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Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1):
Mark Sanford on the Issues

Mark Sanford on Abortion

  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

Mark Sanford on Budget & Economy

  • Limit spending increases to population growth plus inflation. (Nov 2006)
  • Deficit spending hurts private business & personal finances. (Nov 2000)
  • Incumbents spend more tax funds the longer they’re in office. (Nov 2000)
  • Federal deficit weakens dollar against foreign currencies. (Nov 2000)
  • No congressional pay raise until budget is balanced. (Nov 2000)
  • Highway bills are congressional bribery. (Nov 2000)
  • Sponsored bill allowing $3 on tax form to pay National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports balanced budget amendment & line item veto. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Civil Rights

  • No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • Affirmative action in state contracts, but not colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)

Mark Sanford on Corporations

  • Sugar subsidy is corporate welfare to a wealthy few. (Nov 2000)

Mark Sanford on Crime

  • End parole for repeat violent offenders. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Drugs

  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)

Mark Sanford on Education

  • Supports merit pay for teachers. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorses teacher-led prayer & displaying Ten Commandments. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)

Mark Sanford on Energy & Oil

  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

Mark Sanford on Environment

  • Market-based incentive for private land conservation. (Nov 2006)

Mark Sanford on Families & Children

  • Use tax code to reinforce families. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Foreign Policy

  • 1997: proposed freezing State Department budget at $6.3B. (Nov 2000)
  • 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)
  • Sponsored bill allowing Americans to travel to Cuba. (May 2000)

Mark Sanford on Free Trade

  • Sugar and peanut subsides make no sense. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Mark Sanford on Government Reform

  • Bring horse-and-buggy government into the 21st century. (Nov 2006)
  • Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending. (Nov 2002)
  • Term-limited Congressmen do behave differently. (Nov 2000)
  • Cut his own staff and returned funds for staff pay annually. (Nov 2000)
  • Supported 6- year congressional term-limits. (Nov 2000)
  • Pledged never to take any PAC money. (Nov 2000)
  • 1995 government shutdown was a good thing, not a crisis. (Nov 2000)
  • Require that congressional pay raises have open votes. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted YES 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)

Mark Sanford on Gun Control

  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)

Mark Sanford on Health Care

  • Transfer more Medicaid recipients into managed care programs. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)

Mark Sanford on Homeland Security

  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • No US troops under UN command; more defense spending. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Immigration

  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

Mark Sanford on Jobs

  • Incentives to businesses create jobs & raise wages. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Local Issues

  • Supports term limits for state legislators. (Nov 2002)

Mark Sanford on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Episcopalian. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated C by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted. (Sep 2004)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Social Security

  • Off-budget accounting undermines trust in government. (Nov 2000)
  • Voted NO on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Sponsored bill for personal retirement accounts in Soc.Sec. (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on Tax Reform

  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)

Mark Sanford on War & Peace

  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)

Mark Sanford on Welfare & Poverty

  • Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending. (Sep 1994)