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Democratic IA Governor:
Tom Vilsack on the Issues

Tom Vilsack on Abortion

  • A Catholic who supports abortion rights. (Jul 2004)

Tom Vilsack on Budget & Economy

  • Support the extension of unemployment benefits. (Jan 2004)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)
  • Foster dairy production that is market driven. (Feb 1998)

Tom Vilsack on Civil Rights

  • Rated “B” by National Review on pro-gay issues. (Jan 2007)
  • Hosted Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth. (Feb 2006)
  • Declared English as Iowa’s official language. (Jun 2004)
  • Demand full funding to help Americans vote. (Jan 2004)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Corporations

No stance on record.

Tom Vilsack on Crime

  • Against the death penalty. (Nov 2006)
  • Opposes death penalty in Iowa. (Dec 2005)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Drugs

  • Reduced supply of dangerous drugs. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)

Tom Vilsack on Education

  • We need educational revolution, NOT “No Child Left Behind”. (Jun 2006)
  • Support a funded No Child Left Behind program. (Jan 2004)
  • Demand funding for disabled learning. (Jan 2004)
  • More pay for teachers, with merit pay. (Jan 2001)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Improve and invest in public schools. (Aug 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Energy & Oil

  • Need an energy policy tied to environmental conservation. (Jun 2006)
  • Supports tradable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

Tom Vilsack on Environment

  • Vetoed a bill that failed to adequately protect health. (Apr 2004)
  • Burn waste oat hulls to save energy costs. (Apr 2004)
  • Vetoed a bill without adequate environmental safeguards. (Mar 2004)
  • Fund solutions for runoff contaminating waterways. (Jan 2004)
  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • More EPA flexibility on interstate ozone. (May 1998)
  • Maintain joint EPA-state authority over nuclear waste. (Oct 1999)

Tom Vilsack on Families & Children

  • Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Foreign Policy

  • America’s real war on terror is fighting poverty & ignorance. (Jun 2006)
  • Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)

Tom Vilsack on Free Trade

  • Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (May 1998)
  • Grant fast-track authority to the President. (Nov 1999)

Tom Vilsack on Government Reform

  • Made Iowa government more transparent and smaller. (Dec 2006)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Gun Control

  • Prevent unauthorized firearm use with "smart gun" technology. (Aug 2000)

Tom Vilsack on Health Care

  • Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on wellness to improve healthcare without tax increase. (Feb 2007)
  • Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare. (Feb 2007)
  • Disapprove inefficient uses of tobacco prevention dollars. (May 2004)
  • Supports changes to the new Medicare law. (Jan 2004)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Tom Vilsack on Homeland Security

  • Pay salary differentials for active duty employees. (Feb 2004)
  • Support continued funding for First Responders. (Jan 2004)

Tom Vilsack on Immigration

  • Diversity adds to our economic wealth. (Jan 2001)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
  • Ease Canadian border-crossing rules. (Oct 1999)

Tom Vilsack on Jobs

  • Launched plant construction projects to create jobs. (Feb 2004)
  • University R&D will find new uses for crops. (Jan 2001)
  • Full review of farm policy; more state flexibility. (May 2001)
  • State instead of federal rules for animal operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Immediate federal assistance for farm crisis. (Sep 1999)

Tom Vilsack on Principles & Values

  • Heartland PAC supports 22 statewide candidates plus IA & NH. (Dec 2006)
  • Launches presidential bid; files FEC paperwork. (Nov 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Social Security

  • If US gov’t were a business, balance sheet looks mismanaged. (Feb 2007)
  • Index by prices instead of wages, to maintain stability. (Feb 2007)
  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Tax Reform

  • Embraces middle-class tax cuts. (Nov 2006)
  • Support growth measure but not accompanying tax cuts. (Jun 2004)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Tom Vilsack on War & Peace

  • National Guard too busy in Iraq handle natural disasters. (Feb 2007)
  • The war needs to be ended now, not in 6 months or 6 years. (Feb 2007)
  • Congress should remove funding for the war. (Feb 2007)
  • Get troops out of harm’s way in Iraq. (Nov 2006)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)

Tom Vilsack on Welfare & Poverty

  • Provide heating and energy assistance for poor families. (Jan 2004)
  • Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs. (Aug 2000)
  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Promote the next generation of welfare reform. (Aug 2001)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)