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Republican Representative (CA-52):
Duncan Hunter on the Issues

Duncan Hunter on Abortion

  • Hunter Bill: define that life begins at conception. (Sep 2007)
  • No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  • Good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Adult stem cell research instead of embryonic stem cells. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother�s life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)

Duncan Hunter on Budget & Economy

  • Budget deficit & trade deficit to China create security risk. (Dec 2007)
  • Balance the budget by cutting spending, except in defense. (Sep 2007)
  • Efficiency reform: remove duplicative & ineffective programs. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Civil Rights

  • GOP should ask African Americans for their vote. (Sep 2007)
  • We need a constitutional amendment to define marriage. (Sep 2007)
  • Hate crimes on sexual orientation threaten equal protection. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 28% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

Duncan Hunter on Corporations

  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 83% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Duncan Hunter on Crime

  • Trust juries to ensure equal justice. (Sep 2007)
  • Death penalty is needed for deterrence. (Sep 2007)
  • Opposes �hate crimes� legislation. (Sep 2007)
  • Prosecute all illegal adult pornography. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding services for offendors' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Rated 30% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)
  • Prevent luxurious conditions in prisons. (Jan 1995)

Duncan Hunter on Drugs

  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)

Duncan Hunter on Education

  • Unions and status quo run good teachers out of teaching. (Dec 2007)
  • Replace old credentialing with inspiration. (Dec 2007)
  • Make schools community-based with no mandated integration. (Sep 2007)
  • Don�t impeach judges for decisions on legislature prayers. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Schools forfeit funds if they expose kids to gay propaganda. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports vouchers & home schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)

Duncan Hunter on Energy & Oil

  • Give incentives in R&D to find new energy sources. (Dec 2007)
  • Take taxes down to zero for the alternative energy sources. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Duncan Hunter on Environment

  • Opposes Kelo property rights; restrict eminent domain. (Sep 2007)
  • Scored 42% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Regulating 15 more contaminants under Clean Water Act. (Oct 1993)

Duncan Hunter on Families & Children

  • Protect parental authority against �psychological� parents. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Increase penalties for child sexual slavery. (Mar 2008)
  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Foreign Policy

  • Get UN to establish armed humanitarian convoys to Darfur. (Sep 2007)
  • Don�t pressure Israel to give up land for promise of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Monitor the eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. (Sep 2007)
  • Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase the burden-sharing at UN. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Keep sanctions against Syria until WMDs are dismantled. (May 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)

Duncan Hunter on Free Trade

  • NAFTA is a bad business deal. (Dec 2007)
  • Let�s buy American this Christmas season. (Nov 2007)
  • Reflect tariffs back at competitors. (Oct 2007)
  • North American Union is only free trade in one direction. (Sep 2007)
  • Inappropriate to impose sanctions for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • China is cheating on trade by devaluing their currency. (May 2007)
  • Eliminate all manufacturing taxes to increase US hiring. (May 2007)
  • China is cheating on trade; junk our bad China trade deals. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • 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 YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 24% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)

Duncan Hunter on Government Reform

  • Focus on the military, immigration, & the industrial base. (Dec 2007)
  • Voter IDs are stumbling blocks, but necessary. (Sep 2007)
  • Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
  • Don�t share the role of commander in chief with V.P. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Gun Control

  • Bearing arms is a tradition of the American soldier. (Nov 2007)
  • Let DC residents keep guns, then maybe ok to let them vote. (Sep 2007)
  • Criminals prefer unarmed victims. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense. (Jan 1999)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)

Duncan Hunter on Health Care

  • Romney�s plan has 1,000 mandates; drives up cost by 35%. (Oct 2007)
  • Bring back family doctor, with tax breaks & less malpractice. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Allow Americans to buy health insurance across state lines. (Aug 2007)
  • SCHIP bill is the first extension of socialized medicine. (Aug 2007)
  • States locking up insurance industry adds to high Rx prices. (Jun 2007)
  • Free enterprise invents drugs; Third World can�t do that. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)

Duncan Hunter on Homeland Security

  • Cut off businesses that sell killing technology to Mideast. (Sep 2007)
  • Resisting gays in military is why we have best military. (Sep 2007)
  • We�ve been too liberal with release of Guantanamo terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Rebuild national defense for emerging threats. (May 2007)
  • Arsenal of democracy is leaving our shores. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted YES on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP. (Dec 2007)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Immigration

  • Hispanic community does not agree with having open borders. (Dec 2007)
  • Folks here illegally have to leave, to protect our jobs. (Sep 2007)
  • Rescind Bush�s order allowing Mexican trucks on US roads. (Sep 2007)
  • Complete fence, despite difficulties, because it�s the law. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Only 9 miles of fence in San Diego after 11 years. (Sep 2007)
  • This administration has �the slows� on border enforcement. (May 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • I built the 854-mile border fence and it cut down crime. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: 854-mile fence shifted crime more than cutting it. (May 2007)
  • Hinting at amnesty causes a rush to the border. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

Duncan Hunter on Jobs

  • Unions built the middle class. (Oct 2007)
  • No �sexual orientation� in Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Principles & Values

  • Platform: defense, enforceable borders, manufacturing jobs. (Sep 2007)
  • Restore economic patriotism: America is arsenal of democracy. (Aug 2007)
  • Move away from the Ted Kennedy Wing of the Republican Party. (Jun 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Social Security

  • Address entitlement programs with trade policy. (Oct 2007)
  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one�s future. (Sep 2007)
  • 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 NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Create personal retirement accounts within Social Security. (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 11% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on Tax Reform

  • FactCheck: Cost of IRS compliance is $150B,not $250B. (Dec 2007)
  • The IRS and current tax system cost too much. (Dec 2007)
  • Would be wrong to pledge never to raise taxes. (Nov 2007)
  • Sponsored FairTax proposal. (Oct 2007)
  • Alternative minimum tax is creeping up & must be reformed. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • 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 YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 58% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Duncan Hunter on War & Peace

  • Son serves in Marines, in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Dec 2007)
  • No Congressional authorization needed to attack Iran�s nukes. (Oct 2007)
  • Son has served two tours as a Marine in Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • How to leave Iraq: �It�s called victory�. (Sep 2007)
  • Take out Iran nukes with precision systems, Osirak-style. (Sep 2007)
  • Marines are doing a good job; don�t rush for the exit. (Aug 2007)
  • Work with Pakistan against Taliban and Al Qaida. (Aug 2007)
  • Read NIE before war vote (then voted for war). (Jun 2007)
  • Pre-emptive tactical nukes OK if Iran keeps centrifuges. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraq war has been worth it. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraqi forces have stopped running and started fighting. (May 2007)
  • Stand up the Iraqi military then rotate US units out. (May 2007)
  • Iran�s behavior gives license to US to take necessary action. (May 2007)
  • Sending a fractured message is deleterious in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports surge now, to get back to 2005 troop levels. (Feb 2007)
  • Hand off burden of security to Iraqi leadership. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • 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)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)

Duncan Hunter on Welfare & Poverty

  • GOP reforms changed cycle of welfare into employment. (Sep 2007)
  • Empower the poor instead of government �hand outs�. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)
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