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Fred Thompson on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad science. (Jun 2007)
  • Appoint strict constructionist judges. (Jun 2007)
  • Has never been pro-choice despite 1994 news reports. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
Fred Thompson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 3 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Fred Thompson on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO 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 NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Fred Thompson on Corporations
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  • Commerce clause does not mean Feds can regulate everything. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
Fred Thompson on Crime
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  • Impose truth in sentencing for violent crime. (Nov 1994)
  • Voted NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
Fred Thompson on Drugs
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  • Voted YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)
Fred Thompson on Education
Click here for 8 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
Fred Thompson on Energy & Oil
Click here for 7 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Solar system is warming, not earth. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
Fred Thompson on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
  • Voted YES 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)
Fred Thompson on Families & Children
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  • Voted YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
Fred Thompson on Foreign Policy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
  • Voted NO on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)
Fred Thompson on Free Trade
Click here for 11 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Market does more for freedom & prosperity than planners. (Jun 2007)
  • Protectionist trade policies are defensive & defeatist. (May 2007)
  • Markets do more for freedom than any central planner. (May 2007)
  • Protectionist trade policies are defensive & defeatist. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
  • Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO 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)
Fred Thompson on Government Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Passionate supporter of states rights. (Jun 2007)
  • Term limits counter professionalization of politics. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES 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)
Fred Thompson on Gun Control
Click here for 5 full quotes on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Allowing concealed carry could have limited VA Tech massacre. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
Fred Thompson on Health Care
Click here for 8 full quotes on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted NO on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted YES on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted NO on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Fred Thompson on Homeland Security
Click here for 11 full quotes on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Europe mothballs its fleet, when all should build military. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES 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 NO on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
  • Voted YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
  • Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
Fred Thompson on Immigration
Click here for 5 full quotes on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Opposes amnesty in any form. (Jun 2007)
  • Nation loses sovereignty if it cannot secure its own borders. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Fred Thompson on Jobs
Click here for 4 full quotes on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted YES on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
  • Voted YES on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
  • Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
Fred Thompson on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Reveals he suffers from cancer, but it won't affect campaign. (Jun 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
Fred Thompson on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Social Security & Medicare are generational wealth transfers. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
  • Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
Fred Thompson on Tax Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Progressive tax redistributes wealth without helping economy. (Jun 2007)
  • Taxes burden production; keep rates as low as possible. (May 2007)
  • Tax cuts stimulate the economy. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Fred Thompson on Technology
Click here for 2 full quotes on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on Internet sales tax moratorium. (Oct 1998)
  • Voted YES on telecomm deregulation. (Feb 1996)
Fred Thompson on War & Peace
Click here for 13 full quotes on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • I would do essentially what the president's doing in Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Take any chance to not get run out of Iraq. (Jun 2007)
  • Internationalizing war effort will not win the war. (Jun 2007)
  • President must decide on war based on unclear evidence. (Jun 2007)
  • Prophets of doom are wrong--we can't cut-and-run. (Jun 2007)
  • Goal of Iraqi enemies is to demoralize us. (Jun 2007)
  • Serious & painful international sanctions on nuclear Iran. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)
Fred Thompson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 4 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)


VoteMatch Responses
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Abortion is a woman's right
(0 points on Social scale)
Roe v. Wade was bad law and bad science: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Appoint strict constructionist judges: Opposes topic 1
Has never been pro-choice despite 1994 news reports: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial birth abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions: Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(2 points on Economic scale)
NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds: Strongly Favors topic 2
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes 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
NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women: Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(0 points on Social scale)
YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation: Opposes topic 3
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teach family values in public schools
(2 points on Social scale)
YES on $75M for abstinence education: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(7 points on Economic scale)
NO on medical savings acounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on Medicare means-testing: Opposes topic 5
YES on limiting self-employment health deduction: Opposes topic 5
NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare: Opposes topic 5
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(7 points on Economic scale)
Social Security & Medicare are generational wealth transfers: Favors topic 6
YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees: Favors topic 6
YES on allowing personal retirement accounts: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(10 points on Social scale)
YES on school vouchers in DC: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on education savings accounts: Favors topic 7
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: Strongly Favors topic 7
YES on Educational Savings Accounts: Favors topic 7
NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(2 points on Social scale)
YES on limiting death penalty appeals: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Impose truth in sentencing for violent crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 9
NO on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(10 points on Social scale)
Allowing concealed carry could have limited VA Tech massacre: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows: Favors topic 10
NO on background checks at gun shows: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(10 points on Economic scale)
Progressive tax redistributes wealth without helping economy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax cuts stimulate the economy: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on Internet sales tax moratorium: Favors topic 11
YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes: Favors topic 11
YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty': Favors topic 11
YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: Favors topic 11
NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates: Favors topic 11
NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(2 points on Economic scale)
Opposes amnesty in any form: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Nation loses sovereignty if it cannot secure its own borders: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on visas for skilled workers: Favors topic 12
YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work: Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(10 points on Economic scale)
Market does more for freedom & prosperity than planners: Strongly Favors topic 13
Protectionist trade policies are defensive & defeatist: Strongly Favors 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
NO on removing common goods from national security export rules: Opposes 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 opinion on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(0 points on Economic scale)
Europe mothballs its fleet, when all should build military: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations: Favors topic 15
YES on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty: Favors 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
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(2 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
Opposes topic 17:
Replace US troops with UN in Iraq
(7 points on Economic scale)
I would do essentially what the president's doing in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Take any chance to not get run out of Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Internationalizing war effort will not win the war: Strongly Opposes topic 17
President must decide on war based on unclear evidence: Opposes topic 17
Prophets of doom are wrong--we can't cut-and-run: Opposes topic 17
Goal of Iraqi enemies is to demoralize us: Opposes topic 17
NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech: Favors topic 17
NO on $17.9 billion to IMF: Opposes topic 17
YES on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: Opposes topic 17
NO on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo: Neutral topic 17
YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo: Neutral topic 17
YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(7 points on Economic scale)
Solar system is warming, not earth: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: Favors topic 18
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards: Favors topic 18
YES on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling: Opposes topic 18
YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior: Opposes topic 18
YES on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(2 points on Social scale)
YES on spending international development funds on drug control: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations: Opposes topic 19
YES on increasing penalties for drug offenses: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(2 points on Social scale)
YES on welfare overhaul: Favors topic 20
YES on allowing state welfare waivers: Favors topic 20
NO on eliminating block grants for food stamps: Favors topic 20
YES on welfare block grants: Favors topic 20

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