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Dick Cheney on Abortion
Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for 18 headlines on from Keyes' book Our Character, Our Future OR click here for other candidates on Abortion.
  • Reach across the divide on adoptions & notification. (Oct 5)
  • Let FDA’s RU-486 decision stand; it’s only based on safety. (Oct 5)
  • Exemptions for rape, incest or woman’s life now OK. (Jul 26)
  • In Congress: No exceptions in the case of rape or incest. (Jul 24)
  • Against abortion rights. (Jul 1999)
  • Co-sponsored “Preborn Children’s Civil Rights Act of 1985”. (Jan 1988)
Dick Cheney on Budget & Economy
Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Budget & Economy.
  • After 8 years inaction, must act based on rosy forecast. (Oct 5)
  • Give responsible tax relief by returning 5% of surplus. (Oct 5)
  • Increase domestic energy production without damage to land. (Oct 5)
  • In 1980s, US needed limited spending for deficit & Cold War. (Jul 26)
  • Budget surplus softens opposition to spending. (Jul 26)
  • Supported Balanced Budget Amendment. (Jul 1999)
  • Investment in defense brings economic growth. (Sep 1992)
  • Don’t fund domestic priorities by cutting defense. (Sep 1992)
  • Co-sponsored numerous bills for balancing the budget. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported biennial budgeting for deficit reduction. (Jan 1986)
Dick Cheney on China
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  • Supported F-16 sales to Taiwan. (Sep 1992)
  • Supports linking MFN to human rights outside of China. (Jan 1988)
Dick Cheney on Civil Rights
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  • Equalize pay for stay-at-home moms vs. working women. (Oct 5)
  • Voted that US civil rights laws not apply to South Africa. (Jul 26)
  • Stopped military academies from banning gays. (Jul 26)
  • Voted against ERA in 1983. (Jul 24)
  • Kept ban on gays in military; and ban on women in combat. (Jan 1997)
  • Criticized for calling Gulf War “best covered war”. (Jan 1995)
  • Co-sponsored bills for equal rights for women in education. (Jan 1984)
  • Voted for anti-busing Amendment. (Jan 1979)
Dick Cheney on Crime
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  • Death penalty OK for espionage & treason. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills for stricter & mandatory sentencing. (Jan 1986)
Dick Cheney on Defense
Click here for 24 full quotes OR click here for 4 older headlines OR click here for 11 headlines on about Mideast OR click here for other candidates on Defense.
  • Swift retaliation for USS Cole terrorist attack. (Oct 14)
  • American military is worse off today than in 1992. (Oct 5)
  • We must not send unprepared, demoralized troops to war. (Oct 5)
  • We cannot allow Saddam to have nuclear weapons. (Oct 5)
  • Restore bond of trust between military and President. (Aug 30)
  • Warned of nuclear proliferation in 1990s. (Jan 1997)
  • Complained that Congress gave DoD unwanted weapons & forces. (Jan 1997)
  • Added technology & infrastructure as pillars of military. (Jan 1997)
  • Americans support force when appropriate & clear objective. (Apr 1991)
  • Supported fully funding SDI in 1990s. (May 1989)
  • Co-sponsored SDI; “peace thru strength”; base closings. (Jan 1986)
  • Criticizes Clinton/Gore’s neglect, not military itself. (Aug 30)

    Gulf War

  • Gulf War: Rejected frontal assault in favor of “left hook”. (Jul 27)
  • Congressional authorization wasn’t needed for Kuwait. (Jan 1996)
  • Gulf War: No, we should not have gone to Baghdad. (Apr 1991)
  • Gulf War: We did it right to avoid a quagmire. (Apr 1991)

    Military Rebuilding

  • US military is best in world, but trend is wrong direction. (Oct 10)
  • Military reductions are too much for post-Cold War. (Oct 5)
  • Decreased army means increased risk to lives of troops. (Aug 30)
  • Military today is overused and underresourced. (Aug 30)
  • Need to spend more, but spend it wisely. (Aug 30)
  • Cautious cuts: A-12, V22, F14D, Seawolf, 500,000 troops. (Jul 27)
  • In Congress, consistently voted to raise military spending. (Jul 24)
  • Downsized military while protecting “people programs”. (Jan 1997)
Dick Cheney on Drugs
Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on about Drug War OR click here for other candidates on Drugs.
  • Mandatory penalties to fight for a drug-free America. (Jan 1988)
  • Post federal rewards for snitching on drug sales. (Jan 1988)
  • Request media participation in War on Drugs. (Jan 1986)
  • More federal and foreign cooperation in fighting drugs. (Jan 1986)
Dick Cheney on Education
Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on on School Choice OR click here for other candidates on Education.
  • Bush focuses on accountability; Gore on status quo. (Oct 30)
  • Demand accountability so no child is left behind. (Oct 5)
  • Teach reading, writing, and values. (Aug 29)
  • Tests will be taken, results will be measured. (Aug 2)
  • Voted against Head Start; but with surplus, supports it. (Jul 26)
  • Voted against Head Start, and against Dept. of Education. (Jul 24)
  • Supports school prayer. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports certifying military retirees as teachers. (Sep 1992)
  • Supports school-based management; & tax-deductible loans. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported grants for low-income “bootstrap schools”. (Jan 1988)
Dick Cheney on Environment
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  • Fuel cells from propane are “a tremendous development”. (Oct 25)
  • Allow snowmobiles in National Parks. (Oct 24)
  • Don’t designate national monuments without local input. (Oct 24)
  • Don’t drill off California coast; but do drill ANWR. (Oct 5)
  • Voted against Clean Water Act and air pollution sanctions. (Jul 24)
  • Sponsored bills for amending CAA; user fees; grazing; energy. (Jan 1987)
  • Sponsored bills for extending mining leases. (Jan 1987)
  • OK to hunt, trap, & ski in National Parks & Forests. (Jan 1986)
  • User fees in National Parks & Forests; drill ANWR. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills on acid rain & unleaded fuel. (Jan 1986)
  • Sponsored numerous bills for flood control & dams. (Jan 1985)
  • Added 671,000 acres to Wyoming wilderness despite objections. (Jan 1984)
  • Co-sponsored bills to limit water lawsuits & construct dams. (Jan 1984)
Dick Cheney on Families & Children
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  • For families: improve schools; reform taxes; restore honesty. (Aug 2)
  • Voted against WIC welfare nuttrition programs. (Jul 26)
  • More funds for pre-school & early education. (Jan 1988)
  • More obscenity enforcement; more character education. (Jan 1988)
  • More funds for foster care, adoption, & child support laws. (Jan 1988)
Dick Cheney on Foreign Policy
Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for 11 headlines on about Mideast OR click here for other candidates on Foreign Policy.
  • Need leadership and trust to make progress in middle east. (Oct 5)
  • Serbs deserve credit - Russia and US should support them. (Oct 5)
  • US too soft on Iraq. (Sep 21)
  • Iran: against sanctions; makes oil deals there. (Jul 26)
  • Cuba: replace sanctions with free trade enclave. (Jul 26)
  • Voted to support foreign aid programs. (Jul 26)
  • South Africa: Voted against apartheid sanctions in 1980s. (Jul 24)
  • Congress intereferes too much in designing foreign policy. (Feb 29)
  • Include former Soviet states in NATO for stability. (Jan 1997)
  • Gulf War results: stable Arabs; secure Israel; confident US. (Apr 1991)
  • Critical of Israeli policy which opposes US interests. (Jul 1989)
  • Supports balance in supplying arms to both Israel & Arabs. (Jul 1989)
  • Aiding Contras good; using money from Iran bad. (Jul 1989)
  • Supported 1986 Libya bombing. (Jul 1989)
  • Israel: Displeased with 1982 invasion of Lebanon. (Jul 1989)
  • Outraged that Israel spied on US in 1980s. (Jul 1989)
  • Mideast peace process must include Palestinian statehood. (Jul 1989)
  • Against Boland Amend.& Panama Treaty; for Campd David accord. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted against South Africa sanctions; for AWACs to Arabia. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported foreign aid to Latin America & Africa. (Jan 1986)
  • Hard-liner towards Soviet Union in 1980s. (Jan 1984)
Dick Cheney on Free Trade & Immigration
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  • Worldwide market thrives only with peaceful stability. (Sep 1992)
  • Sponsored bills limiting trade & allowing import fees. (Jan 1989)
  • Supported import tax on crude oil & “energy security”. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted against textile import limits. (Jan 1986)
  • Supported export promotion & import tax relief. (Jan 1986)
Dick Cheney on Government Reform
Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Government Reform.
  • Didn’t vote in local elections because his focus was global. (Sep 9)
  • Accused in 1992 House banking scandal. (Jul 26)
  • Co-sponsored Line Item Veto for spending bills. (Jan 1988)
  • Campaign reform: more parties; less unions & corporations. (Jan 1988)
  • Co-sponsored Balanced Budget Amendment & spending reform. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored House TV coverage & legislative openness. (Jan 1986)
  • Sponsored bill for line-item veto on budgetary proposals. (Jan 1985)
  • Voted for Congress salary cap; against Chrysler bailout. (Jan 1985)
Dick Cheney on Gun Control
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 3 headlines on about Second Amendment OR click here for other candidates on Gun Control.
  • Now might outlaw plastic guns & cop-killer bullets. (Jul 31)
  • Trigger locks OK, and tougher enforcement. (Jul 26)
  • Opposed 7-day waiting period for buying guns. (Jul 24)
  • Voted against banning plastic bullets & cop-killer bullets. (Jul 24)
  • Voted in Congress to weaken gun control laws. (Jan 1986)
Dick Cheney on Health Care
Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for 4 headlines on about Medicare & Medicaid OR click here for other candidates on Health Care.
  • Limit federal role in health care. (Aug 15)
  • Prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients. (Jul 26)
  • Fund Medicare psychologists; self-employees; & organ donors. (Jan 1989)
  • Require HMO registration & AIDS testing. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted against 1979 hospital cost control plan. (Jan 1979)
Dick Cheney on Juvenile Crime
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 2 headlines on on Crime OR click here for other candidates on Juvenile Crime.
  • Funds to fight gangs; more parole; juvenile clearinghouse. (Jan 1988)
  • Character education; community service; pay restitution. (Jan 1988)
Dick Cheney on Kosovo
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  • Opposed ground troops in Bosnia. (Jan 1997)
Dick Cheney on Principles & Values
Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for 1 older headlines OR click here for 99 headlines on Religion Selector OR click here for other candidates on Principles & Values.
  • The Joe who attends Hollywood fundraisers isn’t the old Joe. (Oct 5)
  • Media distracts public with focus on trivia. (Sep 13)
  • Personal charity is private and not a policy matter. (Sep 6)
  • Defends Halliburton’s success and retirement package. (Aug 25)
  • Cheney’s retirement package could be a conflict of interest. (Aug 12)
  • Praises Bush for decency, integrity, and honor. (Aug 3)
  • Opportunity to serve led to acceptance of nomination. (Aug 3)
  • Bush will restore decency & integrity to Oval Office. (Aug 2)
  • Would vote differently today on ERA, Head Start, not Mandela. (Jul 31)
  • One of the most conservative voting records in Congress. (Jul 26)
  • Voting record in Congress consistently conservative. (Jul 26)
  • Persuaded by Bush’s “unique vision” to be his V.P. (Jul 25)
  • Lynne Cheney fights political correctness. (Jul 25)
  • Accepts nomination help change tone in Washington. (Jul 25)
  • Exert leadership toward post-nuclear world. (Sep 1992)
  • Prosperity & security go hand in hand. (Sep 1992)
  • Constructive personal style belies hard-line voting. (Jan 1987)
  • Pragmatic conservation insider image in Congress. (Jan 1981)
Dick Cheney on School Choice
Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for 10 headlines on on Education OR click here for other candidates on School Choice.
  • Money from failed schools can be used as parents decide best. (Sep 19)
  • Co-sponsored bill for parental choice within public schools. (Jan 1988)
Dick Cheney on Social Security
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  • Social Security will go bust without individual investment. (Oct 5)
  • Partially privatizing Social Security is acceptable. (Aug 15)
  • Save Social Security; stop talking & dividing generations. (Aug 2)
  • End earnings test; allow retirement income under SSI. (Jan 1988)
  • Raise annual IRAs to $2,500; more cost-of-living increases. (Jan 1984)
Dick Cheney on Tax Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for 45 headlines on from Forbes' book A New Birth of Freedom OR click here for other candidates on Tax Reform.
  • They like tax credits; we like tax reform and tax cuts. (Oct 5)
  • Don’t let Gore’s tax credits determine how to live your life. (Oct 5)
  • You have to be a CPA to understand Gore’s plan. (Oct 5)
  • Use tax cuts to return part of surplus to American people. (Sep 25)
  • Gore’s tax plan benefits interests, specific activities. (Sep 11)
  • Co-sponsored bills to maintain charity & mortgage deductions. (Jan 1989)
  • No tax increases; deduct R&D and local taxes. (Jan 1988)
  • Sponsored bills to deduct mine income & oil windfalls. (Jan 1987)
  • Opposed Reagan’s tax overhaul as sellout to Dems. (Jan 1987)
  • Keep mortgage bonds; loosen capital gains rules. (Jan 1984)
  • Voted for oil tax break; for indexing income tax. (Jan 1982)
Dick Cheney on Technology
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  • Opposed selling supercomputers to USSR. (Feb 29)
  • Loosen Bell & telecomm rules; fund SSC. (Jan 1988)
  • Proposed information age warfare in 1980s. (Oct 1986)
  • Loosen broadcast license rules; prohibit TV encoding. (Jan 1986)
Dick Cheney on Welfare & Labor
Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for other candidates on Welfare & Labor.
  • Bush’s call for charity not heeded by Cheney’s 2% donations. (Sep 6)
  • Voted against WIC welfare nutrition programs. (Jul 26)
  • Raise public housing rent; pay with oil import revenue. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported family services being provided by private groups. (Jan 1988)
  • Co-sponsored bills for workfare; for local farmer control. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted to cut public housing & mortgage subsidies. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills for Enterprise Zones. (Jan 1986)
  • Limit labor actions & overtime; require layoff notification. (Jan 1986)


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