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Jr Senator (MA), Democratic nominee for President:
John Kerry on the Issues

John Kerry on Abortion

  • No undoing Constitutional rights, including right of choice. (Oct 2004)
  • Cannot change Roe v. Wade because of my own faith. (Oct 2004)
  • Embryos used in stem cell research are not from abortions. (Oct 2004)
  • Supreme Court justices should be able to make good decisions. (Oct 2004)
  • We cannot force people to share our faith. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush allows the destruction of life up to a certain amount. (Oct 2004)
  • Life begins at conception, but we can't legislate that. (Jul 2004)
  • Will not appoint Justice against Roe while Court is 5-4. (May 2004)
  • Kerry staunchly resists restrictions on abortions. (Apr 2004)
  • Partial-birth abortion ban undermine women's right to choose. (Nov 2003)
  • No criminalization of a woman's right to choose. (Jun 2003)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Yes, Kerry did vote against Laci Peterson law. (Oct 2004)
  • Against partial-birth abortion but there are exceptions. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women. (May 2006)
  • Sponsored bill for emergency contraception for rape victims. (Sep 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide emergency contraception at military facilities. (Apr 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

John Kerry on Budget & Economy

  • FactCheck: Kerry has $900B in proposals, but not as taxes. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Bush spent $236B surplus, not $5.6T surplus. (Oct 2004)
  • Restore pay-as-you-go for fiscal discipline. (Oct 2004)
  • Shown exactly how to pay for every plan I've laid out. (Oct 2004)
  • Restore pay-as-you-go rule that Bush broke. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush has driven up the biggest deficits in US history. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush's $2.2T figures are put together by a biased group. (Oct 2004)
  • Incentives to create jobs at home and end corporate welfare. (Jul 2004)
  • We can do better on economy--lift people out of poverty. (Jul 2004)
  • Kerry pledges 10 million new jobs & to slow outsourcing. (Mar 2004)
  • Economy is recovering for corporations to some degree. (Jan 2004)
  • Will follow Clinton's plan to halve deficit in four years. (Oct 2003)
  • Base policy on broad growth and progressive taxation. (Oct 2003)
  • Bush policy kept economy afloat in recession-keep some of it. (Sep 2003)
  • No excuse for special tax cuts for the rich. (Jun 2003)
  • An economic record I'm proud to run on. (Oct 1996)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)

John Kerry on Civil Rights

  • Right of public dissent vital for patriotic Americans. (Jun 2006)
  • FactCheck: Kerry would change Patriot Act, as Bush claims. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Bush DID meet with Congressional Black Caucus. (Oct 2004)
  • Help minority business by small business set-aside programs. (Oct 2004)
  • We need to hold on to equal pay for women. (Oct 2004)
  • The President must reach out to help end discrimination. (Oct 2004)
  • The Patriot Act has been used to abuse people's rights. (Oct 2004)
  • Raising the minimum wage is a working women's issue. (Aug 2004)
  • Questions the ultimate practicality of affirmative action. (Apr 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action now and into the future. (Mar 2004)
  • Support "mend it, don't end it" for affirmative action. (Jan 2004)
  • Flag burning is displeasing, but it's free expression. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted for PATRIOT Act, but genuinely alarmed at PATRIOT II. (Oct 2003)
  • Politicians use "crime" as codeword for "race". (Jun 1998)

    Gay Rights

  • Cheney's daughter, a lesbian, would say gay is not a choice. (Oct 2004)
  • The Constitution calls for same-sex partnership rights. (Oct 2004)
  • Personally believes marriage is between a man & a woman. (May 2004)
  • Defense of Marriage Act is fundamentally ugly. (Apr 2004)
  • Opposes Massachusetts DOMA since there's a federal DOMA. (Feb 2004)
  • For partnership rights and civil union. (Nov 2003)
  • Provide gays and lesbians with full coverage of civil rights. (Jun 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Include a sunset provision in the Patriot Act. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business. (Mar 2004)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)

John Kerry on Corporations

  • 96% of small businesses not affected by my tax plan. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry owned a small business: they're engine of economy. (Mar 2004)
  • Close the loopholes that reward corps taking jobs overseas. (Jan 2004)
  • Regulate on side of citizens, not on side of corporations. (Oct 2003)
  • Offshore tax havens cause higher middle class taxes. (Oct 2003)
  • Democratize the process of corporate boards. (Sep 2003)
  • End "Get Mine and Get Out" ethic at White House. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Increase SBA loan subsidies for small businesses. (Nov 2001)
  • Expand microloans to small businesses. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Kerry on Crime

  • Opposes death penalty except for post 9-11 terrorists. (Jul 2004)
  • States should not engage in killing-too many mistakes. (Feb 2004)
  • Moratorium on federal executions-only exception is terrorism. (Jan 2004)
  • Death penalty for Osama bin Laden. (Dec 2003)
  • Bush wants to eliminate federal assistance to local police. (Oct 2003)
  • Transnational crime is a national security threat. (Jun 1998)
  • A state doesn't honor life by sanctioning killing. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 75% by the NCJA, indicating a mixed record on criminal justice. (Dec 2005)
  • Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)

John Kerry on Drugs

  • Target traffickers as well as reducing demand. (Mar 2004)
  • Admits having smoked marijuana. (Nov 2003)
  • Colombia is entirely criminalized by drug cartels. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

John Kerry on Education

  • FactCheck: Bush increased Pell Grants, but not as promised. (Oct 2004)
  • People qualify for Pell Grants because they don't have money. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush's cut the Pell Grants and the Perkins Loans for college. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush broke promise to pay for No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Bush never promised to fully fund NCLB. (Oct 2004)
  • Fully fund No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • Invest in the children, not the prison system. (Jul 2004)
  • Chides Bush for not fully funding No Child Left Behind. (May 2004)
  • Roll back tax cuts for rich to fund education. (May 2004)
  • National Education Trust Fund: fully fund mandated standards. (Mar 2004)
  • Measure learning, but with flexible standards. (Feb 2004)
  • Vouchers drain resources from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Stop viewing charter schools as threatening innovation. (Oct 2003)
  • Nothing good about vouchers can't be done in public schools. (Oct 2003)
  • Providing student loans for college kids is an ethical issue. (Oct 1996)
  • Supported "No Child Left Behind," but Bush reneged. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Three Rís: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • More foreign languages courses and exchange students. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

John Kerry on Energy & Oil

  • Global Warming as "hoax" is funded by Big Oil & GOP. (Jan 2007)
  • The Kyoto Treaty was flawed but could be fixed. (Oct 2004)
  • No American should be held hostage to our oil dependence. (Jul 2004)
  • Encourage fuel efficient cars & use reserves in short-term. (May 2004)
  • No nuclear waste dump in Nevada's Yucca Mountain. (Feb 2004)
  • Raise CAFE standard to 36 mpg by 2015. (Jan 2004)
  • Ban MBTE and sue companies who make it. (Jan 2004)
  • 20% renewable energy by 2020. (Nov 2003)
  • Drilling for oil doesn't gain energy independence. (Oct 2003)
  • Apollo project approach to energy independence. (Oct 2003)
  • Dismissal of Kyoto indicative of Bush's unilateralism. (Oct 2003)
  • ANWR won't provide any oil for 20 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Invent our way out of oil dependency-don't drill our way out. (Sep 2003)
  • Invest in advancing secure forms of energy instead of oil. (Jun 2003)
  • Create new energy sources to end Mideast dependency. (May 2002)
  • FactCheck: No, Kerry never voted for a 50-cent gas tax hike. (Oct 2004)
  • Led effort to try to raise fuel efficiency standards. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Include pickup trucks in CAFE; include hybrids in HOV lanes. (Feb 2002)
  • Keep climate change in EPA "State of the Environment" report. (Jun 2003)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

John Kerry on Environment

  • Minority communities more likely polluted than white areas. (Jan 2007)
  • The Clear Skies bill is Orwellian and makes things worse. (Oct 2004)
  • Fact Check: Contaminated home uses city water, not bottled. (Dec 2003)
  • Make environmental justice an EPA priority. (Oct 2003)
  • Safeguard the environment and grow the economy. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Support UNCED Rio Declaration at 2002 conference. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 53% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Sponsored health impact bill for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
  • Fund studies of sustainable fisheries. (Oct 1996)
  • Fund studies of invasive species and algal blooms. (Mar 1998)

John Kerry on Families & Children

  • Care for our children and protect the neighborhoods. (Jul 2004)
  • Fighting for America's Children: insurance & care for all. (Mar 2004)
  • Fully fund Head Start for all 3- and 4-year-olds. (Mar 2004)
  • Supports Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act. (Mar 2004)
  • New "Kids Safety Effort" at the FDA. (Mar 2004)
  • Fund Head Start to leave no child behind. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Small Business loans for child care businesses. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)

John Kerry on Foreign Policy

  • No nation will ever have a veto over us. (Oct 2004)
  • The President deceived the people with this war. (Oct 2004)
  • Missouri would be the third largest country in "coalition". (Oct 2004)
  • Preemptive strike must pass a global test. (Sep 2004)
  • Will never take my eye off the real dangerous threats. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush is sending mixed messages to South Korea. (Sep 2004)
  • Want both bilateral and multinational talks with North Korea. (Sep 2004)
  • Take notice of political oppression in Russia. (Sep 2004)
  • China is involved with North Korea no matter what. (Sep 2004)
  • America should lead by extending a hand, not a fist. (Aug 2004)
  • American power comes from respect, not weapons. (May 2004)
  • Bush undermines generations of American leadership. (May 2004)
  • Haiti is in crisis because Bush hates Aristide. (Feb 2004)
  • Excluding other nations in rebuilding Iraq is dumb. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports multilateral cooperative internationalism. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Monitor human rights in Uganada-Sudan crisis. (Aug 2004)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Develop a strategy to protect civilians in Darfur. (Feb 2007)

John Kerry on Free Trade

  • All new trade must include labor and environmental standards. (Jan 2004)
  • Dean's trade policy is protectionist. (Sep 2003)
  • FTAA needs more labor and environmental standards. (Sep 2003)
  • Fix NAFTA-canceling it would be disastrous. (Sep 2003)
  • Capitalism and democracy go hand in hand. (May 2003)
  • Veto FTAA and CAFTA until they have stronger standards. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)

John Kerry on Government Reform

  • FactCheck: Yes, Kerry was absent from Senate 76% in 2003. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry passed more than 5 bills, but less than 56. (Oct 2004)
  • Every vote must be counted. (Jan 2004)
  • Only Senator elected 4 times without a dime of PAC money. (Jun 2003)
  • Flag and patriotism belong to all Americans. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Make Election Day a national holiday. (Aug 2001)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)

John Kerry on Gun Control

  • Country less safe-terrorists can now buy assault weapons. (Oct 2004)
  • Supports 2nd Amendment, but wants to ban assault weapons. (Sep 2004)
  • Gun owner & hunter, but rights come with responsibility. (Mar 2004)
  • Democratic Party shouldn't be for the NRA. (Nov 2003)
  • Supports assault weapons ban & Brady Bill. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Kerry on Health Care

  • Find common ground to cover 11 million uninsured children. (Nov 2006)
  • Fight for affordable health care for all children. (Jun 2006)
  • Flu vaccine failure means system is failing US families. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush blocked drugs importation and Medicare bulk purchasing. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry's healthcare plan lets people choose their plan. (Oct 2004)
  • Passed 56 individual bills that I've personally written. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush hasn't fully funded the VA hospitals and Medicare. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Bush's plan yields $13B for big pharma, not $139B. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush said in 2000 that re-importation from Canada was OK. (Oct 2004)
  • Lawsuits contribute less than 1% of all healthcare costs. (Oct 2004)
  • Choose your doctor and your healthcare plan. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush chose a tax cut over health care. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush has no plan to address the health care crisis. (Aug 2004)
  • Health care is not a privilege but a right for all. (Jul 2004)
  • Research, prevention, and wellness can reduce Medicare costs. (Jan 2004)
  • Day 1: Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Jan 2004)
  • Don't push seniors into HMOs; change Bush Rx plan. (Jan 2004)
  • Simultaneously address costs, coverage, and choice. (Oct 2003)
  • Lack of accessible health care is a disgrace. (May 2002)
  • Tax cut of $550 billion would cut Medicare. (Oct 1996)

    Health Insurance

  • FactCheck: Kerry's plan covers 95% of Americans, not 100%. (Oct 2004)
  • Health care plan is not an empty promise and provide choice. (Oct 2004)
  • Covering more people can lower health costs in many ways. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry's plan covers 92%, not 100% of Americans. (Oct 2004)
  • It is morally wrong to leave so many Americans uninsured. (Aug 2004)
  • Start providing health insurance for every child in America. (Aug 2004)
  • Provide a bonus for states to get children insured. (Aug 2004)
  • More help to those who fall through the cracks of the system. (Aug 2004)
  • Save families up to $1,000 a year on their premiums. (Jul 2004)
  • Catastrophic health coverage for all costs over $50,000. (Feb 2004)
  • Cut $350B of bureaucracy and cover 90% of Americans. (Oct 2003)
  • Cover more citizens with health plan like Congress gets. (May 2003)
  • Providing health care for kids is an ethical issue. (Oct 1996)
  • Created catastrophic health insurance and withdrew it. (Jul 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Key issue: Does government control reduce cost? (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Increase funding to combat the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

John Kerry on Homeland Security

  • Constitution is core value for our national security. (Jun 2006)
  • Need the best intelligence and cooperation to make us safe. (Oct 2004)
  • Our container ports, bridges, & plants are not secure. (Oct 2004)
  • Isolate the radical Muslims, not have them isolate the US. (Sep 2004)
  • Protect loose nuclear materials from the terrorists. (Sep 2004)
  • Double the number of special forces. (Sep 2004)
  • Build the strongest network to prevent nuclear proliferation. (Sep 2004)
  • Expand active duty and Army's forces to security peace. (Aug 2004)
  • Offer a military modernization plan for the troops. (Aug 2004)
  • Ensure Americans in uniform receive benefits they deserve. (Aug 2004)
  • Make better use of the National Guard. (Aug 2004)
  • Keep our promises to American veterans. (Aug 2004)
  • Make certain the veterans have benefits. (Nov 2003)
  • Invest billions to secure loose nukes abroad. (Oct 2003)
  • Stop terrorism by focusing on banks, computers & weapons. (Jun 1998)
  • Supported a federal crime bill that funded 100,000 cops. (Apr 1996)
  • Need to be smarter about how we wage a war on terror efforts. (Sep 2004)
  • Automatic citizenship to immigrants who serves in army. (Sep 2003)

    Anti-terrorism

  • Cast a global net for terrorists. (Aug 2004)
  • Improve intelligence capabilities to counter terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • Cut off terrorists funds. (Aug 2004)
  • Prevent Afghanistan & others from becoming terrorist havens. (Aug 2004)
  • Add 40,000 troops and double anti-terrorism special forces. (Jul 2004)
  • Will lead a global effort against nuclear proliferation. (Jul 2004)
  • Quickly implement the recommendations of the 9-11 commission. (Jul 2004)
  • Four new imperatives: alliances, modernize, end Mideast oil. (May 2004)
  • Increase military by 40,000 troops-but no draft. (Jan 2004)
  • Focus more on human intelligence gathering. (Nov 2003)
  • The New War: We are no longer safe at home. (Oct 2003)
  • Modernize the Middle East to prevent future terrorism. (Oct 2003)

    Bush Policy

  • Military is overextended and there's a backdoor draft. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush chose tax cuts for the wealthy over homeland security. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush is backdoor drafting our National Guards. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush has cut funding to stop nuclear proliferation. (Sep 2004)
  • Individual Ready Reserve call-up is used as a backdoor draft. (Aug 2004)
  • End the backdoor draft of reservists, help is on the way. (Jul 2004)
  • Bush's foreign policy has not made American safer. (Jul 2004)
  • Exaggeration by the Bush administration should be questioned. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush administration is misleading America in a profound way. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush misused the authority Congress gave him. (Jan 2004)
  • Color-coded warning system needs to be changed. (Jan 2004)
  • Focus on first responders instead of duct tape. (Oct 2003)
  • No new generation of nuclear weapons. (Sep 2003)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: No, Kerry voted FOR 16 out of 19 defense packages. (Oct 2004)
  • Zell: Kerry voted against weapons needed for War on Terror. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Establish Maritime Security grants for ports and vessels. (Nov 2002)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Small business in developing homeland security technologies. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 20% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)

John Kerry on Immigration

  • Temporary workers ok, and earned amnesty ok. (Oct 2004)
  • A guest-worker program alone won't solve the problem. (Oct 2004)
  • Restore immigrant benefits lost in 1996 welfare reform. (Mar 2004)
  • Expedited citizenship for members of the Armed Forces. (Mar 2004)
  • Earned legalization for immigrants to keep families together. (Feb 2004)
  • Earned legalization for undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Amnesty to anyone here over 5 or 6 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Cover child resident aliens under Medicaid and SCHIP. (May 2005)
  • Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

John Kerry on Jobs

  • Bush could make an impact on the loss of jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush cut job training money and ignored the unemployed. (Oct 2004)
  • Many things can be done to control jobs loss and outsourcing. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: 0.6M jobs lost under Bush, not 1.6M. (Oct 2004)
  • End tax incentives for companies to move jobs abroad. (Oct 2004)
  • Can't stop all outsourcing, but can level the playing field. (Oct 2004)
  • 2.7M manufacturing jobs lost under Bush. (Aug 2004)
  • Raise minimum wage to $6.65 by next year, then higher. (Jan 2004)
  • Provide employment opportunities to minorities. (Jan 2004)
  • Weekly economic policy summit to create jobs. (Oct 2003)
  • Trade grows jobs. (Sep 2003)
  • Jump start jobs at home via energy independence. (Sep 2003)
  • We need job opportunities, not photo opportunities. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Match minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises. (May 2006)

John Kerry on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Democratic Party 93.5% of 306 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Kerry's PAC gave $8.5 million to 250 candidates in 43 states. (Nov 2006)
  • Last nominee to get 2nd chance was Adlai Stevenson in 1956. (Oct 2006)
  • Rejected challenging Ohio irregularities as too "personal". (Oct 2006)
  • Ended 2004 campaign with $14M in campaign funds. (Oct 2005)
  • FactCheck: No, Kerry is 11th most liberal, not 1st in Senate. (Oct 2004)
  • We need to do more to link good work with faith. (Oct 2004)
  • Late Night: "Top 10 Bush Tax Proposals". (Sep 2004)
  • Bush & Cheney unfit to serve because they misled us into war. (Sep 2004)
  • Bigotry and hatred should never steal our hope and future. (Jul 2004)
  • The flag represents who we are and what we believe in. (Jul 2004)
  • Reject politics that divide people. (Jul 2004)
  • Pray humbly that we are on God's side. (Jul 2004)
  • Will lead an America where all are in the same boat. (Jul 2004)
  • Urban Legend: Kerry did not disparage Reagan at funeral. (Jul 2004)
  • Clear separation of church and state. (Apr 2004)
  • Revoke every Bush order that favors special interests. (Mar 2004)
  • Honors the separation of church and state. (Dec 2003)
  • Despite Zell Miller, Dem Party does speak to southerners. (Nov 2003)
  • Bush broke his three biggest campaign promises. (Oct 2003)
  • Persecuted Catholics rely on church-state separation. (Oct 2003)
  • Need a president who won't write laws only for contributors. (Sep 2003)
  • Contest between common sense values and extreme ideologues. (Jun 2003)
  • I'm talking about things that matter to people. (May 2003)
  • I'm a good person to be in the foxhole with. (Sep 1996)

    Campaign Themes

  • Service is what brought America peace and prosperity. (Jul 2004)
  • Restore trust and credibility to the White House. (Jul 2004)
  • Seeing complexities of complex issues is not flip-flopping. (Jul 2004)
  • Shutting one's eyes and ears to the truth is not patriotism. (Jul 2004)
  • America can do better and help is on the way. (Jul 2004)
  • Ready to lead America: I was there and I led the fight. (Dec 2003)
  • Campaign built around a call to service. (Oct 2003)
  • Redeem promise for a better America for our children. (Oct 2003)
  • It is time for this country to ask again, why not? (May 2003)

    Personal

  • My faith affects everything that I do. (Oct 2004)
  • My mother was the rock of our family. (Jul 2004)
  • Saw the fear in the eyes of people who were not free. (Jul 2004)
  • Grandfather committed suicide; John never told he was Jewish. (Jul 2004)
  • Spent summers on Cape Cod and hometown in Millis MA. (Jul 2004)
  • Attended boarding school in Europe; fluent in French. (Jul 2004)
  • Despite aristocratic roots, a Catholic outsider at schools. (Jul 2004)
  • Political heroes: Max Cleland, FDR, JFK, Lincoln. (Nov 2003)
  • Raised Catholic, but family history includes Jews. (Oct 2003)
  • Favorite song: Bruce Springsteen, "No Surrender.". (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)

John Kerry on Social Security

  • FactCheck: Kerry did tax some benefits, to fund Medicare. (Oct 2004)
  • Personal retirement accounts are an invitation to disaster. (Oct 2004)
  • Social Security privatization will cost $2 trillion more. (Oct 2004)
  • Will not privatize Social Security nor cut benefits. (Jul 2004)
  • I will never privatize, extend retirement age, nor cut SS. (Jan 2004)
  • Guarantee Social Security soundness, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Don't threaten Social Security on Wall Street trading block. (May 2002)
  • Never thought about pulling money out of Social Security. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Kerry on Tax Reform

  • The middle class has seen their tax burden go up under Bush. (Oct 2004)
  • Support the part of Bush's tax cut given to the middle class. (Oct 2004)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes on earnings under $200,000. (Oct 2004)
  • More tax cut for all people earning less than the $200,000. (Oct 2004)
  • Enron received $254 million after the Bush tax cut. (Oct 2004)
  • Homeland security should come before tax cut for the wealthy. (Sep 2004)
  • Offer tax cuts that will help the middle class families. (Aug 2004)
  • More tax cuts for people who make less than $200,000. (Jul 2004)
  • Keep child tax credit, and new 10% tax bracket. (Jan 2004)
  • Kerry vs. Bush on taxes is a fight we deserve to have. (Jan 2004)
  • GOP tax policy comforts the comfortable. (Oct 2003)
  • 10% bracket in Bush tax cuts was Democrats' idea. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts reach 32 million in middle class. (Sep 2003)
  • We're tired of being trickled on--Middle class tax cuts now. (Jun 2003)
  • Trade a tax cut for the huge cuts in student loans. (Sep 1996)
  • They're not Bush tax cuts, they're Democrat tax cuts. (Oct 2003)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: No, Kerry did not vote 350 times to raise taxes. (Oct 2004)
  • I supported or voted for tax cuts over 600 times. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 14% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

John Kerry on War & Peace

  • We stood up to Bush's aimless and failed course in Iraq. (Mar 2008)
  • Regrets nothing more that his 2002 vote for Iraq War. (Oct 2006)
  • Ending Iraq war requires summit including Iran & Syria. (Jun 2006)
  • Focus on the real war on terror and find bin Laden. (Oct 2004)
  • The $87 billion bill gives a slush fund to Halliburton. (Oct 2004)
  • North Korea's got nuclear weapons due to Bush's ambivalence. (Sep 2004)
  • Need credible Arab partner to negotiate with Israel. (Sep 2004)
  • Pre-emptive strike ok only when US survival at stake. (Jan 2004)
  • Get US more deeply involved in Arab-Israeli peace process. (Nov 2003)
  • Leadership comes from experience: share the war burden. (Oct 2003)
  • Supported Kosovo action & Powell Doctrine. (Oct 2003)
  • Palestinians renounce right of return; get treated equally. (Oct 2003)
  • Against a misapplied blanket pre-emptive doctrine. (Jun 2003)

    Afghanistan

  • The right war was Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: US didn't have bin Laden surrounded at Tora Bora. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush outsourced to Afghan warlords to kill Osama bin Laden. (Sep 2004)
  • Afghanistan, where Osama bin Laden is, is forgotten. (Sep 2004)
  • Hunting Osama-not Saddam-should be priority. (Sep 2004)
  • Afghanistan incursion justified and not the same as Vietnam. (Apr 2004)
  • Supported 1998 missile attacks against Afghanistan & Sudan. (Apr 2004)

    Iraq

  • Bush-McCain stategy in Iraq is policy to stay, not to win. (Sep 2007)
  • No al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2002; we invaded under false pretense. (Sep 2007)
  • Democrats proposing success in Iraq by political solution. (Sep 2007)
  • Reduce US military presence in Iraq; and bring in neighbors. (Sep 2007)
  • War in Iraq was founded & perpetuated on lies, like Vietnam. (Jun 2006)
  • Relieve troops by adding divisions and use Guard in US. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Shinseki retirement was pushed but not forced. (Oct 2004)
  • Reach out to our allies to deal with the chaos in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Would have given Clinton the power to use force if necessary. (Oct 2004)
  • We have trained many and are spending a lot in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Iraq is diverting our attention from the real war on terror. (Sep 2004)
  • "Last resort" means something to someone who's seen combat. (Sep 2004)
  • Iraq wasn't the center of the war on terror before invasion. (Sep 2004)
  • It's getting worse by the day in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • The oil ministry is guarded but not the nuclear facilities. (Sep 2004)
  • Make sure the outcome of war honors soldiers' nobility. (Sep 2004)
  • The US has no long-term designs on staying in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • 90 percent of our Army is in Iraq instead of fighting terror. (Sep 2004)
  • The issue of Saddam Hussein was what to do about it. (Sep 2004)
  • Wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Sep 2004)
  • Never fight a war without enough troops and a plan to win. (Aug 2004)
  • Need two army divisions for now-but no draft. (Feb 2004)
  • Only go to war if we have to, not because we want to. (Jan 2004)
  • De-Americanize Iraq: the exit strategy is victory. (Sep 2003)
  • Don't send more US troops to Iraq-share power & share burden. (Sep 2003)
  • Intelligence information should not be manipulated. (Jun 2003)
  • Disarm Saddam, but war should be a last resort. (May 2003)
  • Preferred diplomacy, but supported invading Iraq. (May 2003)

    Iraq Criticism

  • Meant to bash Bush, but ending up bashing soldiers in Iraq. (Nov 2006)
  • Bush rushed to war without having a plan to win the peace. (Oct 2004)
  • UN sanctions were to remove the WMD, not Saddam. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush's job was to win the peace, not just the war. (Oct 2004)
  • Iraqi war is a catastrophic mistake. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Bush has spent $120B in Iraq, not $200B. (Oct 2004)
  • It's wrong to make America bear 90% of war casualties. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush Sr said our troops would be occupiers in a hostile land. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush promised not to make war inevitable but did just that. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush misled the American people. (Sep 2004)
  • Saddam Hussein didn't attack us, Osama bin Laden did. (Sep 2004)
  • Halliburton should not be a factor that pushes allies away. (Sep 2004)
  • It was a coalition of three countries when we went in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • Preferred strong alliances when Bush decided to go to war. (Sep 2004)
  • War decisions guided by facts not distorted by politics. (Jul 2004)
  • Bring allies to share our burden in fighting terrorism. (Jul 2004)
  • Bush has broken his promises & is mismanaging war. (Oct 2003)
  • Don't miss 3rd opportunity in Iraq to bring in UN. (Sep 2003)

    Swift Boat

  • Veteran biography strategy failed with "Reporting for duty". (Oct 2005)

    Vietnam

  • Kerry now fully engaged in fighting Swift Boat Veterans. (May 2006)
  • Kerry releases Navy records to prove his version of Vietnam. (May 2006)
  • Caught off-guard in 2004 by unexpected attacks on war record. (May 2006)
  • Vietnamese villagers say Swift Vets' account is incorrect. (Oct 2004)
  • Swift Boat Vets attack Kerry's medals. (Aug 2004)
  • Kerry's C.O. says Kerry deserved his Silver Star? (Aug 2004)
  • Man Kerry rescued says Kerry deserved his Bronze Star. (Aug 2004)
  • Only veteran to testify to congress about Vietnam. (Jul 2004)
  • Accused US government of war crime, not veterans. (Jul 2004)
  • Before enlisting, believed in the US saving face in Vietnam. (Jul 2004)
  • Condemned early Vietnam protests as "irresponsible". (Jul 2004)
  • Anti-Vietnam but not left-wing anti-war. (Apr 2004)
  • Kerry saves life under fire, awarded Bronze Star. (Apr 2004)
  • Word "atrocity" is too strong, though it reflected anger. (Apr 2004)
  • Vietnam was genocide, but no point calling it "war crimes". (May 2001)
  • O'Neil: Kerry's VVAW comments are libel against veterans. (Jun 1971)
  • VVAW says what's wrong so we can put out country right. (Jun 1971)
  • War crimes by leadership policy, not personal atrocities. (Jun 1971)
  • Vietnamization just changed the color of the bodies fighting. (Jun 1971)
  • US actions in Vietnam were counter to Geneva Conventions. (Jun 1971)
  • Objected to war policy while in Vietnam, and after. (Jun 1971)
  • Vietnam didn't threaten US; US war crimes did. (Apr 1971)
  • Vietnam war was criminal hypocrisy and tore apart US. (Apr 1971)
  • How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake. (Apr 1971)
  • US soldiers committed atrocities in Vietnam, including me. (Apr 1971)

    Voting Record

  • Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but voted against 2004 funding. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted against a $87 billion supplemental that hurts veterans. (Sep 2004)
  • I'd vote to authorize war, but with allies. (Aug 2004)
  • Karl Rove: "Kerry gave green light to Bush on Iraq". (Apr 2004)
  • No regrets on war vote-but regrets on Bush breaking promises. (Feb 2004)
  • Bush went to war the wrong way-I voted for the right way. (Jan 2004)
  • Maybe on $87B for Iraq-repeal Bush tax cut to pay it, if yes. (Sep 2003)
  • Vote for war was needed to push Saddam on inspectors. (Sep 2003)
  • $87B for Iraq only when internationalization is addressed. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

John Kerry on Welfare & Poverty

  • It's long overdue time to raise the minimum wage. (Oct 2004)
  • Raise the minimum wage and training fund to help the poor. (Aug 2004)
  • Desperate need to build more affordable housing. (Nov 2003)
  • Ok for government to partner with non-profits & for-profits. (Oct 2003)
  • Expand EITC as anti-poverty measure. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Add 10% for HUBZone businesses in federal awards. (Oct 2002)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (Apr 2003)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)