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Former Attorney General; Democratic Challenger FL Governor:
Janet Reno on the Issues

Janet Reno on Abortion

  • Don’t force women to have children when they’re not ready. (May 1993)
  • Supports clinic access law & criminalizing obstruction. (May 1993)
  • Pro-choice. (Mar 1993)

Janet Reno on Budget & Economy

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on Civil Rights

  • Infrastructure protection no threat to civil rights. (Jan 1999)
  • Emphasized aggressive civil rights enforcement. (Jan 1999)
  • Civil rights must be aggressively protected by government. (Jan 1998)
  • “Presumption of disclosure” of all federal information. (Jan 1994)
  • Dropped homosexuality as grounds for denying FBI employment. (Dec 1993)
  • Limit TV violence by voluntary or regulatory means. (Oct 1993)
  • Supported Lani Guinier’s call for quotas. (Jun 1993)
  • Make civil rights & equal opportunity top priority. (Mar 1993)
  • Refused to respond to sexual preference questionnaire. (Sep 1988)
  • Defendant protections result in better police work. (Jul 1986)
  • Accused of racism in Miami riots after McDuffie killing. (May 1980)

Janet Reno on Corporations

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on Crime

  • Criticized for losing key cases, but praised for toughness. (Jan 1999)
  • Against mandatory sentencing for nonviolent crimes. (Jan 1999)
  • Opposes death penalty, but willing to apply it. (Nov 1998)
  • Look at potential for rehabilitation when sentencing kids. (Jan 1998)
  • White collar crime a top priority. (Oct 1997)
  • Constitutional admentment to protect victims’ rights. (Jun 1997)
  • Incarcerate repeat offenders; alternatives for first offense. (Feb 1997)
  • Tried & failed to repeal mandatory minimum sentences. (Nov 1993)
  • Post-Waco review vindicated Reno & blamed Koresh. (May 1993)
  • Called Waco “the worst day of my life”. (Apr 1993)
  • Death penalty might be a deterrent, but never proven. (Mar 1993)
  • Opposes death penalty, but won 103 death convictions. (Nov 1992)
  • Only justification for death penalty is vengeance. (Nov 1992)
  • Early advocate of community policing. (Apr 1992)
  • Created victims' advocacy program. (Dec 1986)

Janet Reno on Drugs

  • Do more for early intervention, as well as street work. (Mar 1993)
  • Created Drug Courts to give first offenders a second chance. (Jun 1989)
  • No mandatory drug sentences unless more prisons built. (Oct 1986)
  • Undercover cocaine investigations despite DEA protests. (Jul 1979)

Janet Reno on Education

  • Cherish teachers who supported you during school. (Jun 1996)
  • Supports Head Start; social prevention of crime. (Sep 1993)
  • Invest in public schools. (Jan 1997)

Janet Reno on Energy & Oil

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on Environment

  • Use the law to protect the environment. (Apr 1993)

Janet Reno on Families & Children

  • Re-create family & community by prosecuting family crimes. (Jan 1999)
  • Health care & education are building blocks of healthy kids. (Nov 1998)
  • We've neglected our children & they've lost self-esteem. (Sep 1993)

Janet Reno on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on Free Trade

  • NAFTA will ease Mexican drug & immigration problems. (Oct 1993)

Janet Reno on Government Reform

  • Applied “sunshine laws” to open federal government. (Jan 1993)
  • Authored Florida’s no-fault divorce law & civil court code. (Mar 1971)

Janet Reno on Gun Control

  • Can change culture of violence with conflict resolution. (Nov 1998)
  • As hard to get a gun license as to get a driver’s license. (Nov 1993)
  • Battle the NRA with common sense. (Sep 1993)
  • Spearheaded "Cool It Florida" waiting period referendum. (Nov 1990)
  • Waiting period for gun purchase; safety test for license. (Jul 1988)

Janet Reno on Health Care

  • End "rationing"; preventative health care for all. (Sep 1993)
  • Served on Hillary's task force & advocated its results. (Jun 1993)

Janet Reno on Homeland Security

  • Advocates broad partnership to protect US infrastructure. (Jan 1999)

Janet Reno on Immigration

  • Miami relatives broke US law by not giving Elian to father. (Apr 2000)
  • Sided with INS & against US relatives in Elian Gonzalez case. (Jan 1999)
  • Immigrants enrich us, but illegal immigrants cost us. (Jul 1993)
  • Prosecuted 1000s of Cubans from Mariel boatlift. (Apr 1980)

Janet Reno on Jobs

  • Shorten workday to conform to school hours. (Mar 1990)

Janet Reno on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on Principles & Values

  • Justice supports democracy & economic opportunity. (May 2001)
  • No evidence to investigate Clinton fundraising. (Dec 1998)
  • In contempt of Congress over Clinton-Gore fund-raising. (Aug 1998)
  • Dislikes publicity; devoid of affect. (Jan 1998)
  • Justice stressing housing, employment, education & policing. (Jan 1997)
  • Embarrassed by Travelgate & Vince Foster suicide. (Jul 1993)
  • Post-Waco popularity soared when Reno took responsibility. (May 1993)
  • Justice Dept. philosophy: “What’s the right thing to do?”. (Apr 1993)
  • Prosecutor credo: Protect the innocent & convict the guilty. (Dec 1972)

Janet Reno on Social Security

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on Tax Reform

No stance on record.

Janet Reno on War & Peace

  • Terrorism focus: protect air transportation; limit funding. (Aug 1996)
  • Don't get hysterical about Islamic fundamentalism. (Aug 1994)

Janet Reno on Welfare & Poverty

  • Child care & health care to help transitioning welfare moms. (Jan 1986)