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2004 Democratic Nominee for Vice President; Former Jr Senator (NC):
John Edwards on the Issues

John Edwards on Abortion

  • Gov�t should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion. (Apr 2007)
  • Ad: compassion, truth, and hope over fear-mongering. (Jul 2004)
  • Right to abortion is constitutionally protected. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)

John Edwards on Budget & Economy

  • We need bold solutions for people who can�t wait months. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is out of touch with what�s happening in country. (Jan 2008)
  • Stimulus package: focus on long-term investments. (Jan 2008)
  • Allow bankruptcy courts to restructure mortgage loans. (Jan 2008)
  • $100B economic stimulus package for green infrastructure. (Jan 2008)
  • Long-term growth come from strengthening middle class. (Jan 2008)
  • National predatory lending law, including payday lending. (Jan 2008)
  • Get rid of structural deficiencies in American economy. (Dec 2007)
  • Savings & Credit Commission to regulate abusive credit. (Nov 2007)
  • Need home rescue fund for those worried about losing homes. (Aug 2007)
  • Asset gap: Poorest 25% of Americans have negative net worth. (Apr 2007)
  • Federal budget is a moral document to end American poverty. (Jun 2005)
  • More funds for education, health care, and defense. (Mar 2004)
  • Roll back the Bush tax cuts and address real priorities. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)

John Edwards on Civil Rights

  • Subprime mess is also an issue of race. (Jan 2008)
  • Equal housing policy and economic policy for all. (Jan 2008)
  • Ok to read about same-sex couples to second-graders. (Sep 2007)
  • Get rid of DOMA; get rid of don�t-ask-don�t-tell. (Aug 2007)
  • Support transgendered people publicly while transitioning. (Aug 2007)
  • Mistake to say my faith makes me oppose same-sex marriage. (Aug 2007)
  • On journey about same-sex marriage, but does not support it. (Aug 2007)
  • No reparations for slavery; but plenty more we can do. (Jul 2007)
  • Better advocate for women than Hillary Clinton. (Jul 2007)
  • Opposes gay marriage due to his religion; but conflicted. (Jul 2007)
  • Racial inequality is at heart & soul of my campaign. (Jun 2007)
  • Support all partnership benefits for same-sex couples. (Jun 2007)
  • Equal opportunity needs to be active principle, not passive. (Apr 2007)
  • Ten Commandments in courthouses cause more trouble than good. (Mar 2007)
  • Let gays serve in the military. (Feb 2007)
  • No gay marriage, but no discrimination & civil unions. (Feb 2007)
  • Allow gay couples to visit each other in the hospital. (Oct 2004)
  • Raising the minimum wage is a working women�s issue. (Aug 2004)
  • Embrace equal opportunities for all, like I had. (Jul 2004)
  • Talk about race everywhere and to every American. (Jul 2004)
  • Enormous strides for gays and lesbians without gay marriage. (Jan 2004)
  • Flag burning is despicable, but not a constitutional issue. (Jan 2004)
  • Let each state decide about civil unions and gay marriage. (Jan 2004)
  • Fund the Help America Vote Act. (Jan 2004)
  • Remove Confederate flag from South Carolina state house. (Nov 2003)
  • Most southerners don�t drive around with Confederate flags. (Nov 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act removes liberties that it�s supposed to protect. (Sep 2003)
  • Governments don�t belong in bedrooms, including gay bedrooms. (May 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act ok, if watchdogs protect civil liberties. (May 2003)
  • Affirmative Action needed 40 years ago & still needed today. (May 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Opposes DOMA because states already can ignore gay marriages. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business. (Mar 2004)

John Edwards on Corporations

  • Some corporations lobby against people, but not all are bad. (Jan 2008)
  • Big multinationals account for all current economic growth. (Jan 2008)
  • No cut in corporate tax rates; change incentives instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Trade policy caters to interests of big corporate America. (Dec 2007)
  • Corporate interests have taken over democracy. (Dec 2007)
  • I was wrong to vote for Bankruptcy Reform Act. (Dec 2007)
  • Oil windfall tax is most serious blow against wealthy. (Nov 2007)
  • Worked for hedge fund in 2006, but close hedge fund loophole. (Oct 2007)
  • Eliminate all tax breaks for outsourcing jobs. (Jun 2007)
  • Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Record corporate profits don�t benefit tenuous middle class. (Apr 2007)
  • Support organized labor against mistreatment by corporations. (Feb 2007)
  • FactCheck: Halliburton fined for actions while Cheney CEO. (Oct 2004)
  • We can stop the job losses, by closing loopholes. (Jan 2004)
  • Product liability suits attack corporate indifference. (Jan 2004)
  • Howard verdict forced trucking companies� safety training. (Dec 2003)
  • Tax incentives to companies to keep jobs in America. (Sep 2003)
  • Crack down on CEO pay; and require honest accounting. (Aug 2003)
  • Address moral crisis: Shareholder & Worker Bill of Rights. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 15% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on Crime

  • Our justice system is not color-blind. (Jun 2007)
  • We shouldn�t take away the right of severely injured victims. (Oct 2004)
  • Put more responsibility on the lawyers, not the victims. (Oct 2004)
  • Eliminate mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes. (Mar 2004)
  • Death penalty OK despite flaws, on state-by-state decision. (Feb 2004)
  • Capital punishment needed-some crimes deserve ultimate. (Feb 2004)
  • Death penalty for heinous crimes, but applied fairly. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports the death penalty. (Jan 2004)
  • More DNA testing to reduce wrongful capital convictions. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Rated 63% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

John Edwards on Drugs

  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose decriminalizing marijuana; it sends wrong signal. (Oct 2007)
  • Supports national ban on smoking in public places. (Sep 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Help convicts with drug counseling & job counseling. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports drug courts and alternatives to incarceration. (Mar 2004)
  • Disparity in penalty for crack vs. powder is not justified. (Jan 2004)
  • Admits having smoked marijuana. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Rated B- by VOTE-HEMP, indicating a pro-hemp voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on Education

  • Provide work-study programs for students to afford college. (Jan 2008)
  • Need universal pre-K, child care, and second chance schools. (Jan 2008)
  • Provide continual education for those in the work force. (Dec 2007)
  • A comprehensive plan to improve education. (Dec 2007)
  • Should have universal pre-Kindergarten for all 4-year-olds. (Oct 2007)
  • Make community colleges & public universities free. (Sep 2007)
  • Think of education as a birth-to-death experience in America. (Sep 2007)
  • Teach in public school that we embrace same-sex parents. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent all four kids to public schools. (Jul 2007)
  • College for Everyone: tuition paid, for 10 hrs/week work. (Jun 2007)
  • Invest in rural community colleges as practical job training. (Apr 2007)
  • College for Everyone pilot: $300,000 to 80 N.C. students. (Apr 2007)
  • Create �Second Chance� schools to get dropouts back on track. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports individual school prayer, not teacher-led prayer. (Mar 2007)
  • FactCheck: NCLB might be under-funded, but it grew 58%. (Oct 2004)
  • No Child Left Behind is much underfunded. (Oct 2004)
  • Give public schools the resources that they need. (Jul 2004)
  • Higher teacher pay in low-income schools. (Mar 2004)
  • Two public school systems: one for rich, one for others. (Feb 2004)
  • When schools fail, bring in expertise and resources. (Feb 2004)
  • Private school vouchers drain resources from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Two school systems: one for the have�s, one for have-not�s. (Sep 2003)
  • Pay for college tuition in exchange for part-time work. (Aug 2003)
  • New Deal for Teachers: more pay & scholarships. (Aug 2003)
  • Free first year of college for all willing to work for it. (Jun 2003)
  • Appoint judges with backbone to desegregate schools. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 83% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on Energy & Oil

  • FactCheck: Changed to anti-Yucca before forged documents. (Jan 2008)
  • Investigate the oil companies and ask for conservation. (Oct 2007)
  • Give up SUVs & other sacrifices, to deal with climate crisis. (Sep 2007)
  • No on developing more nuclear power in the US. (Sep 2007)
  • No new nuclear power plants; no liquified coal either. (Jul 2007)
  • 80% greenhouse emissions reductions by the year 2050. (Jun 2007)
  • Bold transformation to stop importing 12M bbl of oil per day. (Apr 2007)
  • Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration. (Apr 2007)
  • Store nuclear waste near nuclear plants, not in Yucca Mt. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports real increases in CAFE standards. (Jan 2004)
  • Convert agricultural waste into energy products. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Keep climate change in EPA "State of the Environment" report. (Jun 2003)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)

John Edwards on Environment

  • Opposed to Yucca Mountain and new nuclear power plants. (Jan 2008)
  • Need a moratorium on any more coal-fired power plants. (Jan 2008)
  • Deal with energy independence in a serious way. (Dec 2007)
  • Pay New Orleans residents to rebuild from Katrina. (Jun 2007)
  • Victims in New Orlean�s Ninth Ward were �shaming of America�. (Jun 2007)
  • Investigate & enforce clean air laws against the refineries. (Jun 2007)
  • Katrina gave a face to millions in poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Protect ANWR, lead in global warming battle. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Rated 37% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)

John Edwards on Families & Children

  • Talked to his kids about sex abuse & inappropriate touching. (Jul 2007)
  • Our nation was built on institution of strong families. (Apr 2007)
  • Invest in proven programs to reduce teen pregnancy. (Apr 2007)
  • End marriage penalty for absent poor fathers. (Apr 2007)
  • Relief for working parents via taxes & schools. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on Foreign Policy

  • Belligerence and selfish policy turn people against the US. (Jan 2008)
  • President empowered to unilaterally withdraw from treaties. (Dec 2007)
  • US has ignored China because of obsession with terrorism. (Dec 2007)
  • Edwards Doctrine: long term vision over ad hoc policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Aid should go to Pakistan, not to Musharraf. (Nov 2007)
  • Cosponsored 2002 Iraq War Resolution. (Nov 2007)
  • Our Latin America policy is either disengaged or bullying. (Sep 2007)
  • We need country-of-origin labeling for China trade safety. (Aug 2007)
  • Meet with enemy leaders after diplomacy first. (Jul 2007)
  • Make primary school available to 100M kids in Africa. (Jul 2007)
  • No-fly zone in Darfur; but also social spending in Africa. (Jun 2007)
  • Russia has moved from democracy to autocracy. (Apr 2007)
  • Lead international effort on economic development. (Apr 2007)
  • The Israelis do not have a partner for peace right now. (Oct 2004)
  • Strengthen the sanctions on Iran. (Oct 2004)
  • America should lead by extending a hand, not a fist. (Aug 2004)
  • Reorient US aid to support open societies. (Mar 2004)
  • UN-led peacekeeping, but US forces under US command. (Mar 2004)
  • Target Castro�s regime but help people of Cuba. (Mar 2004)
  • More funds for AIDS prevention in Africa. (Mar 2004)
  • Haiti is in crisis because Bush stayed disengaged. (Feb 2004)
  • Bring UN, allies and friends to Iraq. (Nov 2003)
  • Need multilateral solutions for world�s problems. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)

John Edwards on Free Trade

  • Enforce country-of-origin labeling laws to deal with China. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights should be central to the US trade policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes trade with Colombia, South Korea, and Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Hold China responsible for their trade obligations. (Nov 2007)
  • Trade agreements now focus on profits for big multinationals. (Aug 2007)
  • NAFTA is perfect example of bigger need for change. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: NAFTA did not cost US a million jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • We need smart trade, not fair trade vs. free trade. (Feb 2007)
  • Globalization means more education needed for success. (Feb 2007)
  • Renegotiate NAFTA rather than cancel it. (Feb 2004)
  • Require labor and environmental standards plus right-to-know. (Jan 2004)
  • Against NAFTA, against Chile trade, against Singapore trade. (Jan 2004)
  • Level the playing field for American workers. (Nov 2003)
  • I supported steel tariffs, but now ease off. (Sep 2003)
  • National venture capital fund for those hurt by trade. (Sep 2003)
  • Against Fast Track--not enough for US workers. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted for China trade, but Bush has not enforced obligations. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)

John Edwards on Government Reform

  • I should not have voted for that bankruptcy law. (Jan 2008)
  • No use of signing statements as back-door vetoes. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush damages constitution by increasing power of presidency. (Dec 2007)
  • Use signing statements as in the past, unlike Bush. (Dec 2007)
  • Let�s all pledge not another dime from Washington lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Money from trial lawyers OK because they don�t push policy. (Aug 2007)
  • Public campaign finance would reduce length of campaigns. (Aug 2007)
  • Democrats should say no to all insider lobbyist money. (Aug 2007)
  • Big change means take power from Big Oil & Big Drugs. (Jul 2007)
  • Vigorously prosecute voter suppression efforts. (Jul 2007)
  • Supports public financing of elections. (Mar 2004)
  • Day 1: Order limits on lobbyists & special interests. (Jan 2004)
  • Ban lobbyist campaign donations and disclose activities. (Jan 2004)
  • Judge�s philosophy matters-juries rely on trust. (Dec 2003)
  • Hold attorneys accountable for frivolous lawsuits. (Nov 2003)
  • Put forward an agenda that stands up for all Americans. (Jun 2003)
  • $50B aid to states to avoid municipal layoffs. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)

John Edwards on Gun Control

  • Against gun licensing but support the assault weapons ban. (Jan 2008)
  • In rural America, hunting and gun ownership is a way of life. (Sep 2007)
  • Don�t need AK-47 to hunt; renew assault weapons ban. (Jul 2007)
  • Right to bear arms protected by Second Amendment, with rules. (Mar 2004)
  • Hunting is fine, but criminals & kids should have limits. (Jan 2004)
  • Leading Dems distance themselves from divisive gun debate. (Oct 2003)
  • Guns are about independence-don�t mess with that. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)

John Edwards on Health Care

  • No one is not worthy of health care. (Jan 2008)
  • Critics call plan backdoor to a single payer system. (Nov 2007)
  • Don�t spend another decade arguing; get it done. (Nov 2007)
  • Provide incentives for students to go to nursing school. (Oct 2007)
  • Exactly the same healthcare rights for same-sex couples. (Aug 2007)
  • Fully fund finding a cure for AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Mental health parity: treat it just like physical health. (Jun 2007)
  • End Bush�s tax cuts to pay for health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Medicare: invest in preventive care & better chronic care. (Feb 2007)
  • America�s seniors & children victimized by healthcare cuts. (Jun 2005)
  • Double the funding to fight the global AIDS epidemic. (Oct 2004)
  • Support allowing prescription drugs into the US from Canada. (Oct 2004)
  • Health care should be viewed in larger context of poverty. (Feb 2004)
  • Cap on damages for personal injuries is discriminatory. (Jan 2004)
  • Med-mal cases are about accountability for mistakes. (Dec 2003)
  • Campbell verdict empowered nurses & informed consent. (Dec 2003)
  • Bush works for big HMOs and big pharma; I stand up for you. (May 2003)
  • Health care crisis requires fighting big corporations. (May 2003)
  • More help to those who fall through the cracks of the system. (Aug 2004)

    Universal Coverage

  • For universal coverage for kids in �04; now coverage for all. (Nov 2007)
  • Taking away Congress� healthcare intended to shake things up. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: Universal health care by July 2009. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: President cannot remove Congress� health care. (Nov 2007)
  • $90B-$120B per year for healthcare, by ending Bush tax cut. (Sep 2007)
  • If not universal coverage, which people wouldn�t be covered? (Sep 2007)
  • Let people choose between private plan and single-payer. (Sep 2007)
  • Take on insurance & drug companies, who have blocked reform. (Sep 2007)
  • Comprehensive coverage costs $90B to $120B a year. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Plan costs $106B-$146B per year, not $90B-$120B. (Sep 2007)
  • 2004: universal coverage irresponsible; but US has changed. (Sep 2007)
  • Congress grants healthcare to all, or give up their own. (Sep 2007)
  • For universal coverage, must mandate everyone be covered. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Medicaid already covers treatment for HIV/AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Obama�s health plan will leave about 15 million uncovered. (Jun 2007)
  • Require employer coverage for every single American. (Apr 2007)
  • Dysfunctional health care system needs bold, dramatic change. (Mar 2007)
  • Universal coverage makes US business more competitve abroad. (Mar 2007)
  • Not possible to get universal coverage without raising taxes. (Mar 2007)
  • Job-based insurance can be accomplished, not single-payer. (Mar 2007)
  • Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we can�t wait. (Feb 2007)
  • Expand Medicaid & create health markets to cover uninsured. (Feb 2007)
  • Increase taxes to pay for universal insurance. (Feb 2007)
  • We need universal health insurance. (Feb 2007)
  • It is morally wrong to leave so many Americans uninsured. (Aug 2004)
  • Start providing health insurance for every child in America. (Aug 2004)
  • Provide a bonus for states to get children insured. (Aug 2004)
  • Cover every child and vulnerable adults. (Mar 2004)
  • Cover 3m Hispanic kids & have National Translation Center. (Sep 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Require health insurance for every child. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted NO on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • End government propaganda on Medicare bill. (Mar 2004)

John Edwards on Homeland Security

  • Appropriate to talk to Musharraf after Bhutto assassination. (Jan 2008)
  • Provide medical care and job training for veterans. (Jan 2008)
  • Colleges must allow military recruiters for ROTC on campus. (Jan 2008)
  • End Bush�s illegal spying on American citizens. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush created a national embarrassment at Guantanamo. (Dec 2007)
  • Torture does not work & undermines our moral authority. (Dec 2007)
  • I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice. (Dec 2007)
  • Don�t-ask-don�t-tell is discriminatory & bad for military. (Aug 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo; end torture; comply with Geneva. (Jun 2007)
  • President is not above law; no spying on Americans. (Jun 2007)
  • Require deployed troops to be fully trained and equipped. (Apr 2007)
  • End $250 registration fee for veterans getting healthcare. (Mar 2007)
  • Iraq/Afghan soldiers shouldn�t beg or pay for benefits. (Jun 2005)
  • Cannot sacrifice rights & freedoms that define America. (Nov 2004)
  • Attention to bin Laden was diverted because of Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Important things haven�t been done to make America safe. (Oct 2004)
  • Bush opposed a 9/11 commission and a Homeland Security Dept. (Oct 2004)
  • We weren�t attacked by Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Cast a global net for terrorists. (Aug 2004)
  • Improve intelligence capabilities to counter terrorism. (Aug 2004)
  • Cut off terrorists funds. (Aug 2004)
  • Prevent Afghanistan & others from becoming terrorist havens. (Aug 2004)
  • Individual Ready Reserve call-up is used as a backdoor draft. (Aug 2004)
  • Expand active duty and Army�s forces to security peace. (Aug 2004)
  • Offer a military modernization plan for the troops. (Aug 2004)
  • Ensure Americans in uniform receive benefits they deserve. (Aug 2004)
  • Make better use of the National Guard. (Aug 2004)
  • Keep our promises to American veterans. (Aug 2004)
  • We must and we will treat our veterans better. (Jul 2004)
  • Protect our country without sacrificing rights and freedoms. (Mar 2004)
  • Americans are safer at home when we are respected abroad. (Aug 2003)

    Nuclear Proliferation

  • Lead a long-term effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons. (Nov 2007)
  • No hypothetical nuke talk in Pakistan; eliminate all nukes. (Aug 2007)
  • Concerned about Iran, but alternatives over military strike. (Feb 2007)
  • Ad-hoc proliferation policy does not work over the long-term. (Jan 2006)
  • Serious threats about terrorists acquiring nuclear weapons. (Jan 2006)
  • No connection between the attacks of 9/11 and Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Secure Russian loose nukes from getting to rogue nations. (Jul 2004)

    Voting Record

  • Supports a new homeland intelligence agency, with safeguards. (Aug 2003)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Federalize aviation security. (Nov 2001)
  • Rated 40% by SANE, indicating a mixed record on military issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Hiding sources made post-9-11 analysis impossible. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA depends too heavily on defectors & not enough on HUMINT. (Jul 2004)
  • Administration did not pressure CIA on WMD conclusions. (Jul 2004)

John Edwards on Immigration

  • Health plan does not cover illegal immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Create a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Loss of middle-class jobs drives down wages, not immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • No short-term solution; need comprehensive reform. (Dec 2007)
  • H1-B visas only for jobs Americans can�t do. (Dec 2007)
  • End immigrant raids that separate parents from children. (Dec 2007)
  • No driver�s license unless immigrants on path to citizenship. (Nov 2007)
  • Oppose granting driver�s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • More technology at the border, but address underlying causes. (Sep 2007)
  • Undocumented workers deserve same rights as American workers. (Sep 2007)
  • Enforce borders & employers, and allow earning citizenship. (Sep 2007)
  • Roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Differentiate terrorists from the immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Welcome immigrants with earned legalization program. (Jan 2004)
  • Hard working immigrants earn right to citizenship. (Sep 2003)

John Edwards on Jobs

  • Trade policy should look out for manufacturing jobs. (Dec 2007)
  • We need a president who�s willing to say the word �union�. (Dec 2007)
  • Create a million �stepping stones� jobs at minimum wage. (Nov 2007)
  • Change law so people can�t be fired legally for being gay. (Aug 2007)
  • Treat CEO pensions exactly as we treat every other worker. (Aug 2007)
  • Would accept minimum wage as president. (Jul 2007)
  • Strong unions can make services foundation of middle class. (Apr 2007)
  • Grow the union movement; unions made great jobs great. (Mar 2007)
  • Make joining unions easier; ban firing strikers. (Feb 2007)
  • Increase minimum wage at state level, since feds won�t do it. (Nov 2006)
  • Labor unions are vital for the future of American workers. (Jun 2005)
  • FactCheck: 1.6 million jobs lost ignores federal employment. (Oct 2004)
  • Keep tax cuts for middle class and pay down the debt. (Oct 2004)
  • Get rid of tax cuts for companies sending jobs overseas. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide tax breaks for companies that keep jobs in America. (Jul 2004)
  • Greater protection for unionization. (Mar 2004)
  • Raise minimum wage to at least $6.65. (Jan 2004)
  • Help bring jobs to where they are most needed. (Nov 2003)
  • Stand by our farmers-but end millionaire farmer subsidies. (Sep 2003)
  • Ban hiring permanent replacement workers for strikers. (Sep 2003)
  • Fair trade deals & closing corporate loopholes creates jobs. (Aug 2003)
  • Invest in rural America. (Aug 2003)
  • Increase the minimum wage again. (Jul 2003)
  • Support unions; ban striker replacements. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on Principles & Values

  • Campaigning on equality & ending poverty that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • Focus on the Iraq War, healthcare, and global warming. (Dec 2007)
  • Op-Ed: more populist or perhaps more redistributionist. (Nov 2007)
  • Positioning as a populist who stands with struggling masses. (Nov 2007)
  • Founding member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Nov 2007)
  • The government should help those hit by natural disasters. (Oct 2007)
  • We can�t negotiate change; must take from those in power. (Aug 2007)
  • Stand up to hate-mongering by Republicans. (Aug 2007)
  • Don�t change one group of insiders for different insiders. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn�t want your vote if you won�t vote for blacks or women. (Jul 2007)
  • Doing something about the two Americas is cause of my life. (Jul 2007)
  • Biggest professional mistake was voting for Iraq War. (Apr 2007)
  • We must fight multiple causes of poverty in US. (Feb 2007)
  • We need a new spirit of activism and leadership. (Dec 2006)
  • Campaign slogan: �Tomorrow begins today�. (Dec 2006)
  • One America PAC about Raising the States. (Nov 2006)
  • Maintains PAC, One America Committee. (Jun 2006)
  • Take on the special interests to bring about change. (Jan 2006)
  • Judge values based upon deeds, not words. (Jul 2004)
  • Ensure tomorrow will always be better in our one America. (Jul 2004)
  • Lawyers help people, lawmakers help many people. (Dec 2003)
  • Every person should get opportunity they�re entitled to. (Sep 2003)
  • Government should honor values that built America. (Aug 2003)
  • Fight for values of people and workers over privilege. (May 2003)
  • Career spent fighting for the working people. (May 2003)

    2004 campaign

  • I�m the same as in 2004; America & world have changed. (Oct 2007)
  • We shouldn�t use the Constitution to divide the country. (Oct 2004)
  • Halliburton paid millions in fines for false financial data. (Oct 2004)
  • The Bush administration has flip-flopped on many issues. (Oct 2004)
  • Halliburton got a $7.5 billion no-bid contract in Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Would consider an Edwards-Kerry ticket. (Feb 2004)
  • Two Americas: one does the work, the other reaps the reward. (Dec 2003)
  • Make America an ownership society. (Dec 2003)
  • Democrats should address values of �guns, God, and gays�. (Dec 2003)
  • Son of a mill worker can beat son of a president. (Sep 2003)
  • Will not seek Senate re-election, to focus on presidency. (Sep 2003)
  • Never hesitate to question Bush about any issue. (Jun 2003)
  • Give this White House back to the American people. (May 2003)

    Personal Life

  • Prays daily; but prayer doesn�t prevent bad things. (Aug 2007)
  • Decisive moment: father self-educating by watching public TV. (Aug 2007)
  • In it for the duration, despite wife�s breast cancer. (Mar 2007)
  • Mill-town job persuaded him to get college education. (Dec 2003)
  • On birth of 1st son, thanked wife for what he always wanted. (Dec 2003)
  • Makes most speeches from notes, not a prepared text. (Dec 2003)
  • Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with his teenage son. (Dec 2003)
  • Lost teenage son in a traffic accident. (Dec 2003)
  • Favorite song: John Cougar Mellencamp, �Small Town�. (Sep 2003)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)

John Edwards on Social Security

  • Raise the cap on Social Security taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Don�t privatize; reduce benefits; nor raise retirement age. (Nov 2007)
  • Buffer zone from $97K to $200K, then lift cap above $200K. (Nov 2007)
  • Raise cap with �protective zone� from $97K to $200K. (Sep 2007)
  • We can�t grow our way out of Social Security crisis. (Sep 2007)
  • Social Security has lifted 13M seniors out of poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Maybe raise the cap from $90,000, or eliminate the cap. (Feb 2007)
  • We have social contract to not raise retirement age. (Feb 2007)
  • Don�t divert payroll taxes to private accounts. (Mar 2004)
  • Keep stock market out of Social Security. (Sep 2003)
  • Federal match for every dollar put into savings. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on Tax Reform

  • Get rid of the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts to pay for universal health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Shift burden from taxing work to taxing wealth. (Apr 2007)
  • Progressive tax credit for first-time homebuyers. (Apr 2007)
  • EITC lifted 4.4M out of poverty and helped 22M others. (Apr 2007)
  • Bush has made millionaires pay a lower tax rate than others. (Oct 2004)
  • For more tax cuts for middle class, not multimillionaires. (Oct 2004)
  • Offer tax cuts that will help the middle class families. (Aug 2004)
  • New tax cuts to 95% of Americans. (Jan 2004)
  • AdWatch: claims millionaires pay more than cops-not really. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal tax cuts for earners over $200,000. (Nov 2003)
  • Federal match for middle-class savings up to $1000 per year. (Nov 2003)
  • Shift tax burden from taxing work to taxing wealth. (Sep 2003)
  • Revise the capital gains tax rate. (Sep 2003)
  • Tax cuts to working people-stop Bush�s War On Work. (Sep 2003)
  • Millionaires should not pay lower taxes than nurses. (Aug 2003)

    Voting Record

  • More tax cuts and tax credits for 98% of Americans. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 22% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

John Edwards on War & Peace

  • There has been no meaningful political progress in Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Stop the neocons march to war with Iran. (Dec 2007)
  • Muslim dislike from Bush�s bullying abusive behavior. (Dec 2007)
  • Iran military resolution enables Bush to invade Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • Keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. (Oct 2007)
  • All combat troops out of Iraq in the first year in office. (Oct 2007)
  • GOP candidates are Bush on steroids; Dems would all end war. (Aug 2007)
  • The War on Terror is just a bumper sticker slogan. (Jun 2007)
  • Drive wedge between Iranian people & radical leader. (Jun 2007)
  • Get bin Laden, period, even if in Pakistan. (Jan 2006)
  • We were attacked by Osama bin Laden, not Saddam Hussein. (Oct 2004)
  • Cheney keeps suggesting a connection between Iraq and 9/11. (Oct 2004)
  • America cannot be safe without help and respect of allies. (Jul 2004)
  • Implement 9/11 Report; focus on al Qaeda. (Jul 2004)
  • Work with allies to shut down North Korea�s nuclear program. (Mar 2004)
  • Don�t negotiate with Arafat, but build trust with envoy. (Jan 2004)
  • Leadership means standing up for what you believe in. (Oct 2003)
  • Negotiating with North Korea would make world safer. (Oct 2003)
  • Work with other nations in war on terror. (Jul 2003)
  • Bush�s preemption doctrine is unnecessary and unwise. (Jun 2003)

    Iraq War

  • Have all combat troops out in 2009. (Jan 2008)
  • Keep troops at embassy & border, but out of civil war. (Oct 2007)
  • End combat missions & focus on removing all combat troops. (Sep 2007)
  • 40,000 troops out by 2009, but no pledge for all out by 2013. (Sep 2007)
  • Focus on political progress in Iraq. (Sep 2007)
  • Congress has a mandate to defund war to force Bush out. (Sep 2007)
  • Troops not dying in vain if they do their duty. (Jul 2007)
  • 2006 elections were mandate to Congress to end the war. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist a funding bill with a troops withdrawal timetable. (Jun 2007)
  • Did not read pre-war NIE, but was fully informed. (Jun 2007)
  • No more debate; end war by Congress defunding it. (Apr 2007)
  • End no-bid contracts & war profiteering in Iraq. (Apr 2007)
  • Citizens should speak out for immediate action to end war. (Apr 2007)
  • Draw down 40,000 to 50,000 troops right now. (Feb 2007)
  • I accept responsibility for the huge price of war on America. (Feb 2007)
  • Not naive to think that Iraq can become a democracy. (Feb 2007)
  • No funding for the surge, but continue funding the troops. (Feb 2007)
  • Stop escalation of war & restore US�s moral leadership. (Feb 2007)
  • Pull 40,000 to 50,000 troops out in 1st year as President. (Jan 2006)
  • Stop propping the Sunni and Shia up with American lives. (Jan 2006)
  • FactCheck: US portion of coalition losses is 88%, not 90%. (Oct 2004)
  • Cheney has no answer for the failure to have adequate troops. (Oct 2004)
  • Reports say there are not enough troops to secure Iraq. (Oct 2004)
  • Never fight a war without enough troops and a plan to win. (Aug 2004)
  • Iraq war has cost America dearly. (Jul 2004)
  • Immediately get NATO involved in Iraq. (Mar 2004)
  • Supporting Iraq war OK, but how war was conducted not OK. (Feb 2004)
  • Saddam�s trial will reveal atrocities, but won�t end terror. (Jan 2004)
  • Partial yes on $87B-irresponsible to not support troops. (Sep 2003)
  • Allies in Iraq would reduce burden on troops & taxpayers. (Sep 2003)
  • Irresponsible to not fund troops; also to fund Halliburton. (Sep 2003)
  • Problems in Iraq are because Bush has not led. (Sep 2003)
  • Supported Iraq invasion because of WMD threat. (Jul 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Apologized for Iraq war vote; others must search conscience. (Apr 2007)
  • Wrong on Iraq war vote about WMDs and about Bush�s lead-up. (Feb 2007)
  • Got war vote wrong based on bad intel & Bush incompetence. (Feb 2007)
  • Made mistake in voting for Iraq war resolution. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now recants his vote. (Nov 2006)
  • On voting for Iraq War: �I was wrong�. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted for war in Iraq but against $87B-and it�s consistent. (Jan 2004)
  • Voted NO on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • CIA mischaracterized Iraq WMD & abused intelligence position. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq-al-Qaida contacts, but no complicity or assistance. (Jul 2004)
  • CIA knew State of the Union Iraq-Niger connection was false. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not reconstituting its nuclear program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its biological weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was not developing its chemical weapons program. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq was developing missiles, but not to reach the US. (Jul 2004)

John Edwards on Welfare & Poverty

  • A comprehensive, detailed plan to end poverty. (Jan 2008)
  • Ending poverty is the single most important cause in my life. (Jan 2008)
  • 37 million Americans live in poverty. (Jan 2008)
  • The minimum wage should be at least $9.50 an hour. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticized for personal extravagances after poverty lectures. (Nov 2007)
  • Morally wrong that full time workers are still in poverty. (Nov 2007)
  • Poverty in America is the cause of my life. (Jun 2007)
  • A million new Section 8 vouchers; let poor move freely. (Jun 2007)
  • Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Give poor a stake with �automatic 401k� & kids� savings. (Apr 2007)
  • Principles against poverty:work, opportunity, thrift, family. (Apr 2007)
  • Housing vouchers, not housing projects. (Apr 2007)
  • 37M in poverty is a plague on America. (Apr 2007)
  • Poverty is America�s greatest challenge--for citizens & govt. (Apr 2007)
  • Poverty is such low priority, we have no accurate statistics. (Apr 2007)
  • 30-year goal: Ending poverty in America. (Apr 2007)
  • EITC is a well-run gov�t program that decreased poverty. (Nov 2006)
  • Raise the minimum wage and training fund to help the poor. (Aug 2004)
  • Moral responsibility to help 35 million Americans in poverty. (Jul 2004)
  • Raise minimum wage so full-time workers are out of poverty. (Jul 2004)
  • We need to talk about 35 million who live in poverty. (Jan 2004)
  • Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jan 2004)
  • My �Cities Rising� plan is to help urban America. (Oct 2003)
  • Bush honors wealth while we honor work. (Jun 2003)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
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