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Former IL Senator; Democratic Candidate for President:
Carol Moseley-Braun on the Issues

Carol Moseley-Braun on Abortion

  • Abortions should always be legal. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Budget & Economy

  • Balanced budget follows from job creation & prosperity. (Sep 2003)
  • Support an economic plan that balance the budget. (Jun 2003)
  • Government serves public; don't "starve the beast". (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Civil Rights

  • Have to have an honest conversation about race-Dean is right. (Jan 2004)
  • Need to reform immigration policy to welcome them. (Jan 2004)
  • Continue to fight for gay rights. (Nov 2003)
  • Get past the racist strategy that Republican foisted upon. (Nov 2003)
  • Publicize women's military rapes, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • "Sticky floor" pay gap for women still persists. (Sep 2003)
  • Patriot Act must be allowed to expire. (Jun 2003)
  • GLBT right to privacy includes consensual gay sex. (May 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act violates liberty & won't yield safety. (May 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act violates six Constitutional amendments. (May 2003)
  • 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Corporations

No stance on record.

Carol Moseley-Braun on Crime

  • Job skill program and drug treatment for inmates. (Jan 2004)
  • Executions are a revenge response: impose moratoriums. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Drugs

  • Decriminalize minor marijuana possession & medical marijuana. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Education

  • More federal funds to rebuild our crumbling schools. (Nov 2003)
  • Replace property tax with national payments for schools. (May 2003)
  • 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Energy & Oil

  • Invest in environmental technology. (Sep 2003)
  • Lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Environment

  • Advance a worldwide environmental agenda. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Carol Moseley-Braun on Foreign Policy

  • Experience as ambassador to New Zealand needed now. (Nov 2003)
  • Reach out to our hemisphere instead of pandering to fear. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Free Trade

  • Human rights record should affect trading status. (Jan 2004)
  • We need balance between trade and labor protection. (Jan 2004)
  • Free trade must be fair trade. (Oct 2003)
  • Lack of labor standards passes along worker exploitation. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Government Reform

  • Provide an alternative message to the people. (Jun 2003)
  • Provide federal funding to states to cover unfunded mandates. (May 2003)
  • End high hurdles to leap for voting. (May 2003)
  • Rebuild America, both physically and spiritually. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Gun Control

  • Ban semi-automatics; more background checks & enforcement. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Health Care

  • Single-payer system is the only answer. (Jan 2004)
  • Private & public healthcare are not reconcilable. (Sep 2003)
  • Single payer is only way to universal coverage. (Sep 2003)
  • Replace profit-driven system with rationalized quality care. (Sep 2003)
  • We can fund health care with no tax increase. (Sep 2003)
  • Break link between healthcare and employment. (Aug 2003)
  • Pay for universal care with money already in system. (May 2003)
  • Replace patchwork system with Medicare-modeled system. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Homeland Security

  • Color-coded warnings are no substitute for diplomacy. (Jan 2004)
  • A real war on terrorism: go after terrorist cells. (Dec 2003)
  • Leave the Iraqis the same as we found them. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Immigration

  • Amnesty & driver's licenses for undocumented workers. (Sep 2003)
  • More federal aid and services for immigrants. (Jul 1998)
  • 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Jobs

  • Provide capital job development in minority communities. (Jan 2004)
  • Focus on troubled fundamentals despite good short-term trend. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Claims Bush cost US 6M jobs - really only 3.2M. (Jan 2004)
  • AmeriCorps is important, as public service for young people. (Nov 2003)
  • Rebuild schools, roads, & bridges. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Principles & Values

  • Withdraws from presidential race; endorses Howard Dean. (Jan 2004)
  • Contested primaries help energize Dems for general election. (Nov 2003)
  • I win elections by building bridges & breaking down barriers. (Nov 2003)
  • Favorite song: "You Gotta Be.". (Sep 2003)
  • Take the "men only" sign off the White House door. (Sep 2003)
  • Demand the truth and stop the deceits. (Jun 2003)
  • Fight the greedy and help the needy. (May 2003)
  • It's time for serious female presidential candidate. (May 2003)
  • GOP bringing US down wrong road; we can turn this around. (May 2003)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Social Security

  • Payroll tax is a regressive "working man's tax". (Nov 2003)
  • Our children must have same security as us. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES 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)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Tax Reform

  • Trickle-down shrinks middle class & entrenches wealth. (Sep 2003)
  • Roll back the tax cut to create peace and prosperity. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)

Carol Moseley-Braun on War & Peace

  • Saddam capture has little to do with keeping Americans safe. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush supports big contracts for friends, not troops. (Oct 2003)
  • Yes on at least some of $87B for Iraq-don't cut and run. (Sep 2003)
  • Involve UN troops in Iraq, but under US command. (Sep 2003)
  • Strength against terrorism means focus, not bravura. (Sep 2003)
  • Need to exit Iraq & focus on bin Laden. (Sep 2003)
  • Congress has the power to declare war, not President. (Jun 2003)
  • Iraq war costs too much when Americans are suffering. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Carol Moseley-Braun on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted NO 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 NO on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)