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Secretary of Homeland Defense; Former Republican Governor (PA):
Tom Ridge on the Issues

Tom Ridge on Abortion

  • Pro-choice. (Jan 2000)
  • Allow abortions, with limits; no partial-birth. (Jul 1998)

Tom Ridge on Budget & Economy

  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

Tom Ridge on Civil Rights

  • Opposes Affirmative Action. (Jul 1998)
  • No special gay laws; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Tom Ridge on Corporations

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Crime

  • Supports victimís rights & death penalty. (Jan 2000)
  • More prisons; more death penalty. (Jul 1998)
  • Stricter penalties; less parole. (Jul 1998)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Tom Ridge on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Tom Ridge on Education

  • More standards, and make them clear. (Jan 2000)
  • Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK. (Jul 1998)
  • State-wide student testing; teacher re-certification. (Jul 1998)
  • More charters; push for school choice. (Jan 2000)
  • Vouchers for private & religious schools. (Jul 1998)

Tom Ridge on Energy & Oil

  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)

Tom Ridge on Environment

  • Changed rules & got 350 polluted industrial sites cleaned up. (Jan 2000)
  • Let industries audit themselves & then clean up. (Jul 1998)
  • More flexibility in environmental regulation. (Jul 1998)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)

Tom Ridge on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Tom Ridge on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Free Trade

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Tom Ridge on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Health Care

  • Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility. (Jul 1998)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Tom Ridge on Homeland Security

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Immigration

  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)

Tom Ridge on Jobs

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Local Issues

No stance on record.

Tom Ridge on Principles & Values

  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)

Tom Ridge on Social Security

  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Tom Ridge on Tax Reform

  • Cut taxes as governor by $2.6B. (Jan 2000)
  • 60% legislative supermajority for raising taxes. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Tom Ridge on War & Peace

  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Tom Ridge on Welfare & Poverty

  • Able-bodied welfare recipients must work 100 hours a month. (Jan 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)