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Former Democratic Representative (MO-3); Former Democratic Candidate for President:
Dick Gephardt on the Issues

Dick Gephardt on Abortion

  • Overturn the ban on new stem cell research. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted 7 times against partial birth abortion. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • 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 YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 30% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Budget & Economy

  • Return to Clinton economic policy from Bush's failed policy. (Sep 2003)
  • Healthcare reform is critical to economy. (Sep 2003)
  • I led 1990s boom-I can get economy moving again. (Sep 2003)
  • Push a bold plan for health care and jobs creation. (Jun 2003)
  • Repeal the Bush tax cuts and invest in people. (Jun 2003)
  • 1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus. (May 2003)
  • Stakeholder economics: Balance for everyone’s benefit. (Jul 1999)
  • Top 1% have benefited much more than average worker. (Jul 1999)
  • People are working harder for same wages. (Aug 1995)

Dick Gephardt on Civil Rights

  • Voted for USA Patriot Act, but it's not balanced now. (Nov 2003)
  • Democrats need to earn the vote of African-Americans. (Sep 2003)
  • We're all in it together. (Sep 2003)
  • Strike a balance between liberty and security. (Jun 2003)
  • Christian Coalition’s intolerance has no place in politics. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 71% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Dick Gephardt on Corporations

  • Greed can kill democracy and capitalism. (Sep 2003)
  • $36B in tax relief for small businesses. (Mar 2000)
  • Code of conduct for US businesses empowers workers. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Crime

  • Voted NO 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 habeus corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 56% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

Dick Gephardt on Drugs

  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)

Dick Gephardt on Education

  • Republicans don't want to fund special education. (Dec 2003)
  • Vouchers take needed funds away from public schools. (Nov 2003)
  • Join Teacher Corps and we'll pay your college loans. (May 2003)
  • Make first $10,000 of college tax deductible. (Jan 2002)
  • Mobilize against national security crisis in our schools. (Jan 2001)
  • Education agenda to improve public schools for 21st century. (Oct 2000)
  • Address school violence via character ed & counselors. (Oct 2000)
  • More teachers, more classrooms, more federal funding. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal help for college; outraged at rising costs. (Jul 1999)
  • Longer school day and longer school year. (Jul 1999)
  • Opposes vouchers on equity & civic grounds. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • 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)
  • Rated 67% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Energy & Oil

  • Apollo 2: Make US independent of foreign oil. (Sep 2003)
  • End dangerous addiction to foreign oil. (Jun 2003)
  • 10-year plan to develop hybrid cars then hydrogen fuel cells. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Preserve Alaska's ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)

Dick Gephardt on Environment

  • Provide real leadership on critical environmental issues. (Jun 2003)
  • Base trade on shared environmental values. (Jul 1999)
  • Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Families & Children

  • More funding for Violence Against Women Act. (Sep 2000)
  • Parental involvement with school & kids solves social woes. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Foreign Policy

  • Bush broke up alliances built over 70 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES 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)

Dick Gephardt on Free Trade

  • I'm for labor rights and NAFTA supporters are not. (Jan 2004)
  • Walk the walk of labor and environmental standards-by voting. (Jan 2004)
  • Enact international minimum wage through WTO. (Nov 2003)
  • Against protectionism and for trade treaties. (Nov 2003)
  • Trade agreements must protect labor & environment. (Oct 2003)
  • Fair trade saves jobs-globalization with fairness. (Sep 2003)
  • Progressive trade policy helps every worker in the world. (Sep 2003)
  • Race to the bottom if we have no trade standards. (Sep 2003)
  • NAFTA and China PNTR cause a race to the bottom in wages. (May 2003)
  • Rejected NAFTA: needed more for labor & environment. (Jul 1999)
  • Gephardt Amendment: results-oriented trade penalties. (Jul 1999)
  • Fair trade on an equal playing field. (Aug 1995)
  • Trade will not bring about change in China. (Jul 1999)
  • China: no positive economic relations with totalitarians. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 22% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

Dick Gephardt on Government Reform

  • Fact Check: Would ban lobbyist donations, but took $4.4 M. (Jan 2004)
  • Election reform: restore faith in “one person one vote”. (Feb 2001)
  • Citizen participation solves crisis of faith in democracy. (Jul 1999)
  • Disturbed by cynical attitude that government is the problem. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit campaign spending, by Const. amendment if needed. (Jul 1999)
  • Voting reform: easier registration, weekend voting. (Jul 1999)
  • Limit campaigns to 8 weeks, with no TV. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)

Dick Gephardt on Gun Control

  • Sensible gun safety legislation & right to possess firearms. (Nov 2003)
  • Leading Dems distance themselves from divisive gun debate. (Oct 2003)
  • No additional authority for federal gun agency. (Oct 2003)
  • NRA opposes gun rules that vast majority support. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Health Care

  • AdWatch: Criticizes Dean for 11-year-old outdated stances. (Jan 2004)
  • Link. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Dean agreed with Clinton on cuts, not Gingrich. (Jan 2004)
  • Lay aside Bush tax cut to fund healthcare package. (Nov 2003)
  • Dean sided with Gingrich against Medicare Plan. (Sep 2003)
  • Tax breaks to all companies to cover all employees. (May 2003)
  • Subsidize 60% of health costs for all employees. (May 2003)
  • Sharing health costs reduces overall costs & reduces worries. (May 2003)
  • Get everybody covered with health insurance. (May 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts hurt economy; same $ for health helps economy. (May 2003)
  • $172B over 3 years for state employee health care. (May 2003)
  • Help corporations give people needed health insurance. (May 2003)
  • Ensure that all seniors get the care they deserve. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Meaningful Prescription Drug Coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Focus on seniors; no blank checks to insurance companies. (Jun 2000)
  • Federal tax breaks for small business health coverage. (Jul 1999)
  • Health care reform: no selective insurance. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on Prescription drug coverage under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Homeland Security

  • Address the root causes of terrorism. (Dec 2003)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Immigration

  • Immigration service is a mess and needs reform. (Jan 2004)
  • Federal government should help illegal immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Legalize all immigrants who've been productive for 5 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush tax plan is a failure-return to Clinton tax plan. (Sep 2003)
  • Celebrate diversity and welcome hard-working immigrants. (Jan 2002)
  • Nothing wrong with immigrants, but Americans in jobs better. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Dick Gephardt on Jobs

  • Ask the WTO for an international minimum wage. (Jan 2004)
  • AdWatch: claims Bush did worst on jobs-but Reagan did worse. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports safe genetically modified food. (Nov 2003)
  • My presidency will have three goals: jobs, jobs, jobs. (Nov 2003)
  • Fight for unions & working families is in my bones. (Sep 2003)
  • How many Americans lose their jobs before Bush loses his? (Sep 2003)
  • Represents hard-working labor union people. (May 2003)
  • Establish international minimum wage. (May 2003)
  • Workers need to be paid a living wage. (Jul 1999)
  • Require companies to invest 1% of payroll in worker training. (Jul 1999)
  • Employees must “think like owners” to compete globally. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Principles & Values

  • Keep "under God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Nov 2003)
  • Dems need to beat Bush in Midwestern states. (Nov 2003)
  • Favorite song: Bruce Springsteen, "Born In The USA.". (Sep 2003)
  • We're all tied together to make America a better place. (Sep 2003)
  • We're all tied together in a single garment of destiny. (May 2003)
  • Not a fresh face, but experienced voice for workers. (May 2003)
  • Build a bipartisan coalition of the center. (Jan 2001)
  • Truth about votes will come out, no matter what. (Nov 2000)
  • No more demands for perfect morality. (Jul 1999)
  • Politics is a substitute for violence. (Jul 1999)
  • Foundation of liberalism is community activism. (Jul 1999)
  • Citizen participation will get us to “an even better place”. (Jul 1999)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)

Dick Gephardt on Social Security

  • Don't raise retirement age over 67. (Sep 2003)
  • Social Security stands between many retirees & poverty. (Jul 1999)
  • Treat Social Security like insurance; no stock market. (Jul 1999)
  • Social Security is most successful peacetime program. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Dick Gephardt on Tax Reform

  • Supported Clinton 1993 tax plan, despite it being unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • No Bush Lite: get rid of tax cut and get health care done. (May 2003)
  • Crazy to cut taxes without creating a budget first. (Mar 2001)
  • $900B tax cut protects other important interests. (Feb 2001)
  • Bush tax cut plan threatens our prosperity. (Feb 2001)
  • Targeted tax cuts for middle-class families. (Jan 2001)
  • Require national referendum to raise federal income tax. (Jul 1999)
  • 10% Tax Plan: end loopholes, lower rates. (Jul 1999)
  • Remove special interests from tax code. (Aug 1995)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • 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 NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)

Dick Gephardt on War & Peace

  • Helped initiate Iraqi war resolution because of CIA support. (Jan 2004)
  • Two-state solution for Arab-Israeli conflict. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted for Iraq war because of intel on WMDs. (Nov 2003)
  • Would not negotiate with terrorists. (Oct 2003)
  • No on $87B for Iraq-until Bush answers some hard questions. (Sep 2003)
  • Iraq: get allies to reduce $1B per week war cost. (Sep 2003)
  • Yes on $87B for Iraq, but also for homeland security. (Sep 2003)
  • We can't cut and run in Iraq - but use UN. (Sep 2003)
  • We need allies and the UN to rebuild Iraq. (Jun 2003)
  • Congress should ask questions and find the truth. (Jun 2003)
  • Pay any price and bear any burden to win war. (Jan 2002)
  • Congressional authority united country for Kuwait invasion. (Jul 1999)
  • It is not unpatriotic to criticize the president. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Solidarity with Israel in its fight against terrorism. (Apr 2002)

Dick Gephardt on Welfare & Poverty

  • Voted NO on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted NO on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)