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Joe Biden on Drugs
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 17 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • OpEd: Executive privilege doesn't apply to "Fast & Furious". (Jun 2012)
  • Marijuana is a gateway drug; legalization is a mistake. (Dec 2010)
  • 1988: Crafted new law creating national Drug Czar. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990 crime bill: tougher penalties for drug offenders. (Oct 2010)
  • Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control. (Nov 2007)
  • National ban on smoking would reduce chronic illnesses. (Sep 2007)
  • Absolutely do not lower drinking age from 21. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: 40,000 babies with alcohol syndrome, not 300,000. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools. (Sep 2007)
  • Most violent crime is related to drugs. (Jul 2007)
  • Divert drug offenders out of prison system. (Jun 2007)
  • Created nation’s Drug Czar Office & drug courts. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
  • Rename "Drug Abuse" institute as "Diseases of Addiction". (Mar 2007)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)
Jeb Bush on Drugs
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 11 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Smoked pot & drank alcohol in late 1960s high school. (Feb 2015)
  • My high school drug use was "stupid" and "wrong". (Feb 2015)
  • No medical marijuana; it's just a guise toward legalization. (Aug 2014)
  • Illegal drugs moving over US-Mexico border has intensified. (Mar 2013)
  • Deploy military on both sides of the US-Mexican border. (Mar 2013)
  • Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use. (Mar 2004)
  • Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse. (Mar 2004)
  • Opposed treatment instead of jail for nonviolent drug users. (Sep 2002)
  • Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses. (Nov 2001)
  • Reduce drug use by 50% by prevention & enforcement. (Jul 1999)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Ben Carson on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Marijuana for medical use ok, but not recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Religion kept me away from 1960s sex and drugs. (Jan 2012)
  • Reducing blood alcohol limit to .02 reduces drunk driving. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Drugs
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 2 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • I doubt our culture would allow legalizing hard drugs. (Apr 2008)
  • Discuss implementation of "Plan Colombia". (Sep 2000)
Hillary Clinton on Drugs
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • More drug diversion; more community policing. (Apr 2015)
  • Medical marijuana now; wait-and-see on recreational pot. (Jul 2014)
  • Medical marijuana maybe ok; states decide recreational use. (Jun 2014)
  • Reduce sentencing disparity for crack, but not retroactively. (Dec 2007)
  • 1969: held herself aloof from college drug counterculture. (Jul 2007)
  • Divert non-violent drug offenders away from prison. (Jun 2007)
  • Gov. Clinton implicated in his brother Roger’s drug arrest. (Feb 2004)
  • Address drug problem with treatment and special drug courts. (Oct 2000)
  • Ambiguous reports of 1960s college alcohol & drug use. (Aug 1999)
  • Involved parents most influential in reducing teen drug use. (Sep 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Ted Cruz on Drugs
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  • Lower minimums and mandatory sentencing for drugs. (Apr 2015)
Carly Fiorina on Drugs
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    No stance on record.
Jim Gilmore on Drugs
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
Click here for 3 full quotes by Jim Gilmore OR click here for Jim Gilmore on other issues.
  • Provided more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders. (Sep 2008)
  • Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society. (Jan 2001)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Lindsey Graham on Drugs
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 4 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines. (Jul 2008)
Mike Huckabee on Drugs
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 10 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Drug courts reduce both cost & recidivism. (Apr 2015)
  • 1999: doubled methamphetamine sentences. (Dec 2007)
  • More drug courts & rehab, instead of incarceration. (Sep 2007)
  • Drug education fails; drug punishment works. (Jun 2007)
  • Supports drug courts for non-violent drug offendors. (Jan 2007)
  • Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes. (Nov 2002)
  • Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration. (Jan 2001)
  • Informational videos don't work and never will. (Sep 1997)
  • Curb supply by eradication; change attitudes to curb demand. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Bobby Jindal on Drugs
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 4 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • No legalization; but focus on rehabilitation for addicts. (Jun 2014)
  • We lock up too many people for casual drug use. (Feb 2014)
  • Never experimented with drugs as a youth. (Nov 2010)
  • Rated -10 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
John Kasich on Drugs
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 3 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • 50% lower chance of drug use if kids hear "don't do drugs". (Feb 2015)
  • Refuse to celebrate the drug-filled lifestyle. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
Peter King on Drugs
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
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  • Voted YES on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
Martin O`Malley on Drugs
Democrat
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  • Executive Order to address this heroin epidemic. (Feb 2015)
  • Proportionality in marijuana arrests, but not legalization. (Jan 2014)
  • Let Colorado experiment with legalization, not Maryland. (Jan 2014)
  • Baltimore recovered from open-air drug markets. (Nov 2013)
Barack Obama on Drugs
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 18 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • We share cross-border drug problem with Mexico. (Sep 2012)
  • Fast & Furious was completely wrongheaded; we've stopped it. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: More Mexicans killed in Drug War than soldiers in Iraq. (Aug 2009)
  • Yes, he still smokes while President. (Jun 2009)
  • Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment. (Feb 2008)
  • Fight to rid our communities of meth. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing. (Oct 2007)
  • Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it. (Oct 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Experimented with cocaine but turned down heroin. (Aug 2007)
  • A “secret smoker”, especially around reporters. (Aug 2007)
  • Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school. (Feb 2007)
  • Admitted marijuana use in high school & college. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair. (Oct 2006)
  • Understand why youngsters want to use drugs. (Aug 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)
Sarah Palin on Drugs
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 8 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • 1996: Allow Wasilla bars to stay open until 5 AM. (Sep 2011)
  • Rejected making Wasilla bars close earlier than 5 AM. (Sep 2008)
  • Highway fatalities down because of strict drunk driving laws. (Aug 2008)
  • Maintain alcohol sale database; bar giving alcohol to minors. (Jun 2007)
  • Questions cruise ship gambling, under casino gambling ban. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes legalizing marijuana, but meth is greater threat. (Aug 2006)
  • Smoked marijuana when it was legal under Alaska law. (Aug 2006)
  • Top priorities include gangs & drugs; they harm family life. (Jul 2006)
George Pataki on Drugs
Republican NY Governor
Click here for the full quote by George Pataki OR click here for George Pataki on other issues.
  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
Rand Paul on Drugs
Click here for 11 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • End hypocrisy and over-criminalization of marijuana. (Feb 2015)
  • Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous. (Nov 2014)
  • Whites & blacks use drugs, but prisons are full of blacks. (Jul 2014)
  • War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome. (Jun 2014)
  • Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals. (Mar 2013)
  • Tackle drug problem; no one cares where funding comes from. (Oct 2010)
  • Community treatment instead of federal anti-drug programs. (Aug 2010)
  • Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh. (Aug 2010)
  • Favors legalizing medical marijuana. (May 2010)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
Rick Perry on Drugs
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 9 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Treat addiction as a disease, not as criminal behavior. (Apr 2015)
  • Indicted for defunding D.A. who got caught drunk-driving. (Aug 2014)
  • They're not "cartels", they're narcoterrorists. (Aug 2014)
  • Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war. (Feb 2011)
  • Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas. (Nov 2010)
  • Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border. (Nov 2010)
  • ACLU shouldn't protest random drug sweeps in public housing. (Feb 2008)
  • Protect the border from drug traffickers. (Feb 2007)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)
Marco Rubio on Drugs
Click here for 9 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Legalizing would be a mistake; reduce sentences carefully. (Apr 2015)
  • There is no responsible way to recreationally use marijuana. (May 2014)
  • Enforce federal laws even where states have legalized pot. (May 2014)
  • No responsible way to recreationally use marijuana. (May 2014)
  • Enforce federal law even in states with legal pot. (May 2014)
  • 1987: Brother-in-law imprisoned for drug conviction. (Jun 2012)
  • 1986 brother-in-law's drug bust unexamined until 2011. (Jun 2012)
  • Brother-in-law's trial prosecuted by House member's spouse. (Jun 2012)
  • Teach students skills to avoid gangs, violence, & drugs. (Nov 2006)
Bernie Sanders on Drugs
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 5 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Voted NO on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • Legalize medical marijuana. (Jul 2001)
  • Exclude industrial hemp from definition of marijuana. (Aug 2012)
  • Exempt industrial hemp from marijuana laws. (Feb 2013)
Rick Santorum on Drugs
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 5 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Smoked pot in college, but knew it was wrong. (Mar 2011)
  • Kids living with married parents less likely to use drugs. (Apr 2006)
  • Bigger drug problem since welfare state started. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Jill Stein on Drugs
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 5 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • End the racist war on drugs and school-to-prison pipeline. (Feb 2015)
  • Transform from criminal drug system to public health system. (Nov 2012)
  • I support legalization of marijuana. (Jan 2012)
  • Marijuana is dangerous because it's illegal, not vice-versa. (Dec 2011)
  • Bring marijuana sales under a legal regulatory framework. (Sep 2010)
Donald Trump on Drugs
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 4 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Legalize drugs and use tax revenue to fund drug education. (Apr 2011)
  • Never drinks, smokes, nor does drugs. (Feb 2011)
  • Fired Miss USA crown winner due to drug over-indulgence. (Dec 2006)
  • Never touched drugs, nor alcohol, tobacco, or coffee. (Jul 2000)
Scott Walker on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education: HOPE combats abuse. (Apr 2015)
  • Drug testing is common sense policy for workplace safety. (Apr 2015)
  • Opposes Colorado's legalization of marijuana. (Feb 2015)
James Webb on Drugs
Democratic Sr Senator
Click here for the full quote by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Drug courts to deal with drugs as a sickness. (Apr 2015)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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