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Democratic Jr Senator (CT), ran for V.P. with Gore, ran for president 2004:
Joseph Lieberman on the Issues

Joseph Lieberman on Abortion

  • Day 1: Repeal the Bush restrictions on stem cell research. (Jan 2004)
  • Keep abortion safe, rare and legal; with 24-week viability. (Dec 2003)
  • FDA’s RU-486 decision stands; it’s made properly by experts. (Oct 2000)
  • Leave abortion decision to a woman, her doctor, and her god. (Oct 2000)
  • Rejected partial-birth ban since it ignored maternal health. (Oct 2000)
  • Supports abortion rights within his faith, not despite it. (Sep 2000)
  • Parental consent with judicial override; Gore agrees. (Aug 2000)
  • Supported parental notification for minors; but pro-choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)

Joseph Lieberman on Budget & Economy

  • Fact Check: Implies economy not growing-really it grew 8.2%. (Dec 2003)
  • 7.2% GDP growth isn't a recovery without job creation. (Nov 2003)
  • Prosperity won’t go on automatically; don’t change horses. (Nov 2000)
  • Democratic administration balanced budget and created growth. (Oct 2000)
  • $300 billion reserve fund to be insurance policy for surplus. (Oct 2000)
  • Expensive tax cut for rich will lead to high interest rates. (Oct 2000)
  • Now: tap Strategic Reserve; long-term: develop 80 mpg cars. (Oct 2000)
  • New economy will thrive on investment and trained workers. (Aug 2000)
  • Democrats will expand prosperity, GOP will “squander” it. (Aug 2000)
  • Fund R&D; cut capital gains tax; ban Internet tax. (Aug 2000)
  • Priorities are debt reduction and balanced budget. (Aug 2000)
  • Private sector is the primary engine of economic growth. (Aug 2000)
  • Booming economy from private sector plus government help. (May 2000)
  • Biennial budget makes sense, allows better review. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted NO on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
  • Balance debt reduction, tax relief, & policy investment. (Jan 2001)

Joseph Lieberman on Civil Rights

  • Flag burning is abhorrent, but not a constitutional issue. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow driver's license for immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Support reparation legislations. (Jan 2004)
  • Sunset the Patriot Act. (Nov 2003)
  • Marched with Martin Luther King in 1963; keep dream alive. (Sep 2003)
  • Marched with MLK, fought for voting rights in Mississippi. (May 2003)
  • Opposes laws against gay sex & sodomy; focus on real crime. (May 2003)
  • Better economy helps blacks: Rising tide raises all boats. (May 2003)
  • Support Equal Pay Act for women; plus loans & lawsuits. (Oct 2000)
  • Equalize pay for women; it’s unfair and unacceptable. (Oct 2000)
  • I do support, and will support affirmative action. (Aug 2000)
  • Never supported CA Prop. 209 banning affirmative action. (Aug 2000)
  • Support affirmative action and end all discrimination. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports affirmative action now; but phase it out by 2010. (Aug 2000)
  • Affirmative action is “patently unfair”, in 1995. (Aug 2000)
  • For gay equal employment; against gay marriage. (Aug 2000)
  • Affirmative action divides us. (Aug 2000)
  • Expand “Hate Crimes” to include women, gays, and disabled. (Jun 2000)
  • Participated in MLK’s March On Washington. (May 2000)
  • Express religious faith in schools, within Constitution. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 40% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business. (Mar 2004)

Joseph Lieberman on Corporations

  • Foxes guard the foxes & middle-class hens get plucked. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Expand microloans to small businesses. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 25% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Crime

  • Death penalty for egregious crimes, but applied fairly. (Jan 2004)
  • Invest in rehabilitation, not prisons. (Oct 2003)
  • Focus on victim’s rights & on expediting procedures. (May 2000)
  • Approves $6.2M more for CT crime & drug enforcement. (Apr 2000)
  • Build more jails to keep violent offendors for full sentence. (Sep 1999)
  • Proposed commission to study sources of youth violence. (May 1999)
  • Favors death penalty, even for minors. (Apr 1996)
  • Mandatory prison for gun use; prevention for juveniles. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted YES on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 50% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
  • Moratorium on death penalty; more DNA testing. (Mar 2001)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Require DNA testing for all federal executions. (Mar 2001)

Joseph Lieberman on Drugs

  • Apologizes for never having smoked marijuana. (Nov 2003)
  • Increased penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Joseph Lieberman on Education

  • Young people need a better public education. (Jan 2004)
  • Broad-based sexual education is important. (Nov 2003)
  • We must commit money to improve education. (Oct 2000)
  • Non-sectarian moment of silence OK in public schools. (Sep 2000)
  • More funding & more local responsibility for public schools. (Nov 1999)
  • More flexibility for more accountable results. (Nov 1999)

    School Choice

  • Supports vouchers that don't take money from public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Support public school choice; experiment with private choice. (Jan 2004)
  • Keep vouchers out of reforms, so reforms can get done. (Jan 2001)
  • Would advocate vouchers privately, but support Gore publicly. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports charter schools, private education savings accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Choice won’t “ruin” schools; they’re already in ruins. (Aug 2000)
  • Lieberman’s view on vouchers closer to Bush’s than Gore’s? (Aug 2000)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against school prayer; for condom distribution. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted for vouchers; against block grants. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • 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 YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring that memorial prayers and religious symbols at sch. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Firmly opposed to Bush’s voucher proposal. (Jan 2001)
  • Three R’s: $35B for Reinvestment,Reinvention,Responsibility. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 86% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Energy & Oil

  • Cheney energy bill was imperfect but good for CT. (Jul 2006)
  • Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 40, including SUVs. (Jan 2004)
  • Support Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline; opposes drilling ANWR. (Nov 2003)
  • Accept some American responsibility for global warming. (Nov 2003)
  • Declaration of Energy Independence. (Sep 2003)
  • Raise mileage standard to 40 mpg. (Sep 2003)
  • Destroying pristine ANWR not worth 6 months of oil. (Oct 2000)
  • Save 3 mpg and we conserve same as drilling Alaska. (Oct 2000)
  • Incentives for business to reduce greenhouse emissions. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Protocol should include China. (Jan 2000)
  • Clean Energy: deregulate electricity & reduce pollutants. (Jul 1999)
  • Climate change is bilingual, for business & for enviros. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's AMWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 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 NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • 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)

Joseph Lieberman on Environment

  • Enforce existing laws & reduce threats to air & water. (Nov 2003)
  • Texas is last in social programs; but first in pollution. (Oct 2000)
  • Religion is the foundation of environmentalism. (Oct 2000)
  • Continue strong commitment to clean air, water, land. (Aug 2000)
  • Strengthen CAA; protect ANWR; create more national parks. (Aug 2000)
  • Advocates for robust environmental protections. (Aug 2000)
  • Strengthen Clean Air Act & Clean Energy Act. (Aug 2000)
  • Invest $2.5B in open space preservation. (Aug 2000)
  • $85M over 5 years for brownfield re-development. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Support UNCED Rio Declaration at 2002 conference. (Jul 2002)
  • Rated 42% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)

Joseph Lieberman on Families & Children

  • Parents are losing children to culture’s violence. (Sep 2000)
  • With Bill Bennett, “Silver Sewer Awards” for immoral videos. (Aug 2000)
  • Asks retailers to limit violent video games to kids. (Jun 2000)
  • Outraged at paternal irresponsibility-enforce child support. (May 2000)
  • Youth Violence Commission to investigate causes of violence. (Dec 1999)
  • Encourage media responsibility to stop juvenile violence. (May 1999)
  • Media: self-enforce ratings & no marketing violence to kids. (May 1999)
  • Lewinsky affair is part of anything-goes culture. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Small Business loans for child care businesses. (Apr 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Foreign Policy

  • North Korean missiles were provocative, but don't over-react. (Jul 2006)
  • Adopt an international Marshall Plan for the Muslim world. (Dec 2003)
  • Preemptive war policy is foolish and provokes the world. (May 2003)
  • US must not withdraw troops and retreat into isolationism. (Oct 2000)
  • Cuba Libre, Free Cuba!. (Oct 2000)
  • Deal with human rights issues with carrot AND stick. (Mar 1998)
  • Commission on human rights to monitor each Chinese province. (Mar 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Tighten Cuban trade embargo but help exiles. (Oct 2000)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)

Joseph Lieberman on Free Trade

  • Connecticut jobs rely on exports. (Jul 2006)
  • NAFTA has caused some job loss, but net gain of 900,000 jobs. (Jan 2004)
  • Free AND fair trade, with labor and environmental standards. (Jan 2004)
  • Avoid pro-business extremism and protectionist extremism. (Jan 2004)
  • Stop the hemorrhaging & enforce rules of trade. (Dec 2003)
  • Can't build walls and still create jobs. (Sep 2003)
  • I'm for "Made in the USA" and sold abroad. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush Recession will become Dean Depression. (Sep 2003)
  • Protect manufacturing by federal Buy-American policy. (May 2003)
  • For Fast Track & open trade, with labor safeguards. (Aug 2000)
  • Create incentives for China’s fairness, including WTO. (Mar 1998)
  • Message to Beijing: We want WTO AND human rights. (Mar 1998)

    Voting Record

  • I'm for fair trade for the Americas. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • 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 expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Free & fair trade is key to economic growth . (Jan 2001)
  • Quick vote on PNTR; China into WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 36% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)

Joseph Lieberman on Government Reform

  • Public has right to know candidate's personal income taxes. (Jul 2006)
  • Earmarks are great for Connecticut. (Jul 2006)
  • Term limits result in weak government that governs poorly. (May 2000)
  • Instead of “Is it legal?” pols should ask “Is it right?”. (May 2000)
  • Using opponent’s personal details is wrong. (May 2000)
  • Preserve the independent counsel law, with limits. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)

Joseph Lieberman on Gun Control

  • Licensing & registration violate fundamental right to guns. (May 2003)
  • Safe havens: Ban guns in schools and churches. (Apr 2000)
  • Safety locks, background checks, & bans on sale to kids. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)

Joseph Lieberman on Health Care

  • Centrist leadership can get more covered by health insurance. (Jan 2004)
  • Universal benefit to all seniors-no $12B for HMOs. (Jan 2004)
  • National health insurance pool-free for poor and children. (Jan 2004)
  • Pharmaceutical prices are unfair-import drugs from Canada. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow reimport of drugs with FDA approval & price decontrols. (Sep 2003)
  • Rx drug costs whack seniors. (Sep 2003)
  • Too large health programs will force tax increases. (Sep 2003)
  • Medi-Kids: guaranteed care until age 25. (Sep 2003)
  • Step by step is the way. (May 2003)
  • Return taxes to Clinton-era rates to improve health care. (May 2003)
  • No more big-spending health plans. (May 2003)
  • Texas slow to register kids in federal health insurance. (Sep 2000)
  • Patient Bill of Rights: access; choice; privacy; appeals. (Aug 2000)
  • Health insurance for every American child. (Aug 2000)
  • Supports health insurance industry (based in Hartford CT). (Aug 2000)
  • Limited lawsuits against HMOs and automakers. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted to cut Medicare & raise age; now would not. (Aug 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (Apr 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Homeland Security

  • Last thing we want is to release dangerous Gitmo detainees. (Jul 2006)
  • The president has the right to act alone. (Jan 2004)
  • Unwavering support for our troops in battle. (Jan 2004)
  • Intelligence system must be reformed. (Jan 2004)
  • Win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. (Jan 2004)
  • Right-size the military with Servicemembers Bill of Rights. (Nov 2003)
  • Go back to the UN and negotiate about Iraq. (Nov 2003)
  • Reform America's intelligence system post-9-11. (Nov 2003)
  • Prosecute War on Terror, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • 9/11 requires strength abroad to provide security at home. (May 2003)
  • American military is best in the world; and has proven it. (Oct 2000)
  • Don’t alarm America - the military is ready. (Oct 2000)
  • Work with Iraqi opposition to overthrow Saddam. (Oct 2000)
  • Supported use of force in Gulf War. (Aug 2000)
  • Kuwait: Congressional authorization plus use of force. (May 2000)

    Star Wars + Nukes

  • Skipping generation of equipment will destroy readiness. (Oct 2000)
  • More $ for weapons; including SDI recently. (Aug 2000)
  • Transform military for post-Cold War. (May 2000)
  • SDI is no longer science fiction. (Nov 1999)
  • More R&D & better development for future army. (Nov 1999)
  • Supported Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Deploy limited SDI to defend against rogue states. (Mar 1999)
  • Nuclear retaliation won’t stop rogue missile attacks. (Mar 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against military pay increase. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Rated 10% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Immigration

  • Now it's too easy to come in across our border. (Jul 2006)
  • Earn citizenship only after 11 years of waiting within rules. (Jul 2006)
  • One-time earned legalization for undocumented immigrants. (Jan 2004)
  • Make sure immigrants are treated fairly. (Jan 2004)
  • Unacceptable to allow Mexicans to die trying to immigrate. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush uses 9/11 as an excuse to avoid immigration reform. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

Joseph Lieberman on Jobs

  • My seniority helps me deliver contracts and jobs to CT. (Jul 2006)
  • Raise minimum wage to $7.00. (Jan 2004)
  • For counter-cyclical farm subsides, despite criticism abroad. (Jan 2004)
  • Fact Check: Claims Bush cost US 3.5M jobs - really only 2.7M. (Dec 2003)
  • To stimulate jobs, repeal tax cuts & support trade. (Nov 2003)
  • Build on Clinton-Gore record on taxes and jobs. (Sep 2003)
  • Lifetime opportunity for training. (Sep 2003)
  • Trade creates jobs, despite it being unpopular to unions. (Sep 2003)
  • Commitment to labor & working families stressed. (Sep 2000)
  • For minimum wage; against labor on free trade. (Aug 2000)
  • Small business drives job creation. (Aug 2000)
  • Train local workers to reduce dependence on foreign labor. (Feb 2000)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Principles & Values

  • He & Gore warned about Bush, and Bush turned out even worse. (Sep 2003)
  • I know I can beat Bush; I already did. (May 2003)
  • Takes on the tough battles throughout his career. (May 2003)
  • Hollywood deserves reprimands at times, but not censorship. (Sep 2000)
  • The next frontier is within us. (Aug 2000)
  • Only in America. (Aug 2000)
  • Good laws protect us from private interests & profit. (May 2000)
  • Legislating has become campaigning; wrong focus. (May 2000)

    Clinton + Impeachment

  • Clinton’s affair was inappropriate, immoral, & harmful. (Aug 2000)
  • Goal should be to protect nation, not punish Clinton. (Jan 1999)
  • President’s private conduct has public consequences. (Sep 1998)

    Democratic Party

  • I'm not George Bush, but Lamont is running against him. (Jul 2006)
  • Would run Independent due to Lamont's single-issue candidacy. (Jul 2006)
  • The GOP can't use their normal playbook on me. (Jan 2004)
  • AdWatch: Fighting extremes of both parties. (Jan 2004)
  • Independent minded center out candidate, like Bill Clinton. (Nov 2003)
  • Very different than Republicans-a good Democrat. (Nov 2003)
  • True to the ideals of Bobby Kennedy, where he got started. (Nov 2003)
  • With GOP on defense & social issues; with Dems on budget. (Aug 2000)
  • Tries to strike balance between conservative and liberal. (Aug 2000)

    Florida Recount

  • Believes they got more votes & won popular vote & election. (Nov 2000)
  • If every vote counts, then count every vote. (Nov 2000)
  • Reconsider overseas military ballots, even if imperfect. (Nov 2000)

    Religion

  • Religion fills “vacuum of values” & provides common ground. (Oct 2000)
  • Advocates civil religion, not religiously based policy. (Sep 2000)
  • Religion runs deep in US and is source of strength to people. (Aug 2000)
  • Freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. (Aug 2000)
  • Christian right leaders call Lieberman an ally. (Aug 2000)
  • Personal faith is his basis for public service. (May 2000)

    Voting + Affiliations

  • Senate status: influential & non-partisan. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Senate New Democrat Coalition. (Jan 2001)

Joseph Lieberman on Social Security

  • I looked at privatization but decided against it. (Jul 2006)
  • Social Security Plus from Gore, cuts from Bush. (Oct 2000)
  • OK to invest in private markets, a little. (Aug 2000)
  • Lieberman commends Gore’s National Retirement Savings Plan. (Jun 2000)
  • Eliminate Earnings Test; don’t punish work. (Mar 2000)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on Tax Reform

  • New tax cuts to 95% of taxpayers. (Jan 2004)
  • Tax the richest 2% to pay for a tax cut to the other 98%. (Jan 2004)
  • Fresh Start on tax cuts for 98% of all taxpayers. (Nov 2003)
  • Tax fairness & tax relief for the middle class, not the rich. (Nov 2003)
  • Repeal Bush tax cuts on highest income Americans. (Sep 2003)
  • Gore’s tax credits acknowledge existing needs. (Oct 2000)
  • Exciting tax credits for health, elder care, & retirement. (Oct 2000)
  • Tax cuts for working families, not the wealthy. (Aug 2000)
  • Cut capital gains tax; it has helped economy. (May 2000)
  • $792B tax cut is premature and unrealistic. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • 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)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

Joseph Lieberman on War & Peace

  • Wants two-state solution in Middle East without terrorism. (Oct 2003)
  • Leadership means consistency on war views. (Oct 2003)
  • Failure is not an option in War on Terror. (Sep 2003)
  • Pushing Israel out of West Bank is taking sides. (Sep 2003)
  • Be tough, but no preventive war. (May 2003)
  • Iran: Enforce non-proliferation on Russia & others. (Feb 2000)
  • Supported NATO expansion; arms to Israel & Saudis. (Jan 2000)

    Iraq

  • Overthrowing Saddam was right, and we can't abandon Iraq now. (Jul 2006)
  • Getting out too soon will be a disaster for Iraq and for us. (Jul 2006)
  • Saddam's overthrow caused Libya & Iran to capitulate. (Jan 2004)
  • We made the right decision to send soldiers to Iraq. (Jan 2004)
  • Iraq victory opens door to Israeli-Palestinian peace. (Jan 2004)
  • US and world are safer with homicidal maniac Saddam gone. (Jan 2004)
  • Stabilize Iraq before pulling out the troops. (Dec 2003)
  • $87B for Iraq was unpopular, but that's leadership. (Nov 2003)
  • $87B to never leave American troops without support. (Sep 2003)
  • Not an inch of difference from Bush on Iraq. (Sep 2003)
  • Purpose of war is to let Iraqis control Iraq. (Sep 2003)
  • Send more US troops to Iraq, with UN force. (Sep 2003)
  • Iraq was a heroic struggle against enemies of civilization. (Sep 2003)
  • Saddam was a threat; we did the right thing by invading. (May 2003)

    Voting Record

  • Yes on $87B for Iraq-we must support troops. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on requiring on-budget funding for Iraq, not emergency funding. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Joseph Lieberman on Welfare & Poverty

  • Individual Development Accounts for low-income families. (Aug 2000)
  • Volunteerism is good but government needs professionals. (May 2000)
  • Enterprise zones spread prosperity to poor cities. (May 2000)
  • Supported 1996 welfare reform. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Establish a National Affordable Housing Trust Fund. (Jul 2003)