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President of the U.S., 1989-1993; Former Republican Rep. (TX):
George Bush Sr. on the Issues

George Bush Sr. on Abortion

  • Pro-life; against advocating abortion in any form. (Mar 1989)

George Bush Sr. on Budget & Economy

  • 1992 debate: Disconnected on recession's personal effect. (Feb 2003)
  • 1992 growth plan: deregulate & cut taxes. (Dec 2000)

George Bush Sr. on Civil Rights

  • Civil Rights Act: ban discrimination without quotas. (Aug 1991)
  • Avoiding censorship more important than defunding NEA. (Mar 1990)
  • Supports school prayer, like Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 1982)

George Bush Sr. on Corporations

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Crime

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Drugs

  • Take my word for it: This scourge will stop. (Jan 1989)

George Bush Sr. on Education

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Energy & Oil

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Environment

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Families & Children

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Foreign Policy

  • Made deals with Gorbachev’s USSR, then Yeltsin’s Russia. (Dec 2000)
  • Supported 1990 South Africa sanctions. (Dec 2000)
  • Clinton promised to overturn "immoral" Haiti policy. (Jun 2000)
  • Tiananmen: deplored crackdown but maintained communication. (Dec 2000)

George Bush Sr. on Free Trade

  • 1992 talks led to NAFTA agreement. (Dec 2000)
  • Create new jobs through increases in exports. (Dec 2000)

George Bush Sr. on Government Reform

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Gun Control

  • Opposes gun control because it does not work. (Mar 1980)

George Bush Sr. on Health Care

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Homeland Security

  • Stay strong to protect the peace. (Jan 1989)

George Bush Sr. on Immigration

  • Supports “English First” but not via federal law. (Nov 1987)

George Bush Sr. on Jobs

No stance on record.

George Bush Sr. on Principles & Values

  • Pardoned 6 officials in Iran-Contra scandal. (Jun 2007)
  • 1992 debate: Caught glancing at wristwatch. (Feb 2003)
  • It’s an emotional roller-coaster; Gore’s a sore loser. (Nov 2000)
  • Memoir intended to show his heartbeat, via personal letters. (Oct 2000)
  • First act as president is a prayer. (Jan 1989)
  • Free markets, free speech, free elections. (Jan 1989)

George Bush Sr. on Social Security

  • We should be unafraid to reduce future benefits. (Oct 1978)

George Bush Sr. on Tax Reform

  • Abandoned “Read my lips: No new taxes” pledge. (Dec 2000)
  • Demanded capital gains tax reduction; yielded to Congress. (Dec 2000)

George Bush Sr. on War & Peace

  • “This will not stand” began 13-year campaign against Saddam. (Oct 2003)
  • Called for an uprising against Saddam, but didn’t support it. (Oct 2003)
  • Survived 1993 assassination attempt in Kuwait by Saddam. (Oct 2003)
  • 1991: “All means necessary” to expel Saddam from Kuwait. (Dec 2000)
  • Invaded Panama in 1989 to force Noriega from power. (Dec 2000)
  • No loans to Israel until West Bank settlements stop. (Mar 1992)
  • Avoided “mission creep” in not attacking Baghdad. (Feb 1991)
  • Force the Butcher of Baghdad to end the Rape of Kuwait. (Jan 1991)

George Bush Sr. on Welfare & Poverty

  • 1000 points of light: replace spending with volunteers. (Jan 1989)