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Vice President of the United States; Former Republican Representative (WY):
Dick Cheney on the Issues

Dick Cheney on Abortion

  • Supports stem-cell research. (Jun 2003)
  • Reach across the divide on adoptions & notification. (Oct 2000)
  • Let FDA�s RU-486 decision stand; it�s only based on safety. (Oct 2000)
  • Exemptions for rape, incest or woman�s life now OK. (Jul 2000)
  • In Congress: No exceptions in the case of rape or incest. (Jul 2000)
  • Against abortion rights. (Jul 1999)
  • Co-sponsored �Preborn Children�s Civil Rights Act of 1985�. (Jan 1988)

Dick Cheney on Budget & Economy

  • Cheney to Treasury: �Deficits don�t matter�. (Jan 2004)
  • Tax cuts are crucial to getting recovery underway. (Oct 2003)
  • Economy moves forward when Americans have more to invest. (Sep 2003)
  • Increase domestic energy production without damage to land. (Oct 2000)
  • In 1980s, US needed limited spending for deficit & Cold War. (Jul 2000)
  • Supported Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1999)
  • Investment in defense brings economic growth. (Sep 1992)
  • Don�t fund domestic priorities by cutting defense. (Sep 1992)
  • Co-sponsored numerous bills for balancing the budget. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported biennial budgeting for deficit reduction. (Jan 1986)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Dick Cheney on Civil Rights

  • Gay marriage should be an issue for the states. (Oct 2004)
  • �Freedom means freedom for everyone,� including gays. (Aug 2004)
  • People should be free to enter into any kind of relationship. (Feb 2004)
  • Equalize pay for stay-at-home moms vs. working women. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted that US civil rights laws not apply to South Africa. (Jul 2000)
  • Stopped military academies from banning gays. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted against ERA in 1983. (Jul 2000)
  • Kept ban on gays in military; and ban on women in combat. (Jan 1997)
  • Criticized for calling Gulf War �best covered war�. (Jan 1995)
  • Co-sponsored bills for equal rights for women in education. (Jan 1984)
  • Voted for anti-busing Amendment. (Jan 1979)

Dick Cheney on Corporations

  • FactCheck: Yes, Cheney has received $2M from Halliburton. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Halliburton got $7B in no-bid Iraq contracts. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Cheney profited from Halliburton�s past actions. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry plan affects 471,000 companies, not 900,000. (Oct 2004)
  • Donates $100,000s from Halliburton, so not compensation. (Aug 2004)
  • Halliburton accused of fraud because of Cheney association? (Apr 2004)
  • Cheney claims no influence on Halliburton contracts. (Oct 2003)
  • Halliburton receives $7B in no-bid contracts in Iraq. (Aug 2003)
  • Defends Halliburton�s success and retirement package. (Aug 2000)

Dick Cheney on Crime

  • Cap non-economic damages and limit awards for attorneys. (Oct 2004)
  • Funds to fight gangs; more parole; juvenile clearinghouse. (Jan 1988)
  • Character education; community service; pay restitution. (Jan 1988)
  • Death penalty OK for espionage & treason. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills for stricter & mandatory sentencing. (Jan 1986)

Dick Cheney on Drugs

  • Was twice convicted of drunk driving charges. (Nov 2000)
  • Mandatory penalties to fight for a drug-free America. (Jan 1988)
  • Post federal rewards for snitching on drug sales. (Jan 1988)
  • Request media participation in War on Drugs. (Jan 1986)
  • More federal and foreign cooperation in fighting drugs. (Jan 1986)

Dick Cheney on Education

  • We are making significant progress with No Child Left Behind. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush passed most significant education reform in 40 years. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush focuses on accountability; Gore on status quo. (Oct 2000)
  • Demand accountability so no child is left behind. (Oct 2000)
  • Teach reading, writing, and values. (Aug 2000)
  • Tests will be taken, results will be measured. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted against Head Start; but with surplus, supports it. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted against Head Start, and against Dept. of Education. (Jul 2000)
  • Supports school prayer. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports certifying military retirees as teachers. (Sep 1992)
  • Supports school-based management; & tax-deductible loans. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported grants for low-income �bootstrap schools�. (Jan 1988)

    School Choice

  • Money from failed schools can be used as parents decide best. (Sep 2000)
  • Co-sponsored bill for parental choice within public schools. (Jan 1988)

Dick Cheney on Energy & Oil

  • 2000: Energy Task Force studied Iraqi oilfield maps. (Jul 2008)
  • Sued in Supreme Court for keeping energy policy secret. (Dec 2003)
  • Energy use outstrips growth-so conserve AND drill. (Jun 2003)
  • Met with Enron representatives in drawing up energy plan. (Feb 2002)
  • Give nuclear power a fresh look. (May 2001)
  • Energy plan focuses on production. (May 2001)
  • Fuel cells from propane are �a tremendous development�. (Oct 2000)
  • Member of Bush�s National Energy Policy Development Group. (May 2001)
  • Tax credits & more funding for renewable energy research. (May 2001)
  • Open small fraction of ANWR for regulated production . (May 2001)
  • Long-term energy stability avoids high-polluting emergencies. (May 2001)

Dick Cheney on Environment

  • Allow snowmobiles in National Parks. (Oct 2000)
  • Don�t designate national monuments without local input. (Oct 2000)
  • Don�t drill off California coast; but do drill ANWR. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted against Clean Water Act and air pollution sanctions. (Jul 2000)
  • Sponsored bills for amending CAA; user fees; grazing; energy. (Jan 1987)
  • Sponsored bills for extending mining leases. (Jan 1987)
  • OK to hunt, trap, & ski in National Parks & Forests. (Jan 1986)
  • User fees in National Parks & Forests; drill ANWR. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills on acid rain & unleaded fuel. (Jan 1986)
  • Sponsored numerous bills for flood control & dams. (Jan 1985)
  • Added 671,000 acres to Wyoming wilderness despite objections. (Jan 1984)
  • Co-sponsored bills to limit water lawsuits & construct dams. (Jan 1984)

Dick Cheney on Families & Children

  • For families: improve schools; reform taxes; restore honesty. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted against WIC welfare nuttrition programs. (Jul 2000)
  • More funds for pre-school & early education. (Jan 1988)
  • More obscenity enforcement; more character education. (Jan 1988)
  • More funds for foster care, adoption, & child support laws. (Jan 1988)

Dick Cheney on Foreign Policy

  • There has to be reform of the Palestinian system. (Oct 2004)
  • Unilateral sanctions on Iran do not work. (Oct 2004)
  • Gadhafi in Libya surrendered all nuclear materials to the US. (Oct 2004)
  • UN becomes irrelevant because of failures in Iraq. (Apr 2004)
  • Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection. (Mar 2004)
  • Reach out to allies-but advisory role only. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush Doctrine: hold to account countries complicit in terror. (Oct 2003)
  • Cuba: replace sanctions with free trade enclave. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted to support foreign aid programs. (Jul 2000)
  • South Africa: Voted against apartheid sanctions in 1980s. (Jul 2000)
  • Congress intereferes too much in designing foreign policy. (Feb 2000)
  • Include former Soviet states in NATO for stability. (Jan 1997)
  • Aiding Contras good; using money from Iran bad. (Jul 1989)
  • Against Boland Amend.& Panama Treaty; for Campd David accord. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted against South Africa sanctions; for AWACs to Arabia. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported foreign aid to Latin America & Africa. (Jan 1986)
  • Hard-liner towards Soviet Union in 1980s. (Jan 1984)
  • Supported F-16 sales to Taiwan. (Sep 1992)

Dick Cheney on Free Trade

  • Worldwide market thrives only with peaceful stability. (Sep 1992)
  • Sponsored bills limiting trade & allowing import fees. (Jan 1989)
  • Supported import tax on crude oil & �energy security�. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted against textile import limits. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported export promotion & import tax relief. (Jan 1986)
  • Supports linking MFN to human rights outside of China. (Jan 1988)

Dick Cheney on Government Reform

  • Needless regulation on employers costs $7,000 per worker. (Sep 2003)
  • Opposed CFR because previous reforms failed. (May 2002)
  • Didn�t vote in local elections because his focus was global. (Sep 2000)
  • Accused in 1992 House banking scandal. (Jul 2000)
  • Co-sponsored Line Item Veto for spending bills. (Jan 1988)
  • Campaign reform: more parties; less unions & corporations. (Jan 1988)
  • Co-sponsored Balanced Budget Amendment & spending reform. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored House TV coverage & legislative openness. (Jan 1986)
  • Sponsored bill for line-item veto on budgetary proposals. (Jan 1985)
  • Voted for Congress salary cap; against Chrysler bailout. (Jan 1985)

Dick Cheney on Gun Control

  • Now might outlaw plastic guns & cop-killer bullets. (Jul 2000)
  • Trigger locks OK, and tougher enforcement. (Jul 2000)
  • Opposed 7-day waiting period for buying guns. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted against banning plastic bullets & cop-killer bullets. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted in Congress to weaken gun control laws. (Jan 1986)

Dick Cheney on Health Care

  • FactCheck: Claimed $15B for AIDS-actually $2B this year. (Oct 2004)
  • We�ve made significant progress on the AIDS epidemic. (Oct 2004)
  • Rising malpractice insurance rates is a devastating problem. (Oct 2004)
  • The Medicare reform bill will help 40 million seniors. (Oct 2004)
  • Limiting medical lawsuits keeps healthcare affordable. (Sep 2003)
  • Limit federal role in health care. (Aug 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients. (Jul 2000)
  • Fund Medicare psychologists; self-employees; & organ donors. (Jan 1989)
  • Require HMO registration & AIDS testing. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted against 1979 hospital cost control plan. (Jan 1979)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)

Dick Cheney on Homeland Security

  • 6 years after 9/11, the war on terror is still real. (Feb 2008)
  • Dunking terrorists �no brainer� not endorsing waterboarding. (Oct 2006)
  • Captured or killed thousands of Al Qaida members. (Oct 2004)
  • Deal with Zarqawi by taking him out. (Oct 2004)
  • Use a very aggressive policy of going after the terrorists. (Oct 2004)
  • If Bush not elected, great danger of terrorist attack. (Sep 2004)
  • Biggest threat today is terrorists getting nuclear weapons. (Sep 2004)
  • No permission slip to defend the American people. (Sep 2004)
  • Urged shooting down hijacked planes on 9/11. (Aug 2004)
  • Steady, focused, relentless campaign against US enemies. (Dec 2003)
  • Swift retaliation for USS Cole terrorist attack. (Oct 2000)
  • American military is worse off today than in 1992. (Oct 2000)
  • We must not send unprepared, demoralized troops to war. (Oct 2000)
  • We cannot allow Saddam to have nuclear weapons. (Oct 2000)
  • Restore bond of trust between military and President. (Aug 2000)
  • Warned of nuclear proliferation in 1990s. (Jan 1997)
  • Complained that Congress gave DoD unwanted weapons & forces. (Jan 1997)
  • Added technology & infrastructure as pillars of military. (Jan 1997)
  • Americans support force when appropriate & clear objective. (Apr 1991)
  • Supported fully funding SDI in 1990s. (May 1989)
  • Co-sponsored SDI; �peace thru strength�; base closings. (Jan 1986)
  • Criticizes Clinton/Gore�s neglect, not military itself. (Aug 2000)

    Gulf War

  • Gulf War: Rejected frontal assault in favor of �left hook�. (Jul 2000)
  • Congressional authorization wasn�t needed for Kuwait. (Jan 1996)
  • Gulf War: No, we should not have gone to Baghdad. (Apr 1991)
  • Gulf War: We did it right to avoid a quagmire. (Apr 1991)

    Military Rebuilding

  • US military is best in world, but trend is wrong direction. (Oct 2000)
  • Military reductions are too much for post-Cold War. (Oct 2000)
  • Decreased army means increased risk to lives of troops. (Aug 2000)
  • Military today is overused and underresourced. (Aug 2000)
  • Need to spend more, but spend it wisely. (Aug 2000)
  • Cautious cuts: A-12, V22, F14D, Seawolf, 500,000 troops. (Jul 2000)
  • In Congress, consistently voted to raise military spending. (Jul 2000)
  • Downsized military while protecting �people programs�. (Jan 1997)

Dick Cheney on Immigration

  • Toughen deportations; soften on USAF children immigrants. (Feb 1985)

Dick Cheney on Jobs

  • FactCheck: Yes, 1.7M jobs added, but still net loss of 0.9M. (Oct 2004)
  • Deal effectively with tax policy and reduce litigation costs. (Oct 2004)
  • Tax relief for small business means more new jobs. (Sep 2003)
  • Limit labor actions & overtime; require layoff notification. (Jan 1986)

Dick Cheney on Principles & Values

  • FactCheck: Cheney wrong that he had not met Edwards before. (Oct 2004)
  • The charges against Halliburton are false. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry sees two Americas; America sees two Kerrys. (Sep 2004)
  • John Dean: Cheney more secretive than Nixon. (May 2004)
  • John Dean: Cheney�s agenda: cut programs to expand military. (May 2004)
  • Gave up any independent political existence from Bush. (Jun 2003)
  • Media distracts public with focus on trivia. (Sep 2000)
  • Personal charity is private and not a policy matter. (Sep 2000)
  • Cheney�s retirement package could be a conflict of interest. (Aug 2000)
  • Praises Bush for decency, integrity, and honor. (Aug 2000)
  • Opportunity to serve led to acceptance of nomination. (Aug 2000)
  • Bush will restore decency & integrity to Oval Office. (Aug 2000)
  • Would vote differently today on ERA, Head Start, not Mandela. (Jul 2000)
  • One of the most conservative voting records in Congress. (Jul 2000)
  • Voting record in Congress consistently conservative. (Jul 2000)
  • Persuaded by Bush�s �unique vision� to be his V.P. (Jul 2000)
  • Lynne Cheney fights political correctness. (Jul 2000)
  • Accepts nomination help change tone in Washington. (Jul 2000)
  • Exert leadership toward post-nuclear world. (Sep 1992)
  • Prosperity & security go hand in hand. (Sep 1992)
  • Constructive personal style belies hard-line voting. (Jan 1987)
  • Pragmatic conservation insider image in Congress. (Jan 1981)

Dick Cheney on Social Security

  • Social Security will go bust without individual investment. (Oct 2000)
  • Partially privatizing Social Security is acceptable. (Aug 2000)
  • Save Social Security; stop talking & dividing generations. (Aug 2000)
  • End earnings test; allow retirement income under SSI. (Jan 1988)
  • Raise annual IRAs to $2,500; more cost-of-living increases. (Jan 1984)

Dick Cheney on Tax Reform

  • Small businesses will be hurt without the tax cuts. (Oct 2004)
  • The Bush tax cuts are working. (Sep 2004)
  • Not the right time to raise taxes. (Oct 2003)
  • We need to make sure that tax relief is permanent. (Sep 2003)
  • They like tax credits; we like tax reform and tax cuts. (Oct 2000)
  • Co-sponsored bills to maintain charity & mortgage deductions. (Jan 1989)
  • No tax increases; deduct R&D and local taxes. (Jan 1988)
  • Sponsored bills to deduct mine income & oil windfalls. (Jan 1987)
  • Opposed Reagan�s tax overhaul as sellout to Dems. (Jan 1987)
  • Keep mortgage bonds; loosen capital gains rules. (Jan 1984)
  • Voted for oil tax break; for indexing income tax. (Jan 1982)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)

Dick Cheney on War & Peace

  • Adopted Kissinger�s �Victory is the only exit strategy�. (Oct 2006)
  • Terrorist enemy�s hatred of us is limitless. (Sep 2004)
  • US beat communism because of leadership & military force. (Aug 2004)
  • Most dire view of terrorist threat of all Bush advisers. (Nov 2003)
  • Need leadership and trust to make progress in Mideast. (Oct 2000)
  • Serbs deserve credit - Russia and US should support them. (Oct 2000)
  • Iran: against sanctions; makes oil deals there. (Jul 2000)
  • Gulf War results: stable Arabs; secure Israel; confident US. (Apr 1991)
  • Critical of Israeli policy which opposes US interests. (Jul 1989)
  • Supports balance in supplying arms to both Israel & Arabs. (Jul 1989)
  • Supported 1986 Libya bombing. (Jul 1989)
  • Israel: Displeased with 1982 invasion of Lebanon. (Jul 1989)
  • Outraged that Israel spied on US in 1980s. (Jul 1989)
  • Mideast peace process must include Palestinian statehood. (Jul 1989)
  • Opposed ground troops in Bosnia. (Jan 1997)

    Iraq War

  • 2003: Accused of falsifying Niger uranium to justify Iraq. (May 2008)
  • OpEd: Used fear of terrorism to intensify war sloganeering. (Mar 2008)
  • Our new strategy in Iraq has succeeded by careful planning. (Feb 2008)
  • Aug.�02: �No doubt� that Saddam had WMD (later proven wrong). (Oct 2006)
  • Pushed Saddam-al Qaeda connection but CIA & Powell disagreed. (Oct 2006)
  • Mar.�03: �Greeted as liberators�; no need for 100,000 troops. (Oct 2006)
  • FactCheck: Oct. 2002 vote for appropriate force, not for war. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Iraqi portion of losses is 38%, not �almost 50%�. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Cheney DID suggest connection between Iraq & 9/11. (Oct 2004)
  • Cheney would �recommend� Iraq war again. (Oct 2004)
  • Questioned on link between al-Zarqawi and Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Never suggested there�s a connection between Iraq and 9/11. (Oct 2004)
  • We�ve made significant progress in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Sending more troops won�t solve the problems in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Biggest threat comes from WMD and from Saddam. (Apr 2004)
  • UN inspections would not reduce WMD threat. (Apr 2004)
  • Contradicted Powell and sought to connect Saddam and 9/11. (Apr 2004)
  • WMD inspections makes decision to take out Saddam harder. (Apr 2004)
  • Pre-war planning: once the war starts, Saddam is �toast�. (Apr 2004)
  • Sticking to story about Saddam/Al Qaeda connection. (Apr 2004)
  • Saddam had intent to create WMD. (Feb 2004)
  • Iraq is the central front in the war on terror. (Dec 2003)
  • UN made itself irrelevant by irresoluteness on Iraq. (Nov 2002)
  • US too soft on Iraq. (Sep 2000)

Dick Cheney on Welfare & Poverty

  • Bush�s call for charity not heeded by Cheney�s 2% donations. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted against WIC welfare nutrition programs. (Jul 2000)
  • Raise public housing rent; pay with oil import revenue. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported family services being provided by private groups. (Jan 1988)
  • Co-sponsored bills for workfare; for local farmer control. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted to cut public housing & mortgage subsidies. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills for Enterprise Zones. (Jan 1986)
  • Promote energy security with more LIHEAP spending. (May 2001)
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