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Democratic Candidate for Senate (NC):
Erskine Bowles on the Issues

Erskine Bowles on Abortion

  • Strongly supports a woman's right to choose. (Oct 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Budget & Economy

  • Double the Small Business Administration budget. (Jul 2004)
  • Must pass a tobacco buyout. (Jul 2004)
  • Mitigate the dairy industry crisis. (Jul 2004)
  • Provide economic development support for hardhit communities. (Jul 2004)
  • Restored fiscal discipline & balanced the budget. (Jul 2004)
  • We must restore fiscal discipline via "pay as you go" rule. (Jul 2004)
  • A plan that reduces deficits. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Civil Rights

  • Increased loans to minority and women-owned businesses. (Oct 2004)
  • Constitutional amendment on gay marriage as last resort. (Sep 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Corporations

No stance on record.

Erskine Bowles on Crime

  • Reduce the cost of litigation. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Drugs

No stance on record.

Erskine Bowles on Education

  • No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate. (Sep 2004)
  • Provide seed money for school construction. (Jul 2004)
  • Scholarships for training and lifelong learning. (Jul 2004)
  • Allow reservists to defer student loans while on active duty. (Jul 2004)
  • Waive penalties and fees for reservists returning to school. (Jul 2004)
  • Increase federal support for education. (Mar 2002)

Erskine Bowles on Energy & Oil

  • Ban drilling off U.S. coast and tap U.S. energy sources. (Mar 2002)

Erskine Bowles on Environment

  • No offshore drilling off NC coast. (Sep 2004)
  • Encourage the development of the tourism industry. (Jul 2004)
  • Pollution threatens health & economy. (Feb 2002)
  • Reduce emissions & invest in alternative energy. (Feb 2002)

Erskine Bowles on Families & Children

  • Extend the Family Medical Leave Act to reservists families. (Jul 2004)
  • Extend the Child Tax Credit to Grandparents. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Erskine Bowles on Free Trade

  • Negotiated China trade agreement for Pres. Clinton. (Sep 2004)
  • Force foreign countries to open up their markets. (Jul 2004)
  • Stop any new trade deal until enforcing current agreements. (Jul 2004)
  • Stop China from damaging the manufacturing sector. (Jul 2004)
  • Promote exports of American farm products. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Government Reform

  • Reduce excess paperwork, unnecessary regulations. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Gun Control

  • Reinstitute the assault weapons ban. (Sep 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Health Care

  • Provide health insurance for the unemployed. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax credits for businesses that provide health care. (Jul 2004)
  • Allow small businesses to pool purchasing power. (Jul 2004)
  • Give all reservists access to TRICARE. (Jul 2004)
  • Must invest in health care for rural residents. (Nov 2001)

Erskine Bowles on Homeland Security

  • Support the 9/11 Commission. (Sep 2004)
  • Expand military facilities and related businesses. (Jul 2004)
  • Bring more defense contracts and defense-related businesses. (Jul 2004)
  • Cover civilian jobs and active duty service pay differences. (Jul 2004)
  • Fix the administrative payroll problems. (Jul 2004)
  • Double the Child Tax Credit for activated guardsmen. (Jul 2004)
  • Support Military Family Readiness Groups. (Jul 2004)
  • Assess options for early retirement for reservists. (Jul 2004)
  • Support Military Family Readiness Groups. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Immigration

  • More border security. (Sep 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Jobs

  • Supports the Job Protection Act. (Jul 2004)
  • Stimulate the growth of food processing businesses. (Jul 2004)
  • Create local National Skills Corporation. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Principles & Values

  • Post 9/11, values and security most important. (Mar 2002)
  • Running on experience & commitment to service. (Mar 2002)
  • by MoveOn for moderate progressive principles. (Sep 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Social Security

  • Fight against privatization. (Aug 2004)

Erskine Bowles on Tax Reform

  • Repeal tax breaks for companies moving jobs overseas. (Oct 2004)
  • Level playing field between domestic and foreign investment. (Jul 2004)
  • Tax credits to keep film and television productions. (Jul 2004)

Erskine Bowles on War & Peace

No stance on record.

Erskine Bowles on Welfare & Poverty

  • Provide safety-valve "wage-insurance" support. (Jul 2004)
  • Support for Community Development Corporations. (Jul 2004)
  • Invest in training, childcare to help welfare reform succeed. (Feb 2002)