Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Political Bio of the Week

This week focuses on the former 2004 Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards who again is attempting to gain the Democratic Presidential Nomination.


EDWARDS, John, a Senator from North Carolina; born in Seneca, South Carolina on June 10, 1953; attended public schools in Robbins, North Carolina; B.A. North Carolina State University 1974; J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1977; textile mill worker; attorney and partner with Edwards & Kirby, Raleigh, N.C.; elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and served from January 3, 1999, to January 3, 2005; was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004; was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President on the Democratic ticket with John F. Kerry in 2004.

Favors:

Abortion
Women's Right to Choose
Affirmative Action
Increased subsidies on women-owned non-profit business
More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes
Expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation
School prayer for memorial services
Providing health insurance for every child and vulnerable adult in America
Prescription drug coverage under medicare
Funding for small class sizes instead of tudors
Funding for student testing instead of tudors
Death Penalty
Right to bear arms
Background checks at gun shows
Tax cuts to help the middle class
Shift tax burden from taxing work to taxing wealth
Revising capital gains tax
Roll back Bush tax cuts and address real priorities
Hardworking immigrants can gain American citizenship
Permanent normal trade relations with China
Free trade relations w/ the Andean nations
Military pay raise of 4.8%
Deploying National Missle Defense ASAP
Banning campaign donations from unions & corporations
Banning soft money contributions and restricting issue ads
Re-orienting aid to open societies, giving more to non-governmental bodies and cutting assistance uninterested in democracy and upholding human rights
Working w/ other nations in war on terror
Enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe
Replace coal & oil with alternative fuels
Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit


Opposes:

Privatizing social security
School voucher program
Mandatory minimums for non-violent crimes
More penalties on gun and drug violations
Phasing out the estate tax ("death tax")
Eliminating the marriage penalty
$350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years
NAFTA, Chile trade and Singapore trade
Fast-track - not enough for US workers
Expanding trade to the third world
Capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion
Preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling
Increasing penalties for drug offenses