Monday, July 28, 2008

McCain Watch: The Voting Record -- Danger Will Robinson!

Just in case you or someone you know is thinking "Well, John McCain doesn't seem that bad." Please, please read over some of his more extreme voting record below, gathered from OnTheIssues:

On Abortion:
  • Supports repealing Roe v. Wade. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
On Civil Rights:
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 33% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
On Education:
  • Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted NO on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
  • Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Health Care:
  • Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 25% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Homeland Security:
  • Keep “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy - it works. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Rated 0% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

6 comments:

DCup said...

And this, MY FRIENDS, is why none of us should vote for him.

What a tool he is.

Cootamundra W said...

I agree that we should NOT vote for him... but I think he is a non-functional tool!

Speaking of tools (functional ones) Sue J. -how is your home spa/bathroom renovation coming along? Have you planned the spa area for Fritz and felines?

Sue J said...

Spa? ha ha ha ha ha!

As I suspected, the tile floor has been claimed by one of the cats. i didn't think it would take long in this heat for one of the animals to discover the joys of tile ...

The project inches along.

Mary Ellen said...

I still can't vote for Obama. I think I'll be writing in Diva Jood for President.

Border Explorer said...

Thanks for providing a great resource.

Sue J said...

Border Explorer, I feel it is my civic duty!