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Republican Sr Senator:
Elizabeth Dole on the Issues

Elizabeth Dole on Abortion

  • Existing embryonic stem cell research ok, but no new lines. (Jun 2008)
  • Respect all human life including those not yet born. (Aug 2004)
  • Replace abortion with adoption. (Oct 1999)
  • For federal funding only in cases of incest, rape, health. (Aug 1999)
  • Good & honorable people disagree-move on to other issues. (Apr 1999)
  • No litmus test for judiciary appointments. (Apr 1999)
  • Pro-life, with exceptions for rape, incest, & health. (Apr 1999)
  • Human Life Amendment is irrelevant; focus on other issues. (Apr 1999)
  • Focus on parental notification, ending funding, & adoption. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Budget & Economy

  • Farm economy needs more exports. (Jun 1999)
  • Re-appoint Greenspan to avoid inflation & unemployment. (Apr 1999)
  • Private enterprise created prosperity, not Clinton/Gore. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)

Elizabeth Dole on Civil Rights

  • Discontinue affirmative action programs. (Jun 2008)
  • Traditional marriage is something Republicans will defend. (Aug 2004)
  • Freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. (Aug 2004)
  • For school prayer & 10 Commandments in schools. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect taxpayers from tax-funded free Internet porn. (Jul 1999)
  • States should sort out gambling’s benefits & consequences. (Jul 1999)
  • More to be done to remove the “glass ceiling”. (May 1999)
  • Empowerment of women comes from dreams and passion. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 18% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Corporations

  • Voted NO on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 91% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Elizabeth Dole on Crime

  • Supports use of federal death penalty. (Jun 2008)
  • Double funding for bullet proof vests for local police. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Drugs

  • Random drug testing for a drug-free transportation system. (Jan 1987)
  • Double the Mexican border patrol to keep drugs out. (Oct 1999)
  • End aid to Colombia until they wipe out narco-guerillas. (Oct 1999)
  • Decertify countries who do not combat drugs. (Oct 1999)
  • Use all branches of the military in Drug War. (Oct 1999)
  • Aggressive public education campaign that drugs aren’t cool. (Oct 1999)
  • Would “lead a crusade” against illegal drugs. (Aug 1999)
  • Reducing supply isn’t enough-we must blunt demand. (Jul 1999)
  • Passion for a drug-free America. (Mar 1999)
  • Applauds community-based fight against drug epidemic. (Feb 1999)
  • Reduce demand for this “personal and national evil”. (Feb 1999)
  • In favor of random drug testing. (Dec 1998)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Education

  • Supports CA Prop 187 barring illegal aliens from schools. (Oct 1999)
  • For school prayer & 10 Commandments in schools. (Oct 1999)
  • Merit pay to retain teachers. (Sep 1999)
  • More ed. savings accounts; tax credit for ed. charity. (Sep 1999)
  • Web of rules makes system fail; empower states & districts. (Sep 1999)
  • Search students’ lockers & backpacks for drugs & guns. (Sep 1999)
  • Decisions on teaching evolution should be made locally. (Aug 1999)
  • More power to teachers, parents, and local schools. (Aug 1999)
  • Demand rigorous training and degrees for teachers. (Mar 1999)
  • Restore quality and parental involvement. (Feb 1999)
  • Add a 4th “R”: Responsibility. (Feb 1999)
  • Restore federal taxes to local districts to empower parents. (Feb 1999)
  • Spend on teachers for training & smaller classes. (Feb 1999)
  • Supports scholarships for at-risk youth. (Jan 1999)

    School Choice

  • Give parents a smorgasbord of choices. (Sep 1999)
  • Vouchers OK where public schools fail. (Apr 1999)
  • Parents should demand success; be given vouchers if not. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Support the goals and ideals of Charter Schools. (May 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Energy & Oil

  • Release 1/3 of the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Environment

  • Voted YES on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Rated 11% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Families & Children

  • Protect Children from Sexual Material on the Internet. (Jul 1999)
  • Littleton due to lack of school discipline, not TV. (Apr 1999)
  • Supported raising the drinking age to 21. (Feb 1999)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Foreign Policy

  • End aid to Colombia until they wipe out narco-guerillas. (Oct 1999)
  • Russia: Work with policies, not personalities. (Sep 1999)
  • N. Korea & other rogue regimes are not our equals. (Sep 1999)
  • Russian Mob is consuming US tax dollars. (Aug 1999)
  • Push China for reform; stand by Taiwan. (Jun 1999)
  • “Get a grip” on Cox Report & take action. (May 1999)
  • US has responsibility to lead post-Cold War world. (Apr 1999)
  • Push China for reform; stand by Taiwan. (Apr 1999)
  • US responsibility: clear, credible & capable leadership. (Apr 1999)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Call for Burma's junta to release political prisoners. (Jun 2007)
  • Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (Apr 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Free Trade

  • CAFTA has created jobs for North Carolina. (Jul 2008)
  • China: Two-track policy: Open markets + political reforms. (Sep 1999)
  • China: Expand trade, but linked to human rights. (Aug 1999)
  • An open global market helps our economy thrive. (Apr 1999)
  • Free trade zone for the entire Western Hemisphere. (Apr 1999)
  • Authorize “Fast Track” for trade negotiations. (Apr 1999)
  • Admit China to the World Trade Organization. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Government Reform

  • Contributing to campaigns is free speech. (Jun 2008)
  • Defederalized Dulles and National Airports. (Jan 1987)
  • Dole withdraws from race; cites campaign finance. (Oct 1999)
  • Private enterprise spurs prosperity; so privatize. (Jul 1999)
  • Judicial appoinments: No legislating from the bench. (Jun 1999)
  • Clinton-Gore have set records on new regulations. (Apr 1999)
  • Federal workforce has grown except for Defense. (Apr 1999)
  • Roll back the bureaucracy: defend the 10th Amendment. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Ensure delivery of absentee ballots for troops overseas. (May 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Gun Control

  • Ban AK-47s; add safety locks; instant background checks. (Jun 1999)
  • Ban AK-47s. (May 1999)
  • Limited right to bear arms. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Health Care

  • Allow self-employed to deduct health costs. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish a National Diabetes Coordinator. (Mar 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Homeland Security

  • Post-cold-war weapons buildup. (Sep 1999)
  • Abandon ABM treaty & Test Ban treaty. (Sep 1999)
  • More pay, more training for military personnel. (Aug 1999)
  • Pentagon has been reduced to a triangle: build it back. (Jul 1999)
  • Re-build military for greater readiness. (Apr 1999)
  • Build and deploy an SDI missile defense. (Apr 1999)
  • Increased spending needed to keep the peace. (Apr 1999)
  • Restore shortfalls in Armed Forces personnel. (Apr 1999)
  • Need SDI against rogue nations and terrorists. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP. (Dec 2007)

Elizabeth Dole on Immigration

  • Help sheriffs identify illegal immigrants among suspects. (Jun 2008)
  • Crackdown on illegal immigrants who commit crimes. (Jun 2008)
  • Link local sheriffs to federal immigration tools. (May 2008)
  • Supports CA Prop 187 barring illegal aliens from schools. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Zero tolerance for border crossing via increased prosecution. (Mar 2008)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Jobs

  • Tax breaks & financial aid for farmers. (Aug 1999)
  • Farm program: more exports; more foreign markets. (Jul 1999)
  • Farm program: more ethanol; more conservation; less taxes. (Jul 1999)
  • Pay to stop farming environmentally sensitive cropland. (Jun 1999)
  • Stabilize farm economy by increasing farm exports. (Jun 1999)
  • Favors labor negotiations; against child labor violations. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Rated 8% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Elizabeth Dole on Principles & Values

  • Has spent time in all 100 counties while Senator. (Jun 2008)
  • Broad experience in Washington & major-league clout. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted with Republican Party 91.3% of 311 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Liberty is the birthright of every soul. (Aug 2004)
  • America is not selfish, self-centered, and self-obsessed. (Aug 2004)
  • Reaffirm timeless and unchangeable truths. (Aug 2004)
  • Set aside Sundays for spiritual and personal rejuvenation. (Jan 1988)
  • Crusade for a rebirth of our values. (Aug 1999)
  • Economic health masks serious societal problems. (Jul 1999)
  • Brings ‘courageous conservatism’ via courage of convictions. (Jun 1999)
  • Restore integrity in our government. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Elizabeth Dole on Social Security

  • “Catch-up” IRA contributions, faster vesting, & portability. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Elizabeth Dole on Tax Reform

  • Sales tax, income tax, food tax, liquor tax: it’s too much. (Jun 2008)
  • Flat tax “a disaster” for charitable groups. (Aug 1999)
  • End marriage penalty; more R&D credit; no new taxes. (Aug 1999)
  • Dole calls on Clinton to sign tax relief into law. (Aug 1999)
  • Tax cuts are top priority; eliminate marriage penalty. (Jul 1999)
  • Allow self-employed to deduct health costs. (Jun 1999)
  • End death taxes on family farms. (Jun 1999)
  • Tax rates are at all-time highs, yet budget adds taxes. (Apr 1999)
  • Unfunded mandates cost $700 billion annually. (Apr 1999)
  • Cut the tax burden on Americans. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Rated 72% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Elizabeth Dole on War & Peace

  • Precipitous Iraq withdrawal leads to further instability. (Jun 2008)
  • Mistakes were made, but no precipitous withdrawal from Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Too many politicians made responses too slow. (May 1999)
  • We must win, even if it takes ground troops. (Apr 1999)
  • Use ground troops if needed to push back Milosevic. (Apr 1999)
  • We must stop a threat to peace and progress. (Apr 1999)
  • Use military force when US “national values” at stake. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted NO on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Condemn Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel statement. (Feb 2008)

Elizabeth Dole on Welfare & Poverty

  • Flexibility in welfare programs via federal block grants. (Jul 2008)