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In My Time, by Dick Cheney

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Joe Biden on Abortion
Click here for 23 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • I accept church rule personally, but not in public life. (Oct 2012)
  • No church needs to provide contraception under ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Romney will appoint pro-life Justice; Obama will not. (Oct 2012)
  • Constitution does offer an inherent right to privacy. (Oct 2008)
  • Allow women to choose, but no federal funding. (Jul 2007)
  • No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports partial-birth abortion ban, but not undoing Roe. (Apr 2007)
  • Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception. (Apr 2007)
  • Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Roe v. Wade is as close to a consensus as we can get. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
  • Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Protect the reproductive rights of women. (Jan 1993)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
Joe Biden on Budget & Economy
Click here for 20 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Reduce spending by $1T; increase taxes by $600B; cut debt. (Feb 2013)
  • Increase debt ceiling & Commission on Fiscal Responsibility. (Sep 2011)
  • As banks become profitable, start fundamental reforms. (Sep 2011)
  • 1996: Accused of sweetheart deal on sale of personal home. (Oct 2010)
  • Obamaís economic plan focuses on middle class. (Oct 2008)
  • Deregulation got us into the housing crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • Balancing budget is about priorities; GOP made wrong choices. (Dec 2007)
  • Save Pentagon spending by getting the troops out of Iraq. (Dec 2007)
  • More transparency for hedge funds and private equity funds. (Aug 2007)
  • Invest in new programs by ending war & eliminating tax cuts. (Apr 2007)

    Bailout + Stimulus

  • $90B stimulus program had only 0.4% waste. (Oct 2012)
  • We inherited a god-awful mess; just level the playing field. (Oct 2012)
  • TARP stuck in our throats, but it worked. (May 2010)
  • Recovery Act is slowly making progress, but not good enough. (Feb 2010)
  • FactCheck: McCain didnít ďlurchĒ from ďstrongĒ to ďcrisisĒ. (Oct 2008)
  • Bail out Fannie & Freddie, fairly, to stabilize market. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Joe Biden on Civil Rights
Click here for 27 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Obama disbelieved 2012 gay-marriage support was "accidental". (Mar 2014)
  • I supported gay marriage and got criticized for saying so. (May 2013)
  • I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage. (May 2012)
  • 1976: Opposed school busing to combat segregation. (Oct 2010)
  • Inalienable rights cannot be denied by any majority. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987 Biden Report: Reject Bork; he'd roll back civil rights. (Nov 2009)
  • No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment. (Oct 2008)
  • 1968: Wilmington riots failed at conversation between races. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks if youíre gay in a foxhole. (Jun 2007)
  • Civil unions ok; gay marriage is probably inevitable. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • 1978: opposed busing except for govít-intended segregation. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on Corporations
Click here for 11 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • We bet on Detroit automakers in 2009, and we won!. (Mar 2014)
  • Same rules for Wall Street as for Main Street. (Oct 2012)
  • Auto bailout saved a million American jobs. (Sep 2012)
  • We bet on the auto industry; 400,000 new jobs means we won. (Mar 2012)
  • Weíve yielded to corporate America on trade. (Dec 2007)
  • OpEd: beholden to corporations because so many based in DE. (Nov 2007)
  • Take burden off corporations so jobs stay in US. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 32% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Crime
Click here for 22 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • 1970: DE Public not receiving needed police protection. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990 crime bill: more police & tougher penalties. (Oct 2010)
  • Supreme Court wrong to deny federalization of wife-beating. (Oct 2008)
  • Bush is impediment to hate crimes legislation. (Dec 2007)
  • Biden Law of 1994 created several new capital offenses. (Nov 2007)
  • Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals. (Jul 2007)
  • Authored the Clinton crime bill & 100,000 cops on the street. (Jul 2007)
  • Separate juveniles from adults in jail. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
  • Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
  • Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
  • Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
  • More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Establish a domestic violence volunteer attorney network. (May 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)
Joe Biden on Drugs
Click here for 17 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • 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 nationís 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)
Joe Biden on Education
Click here for 29 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • $500M for businesses partnerships at community colleges. (Feb 2012)
  • $500M for Race to the Top's Early Learning Challenges. (May 2011)
  • No Child Left Behind was left behind. (Oct 2008)
  • Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes. (Dec 2007)
  • Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education. (Nov 2007)
  • For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum. (Oct 2007)
  • $3000 tax credit for college for anyone earning under $150K. (Sep 2007)
  • There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods. (Aug 2007)
  • Sent kids to private school after death of their mother. (Jul 2007)
  • Overcome racial achievement gap with early education. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more to get better educational results. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China. (Apr 2007)
  • NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed. (Feb 2007)
  • Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities. (Jan 2006)

    Voting Record

  • Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Energy & Oil
Click here for 39 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Pushed cap-and-trade early; but $90B tax credits passed. (May 2013)
  • Switch China from coal to gas, instead of carbon tax. (May 2013)
  • Set out vision for young people to deal with global warming. (Feb 2013)
  • Unprecedented investment in renewable energy. (Feb 2012)
  • I have supported clean coal for 25 years. (Oct 2008)
  • Cause of global warming is clearly Man-made. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama believes in investing in alternative energy. (Oct 2008)
  • Nuclear OK after dealing with security, safety, and waste. (Aug 2008)
  • The energy challenge take sacrifice and is a moral crusade. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Oil did not jump $18/bbl due to Iran Resolution. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports cap-and-trade for greenhouse gases. (Nov 2007)
  • Provide for emergency fuel assistance immediately. (Oct 2007)
  • Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • 1970s: Voted against the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
  • Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)
  • Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
  • Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018. (Jul 2006)
  • Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)
Joe Biden on Environment
Click here for 15 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • 1970s: Push to prohibit refineries, to protect state beaches. (Oct 2010)
  • America should guarantee Katrina reconstruction. (Jun 2007)
  • Take away the billions of subsidy to the oil companies. (Jun 2007)
  • Scored 80% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
  • Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (May 1994)
  • End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
  • Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
  • EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Joe Biden on Families & Children
Click here for 9 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • $2.3M in grants to help reduce domestic violence homicides. (Mar 2013)
  • 1991: VAWA is about civil rights, not divorce law. (Oct 2010)
  • Iíve been a single parent; I know the difficulties. (Oct 2008)
  • Fought for Family and Medical Leave, up to 12 unpaid weeks. (Sep 2007)
  • 1990: authored the Violence Against Women Act. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
  • Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids. (Jul 2008)
  • Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)
Joe Biden on Foreign Policy
Click here for 52 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • An internationalist as Foreign Relations Committee chair. (Mar 2014)
  • OpEd: called Cheney "dangerous" but Biden followed his model. (Mar 2014)
  • Iraq's lesson: Be cautious on declaring Syrian WMDs. (May 2013)
  • Jewish state of Israel is only way to ensure "Never Again". (Mar 2013)
  • Arab Spring changed Mideast; commitment to Israel unchanged. (Mar 2013)
  • China's growth & stability depends on US Pacific presence. (Feb 2013)
  • Open dialogue means no military conflict with China. (Feb 2013)
  • Rise of peaceful, responsible China in the interests of all. (Feb 2013)
  • GOP too tough but not smart; Dems not tough enough. (Jun 2012)
  • VP role: bring experience, but not deciding voice. (Jun 2012)
  • US and Russia can disagree and still work together. (Mar 2011)
  • 1986: Strict sanctions against South African apartheid. (Oct 2010)
  • Nation-building can prevent full-scale military actions. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990: Predicted that Soviet Union would cease to exist. (Oct 2010)
  • New World Order should not mean US fights for the UN. (Oct 2010)
  • First VP speech: Refute Bush's unilateralist foreign policy. (Oct 2010)
  • Condemned 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem. (Oct 2010)
  • Time to sit down and talk, talk, talk to enemies. (Oct 2008)
  • Bushís approach to middle east has been disastrous. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain did not refuse to sit down with Spain. (Oct 2008)
  • The US is less secure and more isolated in recent history. (Aug 2008)
  • Even Bush recognizes we should talk to Iran. (Aug 2008)
  • Doctrine of crisis prevention, not preemption. (Dec 2007)
  • Hold China accountable; itís capitulation, not competition. (Dec 2007)
  • Move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy. (Nov 2007)
  • Pakistani elections will be a sham if emergency not lifted. (Nov 2007)
  • Pakistan is potentially most dangerous country in the world. (Aug 2007)
  • China holds the mortgage on our house, to pay for war. (Aug 2007)
  • American troops on the ground in Darfur now. (Jul 2007)
  • US troops on ground in Sudan to end Darfur carnage. (Jun 2007)
  • Biggest threat to US is from North Korea, Iran, & Russia. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • 1993: Strongly endorsed $1.6B Russia aid package. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Impose sanctions and an import ban on Burma. (Oct 2007)
  • Remove African National Congress from terrorist list. (May 2008)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Condemns Russia for provocative statements to Georgia. (May 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)
  • Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (Apr 2008)
  • Sanction Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (Oct 2007)
Joe Biden on Free Trade
Click here for 24 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Comprehensive transatlantic trade agreement is within reach. (Feb 2013)
  • Permanent normal trade relations to Russia. (Feb 2013)
  • Countervailing duties against unfair trade practices. (Mar 2012)
  • Competition with China pushes for better products & policies. (Feb 2012)
  • Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements. (Dec 2007)
  • Toughest choice: rationalizing competition & trade policy. (Dec 2007)
  • Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights. (Nov 2007)
  • Shut down any imports of toys from China. (Oct 2007)
  • Presidentís job is to create jobs, not to export jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • No trade agreements without workersí & environmental rights. (Jul 2007)

    Voting Record

  • No to tariffs; just enforce the law. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
  • Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
  • Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)
Joe Biden on Government Reform
Click here for 30 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • As V.P., serves as bipartisan dealmaker with Congress. (Mar 2014)
  • 1987: Bork fight changed rules of nomination process. (Oct 2010)
  • 1973: Senators deserve more than $42,000 salary. (Oct 2010)
  • Led fight against Bork based on ideology. (Oct 2008)
  • Countries without state-church separation are in turmoil. (Oct 2008)
  • Transparency on earmarks: $250B earmarked for Del. In 2009. (Sep 2008)
  • Radical change to preserve family farmers. (Dec 2007)
  • As Judiciary Chair, rejected Bork and supported Thomas. (Nov 2007)
  • Would consider a Republican for head of DHS or Pentagon. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges to stop no-bid contracts. (Aug 2007)
  • 1988: led fight against nomination of Robert Bork. (Jul 2007)
  • The greatest sin is abuse of power. (Jul 2007)
  • Roberts & Alito have turned Supreme Court upside down. (Jul 2007)
  • History of racism was keeping black Americans from voting. (Jul 2007)
  • Modern Congress is much cleaner than in 1970s or 1950s. (Feb 2003)
  • Campaign reform in 1980s made more problems than it solved. (Feb 2003)
  • Disallowed bringing pornography issues into Thomas hearing. (Feb 2003)

    Voting Record

  • 1987: Rejected Bork on grounds of too-strong originalism. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on Gun Control
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  • Public supports gun control; Congress has not caught up. (May 2013)
  • Moral obligation to diminish senseless gun violence. (Jan 2013)
  • Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
  • Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Health Care
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  • Those near doughnut hole you get $600 more for Rx benefits. (Oct 2012)
  • Medicare gives seniors choice, even if Rx prices negotiated. (Oct 2012)
  • ObamaCare built on the best of our private insurance system. (Mar 2011)
  • Advised delaying ObamaCare while busy avoiding Depression. (May 2010)
  • Insurance mandate is same debate as for Social Security. (Feb 2010)
  • Modernize, simplify & expand health insurance. (Nov 2007)
  • Help medical students find ways to finance their tuition. (Oct 2007)
  • Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy. (Sep 2007)
  • Rethink healthcare by focusing on prevention. (Sep 2007)
  • Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids. (Aug 2007)
  • Got tested for AIDS after blood transfusion; no shame in it. (Jun 2007)
  • Survived two aneurysms in the 1990s. (Oct 2005)

    Voting Record

  • McCain health plan is ultimate Bridge to Nowhere. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Joe Biden on Homeland Security
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  • Boston Marathon bombers were jihadis, but keep Constitution. (May 2013)
  • Invest $275M in Israel's "Iron Dome" & future joint systems. (Mar 2013)
  • Political process to restore a democratic government in Mali. (Feb 2013)
  • We should not cut embassy security funding. (Oct 2012)
  • National debt comes from putting two wars on a credit card. (Oct 2012)
  • Special Forces instead of M1 tanks. (Oct 2012)
  • Caring for veterans is our only sacred obligation. (Oct 2012)
  • 1970s: control CIA from outside; 1980s: time to lay off. (Jun 2012)
  • 1979: Met with Soviet leaders about SALT II Treaty. (Oct 2010)
  • Revealed location of top-secret bunker beneath VP residence. (Jun 2009)
  • We spend same in 3 weeks in Iraq as 7 years in Afghanistan. (Oct 2008)
  • Obama worked with Republicans to reduce nuclear weapons. (Oct 2008)
  • Greatest security threat is from al Qaeda in Pakistan. (Oct 2008)
  • Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22ís. (Dec 2007)
  • Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps. (Dec 2007)
  • Talks about nations acquiring uranium are more complicated. (Oct 2007)
  • Commitment to never use torture; no part of our policy, ever. (Sep 2007)
  • Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism. (Jul 2007)
  • Urged Pres. Bush to return to Washington on 9/11. (Jul 2007)
  • 1992: No Pax Americana. (Aug 2004)

    Voting Record

  • Donít Ask Donít Tell is antiquated & unworkable. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
  • Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Give higher priority to rail security. (Jul 2005)
  • Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. (Jul 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)
Joe Biden on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: 67% of illegal aliens speak Spanish; not 40%. (Dec 2007)
  • H1-B visas only for jobs Americans canít do. (Dec 2007)
  • Americans will do any job if you pay them properly. (Dec 2007)
  • Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • Supported Bush plan: both border fence & path to citizenship. (Nov 2007)
  • 2007: Immigration reform failed because McCain absent. (Oct 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities exist because feds canít enforce their laws. (Sep 2007)
  • Itís impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted for border fence, but to tackle drug trafficking. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Joe Biden on Jobs
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  • Match ready-to-work trainees with ready-to-be-filled jobs. (Jan 2014)
  • We can & will get unemployment under 6%. (Oct 2012)
  • A job is about more than a paycheck; it's about dignity. (Sep 2012)
  • We value working class; Republicans value privileged class. (Mar 2012)
  • Extending unemployment benefits is the American way. (Dec 2010)
  • No job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Aug 2007)
  • Implement current recommendations on job safety. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: His AFL-CIO rating of 85% is not best of all Dems. (Aug 2007)
  • Couldnít afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it. (Jul 2007)
  • Bush tries to strip away 100 years of labor progress. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
  • Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
Joe Biden on Principles & Values
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  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Paul Ryan. (Aug 2012)
  • Tea Party should learn compromise, but are not 'terrorists'. (Aug 2012)
  • Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. (Jan 2012)
  • 2010: Negotiated trades in bipartisan Senate bills. (Sep 2011)
  • 1973: Base Nixon's resignation on violations, not politics. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987: Clarion call: rekindle fires of idealism. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987: Anti-Bork most organized opposition to Court nominee. (Oct 2010)
  • Models his role on LBJís vice presidency. (Oct 2008)
  • 35-year track record of accomplishments. (Oct 2008)
  • Failure is at times inevitable but giving up is unforgivable. (Aug 2008)
  • Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 97.0% of 233 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: engaging in civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Politics is a noble calling. (Jul 2007)

    Barack Obama

  • Vice-presidency is derivative; it reflects president's power. (Mar 2014)
  • 2008: I would not be anyone's V.P. nor Secretary of State. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Preferred Secretary of State role to Vice Presidency. (Jan 2010)
  • 2008 primary: Obama is "articulate & bright & clean". (Jan 2009)
  • As VP, Iíll be point person in Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • We need a wise leader like Obama, not just a good soldier. (Aug 2008)
  • We should embrace change just like the previous generations. (Aug 2008)
  • Apologized for saying Barack Obama was clean and articulate. (Apr 2007)

    Past Campaigns

  • 1987: Accused of plagiarizing Neil Kinnock's speech. (Oct 2010)
  • 1966: Required to retake law school course for plagiarism. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Lawsuits accused him of defrauding business partner. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Praised as poorest US Senator; but earns $248K. (Nov 2009)
  • Insulted Indian-Americans in attempt to compliment vibrancy. (Nov 2007)
  • MoveOn.org has not changed politics. (Sep 2007)
  • 1970: won first election, to County Council, in GOP district. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: beat GOP incumbent; 2nd youngest Senator ever elected. (Jul 2007)
  • His book ďPromises to KeepĒ written before presidential race. (Jul 2007)
  • Knocked out of 1988 race due to plagiarizing a speech. (Oct 2005)

    Personal Background

  • Greatest gift God gave mankind is the ability to forget. (Mar 2014)
  • Favorite movie: ďChariots of FireĒ, for real heroism. (Oct 2008)
  • Childhood stuttering strengthened me. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: Wife & child killed in pre-inauguration auto accident. (Jul 2007)
  • Remarried in 1977, willing to give up Senate for Jill. (Jul 2007)
  • 1988: suffered aneurysm requiring brain surgery. (Jul 2007)

    Religion

  • 1973: Reconsidered priesthood after losing wife in car crash. (Oct 2010)
  • Prayer gives you strength, but doesnít prevent crises. (Aug 2007)
  • Religion informs my values; my reason dictates outcomes. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Joe Biden on Social Security
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  • Where would elderly be now if funds were in stock market? (Oct 2012)
  • Raise the $97,500 cap, but donít raise retirement age. (Sep 2007)
  • Prevent senior fraud by educating seniors about caution. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
  • Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Biden on Tax Reform
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  • Millionaires pay more; middle class pays less. (Oct 2012)
  • Not mathematically possible to cut $5T in loopholes. (Oct 2012)
  • Tax revenue increases must be part of budget deal. (Apr 2012)
  • Surtax on earnings over $1 million seems fair to us. (Nov 2011)
  • Economic inequity worsened by tax cuts for the wealthy. (Apr 2010)
  • Middle class is U.S. economic engine and needs tax cuts. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain did not vote with Obama on tax increase. (Oct 2008)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Top 1% only got $67B in 2007 tax cuts, not $85B. (Jul 2007)
  • Eliminate the tax cut just for those people in the top 1%. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Joe Biden on Technology
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  • Double amount of spectrum available for wireless broadband. (Feb 2012)
  • Internet is new public space; make it a force for democracy. (Nov 2011)
  • No exclusive government control over Internet resources. (Nov 2011)
  • WikiLeaks founder is a high-tech terrorist. (Dec 2010)
  • China invests 7% of GDP in infrastructure; we invest only 1%. (Dec 2008)
  • Proposed $980M for tunnel repair; others have dropped ball. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on disallowing FCC approval of larger media conglomerates. (Sep 2003)
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
  • Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries. (Mar 2007)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
Joe Biden on War & Peace
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  • Syria chemical attack violates essential international norm. (Aug 2013)
  • Meet Iranian leaders only when they have a serious agenda. (Feb 2013)
  • Assad is no longer fit to lead the Syrian people; he must go. (Feb 2013)
  • UN approval is not needed for US military action. (May 2010)

    Afghanistan

  • Out of Iraq as promised; out of Afghanistan soon. (Oct 2012)
  • Out of Afghanistan in 2014, period. (Oct 2012)
  • Drones against al Qaeda instead of ground troops. (Jun 2012)
  • Advised caution in striking Osama bin Laden. (Jan 2012)
  • Withdraw US troops continuously from Afghanistan until 2014. (Dec 2011)
  • 2002: Iraq pivots from unfinished business in Afghanistan. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Afghanistan is forgotten war, & Pakistan is neglected. (Oct 2010)
  • Enemy is Al Qaeda, not Taliban; timetable for withdrawal ok. (Oct 2010)
  • Not necessary to defeat Taliban; it's part of Afghan society. (Oct 2010)
  • We're in Afghanistan because of Al Qaeda, period. (May 2010)

    Iraq War

  • 1990 Gulf War: reason enough to send generation to war? (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Iraq war follows tradition of active US leadership. (Jun 2012)
  • Proud of involvement in winding down Iraq war. (Dec 2011)
  • 1998: only way to remove Saddam is massive military effort. (Aug 2011)
  • OpEd: 2003 Iraq vote unmistakably authorized war. (Nov 2010)
  • No vital interest in Kuwait in 1990; like Vietnam in 1972. (Oct 2010)
  • 1990: One man deciding to go to war is tyranny. (Oct 2010)
  • 2009: Monthly visit to Baghdad to wind down Iraq War. (May 2010)
  • 2007: Supported funding Iraq War, against Obama. (Aug 2009)
  • 2002: Waiting to be sure of Saddam danger could be too late. (Oct 2008)
  • Post-colonial countries like Iraq need federal system. (Nov 2007)
  • Third way: federalize Iraq; troops home; no chaos behind. (Nov 2007)
  • Changed mind on Iraq pullout, not about political solution. (Sep 2007)
  • Worth losing election to protect our troops. (Sep 2007)
  • Leaving Iraq will cause generation-long regional war. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted for Iraq War resolution to avoid war in Iraq. (Jul 2007)
  • Bush invaded Iraq as the weakest of the Axis of Evil. (Jul 2007)
  • End neocon fantasy of remaking Iraq in our image. (Jul 2007)
  • Never de-fund a single soldier in Iraq. (Jul 2007)
  • Fund the safety of the troops till 67 anti-war votes reached. (Jun 2007)
  • Think about the decade after Iraq, not just the day after. (Apr 2007)
  • In 2002 Saddam posed a threat of purchasing a nuclear bomb. (Apr 2007)
  • US worse off than before Saddam because US lost credibility. (Apr 2007)
  • Partitioning Iraq is inevitable, as shown by history. (Apr 2007)
  • Decentralize Iraqi government; local control over daily life. (Apr 2007)
  • Biden-Gelb plan: UN & Muslim powers to enforce Iraq unity. (Apr 2007)
  • Decentralize Iraq to give people control over daily lives. (Feb 2007)

    Trouble Spots

  • Prevent--not contain--Iranian nuclear weapon. (Mar 2013)
  • Syria's Assad must go, but carefully vet who gets aid. (Mar 2013)
  • Intel support against extremism in Mali and North Africa. (Feb 2013)
  • Iran Sanctions are most crippling in history. (Oct 2012)
  • Iran is not close to nuclear weapons; stop the bluster. (Oct 2012)
  • Syria not like Libya; intervention would ignite the region. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposed Vietnam but didn't identify with anti-war movement. (Jun 2012)
  • 1990s: Military intervention to stop Bosnia ethnic cleansing. (Jun 2012)
  • Syrian brutality must end; Assad must step down. (Dec 2011)
  • We shared responsibility to bring democracy to Libya. (Dec 2011)
  • Iran is isolated, and will be more so when Syria falls. (Dec 2011)
  • 1992: lift Bosnian arms embargo; NATO air strikes on Serbs. (Oct 2010)
  • 9/11: Urged Bush to stay in public, like DeGaulle in WWII. (Oct 2010)
  • 1971: Campaigned on wanting Vietnam War over. (Oct 2010)
  • My push for Bosnian intervention saved 1000s of lives. (Oct 2008)
  • Accept NIE conclusion that Iran stopped nukes in 2003. (Dec 2007)
  • Muslims donít like us because they do not trust us. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong US intervention in trouble spots around the world. (Nov 2007)
  • A military action resolution on Iran is a bad policy. (Oct 2007)
  • Itís already US policy to go into Pakistan to get al Qaeda. (Aug 2007)
  • 1995: pushed to lift arms embargo in Bosnia. (Jul 2007)
  • 1995: pushed Clinton to bomb Serbia to free Kosovo. (Jul 2007)
  • Do away with the policy of regime change for Iran. (Jun 2007)
  • Replace pre-emption doctrine with prevention. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Regrets his war vote because Bush misused war authority. (Apr 2007)
  • Vote for war allowed war only after all else failed. (Apr 2007)
  • Introduced legislation barring US Military bases in Iraq. (Apr 2007)
  • Vote for Iraq War was mistake; assumed Bush competence. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now a war critic. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES 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 YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
  • Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)
  • Deploy UN multinational peacekeeping force in Darfur. (Jul 2007)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty
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  • It's not "culture of dependency"; it's acquiring skills. (Sep 2012)
  • No faith-based initiative; it ainít broke, so donít fix it. (Oct 2007)
  • Weíre no longer certain our kids will be better off than us. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
  • Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
I accept church rule personally, but not in public life: Favors topic 1
No public funding for abortion; it imposes a view: Opposes topic 1
Supports partial-birth abortion ban, but not undoing Roe: Opposes topic 1
Accepts Catholic church view that life begins at conception: Opposes topic 1
Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion: Neutral on topic 1
Expand embryonic stem cell research: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Protect the reproductive rights of women: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on Unknown roll call for 1999-340: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Favors topic 1
NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
1976: Opposed school busing to combat segregation: Opposes topic 2
1978: opposed busing except for govít-intended segregation: Opposes topic 2
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks: Favors topic 2
Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training: Favors topic 2
YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
I supported gay marriage and got criticized for saying so: Strongly Favors topic 3
I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Inalienable rights cannot be denied by any majority: Strongly Favors topic 3
No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment: Opposes topic 3
No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment: Opposes topic 3
Nobody asks if youíre gay in a foxhole: Strongly Favors topic 3
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Favors topic 3
YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Favors topic 3
YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
No faith-based initiative; it ainít broke, so donít fix it: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer: Opposes topic 4
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Favors topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Start paying for universal coverage with $100B in redundancy: Strongly Favors topic 5
Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids: Favors topic 5
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
YES on blocking medical savings acounts: Favors topic 5
NO on Medicare means-testing: Favors topic 5
NO on limiting self-employment health deduction: Favors topic 5
YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Favors topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Where would elderly be now if funds were in stock market?: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
NO on allowing personal retirement accounts: Opposes topic 6
Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake: Opposes topic 7
Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes: Strongly Opposes topic 7
NO on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Opposes topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cause of global warming is clearly Man-made: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Scored 80% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection: Strongly Opposes topic 8
End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: Opposes topic 8
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on continuing desert protection in California: Strongly Opposes topic 8
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
1970: DE Public not receiving needed police protection: Favors topic 9
1990 crime bill: more police & tougher penalties: Strongly Favors topic 9
Biden Law of 1994 created several new capital offenses: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports sentencing guidelines to put away violent criminals: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Opposes topic 9
Permanent crime database for volunteers with kids: Favors topic 9
NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 9
NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms: Strongly Opposes topic 9
NO on limiting death penalty appeals: Opposes topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Public supports gun control; Congress has not caught up: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Moral obligation to diminish senseless gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Opposes topic 10
YES on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Millionaires pay more; middle class pays less: Strongly Favors topic 11
Surtax on earnings over $1 million seems fair to us: Strongly Favors topic 11
Economic inequity worsened by tax cuts for the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Opposes topic 11
NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Opposes topic 11
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
H1-B visas only for jobs Americans canít do: Opposes topic 12
Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Supported Bush plan: both border fence & path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
Itís impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Favors topic 12
NO on visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program: Neutral topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Comprehensive transatlantic trade agreement is within reach: Strongly Favors topic 13
Countervailing duties against unfair trade practices: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Competition with China pushes for better products & policies: Favors topic 13
Opposes fast-track to protect labor rights: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Presidentís job is to create jobs, not to export jobs: Opposes topic 13
No trade agreements without workersí & environmental rights: Opposes topic 13
Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues: Neutral on topic 13
YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority: Favors topic 13
YES on permanent normal trade relations with China: Strongly Favors topic 13
YES on expanding trade to the third world: Favors topic 13
YES on removing common goods from national security export rules: Favors topic 13
YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam: Favors topic 13
YES on extending free trade to Andean nations: Strongly Favors topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore: Opposes topic 13
NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
An internationalist as Foreign Relations Committee chair: Strongly Opposes topic 14
New World Order should not mean US fights for the UN: Favors topic 14
Apply habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls: Opposes topic 14
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 14
NO on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+2 points on Social scale)
Special Forces instead of M1 tanks: Strongly Opposes topic 15
We spend same in 3 weeks in Iraq as 7 years in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 15
Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps: Favors topic 15
Missile defense is perfect metaphor for neo-isolationism: Opposes topic 15
Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 15
NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Opposes topic 15
NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Opposes topic 15
YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on allowing another round of military base closures: Opposes topic 15
YES on military pay raise of 4.8%: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance: Favors topic 16
YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations: Favors topic 16
YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads: Favors topic 16
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Iraq's lesson: Be cautious on declaring Syrian WMDs: Strongly Favors topic 17
Out of Afghanistan in 2014, period: Strongly Favors topic 17
Withdraw US troops continuously from Afghanistan until 2014: Favors topic 17
Proud of involvement in winding down Iraq war: Favors topic 17
1998: only way to remove Saddam is massive military effort: Strongly Favors topic 17
No vital interest in Kuwait in 1990; like Vietnam in 1972: Strongly Favors topic 17
1990: One man deciding to go to war is tyranny: Strongly Favors topic 17
We will end Iraq War; McCain has no end in sight: Strongly Favors topic 17
Worth losing election to protect our troops: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Never de-fund a single soldier in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Fund the safety of the troops till 67 anti-war votes reached: Opposes topic 17
Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement: Strongly Favors topic 17
Prevent--not contain--Iranian nuclear weapon: Favors topic 17
Voted for Iraq war in 2002, but now a war critic: Strongly Favors topic 17
Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine: Strongly Favors topic 17
No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pushed cap-and-trade early; but $90B tax credits passed: Strongly Favors topic 18
I have supported clean coal for 25 years: Opposes topic 18
Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile: Strongly Favors topic 18
Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 83% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Fund nanomaterial research project for car batteries: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline: Favors topic 18
NO on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Favors topic 18
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill: Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China: Favors topic 18
YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(-3 points on Social scale)
1988: Crafted new law creating national Drug Czar: Strongly Favors topic 19
1990 crime bill: tougher penalties for drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Took lead on drug policy & narcotics control: Strongly Favors topic 19
Increase penalties for dealing drugs near schools: Favors topic 19
Divert drug offenders out of prison system: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Created nationís Drug Czar Office & drug courts: Strongly Favors topic 19
Rename "Drug Abuse" institute as "Diseases of Addiction": Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
Enhance interdiction by criminalizing unflagged submarines: Favors topic 19
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Auto bailout saved a million American jobs: Strongly Favors topic 20
Tax revenue increases must be part of budget deal: Strongly Favors topic 20
Extending unemployment benefits is the American way: Strongly Favors topic 20
Middle class is U.S. economic engine and needs tax cuts: Opposes topic 20
Couldnít afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it: Strongly Favors topic 20
Invest in new programs by ending war & eliminating tax cuts: Favors topic 20
$90B stimulus program had only 0.4% waste: Strongly Favors topic 20
Bail out Fannie & Freddie, fairly, to stabilize market: Strongly Favors topic 20
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 20

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