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Kerry has raised your taxes 350 times
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Lord Valve
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Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.

It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?

LV


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WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America

"‘Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. ‘And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts ‘Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)

THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)

KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY

ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. … With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)

ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.

ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)

KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS

ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.

ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.

ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.

ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.

ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.

KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES

ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.

ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.

ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.

KERRY IN DEPTH

KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY

In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)

In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)

On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)

Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)

Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)

U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. … His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)

Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
20-30, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #12: Rejected 25-72:
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly…"
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)

But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)

Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)

KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES

Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2, CQ Vote #179:
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
44-56: R 5-50; D 39-6, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1429, CQ Vote #230:
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
49-4; D 0-45; I 1-0, 8/5/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1429, CQ Vote #247:
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
31-23; D 0-46, 5/23/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2118, CQ Vote #160:
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)

Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues – the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website, http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_ratings_all.pdf,
Accessed 2/9/04)

Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)

National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)

Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for ‘a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)

Kerry Flip-Flopped On Raising Taxes In Economic Downturn:

ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)

ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)

ü In December 2002, Kerry Flip-Flopped. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT:
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)

KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)

Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)

ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)

Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)

Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
8-37, 5/10/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #161: Passed 61-37:
R 46-7; D 15-30, 5/10/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1052, CQ Vote #212:
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)

KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS

Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)

ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call ‘partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night ‘there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. … ‘It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. … There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)

Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
To Pay For Abortions In The United States. (H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #255:
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
16-33; D 32-9, 9/16/86, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2713, CQ Vote #289:
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
10/1/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2403, CQ #235: Ruled Not Germane 48-51:
R 36-7; D 12-44, 8/3/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2518, CQ Vote #290:
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
6-47; D 39-8, 3/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 3756, CQ Vote #284:
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)

In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)

Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)

While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)

ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)

ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)

ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)

ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)

ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)

KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE

The Iraq War

Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)

In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)

Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)

Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
Edwards and Gephardt? Are you one of the anti-war candidates?" KERRY:
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)

Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)

Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)

But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)

The Patriot Act

Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)

Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)

Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)

The First Gulf War

Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this ‘Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline ‘Same
Senator, Same Constituent':

ü ‘Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]

ü ‘Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)

Gay Marriage Amendment

In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. … We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)

Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
‘I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On ‘Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)

On Attacking President During Time Of War

In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts … said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. ‘It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. ‘I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)

But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "‘What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own ‘Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)

Death Penalty For Terrorists

In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)

In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The ‘Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)

But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)

No Child Left Behind

Kerry Voted For No Child Left Behind Act. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote #371:
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)

But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
‘No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
‘Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)

Kerry Trashed NCLB As ‘Unfunded Mandate' With ‘Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an ‘unfunded mandate'
with ‘laudable' goals. ‘Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. ‘I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)

Affirmative Action

In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as ‘one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has ‘inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but … toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a ‘perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)

In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)

Ethanol

Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
38-10; D 18-32; I 1-0, 4/25/02 Kerry Voted Nay; S. 14, CQ Vote #208:
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)

On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)

Cuba Sanctions

Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)

In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was ‘way overdue.' ‘We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. … ‘It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. … The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)

Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)

Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in ‘engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, ‘Open up the dialogue.' He believes it ‘means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support ‘opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A ‘Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)

NAFTA

Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "‘NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. ‘Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)

Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. ‘If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)

Double Taxation Of Dividends

December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)

May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. ‘This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)

Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn

September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)

ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)

April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year … [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)

December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut … What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." … RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years …" KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." … RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change …" (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)

ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)

Small Business Income Taxes

Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Businesses From The Increased Income Tax. (S. 1134, CQ Vote #171:
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
… exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)

50-Cent Gas Tax Increase

In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. ‘It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)

Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)

On Leaving Abortion Up To States

Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)

Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)

Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees

Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. … This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed …" (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)

But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. … ‘Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)

Federal Health Benefits

In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. … Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)

Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. ‘Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)

Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. … Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)

Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves …" (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)

Tax Credits For Small Business Health

In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)

Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)

Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)

But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is ‘my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)

Welfare Reform

In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
(D-CA) and Harry Reid (D-NV):

ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
year until 50 percent were working." (H.R. 2118, CQ Vote #163:
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)

But In 1996, Kerry Voted For Welfare Reform. (H.R. 3734, CQ Vote #262:
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)

Stock Options Expensing

Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)

Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board … has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements … I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)

But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)

Medical Marijuana

Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, ‘I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his ‘personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)

But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
‘a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)

Burma Sanctions

In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "‘I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)

But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry … describes the Burma regime as a
‘semi-criminalized dictatorship … which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)

On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office

Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)

But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have ‘worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)

PACs

Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "‘I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. ‘Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)

But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. … Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)

$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates … The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)

One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in ‘soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)

Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race

In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)

Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. … [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. ‘There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan … and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)

The Israel Security Fence

October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)

February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a ‘legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
‘We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)

Ballistic Missile Defense

Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
28-22; D 5-40, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.J. Res. 465, CQ Vote #365:
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
27-18; D 7-48, 9/26/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #213:
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
39-4; D 13-42, 9/17/92, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5504, CQ Vote #228:
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
47-2; D 4-41, 12/19/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1635, CQ Vote #157:
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)

Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)

Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)

1991 Iraq War Coalition

At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, ‘Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the … course of peace? … I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way …" (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)

Now Kerry Has Nothing But Praise For 1991 Coalition. SEN. JOHN KERRY:
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)

View Of War On Terror

Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on ‘Meet the Press' when he called
himself a ‘war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: ‘The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
‘It's basically a manhunt,' he said. ‘You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
‘em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)

Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt – a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)

Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)

Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve

In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release ‘is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)

Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... ‘The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. ‘The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)

KERRY'S KEY VOTES

108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
late-term partial-birth abortions. (S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Adopted 64-34:
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)

Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)

Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)

107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes

Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)

Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)

Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)

For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)

Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)

106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes

Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)

For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)

Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)

105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes

Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)

Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)

Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
vote to create educational savings accounts. (H.R. 2646, CQ Vote #288:
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)

Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
GOP budget to cut spending and taxes. (H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92:
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)

Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24:
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)

104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes

Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
balance the budget in seven years. (S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #150:
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)

Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)

103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes

Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
reduce federal spending by $94 billion. (H.R. 3759, CQ Vote #35:
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)

For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)

102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes

Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)

Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)

Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)

For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)

Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)

101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes

Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)

Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)

Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
allowing a vote on a capital gains tax cut. (H.R. 3628, CQ Vote #295:
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)

100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes

Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)

Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)

99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes

Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
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Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
LV
http://www.rnc.org/rncresearch/Read.aspx?ID=4285
WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America
"'Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. 'And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts 'Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)
THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. . With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)
ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.
ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.
ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.
ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.
ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.
KERRY IN DEPTH
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)
On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)
Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)
Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. . His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)
Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly."
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)
Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES
Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)
Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues - the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website,
http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_ratings_all.pdf,
Accessed 2/9/04)
Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)
National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)
Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for 'a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)
ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)
KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)
Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)
ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)
Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS
Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call 'partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night 'there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. . 'It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. . There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)
Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)
Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)
While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)
KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE
The Iraq War
Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)
In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)
Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)
Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)
Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)
Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)
But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
The Patriot Act
Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)
Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)
Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
The First Gulf War
Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this 'Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline 'Same
ü 'Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
ü 'Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)
Gay Marriage Amendment
In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. . We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)
Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
'I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On 'Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)
On Attacking President During Time Of War
In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts . said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. 'It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. 'I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)
But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "'What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own 'Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)
Death Penalty For Terrorists
In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)
In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The 'Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)
But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
No Child Left Behind
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)
But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
'No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
'Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)
Kerry Trashed NCLB As 'Unfunded Mandate' With 'Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an 'unfunded mandate'
with 'laudable' goals. 'Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. 'I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)
Affirmative Action
In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as 'one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has 'inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but . toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a 'perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)
In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)
Ethanol
Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)
On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)
Cuba Sanctions
Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)
In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was 'way overdue.' 'We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. . 'It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. . The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)
Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)
Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in 'engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, 'Open up the dialogue.' He believes it 'means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support 'opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A 'Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)
NAFTA
Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "'NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. 'Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)
Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. 'If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)
Double Taxation Of Dividends
December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)
May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. 'This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)
Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn
September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)
April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year . [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)
December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut . What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." . RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." . RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change ." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)
Small Business Income Taxes
Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
. exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)
50-Cent Gas Tax Increase
In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. 'It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)
Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)
On Leaving Abortion Up To States
Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)
Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)
Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees
Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. . This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed ." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)
But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. . 'Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)
Federal Health Benefits
In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. . Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)
Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. 'Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)
Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. . Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)
Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves ." (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)
Tax Credits For Small Business Health
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)
But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is 'my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)
Welfare Reform
In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)
Stock Options Expensing
Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)
Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board . has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements . I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)
But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)
Medical Marijuana
Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, 'I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his 'personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)
But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
'a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)
Burma Sanctions
In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "'I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry . describes the Burma regime as a
'semi-criminalized dictatorship . which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office
Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)
But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have 'worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)
PACs
Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "'I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. 'Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)
But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. . Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)
$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates . The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)
One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in 'soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)
Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race
In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)
Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. . [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. 'There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan . and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)
The Israel Security Fence
October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)
February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a 'legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
'We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)
Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)
1991 Iraq War Coalition
At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, 'Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the . course of peace? . I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way ." (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)
View Of War On Terror
Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on 'Meet the Press' when he called
himself a 'war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: 'The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
'It's basically a manhunt,' he said. 'You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
'em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)
Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt - a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)
Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)
Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release 'is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)
Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... 'The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. 'The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)
KERRY'S KEY VOTES
108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)
Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)
107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes
Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)
Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)
For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)
Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)
106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes
Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)
For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)
Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)
105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes
Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)
Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)
Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)
Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)
Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)
104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes
Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)
Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)
103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes
Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)
For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)
102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes
Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)
Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)
Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)
For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)
Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)
101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes
Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)
Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)
Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)
100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes
Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)
Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)
99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes
Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
Good_Virus
2004-10-08 03:19:34 UTC
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$200G / yr and > as in, $2,000,000 as in $200,000,000 /yr. and >
your taxes will rise on an incremental level. Multinational
Corporation? Count on PAYING due to closed loopholes.

Everyone else? Smile. Fuck the KKKite Wing. They fucked us lonng enough.

Another neocon liar on line;

LastDance wrote: LOL = YOUR Taxes Most Likely
Crazy Bastard
2004-10-08 11:36:55 UTC
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Post by LastDance
LOL = YOUR Taxes Most Likely
Get a job.
Phil Wilson
2004-10-08 03:30:10 UTC
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Even Cheney said in the debate that it's only 98 times ;=).
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Phil Wilson
Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
LV
http://www.rnc.org/rncresearch/Read.aspx?ID=4285
WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America
"‘Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. ‘And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts ‘Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)
THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. … With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)
ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.
ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.
ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.
ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.
ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.
KERRY IN DEPTH
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)
On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)
Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)
Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. … His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)
Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly…"
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)
Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES
Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)
Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues – the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website,
http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_ratings_all.pdf,
Accessed 2/9/04)
Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)
National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)
Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for ‘a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)
ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)
KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)
Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)
ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)
Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS
Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call ‘partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night ‘there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. … ‘It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. … There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)
Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)
Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)
While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)
KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE
The Iraq War
Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)
In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)
Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)
Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)
Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)
Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)
But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
The Patriot Act
Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)
Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)
Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
The First Gulf War
Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this ‘Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline ‘Same
ü ‘Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
ü ‘Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)
Gay Marriage Amendment
In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. … We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)
Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
‘I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On ‘Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)
On Attacking President During Time Of War
In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts … said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. ‘It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. ‘I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)
But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "‘What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own ‘Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)
Death Penalty For Terrorists
In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)
In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The ‘Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)
But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
No Child Left Behind
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)
But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
‘No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
‘Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)
Kerry Trashed NCLB As ‘Unfunded Mandate' With ‘Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an ‘unfunded mandate'
with ‘laudable' goals. ‘Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. ‘I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)
Affirmative Action
In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as ‘one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has ‘inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but … toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a ‘perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)
In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)
Ethanol
Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)
On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)
Cuba Sanctions
Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)
In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was ‘way overdue.' ‘We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. … ‘It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. … The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)
Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)
Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in ‘engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, ‘Open up the dialogue.' He believes it ‘means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support ‘opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A ‘Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)
NAFTA
Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "‘NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. ‘Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)
Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. ‘If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)
Double Taxation Of Dividends
December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)
May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. ‘This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)
Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn
September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)
April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year … [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)
December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut … What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." … RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years …" KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." … RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change …" (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)
Small Business Income Taxes
Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
… exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)
50-Cent Gas Tax Increase
In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. ‘It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)
Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)
On Leaving Abortion Up To States
Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)
Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)
Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees
Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. … This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed …" (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)
But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. … ‘Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)
Federal Health Benefits
In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. … Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)
Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. ‘Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)
Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. … Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)
Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves …" (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)
Tax Credits For Small Business Health
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)
But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is ‘my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)
Welfare Reform
In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)
Stock Options Expensing
Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)
Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board … has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements … I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)
But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)
Medical Marijuana
Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, ‘I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his ‘personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)
But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
‘a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)
Burma Sanctions
In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "‘I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry … describes the Burma regime as a
‘semi-criminalized dictatorship … which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office
Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)
But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have ‘worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)
PACs
Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "‘I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. ‘Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)
But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. … Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)
$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates … The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)
One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in ‘soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)
Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race
In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)
Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. … [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. ‘There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan … and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)
The Israel Security Fence
October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)
February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a ‘legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
‘We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)
Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)
1991 Iraq War Coalition
At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, ‘Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the … course of peace? … I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way …" (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)
View Of War On Terror
Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on ‘Meet the Press' when he called
himself a ‘war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: ‘The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
‘It's basically a manhunt,' he said. ‘You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
‘em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)
Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt – a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)
Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)
Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release ‘is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)
Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... ‘The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. ‘The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)
KERRY'S KEY VOTES
108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)
Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)
107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes
Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)
Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)
For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)
Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)
106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes
Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)
For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)
Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)
105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes
Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)
Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)
Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)
Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)
Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)
104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes
Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)
Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)
103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes
Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)
For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)
102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes
Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)
Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)
Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)
For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)
Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)
101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes
Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)
Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)
Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)
100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes
Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)
Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)
99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes
Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
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Post by Phil Wilson
Even Cheney said in the debate that it's only 98 times ;=).
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Phil Wilson
I don't know if you guys realize this but individual bills are often voted
on numerous times. All those votes could've been on the same bill.... Cheney
is also a complete liar, nearly everything he said in the debates doesn't
agree with the facts. Take a look at his votes in the senate, you'l find
that he voted with Kerry more times than I'm sure he cares to admit....
Tubeguru
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Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
LV
http://www.rnc.org/rncresearch/Read.aspx?ID=4285
WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America
"‘Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. ‘And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts ‘Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)
THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. … With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)
ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.
ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.
ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.
ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.
ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.
KERRY IN DEPTH
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)
On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)
Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)
Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. … His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)
Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly…"
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)
Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES
Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)
Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues – the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website,
http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_ratings_all.pdf,
Accessed 2/9/04)
Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)
National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)
Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for ‘a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)
ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)
KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)
Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)
ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)
Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS
Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call ‘partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night ‘there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. … ‘It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. … There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)
Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)
Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)
While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)
KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE
The Iraq War
Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)
In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)
Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)
Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)
Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)
Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)
But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
The Patriot Act
Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)
Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)
Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
The First Gulf War
Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this ‘Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline ‘Same
ü ‘Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
ü ‘Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)
Gay Marriage Amendment
In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. … We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)
Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
‘I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On ‘Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)
On Attacking President During Time Of War
In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts … said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. ‘It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. ‘I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)
But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "‘What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own ‘Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)
Death Penalty For Terrorists
In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)
In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The ‘Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)
But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
No Child Left Behind
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)
But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
‘No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
‘Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)
Kerry Trashed NCLB As ‘Unfunded Mandate' With ‘Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an ‘unfunded mandate'
with ‘laudable' goals. ‘Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. ‘I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)
Affirmative Action
In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as ‘one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has ‘inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but … toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a ‘perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)
In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)
Ethanol
Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)
On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)
Cuba Sanctions
Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)
In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was ‘way overdue.' ‘We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. … ‘It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. … The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)
Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)
Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in ‘engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, ‘Open up the dialogue.' He believes it ‘means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support ‘opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A ‘Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)
NAFTA
Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "‘NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. ‘Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)
Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. ‘If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)
Double Taxation Of Dividends
December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)
May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. ‘This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)
Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn
September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)
April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year … [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)
December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut … What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." … RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years …" KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." … RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change …" (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)
Small Business Income Taxes
Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
… exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)
50-Cent Gas Tax Increase
In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. ‘It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)
Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)
On Leaving Abortion Up To States
Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)
Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)
Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees
Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. … This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed …" (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)
But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. … ‘Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)
Federal Health Benefits
In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. … Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)
Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. ‘Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)
Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. … Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)
Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves …" (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)
Tax Credits For Small Business Health
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)
But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is ‘my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)
Welfare Reform
In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)
Stock Options Expensing
Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)
Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board … has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements … I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)
But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)
Medical Marijuana
Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, ‘I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his ‘personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)
But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
‘a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)
Burma Sanctions
In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "‘I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry … describes the Burma regime as a
‘semi-criminalized dictatorship … which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office
Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)
But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have ‘worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)
PACs
Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "‘I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. ‘Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)
But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. … Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)
$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates … The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)
One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in ‘soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)
Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race
In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)
Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. … [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. ‘There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan … and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)
The Israel Security Fence
October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)
February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a ‘legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
‘We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)
Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)
1991 Iraq War Coalition
At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, ‘Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the … course of peace? … I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way …" (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)
View Of War On Terror
Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on ‘Meet the Press' when he called
himself a ‘war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: ‘The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
‘It's basically a manhunt,' he said. ‘You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
‘em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)
Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt – a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)
Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)
Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release ‘is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)
Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... ‘The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. ‘The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)
KERRY'S KEY VOTES
108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)
Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)
107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes
Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)
Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)
For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)
Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)
106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes
Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)
For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)
Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)
105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes
Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)
Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)
Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)
Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)
Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)
104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes
Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)
Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)
103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes
Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)
For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)
102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes
Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)
Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)
Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)
For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)
Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)
101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes
Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)
Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)
Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)
100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes
Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)
Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)
99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes
Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
Phil Wilson
2004-10-08 16:23:22 UTC
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I know, I'm being sarcastic, 98, 350, they can't agree on the numbers
because they all have different definitions of "voted to increase taxes".
When there were bills that proposed reducing taxes by (say) 2 billion and
Kerry votes for a 1.5 billion reduction instead, they count it as voting for
an increase. That's just one brand of their nonsense.
--
Phil Wilson
Post by tubeguru
Post by Phil Wilson
Even Cheney said in the debate that it's only 98 times ;=).
--
Phil Wilson
I don't know if you guys realize this but individual bills are often voted
on numerous times. All those votes could've been on the same bill....
Cheney is also a complete liar, nearly everything he said in the debates
doesn't agree with the facts. Take a look at his votes in the senate,
you'l find that he voted with Kerry more times than I'm sure he cares to
admit....
Tubeguru
Deprogrammer
Post by Phil Wilson
Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
LV
http://www.rnc.org/rncresearch/Read.aspx?ID=4285
WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America
"‘Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. ‘And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts ‘Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)
THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. … With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)
ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.
ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.
ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.
ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.
ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.
KERRY IN DEPTH
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)
On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)
Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)
Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. … His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)
Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly…"
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)
Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES
Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)
Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues – the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website,
http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_ratings_all.pdf,
Accessed 2/9/04)
Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)
National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)
Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for ‘a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)
ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)
KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)
Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)
ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)
Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS
Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call ‘partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night ‘there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. … ‘It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. … There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)
Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)
Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)
While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)
KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE
The Iraq War
Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)
In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)
Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)
Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)
Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)
Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)
But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
The Patriot Act
Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)
Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)
Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
The First Gulf War
Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this ‘Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline ‘Same
ü ‘Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
ü ‘Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)
Gay Marriage Amendment
In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. … We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)
Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
‘I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On ‘Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)
On Attacking President During Time Of War
In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts … said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. ‘It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. ‘I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)
But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "‘What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own ‘Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)
Death Penalty For Terrorists
In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)
In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The ‘Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)
But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
No Child Left Behind
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)
But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
‘No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
‘Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)
Kerry Trashed NCLB As ‘Unfunded Mandate' With ‘Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an ‘unfunded mandate'
with ‘laudable' goals. ‘Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. ‘I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)
Affirmative Action
In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as ‘one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has ‘inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but … toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a ‘perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)
In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)
Ethanol
Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)
On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)
Cuba Sanctions
Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)
In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was ‘way overdue.' ‘We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. … ‘It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. … The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)
Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)
Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in ‘engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, ‘Open up the dialogue.' He believes it ‘means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support ‘opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A ‘Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)
NAFTA
Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "‘NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. ‘Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)
Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. ‘If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)
Double Taxation Of Dividends
December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)
May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. ‘This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)
Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn
September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)
April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year … [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)
December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut … What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." … RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years …" KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." … RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change …" (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)
Small Business Income Taxes
Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
… exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)
50-Cent Gas Tax Increase
In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. ‘It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)
Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)
On Leaving Abortion Up To States
Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)
Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)
Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees
Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. … This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed …" (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)
But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. … ‘Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)
Federal Health Benefits
In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. … Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)
Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. ‘Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)
Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. … Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)
Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves …" (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)
Tax Credits For Small Business Health
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)
But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is ‘my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)
Welfare Reform
In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)
Stock Options Expensing
Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)
Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board … has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements … I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)
But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)
Medical Marijuana
Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, ‘I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his ‘personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)
But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
‘a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)
Burma Sanctions
In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "‘I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry … describes the Burma regime as a
‘semi-criminalized dictatorship … which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office
Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)
But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have ‘worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)
PACs
Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "‘I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. ‘Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)
But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. … Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)
$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates … The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)
One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in ‘soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)
Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race
In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)
Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. … [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. ‘There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan … and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)
The Israel Security Fence
October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)
February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a ‘legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
‘We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)
Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)
1991 Iraq War Coalition
At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, ‘Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the … course of peace? … I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way …" (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)
View Of War On Terror
Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on ‘Meet the Press' when he called
himself a ‘war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: ‘The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
‘It's basically a manhunt,' he said. ‘You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
‘em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)
Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt – a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)
Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)
Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release ‘is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)
Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... ‘The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. ‘The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)
KERRY'S KEY VOTES
108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)
Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)
107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes
Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)
Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)
For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)
Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)
106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes
Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)
For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)
Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)
105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes
Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)
Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)
Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)
Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)
Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)
104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes
Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)
Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)
103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes
Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)
For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)
102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes
Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)
Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)
Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)
For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)
Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)
101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes
Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)
Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)
Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)
100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes
Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)
Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)
99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes
Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
Anthony
2004-10-08 17:01:40 UTC
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This was debunked by factcheck.org (though the site has been having
problems, so it is not up right now.)

On March twentieth Bush stated that Kerry had cast 350 for higher
taxes. Campaign officials repeated this lie several times. Only
after reporters realized these numbers were inflated did Bush change
his numbers – He changed them to the lower, yet still inflated, number
of ninety-eight. Forty-three of these ninety-eight votes were for
budget resolutions which would set target levels for spending and
taxes in the upcoming fiscal years. These votes would not have
increased taxes. Budget resolutions are not submitted to the
president, and they are not made into law. In the United States,
legislation is required to raise taxes. It worries me that Bush
doesn't know this.

Several times the Bush campaign adds into their ninety-eight total –
votes which were cast half a dozen or more times for single bills.
One example includes six votes in a 1997 budget resolution to increase
funding into veteran's benefits, education, and Medicare- by closing
corporate tax loopholes, a similar budget resolution counts seven
votes. Another example includes sixteen votes for a 1993
deficit-reduction package which aimed to lower the national debt by
increasing taxes for people who make 400,000 or more annually. They
even count sixteen votes for one bill which was to raise taxes: taxes
for the top two percent of income earners. This pattern of counting
several votes for singular bills and resolutions extends beyond the
space allotted to write this article.

With over 6,000 votes in a senate over a twenty year career, and an
attendance always above 95 percent (not including 2004), ninety-eight
was the best they could come up with- and even that number was highly
inflated?! After debunking the Republican myth of Kerry's tax hikes
some might even say this makes Kerry look more appealing.

Bush resurrected these false claims in an ad which wrongly stated John
Kerry voted against tax cuts for couples and for decreasing the child
tax credit. This same ad also mentions the "350" tax hike votes that
never existed.

Being that we are on the issues of taxes, I should also mention Bush
and Cheney have both used offshore tax havens; John Kerry wants to
eliminate off-shore tax havens.
Jay
2004-10-08 03:37:07 UTC
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Bush spent $.4 trillion more than he collected this year alone.

Yet he still can cut taxes.
The man is a wizard.
Tony Hwang
2004-10-08 04:03:01 UTC
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Post by Jay
Bush spent $.4 trillion more than he collected this year alone.
Yet he still can cut taxes.
The man is a wizard.
Hi,
No wonder green back's value is dropping like rock.
1 dollar may become 10 cents if he keeps up. Rise in oil price, natural
gas for the coming winter. God help us, it'll be mild winter B4 we all
freeze to death.
Tony
LastDance
2004-10-08 04:05:53 UTC
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The man is an absolute WRECK = Waiting to destroy all for his personal GAIN
Post by Jay
Bush spent $.4 trillion more than he collected this year alone.
Yet he still can cut taxes.
The man is a wizard.
Chris Wright
2004-10-08 06:17:48 UTC
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Post by LastDance
The man is an absolute WRECK = Waiting to destroy all for his personal GAIN
One wonders what he plans to spend all his ill-gotten wealth on. He'll be
dead soon long before he could make a dent in his savings. As will his wife.
What about his kids? Well, if he gives them enough money, they can drink
themselves to death, as they've already started to do! Then where does the
money go? Goodness knows where. It's completely sociopathic insanity. He has
nothing to gain by continuing in his ways.
Chris Wright
2004-10-08 06:15:48 UTC
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Post by Jay
Bush spent $.4 trillion more than he collected this year alone.
Yet he still can cut taxes.
The man is a wizard.
Follow the money trail... guess how much ends up in the pockets of Bush,
Cheney, his Saudi cohorts.

More than you could possibly imagine, rest assured.
Joe Bob
2004-10-08 10:12:12 UTC
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NOT a very conservative thing to do!
Post by Jay
Bush spent $.4 trillion more than he collected this year alone.
Yet he still can cut taxes.
The man is a wizard.
John of Aix
2004-10-09 19:15:14 UTC
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Post by Jay
Bush spent $.4 trillion more than he collected this year alone.
Yet he still can cut taxes.
The man is a wizard.
One word 'deficit'. 500 milliard (US billion) I think it has reached, or
close on anyway.
Chris Wright
2004-10-08 06:14:36 UTC
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Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
Taxes pay for things, moron. Like education, health care, scientific
research, humanitarian aid, you know, worthless things like those...

...fucking morons....
soxfan
2004-10-08 11:25:35 UTC
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Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every
3 weeks.


this is bullshit. check out factcheck.org they have an article on
this that shows how bush/cheney are lying...... again.
Lord Valve
2004-10-08 06:27:24 UTC
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Not my post. Check headers.

Lord Valve
The Genuine Article

Some asshole using my screen name slobbered:

(snip)
ajv2003
2004-10-11 04:40:07 UTC
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I believe you. both parties have come up with a new taxation method.
It's called deficit spending, a tax on the next generations.

Nobody raises taxes anymore, we just pull out the plastic with the
unlimited spending limit.
Post by Lord Valve
Not my post. Check headers.
Lord Valve
The Genuine Article
(snip)
*Good_Virus
2004-10-11 06:04:09 UTC
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Please define "we". Be specific ;-)
Post by ajv2003
I believe you. both parties have come up with a new taxation method.
It's called deficit spending, a tax on the next generations.
Nobody raises taxes anymore, we just pull out the plastic with the
unlimited spending limit.
Post by Lord Valve
Not my post. Check headers.
Lord Valve
The Genuine Article
(snip)
Elvis Kabong
2004-10-08 16:30:57 UTC
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Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
So the repugs who voted for the same tax bills did *not raise* taxes?
But they sho can spend that tax money on *their* pork projects, don't you
think?
Post by Lord Valve
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
LV
http://www.rnc.org/rncresearch/Read.aspx?ID=4285
WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America
"'Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. 'And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts 'Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)
THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. . With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)
ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.
ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.
ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.
ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.
ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.
KERRY IN DEPTH
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)
On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)
Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)
Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. . His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)
Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly."
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)
Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES
Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)
Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues - the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website,
http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_rating
s_all.pdf,
Post by Lord Valve
Accessed 2/9/04)
Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)
National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)
Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for 'a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)
ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)
KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)
Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)
ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)
Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS
Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call 'partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night 'there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. . 'It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. . There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)
Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)
Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)
While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)
KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE
The Iraq War
Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)
In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)
Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)
Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)
Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)
Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)
But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
The Patriot Act
Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)
Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)
Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
The First Gulf War
Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this 'Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline 'Same
ü 'Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
ü 'Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)
Gay Marriage Amendment
In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. . We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)
Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
'I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On 'Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)
On Attacking President During Time Of War
In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts . said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. 'It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. 'I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)
But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "'What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own 'Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)
Death Penalty For Terrorists
In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)
In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The 'Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)
But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
No Child Left Behind
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)
But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
'No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
'Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)
Kerry Trashed NCLB As 'Unfunded Mandate' With 'Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an 'unfunded mandate'
with 'laudable' goals. 'Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. 'I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)
Affirmative Action
In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as 'one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has 'inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but . toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a 'perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)
In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)
Ethanol
Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)
On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)
Cuba Sanctions
Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)
In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was 'way overdue.' 'We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. . 'It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. . The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)
Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)
Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in 'engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, 'Open up the dialogue.' He believes it 'means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support 'opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A 'Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)
NAFTA
Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "'NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. 'Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)
Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. 'If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)
Double Taxation Of Dividends
December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)
May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. 'This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)
Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn
September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)
April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year . [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)
December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut . What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." . RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." . RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change ." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)
Small Business Income Taxes
Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
. exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)
50-Cent Gas Tax Increase
In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. 'It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)
Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)
On Leaving Abortion Up To States
Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)
Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)
Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees
Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. . This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed ." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)
But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. . 'Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)
Federal Health Benefits
In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. . Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)
Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. 'Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)
Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. . Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)
Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves ." (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)
Tax Credits For Small Business Health
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)
But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is 'my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)
Welfare Reform
In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)
Stock Options Expensing
Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)
Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board . has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements . I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)
But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)
Medical Marijuana
Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, 'I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his 'personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)
But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
'a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)
Burma Sanctions
In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "'I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry . describes the Burma regime as a
'semi-criminalized dictatorship . which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office
Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)
But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have 'worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)
PACs
Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "'I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. 'Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)
But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. . Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)
$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates . The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)
One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in 'soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)
Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race
In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)
Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. . [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. 'There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan . and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)
The Israel Security Fence
October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)
February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a 'legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
'We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)
Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)
1991 Iraq War Coalition
At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, 'Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the . course of peace? . I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way ." (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)
View Of War On Terror
Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on 'Meet the Press' when he called
himself a 'war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: 'The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
'It's basically a manhunt,' he said. 'You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
'em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)
Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt - a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)
Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)
Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release 'is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)
Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... 'The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. 'The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)
KERRY'S KEY VOTES
108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)
Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)
107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes
Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)
Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)
For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)
Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)
106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes
Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)
For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)
Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)
105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes
Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)
Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)
Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)
Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)
Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)
104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes
Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)
Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)
103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes
Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)
For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)
102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes
Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)
Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)
Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)
For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)
Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)
101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes
Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)
Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)
Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)
100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes
Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)
Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)
99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes
Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
Robert MacGregor
2004-10-12 19:49:05 UTC
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He voted 350 times to raise taxes? how terrible!!! oh my!
I must vote for the right wing messiah!
Post by Lord Valve
Over the past 20 years, on average Kerry has raised your taxes every 3
weeks.
It can be assured that if he is elected president, this pace will
increase to perhaps every week. Do you really want your taxes raised
EVERY WEEK for the next four years?
LV
http://www.rnc.org/rncresearch/Read.aspx?ID=4285
WHO IS JOHN KERRY?
A Flip-Flopping Massachusetts Liberal
Out Of Touch With America
"'Kerry will have to expend an awful lot of time and money to convince
people that he's not the classic Massachusetts liberal,' said Larry
Sabato, a University of Virginia political analyst. 'And that's going
to be tough, because mainly he is.'" (Jennifer Peter, "Presidential
Contender Confronts 'Massachusetts Liberal' Label," The Associated
Press, 12/21/02)
THE FACTS ABOUT SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA)
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
ü National Journal Named Kerry "Most Liberal" Congressional Dem
Running For President. "A compilation of the annual scores for the
seven Democrats [running for President] over the past 20 years shows
that Kerry was the most liberal throughout the period. . With limited
exceptions, Kerry's scores have consistently placed him toward the
liberal end of the Senate." (Richard E. Cohen, "Keeping Score,"
National Journal, 1/31/03)
ü In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time.
ü Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry's Votes Most Liberal
In Senate For 2003. Kerry scored a Senate-high 97% liberal rating for
2003, beating out Sens. Barbara Boxer (91), Hillary Clinton (89), Ted
Kennedy (88), and Tom Daschle (80). (National Journal Website, "How
They Measured Up," http://nationaljournal.com, 2/27/04)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
VOTES FOR HIGHER TAXES, AND AGAINST TAX CUTS
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least 350 Times For Higher Taxes.
ü Kerry Voted For Biggest Tax Increase In American History Under
President Clinton.
ü Kerry Voted Against President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax
Cuts.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget Amendment At Least Five
Times.
ü Kerry Has Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times.
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING AND IRRESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
ü Kerry Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortions.
ü Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent/Notification For Minor's Abortion.
ü Kerry Voted To Allow Federal Funding Of Abortions And To Provide
Abortion Counseling In Federally-Funded Clinics.
KERRY IN DEPTH
KERRY: A NORTHEASTERN LIBERAL WHO
VOTES LOCKSTEP WITH TED KENNEDY
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,
www.cq.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted AGAINST President Bush More Often Than Ted
Kennedy. According to Congressional Quarterly, Kerry voted against
President Bush 70% of the time in 2003. Kennedy voted against Bush 53%
of the time in the same year. (CQ Online, www.cq.com, Accessed
1/21/04)
On Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Senator Kennedy In
2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. Over
the course of his Senate career, Kerry has sided with Senator Kennedy
94% of the time for key votes. (Roll Call Key Votes,
http://oncongress.cq.com, 12/01)
Kerry's Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic
Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy
rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92.
(Americans For Democratic Action Website, www.adaction.org, Accessed
1/21/04)
Kerry And Kennedy Had Exactly The Same Low Rating From The American
Conservative Union In Both 2001 (4%) And 2000 (12%). Kerry's lifetime
rating from the ACU is a shockingly liberal 5%. (American
Conservation Union Website, www.acuratings.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
U.S. News & World Report: "Kerry's Voting Record Puts Him To The Left
Of Most Senate Democrats." "Kerry's voting record puts him to the left
of most Senate Democrats. . His lifetime rating by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce is below 40 percent, compared with a perfect liberal score in
National Journal's 2003 rating." (Dan Gilgoff, "Resisting Labels,"
U.S. News & World Report, 2/16/04)
Kerry Has Voted Against The Death Penalty At Least 17 Times. (S. 2455,
CQ Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #368: Rejected 25-64: R 6-33; D 19-31, 10/13/88,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #142: Motion Rejected 27-68: R 7-36;
D 20-32, 5/16/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5210, CQ Vote #370: Motion
Agreed To 72-16: R 35-3; D 37-13, 10/13/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1798,
CQ Vote #274: Rejected 29-70: R 5-40; D 24-30, 10/26/89, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 1798, CQ Vote #275: Passed 79-20: R 40-5; D 39-15, 10/26/89,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 27-60: R 7-30; D
R 5-38; D 20-34, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 320, CQ Vote #13: Motion
Rejected 23-74: R 6-37; D 17-37, 2/20/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ
Vote #103: Rejected 40-56: R 38-4; D 2-52, 6/20/91, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 1241, CQ Vote #107: Rejected 25-73: R 5-37; D 20-36, 6/25/91, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1241, CQ Vote #109: Adopted 65-33: R 34-8; D 31-25,
6/26/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #358: Motion Agreed To
52-41: R 33-8; D 19-33, 11/8/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote
#377: Adopted 74-25: R 40-5; D 34-20, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2519, CQ Vote #221: Approved 75-25: R 38-7; D 37-18, 7/28/93, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #361: Adopted 65-34: R 34-11; D 31-23,
11/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1607, CQ Vote #379: Rejected 26-73: R
6-39; D 20-34, 11/17/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Is Against The Death Penalty. "I'm opposed to the death penalty
in the criminal justice system because I think it's applied unfairly."
(NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
But Kerry Flip-Flopped On The Death Penalty For Terrorists After Once
Calling It A "Terrorist Protection Policy." (Anne E. Kornblut, "Kerry
Traces His Shift On The Death Penalty," The Boston Globe, 12/18/02;
Brian C. Mooney, "Democrats Shift On Death Penalty," The Boston Globe,
12/7/03)
Kerry Is An Extreme Environmentalist Who Voted With The Liberal
Activist Group, The League Of Conservation Voters, An Average Of 92%
Over The Course Of His Congressional Career. (League Of Conservation
Voters Website, www.lcv.org, Accessed 12/9/02)
KERRY CLAIMS HE'S FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, BUT
HAS A HISTORY OF VOTING FOR HIGHER TAXES
Kerry Voted Against Major Tax Relief At Least 29 Times, Including
President Bush's Historic 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote
#196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney
Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 95, CQ Vote #134: Adopted 51-50: R 49-2; D 1-47; I 0-1, With Vice
President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 4/11/03, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 56-44: R 50-1; D 6-42; I 0-1,
3/26/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Roll Call Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, CQ
Vote #98: Adopted 53-47: R 48-2; D 5-45, 5/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 65-35: R 50-0; D 15-35, 4/6/01,
Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Roll Call Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R
4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2614, CQ Vote #286: Motion
Agreed To 55-40: R 50-1; D 5-39, 10/26/00, Kerry Voted Nay; H. Con.
Res. 290, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 50-48: R 50-4; D 0-44, 4/13/00, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 290, CQ Vote #79: Adopted 51-45: R 51-2; D
0-43, 4/7/00, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 101, CQ Vote #68: Rejected
Motion Rejected 46-54: R 45-9; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/29/99, Kerry Voted
Nay; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #81: Adopted 55-44: R 54-0; D 1-44,
3/25/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2488, CQ Vote #261: Adopted 50-49: R
Passed 57-43: R 52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
2014, CQ Vote #160: Passed 80-18: R 51-4; D 29-14, 6/27/97, Kerry
Voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 84, CQ Vote #92: Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D
37-8, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 27, CQ Vote #90: Motion
Agreed To 73-27: R 28-27: D 45-0, 5/23/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con.
Res. 27, CQ Vote #77: Motion Agreed To 68-31: R 23-31; D 45-0,
5/21/97, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con Res. 178, CQ Vote #159: Adopted
53-46: R 53-0; D 0-46, 6/13/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ
Vote #151: Motion Agreed To 57-43: R 50-3; D 7-40, 5/23/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #140: Rejected 43-57: R 40-13; D
3-44, 5/22/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ Vote #584: Motion Agreed
To 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 11/18/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2491, CQ
Vote #556: Passed 52-47: R 52-1; D 0-46, 10/28/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.
Con. Res. 67, CQ Vote #296: Adopted 54-46: R 54-0; D 0-46, 6/29/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 31-69: R
Motion Rejected 39-59: R 35-8; D 4-51, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
3628, CQ Vote #298: Rejected 51-47 (needed 3/5 majority): R 45-0; D
6-47, 11/15/89, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice For Largest Tax Increase In U.S. History. (H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #190: Passed 50-49: R 0-43; D 49-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 6/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting The Tie-Breaking Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
In His Senate Career, Kerry Has Voted Against Balanced Budget
Amendment At Least Five Times. Other fiscally irresponsible votes
include at least three key votes against lowering overall spending.
(S.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #24: Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #158: Rejected 64-35: R 52-1; D 12-34, 6/6/96;
H.J. Res. 1, CQ Vote #98: Rejected 65-35: R 51-2; D 14-33, 3/2/95;
S.J. Res. 41, CQ Vote #48: Rejected 63-37: R 41-3; D 22-34, 3/1/94;
S.J. Res. 225, CQ Vote #45: Rejected 66-34: R 43-10; D 23-24, 3/25/86)
Kerry Named Most Liberal Senator On Economic Issues. National
Journal's most recent scores gave Kerry a 95/100 liberal score on
economic issues - the highest in the Senate. In fact, Kerry's score
tied with only 4 other Senators: Boxer (D-CA), Clinton (D-NY), Reed
(D-RI), and the late Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN). (National Journal
Website,
http://nationaljournal.com/members/pubfeatures/pdf/2003/0131nj_senate_ratings_all.pdf,
Accessed 2/9/04)
Received A 35 Percent Lifetime Rating From U.S. Chamber Of Commerce.
(U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Website, "How They Voted Scorecards,"
www.uschamber.com, Accessed 3/8/04)
National Taxpayers Union Foundation Ranked Kerry Below Congress' Only
Self-Proclaimed Socialist. Between 1992 and 2003, Sen. John Kerry
racked up an 18.75 percent average rating from the National Taxpayers
Union Foundation. Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had an average rating of
25.4 during the same time period. (National Taxpayers Union Foundation
Website, "Rates Congress Database," www.ntu.org, Accessed 4/8/04)
Kerry Called For "Fiscal Responsibility," Just Like When He Voted For
The 1993 Tax Hike, The Largest In History. "All the Democrats have
generally resisted the GOP proposal to make the tax cuts permanent. .
. . Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry called for 'a return to the fiscal
responsibility we gave this country in 1993 when we passed the Deficit
Reduction Act.'" (Will Lester, "Top Democrats Complain About Bush
Economic Plans, But Some Steer Away From Tax Debate," The Associated
Press, 10/15/02)
ü In September 2001, Kerry Said We Should Not Raise Taxes In An
Economic Downturn. "The first priority is the economy of our nation.
And when you have a downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is
raise taxes or cut spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to
maintain a course that hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No,
we should not raise taxes, but we have to put everything on the table
to take a look at why we have this structural problem today. . . . you
don't want to raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü In April 2002, Kerry Said He Wanted A Larger Tax Cut And Was
"Not In Favor Of" A Repeal. CNN'S TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry, . .
. [many Democrats] [g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing
[President Bush's tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal
it. Are you for repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of
courage. . . . And it's not an issue right now. We passed
appropriately a tax cut as a stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us
thought it should have even maybe been a little bit larger this last
year . . . . [T]he next tax cut doesn't take effect until 2004. If we
can grow the economy enough between now and then, if we have sensible
policies in place and make good choices, who knows what our choices
will be. So it's simply not a ripe issue right now. And I'm not in
favor of turning around today and repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire,"
4/16/02)
"Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the Bush tax cut?"
KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've already been
given their tax cut . . . . What I would not do is give any new Bush
tax cuts. . . ." RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years . . . ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under
the Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change, because let me show you what you said in September
of 2001 when I asked you the very same question." (NBC's "Meet The
Press," 12/1/02)
KERRY HAS "THIN RECORD" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
"[O]n Education And Health Care, Two Of The Most Important Domestic
Battlegrounds Between Democrats And Republicans, Kerry Has A Thin
Record." (David Nather, "Kerry's Complex Record And His Pursuit Of The
Presidency," CQ Weekly, 4/24/03)
Kerry Was Lead Sponsor On Just 14 Health Care Bills During His 19
Years In Senate. (S.1112, Introduced 5/22/03; S.2795, Introduced
7/25/02; S.1967, Introduced 2/26/02; S.1738, Introduced 11/28/01;
S.1304, Introduced 8/2/01; S.1303, Introduced 8/2/01; S.706,
Introduced 4/5/01; S.15, Introduced 11/20/02; S.2766, Introduced
6/22/00; S.2132, Introduced 3/1/00; S.2033, Introduced 2/3/00; S.1718,
Introduced 10/12/99; S.2186, Introduced 10/1/96; S.1510, Introduced
7/21/87)
ü None Of Kerry's Health Care Bills Passed Senate As Introduced.
(Thomas Website, http://thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 1/31/04)
Kerry Voted At Least Six Times In Support Of Cutting Billions From
Medicare Funding. (H.R.2015, CQ Vote #209: Adopted 85-15: R 43-12; D
42-3, 7/31/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res.57, CQ Vote #119: Rejected
45-53: R 0-52; D 45-1, 5/16/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S.Con.Res 13, CQ Vote
#215: Rejected 39-60: R 0-54; D 39-6, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
2264, CQ Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President
Al Gore Casting A "Yea" Vote, 8/6/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.1357, CQ Vote
#523: Rejected 19-80: R 0-53; D 19-27, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
1134, CQ Vote #178: Rejected 15-83: R 1-42; D 14-41, 6/24/93, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted 4 Times Against Health/Medical Savings Accounts. (S.1028,
CQ Vote #72: Adopted 52-46: R 5-46; D 47-0, 4/18/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/15/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #457: Motion Agreed To 70-29: R 47-3;
D 22-26; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.1, CQ Vote #458: Motion
Agreed To 61-39: R 49-2; D 11-37; I 1-0, 11/24/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Against Tax Credits For Small Businesses To Purchase
Health Insurance. (H. Con. Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R
48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Allowing Self-Employed Individuals To Fully
Deduct Cost Of Their Health Insurance On Their Federal Taxes. (S.
1344, CQ Vote #202: Adopted 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I 1-0, 7/13/99,
Kerry Voted Nay; S.1344, CQ Vote #210: Passed 53-47: R 52-2; D 0-45; I
1-0, 7/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Twice Voted Against Bill Providing $10 Billion Funding For State
Medicaid Programs. (H.R.2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 51-50: R 48-3; D
2-46; I 0-1, With Vice President Cheney Casting A "Yea" Vote, 5/23/03,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I
0-1, 5/15/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Opposed Or Voted To Block Medical Liability Reform At Least Ten
Times. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote #137: Motion Rejected 39-61: R 10-44; D
29-17; I 0-0, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #140: Motion
Agreed To 65-35: R 24-30; D 41-5, 5/2/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 956,
CQ Vote #141: Motion Agreed To 56-44: R 13-41; D 43-3, 5/2/95, Kerry
Voted Yea; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #144: Passed 53-47: R 48-6; D 5-41,
5/2/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #151: Motion Rejected
46-53: R 44-10; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ
Vote #152: Motion Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43; I 0-0, 5/4/95, Kerry
Voted Nay; H.R. 956, CQ Vote #160: Motion Agreed To 54-44:: R 46-7; D
Motion Agreed To 52-46: R 2-45; D 49-1; I 1-0, 6/29/01, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 812, CQ Vote #197: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R 6-42; D 50-0; I
1-0, 7/30/02, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry's Health Care Plan Could Cost As Much As $895 Billion Over 10
Years And Still Would Not Cover All Currently Uninsured Individuals.
(Kenneth E. Thorpe, "An Overview And Analysis Of The Democratic
Presidential Candidates' Health Care Reform Proposals," 9/7/03;
"Health Insurance Coverage In The United States: 2002," U.S. Census
Bureau, 9/03)
KERRY IS EXTREME ON ABORTION, SUPPORTING FEDERAL
FUNDING OF ABORTIONS AND PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTIONS
Kerry Has Voted At Least Six Times Against Banning Partial-Birth
Abortion. (H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #596: Passed 54-44: R 45-8; D 9-36; I
0-0, 12/7/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1833, CQ Vote #301: Motion
Rejected 57-41: R 45-6; D 12-35; I 0-0, 9/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1122, CQ Vote #71: Passed 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 5/20/97, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 1122, CQ Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32,
9/18/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1692, CQ Vote #340: Passed 63-34: R 48-3;
D 14-31, I 1-0, 10/21/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3, CQ Vote #402: Agreed
To 64-34: R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03, Kerry Voted Nay)
ü Kerry Says, "There Is No Such Thing As A Partial Birth." "Just
hours after President Bush signed a law banning what critics of the
procedure call 'partial-birth abortion,' Senator John F. Kerry
declared last night 'there is no such thing as a partial birth,' as he
and the other Democratic presidential contenders sought the political
support of women voters. . 'It is a late-term abortion. They have done
a very effective job of giving people a sense of fear about it. It's
part of their assault on the rights of women in America. . There's
nothing partial about their effort to undo Roe v. Wade.'" (Glen
Johnson, "Kerry Hits Ban On Abortion Procedure," The Boston Globe,
11/6/03)
Kerry Has Voted At Least 25 Times In Favor Of Using Taxpayer Dollars
Motion Rejected 46-46: R 17-31; D 29-15, 10/24/85, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2965, CQ Vote #274: Motion Rejected 47-48: R 35-17; D 12-31,
11/1/85, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5175, CQ Vote #263: Adopted 48-42: R
Motion Agreed To 60-39: R 16-30; D 44-9, 9/30/87, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #232: Motion Agreed To 49-37: R 16-25; D 33-12,
7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4776, CQ Vote #233: Motion Agreed To
51-34: R 16-24; D 35-10, 7/7/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4783, CQ Vote
#268: Adopted 73-19: R 39-5; D 34-14, 7/27/88, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R.
4776, CQ Vote #348: Motion Agreed To 45-44: R 31-10; D 14-34, 9/30/88,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote #68: Ruling Of The Chair Rejected
45-51: R 34-10; D 11-41, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4404, CQ Vote
#69: Ruled Germane 54-42: R 12-32; D 42-10, 4/27/90, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 110, CQ Vote #252: Adopted 62-36: R 16-27; D 46-9, 9/25/90, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 322, CQ Vote #254: Passed 73-26: R 20-23; D 53-3,
Rejected 40-59: R 6-38; D 34-21, 9/28/93, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2020,
CQ Vote #369: Adopted 52-41: R 15-35; D 37-6, 8/5/95, Kerry Voted Yea;
H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #370: Adopted 50-44: R 40-10; D 10-34, 8/7/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2020, CQ Vote #371: Rejected 45-49: R 9-41; D
36-8, 8/7/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2076, CQ Vote #478: Motion Agreed
To 52-44: R 43-9; D 9-35, 9/29/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote
#539: Motion Rejected 55-44: R 46-7; D 9-37, 10/27/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1357, CQ Vote #542: Motion Agreed To 56-43: R 46-7; D 10-36,
10/27/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3019, CQ Vote #38: Rejected 45-55: R
Motion Agreed To 53-45: R 43-9; D 10-36, 9/11/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S.
947, CQ Vote #129: Rejected 39-61: R 5-50; D 34-11, 6/25/97, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1023, CQ Vote #190: Adopted 54-45: R 48-7; D 6-38,
7/22/97, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1282, CQ Vote #197: Motion Rejected
47-51: R 7-46; D 40-5, 7/1/99, Kerry Voted Yea)
In 1984, Kerry Said He Would Vote Against "Any Restrictions" On Age Or
Consent For Abortion. Kerry: "Throughout my political career, I have
opposed any attempt to infringe on women's reproductive freedom. I
shall continue to oppose any such attempts however they are guised. I
believe this decision is outside the province of government entirely,
and would vote against any restrictions on age, consent, funding
restrictions, or any law to limit access to abortion." ("Mass. Senate
Candidates Quizzed on Women's Issues," Sojourner: The Women's Forum,
6/30/84)
Kerry Has Voted At Least Three Times Against Requiring Parental
Consent Or Notification For A Minor's Abortion. (H.R. 5257, CQ Vote
#266: Motion Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 323, CQ Vote #131, Adopted 52-47: R 38-5; D 14-42, 7/16/91,
Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #185: Rejected 45-55: R 31-12; D
14-43, 9/11/91, Kerry Voted Nay)
While Kerry Earns A 0% Rating From The National Right To Life
Committee, His NARAL Rating Is Consistently 100%. (Vote Smart
Interest Group Ratings, www.vote-smart.org, Accessed 12/6/02)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2003 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. (Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. Website,
http://www.ppaction.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1999 Votes From Planned
Parenthood. ("Performance Evaluations Data For Senator John Forbes
Kerry Of Massachusetts," www.votesmart.org, Accessed 7/19/00)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 Votes
From NARAL. (NARAL, Congressional Votes On Abortion, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993)
ü Kerry Received 100% Ranking For 2002 Votes From NARAL Pro-Choice
America. (NARAL Pro-Choice America Website,
http://www.prochoiceamerica.org, Accessed 1/24/04)
ü Kerry Received 0% Ranking From National Right To Life Committee
For 108th, 107th And 106th Congresses, And 7% Ranking For 105th
Congress. (National Right To Life Committee Website, www.nrlc.org,
Accessed 1/22/04)
KERRY HAS A HISTORY OF CONTRADICTING
HIMSELF AND TAKING BOTH SIDES OF AN ISSUE
The Iraq War
Kerry Voted For Authorization To Use Force In Iraq. (H.J. Res. 114, CQ
Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48-1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kerry Voted
Yea.)
In First Dem Debate, Kerry Strongly Supported President's Action In
Iraq. KERRY: "George, I said at the time I would have preferred if we
had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the
right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made
the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did
disarm him." (ABC News, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate,
Columbia, SC, 5/4/03)
Kerry Later Claimed He Voted "To Threaten" Use Of Force In Iraq. "I
voted to threaten the use of force to make Saddam Hussein comply with
the resolutions of the United Nations." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At
Announcement Of Presidential Candidacy, Mount Pleasant, SC, 9/2/03)
Now, Kerry Says He Is Anti-War Candidate. CHRIS MATTHEWS: "Do you
think you belong to that category of candidates who more or less are
unhappy with this war, the way it's been fought, along with General
Clark, along with Howard Dean and not necessarily in companionship
politically on the issue of the war with people like Lieberman,
"I am -- Yes, in the sense that I don't believe the president took us
to war as he should have, yes, absolutely." (MSNBC's "Hardball,"
1/6/04)
Eliminating Marriage Penalty For Middle Class
Kerry Said He Will Fight To Keep Tax Relief For Married Couples.
"Howard Dean and Gephardt are going to put the marriage penalty back
in place. So if you get married in America, we're going to charge you
more taxes. I do not want to do that." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
10/23/03)
Said Democrats Fought To End Marriage Penalty Tax. "We fought hard to
get rid of the marriage penalty." (MSNBC's "News Live," 7/31/03)
But, In 1998, Kerry Voted Against Eliminating Marriage Penalty Relief
For Married Taxpayers With Combined Incomes Less Than $50,000 Per
Year, Saving Taxpayers $46 Billion Over 10 Years. (S. 1415, CQ Vote
#154: Rejected 48-50: R 5-49; D 43-1, 6/10/98, Kerry Voted Yea)
The Patriot Act
Kerry Voted For Patriot Act. The Patriot Act was passed nearly
unanimously by the Senate 98-1, and 357-66 in the House. (H.R. 3162,
CQ Vote #313: Passed 98-1: R 49-0; D 48-1; I 1-0, 10/25/01, Kerry
Voted Yea)
Kerry Used To Defend His Vote. "Most of [The Patriot Act] has to do
with improving the transfer of information between CIA and FBI, and it
has to do with things that really were quite necessary in the wake of
what happened on September 11th." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Town
Hall Meeting, Manchester, NH, 8/6/03)
Now, Kerry Attacks Patriot Act. "We are a nation of laws and
liberties, not of a knock in the night. So it is time to end the era
of John Ashcroft. That starts with replacing the Patriot Act with a
new law that protects our people and our liberties at the same time.
I've been a District Attorney and I know that what law enforcement
needs are real tools not restrictions on American's basic rights."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At Iowa State University, 12/1/03)
The First Gulf War
Kerry Took BOTH Sides In First Gulf War In Separate Letters To Same
Constituent. "Rather than take a side--albeit the one he thought was
most expedient--Kerry actually stood on both sides of the first Gulf
war, much like he did this time around. Consider this 'Notebook' item
from TNR's March 25, 1991 issue, which ran under the headline 'Same
ü 'Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to
the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your
concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would
have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and
against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to
go to war.' --letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of
Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 [1991]
ü 'Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support
for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of
Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and
unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and
the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in
the Persian Gulf.' --Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31
[1991]" (Noam Scheiber, "Noam Scheiber's Daily Journal of Politics,
The New Republic Online, 1/28/04)
Gay Marriage Amendment
In 2002, Kerry Signed Letter "Urging" MA Legislature To Reject
Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage. "We rarely comment on
issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court,
but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such
significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it
appropriate for us to express our opinion. One such matter is the
proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously
inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships.
We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in
our Constitution a provision which would have such a negative effect
on so many of our fellow residents. . We are therefore united in
urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid
stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be
treated in such a manner." (Sen. John Kerry, et al, Letter To Members
Of The Massachusetts Legislature, 7/12/02)
Now, In 2004, Kerry Won't Rule Out Supporting Similar Amendment.
"Asked if he would support a state constitutional amendment barring
gay and lesbian marriages, Kerry didn't rule out the possibility.
'I'll have to see what language there is,' he said." (Susan Milligan,
"Kerry Says GOP May Target Him On 'Wedge Issue,'" The Boston Globe,
2/6/04)
On Attacking President During Time Of War
In March 2003, Kerry Promised Not To Attack President When War Began.
"Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts . said he will cease his
complaints once the shooting starts. 'It's what you owe the troops,'
said a statement from Kerry, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. 'I
remember being one of those guys and reading news reports from home.
If America is at war, I won't speak a word without measuring how it'll
sound to the guys doing the fighting when they're listening to their
radios in the desert.'" (Glen Johnson, "Democrats On The Stump Plot
Their War Rhetoric," The Boston Globe, 3/11/03)
But Weeks Later, With Troops Just Miles From Baghdad, Kerry Broke His
Pledge. "'What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam
Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'
Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library. Despite
pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration
once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops
fought within 25 miles of Baghdad." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Says Us
Needs Its Own 'Regime Change,'" The Boston Globe, 4/3/03)
Death Penalty For Terrorists
In 1996, Kerry Attacked Governor Bill Weld For Supporting Death
Penalty For Terrorists. KERRY: "Your policy would amount to a
terrorist protection policy. Mine would put them in jail." (1996
Massachusetts Senate Debate, 9/16/96)
In 1996, Kerry Said, "You Can Change Your Mind On Things, But Not On
Life-And-Death Issues." (Timothy J. Connolly, "The 'Snoozer' Had Some
Life," [Worcester, MA] Telegram & Gazette, 7/3/96)
But, In 2002, Kerry Said He Supported Death Penalty For Terrorists.
KERRY: "The law of the land is the law of the land, but I have also
said that I am for the death penalty for terrorists because terrorists
have declared war on your country." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
No Child Left Behind
Adopted 87-10: R 44-3; D 43-6; I 0-1, 12/18/01, Kerry Voted Yea)
But Now Kerry Is Attacking No Child Left Behind As "Mockery." "Between
now and the time I'm sworn in January 2005, I'm going to use every day
to make this president accountable for making a mockery of the words
'No Child Left Behind.'" (Holly Ramer, "Kerry Wants To Make
'Environmental Justice' A Priority," The Associated Press, 4/22/03)
Kerry Trashed NCLB As 'Unfunded Mandate' With 'Laudable' Goals.
"Kerry referred to [No Child Left Behind] as an 'unfunded mandate'
with 'laudable' goals. 'Without the resources, education reform is a
sham,' Kerry said. 'I can't wait to crisscross this country and hold
this president accountable for making a mockery of the words "no child
left behind."'" (Matt Leon, "Sen. Kerry In Tune With Educators," The
[Quincy, MA] Patriot Ledger, 7/11/03)
Affirmative Action
In 1992, Kerry Called Affirmative Action "Inherently Limited And
Divisive." "[W]hile praising affirmative action as 'one kind of
progress' that grew out of civil rights court battles, Kerry said the
focus on a rights-based agenda has 'inadvertently driven most of our
focus in this country not to the issue of what is happening to the
kids who do not get touched by affirmative action, but . toward an
inherently limited and divisive program which is called affirmative
action.' That agenda is limited, he said, because it benefits segments
of black and minority populations, but not all. And it is divisive
because it creates a 'perception and a reality of reverse
discrimination that has actually engendered racism.'" (Lynne Duke,
"Senators Seek Serious Dialogue On Race," The Washington Post, 4/8/92)
In 2004, Kerry Denied Ever Having Called Affirmative Action
"Divisive." CNN's KELLY WALLACE: "We caught up with the Senator, who
said he never called affirmative action divisive, and accused Clark of
playing politics." SEN. KERRY: "That's not what I said. I said there
are people who believe that. And I said mend it, don't end it. He's
trying to change what I said, but you can go read the quote. I said
very clearly I have always voted for it. I've always supported it.
I've never, ever condemned it. I did what Jim Clyburn did and what
Bill Clinton did, which is mend it. And Jim Clyburn wouldn't be
supporting it if it were otherwise. So let's not have any politics
here. Let's keep the truth." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/30/04)
Ethanol
Kerry Twice Voted Against Tax Breaks For Ethanol. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ
Vote #44: Rejected 48-52: R 11-32; D 37-20, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #68: Motion Agreed To 55-43: R 2-40; D 53-3,
3/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Voted Against Ethanol Mandates. (H.R. 4624, CQ Vote #255: Motion
Agreed To 51-50: R 19-25; D 31-25, 8/3/94, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Voted Twice To Increase Liability On Ethanol, Making It Equal To
Regular Gasoline. (S. 517, CQ Vote #87: Motion Agreed To 57-42: R
Rejected 38-57: R 9-40; D 28-17; I 1-0, 6/5/03, Kerry Voted Yea)
On The Campaign Trail, Though, Kerry Is For Ethanol. KERRY: "I'm for
ethanol, and I think it's a very important partial ingredient of the
overall mix of alternative and renewable fuels we ought to commit to."
(MSNBC/DNC, Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Des Moines, IA,
11/24/03)
Cuba Sanctions
Senator Kerry Has Long Voted Against Stronger Cuba Sanctions. (H.R.
927, CQ Vote #489, Motion Rejected 59-36: R 50-2; D 9-34, 10/17/95,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 955, CQ Vote #183: Rejected 38-61: R 5-49; D
33-12, 7/17/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1234, CQ Vote #189, Motion Agreed
To 55-43: R 43-10; D 12-33, 6/30/99, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2549, CQ Vote
#137: Motion Agreed To 59-41: R 52-3; D 7-38, 6/20/00, Kerry Voted
Nay)
In 2000, Kerry Said Florida Politics Is Only Reason Cuba Sanctions
Still In Place. "Senator John F. Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat and
member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview that a
reevaluation of relations with Cuba was 'way overdue.' 'We have a
frozen, stalemated, counterproductive policy that is not in
humanitarian interests nor in our larger credibility interest in the
region,' Kerry said. . 'It speaks volumes about the problems in the
current American electoral process. . The only reason we don't
reevaluate the policy is the politics of Florida.'" (John Donnelly,
"Policy Review Likely On Cuba," The Boston Globe, 4/9/00)
Now Kerry Panders To Cuban Vote, Saying He Would Not Lift Embargo
Against Cuba. TIM RUSSERT: "Would you consider lifting sanctions,
lifting the embargo against Cuba?" SEN. KERRY: "Not unilaterally, not
now, no." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 8/31/03)
Kerry Does Not Support "Opening Up The Embargo Wily Nilly." "Kerry
said he believes in 'engagement' with the communist island nation but
that does not mean, 'Open up the dialogue.' He believes it 'means
travel and perhaps even remittances or cultural exchanges' but he does
not support 'opening up the embargo wily nilly.'" (Daniel A. Ricker,
"Kerry Says Bush Did Not Build A 'Legitimate Coalition' In Iraq," The
Miami Herald, 11/25/03)
NAFTA
Kerry Voted For NAFTA. (H.R. 3450, CQ Vote #395: Passed 61-38: R
34-10; D 27-28, 11/20/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Recognized NAFTA Is Our Future. "'NAFTA recognizes the reality
of today's economy - globalization and technology,' Kerry said. 'Our
future is not in competing at the low-level wage job; it is in
creating high-wage, new technology jobs based on our skills and our
productivity.'" (John Aloysius Farrell, "Senate's OK Finalizes NAFTA
Pact," The Boston Globe, 11/21/93)
Now, Kerry Expresses Doubt About NAFTA. "Kerry, who voted for NAFTA in
1993, expressed some doubt about the strength of free-trade
agreements. 'If it were before me today, I would vote against it
because it doesn't have environmental or labor standards in it,' he
said." (David Lightman, "Democrats Battle For Labor's Backing,"
Hartford Courant, 8/6/03)
Double Taxation Of Dividends
December 2002: Kerry Favored Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"[T]o encourage investments in the jobs of the future - I think we
should eliminate the tax on capital gains for investments in critical
technology companies - zero capital gains on $100 million issuance of
stock if it's held for 5 years and has created real jobs. And we
should attempt to end the double taxation of dividends." (Sen. John
Kerry, Remarks At The City Club Of Cleveland, 12/3/02)
May 2003: Kerry Said He Opposed Ending Double Taxation Of Dividends.
"Kerry also reiterated his opposition to the Republican plan to cut
taxes on stock dividends. 'This is not the time for a dividends tax
cut that goes to individuals,' he said." ("Kerry Says Time Is On Dems'
Side," The Associated Press, 5/8/03)
Raising Taxes During Economic Downturn
September 2001: Said Should Not Raise Taxes In Economic Downturn.
"The first priority is the economy of our nation. And when you have a
downturn in the economy, the last thing you do is raise taxes or cut
spending. We shouldn't do either. We need to maintain a course that
hopefully will stimulate the economy. . . . No, we should not raise
taxes, but we have to put everything on the table to take a look at
why we have this structural problem today. . . .[Y]ou don't want to
raise taxes." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 9/2/01)
ü We Should "Absolutely Not Raise Taxes." "Well, I think it's very
clear what I favor because we voted for it early in the spring, which
was the Democratic budget alternative that had triggers in it where
you didn't wind up spending money you don't have. It had a smaller tax
cut but more tax cut for a stimulus, which is what we need. So you ask
me, what do we need now? Yes, we need additional stimulus. We should
absolutely not raise taxes. We should not cut spending. What we need
to do is drive the economy of this country. The economy is the number
one issue. It is the most important thing we should focus on." (CNN's
"Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields," 9/8/01)
April 2002: Said He Wanted Larger Tax Cut And Was "Not In Favor Of"
Repeal. CNN's TUCKER CARLSON: "Senator Kerry . . . [many Democrats]
[g]et a lot of political mileage out of criticizing [President Bush's
tax cut], but nobody has the courage to say repeal it. Are you for
repealing it?" KERRY: "It's not a question of courage. . . . And
it's not an issue right now. We passed appropriately a tax cut as a
stimulus, some $40 billion. Many of us thought it should have even
maybe been a little bit larger this last year . [T]he next tax cut
doesn't take effect until 2004. If we can grow the economy enough
between now and then, if we have sensible policies in place and make
good choices, who knows what our choices will be. So it's simply not a
ripe issue right now. And I'm not in favor of turning around today and
repealing it." (CNN's "Crossfire," 4/16/02)
December 2002: Flip-Flopped, Would Keep Tax Cuts From Taking Effect.
NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Senator . . . should we freeze or roll back the
Bush tax cut?" KERRY: "Well, I wouldn't take away from people who've
already been given their tax cut . What I would not do is give any
new Bush tax cuts." . RUSSERT: "So the tax cut that's scheduled to be
implemented in the coming years ." KERRY: "No new tax cut under the
Bush plan. . . . It doesn't make economic sense." . RUSSERT: "Now,
this is a change ." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 12/1/02)
ü Called For Freeze Of Bush Tax Cuts In Favor Of Year-Long
Suspension Of Payroll Taxes On First $10,000 Of Personal Income.
"Kerry said Bush's tax cuts have mainly benefited the rich while doing
little for the economy. Kerry is proposing to halt Bush's additional
tax cuts and instead impose a yearlong suspension of payroll taxes on
the first $10,000 of income to help the poor and middle class."
(Tyler Bridges, "Kerry Visits Miami To Start Raising Funds," The Miami
Herald, 12/7/02)
Small Business Income Taxes
Kerry Voted Against Exempting Small Businesses And Family Farms From
Clinton Income Tax Increase. (S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #79: Motion
Agreed To 54-45: R 0-43; D 54-2, 3/25/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Three Months Later, Kerry Voted In Favor Of Proposal To Exclude Small
Motion Rejected 56-42: R 43-0; D 13-42, 6/24/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Kerry Claimed He Fought To Exempt Small Businesses From Income Tax
Increases. "I worked to amend the reconciliation bill so that it would
. exempt small businesses who are classified as subchapter S
corporations from the increased individual income tax." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 6/29/93, p. S 8268)
50-Cent Gas Tax Increase
In 1994, Kerry Backed Half-Dollar Increase In Gas Tax. "Kerry said
[the Concord Coalition's scorecard] did not accurately reflect
individual lawmakers' efforts to cut the deficit. 'It doesn't reflect
my $43 billion package of cuts or my support for a 50-cent increase in
the gas tax,' Kerry said." (Jill Zuckman, "Deficit-Watch Group Gives
High Marks To 7 N.E. Lawmakers," The Boston Globe, 3/1/94)
Two Years Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped. "Kerry no longer supports the
50-cent [gas tax] hike, nor the 25-cent hike proposed by the [Concord]
coalition." (Michael Grunwald, "Kerry Gets Low Mark On Budgeting," The
Boston Globe, 4/30/96)
On Leaving Abortion Up To States
Kerry Used To Say Abortion Should Be Left Up To States. "I think the
question of abortion is one that should be left for the states to
decide," Kerry said during his failed 1972 Congressional bid. ("John
Kerry On The Issues," The [Lowell, MA] Sun, 10/11/72)
Now Kerry Says Abortion Is Law Of Entire Nation. "The right to choose
is the law of the United States. No person has the right to infringe
on that freedom. Those of us who are in government have a special
responsibility to see to it that the United States continues to
protect this right, as it must protect all rights secured by the
constitution." (Sen. John Kerry [D-MA], Congressional Record,
1/22/85)
Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees
Kerry Used To Oppose Litmus Tests For Judicial Nominees. "Throughout
two centuries, our federal judiciary has been a model institution, one
which has insisted on the highest standards of conduct by our public
servants and officials, and which has survived with undiminished
respect. Today, I fear that this institution is threatened in a way
that we have not seen before. . This threat is that of the appointment
of a judiciary which is not independent, but narrowly ideological,
through the systematic targeting of any judicial nominee who does not
meet the rigid requirements of litmus tests imposed ." (Sen. John
Kerry, Congressional Record, 2/3/86, p. S864)
But Now Kerry Says He Would Only Support Supreme Court Nominees Who
Pledge To Uphold Roe v. Wade. "The potential retirement of Supreme
Court justices makes the 2004 presidential election especially
important for women, Senator John F. Kerry told a group of female
Democrats yesterday, and he pledged that if elected president he would
nominate to the high court only supporters of abortion rights under
its Roe v. Wade decision. . 'Any president ought to appoint people to
the Supreme Court who understand the Constitution and its
interpretation by the Supreme Court. In my judgment, it is and has
been settled law that women, Americans, have a defined right of
privacy and that the government does not make the decision with
respect to choice. Individuals do.'" (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Vows Court
Picks To Be Abortion-Rights Supporters," The Boston Globe, 4/9/03)
Federal Health Benefits
In 1993, Kerry Expressed Doubts That Federal Employees Health Benefits
System Worked Well. "Hillary Rodham Clinton today offered a fresh
description of one of the most confusing elements of the
Administration health care plan, the health insurance purchasing
alliances, saying they would let all Americans choose coverage in the
way members of Congress do. . Senator John Kerry, Democrat of
Massachusetts, said he was not sure that the Federal program worked
all that well." (Adam Clymer, "Hillary Clinton Says Health Plan Will
Be Familiar," The New York Times, 12/8/93)
Kerry Expressed Personal Dissatisfaction With His Coverage Through
Federal Program. "Earlier this month, when Hillary Rodham Clinton came
to Boston and vowed that average Americans would get as good coverage
as that enjoyed by their senators and representatives, Sen. John F.
Kerry told Clinton that he thought the country could do better. The
Massachusetts Democrat said he was thinking, among other recent
disasters, of his $500 dental bill for treatment of an abscessed
tooth. 'Because it was done in the dentist's office, rather than the
hospital, they didn't cover it. So they were urging me to go spend
twice as much in a hospital,' said Kerry, who is covered by BACE, the
Beneficial Association of Capitol Employees." (Ana Puga, "Lawmakers
Talk Health Care," The Boston Globe, 12/19/93)
Now, On Campaign Trail, Kerry Is Enthusiastic About Health Care He
Receives As Senator. "As a U.S. Senator, I could get the best health
care in the world. Most people aren't so lucky, and we need to change
that. That's why my plan gives every American access to the same kind
of health care that members of Congress give themselves. . Because
your family's health care is just as important as any politicians' in
Washington." (Sen. John Kerry, "Affordable Health Care For All
Americans," Remarks At Mercy Medical, Cedar Rapids, IA, 12/14/03)
Kerry: "I'm Going To Make Available To Every American The Same Health
Care Plan That Senators And Congressmen Give Themselves ." (Sen. John
Kerry, AARP Democrat Candidate Debate, Bedford, NH, 11/18/03)
Tax Credits For Small Business Health
In 2001, Kerry Voted Against Amendment Providing $70 Billion For Tax
Credits For Small Business To Purchase Health Insurance. (H. Con.
Res. 83, CQ Vote #83: Rejected 49-51: R 48-2; D 1-49, 4/5/01, Kerry
Voted Nay)
Now, Kerry Promises Refundable Tax Credits To Small Businesses For
Health Coverage. "Refundable tax credits for up to 50 percent of the
cost of coverage will be offered to small businesses and their
employees to make health care more affordable." ("John Kerry's Plan
To Make Health Care Affordable To Every American," John Kerry For
President Website, www.johnkerry.com, Accessed 1/21/04)
Health Coverage
In 1994, Kerry Said Democrats Push Health Care Too Much. "[Kerry] said
Kennedy and Clinton's insistence on pushing health care reform was a
major cause of the Democratic Party's problems at the polls." (Joe
Battenfeld, "Jenny Craig Hit With Sex Harassment Complaint - By Men,"
Boston Herald, 11/30/94)
But Now Kerry Calls Health Care His "Passion." "Sen. John Kerry says
expanding coverage is 'my passion.'" (Susan Page, "Health Specifics
Could Backfire On Candidates," USA Today, 6/2/03)
Welfare Reform
In 1993, Kerry Voted To Kill Bipartisan Welfare Work Requirement. In
1993, Kerry and Kennedy voted against a welfare-to-work requirement
that was supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein
ü Fiscal 1993 Supplemental Appropriations - Welfare Work
Requirement. "Moynihan, D-N.Y., motion to table (kill) the D'Amato,
R-N.Y., amendment to sharply cut federal welfare administration aid to
states that do not, within a year, require at least 10 percent of
their able-bodied welfare recipients without dependents to work. The
required workfare participation rate would be increased by 2 percent a
Rejected 34-64: R 1-42; D 33-22, 6/22/93, Kerry Voted Yea)
Adopted 78-21: R 53-0; D 25-21, 8/1/96, Kerry Voted Yea)
Stock Options Expensing
Kerry Used To Oppose Expensing Stock Options. "Democratic Senator John
F. Kerry was among those fighting expensing of stock options." (Sue
Kirchhoff, "Senate Blocks Options," The Boston Globe, 7/16/02)
Kerry Said Expensing Options Would Not "Benefit The Investing Public."
KERRY: "Mr. President, the Financial Accounting Standards Board . has
proposed a rule that will require companies to amortize the value of
stock options and deduct them off of their earnings statements . I
simply cannot see how the FASB rule, as proposed, will benefit the
investing public." (Sen. John Kerry, Congressional Record, 3/10/94, p.
S2772)
But Now Kerry Says He Supports Carrying Of Stock Options As Corporate
Expense. "On an issue related to corporate scandals, Kerry for the
first time endorsed the carrying of stock options as a corporate
expense. The use of stock options was abused by some companies and
contributed to overly optimistic balance sheets. Kerry applauded steps
by Microsoft Corp. to eliminate stock options for employees and said
all publicly traded companies should be required to expense such
options." (Dan Balz, "Kerry Raps Bush Policy On Postwar Iraq," The
Washington Post, 7/11/03)
Medical Marijuana
Kerry Said His "Personal Disposition Is Open To The Issue Of Medical
Marijuana." "Aaron Houston of the Granite Staters for Medical
Marijuana said that just a month ago Mr. Kerry seemed to endorse
medical marijuana use, and when asked about the content of his
mysterious study, said, 'I am trying to find out. I don't know.' Mr.
Kerry did say his 'personal disposition is open to the issue of
medical marijuana' and that he'd stop Drug Enforcement Administration
raids on patients using the stuff under California's medical marijuana
law." (Jennifer Harper, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times,
8/8/03)
But Now Kerry Says He Wants To Wait For Study Analyzing Issue Before
Making Final Decision. "The Massachusetts Democrat said Wednesday
he'd put off any final decision on medical marijuana because there's
'a study under way analyzing what the science is.'" (Jennifer Harper,
"Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 8/8/03)
Burma Sanctions
In 1995, Kerry Was Against Burma Sanctions. "'I question whether
isolation is a successful means of promoting political change,' Kerry
told a constituent in a 1995 letter justifying his opposition to a
Burma sanction bill." (Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of
Himself, Starts Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
But Now Kerry Supports Burma Sanctions. "In his 1996 reelection
campaign, Kerry, after Governor William F. Weld took up the cause, was
badgered by advisers into shifting his position. But as he eyes a
presidential campaign and the Burma sanction movement gains
credibility, Kerry . describes the Burma regime as a
'semi-criminalized dictatorship . which should not be treated with
respect by other nations, but should be instead subject to limitations
on travel, investment, and access to the most developed nations.'"
(Geeta Anand, et al., "Menino Gets Ahead Of Himself, Starts
Contemplating Third Term," The Boston Globe, 5/18/97)
On Military Experience As Credential For Public Office
Kerry: Service Should Not Be "Litmus Test" For Leadership. "Mr.
President, you and I know that if support or opposition to the war
were to become a litmus test for leadership, America would never have
leaders or recover from the divisions created by that war. You and I
know that if service or nonservice in the war is to become a test of
qualification for high office, you would not have a Vice President,
nor would you have a Secretary of Defense and our Nation would never
recover from the divisions created by that war." (Sen. John Kerry,
Congressional Record, 10/08/92, p. S17709)
But Now Kerry Constantly "Challenges The Stature Of His Democratic
Opponents" Over Their Lack Of Military Service. "And more than ever,
Mr. Kerry is invoking his stature as a Vietnam veteran as he
challenges the stature of his Democratic opponents -- none of whom, he
frequently points out, have 'worn the uniform of our country' -- to
withstand a debate with Mr. Bush on national security." (Adam
Nagourney, "As Campaign Tightens, Kerry Sharpens Message," The New
York Times, 8/10/03)
PACs
Kerry Used To Decry "Special Interests And Their PAC Money." "'I'm
frequently told by cynics in Washington that refusing PAC money is
naive,' Kerry told his supporters in 1985. 'Do you agree that it is
"naïve" to turn down special interests and their PAC money?'" (Glen
Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston Globe,
12/15/01)
But Now, Kerry Has Established His Own PAC. "A week after repeating
that he has refused to accept donations from political action
committees, Senator John F. Kerry announced yesterday that he was
forming a committee that would accept PAC money for him to distribute
to other Democratic candidates. . Kerry's stance on soft money,
unregulated donations funneled through political parties, puts him in
the position of raising the type of money that he, McCain, and others
in the campaign-finance reform movement are trying to eliminate."
(Glen Johnson, "In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A PAC," The Boston
Globe, 12/15/01)
$10,000 Donation Limit To His PAC
When Kerry Established His PAC In 2001, He Instituted A $10,000 Limit
On Donations. "A week after repeating that he has refused to accept
donations from political action committees, Senator John F. Kerry
announced yesterday that he was forming a committee that would accept
PAC money for him to distribute to other Democratic candidates . The
statement also declared that the new PAC would voluntarily limit
donations of so-called soft money to $10,000 per donor per year and
disclose the source and amount of all such donations." (Glen Johnson,
"In A Switch, Kerry Is Launching A Pac," The Boston Globe, 12/15/01)
One Year Later, Kerry Started Accepting Unlimited Contributions.
"Senator John F. Kerry, who broke with personal precedent last year
when he established his first political action committee, has changed
his fund-raising guidelines again, dropping a $10,000 limit on
contributions from individuals, a cap he had touted when establishing
the PAC. The Massachusetts Democrat said yesterday he decided to
accept unlimited contributions, which has already allowed him to take
in 'soft money' donations as large as $25,000, because of the
unprecedented fund-raising demands confronting him as a leader in the
Senate Democratic caucus." (Glen Johnson, "Kerry Shifts Fund-Raising
Credo For His Own PAC," The Boston Globe, 10/4/02)
Using Personal Funds In 1996 Race
In 1996, Kerry And Weld Established $500,000 Limit Of Personal Wealth
To Be Used In Senate Campaign. "In 1996, Kerry and Weld gave their
already noteworthy Senate race added significance by establishing a
spending cap. The candidates agreed to spend no more than $6.9 million
from July 1 through the election. Weld ended up spending $6.6 million
and Kerry $6.3 million. One key element of the agreement limited the
candidates to spending $500,000 in personal wealth, a clause Weld
favored because Kerry is married to a millionaire, Teresa Heinz."
(Glen Johnson, "In Kerry's Plan For A Pac, The Resolution Of
Opposites," The Boston Globe, 12/18/01)
Kerry Broke Agreement By Spending $1.2 Million Over Limit.
"[P]ost-election reports showed a last-minute infusion of $1.7 million
from Kerry's wife, heiress Teresa Heinz. . [K]erry denied that his
campaign violated its agreement. The money had been loaned--not
contributed--by his wife, he explained. 'There was nothing in the
agreement that restricted us from taking a loan . and we paid it back
in $1,000 and $2,000 chunks.'" ("Global Ecology Lobby Rocked By
Defection," Political Finance, The Newsletter, 1/02)
The Israel Security Fence
October 2003: Kerry Calls Fence "Barrier To Peace." "And I know how
disheartened Palestinians are by the Israeli government's decision to
build a barrier off the green line, cutting deeply into Palestinian
areas. We do not need another barrier to peace. Provocative and
counterproductive measures only harm Israel's security over the long-
term, they increase hardships to the Palestinian people, and they make
the process of negotiating an eventual settlement that much harder."
(Sen. John Kerry, Remarks Before Arab American Institute National
Leadership Conference, Dearborn, MI, 10/17/03)
February 2004: Kerry Calls Fence "Legitimate Act Of Self-Defense." "US
Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, the frontrunner in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomination, described Israel's
construction of a security barrier as a 'legitimate act of self
defense' after Sunday's suicide bombing in Jerusalem, clarifying a
position he took in October when he told an Arab American audience,
'We don't need another barrier to peace.'" (Janine Zacharia, "Kerry
Defends Security Fence," The Jerusalem Post, 2/25/04)
Ballistic Missile Defense
Kerry Called For Cancellation Of Missile Defense Systems In 1984 And
Has Voted Against Funding For Missile Defense At Least 53 Times
Between 1985 And 2000. ("John Kerry On The Defense Budget," Campaign
Position Paper, John Kerry For U.S. Senate, 1984; S. 1160, CQ Vote
#99: Rejected 21-78: R 2-50; D 19-28, 6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1160, CQ Vote #100: Rejected 38-57: R 6-45; D 32-12, 6/4/85, Kerry
Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #101: Rejected 36-59: R 1-49; D 35-10,
6/4/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1160, CQ Vote #103: Rejected 33-62: R
Motion Agreed To 64-32: R 49-2; D 15-30, 12/10/85, Kerry Voted Nay;
H.R. 4515, CQ Vote #122: Ruled Non-Germane 45-47: R 7-42; D 38-5,
6/6/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2638, CQ Vote #176: Motion Agreed To
50-49: R 41-11; D 9-38, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2638, CQ Vote
#177: Rejected 49-50: R 10-42; D 39-8, 8/5/86, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
1174, CQ Vote #248: Motion Agreed To 58-38: R 8-37; D 50-1, 9/17/87,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1174, CQ Vote #259: Motion Agreed To 51-50: R
37-9; D 13-41, With Vice President Bush Casting An " Yea " Vote,
9/22/87, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #124: Motion Agreed To
66-29: R 38-6; D 28-23, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#125: Motion Agreed To 50-46: R 38-7; D 12-39, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #126: Motion Rejected 47-50: R 38-6; D 9-44,
5/11/88, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2355, CQ Vote #128: Motion Rejected
48-50: R 6-39; D 42-11, 5/11/88, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote
#136: Motion Agreed To 56-37: R 9-34; D 47-3, 5/13/88, Kerry Voted
Yea; S. 2355, CQ Vote #137: Motion Agreed To 51-43: R 38-5; D 13-38,
5/13/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4264, CQ Vote #251: Motion Rejected
35-58: R 35-9; D 0-49, 7/14/88, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 4781, CQ Vote
#296: Motion Agreed To 50-44: R 5-39; D 45-5, 8/5/88, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1352, CQ Vote #148: Motion Agreed To 50-47: R 37-6; D 13-41,
7/27/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 3072, CQ Vote #202: Rejected 34-66: R
Adopted 53-47: R 39-6; D 14-41, 9/28/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ
Vote #223: Adopted 54-44: R 2-42; D 52-2, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
2884, CQ Vote #225: Motion Agreed To 56-41: R 39-4; D 17-37, 8/4/90,
Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #226: Motion Agreed To 54-43: R
37-6; D 17-37, 8/4/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 3189, CQ Vote #273: Passed
79-16: R 37-5; D 42-11, 10/15/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 5803, CQ Vote
#319: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
4739, CQ Vote #320: Adopted 80-17: R 37-6; D 43-11, 10/26/90, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #168: Rejected 39-60: R 4-39; D 35-21,
7/31/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1507, CQ Vote #171: Motion Agreed To
60-38: R 40-3; D 20-35, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote
#172: Motion Agreed To 64-34: R 39-4; D 25-30, 8/1/91, Kerry Voted
Nay; S. 1507, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 46-52: R 5-38; D 41-14, 8/1/91,
Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2521, CQ Vote #207: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R
38-5; D 12-44, 9/25/91, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted
61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote
#108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114,
CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 3114, CQ Vote #214: Rejected 48-50: R 5-38; D 43-12,
9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 3114, CQ Vote #215: Adopted 52-46: R
Adopted 89-4: R 36-4; D 53-0, 9/22/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ
Vote #251: Adopted 50-48: R 6-36; D 44-12, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S.
Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #64: Rejected 40-59: R 2-42; D 38-17, 3/22/94,
Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1026, CQ Vote #354: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R
47-6; D 4-42, 8/3/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #384: Rejected
45-54: R 5-49; D 40-5, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1087, CQ Vote
#397: Passed 62-35: R 48-4; D 14-31, 9/5/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R.
1530, CQ Vote #399: Passed 64-34: R 50-3; D 14-31, 9/6/95, Kerry Voted
Nay; H.R. 2126, CQ Vote #579: Adopted 59-39: R 48-5; D 11-34,
11/16/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1530, CQ Vote #608: Adopted 51-43: R
Rejected 53-46: R 52-0; D 1-46, 6/4/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ
Vote #160: Rejected 44-53: R 4-49; D 40-4, 6/19/96, Kerry Voted Yea;
S. 1745, CQ Vote #187: Passed 68-31: R 50-2; D 18-29, 7/10/96, Kerry
Voted Nay; S. 936, CQ Vote #171: Rejected 43-56: R 2-53; D 41-3,
7/11/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1873, CQ Vote #131: Motion Rejected
59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 5/13/98, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1873, CQ Vote
#262: Motion Rejected 59-41: R 55-0; D 4-41, 9/9/98, Kerry Voted Nay;
S. 2549, CQ Vote #178: Motion Agreed To 52-48: R 52-3; D 0-45,
7/13/00, Kerry Voted Nay)
Kerry Then Claimed To Support Missile Defense. "I support the
development of an effective defense against ballistic missiles that is
deployed with maximum transparency and consultation with U.S. allies
and other major powers. If there is a real potential of a rogue nation
firing missiles at any city in the United States, responsible
leadership requires that we make our best, most thoughtful efforts to
defend against that threat. The same is true of accidental launch. If
it were to happen, no leader could ever explain not having chosen to
defend against the disaster when doing so made sense." (Peace Action
Website, "Where Do The Candidates Stand On Foreign Policy?"
http://www.peace-action.org/2004/Kerry.html, Accessed 3/10/04)
Now Kerry Campaign Says He Will Defund Missile Defense. FOX NEWS'
MAJOR GARRETT: "Kerry would not say how much all of this would cost. A
top military adviser said the Massachusetts Senator would pay for some
of it by stopping all funds to deploy a national ballistic missile
defense system, one that Kerry doesn't believe will work." KERRY
ADVISOR RAND BEERS: "He would not go forward at this time because
there is not a proof of concept." (Fox News' "Special Report,"
3/17/03)
1991 Iraq War Coalition
At The Time, Kerry Questioned Strength Of 1991 Coalition. "I keep
hearing from people, 'Well, the coalition is fragile, it won't stay
together,' and my response to that is, if the coalition is so fragile,
then what are the vital interests and what is it that compels us to
risk our young American's lives if the others aren't willing to stay
the . course of peace? . I voted against the president, I'm convinced
we're doing this the wrong way ." (CBS' "This Morning," 1/16/91)
"In my speech on the floor of the Senate I made it clear, you are
strongest when you act with other nations. All presidents,
historically, his father, George Herbert Walker Bush, did a brilliant
job of building a legitimate coalition and even got other people to
help pay for the war." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/11/04)
View Of War On Terror
Kerry Said War On Terror Is "Basically A Manhunt." "Kerry was asked
about Bush's weekend appearance on 'Meet the Press' when he called
himself a 'war president.' The senator, who watched the session,
remarked: 'The war on terrorism is a very different war from the way
the president is trying to sell it to us. It's a serious challenge,
and it is a war of sorts, but it is not the kind of war they're trying
to market to America.' Kerry characterized the war on terror as
predominantly an intelligence-gathering and law enforcement operation.
'It's basically a manhunt,' he said. 'You gotta know who they are,
where they are, what they're planning, and you gotta be able to go get
'em before they get us.'" (Katherine M. Skiba, "Bush, Kerry Turn
Focus To Each Other," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/13/04)
Two Weeks Later, Kerry Flip-Flopped, Saying War On Terror Is More Than
"A Manhunt". "This war isn't just a manhunt - a checklist of names
from a deck of cards. In it, we do not face just one man or one
terrorist group. We face a global jihadist movement of many groups,
from different sources, with separate agendas, but all committed to
assaulting the United States and free and open societies around the
globe." (Sen. John Kerry, Remarks At University Of California At Los
Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2/27/04)
Funding For Our Troops In Iraq
Kerry Pledged To Fund Reconstruction With "Whatever Number" Of Dollars
It Took. NBC'S TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that we should reduce
funding that we are now providing for the operation in Iraq?" SEN.
JOHN KERRY: "No. I think we should increase it." RUSSERT: "Increase
funding?" KERRY: "Yes." RUSSERT: "By how much?" KERRY: "By whatever
number of billions of dollars it takes to win. It is critical that the
United States of America be successful in Iraq, Tim." (NBC's "Meet
The Press," 8/31/03)
Then Kerry Voted Against Senate Passage Of Iraq/Afghanistan
Reconstruction Package. "Passage of the bill that would appropriate
$86.5 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental spending for military
operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill would
provide $10.3 billion as a grant to rebuild Iraq, including $5.1
billion for security and $5.2 billion for reconstruction costs. It
also would provide $10 billion as a loan that would be converted to a
grant if 90 percent of all bilateral debt incurred by the former Iraqi
regime of Saddam Hussein has been forgiven by other countries.
Separate provisions limit reconstruction aid to $18.4 billion. It also
would provide approximately $65.6 billion for military operations and
maintenance and $1.3 billion for veterans medical care." (S. 1689, CQ
Vote #400: Passed 87-12: R 50-0; D 37-11; I 0-1, 10/17/03, Kerry Voted
Nay)
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve
In February 2000, Kerry Said Release Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum
Reserve Would Not Be "Relevant." "Without being specific, Kerry, a key
member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggested the US
could retaliate economically in other trade areas. He also said he
does not want a release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. A
release 'is not relevant. It would take months for the oil to get to
the market,' he said." (Cathy Landry, "US Energy Chief Warns Of
Gasoline Crisis," Platt's Oilgram News, 2/17/00)
Now, In March 2004, Kerry Called For Stop In Filling Strategic
Petroleum Reserve To Reduce Prices. "Kerry would pressure
oil-producing nations to increase production and temporarily suspend
filling the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to campaign
documents. ... 'The Bush administration has put the SPR fill program
on automatic pilot without regard to the short-term effect on the US
market,' the campaign documents said. 'The program needs better
management ... Kerry would temporarily suspend filling SPR until oil
prices return to normal levels.'" (Patricia Wilson, "Kerry To Offer
Plan To Reduce Record Gasoline Prices," Reuters, 3/29/04)
KERRY'S KEY VOTES
108th Congress, 2003-2004 Senate Votes
Against Partial Birth Abortion Ban: Kerry voted against a ban on
R 47-3; D 17-30; I 0-1, 10/21/03)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. Con. Res. 23, CQ Vote #59: Adopted 52-48: R
8-43; D 43-5; I 1-0, 3/19/03)
Block Confirmation Of Estrada: Kerry voted against allowing a
confirmation vote on Miguel A. Estrada for the D.C. Circuit Court of
Appeals. (CQ Vote #40: Rejected 55-44: R 51-0; D 4-43; I 0-1, 3/6/03)
107th Congress, 2001-2002 Senate Votes
Against Permanent Repeal Of Estate Tax: Kerry voted against
permanently repealing the estate tax. (H.R. 8, CQ Vote #151: Rejected
54-44: R 45-2; D 9-41; I 0-1, 6/12/02)
Against ANWR: Kerry voted against legislation to allow for oil
exploration in ANWR. (S. 517, CQ Vote #71: Rejected 46-54: R 41-8; D
5-45; I 0-1, 4/18/02)
Against The Bush Tax Cut: Kerry voted against a $1.35 trillion tax cut
package to reduce income-tax rates, alleviate the "marriage penalty"
and gradually repeal the estate tax. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #165: Adopted
62-38: R 50-0; D 12-38, 5/23/01)
For Reducing Size Of The Tax Cut: Kerry voted to reduce Bush's
proposed tax cut ceiling by $448 billion over 10 years. (H. Con. Res.
83, CQ Vote #69: Adopted 53-47: R 4-46; D 49-1, 4/4/01)
Against Ashcroft Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming John
Ashcroft to be Attorney General. (CQ Vote #8: Confirmed 58-42: R 50-0;
D 8-42, 2/1/01)
106th Congress, 1999-2000 Senate Votes
Against Genetic Privacy: Kerry voted against approving a GOP plan to
restrict use of genetic information by health insurers. (H.R. 4577, CQ
Vote #165: Passed 58-40: R 55-0; D 3-40, 6/29/00)
For Expanding Hate Crime Protections: Kerry voted to include gender,
sexual orientation and disability in federal hate crime protections.
(S. 2549, CQ Vote #136: Passed 57-42: R 13-41; D 44-1, 6/20/00)
Against Reducing Taxes: Kerry voted against reducing federal taxes by
$792 billion over 10 years. (S. 1429, CQ Vote #247: Passed 57-43: R
52-2; D 4-41; I 1-0, 7/30/99)
105th Congress, 1997-98 Senate Votes
Against Banning Partial-Birth Abortion: Kerry voted against overriding
Clinton's veto on a ban on "partial-birth" abortions. (H.R. 1122, CQ
Vote #277: Rejected 64-36: R 51-4; D 13-32, 9/18/98)
Against Banning Cloning: Kerry voted against allowing vote to ban
human cloning. (S. 1601, CQ Vote #10: Rejected 42-54: R 42-12; D 0-42,
2/11/98)
Against Educational Savings Accounts: Kerry voted against allowing a
Rejected 56-41: R 54-1; D 2-40, 10/30/97)
Against Fiscally Responsible Budget: Kerry voted against approving a
Adopted 78-22: R 41-14; D 37-8, 5/23/97)
Against Balanced-Budget Amendment: Kerry voted against approving a
Rejected 66-34: R 55-0; D 11-34, 3/4/97)
104th Congress, 1995-96 Senate Votes
Against Balancing The Budget: Kerry voted against a bipartisan plan to
Rejected 46-53: R 22-30; D 24-23, 5/23/96)
Against Tort Reform: Kerry voted against allowing a vote to approve a
cap on punitive damages in product liability cases. (H.R. 956, CQ Vote
#152: Rejected 47-52: R 45-9; D 2-43, 5/4/95)
103rd Congress, 1993-94 Senate Votes
Against Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to kill an amendment to
Adopted 65-31: R 23-19; D 42-12, 2/9/94)
For The Largest Tax Increase In American History: Kerry voted to pass
Clinton's budget that raised taxes and cut spending. (H.R. 2264, CQ
Vote #247: Adopted 51-50: R 0-44; D 50-6, With Vice President Gore
Voting "Yea," 8/6/93)
102nd Congress, 1991-92 Senate Votes
Against Stopping Missile Defense Spending Cuts: Kerry voted against a
motion to kill an amendment that proposed deeper cuts in SDI spending.
(S. 3114, CQ Vote #182: Rejected 43-49: R 34-5; D 9-44, 8/7/92)
Against School Choice: Kerry voted against approving a school-choice
pilot program. (S. 2, CQ Vote #5: Rejected 36-57: R 33-6; D 3-51,
1/23/92)
Against Thomas Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Clarence
Thomas to the Supreme Court. (CQ Vote #220: Confirmed 52-48: R 41-2; D
11-46, 10/15/91)
For Defense Spending Reductions: Kerry voted to transfer $3.1 billion
to domestic programs from Defense department accounts. (H.R. 2707, CQ
Vote #182: Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91)
Against Persian Gulf War: Kerry voted against authorizing the use of
force in the Persian Gulf. (S.J. Res. 2, CQ Vote #2: Passed 52-47: R
42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91)
101st Congress, 1989-90 Senate Votes
Against Flag Burning Amendment: Kerry voted against a constitutional
amendment on flag desecration. (S. J. Res. 332, CQ Vote #128: Rejected
58-42: R 38-7; D 20-35, 6/26/90)
Against Parental Notification For Minors' Abortions: Kerry voted to
kill an amendment requiring parental notice for minors' abortions.
(H.R. 5257, CQ Vote #266: Rejected 48-48: R 8-34; D 40-14, 10/12/90)
Against Considering A Capital Gains Tax Cut: Kerry voted against
Rejected 51-47: R 45-0; D 6-47, 11/14/89)
100th Congress, 1987-88 Senate Votes
Against Death Penalty For Drug-Related Murders: Kerry voted against
approving the death penalty for drug-related murders. (S. 2455, CQ
Vote #175: Passed 65-29: R 37-6; D 28-23, 6/10/88)
Against Bork Nomination: Kerry voted against confirming Supreme Court
Nominee Judge Robert H. Bork. (CQ Vote #348: Confirmation Rejected
42-58: R 40-6; D 2-52, 10/23/87)
99th Congress, 1985-86 Senate Votes
Against Rehnquist Nomination: Kerry voted against the confirmation of
William Rehnquist to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
(CQ Vote #266: Confirmed 65-33: R 49-2; D 16-31, 9/17/86)
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