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NATO General; Democratic Candidate for President:
Wesley Clark on the Issues

Wesley Clark on Abortion

  • Partial birth ban ok if exceptions made for woman’s health. (Jan 2004)
  • An issue of human rights, not of Catholic doctrine. (Jan 2004)
  • Let a woman and her doctors decide about reproductive health. (Nov 2003)
  • Women deserve access to birth control & reproductive choice. (Nov 2003)
  • Undecided on partial-birth abortion. (Aug 2003)
  • I am pro-choice. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Budget & Economy

  • Plan for jobs-invest in security & budget relief to states. (Nov 2003)
  • A healthy economy depends on long-term deficit reduction. (Nov 2003)
  • Balance budget by repealing tax cuts to wealthiest Americans. (Oct 2003)
  • Home ownership is critical to economy. (Sep 2003)
  • Push deficit reduction, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Short-term deficit ok in recession, but not long-term. (Sep 2003)
  • Balance the budget & reduce long-term debt. (Sep 2003)
  • Fiscal responsibility means no long-term deficit. (Aug 2003)
  • Fostering small business is key to economic growth. (Jun 2003)
  • Stimulate economy without creating huge deficit. (Jun 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts didn’t stimulate economy or jobs. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Civil Rights

  • 8th grader in Little Rock during Central High desegregation. (Sep 2007)
  • Full inquiry into torture & our ignoring Geneva Conventions. (Sep 2007)
  • Exposed early to prejudice, so supports affirmative action. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal pay for equal work. (Feb 2007)
  • Narrowly protect the American flag. (Jan 2004)
  • Patriot Act was passed in haste-end sneak-and-peek. (Jan 2004)
  • Eliminate wage gap for women. (Nov 2003)
  • Strong enforcement of Civil Rights Act including hate crimes. (Nov 2003)
  • Constitutional amendment against flag desecration. (Nov 2003)
  • Constitutional Amendment against flag desecration. (Nov 2003)
  • Equal opportunity for homosexuals in armed forces. (Nov 2003)
  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” needs to be reviewed. (Nov 2003)
  • Gays deserve the same rights as everyone else. (Nov 2003)
  • Come up with something better than “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell”. (Nov 2003)
  • Confederate flag is a divisive and racist symbol. (Nov 2003)
  • Homosexuality is not a sin. (Sep 2003)
  • Don’t compromise freedom for problems like terrorism. (Sep 2003)
  • End glass ceilings for women. (Jun 2003)
  • Separation of church and state is fundamental. (Jun 2003)
  • Full sunshine review of PATRIOT Act. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports affirmative action; acknowledges racial discrim. (Jun 2003)
  • Replace “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” with Don’t Misbehave. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports University of Michigan’s affirmative action plan. (Jun 2003)
  • Disturbed that we suspended habeas corpus for War on Terror. (Mar 2003)
  • Supports affirmative action, including in college admissions. (Mar 2003)
  • Experienced racial prejudice in 1950s Little Rock H.S. (Jul 2001)

Wesley Clark on Corporations

  • Independent corporate boards needed for transparency. (Sep 2003)

Wesley Clark on Crime

  • Death penalty for heinous crimes, but apply with safeguards. (Jan 2004)
  • Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes. (Jan 2004)
  • Death penalty ok, but needs DNA and equal justice. (Nov 2003)
  • Concerned about Three Strikes & emphasis on lockup. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Drugs

  • More drug treatment and more border security. (Jan 2004)
  • Against decriminalizing marijuana. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Education

  • Public pre-school across America. (Sep 2007)
  • Childhood speech defect caused special education advocacy. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose vouchers and all measures that weaken public schools. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports charter schools and national testing standards. (Jan 2004)
  • No vouchers for private schools. (Dec 2003)
  • Fund Elementary & Secondary Education Act and more. (Nov 2003)
  • Fully fund Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Nov 2003)
  • Would support initiatives to make teaching prestigious. (Nov 2003)
  • School buildings must be safe places to learn. (Nov 2003)
  • Develop flexible systems to measure schools’ success. (Nov 2003)
  • Will ensure universal access to pre-school. (Nov 2003)
  • Education includes job transitioning for adults. (Sep 2003)
  • Increase teacher training & teacher pay. (Jun 2003)
  • Decries lack of funding for No Child Left Behind. (Apr 2003)
  • Supports funding for all-day kindergarten. (Mar 1999)
  • More high school vocational programs. (Mar 1999)
  • Establish 18:1 student-teacher ratio for grade school. (Mar 1999)

Wesley Clark on Energy & Oil

  • De-carbonize energy production for national security. (Sep 2007)
  • Raise CAFE standards after consulting with experts. (Jan 2004)
  • Buy oil on the world market instead of occupying Iraq. (Dec 2003)
  • Drilling ANWR doesn’t help with energy independence. (Aug 2003)
  • Look for replacements for internal combustion engine. (Aug 2003)
  • Establish redline of protection in places like ANWR. (Aug 2003)
  • Protection outweighs benefits from drilling in Alaska. (Jul 2003)
  • Renegotiate Kyoto Agreement rather than reject it. (Jul 2003)
  • Don’t rule out nuclear, but focus on solar & wind power. (Jun 2003)
  • Disappearing glaciers make global warming obvious. (Feb 2003)
  • US energy overuse causes worldwide resentment. (Aug 2002)

Wesley Clark on Environment

  • Reinvigorate EPA action on environmental justice. (Jan 2004)
  • Will enforce Clean Air Act, and no net loss of wetlands. (Nov 2003)
  • Will hold business accountable for toxic waste. (Nov 2003)
  • No drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Nov 2003)
  • Incentives for energy efficiency & alternative fuels. (Nov 2003)
  • Balance commercial exploitation with respect for nature. (Sep 2003)
  • Assist market-driven population adjustments, like in 1800s. (Sep 2003)
  • Environment is a legacy to our children. (Sep 2003)
  • All that matters 100 years out is Constitution & environment. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Families & Children

  • Give workers flexibility & increase production. (Nov 2003)
  • Same sex couples should have same rights as heterosexuals. (Nov 2003)

Wesley Clark on Foreign Policy

  • End China’s currency manipulation to help US manufacturers. (Nov 2003)
  • Establish “Civilian Reserve” for times of military need. (Nov 2003)
  • Embargoes don’t work in Cuba or other dictatorships. (Nov 2003)
  • War on Terror is ideal for multilateral action-Bush does not. (Oct 2003)
  • Use UN to gain credibility in Iraq. (Sep 2003)
  • Contribute to democratization in Muslim world. (Sep 2003)
  • American tourists in Cuba will end Castro. (Jul 2003)
  • We need to be talking to the North Koreans. (Jun 2003)
  • Rebuild European alliances-source of 50 years or prosperity. (May 2003)
  • International institutions assist with US trade & commerce. (Apr 2003)
  • International cooperation needs consensus-building mechanism. (Sep 2002)
  • The US needs allies. (Sep 2002)
  • Work with the International Criminal Court. (Jul 2002)
  • Invest 3% of GDP on development assistance abroad. (Nov 2001)
  • Shared risks, shared burdens, shared benefits. (Jul 2001)

Wesley Clark on Free Trade

  • China’s development imperils our economic security. (Sep 2007)
  • Free AND fair trade, with labor and environmental standards. (Jan 2004)
  • Labor rights are human rights: promote free and fair trade. (Nov 2003)
  • Free trade will work if terms are fair for labor. (Nov 2003)
  • Globalization is the new American empire-not military. (Oct 2003)
  • Reciprocal trade with enforcement against dumping. (Sep 2003)
  • Address shifts in production that come with free trade. (Sep 2003)
  • I believe in fair trade, not free trade. (Sep 2003)
  • Prosperity depends on open borders. (Jul 2003)
  • Free trade areas depend on international cooperation. (Jul 1999)

Wesley Clark on Government Reform

  • Public taxpayer funding for federal candidates. (Nov 2004)
  • Raise prominence of art and NEA. (Nov 2003)
  • National Civil Reserve Corps-beyond AmeriCorps & Peace Corps. (Nov 2003)
  • Balance government & market; balance state & federal. (Sep 2003)
  • Ensure government culture of transparency & accountability. (Sep 2003)

Wesley Clark on Gun Control

  • Enforce existing laws & close gun show loophole. (Nov 2003)
  • Renew ban on assault weapons, & hold gun makers accountable. (Nov 2003)
  • Supports ban on assault weapons. (Sep 2003)
  • Supports the Second Amendment and uses guns himself. (Sep 2003)
  • People who like assault weapons should join the Army. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Health Care

  • Transition toward some form of single payer system. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop giving a handout to the HMOs. (Jan 2004)
  • Take the existing system and make it better. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush’s Rx plan helps HMOs-help seniors instead. (Jan 2004)
  • Insure children & make all coverage more affordable. (Nov 2003)
  • Build on existing programs and stretch them. (Sep 2003)
  • Comprehensive preventive wellness program. (Sep 2003)
  • Does not support single-payer healthcare. (Sep 2003)
  • Supports universal health coverage. (Sep 2003)
  • Promote good health through public health measures. (Sep 2003)
  • Healthcare safety net works in the army. (Jul 2001)

Wesley Clark on Homeland Security

  • We won Cold War by working, not by preventive war. (Sep 2007)
  • Turn over Guantanamo to NATO & end secret detentions. (Sep 2007)
  • Realized as Cadet that purpose of being a soldier is to kill. (Sep 2007)
  • Served in Vietnam as Divisional Briefing Officer. (Sep 2007)
  • Repeal provisions of Patriot Act that go too far. (Nov 2004)
  • The safety of our country requires honest government. (Jul 2004)
  • Threat of terrorism has been recognized since 1996. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports School of the Americas. (Dec 2003)
  • Need to deal with the Russian loose nukes. (Dec 2003)
  • Right leadership can pull out the US troops much faster. (Dec 2003)
  • Replace Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell with British policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Armed forces are better with a volunteer force. (Nov 2003)
  • Focus on technology R&D other than missile defense. (Nov 2003)
  • Missile defense is an example of unilateralism. (Oct 2003)
  • Consider cutting defense spending. (Sep 2003)
  • Talk about gays in military, but don’t open the door. (Aug 2003)
  • Be reluctant to use military force. (Jun 2003)
  • Welcome gays into the military because they’re already there. (Jun 2003)
  • Address European and Russian concerns about missile defense. (Feb 2001)
  • Highest priority is quality of life for defense family. (Mar 1998)

Wesley Clark on Immigration

  • Tighten borders post-9/11, but allow earned citizenship. (Jan 2004)
  • I am very pro-immigration. (Jun 2003)
  • Immigration is vital to prosperity. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Jobs

  • Unions should refocus from grievances to career development. (Sep 2007)
  • Raise minimum wage in steps to $7.00. (Jan 2004)
  • Stop rewarding companies that shift jobs overseas. (Nov 2003)
  • Will support unions and a fair living wage. (Nov 2003)
  • Better job plan in 8 days than Bush made in 3 years. (Sep 2003)
  • Create best business environment, to create 1M jobs per year. (Sep 2003)
  • If labor assists with trade, minimum wage hikes will follow. (Sep 2003)
  • Jobless recovery: need policy to create 1.3M jobs per year. (Aug 2003)
  • Millions are unemployed and underemployed. (Aug 2003)
  • Business growth makes jobs instead of outsourcing. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on Principles & Values

  • Met wife Gert at a 1964 Navy dance that cadets crashed. (Sep 2007)
  • Father, Benjamin Kanne, died when Wes was 4 years old. (Sep 2007)
  • Discovered father’s Jewish heritage at age 23. (Sep 2007)
  • US needs to reclaim its values and vision. (Feb 2007)
  • WesPAC endorses 13 candidates for Senate and Governor. (Nov 2006)
  • WesPAC endorses 69 candidates for House. (Nov 2006)
  • WesPAC endorses 28 “Fighting Dem” candidates for House. (Nov 2006)
  • Preserve the separation of church and state. (Jan 2004)
  • Day 1: Implementation five-point Turnaround Plan for America. (Jan 2004)
  • I’m in the party now and I want to bring in new people. (Jan 2004)
  • I’ve praised Republicans-I hope they praise me when elected. (Jan 2004)
  • West Point taught practical leadership. (Nov 2003)
  • Abandoned Iowa primary because of late entry. (Nov 2003)
  • As a southerner, can bring the country together. (Nov 2003)
  • Incredible journey from Bush supporter to Democrat. (Sep 2003)
  • Different kind of Democrat-without strong partisanship. (Sep 2003)
  • Would not rule out vice presidency. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush abuses executive power as much as Nixon did. (Sep 2003)
  • The 100 Year Vision: physical and legal environment. (Sep 2003)
  • 30-year challenges: provide social framework. (Sep 2003)
  • Ask questions to hold Bush accountable. (Sep 2003)
  • Americans need straight talk, not fear and divisiveness. (Sep 2003)
  • Talk straight to the people in times of great change. (Sep 2003)
  • Neither party has a monopoly on strong leadership. (Sep 2003)
  • Leadership based on experience & fighting for little people. (Sep 2003)
  • Candidacy about national security going wrong. (Jul 2003)
  • Considered 2002 AR gubernatorial run against GOP incumbent. (Mar 2003)

Wesley Clark on Social Security

  • Protect Social Security system to ensure senior income. (Sep 2003)
  • Stock market is for individuals, not for Social Security. (Sep 2003)
  • Strengthen retirement security. (Sep 2003)

Wesley Clark on Tax Reform

  • Eliminate income tax for families earning under $50,000. (Jan 2004)
  • Tax simplification via a $2,250 child tax credit. (Jan 2004)
  • Families First tax plan: fair,progressive,simple,responsible. (Jan 2004)
  • Repeal tax cut on top 2%--make tax code progressive. (Sep 2003)
  • Freeze Bush tax cuts which haven’t yet taken effect. (Sep 2003)
  • Tax cut is a cut in essential services. (Aug 2003)
  • Middle- & working-class tax cuts are an economic-growth tool. (Jul 2003)
  • Tax relief for middle class, not for the rich. (Jun 2003)
  • $5T tax cuts for the rich are legalized theft. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports redistribution by progressive taxation. (Jun 2003)
  • Irresponsible to borrow to give tax cuts to wealthy. (Jun 2003)
  • Minimize taxes but enough to meet people’s needs. (Jun 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts were unfair; use progressive taxation. (Jun 2003)

Wesley Clark on War & Peace

  • Fundamental revision of Iraq policy, including redeployment. (Sep 2007)
  • Iraq war is a path to nowhere. (Nov 2006)
  • Hold Bush accountable for 9/11. (Jan 2004)
  • Bush’s terrorism policy is “all bully and no pulpit”. (Dec 2003)
  • Bush used 9/11 as a pretext to implement Iraq invasion plan. (Nov 2003)
  • Supported Iraq war while we were at war. (Nov 2003)
  • Transfer authority to Iraq and UN. (Nov 2003)
  • Persuade North Koreans to give up nuclear weapons. (Nov 2003)
  • Supports war in Afghanistan, but not in Iraq. (Oct 2003)
  • No $87B for Iraq war until winning strategy is produced. (Oct 2003)
  • Overthrowing Saddam a hobby-horse since 98-no terror threat. (Oct 2003)
  • Afghanistan: Should have attacked Al Qaida, not Taliban. (Oct 2003)
  • Ask Bush where’s the $87B for Iraq coming from? (Sep 2003)
  • Retracts yes vote on Iraq: no imminent threat. (Sep 2003)
  • Committed to survival and preservation of Israel. (Sep 2003)
  • Would probably have voted yes on Iraq war authorization. (Sep 2003)
  • Yes to Iraqi $87B if Bush makes exit strategy. (Sep 2003)
  • Ordered attack on Russian troops in Kosovo. (Sep 2003)
  • Avoid Bush’s unilateralism and work with our allies. (Sep 2003)
  • Exit strategy in Iraq won’t work if we invade its neighbors. (Sep 2003)
  • We went into Iraq under false pretenses. (Aug 2003)
  • Get the Iraqis involved in taking responsibilities. (Jul 2003)
  • Iraq distracts from the War on Terror. (Jun 2003)
  • Need Marshall Plan for Middle East and Afghanistan. (Jun 2003)
  • Israel: bring in Syria and Iran into peace talks. (Jun 2003)
  • Include moderate Arabs in US-led Mideast contact group. (Jun 2003)
  • Be wary of abridging civil rights to fight terrorism. (Jun 2003)
  • Allies are key to victory in war on terror, not obstacles. (Sep 2002)
  • NATO was the reason for our victory in Kosovo. (Sep 2002)
  • Palestinians decided to return to terrorism after 2000. (Mar 2002)
  • Solution to terrorism is not bullets but world community. (Oct 2001)
  • Kosovo success shows military can achieve humanitarian goal. (Jul 2001)

Wesley Clark on Welfare & Poverty

  • Volunteered in 1960s NYC inner-city Youth Corps Program. (Sep 2007)
  • Lift 2 million children out of poverty by 2008. (Jan 2004)
  • Promote homeownership; end redlining; end predatory lending. (Jan 2004)