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Constitution Party presidential nominee; former Republican Representative (VA-5)

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2012 Republican nominees:
Paul Ryan
(Wisconsin Representative): Selected by Mitt Romney for V.P. Aug. 11.
Mitt Romney
(Former Massachusetts Governor): Publicly announced candidacy June 3.

2012 Democratic incumbents:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

2012 Third Party contenders:
Rocky Anderson
(Justice Party)
Andre Barnett
(Reform Party)
Virgil Goode
(Former U.S. House Rep.): Constitution Party nominee.
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor): Publicly announced Libertarian candidacy Dec. 21.
Scott Keller
(Independent)
JL Mealer
(Independent)
Buddy Roemer
(former Louisiana Governor). Candidate for GOP and AmericansElect.
Robert Steele
(Reform Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party)

2012 Republican withdrawals:
Michele Bachmann
(Minnesota Representative): Withdrew Jan. 4.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor). Opted out of race, Feb. 8, 2011.
Herman Cain
(Radio talk-show host): Suspended candidacy Dec. 3.
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor). Opted out of presidential race.
Jim DeMint
(South Carolina Senator). Never entered race.
Newt Gingrich
(Former Speaker of the House): Publicly announced candidacy May 12.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor): Opted out of presidential race May 15.
Jon Huntsman
(former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China). Withdrew Jan. 15
Thad McCotter (Michigan Representative): Publicly announced candidacy July 2.
Sarah Palin
(former Alaska Governor). Opted out of presidential race Oct. 5.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative): Publicly announced candidacy April 28.
Tim Pawlenty
(Former Minnesota Governor): Publicly announced candidacy May 24.
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor): Publicly announced candidacy Aug. 11.
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator): Publicly announced candidacy June 6; withdrew April 11, 2012.
Donald Trump
(Real estate mogul): Opted out of presidential race May 16.

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Virgil Goode on Abortion
Click here for 18 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Not a woman's right; remember the life of the child. (May 2012)
  • Zero funding for Planned Parenthood. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
  • Voted YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
  • No federal funding of abortion, but no litmus test. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)
Virgil Goode on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Balance the budget now, not in 10 years, by cutting agencies. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules. (Jan 2004)
  • Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment & on-budget accounting. (Dec 2000)
  • Maintain public information about M3 money supply. (Mar 2006)
Virgil Goode on Civil Rights
Click here for 17 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex. (Oct 2012)
  • On affirmative action: fairness, but not quotas. (May 2012)
  • No same-sex domestic partnership benefits. (May 2012)
  • No gay marriage; no gay civil unions. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Virgil Goode on Corporations
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  • Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on Bankruptcy Overhaul requiring partial debt repayment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 87% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Virgil Goode on Crime
Click here for 7 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Supports the Death Penalty. (May 2012)
  • Supports Three Strikes sentencing laws. (May 2012)
  • Capital punishment for certain murders. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Rated 40% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (Dec 2000)
Virgil Goode on Drugs
Click here for 8 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Drug laws should be enforced. (May 2012)
  • Voted NO 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 YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. (Sep 1998)
  • War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs. (Mar 1999)
Virgil Goode on Education
Click here for 13 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Allow school prayer on a voluntary basis. (May 2012)
  • Vouchers are fine; but no finds available now. (May 2012)
  • End the federal Department of Education. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Virgil Goode on Energy & Oil
Click here for 17 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Drill for oil & gas so US becomes an exporter. (Oct 2012)
  • Use coal and oil and alternatives. (May 2012)
  • Drill in Alaska, in continental US, and off our coasts. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Virgil Goode on Environment
Click here for 7 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on deauthorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
  • Rated 20% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Virgil Goode on Families & Children
Click here for 3 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record. (Dec 2003)
Virgil Goode on Foreign Policy
Click here for 12 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • No embassies in Libya; no dictating by the UN. (Oct 2012)
  • Curtail expenditures to the United Nations. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted YES on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted NO on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful . (Dec 2000)
  • International Criminal Court decisions not valid for US. (Mar 2003)
Virgil Goode on Free Trade
Click here for 15 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Renegotiate trade agreements focusing on US jobs. (Oct 2012)
  • Super PACs benefit from jobs being sent overseas. (Oct 2012)
  • Don't expand free trade. (May 2012)
  • No North American Union; preserve our sovereignty. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
  • No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty . (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Block NAFTA Superhighway & North American Union. (Jan 2007)
Virgil Goode on Government Reform
Click here for 16 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Stop the super PACs from controlling our federal election. (Oct 2012)
  • Stricter limits on political campaign funds. (May 2012)
  • Term limits for US House & Senate. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit federal power, per the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2000)
  • Unlimited campaign contributions; with full disclosure. (Dec 2000)
Virgil Goode on Gun Control
Click here for 12 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Veto any ban on assault weapons. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports absolute right to gun ownership. (May 2012)
  • Co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
  • Support the Second Amendment . (Dec 2000)
  • No lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • No United Nations taxation on firearms. (Sep 2003)
  • Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense. (Jan 1999)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Virgil Goode on Health Care
Click here for 22 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Oppose more federal funding for health coverage. (May 2012)
  • End ObamaCare; support tort reform. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states. (Dec 2000)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
Virgil Goode on Homeland Security
Click here for 22 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Patriot Act harm civil liberties for U.S. Citizens. (May 2012)
  • No funds to expand armed forces now. (May 2012)
  • Cut defense spending, but not veterans benefits. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
  • Voted YES on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on deploying SDI. (Mar 1999)
  • End draft registration; all-volunteer forces . (Dec 2000)
  • Federal duty to provide missile defense . (Dec 2000)
  • Allow assassination of terrorist leaders. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11. (Dec 2007)
  • Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP. (Dec 2007)
Virgil Goode on Immigration
Click here for 19 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Moratorium on green cards until unemployment is under 5%. (Oct 2012)
  • Illegals' presence here steals jobs from American citizens. (Oct 2012)
  • Use entire AZ law as model for US, not just E-Verify. (Oct 2012)
  • No green cards for foreigners diplomas; US citizens first. (Oct 2012)
  • Illegal immigrants shouldn't earn citizenship. (May 2012)
  • Stop illegal aliens & terrorists on our Southern border. (Apr 2012)
  • End anchor babies and reduce legal immigration. (Apr 2012)
  • End diversity visas to limit Muslim immigration. (Dec 2006)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
  • No student visas from countries that support terrorism. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
  • Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)
Virgil Goode on Jobs
Click here for 9 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on zero-funding OSHA's Ergonomics Rules instead of $4.5B. (Mar 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Virgil Goode on Principles & Values
Click here for 5 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Not much difference between Obama, Romney and Bush. (Oct 2012)
  • Restrict immigration or weíll have more Muslims in Congress. (Dec 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus. (Dec 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Virgil Goode on Social Security
Click here for 7 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Don't privatize Social Security. (May 2012)
  • Preserve and protect Social Security. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Invest surplus Trust Fund in market certificates. (Jan 2003)
  • Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Virgil Goode on Tax Reform
Click here for 18 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Opposes progressive taxation. (May 2012)
  • Eliminate the Death Tax; institute modified FairTax. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax. (Dec 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 64% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Virgil Goode on Technology
Click here for 10 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing telephone monopolies to offer Internet access. (Feb 2002)
  • Promote internet via Congressional Internet Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • Let companies share Y2K plans with no risk of lawsuits. (Oct 1998)
Virgil Goode on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • US out of Iraq. (May 2012)
  • Come home from Afghanistan now. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on approving removal of Saddam & valiant service of US troops. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)
  • Voted YES on disallowing the invasion of Kosovo. (May 1999)
  • Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition. (Apr 2008)
Virgil Goode on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 6 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Welfare services must be decreased. (May 2012)
  • Voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
  • Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states. (Dec 2000)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Not a woman's right; remember the life of the child: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Zero funding for Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No federal funding of abortion, but no litmus test: Neutral on topic 1
Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-life stance: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment: Opposes topic 1
YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortions: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad: Opposes topic 1
YES on federal crime to harm fetus while committing other crimes: Opposes topic 1
YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info: Opposes topic 1
YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save motherís life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime: Opposes topic 1
YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research: Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Equal pay for equal work, regardless of sex: Strongly Favors topic 2
On affirmative action: fairness, but not quotas: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Rated 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Opposes topic 2
NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions: Favors topic 2
NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
No same-sex domestic partnership benefits: Strongly Opposes topic 3
No gay marriage; no gay civil unions: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on banning gay adoptions in DC: Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Allow school prayer on a voluntary basis.: Favors topic 4
Supports anti-flag desecration amendment: Favors topic 4
Rated 100% by the Christian Coalition: a pro-Family-Value voting record: Strongly Favors topic 4
Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation: Strongly Favors topic 4
Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror: Strongly Favors topic 4
YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration: Favors topic 4
YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports the Death Penalty: Strongly Favors topic 8
Capital punishment for certain murders: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-5 points on Social scale)
Supports Three Strikes sentencing laws: Strongly Favors topic 9
Rated 40% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation: Neutral on topic 9
YES on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime: Favors topic 9
NO on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons.: Strongly Favors topic 9
NO on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Veto any ban on assault weapons: Strongly Favors topic 10
Supports absolute right to gun ownership: Strongly Favors topic 10
Co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus: Strongly Favors topic 10
Support the Second Amendment : Strongly Favors topic 10
No lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record: Strongly Favors topic 10
No United Nations taxation on firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Individual right to self-defense at home and as self-defense: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1: Strongly Opposes topic 10
YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse: Strongly Favors topic 10
YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose more federal funding for health coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
End ObamaCare; support tort reform: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers: Opposes topic 5
Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals: Opposes topic 5
NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Opposes topic 5
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 5
YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage: Opposes topic 5
YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs: Favors topic 5
YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits: Opposes topic 5
YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients: Opposes topic 5
YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Don't privatize Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Preserve and protect Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Invest surplus Trust Fund in market certificates: Strongly Favors topic 6
Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record: Strongly Favors topic 6
YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox: Opposes topic 6
YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits: Favors topic 6
YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable: Favors topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers are fine; but no finds available now: Strongly Favors topic 7
End the federal Department of Education: Favors topic 7
Abolish the federal Department of Education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools: Strongly Opposes topic 7
YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools: Favors topic 7
NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Drill for oil & gas so US becomes an exporter: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Use coal and oil and alternatives: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Drill in Alaska, in continental US, and off our coasts: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 20% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on authorizing construction of new oil refineries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Opposes topic 18
Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-3 points on Social scale)
Drug laws should be enforced: Favors topic 19
War on Drugs has abused Bill of Rights : Strongly Opposes topic 19
Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Ban federal funding for needle-exchange programs: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC: Strongly Favors topic 19
YES on military border patrols to battle drugs & terrorism: Strongly Favors topic 19
NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Welfare services must be decreased: Favors topic 20
Abolish federal welfare; leave it all to states: Strongly Favors topic 20
NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations: Opposes topic 20
YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate the Death Tax; institute modified FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Overhaul income tax; end capital gains & inheritance tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Phaseout the death tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Rated 64% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes: Neutral on topic 11
Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty": Opposes topic 11
YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business: Opposes topic 11
YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on reducing Marriage Tax by $399B over 10 years: Opposes topic 11
YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"): Opposes topic 11
YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on providing tax relief and simplification: Strongly Opposes topic 11
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Moratorium on green cards until unemployment is under 5%: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Illegals' presence here steals jobs from American citizens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Illegal immigrants shouldn't earn citizenship: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Stop illegal aliens & terrorists on our Southern border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
End anchor babies and reduce legal immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Government services in English only: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Declared English the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers: Opposes topic 12
NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules: Opposes topic 12
YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project: Strongly Opposes topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Renegotiate trade agreements focusing on US jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Don't expand free trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No North American Union; preserve our sovereignty: Strongly Opposes topic 13
No restrictions on import/export; but maintain sovereignty : Strongly Favors topic 13
Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on withdrawing from the WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing free trade agreement with Chile: Strongly Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Opposes topic 13
YES on end offshore tax havens and promote small business: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Opposes topic 13
NO on promoting free trade with Peru: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
No funds to expand armed forces now: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut defense spending, but not veterans benefits: Favors topic 15
End draft registration; all-volunteer forces : Strongly Opposes topic 15
Federal duty to provide missile defense : Strongly Favors topic 15
Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record: Strongly Favors topic 15
Extend reserve retirement pay parity back to 9/11: Favors topic 15
Set minimum spending on defense at 4% of GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill: Favors topic 15
YES on deploying SDI: Favors topic 15
YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on continuing military recruitment on college campuses: Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Stop the super PACs from controlling our federal election: Strongly Favors topic 16
Stricter limits on political campaign funds: Strongly Favors topic 16
NO on banning soft money and issue ads: Opposes topic 16
YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties: Favors topic 16
NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions: Opposes topic 16
YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees: Opposes topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
Patriot Act harm civil liberties for U.S. Citizens: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Opposes topic 14
Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-3 points on Social scale)
US out of Iraq: Strongly Favors topic 17
Come home from Afghanistan now: Strongly Favors topic 17
Foreign aid often more harmful than helpful : Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strengthen sanctions on Syria & assist democratic transition: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on authorizing military force in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Opposes topic 17

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