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Former Secretary of H.H.S.; former Republican Governor (WI):
Tommy Thompson on the Issues

Tommy Thompson on Abortion

  • Pro-choice GOP nominee problem for GOP platform. (Aug 2007)
  • New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed. (May 2007)
  • Good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Right to abortion should be left to states. (May 2007)
  • Pluripotent adult stem cells instead of embryonic stem cells. (May 2007)
  • Both pro-life and pro-stem cell research. (Jul 2001)
  • Legal abortion only for rape, incest, or mother’s health. (Jan 2001)
  • Ban partial birth abortions. (Dec 2000)

Tommy Thompson on Budget & Economy

  • Build the roads and the jobs follow. (Jan 2001)
  • Vetoed 255 spending bills totalling $43M. (Dec 2000)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)

Tommy Thompson on Civil Rights

  • Ok for private business to fire employees for being gay. (May 2007)
  • Bringing people together abrogates racism. (May 2007)
  • Apologizes for ok’ing firing employees for being gay. (May 2007)

Tommy Thompson on Corporations

No stance on record.

Tommy Thompson on Crime

  • Building more prisons reduces the crime rate. (Jan 2001)
  • Give prisoners a work ethic, and substance-abuse programs. (Jan 2001)
  • Two strikes and you’re out for serious child sex crimes. (Jan 2001)
  • Three strikes and you’re out for felony convictions. (Jan 2001)
  • Zero tolerance approach to crime. (Dec 2000)
  • Truth in Sentencing, no exceptions. (Dec 2000)
  • Life means life, no possibility of parole. (Dec 2000)
  • All felons will serve complete prison sentence. (Feb 1997)

Tommy Thompson on Drugs

  • Created alternative to prison for 1st time drug offenders. (Jan 2001)
  • More resources to target meth production. (Dec 2000)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Tommy Thompson on Education

  • Let’s eradicate illiteracy in Wisconsin. (Jan 2001)
  • Choice and local accountability are keys to good schools. (Jan 2001)
  • End Social Promotion; establish standards instead. (Dec 2000)
  • Teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools. (Nov 1998)

    School Choice

  • Use Milwaukee charters & private choice as model for US. (Jan 2001)
  • Created the nation’s first private school choice program. (Dec 2000)
  • Instituted $5,100 vouchers for religious schools. (Dec 2000)
  • Instituted statewide Charter School system. (Dec 2000)
  • School choice has made a difference for low-income families. (Jan 1999)

Tommy Thompson on Energy & Oil

  • More power plants and more transmission lines. (Jan 2001)
  • Great emission reduction achieved with voluntary program. (Jan 2001)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)

Tommy Thompson on Environment

  • Funded $170M in “conservation easement” land purchases. (Dec 2000)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)

Tommy Thompson on Families & Children

  • Demand child support or fathers face jail. (Aug 1995)
  • Maintain federal welfare funding for child support. (Jun 1999)
  • Keep TANF program focused on family welfare, not other tasks. (Mar 1999)

Tommy Thompson on Foreign Policy

  • We continue losing until recognizing we’re fighting a jihad. (Aug 2007)

Tommy Thompson on Free Trade

  • Strong trade policies help keep state economy strong. (Jan 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)

Tommy Thompson on Government Reform

  • Cheney is honorable individual; doesn’t have too much power. (Aug 2007)
  • Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they’re wasteful & inefficient. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don’t eliminate them. (May 2007)
  • More regional cooperation; more e-government. (Jan 2001)
  • Limit individual, corporate, & PAC political contributions. (Nov 1998)
  • Common sense over “government sense”. (Aug 1995)

Tommy Thompson on Gun Control

  • Against gun control. (May 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for guns, violence, drugs in schools. (Jan 2001)

Tommy Thompson on Health Care

  • Convert illness & disease system to wellness & prevention. (Aug 2007)
  • End breast cancer by the year 2015 for all women in America. (Aug 2007)
  • Transform health care into wellness & prevention system. (Jun 2007)
  • Educate public about chronic illnesses, to avoid them. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. (Jul 2001)
  • Vows to protect Medicare, add drug benefit. (Feb 2001)
  • Support small business insurance pool for uninsured. (Jan 2001)
  • Goal is for all WI residents to have health benefits. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports prescription drug savings plan for poor seniors. (Jan 2000)
  • BadgerCare will provide uninsured with affordable care. (Dec 1998)
  • Let states reform Medicaid; fight “one size fits all”. (Aug 1995)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Tommy Thompson on Homeland Security

  • Maintain vigilance against terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • 24-hour-a-day war on bioterrorism. (Oct 2001)

Tommy Thompson on Immigration

  • No amnesty; secure the border first. (Jun 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)

Tommy Thompson on Jobs

  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)

Tommy Thompson on Principles & Values

  • Bring into administration Dems, Republicans, & independents. (Aug 2007)
  • THIS Thompson is the reliable conservative, not the actor. (Jun 2007)
  • Send Pres. Bush on lecture tour; but not to U.N. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush’s & GOP’s mistake: we didn’t come up with new ideas. (Jun 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)

Tommy Thompson on Social Security

No stance on record.

Tommy Thompson on Tax Reform

  • Replace alternative minimum tax with flat tax. (May 2007)
  • Cut taxes 91 times in Wisconsin, totaling $16.7 billion. (Jan 2001)
  • Tax cuts are an investment in working families. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)

Tommy Thompson on War & Peace

  • Iraqi parliament incapable of partitioning Iraq. (Aug 2007)
  • Let Iraqis vote if US should stay; re-deploy if “no”. (Jun 2007)
  • Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people. (May 2007)
  • Elect 18 Iraqi provincial governments, & share oil revenues. (May 2007)
  • Saddam starved Iraqi people of basic health care. (Feb 2004)

Tommy Thompson on Welfare & Poverty

  • Replace welfare program with self-sufficiency program. (Jan 2001)
  • Replace Welfare with the Tools to Succeed. (Dec 2000)
  • Early leader in welfare reform. (Dec 2000)
  • No government handouts; demand something in return. (Aug 1995)
  • Supports block grants to foster state experimentation. (Aug 1995)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)