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Republican nominee for President; Senior Senator (AZ):
John McCain on the Issues

John McCain on Abortion

  • I’ve never imposed a litmus test on Supreme Court nominees. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama voted no on partial-birth ban & born-alive treatment. (Oct 2008)
  • Pro-life and an advocate for the Rights of Man everywhere. (Feb 2008)
  • GovWatch: 1999: Don’t force women to have illegal operations. (Feb 2008)
  • Abortion issue shows what kind of country we are. (Aug 2007)
  • Concerned if women undergo illegal dangerous operations. (May 2007)
  • Supports federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. (May 2007)
  • Prosecute abortion doctors, not women who get them. (Jan 2000)
  • “Family Conference” if daughter wanted an abortion. (Jan 2000)
  • Abortion OK if raped; and no testing for rape. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports fetal tissue research; against over-intensity. (Jan 2000)
  • Overturn Roe v. Wade, but keep incest & rape exceptions. (Jan 2000)
  • Support adoption & foster care; work together on abortion. (Oct 1999)
  • Wants Roe vs. Wade made irrelevant, but would not repeal it. (Aug 1999)
  • Opposes partial-birth abortions & public financing. (Aug 1999)
  • Nominate justices based on experience, and values. (Jun 1999)
  • Restrict abortions; no partial-birth; no public funding. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Supports repealing Roe v. Wade. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)

John McCain on Budget & Economy

  • We’ve laid a $10 trillion debt on our young people. (Oct 2008)
  • Energy independence & tax cuts for all. (Oct 2008)
  • Stabilize mortgage industry so people stay in their homes. (Oct 2008)
  • Cut down on earmarks & establish priorities. (Oct 2008)
  • I have fought against excessive spending my entire career. (Sep 2008)
  • Can’t pass trillions of dollars of debt to our children. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: Specified cuts are $10B, not $100B. (May 2008)
  • Things are tough now, but we’re better off than in 2000. (Jan 2008)
  • May have to go further to fix the subprime lending situation. (Jan 2008)
  • Recession is partly psychological and not inevitable. (Jan 2008)
  • I’m well-versed in economics; I was at the Reagan Revolution. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Said--then denied--he needed economics education. (Jan 2008)
  • Will be able to reduce war costs & have a stable Middle East. (Jan 2008)
  • Reform insurance to cover violent weather patterns. (Jan 2008)
  • To avoid recession, stop out-of-control spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Loss of economic strength leads to losing military strength. (Dec 2007)
  • Republicans have forgotten how to control spending. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: Outrageous to spend $233M for bridge to nowhere. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck:Bridge-to-Nowhere never built; would serve 200,000. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Criticized “Woodstock museum,” but skipped vote. (Nov 2007)
  • Congress spends money like a drunken sailor. (May 2007)
  • Consistent conservative voting on free-market principles. (Sep 2000)
  • FactCheck: Obama’s new programs cost $286B; McCain’s $211B. (Oct 2008)
  • Use veto power to reduce government spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Distribute surplus: 23% tax cuts; 62% Social Security. (Jan 2000)
  • $9B of pork in current budget bills; cut subsidies. (Oct 1999)
  • For Balanced Budget Amend., & off-budget Social Security. (Jul 1999)
  • List of budgetary spending priorities. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1998)
  • Apply surplus to Social Security, Medicare, tax cuts & debt. (Jul 1998)

    Financial Bailout

  • Americans are innocent victims of Wall Street greed. (Oct 2008)
  • $300B to buy up home mortgages; put a floor under it. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: $300B mortgage plan shifts burden to taxpayers. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, “fundamentals are strong” but “threatened”. (Oct 2008)
  • Buy up bad mortgages so people can stay in homes. (Oct 2008)
  • I suspended my campaign to help resolve financial crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Rescue package already has mortgage renegotiation. (Oct 2008)
  • Have no doubt about the magnitude of financial crisis. (Sep 2008)
  • Recoup financial bailout cost by cutting spending. (Sep 2008)
  • Freeze on everything but Defense, Veterans & entitlements. (Sep 2008)
  • These are tough times; we need changes; so keep taxes low. (Aug 2008)
  • Bailing out Bear Stearns necessary to protect economy. (Apr 2008)
  • Key is to not to bail out homeowners who speculated. (Apr 2008)
  • Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy. (Jan 2008)

    Voting Record

  • Veto all pork-barrel bills and announce pork spenders. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Maintain & enforce existing spending caps in the future. (Sep 1998)

John McCain on Civil Rights

  • Equal pay for equal work case was a trial lawyer’s dream. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Pay discrimination still subject to time limits. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports CA Prop. 8: one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted against MLK holiday in 1983; now calls that a mistake. (Apr 2008)
  • Don’t ask, don’t tell is working; don’t tamper with it. (Jun 2007)
  • Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok. (May 2007)
  • Leave gay marriage to the states. (Jan 2007)
  • John Lewis was as courageous as anyone could ever hope to be. (Apr 2004)
  • Fear did not restrain Dr. King to resist repression. (Apr 2004)
  • 1994: No Senate hiring discrimination by sexual orientation. (Jan 2004)
  • 1987: 1st Senate committee was Indian affairs, crucial to AZ. (Sep 2000)
  • Support evangelism but don’t pander to evangelical leaders. (Feb 2000)
  • Inter-racial dating ban is idiotic and cruel. (Feb 2000)
  • Career-long history of supporting Indian causes. (Jan 2000)
  • Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Confederate flag is a “symbol of heritage”. (Jan 2000)
  • Allow, but not mandate, school prayer. (Jan 2000)
  • Would be “comfortable” with a gay president. (Dec 1999)
  • Flying Confederate flag should be left to states. (Sep 1999)
  • 1st Amend. not a shield for hate groups. (Aug 1999)
  • Indian gambling OK; lottery is not. (Aug 1999)
  • Hollywood should voluntarily self-censor sex and violence. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports Amendment against flag-burning. (Apr 1999)
  • We don’t need laws against Spanish language & culture. (Mar 1999)
  • Affirmative action OK for specific programs, but no quotas. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Ban on same-sex marriage is unRepublican; leave it to states. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 33% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

John McCain on Corporations

  • Cut taxes for small business so they can thrive. (Oct 2008)
  • Warned about corporate greed & excess; supports bailout. (Sep 2008)
  • Need stricter interpretation and consolidation of regulators. (Sep 2008)
  • Government should be on businesses’ side, not in their way. (Jun 2008)
  • More deductible expensing of equipment investments. (Feb 2008)
  • Cut corporate income taxes to keep jobs here. (Jan 2008)
  • People worry about corporations unduly influencing elections. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 61% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)

John McCain on Crime

  • Judges have limited scope under the Constitution. (Nov 2006)
  • More death penalty; stricter sentencing. (Jan 2000)
  • More community policing; enough hate crime laws. (Jan 2000)
  • Prosecute youths as adults, but separately; explore sources. (Jan 2000)
  • Urges hearings on how FBI can deter Hate Crimes. (Aug 1999)
  • 1st Amend. not a shield for hate groups. (Aug 1999)
  • Pro-death penalty; more prisons; increased penalties. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 29% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)

John McCain on Drugs

  • Mexico should extradite drug dealers to the US. (Mar 2007)
  • Administration is AWOL on the war on drugs. (Mar 2000)
  • Public/private partnerships for drug treatment. (Jan 2000)
  • Prevention & education apply to alcohol as well as marijuana. (Oct 1999)
  • We’re losing drug war - just say no. (Oct 1999)
  • $1B for detection equipment for more border interdiction. (Mar 1999)
  • Mexico: balancing act between free trade & stopping drugs. (Mar 1999)
  • Restrict methadone treatment programs. (Feb 1999)
  • Stricter penalties; stricter enforcement. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Sponsored bill on drug testing for major league sports. (May 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for grants to Indian tribes to fight meth. (Dec 2006)

John McCain on Education

  • Achieved equality in schools; but failing schools don’t help. (Oct 2008)
  • I want schools to answer to parents and students. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay bonuses to teachers in the most troubled schools. (Jul 2008)
  • Target funding to recruit top graduates as teachers. (Jul 2008)
  • Direct $750 million to build virtual schools. (Jul 2008)
  • Give parents easier access to obtain help for their children. (Jul 2008)
  • Shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition. (Jun 2008)
  • View has evolved on intelligent design vs. evolution. (Mar 2008)
  • Teaching creationism should be decided by school districts. (Jun 2007)
  • Believes in evolution, but sees the hand of God in nature. (May 2007)
  • Against nationally imposed standards & funding strings. (Feb 2000)
  • Teach virtues in all schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Enlist retirees for tutoring. (Nov 1999)
  • Good teachers should earn more than bad lawyers. (Oct 1999)
  • Decisions on teaching evolution should be made locally. (Aug 1999)
  • Help unqualified teachers find other lines of work. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports tax-free savings accounts for education expenses. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports “Reading Excellence”; and rewarding good schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports at-risk programs; homeless ed.; anti-drop-out ed. (Jul 1999)
  • Internet access, with filters, at every school & library. (Jun 1999)
  • Merit pay & competency testing for teachers. (Jun 1999)
  • Ed-ACT Bill: college plans; language proficiency. (May 1999)

    School Choice

  • Vouchers in DC work; parents wait in line for them. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers and school choice for all. (Jul 2008)
  • Offer more choices to those who wish to become teachers. (Jul 2008)
  • Place parents & children at the center of education. (Feb 2008)
  • We need more choice and competition in education. (Dec 2007)
  • Charters, homeschooling, & vouchers are key to success. (Dec 2007)
  • Local charters are the best Arizona schools. (Mar 2000)
  • Let states decide if they link vouchers to student testing. (Feb 2000)
  • Use sugar, oil, and ethanol subsidies to finance vouchers. (Jan 2000)
  • Tax breaks for charters - not from public school funds. (Dec 1999)
  • Vouchers & charters will improve our school system. (Oct 1999)
  • Nationwide test of school vouchers. (Sep 1999)
  • $5B program for 3-year test of school vouchers. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax-funded vouchers for private schools or charter schools. (Jun 1999)
  • Shift policy-making from bureaucrats to parents. (May 1999)
  • Vouchers needed where teachers fail. (May 1999)
  • Vouchers for any schools; more charter schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Unrestricted block grants--let states decide spending. (Feb 2000)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

John McCain on Energy & Oil

  • FactCheck: No, Obama voted for $300M oil tax INCREASE. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama not opposed to nuclear energy; just Yucca. (Sep 2008)
  • GovWatch: Build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Gas tax cut goes to oil companies, not consumers. (Jun 2008)
  • Public pressure on oil industry to invest in alternatives. (Oct 2007)
  • Reinvest oil profits in nuclear power. (Jun 2007)
  • Ethanol made no sense in ‘05 but with $60/bbl it makes sense. (May 2007)
  • Supports alternative fuels, emission controls, & CWA. (Jul 1998)

    Energy Independence

  • Energy independence will create millions of jobs. (Oct 2008)
  • Use alternative energy, including nuclear, coal, gas, solar. (Oct 2008)
  • All of the above: nuclear, wind, tide, solar, gas, coal. (Oct 2008)
  • Offshore drilling & nuke power instead of $700B to enemies. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Voted against new investments in renewable energy. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: US sends $357B to hostile countries, not $700B. (Sep 2008)
  • Attack the energy problem on every front. (Sep 2008)
  • Job creation program with alternate energy & nuclear power. (Aug 2008)
  • Address both the supply and demand sides of imported oil. (Jun 2008)
  • Lexington Project: invest to achieve energy security. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: Obama is the “Dr. No” of energy security. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, Obama supported $150B in energy innovation. (Jun 2008)
  • End moratorium on offshore oil drilling. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Favors wind & solar in ad; favors nuclear in bills. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: 2003: Ethanol doesn’t increase energy independence. (Feb 2008)
  • End reliance on petro-dictators with market-based reform. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Oil independence will take 25 years, not 5 years. (Dec 2007)

    Global Warming

  • Nuclear power is the best way to fix climate change. (Oct 2008)
  • AdWatch: Realistic climate plan that clashes with GOP. (Jun 2008)
  • Be more active in addressing the issue of climate change. (Jan 2008)
  • In favor of cap-and-trade. (Jan 2008)
  • Climate change is real and must be addressed. (Dec 2007)
  • Climate change is real; nuclear power is solution. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: nuclear plants do emit no GHGs, but do have waste. (Jun 2007)
  • 2000: Held hearings on mounting evidence of climate change. (Jan 2004)
  • 2000: Criticized Bush’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Treaty. (Jan 2004)
  • Energy 2001: 1st Republican to sign onto reducing GHGS. (May 2002)
  • Strength Clean Air & Water Acts; but not Kyoto. (Jan 2000)

    Voting Record

  • GovWatch: Yes, his cap-and-trade bill is mandatory. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Sponsored bill for greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Gas tax holiday for the summer. (Apr 2008)
  • Supports immediate reductions in greenhouse gases. (Sep 1998)

John McCain on Environment

  • Create green jobs to help economy & environment. (Oct 2008)
  • GovWatch: Voted for one Congressional Katrina investigation. (Jun 2008)
  • Support much tougher regulations on emission requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Criticized $3M “bear DNA” study, but voted for it. (Nov 2007)
  • Economic & environmental interests not mutually exclusive. (Sep 2007)
  • Scored 40% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • 1996: Put 3.5B acres of land into wilderness protection. (Jan 2004)
  • Preserving wilderness among proudest achievements. (Sep 2002)
  • 1980s: 1st House committee was water rights, crucial to AZ. (Sep 2000)
  • Preserve and help our National Parks. (Jan 2000)
  • Repeal ban on new roads in wilderness due to bad process. (Dec 1999)
  • Use park visitor fees for park development bonds. (Dec 1999)
  • Preserve natural resources for future. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Supports grants for brownfields remediation. (May 2002)
  • Make EPA into a Cabinet department. (May 2002)
  • Rated 53% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Focus on results, not regulation. (Sep 1998)

John McCain on Families & Children

  • Supports flex-time & unpaid family leave. (Nov 2004)
  • Unfiltered Internet robs our children of their innocence. (Dec 1999)
  • Parents should be active in media kids are exposed to. (Jul 1999)
  • Label violent media products like we label cigarettes. (Jun 1999)
  • Media Responsibility Act requires video & music labeling. (Jun 1999)
  • Violence in media caused Littleton shootings. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 83% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

John McCain on Foreign Policy

  • Ukraine now in Putin’s sights; penalize Russian aggression. (Oct 2008)
  • Nuclear Iran is an existential threat to Israel. (Sep 2008)
  • Preconditions required for talks with rogue states. (Sep 2008)
  • Russian aggression in Georgia is wrong; I see KGB in Putin. (Sep 2008)
  • Sit down with any leader, but only with pre-conditions. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama sought restraint in Georgia; so did Bush. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m prepared for the dangerous threats in this world. (Sep 2008)
  • 1994: Worked with John Kerry to normalize Vietnam relations. (Mar 2008)
  • No circumstances where president can disregard treaties. (Dec 2007)
  • Maintain Cuban embargo; indict Castro. (Dec 2007)
  • Situation in Pakistan very serious, but not nuclear threat. (Oct 2007)
  • Naive to exclude nukes; naive to exclude attacking Pakistan. (Aug 2007)
  • We have good reason to expect solidarity of our allies. (Aug 2004)
  • Suu Kyi and the people of Burma will rule themselves someday. (Apr 2004)
  • Overthrow “rogue” governments to keep Americans safe. (Feb 2000)
  • Our conscience influences US intervention, as in Rwanda. (Feb 2000)
  • Africa: Money for AIDS would be lost to corruption. (Jan 2000)
  • Concern over Chechnya spreads to Caucasus oil reserves. (Jan 2000)
  • Russia: Sanctions until Putin exits Chechnya. (Jan 2000)
  • IMF’s Russia policies bad, but agency is OK. (Oct 1999)
  • Urge Japan to open economy to ensure Asian recovery. (May 1999)
  • Clinton abandoned framework of “assertive multilateralism”. (Apr 1999)
  • Korea: ease starvation, but avoid war during death throes. (Apr 1999)
  • Cuba: No diplomatic and trade relations. (Jul 1998)

    China

  • Support the One-China policy, don’t weaken it. (Mar 2000)
  • $1M political donations by Chinese Army should not be legal. (Jan 2000)
  • China: Advocate for political reforms, and guard Taiwan. (Jun 1999)
  • Inaction on spying led to Chinese nuclear improvement. (May 1999)
  • Engage with China as they become a great power. (Apr 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Pay dues to UN after UN reforms. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Sponsored bill suspending Russia's participation in the G-8. (Feb 2005)
  • Libyan disarmament was a CIA success story. (Mar 2005)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Call for Burma's junta to release political prisoners. (Jun 2007)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)

John McCain on Free Trade

  • Free trade with Colombia is something that’s a no-brainer. (Oct 2008)
  • When have Americans ever been afraid of foreign competition? (Jun 2008)
  • Globalization is an opportunity--reduce barriers to trade. (Feb 2008)
  • Consider subsidies a mistake, and oppose them. (Dec 2007)
  • Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports ethanol, but by exporting, not by subsidies. (Oct 2007)
  • No environmental provisions in trade agreements. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports opening border to Mexican trucks. (May 2002)
  • Against foreign sales corporations (offshore tax breaks). (Feb 2000)
  • Substitute trade treaties for protectionism. (Jan 2000)
  • Admit China to WTO based on their concessions. (Jun 1999)
  • Free trade with any country except security risks. (May 1999)
  • Retaliatory protectionism is a “murder-suicide pact”. (May 1999)
  • Chile in NAFTA is good, but Fast Track isn’t. (May 1999)
  • China: Keep open trade & diplomacy; but keep eyes open. (Apr 1999)
  • Mexico: balancing act between free trade & stopping drugs. (Mar 1999)
  • NAFTA has had unambiguously positive impact on US. (Mar 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Promote the Andean Free Trade Agreement. (May 2002)
  • Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Sponsored bill for trade with post-Orange Revolution Ukraine. (Apr 2005)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

John McCain on Government Reform

  • Partisan rancor isn’t a cause, it’s a symptom. (Sep 2008)
  • Fought corruption and the big spenders in both parties. (Sep 2008)
  • Share the credit for good ideas instead of fighting over it. (Sep 2008)
  • Eliminate broken government programs--20% of all program. (Feb 2008)
  • More sunshine on the Working Group on Financial Markets. (Jan 2008)
  • No signing statements: either sign or veto bills. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on homeland safety, restoring trust, and fiscal policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Authored line-item veto law; struck down by Supreme Court. (Oct 2007)
  • Keating Five mea culpa established openness to press. (Oct 2007)
  • There’s only one president; V.P. sticks to official duties. (Aug 2007)
  • Reform election system, and get rid of electors. (Nov 2000)
  • No term limits; they throw away the good with the bad. (Jan 2000)
  • Influence peddling helps the Chinese Army. (Sep 1999)
  • Politicans poll, posture, & influence-peddle. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports Line-Item Veto and Balanced Budget. (May 1999)
  • Supports term limits on Congress. (Jul 1998)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • No litmus test for Supreme Court nominees on McCain-Feingold. (Feb 2008)
  • The 527s need to be eliminated. (Oct 2007)
  • OpEd: McCain-Feingold chilled grassroots political speech. (Oct 2007)
  • 527s are clearly illegal; reform intended for small donors. (Apr 2007)
  • Supported then opposed transparency in grassroots reporting. (Jan 2007)
  • Profile in Courage award for preserving integrity of system. (Apr 2003)
  • Campaign finance reform needed to restore faith in politics. (May 2002)
  • Finance reform will prevail if we have the votes & the guts. (May 2002)
  • Supported non-severability as key component of CFR. (May 2002)
  • CFR passes Senate; focus on House, not court challenges. (Apr 2001)
  • Differentiate “electioneering” from real issue ads. (Mar 2001)
  • Clearer rules about campaign finance; no soft money. (Jan 2001)
  • Replace battle of bucks with battle of ideas. (Feb 2000)
  • Fight iron triangle: special interests, money, & legislation. (Feb 2000)
  • Campaign reform that’s best for country, not for GOP. (Jan 2000)
  • Take away soft money & “hurt the unions bad”. (Jan 2000)
  • Money corrupts politics, and soft money corrupts absolutely. (Dec 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: ban both labor union & corporate donations. (May 1999)

    Earmarks & Pork

  • Would fight for line-item veto, and veto pork. (Oct 2008)
  • We need a reformer because system in Washington is broken. (Oct 2008)
  • I fought earmarks even in defense spending. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Killed corrupt $6.8B contract, but reinstated it. (Oct 2008)
  • Get earmarks under control to deal with the financial crisis. (Sep 2008)
  • Obama requested for $932M of pork projects; I fought pork. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Earmarks have gone down in last 5 years. (Sep 2008)
  • Earmarks are terrible and pernicious; Palin learned that. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: $35B in pork meant $484 per child, not $1000. (Jan 2008)
  • I’m “the sheriff”, not Miss Congeniality, about pork bills. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Claim of “24 years with no earmarks” mostly true. (Jan 2008)
  • Close corporate loopholes; veto pork-barrel spending. (Jan 2000)
  • Drain the big money swamp to kill lobbyist mosquitoes. (Dec 1999)
  • End sugar subsidy; corporate welfare at its worst. (Aug 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Gets legislation passed despite lack of congeniality. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored bill subjecting 527s to political committee rules. (Feb 2005)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill disclosing lobbyist info & gifts on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Rethink flawed Presidential daily intelligence briefings. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA yielded to conventional wisdom, not political pressure. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill allowing individual votes on each earmark. (Feb 2006)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)

John McCain on Gun Control

  • I know how to use guns; but I don’t own one. (Nov 2007)
  • Prosecute criminals, not citizens for gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Don’t hold gun manufacturers liable for crimes. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes restrictions on assault weapons and ammunition types. (Sep 2007)
  • Calls for GOP “tolerance” of closing gun show loopholes. (May 2002)
  • Ban cheap guns; require safety locks; for gun show checks. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports ban on certain assault weapons. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted against Brady Bill & assault weapon ban. (Aug 1999)
  • Guns are a problem, but so are violent web sites & videos. (Aug 1999)
  • Punish criminals who abuse 2nd Amendment rights. (May 1999)
  • Youth Violence Prevention Act restricts guns for kids. (May 1999)
  • Repeal existing gun restrictions; penalize criminal use. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow firearms in National Parks. (Feb 2008)

John McCain on Health Care

  • Get healthcare records online to reduce costs. (Oct 2008)
  • Mandated heath insurance is Big Government at its best. (Oct 2008)
  • 50% credit for businesses who provide employees insurance. (Oct 2008)
  • Put health records online, to reduce medical errors. (Oct 2008)
  • Health care is a responsibility: just make it available. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Plan is $5,000 per family, not $5,000 per person. (Oct 2008)
  • Bring together smart Americans to solve Medicare. (Oct 2008)
  • $5,000 refundable tax credit for every family. (Sep 2008)
  • Family should make health decisions, not federal government. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama’s plan is voluntary for adults. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain’s $5,000 health tax credit would be taxed. (Aug 2008)
  • Large tax credit for families to buy their health care. (Jul 2008)
  • Harness market competition for comprehensive reform. (Feb 2008)
  • Preserve quality of health care by individual responsibility. (Dec 2007)
  • Give individuals $2500 refundable tax credits for healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Control health costs so manufacturers stay competitive. (Oct 2007)
  • No mandated universal system; no mandated insurance coverage. (Jun 2006)
  • We should be able to reimport drugs from Canada. (Jan 2006)
  • Include a health savings account in healthcare reform. (Jan 2006)
  • The problem with health care in America is inflation. (Jan 2006)
  • Supports tax-free medical savings accounts & tax credits. (Nov 2004)
  • 1989: No mandatory catastrophic Medicare coverage. (Jan 2004)
  • 1993: To socialize healthcare would be to ruin it. (Jan 2004)
  • Greater consumer access to generic drugs. (May 2002)
  • Favorite cause: Cleft-palate surgery for children. (Oct 2007)
  • Higher taxes on cigarettes. (Jan 2000)
  • Matching funds for seniors citizens’ prescription drugs. (Dec 1999)
  • Expand health insurance to 11 million uninsured children. (Dec 1999)
  • Keep health care promises to aging veterans. (Nov 1999)
  • Address powerlessness when faced with health care crises. (Jul 1999)
  • “Patient rights” means value human life over dollars. (Jul 1999)
  • Expand medical savings; community health; & tax deductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Patient Rights: access; MDs over HMOs; grievance process. (Jul 1999)
  • Allow paying extra for choice of doctors & care. (Jul 1999)
  • Full doctor-patient discussion even when it costs HMO. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports patient rights; regulate nicotine as a drug. (Jul 1998)
  • More tax-deductible health costs; limits on malpractice. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Allow appealing HMO decisions externally & in court. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • 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 YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 25% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)

John McCain on Homeland Security

  • FactCheck: Pushed for immediate withdrawal from Somalia. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Voted against Lebanon deployment, but post-hoc. (Oct 2008)
  • Credit Bush, troops, & luck, for not another 9/11. (Sep 2008)
  • I hate war; it’s terrible beyond imagination. (Sep 2008)
  • Clinton & Bush missed opportunities to get bin Laden. (Sep 2008)
  • Disagrees with Bush often; but credits no attacks since 9/11. (Aug 2008)
  • Applying habeas to Guantanamo let 30 terrorists attack US. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Only 13 Gitmo recidivists & none attacked US. (Jun 2008)
  • Improve human intelligence to get Osama bin Laden. (Jan 2008)
  • Surveillance of overseas communications is ok. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to hold even US citizens as enemy combatants. (Dec 2007)
  • Consult lawyers on war decisions; no half-cocked war basis. (Oct 2007)
  • Ran the largest squadron in the US Navy. (Oct 2007)
  • After 9/11, ask Americans to join military or AmeriCorps. (Oct 2007)
  • Let loose smart, tough spies to catch Bin Laden. (Oct 2007)
  • His Military Commissions Act ended up denying habeas corpus. (Oct 2007)
  • 1973: Spokesperson for Operation Homecoming. (Oct 2007)
  • 1977:Appointed as Navy liaison to Congress. (Oct 2007)
  • I’ve spent my life leading on national security issues. (Sep 2007)
  • Radical Islamic extremism is a hydra-headed challenge. (Aug 2007)
  • I support the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war. (Jan 2006)
  • We must provide our children a strong, better country. (Aug 2004)
  • A lack of complacency shouldn’t provoke a lack of confidence. (Aug 2004)
  • We don’t have as much to fear as we had in the past. (Apr 2004)
  • Those who gave their lives deserve to be remembered. (Apr 2004)
  • First reaction to Sept 11: “This is war”. (May 2002)
  • Argued for base closings even in the wake of 9/11. (May 2002)
  • Channel fear into productive missions and activities. (May 2002)
  • “Rogue state rollback” avoids use of US troops. (Mar 2000)
  • Accepts gays in military under current policy. (Jan 2000)
  • Military’s political leaders need military backgrounds. (Jan 2000)
  • Women have proven themselves in combat-no restrictions. (Dec 1999)
  • Bombing useless targets in Vietnam destroyed US morale. (Nov 1999)
  • Pres. needs experience more than briefing books. (Sep 1999)
  • Discard ABM Treaty and develop a missile defense. (Apr 1999)
  • Use force, with US control, only for vital interests. (Apr 1999)

    Defense Spending

  • Make all defense contracts fixed-cost; costs out of control. (Sep 2008)
  • Cited 245 pork projects, or $3.5M waste in defense bill. (Oct 2007)
  • Clean up waste in defense acquisition. (May 2007)
  • Eliminate defense pork, but increase most other defense. (Nov 2004)
  • Terminate C-130, B-2, and Seawolf; use funds to modernize. (Dec 1999)
  • Politicians keep unneeded bases open for political purposes. (Dec 1999)
  • Keep health care promises to aging veterans. (Nov 1999)
  • $6.4B of military spending waste is a disgrace. (Oct 1999)
  • Raise military pay to avoid military draft. (Aug 1999)
  • Military personnel on food stamps is a national disgrace. (Aug 1999)
  • Europeans should spend more on defense, within NATO. (Apr 1999)

    Torture

  • Bush administration’s waterboarding was torture. (Aug 2008)
  • McCain Amendment: Torture ban passed by veto-proof majority. (Jul 2008)
  • Hiding torture is wrong, and harms US credibility abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Waterboarding is torture; we’re not going to torture people. (Nov 2007)
  • Waterboarding is torture; & as A.G., Mukasey will declare it. (Nov 2007)
  • Torture supported only by people without military experience. (Sep 2007)
  • Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion. (May 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo Bay prison; announce no-torture policy. (Apr 2007)
  • Torture has never worked throughout history. (Apr 2007)

    Vietnam

  • Experience has taught me: the US military must not fail. (Sep 2008)
  • Inappropriate to lie to public; tell Americans what we face. (Sep 2008)
  • Vietnam generation still haunted by specter of Vietnam. (Oct 2007)
  • Casualty of Vietnam was loss of America’s faith in herself. (Oct 2007)
  • Worked with John Kerry on Vietnam POWs. (Oct 2007)
  • Immutable principle of war: luck is unreliable. (Aug 2007)
  • Vietnam not wrong, but how it was fought and led was. (Sep 2002)
  • Disagrees with Perot: No more POWs in Vietnam. (Feb 2000)
  • Vietnam was a worthy cause despite losing. (Nov 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Keep “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy - it works. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored bill giving higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Sponsored bill banning torture of terrorists in US custody. (Jul 2005)
  • Innovate intelligence-gathering for future hard targets. (Mar 2005)
  • Assessments of al Qaida in Afghanistan in 2001 were accurate. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA needs more focus on counterterrorism. (Mar 2005)
  • So-called Legal Issues are myths; not real CIA hindrances. (Mar 2005)
  • Intelligence community shares information poorly. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA should work more with scientists to understand WMDs. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)

John McCain on Immigration

  • Restart comprehensive reform only after securing borders. (Jun 2008)
  • Other aspects only after consensus that borders are secure. (Feb 2008)
  • Deport 2 million illegal immigrants who committed crimes. (Jan 2008)
  • Would no longer push his own 2006 immigration proposal. (Jan 2008)
  • Certify border is secure; only then allow guest workers. (Jan 2008)
  • 2003 “amnesty” didn’t mean rewarding illegal behavior. (Jan 2008)
  • Round up and deport two million aliens who committed crimes. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, he has used the word “amnesty” in the past. (Jan 2008)
  • Do everything I can to help all immigrants learn English. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants are God’s children as well. (Nov 2007)
  • Absences from negotiations hurt reform bill’s chances. (Oct 2007)
  • 12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • Amnesty is forgiveness; we offer fines; lines; & long waits. (Sep 2007)
  • No official English; Native Americans use own languages. (Jun 2007)
  • Immigration reform needed for national security. (Jun 2007)
  • Hispanics serve our country, like every wave of immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • America expects us to work on immigration together. (May 2007)
  • Bipartisanship shows preparedness for presidency. (May 2007)
  • Change rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform requires temporary worker program. (May 2007)
  • Comprehensive reform must include border security first. (Apr 2007)
  • McCain-Kennedy bill: balanced alternative to HR.4437. (Jul 2006)
  • I’ve never supported amnesty. (Jan 2006)
  • We have to secure the borders first. (Jan 2006)
  • Make possible for immigrants to do a job Americans won’t do. (Oct 2004)
  • Give everyone in the world an opportunity to come to America. (Oct 2004)
  • 1988: Honored by La Raza for opposing official English. (Jan 2004)
  • More help for legal immigrants when immigrating & once here. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • No more ballot initiatives against immigration. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • English immersion over bilingual education. (Jul 2001)
  • Sponsored comprehensive immigration reform, without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Rated 18% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

John McCain on Jobs

  • Cut business taxes so companies will keep jobs in US. (Sep 2008)
  • Help workers find new jobs that won’t go away. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted against minimum wage 19 times, when in pork bills. (Aug 2008)
  • Raising taxes eliminates jobs. (Jul 2008)
  • Produce jobs by producing America’s own energy. (Jul 2008)
  • Overhaul unemployment insurance as a retraining program. (Feb 2008)
  • Straight talk: some jobs aren’t coming back. (Jan 2008)
  • Unions are monopolies; don’t compel people to join. (Oct 2007)
  • Family farms: Crop insurance; reduce inheritance tax. (Jan 2000)
  • Ethanol is not worth it, even in Iowa. (Dec 1999)
  • Ethanol bad for environment & bad for consumers. (Nov 1999)
  • End sugar subsidy; it hurts consumers & helps only tycoons. (Aug 1999)
  • Ethanol subsidy is outdated; use funds for education. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Rated 15% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

John McCain on Principles & Values

  • I am not President Bush; so don’t run against him!. (Oct 2008)
  • People should know about Obama connection to ACORN & Ayers. (Oct 2008)
  • Identified with Wright brothers, for tenacity & resolve. (Oct 2008)
  • Governors Clinton & Reagan were underestimated too. (Sep 2008)
  • America is an idea and a cause worth fighting for. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m running for president because my country saved me. (Sep 2008)
  • Serve a cause greater than yourself. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth. (Sep 2008)
  • Palin has governed our largest state & 20% of US’s energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Obama lacks judgment, not experience; Palin has judgment. (Sep 2008)
  • Reform, prosperity, and peace. (Aug 2008)
  • My most basic conservative principle: liberty comes from God. (Feb 2008)
  • Disagrees with his mom; he can unite the party. (Feb 2008)
  • Anticipates spirited debate on differences with Democrats. (Feb 2008)
  • Proud of Justice O’Connor; favor Roberts and Alito. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan knows that I stick with my principles. (Jan 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, Constitution says we’re not a Christian nation. (Jan 2008)
  • Able to work with others with own set of principles. (Dec 2007)
  • Op-Ed: Unexamined as both straight-talker and as maverick. (Oct 2007)
  • Most important part of decision-making is self-awareness. (Aug 2007)
  • If I lose capacity for anger, I lose capacity to serve. (Apr 2007)
  • Needs independents to win ‘08 primary; but GOP dislikes them. (Oct 2005)
  • Courage is the capacity for action despite our fears. (Apr 2004)
  • Humility from surviving veterans is remarkable. (Apr 2004)
  • Just government is derived from the consent of the governed. (Apr 2004)
  • We need moral courage to be honest all the time. (Apr 2004)
  • Do the thing you think you cannot do. (Apr 2004)
  • The allure of pride affects adults like it affects children. (Apr 2004)
  • We are indebted to those who shed blood for us. (Apr 2004)
  • It’s love that makes courage necessary. (Apr 2004)
  • Political style is to be straightforward. (Sep 2002)
  • Principles are more important than personal happiness. (Sep 2002)
  • Temper is same as other senators--he’s just more famous. (May 2002)
  • Keep tight reign on emotions--not to high nor too depressed. (May 2002)
  • Fight to restore the pride and principles of our party. (Sep 2008)
  • Faith bridges unbridgeable gaps in humanity. (Feb 2000)
  • Calls himself conservative who attracts political center. (Feb 2000)
  • Foreign policy should not be shaped by photo-ops & polls. (Jan 2000)
  • Restore, renew, reform, & reinvigorate government. (Sep 1999)
  • “New Patriotic Challenge”: stand against cynicism. (Sep 1999)
  • Public officials have failed to set example for society. (Aug 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Palin is a reformer and a role model. (Oct 2008)
  • I fight for Americans; I fight for you. (Sep 2008)
  • Warning to Washington crowd: Change is coming. (Sep 2008)
  • Fight for what’s right for our country. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m a mainstream conservative; judge my record as a whole. (Feb 2008)
  • This 2008 election is about hugely consequential things. (Feb 2008)
  • The vision, knowledge, and background to be president. (Jan 2008)
  • People want the truth, even if they disagree. (Jan 2008)
  • I didn’t manage for profit, I led for patriotism. (Oct 2007)
  • Philosophy of worthy sacrifice from For Whom the Bell Tolls. (Oct 2007)
  • Hard Calls: consider stakes; time; preparedness; confidence. (Aug 2007)
  • Reform gov’t, fight Islamic extremism; & restore integrity. (Apr 2007)
  • I am here to serve, but not necessarily as president. (Apr 2007)
  • Looks to Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, & Eisenhower as models. (Apr 2007)
  • Loyalty is important, but performance should come first. (Apr 2007)
  • Man of the People: happy to be a Republican and a Reaganite. (Jan 2004)
  • Straight Talk focuses on appeal via authenticity. (May 2002)

    Iraq War

  • Obama broke his word on public campaign financing. (Oct 2008)

    Past Campaigns

  • GovWatch: 2002: Religious Right are “agents of intolerance”. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Won NH & SC via independents, but lost GOP vote. (Jan 2008)
  • 1983: Claiming Hanoi residency ended carpetbagger accusation. (Oct 2007)
  • Keating Five scandal converted him to champion of reform. (Oct 2007)
  • Keating Five: investigated during 90s Savings & Loan scandal. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • GOP lost 2006 due to corrupt spending, spending, spending. (Jun 2007)
  • Straight Talk America PAC endorses 60 House candidates. (Dec 2006)
  • McCain’s PAC endorses 19 Senate & 17 governor candidates. (Dec 2006)
  • Denounces “Swift Boat Vets” ads as dishonest. (Aug 2004)
  • 2000 race: More grass-roots populism than Republicanism. (Jan 2004)
  • 2000 race: Maverick positions became threat to GOP. (Jan 2004)
  • Residual bitterness at Bush from 2000 campaign. (May 2002)
  • Time for closure on a bizarre situation. (Nov 2000)
  • 1990: McCain & Glenn exonerated in Keating 5 scandal. (Sep 2000)
  • Suspends campaign, citing Republican preference for Bush. (Mar 2000)
  • Will take reform crusade back to the Senate. (Mar 2000)
  • Leaves race, urging service to country. (Mar 2000)
  • Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt. (Mar 2000)
  • Support conservative issues, not far-right leaders. (Mar 2000)
  • The GOP should be inclusive. (Feb 2000)
  • Campaigning to return government to the people. (Sep 1999)

    Personal History

  • Favorite movie: “Viva Zapata”, a heroic tale of sacrifice. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: Senator Hothead nickname is well-earned. (Mar 2008)
  • Inspired by Reagan while in the North Vietnam prison camps. (Jan 2008)
  • Spent 10 years “doing everything I can to control my temper”. (Oct 2007)
  • As teenager, inherited obligation to attend Annapolis. (Sep 2007)
  • Admiral Slew McCain set John’s standard for grit & courage. (Sep 2007)
  • Born at a Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. (Sep 2007)
  • Relationship with father was one of respect, more than love. (Sep 2007)
  • Not youngest candidate, but certainly the most prepared. (May 2007)
  • Admiral McCain’s health failed after retiring from the Navy. (Sep 2002)
  • Spent nearly 23 years on active duty in the Navy. (Sep 2002)
  • Survived as POW by faith to a higher cause. (Nov 1999)
  • Refused release to hurt Vietnamese & remain loyal to POWs. (Nov 1999)
  • Graduated 5th from bottom of Naval Academy class. (Nov 1999)
  • “Profligate rake” during Academy and Junior Officer years. (Nov 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Voted with Republican Party 87.3% of 165 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Vote based on character, not issues. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 33% by the AU, a mixed record on church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

John McCain on Social Security

  • Future retirees cannot get what current ones get. (Oct 2008)
  • It’s not that tough to fix Social Security, if bipartisan. (Oct 2008)
  • Looming challenges of entitlements need personal accounts. (Feb 2008)
  • We need personal savings accounts. (Oct 2007)
  • Willing to compromise on raising cap above $90K. (May 2007)
  • Save benefits by bipartisan agreement; but without new tax. (Apr 2007)
  • Trust Fund is a ticking time bomb, set to go off in 2014. (Jan 2000)
  • More believe in Elvis than in getting Social Security check. (Jan 2000)
  • Option to invest 20% of payroll taxes in private accounts. (Jan 2000)
  • Every dollar off-budget - no ifs, ands, or excuses. (Sep 1999)
  • Disallow using Trust Fund for “emergency” spending. (Jun 1999)
  • Allow workers to invest privately. (Jun 1999)
  • Earnings test penalizes productivity in retirees. (Jun 1999)
  • Eliminate the “earnings test” which taxes benefits. (May 1999)
  • Lock up Trust Fund; devote 62% of budget surplus to it. (May 1999)
  • Put surplus into Trust Fund; fulfill promised benefits. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 40% by the ARA, indicating a mixed record on senior issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports individual savings accounts and work incentives. (Sep 1998)

John McCain on Tax Reform

  • Keep tax rates the same; let’s not raise anybody’s taxes. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama voted for taxes 76 times, not 94 times. (Oct 2008)
  • Worst thing in bad economic climate is to raise taxes. (Sep 2008)
  • Double the child tax exemption from $3,500 to $7,000. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: $7,000-per-child tax EXEMPTION, not tax CREDIT. (Aug 2008)
  • Double the personal tax exemption for every dependent. (Jul 2008)
  • Terrible mistake to raise taxes during an economic downturn. (Jun 2008)
  • Veto any tax increase; worst thing now is to raise taxes. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: tax package with spending restraint, against Bush cuts. (Feb 2008)
  • Require a 3/5 majority vote in Congress to raise taxes. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Against Bush tax cuts in 2003; for them in 2006. (Jan 2008)
  • Romney raising fees a quarter-billion dollars is a tax hike. (Jan 2008)
  • Opposed to the Bush tax cuts as spending got out of control. (Jan 2008)
  • Supported Reagan tax cuts because matched by spending cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Reform the tax code that nobody trusts and believes in. (Dec 2007)
  • We need a simpler, fairer tax code, but not FairTax. (Nov 2007)
  • Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes. (Oct 2007)
  • Won’t sign no-tax pledge; focus on cutting spending. (Sep 2007)
  • Make tax reform commission & vote yes-or-no on outcome. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Families spend $20B on tax prep, not $140B. (Aug 2007)
  • Opposed Bush tax cuts, but must extend them now. (May 2007)
  • New tax cuts account for contingencies and over-spending. (May 2007)
  • Alternative minimum tax is eating Americans alive. (May 2007)
  • Bush tax cuts fiscally reckless & favored rich;but keep them. (Apr 2007)
  • Consistent on focusing tax cuts more toward middle class. (May 2002)
  • Tax plan: $238B over 5 years; $500B over 10 years. (Feb 2000)
  • Double child tax credit; add family incentives. (Feb 2000)
  • “Balanced approach”, and starts a flat tax system. (Feb 2000)
  • Reagan Republican: simplify taxes; cut waste. (Feb 2000)
  • Big money interests fear closing loopholes. (Jan 2000)
  • Remove charitable deduction; it only benefits rich. (Jan 2000)
  • Replace employer-provided benefits with a tax cut. (Jan 2000)
  • Middle-class tax cut: expand 15% tax bracket. (Jan 2000)
  • Don’t promise tax cuts from future surpluses we may not have. (Jan 2000)
  • 1st step to simplify taxes: close special interest loopholes. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports flat tax; stop complexity by special interests. (Oct 1999)
  • Keep lump-sum earned income tax credit. (Oct 1999)
  • Cut marriage tax, inheritance tax, & earnings test. (Sep 1999)
  • Taxes should be flatter, lower, and simpler. (Apr 1999)

    Voting Record

  • GovWatch: 2001: against tax cut that went to rich. (Feb 2008)
  • Voting against Bush cuts then for them: not a mistake. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 50% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)

John McCain on War & Peace

    Global War on Terror

  • In Afghanistan, employ same winning strategy as in Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • Don’t threaten Pakistan; it’s part of Afghan strategy. (Sep 2008)
  • We face transcendent evil of radical Islamic extremism. (Sep 2008)
  • Since 1998, championed policy of “rogue-state rollback”. (Oct 2007)
  • Follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell. (May 2007)
  • Prefers not to take troops out of Afghanistan. (Jan 2007)
  • The War on Terror is the overriding and transcendent issue. (Oct 2004)
  • The War on Terror is a fight between good and evil. (Aug 2004)
  • The War on Terror a war we must fight. (Aug 2004)
  • Avoiding the War on Terror has cost us dearly. (Aug 2004)
  • Bush promised enemies would soon hear from us and they did. (Aug 2004)
  • Our adversaries express a hatred for all good in humanity. (Aug 2004)
  • 2000: Warned against radical Islamic terrorism. (May 2002)
  • 2001: No pinprick responses to 9/11; it’s a long haul. (May 2002)
  • 2001: Nuclear weapons unnecessary against terrorists. (May 2002)
  • Palestine: Against declaration of statehood. (Feb 1999)

    Iran

  • Don’t wait for UN if Iran attacks Israel. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Obama did declare Republican Guard terrorists. (Sep 2008)
  • Strategic bombing of Iran OK only if imminent threat. (Dec 2007)
  • Congress can only declare war; not micromanage wars. (Dec 2007)
  • Keep military option open against Iran, even if no nukes. (Dec 2007)
  • No direct talk with Iran; talk is over-rated. (Dec 2007)
  • Iran & Syria must not get nukes; they’ll exterminate Israel. (Nov 2007)
  • Iran is state sponsor of terrorism; no more evidence needed. (Nov 2007)
  • Congressional consultation before attacking Iran’s nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Sanctions to prevent Iranian nukes; but don’t count on UN. (Sep 2007)
  • Iran is sponsor of terrorism; US strike if they get nukes. (May 2007)

    Iraq War

  • Biden’s plan to partition Iraq was a cockamamie idea. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Biden’s plan decentralized Iraq; not 3 countries. (Oct 2008)
  • Bring our troops home with victory and with honor. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Bush vetoed troop bill that Obama voted against. (Sep 2008)
  • We now have a great strategy & are winning in Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • The next president has to decide how and when to leave Iraq. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Admiral did not call Obama’s plan dangerous. (Sep 2008)
  • Obama would lose a war to win a political campaign. (Sep 2008)
  • Quoting “100 years in Iraq” is out-of-context. (Apr 2008)
  • Despite deserters & Basra loss, Iraqi military doing better. (Apr 2008)
  • Costs will be far greater should we fail in Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Not a matter of how long in Iraq, but a matter of casualties. (Feb 2008)
  • Don’t let enemy lay in the weeds until we leave. (Jan 2008)
  • Support the surge and bring troops home with honor. (Jan 2008)
  • Timetable for withdrawal is a white flag of surrender. (Jan 2008)
  • Staying for 100 years OK, if US casualties are low. (Jan 2008)
  • The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure. (Jan 2008)
  • Ok with American presence in Iraq for 100 years. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, criticized Rumsfeld, but not before invasion. (Jan 2008)
  • Help Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible. (Nov 2007)
  • I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war. (Oct 2007)
  • Stategy in Iraq: defeat al-Qaeda; limit Iran’s influence. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq is now the central front in the war against al-Qaeda. (Sep 2007)
  • Americans want to win; bin Laden thinks he’s winning now. (Sep 2007)
  • Democrats proposing failure in Iraq by withdrawing. (Sep 2007)
  • Reducing military presence has never in history won a war. (Sep 2007)
  • Bring troops home the right way: home with honor. (Sep 2007)
  • Surge is working; let it continue until it succeeds. (Sep 2007)
  • Tragic mistake of Iraq: no plan to deal with success. (Aug 2007)
  • Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met. (Aug 2007)
  • Did not read NIE before war vote, but was fully briefed. (Jun 2007)
  • If new strategy not working by Sept., we still must succeed. (Jun 2007)
  • Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq. (May 2007)
  • Consequences of failure: regional chaos & we must come back. (May 2007)
  • In hindsight, Iraq invasion was still justified. (May 2007)
  • Timetable would be catastrophe, even if Iraq wants it. (May 2007)
  • Advocated leaving Somalia, but no comparison to Iraq. (May 2007)
  • War has been mismanaged, but we are now on the right track. (May 2007)
  • War in Iraq has not gone well: dire but not hopeless. (Mar 2007)
  • Al Qaeda may take over Iraqi oilwells. (Mar 2007)
  • Prefers more troops for surge, but 20,000 is sufficient. (Jan 2007)
  • Bush now has the right strategy, and it’s our last chance. (Jan 2007)
  • Generals advising “no more troops” was a failed policy. (Jan 2007)
  • McCain Principle: Committing troops means completing mission. (Jan 2007)
  • If we leave Iraq, terrorists will follow us home. (Jan 2007)
  • Send in a heavy wave of troops to Iraq to establish order. (Nov 2006)
  • Looting, terrorism in Iraq a result of US mistakes. (Sep 2004)
  • The Iraqi war was necessary after years of failed diplomacy. (Aug 2004)
  • Saddam would have acquired terrible weapons again. (Aug 2004)
  • The Iraqi war was necessary, achievable and noble. (Aug 2004)
  • The cause of the Iraqi war was just. (Apr 2004)
  • 1991: Urged formally declaring war on Iraq over Kuwait. (Jan 2004)

    Vietnam

  • 1967: POW son of admiral was propaganda coup for N. Vietnam. (Sep 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Congress has no authority to cut off funds for Iraqi use. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports $48 billion in new spending for anti-terrorism. (Jan 2002)
  • CIA assessments ib Iraqi WMDs were all wrong. (Mar 2005)
  • Belief in Iraqi nukes was poor analysis of aluminum tubes. (Mar 2005)
  • Belief in Iraqi BWs was based on one unreliable person. (Mar 2005)
  • Belief in Iraqi CWs was based on flawed imagery. (Mar 2005)
  • Iraq never had delivery systems to attack US mainland. (Mar 2005)
  • CIA never questioned assumption that Saddam had WMDs. (Mar 2005)
  • Conclusions on Iran and North Korea are all classified. (Mar 2005)
  • Support the completion of the US mission in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

John McCain on Welfare & Poverty

  • Lower and middle income Americans need more help. (Jan 2008)
  • Require 40 hours work per week from welfare recipients. (Nov 2004)
  • Supports block grants, welfare-to-work, state control. (Jan 2000)
  • Anti-poverty shared by gov’t & faith-based orgs. (Jan 2000)
  • List unoccupied HUD-owned homes, & give them away. (Feb 1999)
  • Use tax code to address unemployment & working conditions. (Jul 1998)
  • More housing assistance; tax breaks against homelessness. (Jul 1998)
  • Pro-block grants; pro-welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)