (no gay marriage). (Mar 2012)
  • 2003: Opposed MA decision legalizing gay marriage. (Mar 2010)
  • Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. (Feb 2005)
  • Don’t know whether homosexuality is a choice. (Oct 2004)
  • We shouldn’t change our views on the sanctity of marriage. (Oct 2004)
  • Protect marriage against activist judges. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush calls for constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Feb 2004)
  • Instinct on gay issues: do not touch them. (Jun 2003)
  • Offices on AIDS and race will remain open. (Feb 2001)
  • Bush claims gay tolerance but record differs. (Oct 2000)
  • Tolerance & equal rights, not gay marriage & special rights. (Oct 2000)
  • No gay adoptions; but listens to gay GOP group. (Apr 2000)
  • Against gay marriage, but leave it to the states. (Feb 2000)
  • No gays in Boy Scouts. (Aug 1999)
  • Hate-crime rules don’t apply to gays. (Jul 1999)
George W. Bush on Corporations
Click here for 15 full quotes on Corporations OR other political leaders on Corporations.
  • Lent $25B to auto companies from TARP money. (Nov 2010)
  • 2001 corporate tax cut to stimulate economy. (Mar 2010)
  • 2006: Automakers need a product that's relevant. (Oct 2005)
  • Reward, not punish, the efforts and dreams of entrepreneurs. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Bush indeed is half-owner of timber company. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry plan affects 471,000 companies, not 900,000. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry will tax small businesses. (Oct 2004)
  • No more easy money for corporate criminals, just hard time. (Jan 2004)
  • Enron news hit White House like a death in the family. (Jun 2003)
  • Eliminate the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax. (May 2002)
  • Enron donated $1M to GOP & advised Bush on energy plan. (Feb 2002)
  • Federal government should stay out of the marketplace. (Dec 1999)
  • Stop hurting business with excessive punitive damage awards. (Dec 1999)
  • 1994: Tort reform is good for business and good for TX. (Aug 1999)
  • More job training; R&D tax credits. (Jul 1998)
George W. Bush on Crime
Click here for 33 full quotes on Crime OR 20 older headlines OR other political leaders on Crime.
  • Post-9-11: Terrorism no longer just a law enforcement matter. (Nov 2010)
  • Survived 2005 assassination attempt in former USSR. (Jun 2009)
  • 1994 Gov. race: toughen up juvenile justice. (Apr 2004)
  • America is the land of the second chance. (Jan 2004)
  • Ignored Byrd hate crime bill despite plea by Byrd’s family. (Oct 2000)
  • National hate crimes law OK, stricter enforcement better. (Oct 2000)
  • Limit frivolous lawsuits to create entrepreneurial heaven. (Dec 1999)
  • “Tough-love” in strictly disciplined juvenile boot camps. (Dec 1999)
  • 1990s: TX is dangerous because 7,700 criminals were released. (Aug 1999)
  • For tough juvenile justice laws. (Jun 1999)
  • Criminal rehabilitation by Prison Ministry after release. (Jun 1999)
  • Increased penalties to rehabilitate juveniles. (May 1999)
  • Supports trying minors as adults for violent crimes. (Dec 1998)

    Death Penalty

  • Death penalty, when properly administered, saves lives. (Nov 2010)
  • Death penalty saves innocent lives through deterrence. (May 2008)
  • Expand use of DNA evidence. (Feb 2005)
  • 150 death-row executions during Bush's term. (Apr 2004)
  • Not proud that Texas has most executions. (Oct 2000)
  • Death penalty for deterrence, not revenge. (Oct 2000)
  • Death penalty decisions are profound, but made in 15 minutes. (Oct 2000)
  • Death penalty for hate crimes like any other murder. (Oct 2000)
  • Uphold law on death penalty; and think of the victims. (Jun 2000)
  • 134 Texas executions are “fair and just”. (Jun 2000)
  • Use DNA evidence for death penalty cases. (Jun 2000)
  • Death penalty clemency for bad process, not for repentance. (Jan 2000)

    Mandatory Sentencing

  • Miranda should be waived in some situations. (Jun 2000)
  • Proud of eliminating parole for violent criminals. (Dec 1999)
  • 1994: End "mandatory supervision" and early parole. (Aug 1999)
  • Track gangs; enact automatic sentencing. (Jan 1999)
  • Supports “two strikes” & registration for sexual criminals. (Dec 1998)
  • Supports victim notification laws and anti-stalking laws. (Dec 1998)
  • More searches and less parole for criminals. (Jan 1997)
  • Mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders. (Feb 1995)
George W. Bush on Drugs
Click here for 39 full quotes on Drugs OR 5 older headlines OR other political leaders on Drugs.
  • Afghans wanted roads; Bush wanted aerial poppy eradication. (Nov 2011)
  • Canceled Bolivian trade for failing counter-narcotics. (Jun 2010)
  • Former bad habits are message to learn from experience. (May 2008)
  • Considered hypocritical for hard line on cocaine after using. (May 2008)
  • Nov. 2000: DUI revelation probably cost Bush popular vote. (May 2008)
  • 2006: Asked Mexican president to overturn drug legalization. (Jul 2006)
  • Congressional limit on troops in Colombia is “advisory” only. (Apr 2006)
  • Never denied using illegal drugs, just "hard drugs". (Sep 2004)
  • Aggressive drug education, treatment & enforcement. (Jan 2004)
  • $23 million more for drug-testing in schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Use of performance-enhancing steroids sends wrong message. (Jan 2004)
  • $600M plan help 300,000 addicts via vouchers. (Aug 2003)
  • Use faith-based programs for addicted Americans. (Aug 2003)
  • Turned from alcoholism by power of prayer. (Jun 2003)
  • $2.8B more for Drug War, for state treatment & abroad. (Oct 2000)
  • Clinton-Gore drug policy is inconsistent and has failed. (Oct 2000)
  • 1968: Anti-drug poster boy for Air National Guard. (Oct 2000)
  • Feds must help border counties fight drug traffickers. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports military package to Colombia to fight drug supply. (Mar 2000)
  • Stronger penalties for first time cocaine possession. (Mar 2000)
  • Full background checks on drug use for all appointees. (Aug 1999)
  • Parents make up for past by warning kids against drugs. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports tough drug laws as well as drug education programs. (Dec 1998)

    Alcoholism

  • Only a change on the inside allowed quitting alcohol. (Nov 2010)
  • 1976: DUI resulted in $150 fine & no driving in Maine. (Nov 2010)
  • 1995: Should have disclosed DUI during Texas jury duty. (Nov 2010)
  • Avoided DUI publicity to keep daughters from their own DUI. (Nov 2010)
  • 2000 election eve DUI revelation got campaign off-message. (Nov 2010)
  • 2001: Both daughters arrested for alcohol possession. (Jun 2009)
  • A “carefree lad” who drank but never did drugs. (Aug 2004)
  • Spiritual reawakening ended beer and bourbon consumption. (Aug 2004)
  • 1985: Stopped drinking when reconfigured by deepening faith. (Apr 2004)
  • Changed license in 1995 to avoid DUI arrest disclosure. (Nov 2000)
  • Quit drinking when alcohol started to compete with family. (Sep 2000)
  • Identifies with former addicts based on former alcoholism. (Jan 2000)
  • Did not use drugs for the last 25 years. (Aug 1999)
  • Encourages abstinence from tobacco, drugs or alcohol. . (Dec 1998)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated F by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)
George W. Bush on Education
Click here for 94 full quotes on Education OR 43 older headlines OR other political leaders on Education.
  • Use federal government as lever for local reform. (Nov 2010)
  • Education is the civil rights struggle of our time. (Mar 2010)
  • As Texas Gov., made reading initiative a top priority. (Mar 2010)
  • Signing statement: No independent research on education. (Apr 2006)
  • Propose additional resources for education. (Jan 2006)
  • Reading is the new civil right. (Oct 2004)
  • Required Texas schools to teach phonics over whole language. (Aug 2004)
  • Progressing towards excellence for every child. (Jan 2004)
  • Jobs for the 21st Century: more high school help. (Jan 2004)
  • Reading First program successful. (Aug 2003)
  • Public schools are America’s great hope. (Aug 2003)
  • Commitments: testing; local control; federal help; options. (Jan 2001)
  • Dedicated to TX education, plus Laura's reading initiatives. (Oct 2000)
  • Poor kids can’t read; now is the time to teach them. (Aug 2000)
  • End the soft bigotry of low expectations in our schools. (Aug 2000)
  • “Silver Scholarships” for kids from seniors who volunteer. (May 2000)
  • Character education grants & American Youth Character Awards. (Apr 2000)
  • Zero tolerance on disruption, guns, & school safety. (Apr 2000)
  • ‘Reading First’ confronts a national emergency. (Mar 2000)
  • Freedom & flexibility in return for high standards & results. (Feb 2000)
  • If poor kids don’t learn, give school funds to parents. (Dec 1999)
  • Leave no child behind: reform Title I & Head Start. (Oct 1999)
  • Evolution & creationism both valid; let states decide. (Aug 1999)
  • As child, discovered that his younger brother was dyslexic. (Aug 1999)
  • Teachers’ unions obstacle to school innovation. (Apr 1999)
  • Teach values and moral responsibility in schools. (Apr 1998)

    Accountability

  • Raise standards and focus on results for our schools. (Sep 2004)
  • Pushed standardized testing as a top legislative priority. (Aug 2004)
  • Local control is core principle of successful education. (Aug 2003)
  • Teaching to the Test is good, if testing basics. (Feb 2001)
  • Time for real reform, not work around the edges. (Jan 2001)
  • TX test score improvements not reflected on national tests. (Oct 2000)
  • Focus on responsibility and parents, not on federal spending. (Oct 2000)
  • Improve education with local control, accountability. (Sep 2000)
  • Hold schools accountable and teach character. (Sep 2000)
  • If you get federal money, you must return measurements. (May 2000)
  • Test every grade every year & publish results. (Apr 2000)
  • Link block grants & vouchers to student testing. (Feb 2000)
  • State should enforce standards, not micromanage schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Develop tests locally - no national tests. (Dec 1999)
  • Help failing students pass - without social promotion. (Mar 1999)

    College

  • Increase the size of Pell grants. (Feb 2005)
  • We’ve increased Pell Grants by a million students. (Oct 2004)
  • Community college provides the skills to people to fill jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • $25B over 10 years for reading, Pell Grants, & charters. (Oct 2000)
  • $1.5B for state merit scholarships to college. (Aug 2000)
  • $275M for pre-paid college tuition tax credits. (Aug 2000)
  • $1.3B to help students in college-prep math & science. (Jun 2000)

    Education Spending

  • Only a liberal would say 49% more funding isn’t enough. (Oct 2004)
  • Will fund early intervention programs to help high-schoolers. (Sep 2004)
  • $5,000 Grants for poor students in math & sciences. (May 2004)
  • Increased per-student funding by almost 60%. (Aug 2003)
  • Increased school funding by $11B since taking office. (Aug 2003)
  • Feds give 6% of money; but 60% for “paperwork-filler-outer”. (Oct 2000)
  • $900M to improve Indian schools. (Aug 2000)
  • $400M more for after-school programs, via block grants. (Jul 2000)
  • $5B reading program; mixing phonics & literature. (Apr 2000)
  • $2B for teachers; mandates are optional. (Apr 2000)
  • $400 deductible when teachers spend own money on classrooms. (Apr 2000)
  • Expand Education Savings Accounts to $5000 per year. (Oct 1999)

    No Child Left Behind

  • OpEd: NCLB is right idea but under-funded & over-complicated. (Feb 2011)
  • NCLB: focus on accountability instead of spending. (Nov 2010)
  • No Child Left Behind resonated with parents' natural desire. (Mar 2010)
  • 2000: Targeted suburban couples with children via NCLB. (Mar 2010)
  • NCLB: Dropped state flexibility to garner Dem support. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: NCLB's "teach the test" results in poorer education. (Jul 2009)
  • FactCheck: Yes, NCLB has raised test scores. (Jan 2008)
  • NCLB has raised scores; now give more local flexibility. (Jan 2007)
  • No Child Left Behind Act implements phonics nationally. (Aug 2004)
  • Fact Check: NCLB increased school funding, but shy by $5.4B. (Jan 2004)
  • “No Child Left Behind” increases accountability. (Aug 2003)

    School Choice

  • $300M for Pell Grants for Kids for non-public schools. (Jan 2008)
  • Give options for kids trapped in failing schools. (Aug 2003)
  • Increased funding to $200M for charter schools. (Aug 2003)
  • Favors rigorous testing over school choice. (Jun 2003)
  • Parents & children must have other options when schools fail. (Jan 2001)
  • Pushes OPTIONS for private schools; without saying VOUCHERS. (Jan 2001)
  • Vouchers are up to states; allow local control. (Oct 2000)
  • Allow “charter states” as well as charter schools. (Sep 2000)
  • One size does not fit all in education. (Aug 2000)
  • Money from failed schools can go to charters or tutors too. (May 2000)
  • Tax money to religious schools OK, if they’re teaching kids. (May 2000)
  • Profit-making schools OK, as long as kids learn. (May 2000)
  • Fund 2,000 charter schools; defund failing schools. (Apr 2000)
  • Don’t subsidize problems in schools; solve them. (Mar 2000)
  • If schools fail for 3 years, funding becomes “portable”. (Feb 2000)
  • $3 billion for Charter School Fund. (Oct 1999)
  • School decisions by parents, not federal judges. (Aug 1999)
  • Let poor people choose their schools, like rich people do. (Aug 1999)
  • 1994: Created nation's first Home Rule School Districts. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports vouchers, including private or religious schools. (Dec 1998)
  • Vouchers tied to “accountability system”. (Mar 1998)
  • “Home rule” with state standards. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
George W. Bush on Energy & Oil
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  • 2008 NOPEC anti-cartel bill would spark retaliatory action. (Dec 2011)
  • OpEd: Melded energy policy with Iraq policy. (Jul 2008)
  • Reduce gas consumption by 20% over 10 years. (May 2007)
  • Reduce gasoline usage by 20% in 10 years. (Jan 2007)
  • Signing statement: No whistleblower law for nuclear agencies. (Apr 2006)
  • FactCheck: US grew more dependent on foreign oil under Bush. (Feb 2006)
  • Replace 75% of oil imports from Mideast by 2025. (Jan 2006)
  • End America’s addiction to oil. (Jan 2006)
  • Safe nuclear energy & less dependence on foreign energy. (Feb 2005)
  • O’Neill: Industry overruled environment in energy taskforce. (Jan 2004)
  • Energy plan is about reducing oil imports, not cheap energy. (Jun 2003)
  • Incentives for high-mileage cars, but drill for more oil. (May 2001)
  • More exploration, more nuclear, more energy research. (May 2001)
  • Make Amtrak more efficient and competitive. (Sep 2000)
  • Natural gas is hemispheric; find it in our own neighborhood. (Feb 2001)
  • Clarify rules to allow for more nuclear power generation. (Oct 2000)
  • Better to drill ANWR than import oil from Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2000)
  • Replenish energy supplies with new domestic coal & pipelines. (Oct 2000)
  • Use ANWR fees for alternative energy and home oil help. (Oct 2000)
  • Look for oil in US rather than tap into emergency reserves. (Sep 2000)
  • Remove federal impediments to states’ clean energy. (Sep 2000)
  • Explore ANWR; explore for gas; reduce foreign dependence. (Jan 2000)
  • Wean from oil, via electric deregulation & natural gas. (Dec 1999)

    Global Warming

  • OpEd: Recanted on campaign promise of regulating CO2. (Apr 2008)
  • International treaty to reverse growth of greenhouse gases. (Jan 2008)
  • No mandatory greenhouse gas reductions. (Sep 2006)
  • The Kyoto Treaty would have cost America a lot of jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • Kyoto Treaty is the “emperor with no clothes”. (Aug 2004)
  • $1.7 billion program will make hydrogen cars common by 2020. (Jan 2004)
  • Energy production overrules CO2 emissions. (Jan 2004)
  • $1.2B to develop hydrogen fuel via private partnerships. (Aug 2003)
  • Reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over next decade. (Aug 2003)
  • Rejected CO2 trading permits as solution to global warming. (Jun 2003)
  • Solution to global warming is safe & clean nuclear power. (Jun 2003)
  • Abandons campaign pledge to reduce CO2 emissions. (Mar 2001)
  • CO2 is not a pollutant under CAA; no emission caps. (Feb 2001)
  • Scientists are unsure about global warming. (Oct 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty puts too much burden on US. (Oct 2000)
  • Opposes Kyoto treaty, ESA, & other intrusive regulations. (Nov 1999)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
George W. Bush on Environment
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  • For mountaintop mining in WV; for more water flows in MO. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: Saved 10 lives per year by ending arsenic restrictions. (Nov 2009)
  • Katrina flyover image interpreted as detached & powerless. (May 2008)
  • Proposed different measures to improve the environment. (Oct 2004)
  • Clear Skies Initiative improves air quality now. (Aug 2003)
  • Restrict wetland development, but not arsenic or CO2. (Apr 2001)
  • More lead emission reporting requirements. (Apr 2001)
  • 1999: Modernize model of "mandate, regulate and litigate". (Jan 2001)
  • Weaken Clean Air; no comment on Clean Water. (Nov 2000)
  • Incentives for private land stewardship & conservation. (Jun 2000)
  • Conservation partnerships to protect lands & watersheds. (Jun 2000)
  • $60M for private stewardship; tax break on conservation land. (Jun 2000)
  • Superfund failing: too costly; too litigious; too complex. (Apr 2000)
  • Keep drilling; keep dams; keep private property. (Apr 2000)

    Brownfields + Parks

  • $6.5B to erase national parks' repair backlog. (Nov 2010)
  • Proposes $211M to cleaning up brownfields. (Aug 2003)
  • $450M annually for wildlife and open spaces. (Sep 2000)
  • $4.9B to repair “crumbling” national parks. (Sep 2000)
  • Reinvest in Conservation Fund; repair parks & refuges. (Apr 2000)

    Federal Role

  • Katrina: Posse Comitatus Act prevents feds from sending help. (Mar 2010)
  • Katrina response overshadowed by FEMA botch-job perception. (May 2008)
  • Good stewardship is personal responsibility and public value. (Aug 2003)
  • Natural resources & environment funding in FY04 highest ever. (Aug 2003)
  • 1999: Superfund cleanup is inefficient and cumbersome. (Jan 2001)
  • Federal standards+local collaboration; no command & control. (Oct 2000)
  • Replace mandate/regulate/litigate with decentralized efforts. (Sep 2000)
  • Can’t sue our way to clean air & water--work with industry. (Apr 2000)
  • Keep fed enviro role but give money & flexibility to states. (Apr 2000)
  • Base enviro decisions on science & market-driven solutions. (Apr 2000)
George W. Bush on Families & Children
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  • Restore dignity and honor to the White House. (Mar 2010)
  • 1988: actively safeguarded against rumors about women. (Apr 2004)
  • Defend the institution of marriage against activist judges. (Jan 2004)
  • Tax cut plan helps single people as well as families. (Nov 2000)
  • Internet filters, ratings, & parental monitoring for kids. (Oct 2000)
  • Paying taxes hurts family time for middle class. (Sep 2000)
  • Blueprint: Focus on community; adoption; fatherhood; safety. (Sep 2000)
  • Safety at school & home: Project Sentry & Project ChildSafe. (Sep 2000)
  • Teach our children the values that defeat violence. (Aug 2000)
  • Fathers’ registry will promote involvement, responsibility. (Jul 2000)
  • $75M to support veterans to mentor youth. (Jul 2000)
  • $2.3 billion over 5 years for adoption & child welfare. (Jul 2000)
  • Parental accountability is more important than trigger locks. (Mar 2000)
  • Leave no child behind, via improving schools & health care. (Jan 2000)
  • More daycare funds; caseworkers; “Second Chance” homes. (Jun 1999)
  • V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better. (May 1999)
  • Filter - or avoid - media that romanticizes violence. (Apr 1999)
  • Enforce child protection and child support. (Jan 1999)

    Abstinence

  • Double funding for abstinence to prevent STDs. (Jan 2004)
  • Promote abstinence in schools and via churches. (Apr 2000)
  • Abstinence Ed should get funded as much as Sex Ed. (Jun 1999)
  • Appropriate to draw a moral line for children. (Jun 1999)
  • Teach kids right (abstinence) and wrong (drugs & gangs). (Apr 1998)
George W. Bush on Foreign Policy
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  • Millennium Challenge Account: no more money down a rat hole. (Nov 2011)
  • Laura's signature issue: women's rights in Afghanistan. (Apr 2011)
  • New approach in Africa: partnership instead of paternalism. (Nov 2010)
  • I changed my mind on need for Afghan nation-building. (Nov 2010)
  • UN is cumbersome, bureaucratic, & inefficient. (Nov 2010)
  • Bush Doctrine's fourth prong is Freedom Agenda. (Nov 2010)
  • 2006: Hamas promised clean government, not war with Israel. (Nov 2010)
  • 9-11 insight: new struggle against global totalitarianism. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: No focus on Latin America despite campaign rhetoric. (Apr 2008)
  • History’s verdict takes time to reveal itself. (Feb 2008)
  • Define a Palestinian state, at peace with Israel, in 2008. (Jan 2008)
  • Most Americans question whether to be in UN at all. (Nov 2007)
  • Change food aid rules to allow more non-US materials. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposed expanding Israeli settlements in West Bank. (Sep 2006)
  • $1.2B for 5-year campaign against malaria in Africa. (Sep 2006)
  • Iranian regime must not be permitted to gain nuclear weapons. (Jan 2006)
  • Fight disease and spread hope in hopeless lands. (Jan 2006)
  • Made unpopular decisions for great American values. (Oct 2004)
  • Allies are dealing with Iran and North Korea with America. (Oct 2004)
  • Free nations will help us achieve the peace we all want. (Sep 2004)
  • We ought to be working with the African Union. (Sep 2004)
  • US establishes UN Democracy Fund. (Sep 2004)
  • Allies deserve the respect of all Americans. (Sep 2004)
  • Increased foreign aid by 65% from 2002 to 2006. (Aug 2004)
  • US is single surviving model of human progress. (Aug 2004)
  • Foreign affairs is interpersonal leadership, not knowledge. (Aug 2004)
  • 1994: Supported $25B Mexico bailout. (Jun 2004)
  • Full transition to democratic Iraq by Jan. 2005. (May 2004)
  • Support for Israel tied evangelicals to Jewish community. (Apr 2004)
  • National Endowment for Democracy in the Middle East. (Jan 2004)
  • Tilt back toward Israel. (Jan 2004)
  • Vietnam: Trade better for human rights than sanctions. (Oct 2000)
  • Supported force in Mideast & Balkans, not Haiti & Somalia. (Oct 2000)
  • Africa’s important but not a priority; no nation-building. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep troops in Korea & NATO; not in Haiti & Balkans. (Oct 2000)
  • Puerto Rico: Back statehood if majority votes for it. (Sep 2000)
  • Will keep sanctions against Cuba. (Aug 2000)
  • US will be a friend to Latin American democracies. (Aug 2000)
  • Patrol borders, but also invest in Latin America. (Aug 2000)
  • Africa: Rally world to help AIDS, but not with US funds. (Jan 2000)
  • Mexico: Free trade, but with more border patrols. (Oct 1998)

    China

  • 2001: Multilateral approach with China against North Korea. (Aug 2011)
  • Six-party talks are better than taking on North Korea alone. (Sep 2004)
  • The six-party talks will unwind when we have bilateral talks. (Sep 2004)
  • 2003: Rebuked Taiwan for independence referendum. (Aug 2004)
  • OpEd: "World democratic revolution" means overthrow to China. (Aug 2004)
  • Abandoned ambiguity with China to horror of own diplomats. (Jun 2003)
  • Do “whatever it takes” to defend Taiwan, including military. (Apr 2001)
  • Maintain relations with both Taiwan & China. (Apr 2000)
  • Defend Taiwan if China violates one-China policy. (Mar 2000)
  • No strategic ambiguity: US will defend Taiwan against China. (Feb 2000)
  • China is an American competitor, not a friend. (Feb 2000)
  • Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba. (Jan 2000)
  • China’s taste of freedom encourages capitalism’s growth. (Dec 1999)
  • China: Reaction to espionage was not serious and not enough. (May 1999)
  • Cox Report warrants review of all export controls to China. (May 1999)

    Internationalism

  • Withdrew from International Criminal Court agreement. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: obsessed with subverting ICC international authority. (Sep 2006)
  • Hope we never have to take preemptive military action. (Sep 2004)
  • Take preemptive action in order to make America secure. (Sep 2004)
  • No “global test”: protect Americans even if unpopular abroad. (Sep 2004)
  • America will never seek a permission slip for self-defense. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush Doctrine: pre-emptive strikes for US defense. (Dec 2003)
  • Help poor countries around the world. (Aug 2003)
  • Bush compromises between internationalists and isolationists. (Oct 2000)
  • US should humbly empower other countries, not dictate. (Oct 2000)
  • America should be a humble nation, but project strength. (Oct 2000)
  • Vital interests: US or allies threatened; we can win & exit. (Oct 2000)
  • US troops will never be under UN command. (Oct 2000)
  • Less intervention abroad and unilateral nuclear cuts at home. (Sep 2000)
  • Reform UN & IMF; strengthen NATO. (Apr 2000)
  • Brokering peace requires diligence and patience. (Mar 2000)
  • America should speak loudly and carry a big stick. (Dec 1999)
  • America should act as the leader of the free world. (Dec 1999)
  • Foreign policy with a touch of iron & a sharpened sword. (Nov 1999)

    Russia

  • 2008: NATO membership after Ukraine's Orange Revolution. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports Ukraine and Georgia joining NATO. (Apr 2009)
  • Continue working with Putin in the future. (Sep 2004)
  • Focus on Russia as part of Europe. (Jun 2003)
  • Russia nukes: demand inventory; pay for dismantling. (Apr 2000)
  • Russia funding: replace IMF loans with $ to people. (Apr 2000)
  • Pressure Russia financially to ease up on Chechnya. (Apr 2000)
  • Focus on Big Three: Russia, China, & India. (Dec 1999)
George W. Bush on Free Trade
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  • AGOA: eliminate tariffs on most African exports. (Nov 2010)
  • Free market provides fairest way to allocate resources. (Nov 2010)
  • Reduced trade sanctions against Cuba but opposed visits. (Mar 2010)
  • Linked trade agreements to participation in Iraq War. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Globalist perspective supports NAFTA immigration. (Jul 2006)
  • Open more markets to keep America competitive. (Jan 2006)
  • Fact Check: Free trade tempered by steel protectionism. (Jan 2004)
  • Tariffs over free trade, for steel industry. (Jan 2004)
  • Repeals steel tariffs he imposed in 2002. (Dec 2003)
  • Don’t link trade to environment and labor. (Sep 2000)
  • Sow free trade and farmers will reap. (Jan 2000)
  • A free market promotes dreams and individuality. (Dec 1999)
  • Import fees are not the answer to foreign competition. (Dec 1999)
  • The fearful build walls; the confident demolish them. (Jun 1999)

    NAFTA + WTO

  • Don't block agreements based on nativism & isolationism. (Nov 2010)
  • Fast-track needed for US global economic leadership. (Mar 2010)
  • Establish Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005. (Apr 2001)
  • Add Chile, Brazil, Argentina, & others to NAFTA. (Oct 2000)
  • No trade barriers from Alaska to the tip of Cape Horn. (Apr 2000)
  • Fast Track in west; WTO in east. (Apr 2000)
  • Supports Fast Track; WTO; NAFTA; anti-dumping. (Apr 2000)
George W. Bush on Government Reform
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  • OpEd: Doubled national debt & doubled size of government. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: Activist government for conservative ends. (Feb 2012)
  • 1990s: $750,000 punitive damage cap in Texas tort reform. (Nov 2010)
  • Draw House districts by panel of non-partisan elders. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Regulatory appointees protected their industries. (Sep 2010)
  • If you want someone to tinker with the system, that's not me. (Mar 2010)
  • Roberts nomination:attorney/client privilege limits evidence. (Sep 2009)
  • Declined Congressional subpoena for White House advisers. (Sep 2009)
  • More signing statements than all other presidents combined. (Jul 2008)
  • Trust in government is undermined by congressional earmarks. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Earmark veto threat takes no effect until 2009. (Jan 2008)
  • Expose every earmark to a vote; cut earmarks in half by 2008. (Jan 2007)
  • Congress should pass the line-item veto. (Jan 2006)
  • Pass medical liability reform this year. (Jan 2006)
  • OpEd: Not interested in bringing best people to government. (Oct 2005)
  • FactCheck: Kerry authored 7 bills, not 5 that Bush claims. (Oct 2004)
  • 2001: Blocked release of father's presidential documents. (Sep 2004)
  • Model justices: Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. (Oct 2002)
  • Loves government, but keep it restricted. (Mar 2001)
  • Big government cannot be compassionate. (Nov 2000)
  • Regulatory style: like Reagan, get government out of the way. (Oct 2000)
  • We believe in people; they believe in government. (Oct 2000)
  • Make govt citizen-centered, results-oriented & market-based. (Jun 2000)
  • Restore cooperation with Congress, to accomplish more. (Jun 2000)
  • Pay for tax cuts with cash, not corporate loopholes. (Jan 2000)
  • Meet basic priorities, & return leftovers to taxpayers. (Jan 2000)
  • No legislating from the bench-judges should just interpret. (Jan 2000)
  • 1978: Opposed term limits for Congress, in Congress race. (Aug 1999)
  • Cited 10th Amendment in TX inauguration. (Aug 1999)
  • Forge good public policy by leaders discussing privately. (Aug 1999)
  • Term limits for state representatives and governors. (Jul 1998)
  • Reform the court system to serve people, not lawyers. (Feb 2000)
  • Favors Tort Reform to make it harder to sue corporations. (Oct 1999)
  • No lawsuits on good-faith acts. (Jun 1999)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • 2004: Called for end to all independent group ads. (Mar 2010)
  • Private soft money OK, with full & prompt disclosure. (Mar 2001)
  • Ban soft money, but no public financing of elections. (Oct 2000)
  • Ban some soft money; fewer restrictions on individuals. (Sep 2000)
  • No government takeover of campaign finance. (Mar 2000)
  • Full disclosure and no giving limits. (Mar 2000)
  • No corporate or union soft money. (Feb 2000)
  • Support tweaking campaign finance rules & upping $1000 limit. (Jul 1999)
George W. Bush on Gun Control
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  • Shot a protected bird species; confessed and paid $130 fine. (Mar 2010)
  • Make America safer by prosecuting criminals with guns. (Oct 2004)
  • If gun laws are broken, hold people accountable. (Oct 2000)
  • First, enforce the law; then keep guns from wrong people. (Oct 2000)
  • Restrict lawsuits against gun makers. (Sep 2000)
  • Government should pay for voluntary trigger locks. (May 2000)
  • Project Sentry: juvenile gun laws & school accountability. (Apr 2000)
  • Avoid Columbine via gun control, values & character ed. (Apr 2000)
  • Would sign, but would not push, gun restrictions. (Apr 2000)
  • Ban automatic weapons & high-capacity ammunition clips. (Apr 2000)
  • More laws & enforcement on juveniles with guns. (Apr 2000)
  • Best gun control is more prosecution & certain jail. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports gun ownership for protection and hunting. (Dec 1999)
  • Raise legal age for guns to 21; ban certain ammo. (Aug 1999)
  • Cites Machiavelli and Madison as gun rights supporters. (Aug 1999)
  • 1995: Concealed carry doesn't make TX more dangerous. (Aug 1999)
  • 1995: $4000 fine plus jail for letting kids get loaded gun. (Aug 1999)
  • No child-safety locks on guns; concealed carrying ok. (Jun 1999)
  • Arrest for guns in school; track juvenile offenders. (Jun 1999)
  • No city lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jun 1999)
  • Gun restrictions OK within basic right to own guns. (May 1999)
  • Gun show checks OK; ban guns near schools & kids. (Apr 1999)
  • Assault weapon OK; waiting period not OK. (Apr 1999)
George W. Bush on Health Care
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  • PEPFAR changed AIDS from death sentence to treatable. (Apr 2011)
  • PEPFAR: $15B "medical Marshall Plan" to fight AIDS in Africa. (Nov 2010)
  • 5-year $1.2B malaria-eradication program in Africa. (Nov 2010)
  • AIDS Relief: largest int'l health initiative in history. (Mar 2010)
  • 2007: Vetoed SCHIP expansion; Obama later expanded it. (Nov 2009)
  • Preferred that seniors use Medicare to buy private insurance. (Jul 2009)
  • Tax credits to address crisis of health insurance. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: Tax deduction insures at most 9M, & not poorest. (Jan 2008)
  • $7,500 tax deduction for health insurance. (Jan 2007)
  • Support wider use of electronic records for health care. (Jan 2006)
  • FactCheck: British blocked flu vaccine, not Bush. (Oct 2004)
  • I haven’t gotten a flu shot, and I don’t intend to. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry’s health care plan is an empty promise. (Oct 2004)
  • The US healthcare system is the envy of the world. (Oct 2004)
  • Veterans are getting very good health care. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry’s plan doesn’t put bureaucrats in control. (Oct 2004)
  • Double the NIH budget to $28 billion. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry’s healthcare plan will ruin the quality of healthcare. (Oct 2004)
  • $15B for international AIDS treatment. (Sep 2004)
  • Will enroll millions of poor children in health programs. (Sep 2004)
  • Government-run health care is the wrong prescription. (Jan 2004)
  • Endorses billions more in health care funding. (Aug 2003)
  • Donates to charities funding leukemia research. (Apr 2003)
  • Senior Rx: “Immediate Helping Hand” now; more later. (Jan 2001)
  • Absolutely opposed to a national health care plan. (Oct 2000)
  • Medical Savings Accounts part of affordable access & choice. (Oct 2000)
  • Claims of immediate help are only true for poorer families. (Oct 2000)
  • Invest $27B in NIH to cure Alzheimer’s & other diseases. (Sep 2000)
  • Government HMOs not the answer for Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Family Health Credit: pay for 90% of basic low-income policy. (Apr 2000)
  • $3.6B for 1,200 new community health centers. (Apr 2000)
  • Expand and Reform Medical Savings Accounts:. (Apr 2000)
  • Opposes doctor assisted suicide. (Apr 2000)
  • Restrict teenage smoking by tough state & federal laws. (Mar 2000)
  • Health insurance for kids from tobacco settlement. (Jun 1999)
  • More funding for disability assistance. (Jun 2000)

    Insurance coverage

  • Expand consumer choice, not government control. (Jan 2008)
  • Association health plans for small business. (Feb 2005)
  • Allow small firms to join together to purchase insurance. (Sep 2004)
  • Health savings accounts with choice of coverage. (Jan 2004)
  • 100% tax deduction for catastrophic health insurance. (Jan 2004)
  • Everyone should be able to choose a health plan. (Aug 2003)
  • Lift restrictions on Medical Savings Accounts. (Aug 2003)
  • Ask “are we getting health care?” not “are we uninsured?”. (Oct 2000)
  • Link small businesses together in large insurance pools. (Oct 2000)
  • Cover 3 million uninsured at a 10-year cost of $135 billion. (Sep 2000)
  • Small business health insurance via trade associations. (Apr 2000)
  • More CHIPs; more multistate HMOs. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: $2,000 health ins. tax credit. (Apr 2000)

    Medicare + Medicaid

  • OpEd: Medicare Part D is largest entitlement in 40 years. (Feb 2013)
  • We got Medicare reform done. (Oct 2004)
  • Medicare bill uses market-based solutions to reduce costs. (Aug 2004)
  • Medicare Rx plan: immediate help, then senior choice. (Oct 2000)
  • Cap senior prescription costs at $6,000 per year. (Sep 2000)
  • $158B for Medicare prescriptions & subsidized premiums. (Sep 2000)
  • Choice of Medicare, free equivalent, or adding own $. (Sep 2000)
  • Second bill to Congress: $48B for immediate Rx help. (Sep 2000)
  • All seniors entitled to Medicare; poor seniors subsidized. (Sep 2000)
  • $7.4B for nursing home insurance via tax deductions. (May 2000)
  • Replace 132,000-page Medicare document with senior choice. (Jan 2000)

    Patient Rights

  • Supports passage of Patient’s Bill of Rights. (Aug 2003)
  • Patient Rights: No gatekeepers for gynecologists. (Oct 2000)
  • Give seniors choice, not bureaucrats; give incentives too. (Sep 2000)
  • Health care access via empowerment, not nationalizing. (Apr 2000)
  • Private alternatives & state reforms come first. (Apr 2000)
  • HMOs should cover emergency room; & gynecology directly. (Mar 2000)
  • Create Review Board to hear HMO complaints. (Dec 1999)

    Prescription Drugs

  • 2000: market-based program for Medicare Rx drugs. (Mar 2010)
  • FactCheck: Bush opposed drug reimports, but so did Clinton. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Only 19% of poor seniors use Drug Discount cards. (Oct 2004)
  • Make sure the drugs from Canada cure and don’t kill you. (Oct 2004)
  • Senior Rx coverage without government dictates. (Aug 2003)
  • Give states money to help poor seniors buy medicine. (Oct 2000)
  • Medicare Rx drug coverage for low-income seniors. (Mar 2000)

    Tort Reform

  • Flu vaccine shortage from litigation worries. (Oct 2004)
  • Lack of market forces and lawsuits increase healthcare costs. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Frivolous lawsuits do not cost government $28B. (Oct 2004)
  • Pass medical liability reform to make health care affordable. (Sep 2004)
  • Lower care costs; reform taxes; limit lawsuits. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
George W. Bush on Homeland Security
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  • Bush Doctrine: Put state sponsors of terrorism on notice. (Nov 2011)
  • Geneva convention does not apply to al Qaeda & Taliban. (Apr 2011)
  • Post-9-11: authorized attacks on terrorists amid civilians. (Apr 2011)
  • Former librarian Laura disliked PATRIOT Act library snooping. (Nov 2010)
  • 2001: Overturning FISA review authorized by war resolution. (Nov 2010)
  • Preventive War doctrine seen as path to security. (Jun 2010)
  • OpEd: innovation in torture is to have US agents doing it. (Jun 2010)
  • Supreme Court ordered habeas for Gitmo detainees. (Jun 2010)
  • OpEd: Focused on denial of 9/11 warnings despite warnings. (Mar 2010)
  • Terrorists aren't POWs, so not entitled to Geneva Convention. (Sep 2009)
  • Created DHS; reorganization since 1947 creation of DoD. (Sep 2009)
  • 2002 USA Freedom Corps included Peace Corps & AmeriCorps. (Nov 2008)
  • Our enemy hates freedom; our enemy hates innocent life. (Oct 2008)
  • First reaction to 9/11: get military ready on many fronts. (May 2008)
  • Believed military was needed for Katrina response. (May 2008)
  • FactCheck: Wiretapping authority foiled no terrorist plots. (Jan 2008)
  • 2001: Withdraw from outdated & dangerous ABM Treaty. (Nov 2007)
  • OpEd: War on Terror means Geneva Convention don't apply. (Sep 2007)
  • War on Terror is a decisive ideological struggle. (Jan 2007)
  • 92,000 more in Armed Forces; plus Civilian Reserve Corps. (Jan 2007)
  • 2004 anti-Bush TV ad: AWOL from National Guard. (Jan 2007)
  • 9/11: First Lady served as "Comforter-in-Chief". (Oct 2006)
  • No nuclear restrictions on India, even though NPT rejected. (Sep 2006)
  • OpEd: permanent Patriot Act legalizes abuse of civil liberty. (Sep 2006)
  • Signing statement: Only president decides which intel to use. (Apr 2006)
  • FactCheck: Yes, there are more democracies now, but not Iraq. (Feb 2006)
  • Support democratic reform across the broader Middle East. (Jan 2006)
  • Post-WWII world has grown from 24 lonely democracies to 122. (Jan 2006)
  • A president must not shift in the wind. (Oct 2005)
  • Has used Patriot Act to thwart several terrorist attacks. (Oct 2005)
  • We are not going to have a draft. (Oct 2004)
  • We’ve tripled the homeland security budget. (Oct 2004)
  • Decreased funding for dealing with nuclear proliferation. (Sep 2004)
  • OpEd: Pre-emptive war is not America's way. (Aug 2004)
  • Deterrence won't work against rogue nations. (Aug 2004)
  • OpEd: Reagan never asserted pre-emptive right. (Aug 2004)
  • 2000: Warned by Clinton that problem was Al Qaeda, not Iraq. (Jun 2004)
  • Lack of Russian reaction to 9/11 shows Cold War is over. (Sep 2001)
  • Bush’s stated military service record is incorrect. (Oct 2000)
  • AWOL in Air Guard? Maybe not, but didn’t meet obligations. (Oct 2000)
  • Opposed Somalia intervention when it became nation-building. (Oct 2000)
  • Be world’s peacemaker instead of world’s policeman. (Oct 2000)
  • Rebuild military so it can fulfill mission to prevent war. (Oct 2000)
  • Bush says military not ready; Pentagon disagrees. (Aug 2000)
  • Post-Vietnam: just cause; clear goal; overwhelming victory. (Aug 2000)
  • Lowest possible number of nukes consistent with security. (May 2000)
  • Use arms to defend Europe, Far East, Mideast, & Panama. (Feb 2000)
  • 1968: Choice was avoid draft or sign up; I signed up. (Aug 1999)
  • US military is key to preserving world peace. (Apr 1998)

    Military Personnel

  • Physically sickened by US soldiers' actions at Abu Ghraib. (Apr 2011)
  • 2004: Abu Ghraib was low point of presidency. (Nov 2010)
  • Increased military pay by 4% per year. (Aug 2003)
  • $400M for renovating and improving military housing. (Aug 2003)
  • Focus on mobility and swiftness, not size of military. (Feb 2001)
  • Spend money on soldiers before sending them to hot spots. (Oct 2000)
  • Gays in military OK; “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” OK. (Sep 2000)
  • Better equipment, better training, and better pay. (Aug 2000)
  • $1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons. (May 2000)

    Missile Defense

  • Moscow Treaty: cut 2/3 of nuclear warheads by 2012. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Putin considered missile defense a threat to Russia. (Jun 2010)
  • Prompt Global Strike: reach anywhere in under an hour. (Apr 2010)
  • Missile defense protects America. (Sep 2004)
  • Missile defense for security, not for military advantage. (Aug 2003)
  • Withdrew from ABM Treaty; now $9B for missile defense. (Aug 2003)
  • Listens to Europeans on SDI, but “intent on the right thing”. (Jun 2001)
  • We owe it to humanity to get missile defense working. (Feb 2001)
  • The defenses we build must protect us all: include allies. (Feb 2001)
  • SDI: think beyond Cold War, but convince Europe & Russia. (Aug 2000)
  • Post-Cold War: remove weapons & high-alert; build SDI. (May 2000)
  • Russia: jointly reduce missiles; but no joint SDI. (May 2000)
  • SDI needed for defense against rogue states & terrorists. (May 2000)

    War on Terror

  • 9/11: CIA missed something big, despite bin Laden PDB. (Nov 2010)
  • International observers called Guantanamo a "model prison". (Nov 2010)
  • Careful legal review concluded waterboarding is not torture. (Nov 2010)
  • Bush Doctrine: you're with us or you're with the terrorists. (Nov 2010)
  • 9-11: Never said "go shopping"; but "participate in economy". (Nov 2010)
  • Enhanced interrogation never crossed line into torture. (Nov 2010)
  • 9/11 Commission said secure north border; Bush secured south. (Jun 2010)
  • Why do they hate us? OpEd: we oppose Arab nationalism. (Jun 2010)
  • 2001: We will not tire,we will not falter & we will not fail. (Sep 2009)
  • Geneva Convention does not apply to Al Qaeda detainees. (Oct 2008)
  • OpEd: color-coded terrorism alerts play on fear. (Aug 2008)
  • Signing statement: We will decide what is torture. (Jul 2008)
  • OpEd: Failed to know Al Qaeda enemy, like UK did with Hitler. (Apr 2008)
  • OpEd: Resisted 9-11 investigation exposing administration. (Apr 2008)
  • 9/11: The people who attacked us will hear from us soon. (Jun 2007)
  • Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. (Jun 2007)
  • OK to waive torture ban if terrorist attack prevented. (Apr 2006)
  • Military lawyers subject to White House legal conclusions. (Apr 2006)
  • OpEd: Clinton told Bush that biggest threat was al Qaeda. (Oct 2005)
  • For long-term peace, end conditions that feed radicalism. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Bush initially opposed dept. of homeland security. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam Hussein now sits in a prison cell and we are safer. (Sep 2004)
  • Stay on the offensive and spread liberty to defeat terrorism. (Sep 2004)
  • Make sure we keep weapons out of the hands of Al Qaida. (Sep 2004)
  • We have to be right 100 percent of the time to fight terror. (Sep 2004)
  • We have tripled the amount of money on homeland security. (Sep 2004)
  • You cannot change positions in the War on Terror. (Sep 2004)
  • Win the war on terror by spreading freedom. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush says Geneva Convention doesn’t apply to war on terror. (Aug 2004)
  • OpEd: Pushing Mideast democracy yields dictatorships. (Aug 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush wants homeland security but did not fund it. (Mar 2004)
  • It’s false hope to think that terror is behind us. (Jan 2004)
  • Terrorists declared war on us-terrorism is beyond a crime. (Jan 2004)
  • Concedes no evidence of Saddam ties to 9-11. (Sep 2003)
  • Created “Ready campaign” and Ready.Gov. (Aug 2003)
  • Initiated reorganization of homeland defense. (Aug 2003)
  • Increased security of critical infrastructure. (Aug 2003)
  • “Axis of Evil” means US uses strength without remorse. (Jun 2003)
  • Pro-Muslim post-9-11 message failed. (Jun 2003)
  • Largest increase in defense $ in two decades: never too high. (Jan 2002)
  • 9-11 attack was an act of war by Al Qaeda. (Sep 2001)
  • Deter terrorists by counterstrikes & counterintelligence. (Apr 2000)
George W. Bush on Immigration
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  • 40% of Latino vote & won in 2004; McCain's 33% lost in 2008. (Jun 2012)
  • We're a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws. (Nov 2010)
  • Ended "catch-and-release" policy. (Mar 2010)
  • Deploy border fence; end “catch and release”. (Jan 2008)
  • OpEd: Allowing foreign workers is blanket amnesty. (Oct 2007)
  • Take pressure off border with guest worker program. (Jan 2007)
  • Minuteman Project are vigilantes. (Jul 2006)
  • Letter from Catholic Church: Don't make priests enforcers. (Jul 2006)
  • Our economy could not function without the immigrants. (Jan 2006)
  • Support a humane guest-worker program that rejects amnesty. (Jan 2006)
  • Reversed GOP’s support fo English-only education. (Oct 2005)
  • It’s time to permit temporary guest workers. (Feb 2005)
  • Temporary workers ok, but no amnesty. (Oct 2004)
  • A time-limited worker card for the illegal immigrants. (Oct 2004)
  • Don’t believe we ought to have amnesty. (Oct 2004)
  • Support temporary worker program but oppose amnesty. (Jan 2004)
  • New temporary worker program includes illegal aliens. (Jan 2004)
  • Mexico: immigration reform in exchange for oil development. (Jun 2003)
  • Respect other languages, but teach all children English. (Nov 2000)
  • $500M to cut INS application time to 6 months. (Jul 2000)
  • Welcome Latinos; immigration is not a problem to be solved. (Jun 2000)
  • Make INS more “immigrant friendly”. (Jun 2000)
  • High tech: More H-1B worker visas; less export controls. (Apr 2000)
  • Farm policy: Open markets abroad; more H-2A worker visas. (Apr 2000)
  • Latinos enrich us; family values go past Rio Grande. (Feb 2000)
  • More border guards to compassionately turn away Mexicans. (Dec 1999)
  • Guest workers, maybe; citizenship waiting period, yes. (Aug 1999)
George W. Bush on Jobs
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  • 2006: There are jobs that Americans won't do. (Jul 2006)
  • FactCheck: Yes, US gained 4.6M jobs, but also lost 2.6M jobs. (Feb 2006)
  • US has gained 4.6M jobs since 2003. (Jan 2006)

    Farm Policy

  • Farm bill provides $40B over 10 years for conservation. (Aug 2003)
  • Don’t use food as a diplomatic weapon; it hurts farmers. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep Freedom to Farm Act: cut price supports. (Sep 2000)
  • Farm policy: emergency relief; insurance; antitrust. (Apr 2000)
  • Family farms: Food for Peace instead of food as a weapon. (Jan 2000)
  • Ethanol tax incentives good for farmers and good for air. (Nov 1999)

    Labor

  • FactCheck: Yes, 52 months of job growth, but at lower wages. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Bush lost 1.6M PRIVATE jobs, gained some in gov’t. (Oct 2004)
  • Education is the best way to create jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • To keep jobs in US, develop energy and keep taxes low. (Oct 2004)
  • Will double the workforce for our job training program. (Sep 2004)
  • Will change outdated labor laws to offer comp-time. (Sep 2004)
  • Dedicated to improving economy through job growth. (Aug 2003)
  • Passed 13 week extension of unemployment benefits. (Aug 2003)
  • Not satisfied until everyone who wants a job can find one. (Aug 2003)
  • Flex-time & family-oriented work rules via tax code. (Oct 2000)
  • Tax breaks, child care & bus fare for working recipients. (Jul 1998)
George W. Bush on Principles & Values
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  • Wife Laura involved in fatal car accident as a teen driver. (Apr 2011)
  • More than anyone, understood what run for president meant. (Nov 2010)
  • Pioneers: each raises $100K in campaign donations. (Mar 2010)
  • Different kind of Republican, who attracted Hispanics. (Mar 2010)
  • 1998: "Front Porch" campaign in pre-primary year. (Mar 2010)
  • 1999 Announcement speech: usher in the responsibility era. (Mar 2010)
  • Spoke with Bill Clinton regularly and privately. (Jan 2010)
  • Believe in the goodness and wisdom of the American people. (Sep 2008)
  • Rice & Cheney were most important advisors beginning in 1999. (May 2008)
  • Held "strategery" meetings (admitted mangling English). (May 2008)
  • 9/20/01: You're either with us or with the terrorists. (May 2008)
  • It is a privilege to see America’s greatness up close. (Feb 2008)
  • Role in father's 1988 campaign: "loyalty enforcer". (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Governed as if he were campaigning. (Feb 2007)
  • America wants Congress to cross the aisle to get things done. (Jan 2007)
  • 1978: Won 47% in House district that had never elected GOP. (Oct 2006)
  • 2004: Won 44% of Hispanic vote; key to victory over Kerry. (Jul 2006)
  • OpEd: Will be remembered for standing tall in 9-11 ashes. (May 2006)
  • 2004: received most votes ever cast for president. (Jun 2005)
  • Free societies will be hopeful societies. (Sep 2004)
  • This young century will be liberty’s century. (Sep 2004)
  • America will be more secure as freedom advances. (Sep 2004)
  • OpEd: Undiagnosed dyslexic; hence connects non-verbally. (Apr 2004)
  • I'm not great with words, and I don't care what press thinks. (Apr 2002)
  • Our grandest ideal: no insignificant person was ever born. (Jan 2001)
  • Citizenship is as important as government. (Jan 2001)
  • Favorites: PB&J, tacos, Winston Churchill, kissing Laura. (Sep 2000)
  • Baseball is fun, politics is not. (Jun 2000)
  • Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform. (Mar 2000)
  • Challenges the orthodoxy but is still a devout conservative. (Oct 1999)
  • OpEd: Popularity based on name brand; issue stances unknown. (Oct 1999)
  • Role in father's 1988 campaign: surrogate and fundraiser. (Oct 1999)
  • 1995: Second Republican elected in TX since Reconstruction. (Aug 1999)
  • Bush’s centrism: free trade; private IRAs; no new taxes. (Jul 1999)
  • Government can create an environment for prosperity. (Jun 1999)
  • Match conservative minds with compassionate hearts. (Jun 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • OpEd: Compassionate conservatism means big spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Building a Safer, Stronger and Better America. (Aug 2004)
  • Calls on Americans to be citizens, not spectators. (Aug 2003)
  • Bush elected as the un-Clinton. (Jun 2003)
  • “Compassionate conservatism” disliked by conservatives. (Jun 2003)
  • Communitarianism: Society over unfettered individualism. (Feb 2001)
  • Build a single nation of justice and opportunity. (Jan 2001)
  • Commitment to civility, courage, compassion and character. (Jan 2001)
  • End season of cynicism and politics of anger. (Nov 2000)
  • President should be a role model and uniter. (Nov 2000)
  • They have not led. We will. (Nov 2000)
  • Barnstorm for Reform: End D.C. cynicism & zero-sum politics. (Oct 2000)
  • Blueprint for the Middle Class: from birth thru retirement. (Sep 2000)
  • Real Plans for Real People: Bush promises honest talking. (Sep 2000)
  • Now is the time to do the hard things. (Aug 2000)
  • My generation tested limits; now we’re coming home. (Aug 2000)
  • Theme: change how Washington works & restore moral purpose. (Jun 2000)
  • Bush’s conservatism: local solutions within limited govt. (Dec 1999)
  • Government if necessary, not necessarily government. (Dec 1999)
  • “Compassionate conservatism” allows individual potential. (Mar 1999)
  • Prosperity with a purpose: Peaceful & prosperous future. (Mar 1999)

    Criticism

  • Exited office with war, recession, & historic low popularity. (Aug 2009)
  • OpEd: Disappointed values voters by focusing on non-values. (Nov 2008)
  • OpEd: Encroaches civil liberties, Constitution, & democracy. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: White House had deliberately outed CIA agent Plame. (May 2008)
  • The "sixteen words" became near-fatal blow to credibility. (May 2008)
  • Iraqi war and tax cuts were not mistakes. (Oct 2004)
  • Screens all audiences to avoid hecklers. (Aug 2004)
  • Bush’s smirk shows he’s perturbed, not that he’s arrogant. (Aug 2004)
  • John Dean: Bush impeachable if WMD info manipulated. (May 2004)
  • John Dean: ending Bush’s secrecy will avoid scandal. (May 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush admin uses war on terror for political gain. (Mar 2004)
  • Bush places personal loyalty over loyalty to the truth. (Jan 2004)
  • O’Neill: Bush is an ideologue, not a centrist. (Jan 2004)
  • OpEd: Popularity due to name recognition, not issue stances. (Aug 1999)

    Florida Recount

  • 2000 OpEd: By any count, Bush would have won Florida. (Nov 2010)
  • FL recount strategy: Follow law as it stood on Election Day. (Nov 2010)
  • Voting machines are neither Republican nor Democrat. (Nov 2000)
  • Florida recount mechanisms are too arbitrary. (Nov 2000)

    Leadership Style

  • 1999: Felt call to run like Moses called to lead. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: coherent set of easily-remembered principles. (Aug 2008)
  • 2005: I earned political capital, & now I intend to spend it. (May 2007)
  • Cheerleader at Andover & Yale; as full of energy now. (Aug 2004)
  • Conspicuous intelligence unwelcome in Bush White House. (Jun 2003)
  • Has not succeeded at goal of being above party & ideology. (Jun 2003)
  • OpEd: Obsessed with punctuality; loyal but unforgiving. (Mar 2003)
  • Reads people well; prefers one-on-one with legislators. (Oct 2000)
  • A leader has vision, credibility, and loyalty to friends. (Oct 2000)
  • End bickering in Washington to revive politics. (Oct 2000)
  • Put U.S. interests first and execute goals with good team. (Oct 2000)
  • The president must have credibility; Gore doesn’t. (Oct 2000)
  • Leads by building consensus, not by following polls. (Oct 2000)
  • Uphold law of the land & the dignity of the office. (Aug 2000)
  • Bush has “hands-off” style, says the test is good decisions. (Aug 2000)
  • Surrounded by smart people, but he decides himself. (Aug 2000)
  • Governs by outlining ideas & letting Legislature do details. (May 1999)

    Personal Background

  • 1977: Met Laura in July; proposed in Sept.; married in Nov. (Nov 2010)
  • Mother related to 14th president Franklin Pierce. (Sep 2004)
  • Comforted mother Barbara at age 7 when his sister died. (Aug 2004)
  • IQ of 120 puts him above 90% of the population. (Aug 2004)
  • Member of secret society Skull and Bones & a fraternity guy. (Aug 2004)
  • OpEd: Baby-boomer with an upper-class twist. (Apr 2004)
  • Related to Queen Elizabeth II and British royal family. (Oct 1999)
  • Related to Queen of England and US President Pierce. (Aug 1999)
  • At age 7, not told sister's illness was terminal. (Aug 1999)
  • 1968: Broke off marriage engagement to Cathy Wolfman. (Aug 1999)
  • 1970s: Attended Harvard Business School; lived in Cambridge. (Aug 1999)
  • 1977: Met Laura & chose to productive citizenship over drink. (Aug 1999)

    Religion

  • Prayer and religion sustain me. (Nov 2010)
  • Religion in youth more a tradition than spiritual experience. (Nov 2010)
  • Christ as favorite philosopher reached ordinary churchgoers. (Mar 2010)
  • Faith shapes his principles, which shape his policies. (Oct 2004)
  • Moral truth is the same in every culture & every time. (Aug 2004)
  • Character determines your path; we are not the author. (Aug 2004)
  • OpEd: Remembered for 9/11 and religious faith. (Apr 2004)
  • Laura drew George into her Methodist church. (Apr 2004)
  • OpEd: Baseball inspires Bush; it's his natural religion. (Apr 2004)
  • Speaks openly of religion, but so have all presidents. (Apr 2004)
  • 1984: I want to know Jesus and follow him. (Apr 2004)
  • Glad to sign a law “love thy neighbor”. (Jun 2003)
  • Faith helps me in service to people. (Feb 2001)
  • Jesus saved me from a life of sin. (Oct 2000)
  • US chosen by God to be a model among nations. (Aug 2000)
  • Jesus is part of my life; but won’t exclude non-Christians. (Jan 2000)
  • “A Charge to Keep,” hymn & painting, inspire Bush. (Dec 1999)
  • I firmly believe in the power of intercessory prayer. (Aug 1999)
  • Allow religious groups to address social ills. (Dec 1998)
  • Diminish role of govt as communities & churches take over. (Jul 1998)
  • Base “responsibility era” on Judeo-Christian values. (Apr 1998)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of National Governors Association. (Jan 2000)
George W. Bush on Social Security
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  • Spent political capital on Soc.Sec. restructuring proposal. (Mar 2012)
  • Spent political capital addressing "third rail". (Nov 2010)
  • Personal accounts reduce racial disparity of retirement. (Nov 2010)
  • Take on risky tasks to forestall worse later. (Mar 2010)
  • 2003: Progressive indexing would eliminate 2/3 of shortfall. (Mar 2010)
  • Why be for reform if you can't talk about it? (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: Tried to institute personal accounts; but AARP won. (Jul 2009)
  • Option to invest 2% to 4% of funds in "safe" stocks. (May 2008)
  • OpEd: In aggregate, stock market ok; but what about losers? (Oct 2006)
  • Allow investing in government-certified stocks & bonds. (May 2006)
  • Create a bipartisan commission to examine Social Security. (Jan 2006)
  • Overhaul Social Security because it's unfair to black people. (Oct 2005)
  • FactCheck: System may pay less, but will not go bankrupt. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Private accounts are a good bet, not a sure thing. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Only SOME of your personal account is yours. (Feb 2005)
  • Social Security system is headed toward bankruptcy. (Feb 2005)
  • Personal retirement accounts for younger workers. (Feb 2005)
  • Let young people use personal retirement savings accounts. (Oct 2004)
  • Social Security privatization will keep the system solvent. (Oct 2004)
  • Allow younger workers to put taxes in a personal account. (Sep 2004)
  • Personal retirement accounts for young workers. (Jan 2004)
  • Privatize SS while maintaining govt system. (Jan 2004)
  • Strengthen & modernize Social Security. (Aug 2003)
  • Create Individual Development Accounts with low-income match. (Aug 2003)
  • Ensure freedom of choice in retirement planning. (Aug 2003)
  • Minimize investment risk through diversification. (Aug 2003)
  • Strengthen women’s retirement via catch up contributions. (Aug 2003)
  • Bush commission members all back privatization. (May 2001)
  • Forms presidential commission to reform Social Security. (Feb 2001)
  • Don’t treat Social Security like it’s a federal program. (Nov 2000)
  • Set aside $2.4T for seniors as well as younger workers. (Oct 2000)
  • Young workers want to invest some Social Security money. (Oct 2000)
  • Prohibit govt investment in the stock market, private OK. (Sep 2000)
  • Blueprint: Maintain retiree benefits; young get more options. (Sep 2000)
  • I will touch the third rail so I can fix it. (Aug 2000)
  • Open questions: transition costs & bad investors bailouts. (Jul 2000)
  • Maintain basics of government’s “most successful program”. (May 2000)
  • 2% real return is not enough; sound investments get 6%. (May 2000)
  • Support retirement via government-plus-private system. (May 2000)
  • Privatize Social Security to take advantage of stock market. (May 2000)
  • No government investment in private stocks or bonds. (Apr 2000)
  • Consider raising retirement age. (Nov 1999)
George W. Bush on Tax Reform
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  • Opposed supply-side argument for consumption-based flat tax. (Mar 2012)
  • 1989: temporary sales tax increase for new Rangers stadium. (Nov 2010)
  • In 2001, richest 1% paid $301B; by 2006 they paid $408B. (Apr 2010)
  • Death Tax scheduled to drop to zero in 2011. (Apr 2010)
  • FactCheck: Expiring tax cuts typically cost $828, not $1,800. (Jan 2008)
  • Make the tax cuts permanent. (Jan 2006)
  • Re-examine the tax code from top to bottom. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Kerry voted to increase taxes 39 times, not 98. (Oct 2004)
  • Now the tax code is fairer after the tax cut. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry voted to increase taxes 98 times. (Oct 2004)
  • Will lead a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code. (Sep 2004)
  • Congress must act to make tax cuts permanent. (Jan 2004)
  • Everyone benefits from dividend tax reform. (Aug 2003)
  • Reduction in dividend taxes benefits 35 million people. (Aug 2003)
  • Make the end of the death tax permanent. (Aug 2003)
  • People should not pay more in taxes than they do for food. (Nov 2000)
  • Be fair and eliminate death taxes for everyone. (Oct 2000)
  • Don’t eliminate gas tax; ask OPEC to increase supply. (Jul 2000)
  • Use the marketplace to encourage people to save and invest. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: 6 million tax-free families. (Apr 2000)
  • End death tax; reduce marriage penalty; more child credits. (Apr 2000)
  • 1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge. (Jan 2000)
  • $8B tax incentives for charitable contributions. (Jul 1999)
  • Read my tax pledge: No new taxes. (Jun 1999)
  • Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth. (Apr 1999)

    Income Tax Cut

  • Did not prioritize on making Bush tax cuts permanent. (Mar 2012)
  • 2001: Enough is enough; American people deserve tax relief. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Bush tax cuts led to decreased investment & savings. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Middle class get $54 from tax cut; top 1% get $191. (Sep 2006)
  • Taxpayer dollars must be spent wisely or not at all. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Most of Bush tax cut went to top 10%. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Wealthy pay 63% of taxes, not 80%. (Oct 2004)
  • Cut taxes on everybody. (Oct 2004)
  • Ad: The largest tax relief in history. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax relief is working. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Tax relief fueled spending, but not job growth. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush 2003 economic plan accelerates 2001 tax cuts. (Aug 2003)
  • Tax relief allows saving & spending more of your own money. (Aug 2003)
  • Deliver substantial tax relief to 91 million Americans. (Aug 2003)
  • Married with children -- taxes drop 96%. (Aug 2003)
  • Not too big, not too small, tax cut was just the right size. (Jun 2003)
  • On behalf of the American people, I’m asking for a refund. (Feb 2001)
  • Get bigger paychecks in people’s pockets fast. (Feb 2001)
  • Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy. (Jan 2001)
  • Claims lower income people benefit more than rich; untrue. (Oct 2000)
  • $500B to people earning under $100K; $800B to those richer. (Oct 2000)
  • Yes, wealthy get tax relief, but 6M poor will pay no tax. (Oct 2000)
  • Wealthy now pay 62% of all taxes; with his plan, 64%. (Oct 2000)
  • Claim that every taxpayer gets relief isn’t true. (Oct 2000)
  • All Americans deserve tax relief; no more “fuzzy numbers”. (Oct 2000)
  • More child & charity deductions in $1.3T tax cut. (Sep 2000)
  • Cut taxes on income, children, & inheritance. (Jun 2000)
  • More deductions for kids, education, charity, and marriage. (May 2000)
  • Reduce share of tax burden on low- and middle-income. (Apr 2000)
  • Tax cuts, so help me God. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
George W. Bush on Technology
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  • Covert program to undermine Iran nukes with cyber attack. (Dec 2011)
  • 2000: Internet has not redefined business cycle. (Nov 2010)
  • Vetoed "Fairness Doctrine" requiring balance in talk radio. (Nov 2009)
  • Oath of office authorizes use of surveillance technology. (Sep 2009)
  • Manned mission to the Moon and Mars. (Jan 2004)
  • No “virtual people” in census; use raw numbers. (Feb 2001)
  • Privacy is a fundamental right; ensure it on the Internet. (Oct 2000)
  • Ban identity theft & safeguard genetic information. (Oct 2000)
  • Fewer strings to obtain technology for schools. (Jun 2000)
  • Internet a tool, not a crutch. (Jun 2000)
  • Tax ban keeps Internet growing & affordable. (May 2000)
  • $20B increase in R&D spending; permanent R&D tax credit. (Apr 2000)
  • Technology programs are obsolete before they start. (Jan 2000)
  • Internet may or may not help mom & pop - wait & see. (Jan 2000)
  • Extend Internet sales tax ban; but wary of Main St. losses. (Dec 1999)
  • V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
George W. Bush on War & Peace
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  • 2003: Sent warships to force Liberian president to resign. (Nov 2011)
  • 2008: Trivialize shoe-throwing journalist to avoid frenzy. (Nov 2010)
  • Promised Iraq war would cost $1.7B; actual cost $750B. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: Chose to confront North Korea; then they built nukes. (Jun 2010)
  • We need a president who understands the lessons of 9/11. (Sep 2008)
  • Feb. 2001: Bombed Iraq; routine enforcement of no-fly zone. (May 2008)
  • Pardoned Scooter Libby for PlameGate & leak of CIA identity. (May 2008)
  • We will not allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. (Jan 2007)
  • We’ve Never Been Stay The Course. (Oct 2006)
  • Terrorists would move the battlefield to our own shores. (Jan 2006)
  • War on Terror is not about intelligence and law enforcement. (Oct 2004)
  • Enlisted in Texas Air National Guard in 1968. (Sep 2004)
  • I wake up every day thinking about protecting our country. (Sep 2004)
  • Confront threats to America before it is too late. (Sep 2004)
  • Will defend America every time. (Sep 2004)
  • Freedom is the greatest fear of the terrorists. (Sep 2004)
  • 9/11: I'm amazed that there is hatred of America. (Aug 2004)
  • During Vietnam, did not protest, & counseled supporting war. (Aug 2004)
  • Bush Doctrine: harboring terrorists treated as terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • Op-Ed: Bush maintains power by inspiring fear & nationalism. (Oct 2003)
  • This is a new war: Pearl Harbor in the 21st century. (Sep 2001)
  • OpEd: 1960s enlistment was into privileged non-combat unit. (Oct 2000)

    Afghanistan

  • Greatest regret: not bringing bin Laden to justice. (Nov 2010)
  • 2002: Rejected bipartisan bill for more Afghanistan funding. (Oct 2010)
  • 2006: Deploy troops out of bases and into hotspots. (Mar 2010)
  • FactCheck: Bush DID say he was not concerned about Osama. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: new al Qaeda recruits reduce 75% capture figure. (Oct 2004)
  • Busted the A.Q. Khan network and convinced Libya to disarm. (Sep 2004)
  • Increased spending by $15B to fight terrorism. (Aug 2003)
  • Afghanistan was a “different type of war”. (Nov 2002)
  • Afghanistan model-successful plan first-used for Iraq. (Nov 2002)
  • Homeland security focus: bioterror; airports; intelligence. (Jan 2002)

    Iraq

  • Pre-9-11, Saddam was a manageable problem, but not after. (Nov 2010)
  • "Mission Accomplished" banner was a big mistake. (Nov 2010)
  • "Bring 'em on" comment left wrong impression. (Nov 2010)
  • Biggest failure of Iraq war: cutting troop level too quickly. (Nov 2010)
  • Saddam wanted everyone to believe he had WMD; & everyone did. (Nov 2010)
  • 2006: troop levels for victory in Iraq, not victory in polls. (Nov 2010)
  • 2006: For first time, worried we might not succeed in Iraq. (Nov 2010)
  • 2007: Fully fund troops, with no timetable for withdrawal. (Nov 2010)
  • Saddam posed unique threat post-9-11. (Nov 2010)
  • May 2003: Combat operations are ended; mission accomplished. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: If they want to attack us in Iraq, bring 'em on. (Oct 2008)
  • 2001: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: We will find WMDs; Saddam destroyed some & hid some. (Oct 2008)
  • Transition from leading operations to partnering with Iraqis. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Troop drawdown of 20,000 still above pre-surge. (Jan 2008)
  • 2007 surge: 20,000 more troops with aggressive engagement. (Oct 2007)
  • 2002: Clear that war vote was to strike Iraq, not diplomacy. (Jun 2007)
  • 20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Baghdad & Anbar. (Jan 2007)
  • We’re on the offensive in Iraq with a clear plan for victory. (Jan 2006)
  • Terrorists aim to seize power in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Sudden withdrawal from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies. (Jan 2006)
  • 2002: Keep the peace by authorizing use of force in Iraq. (Oct 2005)
  • Guard eager to go to Iraq-relief will come from Iraqi troops. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam was a unique threat because of the potential WMD. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam wanted to restart his weapons programs. (Oct 2004)
  • UN sanctions were not effective at removing Saddam. (Oct 2004)
  • Had the right plan with the right troops level invading Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Sent a $87 billion bill that gives troops equipment. (Oct 2004)
  • Went to the UN hoping the world would listen to our demands. (Sep 2004)
  • Saddam Hussein was systematically deceiving the inspectors. (Sep 2004)
  • The front on the war on terror is more than just one place. (Sep 2004)
  • Start bringing troops home when Iraq is stable and free. (Sep 2004)
  • A free Iraq is essential for the security of America. (Sep 2004)
  • Allocated $7 billion over months for reconstruction efforts. (Sep 2004)
  • Calls on UN to do more in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • Deny terrorists a base of operation in Iraq. (May 2004)
  • Saddam loyalists have joined with foreign terrorists. (May 2004)
  • We’re constructing democracy; terrorists can only destroy. (May 2004)
  • Request of $25 billion for war just the beginning. (May 2004)
  • $389M in 2002-2003 for CIA to overthrow Saddam. (Apr 2004)
  • Saddam a “madman” who could make WMDs. (Feb 2004)
  • We’ve already internationalized the war in Iraq. (Jan 2004)
  • We haven’t come this far to falter unfinished. (Jan 2004)
  • Saddam had WMD-related program activities. (Jan 2004)
  • France, Germany, Russia excluded from Iraq contracts. (Dec 2003)
  • Saddam captured: War on terror is a different kind of war. (Dec 2003)
  • Conflict with Iraq dominated war against terror. (Oct 2003)
  • Seeking $87B and UN Aid for Iraqi War Effort. (Sep 2003)
  • Defeating terrorists in Iraq will require time and sacrifice. (Sep 2003)
  • “Axis of Evil” links Saddam with 9/11. (Jun 2003)
  • Bush to Arab World: terrorism must stop, or else. (Jun 2003)
  • Getting rid of Saddam allows progress elsewhere in Mideast. (Nov 2002)
  • UN founded to fight threats like Saddam and 9/11. (Sep 2002)
  • Fight freedom’s fight against Axis of Evil. (Jan 2002)

    Iraq Criticism

  • 2003: No WMD, but it was not a major point against Saddam. (Nov 2010)
  • Reason for invading Iraq: Saddam was a threat. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Tortured prisoners to connect al-Qaeda & Saddam. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: Iraq war came from post-9-11 terrorism mindset. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: Iraq was a war of conquest, in search of oil. (Nov 2008)
  • 2008: Iraq occupation could last 10 years. (Oct 2008)
  • Mission evolved from WMDs to stability to nation-building. (Oct 2008)
  • OpEd: Knowing misrepresentations plus self-deception. (Aug 2008)
  • 9/11: Persisted in seeking Iraq link to terrorist attacks. (Jul 2008)
  • Campaign to sell the Iraq War began with 2002 UN speech. (May 2008)
  • 2004: Unwilling to admit mistakes in invading Iraq. (May 2008)
  • Iraq was top issue at start of presidency, even before 9/11. (May 2008)
  • Adviser resigned after revealing Iraq might cost $200B. (May 2008)
  • OpEd: Bush had decided by Nov. 2001 to invade Iraq. (May 2008)
  • 2003: No difference if Saddam had WMD or trying to get WMD. (May 2008)
  • No difference between war of necessity and war of choice. (May 2008)
  • OpEd: Selling war instead of open debate damaged presidency. (May 2008)
  • OpEd: Linked Saddam & al-Qaeda despite lack of evidence. (Mar 2008)
  • 2002 NIE said Saddam making nukes by 2007; Bush said 2002. (Oct 2006)
  • Decision to invade Iraq was certain by fall 2002. (Oct 2006)
  • Claimed 946 WMD sites “known”; none found. (Oct 2006)
  • Kay Report: WMDs never existed; hence WMD-related activities. (Oct 2006)
  • CIA’s Tenet considered “slam dunk” his dumbest 2 words ever. (Oct 2006)
  • President, not Congress, decides on Iraq investigations. (Apr 2006)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Bush gave 23 different rationales for war. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Yes, troops had inadequate body armor. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush rejected NATO’s suggestion to help training in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Other nations will not risk troops in a war called a mistake. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Iraq reconstruction money is not flowing. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: “100,000 trained” are mostly 3-week police course. (Oct 2004)
  • You can’t lead the country if you criticize the Iraqi war. (Sep 2004)
  • Commander in chief shouldn’t give mixed messages to troops. (Sep 2004)
  • There are summits being held-world won’t follow “wrong war”. (Sep 2004)
  • Can’t change the dynamics in Iraq by criticizing the leader. (Sep 2004)
  • I know bin Laden attacked; but Saddam had WMD-capabilities. (Sep 2004)
  • CIA argued against “16 words” but took responsibility. (Aug 2004)
  • Majority misunderstood that Bush connected Saddam with 9/11. (Aug 2004)
  • CIA report hedged on whether Saddam had WMD. (Apr 2004)
  • CIA chief told Bush “slam dunk” that Saddam had WMD. (Apr 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush insisted on connecting 9-11 with Saddam. (Mar 2004)
  • Bush admin knew Iraq not a threat, & had no time for terror. (Mar 2004)
  • Clarke: CIA and FBI intelligence failures allowed 9/11. (Mar 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush Iraq policy generates Islamic hatred of America. (Mar 2004)
  • Fact Check: No evidence of bio, chemical, or nuclear WMDs. (Jan 2004)
  • O’Neill: Bush planned on war in Iraq before 9/11. (Jan 2004)
  • Paul O’Neill: Bush planned to overthrow Saddam before 9/11. (Jan 2004)
  • Saddam’s uranium from Niger: admits facts were not checked. (Dec 2003)
  • Rejected Powell’s plan for refocused UN sanctions on Iraq. (Oct 2003)
  • OpEd: Conflicted about going to UN vs. hitting Iraq earlier. (Sep 2002)

    Mideast

  • 2002: Palestinian peace not possible with Arafat in power. (Nov 2010)
  • Prevent Iranian nukes to avoid WWIII. (Nov 2010)
  • 2002: First president to support Palestinian state. (Apr 2008)
  • Iran: suspend nuclear enrichment before any negotiations. (Jan 2008)
  • Hamas must disarm and reject terrorism and work peace. (Jan 2006)
  • Confront Iran as terrorism sponsor; hold Syria accountable. (Feb 2005)
  • $350M for Palestinian reforms. (Feb 2005)
  • Bush supports peaceful Palestinian state. (Sep 2004)
  • First president to use the term “Palestine”. (Aug 2004)
  • Libya renounces WMDs; anti-proliferation has high priority. (Dec 2003)
  • OpEd: Roadmap unites world in Middle East Peace process. (Mar 2003)
  • No peace for Israel or Palestine without freedom for both. (Sep 2002)
  • Israel: America should be a stronger friend. (May 2000)
  • Israel: Recognize Jerusalem as capital. (Jul 1999)
George W. Bush on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 2002: Close the homeownership gap for minorities. (Oct 2011)
  • 2002 National Service agenda: community & compassion abroad. (Nov 2010)
  • Appoints Laura Bush to lead anti-gang initiative. (Feb 2005)
  • I would have increased the minimum wage. (Oct 2004)
  • Compassionate conservatism means self-help over gov’t help. (Aug 2004)
  • Created USA Freedom Corps to strengthen culture of service. (Aug 2003)
  • Calls for 4,000 hours of national service for every citizen. (Jan 2002)
  • Housing: Help low-income purchasers, and housing developers. (Oct 2000)
  • Housing: Use HUD rental vouchers for first home purchase. (Oct 2000)
  • Bush’s Texan philosophy for the poor: up-by-the-bootstraps. (Oct 2000)
  • Transform low-income rentals to home ownership. (Aug 2000)
  • Focus welfare on transition to work & responsibility. (Jun 2000)
  • $1.7B over 5 years for home rehabs in poor neighborhoods. (Apr 2000)
  • 50% tax credits for 20,000 home rehabs per year. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: rent vouchers; homeowner credits. (Apr 2000)
  • $1B & tax credits for Individual Development Accounts. (Apr 2000)
  • Remove tax “tollbooths” for poor single moms. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports low-income heating oil assistance program. (Dec 1999)
  • Work and responsibility to replace welfare. (Dec 1999)
  • Too much government fosters dependency. (Dec 1999)
  • 1972: early job as inner city youth counselor. (Aug 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Praised political involvement by people of faith. (Mar 2012)
  • 1996: faith-based groups change lives; secular ones can't. (Nov 2010)
  • Armies of compassion receive payment in another form. (Nov 2010)
  • By 2007, 11% of $20B in annual grants went to FBOs. (Nov 2010)
  • Never discriminate against religious charities. (Sep 2004)
  • Faith-based charity doesn’t violate church-state separation. (Aug 2004)
  • TX first: religious charities delivering welfare services. (Apr 2004)
  • Unleash the passion of religious charity. (Jan 2004)
  • One of first acts was establishing faith-based initiatives. (Aug 2003)
  • Faith-based initiative keeps separation of church and state. (Feb 2001)
  • Religious groups must be part of solution to society’s ills. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish federal & state “offices of faith-based action”. (Jan 2001)
  • Government solving social problems crowds out compassion. (Oct 2000)
  • Supported church-based poverty program in Rio Grande Valley. (Oct 2000)
  • Devolve welfare to both state and private charities. (Sep 2000)
  • Fund faith-based private programs that promote independence. (Jun 2000)
  • Church-based solutions for drugs, daycare, & crime. (Apr 2000)
  • “No-strings” vouchers for religious groups to do charity. (Jan 2000)
  • Religious charities deserve government support. (Dec 1999)
  • Churches provide “armies of compassion” to help the poor. (Oct 1999)
  • Look first to faith-based organizations. (Aug 1999)
  • Religious groups compete for state service contracts. (Jun 1999)


VoteMatch Responses
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Build a culture of life: Strongly Favors topic 1
Must make a place for the unborn child: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No funds to international groups that offer abortion: Opposes topic 1
Every child born and unborn ought to be protected: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban partial-birth; ban taxpayer funding: Opposes topic 1
Encourage fewer abortions via adoption & abstinence: Opposes topic 1
Destruction of human embryos is a slippery slope: Opposes topic 1
I was first president to fund embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Supreme Court is wrong: leave abortion to the states: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Equal protection supercedes recruiting women & minorities: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Recognizes value of diversity on college campuses: Favors topic 2
Race-neutral admissions first; race factor ok if that fails: Opposes topic 2
Affirmative access: end soft bigotry of low expectations: Opposes topic 2
For affirmative action, but not quotas or preferences: Favors topic 2
1978: ERA is unnecessary: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Reach out to minorities, but without quotas: Favors topic 2
2003: Opposed MA decision legalizing gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-5 points on Social scale)
Defend the institution of marriage against activist judges: Strongly Opposes topic 3
2004: Supported Family Marriage Amendment (no gay marriage): Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitutional amendment to protect marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Protect marriage against activist judges: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Bush calls for constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Tolerance & equal rights, not gay marriage & special rights: Favors topic 3
No gay adoptions; but listens to gay GOP group: Favors topic 3
Against gay marriage, but leave it to the states: Opposes topic 3
Hate-crime rules don’t apply to gays: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No gay anti-discrimination laws; no same-sex marriages: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Change food aid rules to allow more non-US materials: Favors topic 4
Calls for 4,000 hours of national service for every citizen: Favors topic 4
Character education grants & American Youth Character Awards: Favors topic 4
Fund & honor character education: Favors topic 4
V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better: Favors topic 4
Teach values and moral responsibility in schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Praised political involvement by people of faith: Strongly Favors topic 4
Armies of compassion receive payment in another form: Strongly Favors topic 4
Never discriminate against religious charities: Strongly Favors topic 4
Unleash the passion of religious charity: Strongly Favors topic 4
One of first acts was establishing faith-based initiatives: Strongly Favors topic 4
Establish federal & state “offices of faith-based action”: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supported church-based poverty program in Rio Grande Valley: Strongly Favors topic 4
Fund faith-based private programs that promote independence: Strongly Favors topic 4
Church-based solutions for drugs, daycare, & crime: Strongly Favors topic 4
“No-strings” vouchers for religious groups to do charity: Strongly Favors topic 4
Church-based charity assures nobody is left behind: Strongly Favors topic 4
Only faith and God can overcome social ills.: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Government-run health care is the wrong prescription: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Endorses billions more in health care funding: Favors topic 5
Senior Rx: “Immediate Helping Hand” now; more later: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medical Savings Accounts part of affordable access & choice: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Family Health Credit: pay for 90% of basic low-income policy: Favors topic 5
Expand consumer choice, not government control: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Health savings accounts with choice of coverage: Opposes topic 5
Cover 3 million uninsured at a 10-year cost of $135 billion: Favors topic 5
New Prosperity Initiative: $2,000 health ins. tax credit: Favors topic 5
OpEd: Medicare Part D is largest entitlement in 40 years: Strongly Favors topic 5
Keep Medicare in government, but provide flexibility: Opposes topic 5
Health care access via empowerment, not nationalizing: Opposes topic 5
Private alternatives & state reforms come first: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Medicare Rx drug coverage for low-income seniors: Favors topic 5
Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure: Neutral on topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Spent political capital on Soc.Sec. restructuring proposal: Strongly Favors topic 6
OpEd: Tried to institute personal accounts; but AARP won: Favors topic 6
Let young people use personal retirement savings accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Allow younger workers to put taxes in a personal account: Strongly Favors topic 6
Privatize SS while maintaining govt system: Strongly Favors topic 6
Create Individual Development Accounts with low-income match: Favors topic 6
Private accounts for youth rather than high payroll taxes: Strongly Favors topic 6
Support retirement via government-plus-private system: Favors topic 6
Privatize Social Security to take advantage of stock market: Strongly Favors topic 6
Use political capital to implement private savings accounts: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public schools are America’s great hope: Opposes topic 7
Move Head Start to Education Dept., teach all kids to read: Strongly Favors topic 7
Local control is core principle of successful education: Strongly Favors topic 7
$300M for Pell Grants for Kids for non-public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Increased funding to $200M for charter schools: Favors topic 7
Favors rigorous testing over school choice: Opposes topic 7
Pushes OPTIONS for private schools; without saying VOUCHERS: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers ensure school accountability: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are up to states; allow local control: Favors topic 7
Fund 2,000 charter schools; defund failing schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let’s try vouchers in failing schools.: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers a priority; encourage their spread: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports vouchers, including private or religious schools.: Strongly Favors topic 7
For charter schools; public school choice; vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Proposed different measures to improve the environment: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Restrict wetland development, but not arsenic or CO2: Favors topic 8
More lead emission reporting requirements: Opposes topic 8
Weaken Clean Air; no comment on Clean Water: Strongly Favors topic 8
Work in partnership with states and landowners: Strongly Favors topic 8
Make Amtrak more efficient and competitive: Opposes topic 8
Conservation partnerships to protect lands & watersheds: Strongly Opposes topic 8
$60M for private stewardship; tax break on conservation land: Opposes topic 8
Proposes $211M to cleaning up brownfields: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Against Kyoto & national monuments; for drilling ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 8
$450M annually for wildlife and open spaces: Strongly Opposes topic 8
$4.9B to repair “crumbling” national parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Clean up urban brownfields, in US as in Texas: Strongly Opposes topic 8
6-point plan for brownfield cleanup: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Reinvest in Conservation Fund; repair parks & refuges: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Good stewardship is personal responsibility and public value: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Replace mandate/regulate/litigate with decentralized efforts: Favors topic 8
Can’t sue our way to clean air & water--work with industry: Favors topic 8
Keep fed enviro role but give money & flexibility to states: Favors topic 8
Base enviro decisions on science & market-driven solutions: Opposes topic 8
Cooperate with industry, instead of lawsuits & regulations: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-5 points on Social scale)
1990s: TX is dangerous because 7,700 criminals were released: Strongly Favors topic 9
Increased penalties to rehabilitate juveniles: Strongly Favors topic 9
Death penalty saves innocent lives through deterrence: Strongly Favors topic 9
150 death-row executions during Bush's term: Strongly Favors topic 9
Uphold law on death penalty; and think of the victims: Favors topic 9
Death penalty saves lives, when swift & just: Favors topic 9
Bush is confident that none of 112 executed were innocent: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty as deterrent: Favors topic 9
Proud of eliminating parole for violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
1994: End "mandatory supervision" and early parole: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports “two strikes” & registration for sexual criminals.: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Would sign, but would not push, gun restrictions: Opposes topic 10
Supports gun ownership for protection and hunting: Favors topic 10
Gun restrictions OK within basic right to own guns: Opposes topic 10
Assault weapon OK; waiting period not OK: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposed supply-side argument for consumption-based flat tax: Favors topic 11
Will lead a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tax relief is working: Opposes topic 11
Deliver substantial tax relief to 91 million Americans: Opposes topic 11
On behalf of the American people, I’m asking for a refund: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut taxes on income, children, & inheritance: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Read my lips: I will cut taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
The surplus is the people’s money-return it: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No national sales tax or VAT: Neutral on topic 11
No opinion on topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(0 points on Social scale)
Deploy border fence; end “catch and release”: Opposes topic 12
Minuteman Project are vigilantes: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support a humane guest-worker program that rejects amnesty: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Temporary workers ok, but no amnesty: Opposes topic 12
A time-limited worker card for the illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Support temporary worker program but oppose amnesty: Favors topic 12
New temporary worker program includes illegal aliens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Mexico: immigration reform in exchange for oil development: Favors topic 12
Respect other languages, but teach all children English: Opposes topic 12
$500M to cut INS application time to 6 months: Favors topic 12
Welcome Latinos; immigration is not a problem to be solved: Favors topic 12
Make INS more “immigrant friendly”: Favors topic 12
More border guards to compassionately turn away Mexicans: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Guest workers, maybe; citizenship waiting period, yes: Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repeals steel tariffs he imposed in 2002: Favors topic 13
The fearful build walls; the confident demolish them.: Favors topic 13
Fast-track needed for US global economic leadership: Strongly Favors topic 13
No trade barriers from Alaska to the tip of Cape Horn: Strongly Favors topic 13
Fast Track in west; WTO in east: Strongly Favors topic 13
Supports Fast Track; WTO; NAFTA; anti-dumping: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Economic scale)
UN is cumbersome, bureaucratic, & inefficient: Strongly Favors topic 14
Most Americans question whether to be in UN at all: Strongly Favors topic 14
$1.2B for 5-year campaign against malaria in Africa: Opposes topic 14
We ought to be working with the African Union: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US establishes UN Democracy Fund: Strongly Opposes topic 14
US military is key to preserving world peace: Strongly Favors topic 14
The six-party talks will unwind when we have bilateral talks: Favors topic 14
Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba: Favors topic 14
China’s taste of freedom encourages capitalism’s growth: Favors topic 14
OpEd: obsessed with subverting ICC international authority: Strongly Favors topic 14
US troops will never be under UN command: Strongly Favors topic 14
Reform UN & IMF; strengthen NATO: Opposes topic 14
UN sanctions were not effective at removing Saddam: Strongly Favors topic 14
Went to the UN hoping the world would listen to our demands: Opposes topic 14
Calls on UN to do more in Iraq: Favors topic 14
Seeking $87B and UN Aid for Iraqi War Effort: Opposes topic 14
Seeking $87B and UN Aid for War Effort: Strongly Opposes topic 14
UN founded to fight threats like Saddam and 9/11: Favors topic 14
Campaign to sell the Iraq War began with 2002 UN speech: Opposes topic 14
Rejected Powell’s plan for refocused UN sanctions on Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
92,000 more in Armed Forces; plus Civilian Reserve Corps: Strongly Favors topic 15
Better equipment, better training, and better pay: Strongly Favors topic 15
$1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons: Strongly Favors topic 15
$1B more in personnel raises; more for housing too: Favors topic 15
Increase military salaries & weapons spending: Favors topic 15
Prompt Global Strike: reach anywhere in under an hour: Strongly Favors topic 15
We have tripled the amount of money on homeland security: Strongly Favors topic 15
Largest increase in defense $ in two decades: never too high: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-3 points on Social scale)
Expose every earmark to a vote; cut earmarks in half by 2008: Favors topic 16
Ban soft money, but no public financing of elections: Opposes topic 16
Ban some soft money; fewer restrictions on individuals: Opposes topic 16
No government takeover of campaign finance: Opposes topic 16
Soft-money ban must include unions & past investigations: Favors topic 16
No corporate or union soft money: Favors topic 16
Campaign finance reform would hurt Republicans: Opposes topic 16
Support tweaking campaign finance rules & upping $1000 limit: Opposes topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Africa: Rally world to help AIDS, but not with US funds: Opposes topic 17
Kerry wants a global test while I will be resolute: Opposes topic 17
Take preemptive action in order to make America secure: Strongly Favors topic 17
No “global test”: protect Americans even if unpopular abroad: Opposes topic 17
America will never seek a permission slip for self-defense: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Help poor countries around the world: Strongly Favors topic 17
United States returning to UNESCO: Favors topic 17
Transition from leading operations to partnering with Iraqis: Strongly Opposes topic 17
20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Baghdad & Anbar: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Getting rid of Saddam allows progress elsewhere in Mideast: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Russia funding: replace IMF loans with $ to people: Neutral on topic 17
Focus on Big Three: Russia, China, & India: Strongly Favors topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Replace 75% of oil imports from Mideast by 2025: Favors topic 18
End America’s addiction to oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Explore ANWR; explore for gas; reduce foreign dependence: Strongly Opposes topic 18
International treaty to reverse growth of greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
No mandatory greenhouse gas reductions: Strongly Opposes topic 18
$1.7 billion program will make hydrogen cars common by 2020: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over next decade: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes Kyoto treaty, ESA, & other intrusive regulations: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically: Neutral on topic 18
Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-5 points on Social scale)
Afghans wanted roads; Bush wanted aerial poppy eradication: Strongly Favors topic 19
2006: Asked Mexican president to overturn drug legalization: Strongly Favors topic 19
Congressional limit on troops in Colombia is “advisory” only: Favors topic 19
$23 million more for drug-testing in schools: Strongly Favors topic 19
$600M plan help 300,000 addicts via vouchers: Opposes topic 19
Stronger penalties for first time cocaine possession: Strongly Favors topic 19
Full background checks on drug use for all appointees: Favors topic 19
Supports tough drug laws as well as drug education programs.: Favors topic 19
Encourages abstinence from tobacco, drugs or alcohol. : Favors topic 19
More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War: Favors topic 19
Rated F by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2001 corporate tax cut to stimulate economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Spending cuts will reduce deficit to half by 2009: Opposes topic 20
Confront the larger challenge of entitlements spending: Opposes topic 20
Make the tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 20
I would have increased the minimum wage: Strongly Favors topic 20
Congress must act to make tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduction in dividend taxes benefits 35 million people: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Restore consumer confidence with tax cuts & new oil supplies: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Be fair and eliminate death taxes for everyone: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Gore plan will lead to massive government and bureaucracy: Opposes topic 20
Blueprint: Cut rates, marriage penalty, & death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
1980 tax cuts, deregulation, and trade led to strong economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
$46B in new spending on health, education, & defense: Strongly Favors topic 20
1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge: Favors topic 20
Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Commit funds to education and tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Eliminate certain sales and property taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut national debt by $2T in 10 years; leave $1.2T in debt: Opposes topic 20
Too much government spending will end prosperity: Opposes topic 20
Guarantees future surpluses with his tax plan: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: Opposes topic 20
TX first: religious charities delivering welfare services: Strongly Favors topic 20
2008: Convinced of need for gargantuan bailout fund: Strongly Favors topic 20
Sep. 2008 summit: bailout deal is needed quickly: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tax relief is working: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Bush 2003 economic plan accelerates 2001 tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax relief allows saving & spending more of your own money: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax plan, helping poor & rich, gives economy “second wind”: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax relief will spur growth and help pay national debt: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Tax cut for all is affordable and right thing to do: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce tax rates; return surplus to taxpayers: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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