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Republican Sr Senator (NH; retired 2002):
Bob Smith on the Issues

Bob Smith on Abortion

  • Against all aspects of abortion; for Human Life Amendment. (May 1999)
  • Against taxpayer-funded abortions at military hospitals. (May 1999)
  • Pro-life litmus test for Supreme Court. (May 1999)
  • Abortions limited to endangered mother. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on disallowing overseas military abortions. (May 1999)

Bob Smith on Budget & Economy

  • Donít balance budget on veteransí shoulders. (Aug 1999)
  • Keep budget balanced; use surpluses to pay down debt. (Mar 1999)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1996)
  • Fund more education, enviro, Medicare, & student loans. (Jul 1996)
  • Block grants to states for most federal programs. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Bob Smith on Civil Rights

  • Amend Constitution for school prayer. (Aug 1999)
  • Against ambassadorship of gay activist James Hormel. (Jun 1999)
  • For constitutional amendment against flag burning. (May 1999)
  • Against homosexual advocacy in the classroom. (May 1999)
  • Supports school prayer. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)

Bob Smith on Corporations

  • Supports numerous reforms to promote small business. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports Small Business Protection Act & S-Corp reform. (Aug 1999)
  • Reduce taxes to promote small business. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)

Bob Smith on Crime

  • Punish swiftly & severely; including death penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Include violent crime victims in sentence policy-making. (Jul 1999)
  • Victimís Bill of Rights: notification & restitution. (Jul 1999)
  • Broaden use of death penalty; limit death row appeals. (Jul 1996)
  • More prisons; more full sentences; more boot camps. (Jul 1996)
  • Stricter visas & chemical tracing to fight terrorism. (Jul 1996)
  • Prosecute juvenile murderers as adults. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO 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 YES 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)

Bob Smith on Drugs

  • Unhealthy pleasures should be decided by individuals. (Aug 1999)
  • More penalties & drug testing, more education & treatment. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Bob Smith on Education

  • Special Ed: Feds should pay for mandates; FY99 is close. (Aug 1999)
  • Amend Constitution for school prayer. (Aug 1999)
  • Federal rules cause educational problems. (Jul 1999)
  • GOAL 2000: Shut down Department of Education. (Jun 1998)

    School Choice

  • Replace federal control with local accountability. (Jul 1999)
  • A+ accounts: $2000/yr to private or parochial schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Consumer choice in education will improve failing schools. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports school choice; abolish Dept. of Education. (May 1999)
  • Public, private & parochial vouchers; plus charters. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)

Bob Smith on Energy & Oil

  • Global climate treaty stifles US economy. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports CWA, alternative fuels, & pollution credits. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)

Bob Smith on Environment

  • ESA: more recovery & delisting; more State & private role. (Aug 1999)
  • Protect environment andprotect property rights. (Aug 1999)
  • Clarify jurisdiction to allow property-taking disputes. (Aug 1999)
  • Superfund: involve communities in brownfield cleanup. (Aug 1999)
  • Pro-community & pro-schools trumps pro-environment. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)

Bob Smith on Families & Children

  • Welfare reform promotes families. (Jul 1999)
  • Against Ameri-Corps National Service Program. (Jul 1996)
  • Moral rebirth begins with tax policies that help families. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting violent videos to minors. (May 1999)

Bob Smith on Foreign Policy

  • Maintain military presence in Asia to confront China. (Jul 1999)
  • Create Senate committee to investigate China spying. (May 1999)
  • Against UN control of US troops and sovereignty. (May 1999)
  • Get US out of UN. (May 1999)
  • Against NATO expansion; if it continues, US should exit. (Apr 1999)
  • No relations with Cuba & Vietnam; keep Radio Marti & others. (Jul 1996)
  • Russia: link aid to reform. (Jul 1996)
  • Foreign aid: only for disasters or US security interests. (Jul 1996)
  • Retaliatory tariffs OK against Cuba, China. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)

Bob Smith on Free Trade

  • No trade rewards to oppressive regimes like China. (Jun 1999)
  • No trade rewards to oppressive regimes like China. (Mar 1999)
  • Against NAFTA, GATT, & WTO. (Jul 1996)
  • Retaliatory tariffs OK against Cuba, China. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)

Bob Smith on Government Reform

  • Corporate Welfare: Against subsidies for private companies. (Aug 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: Full disclosure replace PACs & franking. (Jul 1999)
  • Campaign Finance: indepedent commission to reform rules. (Jul 1999)
  • Unfunded mandates hurt local services. (Jul 1999)
  • For term limits for judges; against activist Judiciary. (May 1999)
  • Strong voice in exposing fundraising & sex scandals. (May 1999)
  • Abolish unconstitutional federal agencies. (May 1999)
  • Supports Line Item Veto. (Jul 1996)
  • Term limits of 12 years for Senate & Congress. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning campaign donations from unions and corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on continuing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted NO on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

Bob Smith on Gun Control

  • No Brady Bill; problem is moral decay, not personal freedom. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports rights of law-abiding gun owners. (May 1999)
  • Repeal infringements of 2nd Amendment rights. (Mar 1999)
  • Ease ownership, registration, & concealed-carry laws. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)

Bob Smith on Health Care

  • Medicare: Revise reimbursement rules for Home Health Care. (Aug 1999)
  • Tobacco bill was a $500B tax bill in disguise. (Aug 1999)
  • Supports public health measures, but supports right to smoke. (Aug 1999)
  • Unhealthy pleasures should be decided by individuals. (Aug 1999)
  • New non-VA programs for military retireesí health care. (Aug 1999)
  • HMO cost control shouldnít hurt patients. (Jul 1999)
  • HMOs: more info; prudent emergency care; external appeal. (Jul 1999)
  • Health-care vouchers; tax incentives; limit med.mal. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing importation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)

Bob Smith on Homeland Security

  • Donít balance budget on veteransí shoulders. (Aug 1999)
  • New non-VA programs for military retireesí health care. (Aug 1999)
  • President needs knowledge & passion to inspire troops. (Jul 1999)
  • Cuts have been too deep; need SDI defense. (May 1999)
  • Has worked to account for all POWs and MIAs. (May 1999)
  • Correct shortages in military equipment & personnel. (Mar 1999)
  • Raise military pay & benefits. (Mar 1999)
  • Get answers on POWs and MIAs. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on deploying missile defense as soon as possible. (Sep 1998)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)

Bob Smith on Immigration

  • Tighten immigration laws; enhance border patrol. (May 1999)
  • Fewer immigrants; less aid; Offical English. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the U.S. for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)

Bob Smith on Jobs

  • Against compulsory unionism; for Right-to-Work. (May 1999)
  • Fund public works & job training for unemployed. (Jul 1996)
  • Raise grazing & mining fees; more cost-benefit analysis. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)

Bob Smith on Principles & Values

  • Withdraws from FL Senate race, citing lack of money. (Apr 2004)
  • Announces bid for Senate in Florida. (Dec 2003)
  • Exiting race, returning to GOP. (Oct 1999)
  • Most reliable Republican in Senate, despite resigning GOP. (Jul 1999)
  • Smith quit because GOP was hostile to his activist causes. (Jul 1999)
  • Grass-roots campaign on Main Street, not Wall Street. (Mar 1999)
  • Moral rebirth begins with tax policies that help families. (Jul 1996)
  • Priorities: pay down debt; keep criminals in jail. (Jul 1996)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)

Bob Smith on Social Security

  • No taxes on retirement benefits; no earnings test. (Jul 1999)
  • Keep Trust Fund off-budget; adminster it independently. (Jul 1999)
  • Must act now to avoid insolvency in 2030. (Jul 1999)
  • Long-term changes needed, via bipartisan approach. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)

Bob Smith on Tax Reform

  • Tobacco bill was a $500B tax bill in disguise. (Aug 1999)
  • Throw out tax code & fire IRS agents who harass citizens. (Jul 1999)
  • Lower taxes for individuals and businesses. (May 1999)
  • Overhaul the entire tax system. (Mar 1999)
  • Flat tax ok, consumption tax not. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on cutting taxes by $1.35 trillion over 11 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on $792B tax cuts. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on FY99 tax cuts. (Apr 1998)

Bob Smith on War & Peace

  • Mistake to intervene in Yugoslavian Civil War. (Apr 1999)
  • Breaching sovereignty requires Congressional authorization. (Mar 1999)
  • Supports US intervention if Kosovo war spreads across border. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary forces and other means in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Bob Smith on Welfare & Poverty

  • Preserve welfare as temporary safety net. (Jul 1999)
  • Welfare reform promotes families. (Jul 1999)
  • Apartment vouchers for homeless; more charity deductions. (Jul 1996)
  • Funds for hiring homeless; more enterprise zones. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)