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Green Party nominee for President (Former Rep., D, GA-4):
Cynthia McKinney on the Issues

Cynthia McKinney on Abortion

  • Consistent supporter of reproductive rights. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports human embryonic stem cell research. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993)
  • Supported funding contraception and UN family planning. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Budget & Economy

  • We have plenty of money for programs; it’s just misallocated. (Jan 2008)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Civil Rights

  • Keep affirmative action in college admissions. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports gay adoptions. (Feb 2008)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act and end Islamophobia. (Jan 2008)
  • Reparations for former slaves, as promised & never delivered. (Jan 2008)
  • Introduced MLK Records Act, to unseal assassination files. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports reparations for slavery. (Aug 2001)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 80% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Corporations

  • Corporate media limits discourse & voters therefore dropout. (Mar 2008)
  • US companies abide by environment & labor standards overseas. (Feb 2008)
  • Astounded at the corporate influence in Farm Bill. (Jan 2008)
  • Require reporting of outsourced jobs. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Sponsored bill on Code of Conduct for US corporations abroad. (Aug 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Crime

  • Replace death penalty with life imprisonment. (Feb 2008)
  • End the death penalty; it’s based on race & class. (Jan 2008)
  • End racial disparities in sentencing. (Jan 2008)
  • Police take communities of color as rampaging ground. (Jan 2008)
  • Rethink prisons; reverse astronomical incarceration rates. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 80% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)
  • Stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Mar 1993)

Cynthia McKinney on Drugs

  • Legalize medical marijuana & needle exchanges. (Feb 2008)
  • End the war on drugs. (Jan 2008)
  • CIA has admitted it was involved in drug-dealing. (Jan 2008)
  • Detoxification & rehabilitation--not incarceration. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated +20 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)

Cynthia McKinney on Education

  • Something wrong with $38B on education & $700B on defense. (Jan 2008)
  • No Child Left Behind aimed at dismantling public education. (Jan 2008)
  • Our public schools are in a serious state disrepair. (Dec 2007)
  • No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Energy & Oil

  • Declare US carbon-free and nuclear-free. (Feb 2008)
  • Implement Kyoto; raise CAFE; oppose drilling ANWR. (Feb 2008)
  • Leave the oil in the soil. (Jan 2008)
  • Protect ANWR; fund sustainable power sources. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Regulate wholesale electricity & gas prices. (Mar 2001)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Cynthia McKinney on Environment

  • We need sustainable production and consumption policies. (Jan 2008)
  • Add organic farming, sustainability, and GM ban to Farm Bill. (Jan 2008)
  • Recognize Katrina victims as Internally Displaced Persons. (Jan 2008)
  • Assess toxic contaminants in aftermath of Katrina & Rita. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting commercial logging on public land. (Apr 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Families & Children

  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Supported funding child care, child health, & child housing. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Foreign Policy

  • Close the School of the Americas. (Feb 2008)
  • Targeted by AIPAC for opposing Israeli occupation. (Feb 2008)
  • Make US a partner for peace in global community. (Jan 2008)
  • Listen to advocates in Israel & Palestine, not to AIPAC. (Jan 2008)
  • Pressure government to refrain from interference in Africa. (Jan 2008)
  • No military assistance to Nigeria. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Allow Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)
  • Supported sending Colin Powell to Durban racism conference. (Aug 2001)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Free Trade

  • No Fast Track; no MFN for China; no WTO; no CAFTA. (Feb 2008)
  • Repeal NAFTA & CAFTA to address immigration problems. (Jan 2008)
  • Put a stop to these “free trade” agreements, and quickly. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • No MFN for China; condition trade on human rights. (Nov 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Government Reform

  • Called for impeachment of Bush & Cheney. (Feb 2008)
  • Long been a supporter of publicly financed elections. (Feb 2008)
  • End privately-owned and party-run voting machines. (Jan 2008)
  • Do better on gov’t contracting for small & minority business. (Dec 2007)
  • Proposed proportional or instant runoff voting for Congress. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for IRV voting for Electoral College. (Mar 2001)
  • Allow same-day voter registration on election day. (Jan 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Gun Control

  • Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Health Care

  • Supports single-payer universal health care. (Feb 2008)
  • Resources for health needs, pre-natal & post-natal care. (Jan 2008)
  • Take insurance companies out of health-care equation. (Jan 2008)
  • Affordable health care is a matter of national security. (Dec 2007)
  • Against rationing or voucher-based system of insurance. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Provide mental health services for older Americans. (May 2005)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
  • Supported funding women's health needs. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Homeland Security

  • End the rollback of our civil liberties. (Mar 2008)
  • Questions Bush administration involvement in 9/11. (Mar 2008)
  • PhD thesis: role of assassination as a state political tool. (Mar 2008)
  • Pentagon lost $2.3T; let’s cut their funding. (Feb 2008)
  • Maintain habeas corpus; oppose Patriot Act. (Feb 2008)
  • Bring home all troops stationed abroad. (Jan 2008)
  • we have not had truth about September 11. (Jan 2008)
  • Don’t give up liberty in exchange for security. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticized excessive secrecy in 9/11 investigation. (Dec 2007)
  • Speak out against Pentagon waste, fraud, and abuse. (Dec 2007)
  • Allow concurrent veterans’ disability & retired pay. (Dec 2007)
  • Suspend use of depleted uranium munitions. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End the use of anti-personnel mines. (Mar 2001)
  • Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace. (Apr 1993)
  • Establish a Women's Bureau in Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (Aug 1993)
  • Recognize women veterans; assist military families. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Immigration

  • No skilled worker visas; but no border fence either. (Feb 2008)
  • Corporations found scapegoats in “illegal immigrants”. (Jan 2008)
  • Illegal immigration shouldn’t be a labor policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Cynthia McKinney on Jobs

  • If minimum wage kept up with CEO pay, it’d be $22/hour. (Mar 2008)
  • Authored a living wage bill. (Feb 2008)
  • Gainful employment at a guaranteed income for every family. (Jan 2008)
  • Unions essential to protecting wages & worker safety. (Dec 2007)
  • Debt relief for black farmers who were cheated in ‘80s loans. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Sponsored bill requiring disclosure of outsourced employees. (Feb 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Principles & Values

  • Running mate, Rosa Clemente, hip-hop community organizer. (Oct 2008)
  • Our winner-take-all electoral system pushes conformity. (Mar 2008)
  • Dissociated with Dems after Capitol guard assault incident. (Mar 2008)
  • Address people who have withdraws from electoral process. (Feb 2008)
  • Ban malicious party-crossover voting in open primaries. (Feb 2008)
  • Running to institutionalize Green Party & Ten Key Values. (Feb 2008)
  • Helped draft the Reconstruction Party Manifesto. (Jan 2008)
  • Oct. 2007: Resigned Democratic Party & joined Green Party. (Dec 2007)
  • Lost 2002 primary; sued against “open primary” & lost. (Dec 2007)
  • Apology on House floor for punching Capitol Police officer. (Dec 2007)
  • Advocate of Hip-Hop movement for social justice. (Dec 2007)
  • Republicans have deceived us; Democrats have failed us. (Dec 2007)
  • Supported by Green Party for state Legislature & US Congress. (Dec 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. (Jul 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)

Cynthia McKinney on Social Security

  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Changing Social Security disproportionately affects women. (May 2001)
  • Reject proposals for private saving accounts. (May 2002)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on Tax Reform

  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Tax incentives for child care; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Tax incentives for education, new schools, & families. (Jul 1999)

Cynthia McKinney on War & Peace

  • Declares independence from Democratic Party and its war. (Mar 2008)
  • Cut funding for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Immediate withdrawal from Iraq & from rest of world. (Jan 2008)
  • Introduced articles of impeachment at end of 2006 session. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)

Cynthia McKinney on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Reduce the concentration of wealth & wage inequality. (Nov 1999)