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President of the United States, Former Republican Governor (TX):
George W. Bush on the Issues

George W. Bush on Abortion

  • Build a culture of life. (Feb 2005)
  • Partial birth abortion is a brutal practice to be banned. (Oct 2004)
  • Not going to spend taxpayers� money on abortion. (Oct 2004)
  • First president to fund embryonic stem cell research. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry voted no on partial-birth abortion ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Must make a place for the unborn child. (Sep 2004)
  • Kerry�s abortion stance shows the wrong priorities. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports adult stem-cell research but limits on embryos. (Jun 2003)
  • No funds to international groups that offer abortion. (Jan 2001)
  • Accepts FDA approval of RU-486 but concerned about overuse. (Oct 2000)
  • Ban partial-birth abortions, and reduce abortions overall. (Oct 2000)
  • Approval of RU-486 is wrong. (Sep 2000)
  • Good people can disagree; but let�s value life. (Aug 2000)
  • Every child born and unborn ought to be protected. (Jun 2000)
  • Welcome all children; supports adoption tax credits. (Apr 2000)
  • Supports GOP abortion plank but disagrees on exceptions. (Feb 2000)
  • No Republican will allow partial-birth abortion. (Feb 2000)
  • Ideal: Value every life; but many steps to get there. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports Parental Notification Law for minor girls. (Jun 1999)
  • Ban partial-birth; ban taxpayer funding. (Mar 1999)
  • Encourage fewer abortions via adoption & abstinence. (Jul 1998)

    Supreme Court + Constitution

  • No litmus test except interpretation of the Constitution. (Oct 2004)
  • Prefers strict constructionists, like overturning Dred Scott. (Oct 2004)
  • No litmus test; just strict constructionist interpretation. (Oct 2000)
  • No tax money for abortion, but no Pro-Life Amendment either. (Sep 2000)
  • Supreme Court is wrong: leave abortion to the states. (Jun 2000)
  • No pro-life pledge; VP & judges will simply be qualified. (Jan 2000)
  • Would support - but not pursue - a pro-life Amendment. (Jun 1999)

George W. Bush on Budget & Economy

  • Priorities: balance budget; stop earmarks; fix entitlements. (Jan 2007)
  • FactCheck: Deficit is increasing substantially this year. (Feb 2006)
  • FactCheck: Overall spending increased 42% under Bush. (Feb 2006)
  • Spending cuts will reduce deficit to half by 2009. (Jan 2006)
  • Protectionists want to escape competition. (Jan 2006)
  • Cut non-security discretionary spending every year. (Jan 2006)
  • Confront the larger challenge of entitlements spending. (Jan 2006)
  • Limit discretionary spending; cut 150 non-essential programs. (Feb 2005)
  • Pay-as-you-go means you pay, he goes and spends. (Oct 2004)
  • The middle class will have to fill the Kerry tax gap. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry is not credible as a fiscal conservative. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry will not be able to pay for $2.2T in new spending. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush ties growing economy to his tax cuts. (Mar 2004)
  • Investment and aid to states will help economy rebound. (Aug 2003)
  • Provides assistance to new small businesses. (Aug 2003)
  • Reframed Clinton from economic prosperity to moral failing. (Jun 2003)
  • Restore consumer confidence with tax cuts & new oil supplies. (Mar 2001)
  • Despite prosperity, �It�s time for a change� in Washington. (Oct 2000)
  • Prosperity results from entrepreneurship & ingenuity. (Oct 2000)
  • Private sector responsible for economic boom. (Aug 2000)
  • Make budget biennial; reinstate line-item veto; target pork. (Jun 2000)
  • $46B in new spending on health, education, & defense. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: remove obstacles to advancement. (Apr 2000)
  • Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth. (Apr 1999)

    Budget Deficit

  • Haven�t vetoed any spending bills because we work together. (Oct 2004)
  • Will cut the deficit in half in the next 5 years. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Deficit didn�t exist at end of Clinton term. (Jan 2004)
  • Proposes to shrink federal budget to 16% of GDP. (Mar 2001)
  • Cut national debt by $2T in 10 years; leave $1.2T in debt. (Feb 2001)
  • Too much government spending will end prosperity. (Nov 2000)

George W. Bush on Civil Rights

  • Withholding info from Congress OK on national security issue. (Apr 2006)
  • Federal courts have approved the authority to wiretap. (Jan 2006)
  • Reauthorize the Patriot Act. (Jan 2006)
  • Local control with consequences if racial profiling occurs. (Oct 2000)
  • $145M over 5 years for disabled transportation. (Jun 2000)
  • Government should promote independence for the disabled. (Jun 2000)
  • Ten Commandments OK in schools for �inherent values�. (Jan 2000)
  • Leave decisions on flying Confederate flag to the states. (Jan 2000)
  • English-plus, not English-only. (Aug 1999)
  • State lottery OK, but qualms about casino gambling. (Jul 1999)
  • Patriot Act does not water down civil liberties. (Oct 2004)
  • Don�t let Patriot Act expire-terrorist threat won�t. (Jan 2004)
  • On Patriot Act, willing to defy ethnic lobbies. (Jun 2003)

    Affirmative Action

  • Equal protection supercedes recruiting women & minorities. (Apr 2006)
  • Help minority business by unbundling government contracts. (Oct 2004)
  • Minorities benefit from good climate for small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Race-neutral admissions first; race factor ok if that fails. (Aug 2004)
  • Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all. (May 2004)
  • Affirmative access: qualified candidates guaranteed college. (Oct 2000)
  • Guaranteed TX college racial preference for top 10% of class. (Sep 2000)
  • Affirmative access: end soft bigotry of low expectations. (Aug 2000)
  • For affirmative action, but not quotas or preferences. (Apr 2000)
  • Reach out to minorities, but without quotas. (Jun 1999)

    Gay Rights

  • Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. (Feb 2005)
  • Don�t know whether homosexuality is a choice. (Oct 2004)
  • We shouldn�t change our views on the sanctity of marriage. (Oct 2004)
  • Protect marriage against activist judges. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush calls for constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Feb 2004)
  • Instinct on gay issues: do not touch them. (Jun 2003)
  • Offices on AIDS and race will remain open. (Feb 2001)
  • Bush claims gay tolerance but record differs. (Oct 2000)
  • Tolerance & equal rights, not gay marriage & special rights. (Oct 2000)
  • No gay adoptions; but listens to gay GOP group. (Apr 2000)
  • Against gay marriage, but leave it to the states. (Feb 2000)
  • No gays in Boy Scouts. (Aug 1999)
  • Hate-crime rules don�t apply to gays. (Jul 1999)

George W. Bush on Corporations

  • Reward, not punish, the efforts and dreams of entrepreneurs. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Bush indeed is half-owner of timber company. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry plan affects 471,000 companies, not 900,000. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry will tax small businesses. (Oct 2004)
  • Enron news hit White House like a death in the family. (Jun 2003)
  • Enron donated $1M to GOP & advised Bush on energy plan. (Feb 2002)
  • Federal government should stay out of the marketplace. (Dec 1999)
  • Stop hurting business with excessive punitive damage awards. (Dec 1999)
  • More job training; R&D tax credits. (Jul 1998)

George W. Bush on Crime

  • America is the land of the second chance. (Jan 2004)
  • Ignored Byrd hate crime bill despite plea by Byrd�s family. (Oct 2000)
  • National hate crimes law OK, stricter enforcement better. (Oct 2000)
  • Limit frivolous lawsuits to create entrepreneurial heaven. (Dec 1999)
  • �Tough-love� in strictly disciplined juvenile boot camps. (Dec 1999)
  • For tough juvenile justice laws. (Jun 1999)
  • Criminal rehabilitation by Prison Ministry after release. (Jun 1999)
  • Increased penalties to rehabilitate juveniles. (May 1999)
  • Supports trying minors as adults for violent crimes. (Dec 1998)

    Death Penalty

  • Death penalty saves innocent lives through deterrence. (May 2008)
  • Expand use of DNA evidence. (Feb 2005)
  • Not proud that Texas has most executions. (Oct 2000)
  • Death penalty for deterrence, not revenge. (Oct 2000)
  • Death penalty decisions are profound, but made in 15 minutes. (Oct 2000)
  • Death penalty for hate crimes like any other murder. (Oct 2000)
  • Uphold law on death penalty; and think of the victims. (Jun 2000)
  • 134 Texas executions are �fair and just�. (Jun 2000)
  • Use DNA evidence for death penalty cases. (Jun 2000)
  • Death penalty clemency for bad process, not for repentance. (Jan 2000)

    Mandatory Sentencing

  • Miranda should be waived in some situations. (Jun 2000)
  • Proud of eliminating parole for violent criminals. (Dec 1999)
  • Track gangs; enact automatic sentencing. (Jan 1999)
  • Supports �two strikes� & registration for sexual criminals. (Dec 1998)
  • Supports victim notification laws and anti-stalking laws. (Dec 1998)
  • More searches and less parole for criminals. (Jan 1997)
  • Mandatory sentencing for repeat offenders. (Feb 1995)

George W. Bush on Drugs

  • Congressional limit on troops in Colombia is �advisory� only. (Apr 2006)
  • Aggressive drug education, treatment & enforcement. (Jan 2004)
  • $23 million more for drug-testing in schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Use of performance-enhancing steroids sends wrong message. (Jan 2004)
  • $600M plan help 300,000 addicts via vouchers. (Aug 2003)
  • Use faith-based programs for addicted Americans. (Aug 2003)
  • Turned from alcoholism by power of prayer. (Jun 2003)
  • $2.8B more for Drug War, for state treatment & abroad. (Oct 2000)
  • Clinton-Gore drug policy is inconsistent and has failed. (Oct 2000)
  • Feds must help border counties fight drug traffickers. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports military package to Colombia to fight drug supply. (Mar 2000)
  • Stronger penalties for first time cocaine possession. (Mar 2000)
  • Full background checks on drug use for all appointees. (Aug 1999)
  • Parents make up for past by warning kids against drugs. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports tough drug laws as well as drug education programs. (Dec 1998)

    Alcoholism

  • Arrested for drunk driving, plead guilty, paid fine. (Aug 2004)
  • A �carefree lad� who drank but never did drugs. (Aug 2004)
  • Spiritual reawakening ended beer and bourbon consumption. (Aug 2004)
  • Changed license in 1995 to avoid DUI arrest disclosure. (Nov 2000)
  • Acknowledges arrest for drunk driving in 1976. (Nov 2000)
  • Quit drinking when alcohol started to compete with family. (Sep 2000)
  • Identifies with former addicts based on former alcoholism. (Jan 2000)
  • Did not use drugs for the last 25 years. (Aug 1999)
  • Encourages abstinence from tobacco, drugs or alcohol. . (Dec 1998)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated F by VOTE-HEMP, indicating an anti-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)

George W. Bush on Education

  • FactCheck: Yes, NCLB has raised test scores. (Jan 2008)
  • NCLB has raised scores; now give more local flexibility. (Jan 2007)
  • Signing statement: No independent research on education. (Apr 2006)
  • Propose additional resources for education. (Jan 2006)
  • Reading is the new civil right. (Oct 2004)
  • Required Texas schools to teach phonics over whole language. (Aug 2004)
  • No Child Left Behind Act implements phonics nationally. (Aug 2004)
  • Progressing towards excellence for every child. (Jan 2004)
  • Jobs for the 21st Century: more high school help. (Jan 2004)
  • Reading First program successful. (Aug 2003)
  • Public schools are America�s great hope. (Aug 2003)
  • Teaching to the Test is good, if testing basics. (Feb 2001)
  • Time for real reform, not work around the edges. (Jan 2001)
  • Commitments: testing; local control; federal help; options. (Jan 2001)
  • Poor kids can�t read; now is the time to teach them. (Aug 2000)
  • End the soft bigotry of low expectations in our schools. (Aug 2000)
  • �Silver Scholarships� for kids from seniors who volunteer. (May 2000)
  • Character education grants & American Youth Character Awards. (Apr 2000)
  • Zero tolerance on disruption, guns, & school safety. (Apr 2000)
  • �Reading First� confronts a national emergency. (Mar 2000)
  • Freedom & flexibility in return for high standards & results. (Feb 2000)
  • If poor kids don�t learn, give school funds to parents. (Dec 1999)
  • Leave no child behind: reform Title I & Head Start. (Oct 1999)
  • Evolution & creationism both valid; let states decide. (Aug 1999)
  • Teachers� unions obstacle to school innovation. (Apr 1999)
  • Teach values and moral responsibility in schools. (Apr 1998)

    Accountability

  • Raise standards and focus on results for our schools. (Sep 2004)
  • Pushed standardized testing as a top legislative priority. (Aug 2004)
  • �No Child Left Behind� increases accountability. (Aug 2003)
  • Local control is core principle of successful education. (Aug 2003)
  • TX test score improvements not reflected on national tests. (Oct 2000)
  • Focus on responsibility and parents, not on federal spending. (Oct 2000)
  • Improve education with local control, accountability. (Sep 2000)
  • Hold schools accountable and teach character. (Sep 2000)
  • If you get federal money, you must return measurements. (May 2000)
  • Test every grade every year & publish results. (Apr 2000)
  • Link block grants & vouchers to student testing. (Feb 2000)
  • State should enforce standards, not micromanage schools. (Dec 1999)
  • Develop tests locally - no national tests. (Dec 1999)
  • Help failing students pass - without social promotion. (Mar 1999)

    College

  • Increase the size of Pell grants. (Feb 2005)
  • We�ve increased Pell Grants by a million students. (Oct 2004)
  • Community college provides the skills to people to fill jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • $25B over 10 years for reading, Pell Grants, & charters. (Oct 2000)
  • $1.5B for state merit scholarships to college. (Aug 2000)
  • $275M for pre-paid college tuition tax credits. (Aug 2000)
  • $1.3B to help students in college-prep math & science. (Jun 2000)

    Education Spending

  • Only a liberal would say 49% more funding isn�t enough. (Oct 2004)
  • Will fund early intervention programs to help high-schoolers. (Sep 2004)
  • $5,000 Grants for poor students in math & sciences. (May 2004)
  • Fact Check: NCLB increased school funding, but shy by $5.4B. (Jan 2004)
  • Increased per-student funding by almost 60%. (Aug 2003)
  • Increased school funding by $11B since taking office. (Aug 2003)
  • Feds give 6% of money; but 60% for �paperwork-filler-outer�. (Oct 2000)
  • $900M to improve Indian schools. (Aug 2000)
  • $400M more for after-school programs, via block grants. (Jul 2000)
  • $5B reading program; mixing phonics & literature. (Apr 2000)
  • $2B for teachers; mandates are optional. (Apr 2000)
  • $400 deductible when teachers spend own money on classrooms. (Apr 2000)
  • Expand Education Savings Accounts to $5000 per year. (Oct 1999)

    School Choice

  • $300M for Pell Grants for Kids for non-public schools. (Jan 2008)
  • Give options for kids trapped in failing schools. (Aug 2003)
  • Increased funding to $200M for charter schools. (Aug 2003)
  • Favors rigorous testing over school choice. (Jun 2003)
  • Parents & children must have other options when schools fail. (Jan 2001)
  • Pushes OPTIONS for private schools; without saying VOUCHERS. (Jan 2001)
  • Vouchers are up to states; allow local control. (Oct 2000)
  • Allow �charter states� as well as charter schools. (Sep 2000)
  • One size does not fit all in education. (Aug 2000)
  • Money from failed schools can go to charters or tutors too. (May 2000)
  • Tax money to religious schools OK, if they�re teaching kids. (May 2000)
  • Profit-making schools OK, as long as kids learn. (May 2000)
  • Fund 2,000 charter schools; defund failing schools. (Apr 2000)
  • Don�t subsidize problems in schools; solve them. (Mar 2000)
  • If schools fail for 3 years, funding becomes �portable�. (Feb 2000)
  • $3 billion for Charter School Fund. (Oct 1999)
  • School decisions by parents, not federal judges. (Aug 1999)
  • Let poor people choose their schools, like rich people do. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports vouchers, including private or religious schools. (Dec 1998)
  • Vouchers tied to �accountability system�. (Mar 1998)
  • �Home rule� with state standards. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

George W. Bush on Energy & Oil

  • OpEd: Melded energy policy with Iraq policy. (Jul 2008)
  • Reduce gas consumption by 20% over 10 years. (May 2007)
  • Reduce gasoline usage by 20% in 10 years. (Jan 2007)
  • Signing statement: No whistleblower law for nuclear agencies. (Apr 2006)
  • FactCheck: US grew more dependent on foreign oil under Bush. (Feb 2006)
  • Replace 75% of oil imports from Mideast by 2025. (Jan 2006)
  • End America�s addiction to oil. (Jan 2006)
  • Safe nuclear energy & less dependence on foreign energy. (Feb 2005)
  • O�Neill: Industry overruled environment in energy taskforce. (Jan 2004)
  • Energy plan is about reducing oil imports, not cheap energy. (Jun 2003)
  • Incentives for high-mileage cars, but drill for more oil. (May 2001)
  • More exploration, more nuclear, more energy research. (May 2001)
  • Make Amtrak more efficient and competitive. (Sep 2000)
  • Natural gas is hemispheric; find it in our own neighborhood. (Feb 2001)
  • Clarify rules to allow for more nuclear power generation. (Oct 2000)
  • Better to drill ANWR than import oil from Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2000)
  • Replenish energy supplies with new domestic coal & pipelines. (Oct 2000)
  • Use ANWR fees for alternative energy and home oil help. (Oct 2000)
  • Look for oil in US rather than tap into emergency reserves. (Sep 2000)
  • Remove federal impediments to states� clean energy. (Sep 2000)
  • Explore ANWR; explore for gas; reduce foreign dependence. (Jan 2000)
  • Wean from oil, via electric deregulation & natural gas. (Dec 1999)

    Global Warming

  • International treaty to reverse growth of greenhouse gases. (Jan 2008)
  • The Kyoto Treaty would have cost America a lot of jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • Kyoto Treaty is the �emperor with no clothes�. (Aug 2004)
  • $1.7 billion program will make hydrogen cars common by 2020. (Jan 2004)
  • Energy production overrules CO2 emissions. (Jan 2004)
  • $1.2B to develop hydrogen fuel via private partnerships. (Aug 2003)
  • Reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over next decade. (Aug 2003)
  • Rejected CO2 trading permits as solution to global warming. (Jun 2003)
  • Solution to global warming is safe & clean nuclear power. (Jun 2003)
  • Abandons campaign pledge to reduce CO2 emissions. (Mar 2001)
  • CO2 is not a pollutant under CAA; no emission caps. (Feb 2001)
  • Scientists are unsure about global warming. (Oct 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty puts too much burden on US. (Oct 2000)
  • Opposes Kyoto treaty, ESA, & other intrusive regulations. (Nov 1999)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)

George W. Bush on Environment

  • Proposed different measures to improve the environment. (Oct 2004)
  • Clear Skies Initiative improves air quality now. (Aug 2003)
  • Restrict wetland development, but not arsenic or CO2. (Apr 2001)
  • More lead emission reporting requirements. (Apr 2001)
  • Weaken Clean Air; no comment on Clean Water. (Nov 2000)
  • Incentives for private land stewardship & conservation. (Jun 2000)
  • Conservation partnerships to protect lands & watersheds. (Jun 2000)
  • $60M for private stewardship; tax break on conservation land. (Jun 2000)
  • Superfund failing: too costly; too litigious; too complex. (Apr 2000)
  • Keep drilling; keep dams; keep private property. (Apr 2000)

    Brownfields + Parks

  • Proposes $211M to cleaning up brownfields. (Aug 2003)
  • $450M annually for wildlife and open spaces. (Sep 2000)
  • $4.9B to repair �crumbling� national parks. (Sep 2000)
  • Reinvest in Conservation Fund; repair parks & refuges. (Apr 2000)

    Federal Role

  • Good stewardship is personal responsibility and public value. (Aug 2003)
  • Natural resources & environment funding in FY04 highest ever. (Aug 2003)
  • Federal standards+local collaboration; no command & control. (Oct 2000)
  • Replace mandate/regulate/litigate with decentralized efforts. (Sep 2000)
  • Can�t sue our way to clean air & water--work with industry. (Apr 2000)
  • Keep fed enviro role but give money & flexibility to states. (Apr 2000)
  • Base enviro decisions on science & market-driven solutions. (Apr 2000)

George W. Bush on Families & Children

  • Defend the institution of marriage against activist judges. (Jan 2004)
  • New relief plans focus on the American family. (Aug 2003)
  • Tax cut plan helps single people as well as families. (Nov 2000)
  • Internet filters, ratings, & parental monitoring for kids. (Oct 2000)
  • Paying taxes hurts family time for middle class. (Sep 2000)
  • Blueprint: Focus on community; adoption; fatherhood; safety. (Sep 2000)
  • Safety at school & home: Project Sentry & Project ChildSafe. (Sep 2000)
  • Teach our children the values that defeat violence. (Aug 2000)
  • Fathers� registry will promote involvement, responsibility. (Jul 2000)
  • $75M to support veterans to mentor youth. (Jul 2000)
  • $2.3 billion over 5 years for adoption & child welfare. (Jul 2000)
  • Parental accountability is more important than trigger locks. (Mar 2000)
  • Leave no child behind, via improving schools & health care. (Jan 2000)
  • More daycare funds; caseworkers; �Second Chance� homes. (Jun 1999)
  • V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better. (May 1999)
  • Filter - or avoid - media that romanticizes violence. (Apr 1999)
  • Enforce child protection and child support. (Jan 1999)

    Abstinence

  • Double funding for abstinence to prevent STDs. (Jan 2004)
  • Promote abstinence in schools and via churches. (Apr 2000)
  • Abstinence Ed should get funded as much as Sex Ed. (Jun 1999)
  • Appropriate to draw a moral line for children. (Jun 1999)
  • Teach kids right (abstinence) and wrong (drugs & gangs). (Apr 1998)

George W. Bush on Foreign Policy

  • History�s verdict takes time to reveal itself. (Feb 2008)
  • Define a Palestinian state, at peace with Israel, in 2008. (Jan 2008)
  • Iranian regime must not be permitted to gain nuclear weapons. (Jan 2006)
  • Fight disease and spread hope in hopeless lands. (Jan 2006)
  • Made unpopular decisions for great American values. (Oct 2004)
  • Allies are dealing with Iran and North Korea with America. (Oct 2004)
  • Free nations will help us achieve the peace we all want. (Sep 2004)
  • We ought to be working with the African Union. (Sep 2004)
  • US establishes UN Democracy Fund. (Sep 2004)
  • Allies deserve the respect of all Americans. (Sep 2004)
  • Foreign affairs is interpersonal leadership, not knowledge. (Aug 2004)
  • Full transition to democratic Iraq by Jan. 2005. (May 2004)
  • National Endowment for Democracy in the Middle East. (Jan 2004)
  • Tilt back toward Israel. (Jan 2004)
  • Vietnam: Trade better for human rights than sanctions. (Oct 2000)
  • Supported force in Mideast & Balkans, not Haiti & Somalia. (Oct 2000)
  • Africa�s important but not a priority; no nation-building. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep troops in Korea & NATO; not in Haiti & Balkans. (Oct 2000)
  • Puerto Rico: Back statehood if majority votes for it. (Sep 2000)
  • Will keep sanctions against Cuba. (Aug 2000)
  • US will be a friend to Latin American democracies. (Aug 2000)
  • Patrol borders, but also invest in Latin America. (Aug 2000)
  • Africa: Rally world to help AIDS, but not with US funds. (Jan 2000)
  • Mexico: Free trade, but with more border patrols. (Oct 1998)

    China

  • Six-party talks are better than taking on North Korea alone. (Sep 2004)
  • The six-party talks will unwind when we have bilateral talks. (Sep 2004)
  • Must have China�s leverage on Kim Jong Il. (Sep 2004)
  • Abandoned ambiguity with China to horror of own diplomats. (Jun 2003)
  • Do �whatever it takes� to defend Taiwan, including military. (Apr 2001)
  • Maintain relations with both Taiwan & China. (Apr 2000)
  • Defend Taiwan if China violates one-China policy. (Mar 2000)
  • No strategic ambiguity: US will defend Taiwan against China. (Feb 2000)
  • China is an American competitor, not a friend. (Feb 2000)
  • Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba. (Jan 2000)
  • China�s taste of freedom encourages capitalism�s growth. (Dec 1999)
  • China: Reaction to espionage was not serious and not enough. (May 1999)
  • Cox Report warrants review of all export controls to China. (May 1999)

    Internationalism

  • Kerry wants a global test while I will be resolute. (Oct 2004)
  • Won�t allow foreigners to make national security decisions. (Oct 2004)
  • Other nations are sacrificing with us. (Oct 2004)
  • Hope we never have to take preemptive military action. (Sep 2004)
  • Take preemptive action in order to make America secure. (Sep 2004)
  • No �global test�: protect Americans even if unpopular abroad. (Sep 2004)
  • America will never seek a permission slip for self-defense. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush Doctrine: pre-emptive strikes for US defense. (Dec 2003)
  • Help poor countries around the world. (Aug 2003)
  • United States returning to UNESCO. (Sep 2002)
  • Bush compromises between internationalists and isolationists. (Oct 2000)
  • US should humbly empower other countries, not dictate. (Oct 2000)
  • America should be a humble nation, but project strength. (Oct 2000)
  • Vital interests: US or allies threatened; we can win & exit. (Oct 2000)
  • US troops will never be under UN command. (Oct 2000)
  • Less intervention abroad and unilateral nuclear cuts at home. (Sep 2000)
  • Reform UN & IMF; strengthen NATO. (Apr 2000)
  • Brokering peace requires diligence and patience. (Mar 2000)
  • America should speak loudly and carry a big stick. (Dec 1999)
  • America should act as the leader of the free world. (Dec 1999)
  • Foreign policy with a touch of iron & a sharpened sword. (Nov 1999)

    Russia

  • Continue working with Putin in the future. (Sep 2004)
  • Focus on Russia as part of Europe. (Jun 2003)
  • Russia nukes: demand inventory; pay for dismantling. (Apr 2000)
  • Russia funding: replace IMF loans with $ to people. (Apr 2000)
  • Pressure Russia financially to ease up on Chechnya. (Apr 2000)
  • Focus on Big Three: Russia, China, & India. (Dec 1999)

George W. Bush on Free Trade

  • Linked trade agreements to participation in Iraq War. (Aug 2008)
  • Open more markets to keep America competitive. (Jan 2006)
  • Fact Check: Free trade tempered by steel protectionism. (Jan 2004)
  • Tariffs over free trade, for steel industry. (Jan 2004)
  • Repeals steel tariffs he imposed in 2002. (Dec 2003)
  • Don�t link trade to environment and labor. (Sep 2000)
  • Sow free trade and farmers will reap. (Jan 2000)
  • A free market promotes dreams and individuality. (Dec 1999)
  • Import fees are not the answer to foreign competition. (Dec 1999)
  • The fearful build walls; the confident demolish them. (Jun 1999)

    NAFTA + WTO

  • Establish Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005. (Apr 2001)
  • Add Chile, Brazil, Argentina, & others to NAFTA. (Oct 2000)
  • No trade barriers from Alaska to the tip of Cape Horn. (Apr 2000)
  • Fast Track in west; WTO in east. (Apr 2000)
  • Supports Fast Track; WTO; NAFTA; anti-dumping. (Apr 2000)

George W. Bush on Government Reform

  • More signing statements than all other presidents combined. (Jul 2008)
  • Trust in government is undermined by congressional earmarks. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Earmark veto threat takes no effect until 2009. (Jan 2008)
  • Expose every earmark to a vote; cut earmarks in half by 2008. (Jan 2007)
  • Congress should pass the line-item veto. (Jan 2006)
  • Pass medical liability reform this year. (Jan 2006)
  • FactCheck: Kerry authored 7 bills, not 5 that Bush claims. (Oct 2004)
  • Loves government, but keep it restricted. (Mar 2001)
  • Big government cannot be compassionate. (Nov 2000)
  • Regulatory style: like Reagan, get government out of the way. (Oct 2000)
  • We believe in people; they believe in government. (Oct 2000)
  • Make govt citizen-centered, results-oriented & market-based. (Jun 2000)
  • Restore cooperation with Congress, to accomplish more. (Jun 2000)
  • Pay for tax cuts with cash, not corporate loopholes. (Jan 2000)
  • Meet basic priorities, & return leftovers to taxpayers. (Jan 2000)
  • No legislating from the bench-judges should just interpret. (Jan 2000)
  • Term limits for state representatives and governors. (Jul 1998)
  • Reform the court system to serve people, not lawyers. (Feb 2000)
  • Favors Tort Reform to make it harder to sue corporations. (Oct 1999)
  • No lawsuits on good-faith acts. (Jun 1999)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Private soft money OK, with full & prompt disclosure. (Mar 2001)
  • Ban soft money, but no public financing of elections. (Oct 2000)
  • Ban some soft money; fewer restrictions on individuals. (Sep 2000)
  • No government takeover of campaign finance. (Mar 2000)
  • Full disclosure and no giving limits. (Mar 2000)
  • No corporate or union soft money. (Feb 2000)
  • Support tweaking campaign finance rules & upping $1000 limit. (Jul 1999)

George W. Bush on Gun Control

  • Make America safer by prosecuting criminals with guns. (Oct 2004)
  • If gun laws are broken, hold people accountable. (Oct 2000)
  • First, enforce the law; then keep guns from wrong people. (Oct 2000)
  • Restrict lawsuits against gun makers. (Sep 2000)
  • Government should pay for voluntary trigger locks. (May 2000)
  • Project Sentry: juvenile gun laws & school accountability. (Apr 2000)
  • Avoid Columbine via gun control, values & character ed. (Apr 2000)
  • Would sign, but would not push, gun restrictions. (Apr 2000)
  • Ban automatic weapons & high-capacity ammunition clips. (Apr 2000)
  • More laws & enforcement on juveniles with guns. (Apr 2000)
  • Best gun control is more prosecution & certain jail. (Dec 1999)
  • Supports gun ownership for protection and hunting. (Dec 1999)
  • Raise legal age for guns to 21; ban certain ammo. (Aug 1999)
  • No child-safety locks on guns; concealed carrying ok. (Jun 1999)
  • Arrest for guns in school; track juvenile offenders. (Jun 1999)
  • No city lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jun 1999)
  • Gun restrictions OK within basic right to own guns. (May 1999)
  • Gun show checks OK; ban guns near schools & kids. (Apr 1999)
  • Assault weapon OK; waiting period not OK. (Apr 1999)

George W. Bush on Health Care

  • FactCheck: Tax deduction insures at most 9M, & not poorest. (Jan 2008)
  • $7,500 tax deduction for health insurance. (Jan 2007)
  • Support wider use of electronic records for health care. (Jan 2006)
  • FactCheck: British blocked flu vaccine, not Bush. (Oct 2004)
  • I haven�t gotten a flu shot, and I don�t intend to. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry�s health care plan is an empty promise. (Oct 2004)
  • The US healthcare system is the envy of the world. (Oct 2004)
  • Veterans are getting very good health care. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Kerry�s plan doesn�t put bureaucrats in control. (Oct 2004)
  • Double the NIH budget to $28 billion. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry�s healthcare plan will ruin the quality of healthcare. (Oct 2004)
  • $15B for international AIDS treatment. (Sep 2004)
  • Will enroll millions of poor children in health programs. (Sep 2004)
  • Government-run health care is the wrong prescription. (Jan 2004)
  • Endorses billions more in health care funding. (Aug 2003)
  • Senior Rx: �Immediate Helping Hand� now; more later. (Jan 2001)
  • Absolutely opposed to a national health care plan. (Oct 2000)
  • Medical Savings Accounts part of affordable access & choice. (Oct 2000)
  • Claims of immediate help are only true for poorer families. (Oct 2000)
  • Invest $27B in NIH to cure Alzheimer�s & other diseases. (Sep 2000)
  • Government HMOs not the answer for Social Security. (Sep 2000)
  • Family Health Credit: pay for 90% of basic low-income policy. (Apr 2000)
  • $3.6B for 1,200 new community health centers. (Apr 2000)
  • Expand and Reform Medical Savings Accounts:. (Apr 2000)
  • Opposes doctor assisted suicide. (Apr 2000)
  • Restrict teenage smoking by tough state & federal laws. (Mar 2000)
  • Health insurance for kids from tobacco settlement. (Jun 1999)
  • More funding for disability assistance. (Jun 2000)

    Insurance coverage

  • Expand consumer choice, not government control. (Jan 2008)
  • Association health plans for small business. (Feb 2005)
  • Allow small firms to join together to purchase insurance. (Sep 2004)
  • Health savings accounts with choice of coverage. (Jan 2004)
  • 100% tax deduction for catastrophic health insurance. (Jan 2004)
  • Everyone should be able to choose a health plan. (Aug 2003)
  • Lift restrictions on Medical Savings Accounts. (Aug 2003)
  • Ask �are we getting health care?� not �are we uninsured?�. (Oct 2000)
  • Link small businesses together in large insurance pools. (Oct 2000)
  • Cover 3 million uninsured at a 10-year cost of $135 billion. (Sep 2000)
  • Small business health insurance via trade associations. (Apr 2000)
  • More CHIPs; more multistate HMOs. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: $2,000 health ins. tax credit. (Apr 2000)

    Medicare + Medicaid

  • We got Medicare reform done. (Oct 2004)
  • Medicare bill uses market-based solutions to reduce costs. (Aug 2004)
  • Medicare Rx plan: immediate help, then senior choice. (Oct 2000)
  • Cap senior prescription costs at $6,000 per year. (Sep 2000)
  • $158B for Medicare prescriptions & subsidized premiums. (Sep 2000)
  • Choice of Medicare, free equivalent, or adding own $. (Sep 2000)
  • Second bill to Congress: $48B for immediate Rx help. (Sep 2000)
  • All seniors entitled to Medicare; poor seniors subsidized. (Sep 2000)
  • $7.4B for nursing home insurance via tax deductions. (May 2000)
  • Replace 132,000-page Medicare document with senior choice. (Jan 2000)

    Patient Rights

  • Supports passage of Patient�s Bill of Rights. (Aug 2003)
  • Patient Rights: No gatekeepers for gynecologists. (Oct 2000)
  • Give seniors choice, not bureaucrats; give incentives too. (Sep 2000)
  • Health care access via empowerment, not nationalizing. (Apr 2000)
  • Private alternatives & state reforms come first. (Apr 2000)
  • HMOs should cover emergency room; & gynecology directly. (Mar 2000)
  • Create Review Board to hear HMO complaints. (Dec 1999)

    Prescription Drugs

  • FactCheck: Bush opposed drug reimports, but so did Clinton. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Only 19% of poor seniors use Drug Discount cards. (Oct 2004)
  • Make sure the drugs from Canada cure and don�t kill you. (Oct 2004)
  • Senior Rx coverage without government dictates. (Aug 2003)
  • Give states money to help poor seniors buy medicine. (Oct 2000)
  • Medicare Rx drug coverage for low-income seniors. (Mar 2000)

    Tort Reform

  • Flu vaccine shortage from litigation worries. (Oct 2004)
  • Lack of market forces and lawsuits increase healthcare costs. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Frivolous lawsuits do not cost government $28B. (Oct 2004)
  • Pass medical liability reform to make health care affordable. (Sep 2004)
  • Lower care costs; reform taxes; limit lawsuits. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

George W. Bush on Homeland Security

  • FactCheck: Wiretapping authority foiled no terrorist plots. (Jan 2008)
  • War on Terror is a decisive ideological struggle. (Jan 2007)
  • 92,000 more in Armed Forces; plus Civilian Reserve Corps. (Jan 2007)
  • Signing statement: Only president decides which intel to use. (Apr 2006)
  • FactCheck: Yes, there are more democracies now, but not Iraq. (Feb 2006)
  • Support democratic reform across the broader Middle East. (Jan 2006)
  • Post-WWII world has grown from 24 lonely democracies to 122. (Jan 2006)
  • Has used Patriot Act to thwart several terrorist attacks. (Oct 2005)
  • We are not going to have a draft. (Oct 2004)
  • We�ve tripled the homeland security budget. (Oct 2004)
  • Decreased funding for dealing with nuclear proliferation. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush�s stated military service record is incorrect. (Oct 2000)
  • AWOL in Air Guard? Maybe not, but didn�t meet obligations. (Oct 2000)
  • Opposed Somalia intervention when it became nation-building. (Oct 2000)
  • Be world�s peacemaker instead of world�s policeman. (Oct 2000)
  • Rebuild military so it can fulfill mission to prevent war. (Oct 2000)
  • Bush says military not ready; Pentagon disagrees. (Aug 2000)
  • Post-Vietnam: just cause; clear goal; overwhelming victory. (Aug 2000)
  • Lowest possible number of nukes consistent with security. (May 2000)
  • Use arms to defend Europe, Far East, Mideast, & Panama. (Feb 2000)
  • US military is key to preserving world peace. (Apr 1998)

    Military Personnel

  • Increased military pay by 4% per year. (Aug 2003)
  • $400M for renovating and improving military housing. (Aug 2003)
  • Focus on mobility and swiftness, not size of military. (Feb 2001)
  • Spend money on soldiers before sending them to hot spots. (Oct 2000)
  • Gays in military OK; �Don�t Ask, Don�t Tell� OK. (Sep 2000)
  • Better equipment, better training, and better pay. (Aug 2000)
  • $1B more for salary; $20B more for R&D for new weapons. (May 2000)

    Missile Defense

  • Missile defense protects America. (Sep 2004)
  • Missile defense for security, not for military advantage. (Aug 2003)
  • Withdrew from ABM Treaty; now $9B for missile defense. (Aug 2003)
  • Listens to Europeans on SDI, but �intent on the right thing�. (Jun 2001)
  • The defenses we build must protect us all: include allies. (Feb 2001)
  • SDI: think beyond Cold War, but convince Europe & Russia. (Aug 2000)
  • Post-Cold War: remove weapons & high-alert; build SDI. (May 2000)
  • Russia: jointly reduce missiles; but no joint SDI. (May 2000)
  • SDI needed for defense against rogue states & terrorists. (May 2000)

    War on Terror

  • Geneva Convention does not apply to Al Qaeda detainees. (Oct 2008)
  • Signing statement: We will decide what is torture. (Jul 2008)
  • 9/11: The people who attacked us will hear from us soon. (Jun 2007)
  • Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. (Jun 2007)
  • OK to waive torture ban if terrorist attack prevented. (Apr 2006)
  • Military lawyers subject to White House legal conclusions. (Apr 2006)
  • For long-term peace, end conditions that feed radicalism. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Bush initially opposed dept. of homeland security. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam Hussein now sits in a prison cell and we are safer. (Sep 2004)
  • Stay on the offensive and spread liberty to defeat terrorism. (Sep 2004)
  • Make sure we keep weapons out of the hands of Al Qaida. (Sep 2004)
  • We have to be right 100 percent of the time to fight terror. (Sep 2004)
  • We have tripled the amount of money on homeland security. (Sep 2004)
  • You cannot change positions in the War on Terror. (Sep 2004)
  • Win the war on terror by spreading freedom. (Sep 2004)
  • Bush says Geneva Convention doesn�t apply to war on terror. (Aug 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush wants homeland security but did not fund it. (Mar 2004)
  • It�s false hope to think that terror is behind us. (Jan 2004)
  • Terrorists declared war on us-terrorism is beyond a crime. (Jan 2004)
  • Concedes no evidence of Saddam ties to 9-11. (Sep 2003)
  • Created �Ready campaign� and Ready.Gov. (Aug 2003)
  • Initiated reorganization of homeland defense. (Aug 2003)
  • Increased security of critical infrastructure. (Aug 2003)
  • �Axis of Evil� means US uses strength without remorse. (Jun 2003)
  • Pro-Muslim post-9-11 message failed. (Jun 2003)
  • Largest increase in defense $ in two decades: never too high. (Jan 2002)
  • Deter terrorists by counterstrikes & counterintelligence. (Apr 2000)

George W. Bush on Immigration

  • Deploy border fence; end �catch and release�. (Jan 2008)
  • Take pressure off border with guest worker program. (Jan 2007)
  • Minuteman Project are vigilantes. (Jul 2006)
  • Letter from Catholic Church: Don't make priests enforcers. (Jul 2006)
  • Our economy could not function without the immigrants. (Jan 2006)
  • Support a humane guest-worker program that rejects amnesty. (Jan 2006)
  • Reversed GOP�s support fo English-only education. (Oct 2005)
  • It�s time to permit temporary guest workers. (Feb 2005)
  • Temporary workers ok, but no amnesty. (Oct 2004)
  • A time-limited worker card for the illegal immigrants. (Oct 2004)
  • Don�t believe we ought to have amnesty. (Oct 2004)
  • Support temporary worker program but oppose amnesty. (Jan 2004)
  • New temporary worker program includes illegal aliens. (Jan 2004)
  • Mexico: immigration reform in exchange for oil development. (Jun 2003)
  • Respect other languages, but teach all children English. (Nov 2000)
  • $500M to cut INS application time to 6 months. (Jul 2000)
  • Welcome Latinos; immigration is not a problem to be solved. (Jun 2000)
  • Make INS more �immigrant friendly�. (Jun 2000)
  • High tech: More H-1B worker visas; less export controls. (Apr 2000)
  • Farm policy: Open markets abroad; more H-2A worker visas. (Apr 2000)
  • Latinos enrich us; family values go past Rio Grande. (Feb 2000)
  • More border guards to compassionately turn away Mexicans. (Dec 1999)
  • Guest workers, maybe; citizenship waiting period, yes. (Aug 1999)

George W. Bush on Jobs

  • FactCheck: Yes, US gained 4.6M jobs, but also lost 2.6M jobs. (Feb 2006)
  • US has gained 4.6M jobs since 2003. (Jan 2006)

    Farm Policy

  • Farm bill provides $40B over 10 years for conservation. (Aug 2003)
  • Don�t use food as a diplomatic weapon; it hurts farmers. (Oct 2000)
  • Keep Freedom to Farm Act: cut price supports. (Sep 2000)
  • Farm policy: emergency relief; insurance; antitrust. (Apr 2000)
  • Family farms: Food for Peace instead of food as a weapon. (Jan 2000)
  • Ethanol tax incentives good for farmers and good for air. (Nov 1999)

    Labor

  • FactCheck: Yes, 52 months of job growth, but at lower wages. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Bush lost 1.6M PRIVATE jobs, gained some in gov�t. (Oct 2004)
  • Education is the best way to create jobs. (Oct 2004)
  • To keep jobs in US, develop energy and keep taxes low. (Oct 2004)
  • Will double the workforce for our job training program. (Sep 2004)
  • Will change outdated labor laws to offer comp-time. (Sep 2004)
  • Dedicated to improving economy through job growth. (Aug 2003)
  • Passed 13 week extension of unemployment benefits. (Aug 2003)
  • Not satisfied until everyone who wants a job can find one. (Aug 2003)
  • Flex-time & family-oriented work rules via tax code. (Oct 2000)
  • Tax breaks, child care & bus fare for working recipients. (Jul 1998)

George W. Bush on Principles & Values

  • Believe in the goodness and wisdom of the American people. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: Encroaches civil liberties, Constitution, & democracy. (Aug 2008)
  • It is a privilege to see America�s greatness up close. (Feb 2008)
  • America wants Congress to cross the aisle to get things done. (Jan 2007)
  • Outperformed by Kerry in debates & campaign lost ground. (Oct 2005)
  • Kerry introduced some 300 bills and he�s passed five. (Oct 2004)
  • Iraqi war and tax cuts were not mistakes. (Oct 2004)
  • Free societies will be hopeful societies. (Sep 2004)
  • This young century will be liberty�s century. (Sep 2004)
  • America will be more secure as freedom advances. (Sep 2004)
  • Screens all audiences to avoid hecklers. (Aug 2004)
  • Comforted mother Barbara at age 7 when his sister died. (Aug 2004)
  • IQ of 120 puts him above 90% of the population. (Aug 2004)
  • Member of secret society Skull and Bones & a fraternity guy. (Aug 2004)
  • Bush�s smirk shows he�s perturbed, not that he�s arrogant. (Aug 2004)
  • Ad: Kerry missed votes in the Senate by campaigning. (Jul 2004)
  • John Dean: Bush impeachable if WMD info manipulated. (May 2004)
  • Bush elected as the un-Clinton. (Jun 2003)
  • Our grandest ideal: no insignificant person was ever born. (Jan 2001)
  • Citizenship is as important as government. (Jan 2001)
  • Favorites: PB&J, tacos, Winston Churchill, kissing Laura. (Sep 2000)
  • No need to excuse Cheney from energy issues. (Aug 2000)
  • Baseball is fun, politics is not. (Jun 2000)
  • Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform. (Mar 2000)
  • Challenges the orthodoxy but is still a devout conservative. (Oct 1999)
  • Bush�s centrism: free trade; private IRAs; no new taxes. (Jul 1999)
  • Government can create an environment for prosperity. (Jun 1999)
  • Match conservative minds with compassionate hearts. (Jun 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Building a Safer, Stronger and Better America. (Aug 2004)
  • Calls on Americans to be citizens, not spectators. (Aug 2003)
  • �Compassionate conservatism� disliked by conservatives. (Jun 2003)
  • Communitarianism: Society over unfettered individualism. (Feb 2001)
  • Build a single nation of justice and opportunity. (Jan 2001)
  • Commitment to civility, courage, compassion and character. (Jan 2001)
  • End season of cynicism and politics of anger. (Nov 2000)
  • President should be a role model and uniter. (Nov 2000)
  • They have not led. We will. (Nov 2000)
  • Barnstorm for Reform: End D.C. cynicism & zero-sum politics. (Oct 2000)
  • Blueprint for the Middle Class: from birth thru retirement. (Sep 2000)
  • Real Plans for Real People: Bush promises honest talking. (Sep 2000)
  • Now is the time to do the hard things. (Aug 2000)
  • My generation tested limits; now we�re coming home. (Aug 2000)
  • Theme: change how Washington works & restore moral purpose. (Jun 2000)
  • Bush�s conservatism: local solutions within limited govt. (Dec 1999)
  • Government if necessary, not necessarily government. (Dec 1999)
  • �Compassionate conservatism� allows individual potential. (Mar 1999)
  • Prosperity with a purpose: Peaceful & prosperous future. (Mar 1999)

    Leadership Style

  • 2005: I earned political capital, & now I intend to spend it. (May 2007)
  • Cheerleader at Andover & Yale; as full of energy now. (Aug 2004)
  • John Dean: ending Bush�s secrecy will avoid scandal. (May 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush admin uses war on terror for political gain. (Mar 2004)
  • Bush places personal loyalty over loyalty to the truth. (Jan 2004)
  • O�Neill: Bush is an ideologue, not a centrist. (Jan 2004)
  • Conspicuous intelligence unwelcome in Bush White House. (Jun 2003)
  • Has not succeeded at goal of being above party & ideology. (Jun 2003)
  • Reads people well; prefers one-on-one with legislators. (Oct 2000)
  • A leader has vision, credibility, and loyalty to friends. (Oct 2000)
  • End bickering in Washington to revive politics. (Oct 2000)
  • Put U.S. interests first and execute goals with good team. (Oct 2000)
  • The president must have credibility; Gore doesn�t. (Oct 2000)
  • Leads by building consensus, not by following polls. (Oct 2000)
  • Uphold law of the land & the dignity of the office. (Aug 2000)
  • Bush has �hands-off� style, says the test is good decisions. (Aug 2000)
  • Surrounded by smart people, but he decides himself. (Aug 2000)
  • Governs by outlining ideas & letting Legislature do details. (May 1999)

    Religion

  • Faith shapes his principles, which shape his policies. (Oct 2004)
  • Character determines your path; we are not the author. (Aug 2004)
  • Glad to sign a law �love thy neighbor�. (Jun 2003)
  • Faith helps me in service to people. (Feb 2001)
  • US chosen by God to be a model among nations. (Aug 2000)
  • Jesus is part of my life; but won�t exclude non-Christians. (Jan 2000)
  • �A Charge to Keep,� hymn & painting, inspire Bush. (Dec 1999)
  • Charitable Choice has churches mentoring weflare clients. (Jun 1999)
  • Allow religious groups to address social ills. (Dec 1998)
  • Diminish role of govt as communities & churches take over. (Jul 1998)
  • Base �responsibility era� on Judeo-Christian values. (Apr 1998)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of National Governors Association. (Jan 2000)

George W. Bush on Social Security

  • Create a bipartisan commission to examine Social Security. (Jan 2006)
  • FactCheck: System may pay less, but will not go bankrupt. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Private accounts are a good bet, not a sure thing. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Only SOME of your personal account is yours. (Feb 2005)
  • Social Security system is headed toward bankruptcy. (Feb 2005)
  • Personal retirement accounts for younger workers. (Feb 2005)
  • Let young people use personal retirement savings accounts. (Oct 2004)
  • Social Security privatization will keep the system solvent. (Oct 2004)
  • Allow younger workers to put taxes in a personal account. (Sep 2004)
  • Personal retirement accounts for young workers. (Jan 2004)
  • Privatize SS while maintaining govt system. (Jan 2004)
  • Strengthen & modernize Social Security. (Aug 2003)
  • Create Individual Development Accounts with low-income match. (Aug 2003)
  • Ensure freedom of choice in retirement planning. (Aug 2003)
  • Minimize investment risk through diversification. (Aug 2003)
  • Strengthen women�s retirement via catch up contributions. (Aug 2003)
  • Bush commission members all back privatization. (May 2001)
  • Forms presidential commission to reform Social Security. (Feb 2001)
  • Don�t treat Social Security like it�s a federal program. (Nov 2000)
  • Set aside $2.4T for seniors as well as younger workers. (Oct 2000)
  • Young workers want to invest some Social Security money. (Oct 2000)
  • Prohibit govt investment in the stock market, private OK. (Sep 2000)
  • Blueprint: Maintain retiree benefits; young get more options. (Sep 2000)
  • I will touch the third rail so I can fix it. (Aug 2000)
  • Open questions: transition costs & bad investors bailouts. (Jul 2000)
  • Maintain basics of government�s �most successful program�. (May 2000)
  • 2% real return is not enough; sound investments get 6%. (May 2000)
  • Support retirement via government-plus-private system. (May 2000)
  • Privatize Social Security to take advantage of stock market. (May 2000)
  • No government investment in private stocks or bonds. (Apr 2000)
  • Consider raising retirement age. (Nov 1999)

George W. Bush on Tax Reform

  • FactCheck: Expiring tax cuts typically cost $828, not $1,800. (Jan 2008)
  • Make the tax cuts permanent. (Jan 2006)
  • Re-examine the tax code from top to bottom. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Kerry voted to increase taxes 39 times, not 98. (Oct 2004)
  • Now the tax code is fairer after the tax cut. (Oct 2004)
  • Kerry voted to increase taxes 98 times. (Oct 2004)
  • Will lead a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code. (Sep 2004)
  • Congress must act to make tax cuts permanent. (Jan 2004)
  • Everyone benefits from dividend tax reform. (Aug 2003)
  • Reduction in dividend taxes benefits 35 million people. (Aug 2003)
  • Make the end of the death tax permanent. (Aug 2003)
  • People should not pay more in taxes than they do for food. (Nov 2000)
  • Be fair and eliminate death taxes for everyone. (Oct 2000)
  • Don�t eliminate gas tax; ask OPEC to increase supply. (Jul 2000)
  • Use the marketplace to encourage people to save and invest. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: 6 million tax-free families. (Apr 2000)
  • End death tax; reduce marriage penalty; more child credits. (Apr 2000)
  • 1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge. (Jan 2000)
  • $8B tax incentives for charitable contributions. (Jul 1999)
  • Read my tax pledge: No new taxes. (Jun 1999)
  • Simplify tax code to stimulate economic growth. (Apr 1999)

    Income Tax Cut

  • Taxpayer dollars must be spent wisely or not at all. (Feb 2005)
  • FactCheck: Most of Bush tax cut went to top 10%. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Wealthy pay 63% of taxes, not 80%. (Oct 2004)
  • Cut taxes on everybody. (Oct 2004)
  • Ad: The largest tax relief in history. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax relief is working. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Tax relief fueled spending, but not job growth. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush 2003 economic plan accelerates 2001 tax cuts. (Aug 2003)
  • Tax relief allows saving & spending more of your own money. (Aug 2003)
  • Deliver substantial tax relief to 91 million Americans. (Aug 2003)
  • Married with children -- taxes drop 96%. (Aug 2003)
  • Not too big, not too small, tax cut was just the right size. (Jun 2003)
  • On behalf of the American people, I�m asking for a refund. (Feb 2001)
  • Get bigger paychecks in people�s pockets fast. (Feb 2001)
  • Retroactive tax cuts may bolster faltering economy. (Jan 2001)
  • Claims lower income people benefit more than rich; untrue. (Oct 2000)
  • $500B to people earning under $100K; $800B to those richer. (Oct 2000)
  • Yes, wealthy get tax relief, but 6M poor will pay no tax. (Oct 2000)
  • Wealthy now pay 62% of all taxes; with his plan, 64%. (Oct 2000)
  • Claim that every taxpayer gets relief isn�t true. (Oct 2000)
  • All Americans deserve tax relief; no more �fuzzy numbers�. (Oct 2000)
  • More child & charity deductions in $1.3T tax cut. (Sep 2000)
  • Cut taxes on income, children, & inheritance. (Jun 2000)
  • More deductions for kids, education, charity, and marriage. (May 2000)
  • Reduce share of tax burden on low- and middle-income. (Apr 2000)
  • Tax cuts, so help me God. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)

George W. Bush on War & Peace

  • We need a president who understands the lessons of 9/11. (Sep 2008)
  • We will not allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. (Jan 2007)
  • We�ve Never Been Stay The Course. (Oct 2006)
  • Terrorists would move the battlefield to our own shores. (Jan 2006)
  • War on Terror is not about intelligence and law enforcement. (Oct 2004)
  • I wake up every day thinking about protecting our country. (Sep 2004)
  • Confront threats to America before it is too late. (Sep 2004)
  • Will defend America every time. (Sep 2004)
  • Freedom is the greatest fear of the terrorists. (Sep 2004)
  • During Vietnam, did not protest, & counseled supporting war. (Aug 2004)
  • Bush Doctrine: harboring terrorists treated as terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • Op-Ed: Bush maintains power by inspiring fear & nationalism. (Oct 2003)

    Afghanistan

  • FactCheck: Bush DID say he was not concerned about Osama. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: new al Qaeda recruits reduce 75% capture figure. (Oct 2004)
  • Busted the A.Q. Khan network and convinced Libya to disarm. (Sep 2004)
  • Increased spending by $15B to fight terrorism. (Aug 2003)
  • Afghanistan was a �different type of war�. (Nov 2002)
  • Afghanistan model-successful plan first-used for Iraq. (Nov 2002)
  • Homeland security focus: bioterror; airports; intelligence. (Jan 2002)

    Iraq

  • May 2003: Combat operations are ended; mission accomplished. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: If they want to attack us in Iraq, bring 'em on. (Oct 2008)
  • 2001: Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: We will find WMDs; Saddam destroyed some & hid some. (Oct 2008)
  • Transition from leading operations to partnering with Iraqis. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Troop drawdown of 20,000 still above pre-surge. (Jan 2008)
  • 2002: Clear that war vote was to strike Iraq, not diplomacy. (Jun 2007)
  • 20,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Baghdad & Anbar. (Jan 2007)
  • We�re on the offensive in Iraq with a clear plan for victory. (Jan 2006)
  • Terrorists aim to seize power in Iraq. (Jan 2006)
  • Sudden withdrawal from Iraq would abandon our Iraqi allies. (Jan 2006)
  • Guard eager to go to Iraq-relief will come from Iraqi troops. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam was a unique threat because of the potential WMD. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam wanted to restart his weapons programs. (Oct 2004)
  • UN sanctions were not effective at removing Saddam. (Oct 2004)
  • Had the right plan with the right troops level invading Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Sent a $87 billion bill that gives troops equipment. (Oct 2004)
  • Went to the UN hoping the world would listen to our demands. (Sep 2004)
  • Saddam Hussein was systematically deceiving the inspectors. (Sep 2004)
  • The front on the war on terror is more than just one place. (Sep 2004)
  • Start bringing troops home when Iraq is stable and free. (Sep 2004)
  • A free Iraq is essential for the security of America. (Sep 2004)
  • Allocated $7 billion over months for reconstruction efforts. (Sep 2004)
  • Calls on UN to do more in Iraq. (Sep 2004)
  • Deny terrorists a base of operation in Iraq. (May 2004)
  • Saddam loyalists have joined with foreign terrorists. (May 2004)
  • We�re constructing democracy; terrorists can only destroy. (May 2004)
  • Request of $25 billion for war just the beginning. (May 2004)
  • $389M in 2002-2003 for CIA to overthrow Saddam. (Apr 2004)
  • Saddam a �madman� who could make WMDs. (Feb 2004)
  • We�ve already internationalized the war in Iraq. (Jan 2004)
  • We haven�t come this far to falter unfinished. (Jan 2004)
  • Saddam had WMD-related program activities. (Jan 2004)
  • France, Germany, Russia excluded from Iraq contracts. (Dec 2003)
  • Saddam captured: War on terror is a different kind of war. (Dec 2003)
  • Conflict with Iraq dominated war against terror. (Oct 2003)
  • Seeking $87B and UN Aid for Iraqi War Effort. (Sep 2003)
  • Defeating terrorists in Iraq will require time and sacrifice. (Sep 2003)
  • �Axis of Evil� links Saddam with 9/11. (Jun 2003)
  • Bush to Arab World: terrorism must stop, or else. (Jun 2003)
  • UN founded to fight threats like Saddam and 9/11. (Sep 2002)
  • Fight freedom�s fight against Axis of Evil. (Jan 2002)

    Iraq Criticism

  • 9/11: Persisted in seeking Iraq link to terrorist attacks. (Jul 2008)
  • Campaign to sell the Iraq War began with 2002 UN speech. (May 2008)
  • 2004: Unwilling to admit mistakes in invading Iraq. (May 2008)
  • OpEd: Linked Saddam & al-Qaeda despite lack of evidence. (Mar 2008)
  • 2002 NIE said Saddam making nukes by 2007; Bush said 2002. (Oct 2006)
  • Decision to invade Iraq was certain by fall 2002. (Oct 2006)
  • Claimed 946 WMD sites �known�; none found. (Oct 2006)
  • Kay Report: WMDs never existed; hence WMD-related activities. (Oct 2006)
  • CIA�s Tenet considered �slam dunk� his dumbest 2 words ever. (Oct 2006)
  • President, not Congress, decides on Iraq investigations. (Apr 2006)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Bush gave 23 different rationales for war. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Yes, troops had inadequate body armor. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush rejected NATO�s suggestion to help training in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Other nations will not risk troops in a war called a mistake. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: Iraq reconstruction money is not flowing. (Oct 2004)
  • FactCheck: �100,000 trained� are mostly 3-week police course. (Oct 2004)
  • You can�t lead the country if you criticize the Iraqi war. (Sep 2004)
  • Commander in chief shouldn�t give mixed messages to troops. (Sep 2004)
  • There are summits being held-world won�t follow �wrong war�. (Sep 2004)
  • Can�t change the dynamics in Iraq by criticizing the leader. (Sep 2004)
  • I know bin Laden attacked; but Saddam had WMD-capabilities. (Sep 2004)
  • CIA argued against �16 words� but took responsibility. (Aug 2004)
  • Majority misunderstood that Bush connected Saddam with 9/11. (Aug 2004)
  • CIA report hedged on whether Saddam had WMD. (Apr 2004)
  • CIA chief told Bush �slam dunk� that Saddam had WMD. (Apr 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush insisted on connecting 9-11 with Saddam. (Mar 2004)
  • Bush admin knew Iraq not a threat, & had no time for terror. (Mar 2004)
  • Clarke: CIA and FBI intelligence failures allowed 9/11. (Mar 2004)
  • Clarke: Bush Iraq policy generates Islamic hatred of America. (Mar 2004)
  • Fact Check: No evidence of bio, chemical, or nuclear WMDs. (Jan 2004)
  • O�Neill: Bush planned on war in Iraq before 9/11. (Jan 2004)
  • Paul O�Neill: Bush planned to overthrow Saddam before 9/11. (Jan 2004)
  • Saddam�s uranium from Niger: admits facts were not checked. (Dec 2003)
  • Rejected Powell�s plan for refocused UN sanctions on Iraq. (Oct 2003)

    Mideast

  • Iran: suspend nuclear enrichment before any negotiations. (Jan 2008)
  • Hamas must disarm and reject terrorism and work peace. (Jan 2006)
  • Confront Iran as terrorism sponsor; hold Syria accountable. (Feb 2005)
  • $350M for Palestinian reforms. (Feb 2005)
  • Bush supports peaceful Palestinian state. (Sep 2004)
  • First president to use the term �Palestine�. (Aug 2004)
  • Libya renounces WMDs; anti-proliferation has high priority. (Dec 2003)
  • No peace for Israel or Palestine without freedom for both. (Sep 2002)
  • Israel: America should be a stronger friend. (May 2000)
  • Israel: Recognize Jerusalem as capital. (Jul 1999)

George W. Bush on Welfare & Poverty

  • Appoints Laura Bush to lead anti-gang initiative. (Feb 2005)
  • I would have increased the minimum wage. (Oct 2004)
  • Compassionate conservatism means self-help over gov�t help. (Aug 2004)
  • Created USA Freedom Corps to strengthen culture of service. (Aug 2003)
  • Calls for 4,000 hours of national service for every citizen. (Jan 2002)
  • Housing: Help low-income purchasers, and housing developers. (Oct 2000)
  • Housing: Use HUD rental vouchers for first home purchase. (Oct 2000)
  • Bush�s Texan philosophy for the poor: up-by-the-bootstraps. (Oct 2000)
  • Transform low-income rentals to home ownership. (Aug 2000)
  • Focus welfare on transition to work & responsibility. (Jun 2000)
  • $1.7B over 5 years for home rehabs in poor neighborhoods. (Apr 2000)
  • 50% tax credits for 20,000 home rehabs per year. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: rent vouchers; homeowner credits. (Apr 2000)
  • $1B & tax credits for Individual Development Accounts. (Apr 2000)
  • Remove tax �tollbooths� for poor single moms. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports low-income heating oil assistance program. (Dec 1999)
  • Work and responsibility to replace welfare. (Dec 1999)
  • Too much government fosters dependency. (Dec 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Never discriminate against religious charities. (Sep 2004)
  • Faith-based charity doesn�t violate church-state separation. (Aug 2004)
  • Unleash the passion of religious charity. (Jan 2004)
  • One of first acts was establishing faith-based initiatives. (Aug 2003)
  • Faith-based initiative keeps separation of church and state. (Feb 2001)
  • Religious groups must be part of solution to society�s ills. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish federal & state �offices of faith-based action�. (Jan 2001)
  • Government solving social problems crowds out compassion. (Oct 2000)
  • Devolve welfare to both state and private charities. (Sep 2000)
  • Fund faith-based private programs that promote independence. (Jun 2000)
  • Church-based solutions for drugs, daycare, & crime. (Apr 2000)
  • �No-strings� vouchers for religious groups to do charity. (Jan 2000)
  • Religious charities deserve government support. (Dec 1999)
  • Churches provide �armies of compassion� to help the poor. (Oct 1999)
  • Look first to faith-based organizations. (Aug 1999)
  • Religious groups compete for state service contracts. (Jun 1999)
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