Sunday, January 20, 2008

Veterans support by Presidential Candidates and their voting records

A number of readers have asked for an easy-to-use guide for finding out how the presidential candidates have voted on veterans' issues.

Below you will find a list of the candidates as of 01-20-2008.

Then you will find how various veterans' organizations rated their voting record (if any) and information on the voting record (if any).

Those who have not held national office, or who have been out of national office for a long period of time, will not have a voting record listed.

Remember, this is a "what they did" not "what they say" look at the candidates.

For more information on the candidates' stances on veterans' issues, you can visit their campaign web sites.

All information comes from http://www.votesmart.org/

The presidential candidate page on VoteSmart is here...
http://www.votesmart.org/election_president.php?dist=bio.php

Candidates are listed as they appear on VoteSmart.


MAJOR CANDIDATES

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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Current Office: U.S. Senate
Party: Democratic
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2006 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 80 percent in 2006.

2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator Clinton a grade of A-.

2006 Senator Clinton sponsored or co-sponsored 41 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

2005 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 92 percent in 2005.

2004 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 0 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 50 percent in 2003-2004.

2003 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the The American Legion 50 percent in 2003.

2001 Senator Clinton supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 92 percent in 2001.

Veterans Issues

Date Bill Title Vote
10/01/2007 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 NV
02/02/2006 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Y
11/17/2005 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment Y
10/05/2005 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Y

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John Reid Edwards
Party: Democratic
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2003 Edwards supported the interests of the The American Legion 50 percent in 2003.

2001 Edwards supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 84 percent in 2001.

1999 Edwards supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 66 percent in 1999.

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Maurice Robert 'Mike' Gravel
Party: Democratic
Status: Announced

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Dennis J. Kucinich
Current Office: U.S. House
Party: Democratic
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2006 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2006.

2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Kucinich a grade of C-.

2006 Representative Kucinich sponsored or co-sponsored 36 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

2005 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 80 percent in 2005.

2004 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 0 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 50 percent in 2003-2004.

2003 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the American Veterans 100 percent in 2003.

2003 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2003.

2003 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the The American Legion 60 percent in 2003.

2001 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2001.

2001 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 66 percent in 2001.

1999 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 1999.

1997-1998 Representative Kucinich supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 50 percent in 1997-1998.

Veterans Issues

Date Bill Title Vote
12/12/2007 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 N
11/21/2003 Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003 NV
10/08/2003 Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 Y
09/21/1999 Veterans' Millennium Health Care Act N

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Barack H. Obama
Current Office: U.S. Senate
Party: Democratic
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 80 percent in 2006.

2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator Obama a grade of B+.

2006 Senator Obama sponsored or co-sponsored 12 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 92 percent in 2005.

Veterans Issues

Date Bill Title Vote
10/01/2007 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 NV
02/02/2006 Tax Rate Extension Amendment Y
11/17/2005 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment Y
10/05/2005 Health Care for Veterans Amendment Y

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Rudolph W. Giuliani
Party: Republican
Status: Announced

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Michael D. 'Mike' Huckabee
Party: Republican
Status: Announced

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John Sidney McCain
Current Office: U.S. Senate
Party: Republican
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2006 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 20 percent in 2006.

2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator McCain a grade of D.

2006 Senator McCain sponsored or co-sponsored 18 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

2005 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 25 percent in 2005.

2004 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 50 percent in 2004.

2004 Senator McCain supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 0 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 100 percent in 2003-2004.

2003 Senator McCain supported the interests of the The American Legion 50 percent in 2003.

2001 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 46 percent in 2001.

1999 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 66 percent in 1999.

1997-1998 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 0 percent in 1997-1998.

1989-1990 On the votes that the Vietnam Veterans of America considered to be the most important in 1989-1990 , Senator McCain voted their preferred position 50 percent of the time.

Veterans Issues

Date Bill Title Vote
10/01/2007 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 NV
02/02/2006 Tax Rate Extension Amendment N
11/17/2005 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment N
10/05/2005 Health Care for Veterans Amendment N

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Ronald Ernest 'Ron' Paul
Current Office: U.S. House
Party: Republican
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2006 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2006.

2006 In 2006 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Representative Paul a grade of F.

2006 Representative Paul sponsored or co-sponsored 57 percent of the legislation favored by the The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.

2005 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 40 percent in 2005.

2004 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Paul supported the interests of the The Retired Enlisted Association 0 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 38 percent in 2003-2004.

2003 Representative Paul supported the interests of the American Veterans 50 percent in 2003.

2003 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 50 percent in 2003.

2003 Representative Paul supported the interests of the The American Legion 60 percent in 2003.

2001 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 2001.

2001 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 77 percent in 2001.

1999 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 100 percent in 1999.

1997-1998 Representative Paul supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 80 percent in 1997-1998.

Veterans Issues

Date Bill Title Vote
12/12/2007 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 NV
11/21/2003 Department of Veterans Affairs Improvement Act of 2003 Y
10/08/2003 Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 Y
09/21/1999 Veterans' Millennium Health Care Act NV

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Willard Mitt Romney
Party: Republican
Status: Announced

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Fred Dalton Thompson
Party: Republican
Status: Announced

Veterans Issues

2001 Thompson supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 76 percent in 2001.

1997-1998 Thompson supported the interests of the Vietnam Veterans of America 17 percent in 1997-1998.

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posted by Larry Scott
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1 comment:

Marine Mom Out There said...

That was very helpful info, thanks for posting it.
MMom