WASHINGTON (AP) July 24, 2000 -- A look at where Dick Cheney has stood on the issues, based primarily on his voting record when he was a congressman from Wyoming from 1978 to 1989 and his tenure as secretary of defense from 1989 to 1993: ABORTION:
Opposes abortion rights and has voted against federal funding of abortionseven in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is in danger. ButCheney has said there must be room in the GOP for contrary views onabortion. GUN CONTROL:
Opposed gun control measures while in Congress and opposed bans on importsof plastic guns that could be smuggled past metal detectors and armorpiercing bullets. ENVIRONMENT:
Opposed funding for the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and theEndangered Species Act. Cheney voted against spending more on ``Superfund''environmental cleanups and supported oil drilling in Alaska's ArcticNational Wildlife Refuge. But he opposed gas and oil leasing in Wyomingwilderness areas and wanted to designate 650,000 additional acres in Wyomingas wilderness areas. MILITARY:
Was a staunch supporter of a strong defense and backed President Reagan'sStrategic Defense Initiative, known as ``Star Wars,'' the deployment of theMX missile, production of new chemical weapons and military aid to theNicaraguan contras. But, as secretary of defense during the Bush administration, he oversawdefense budget cuts that he described as ``very, very painful,'' proposedhalting production of the Marine Corp's Osprey aircraft and ordered cutbacksin other military hardware programs. DEATH PENALTY:
Has supported capital punishment. SOCIAL SECURITY:
Favored raising the Social Security retirement age from 65 to 67 . CIVIL RIGHTS:
Opposed busing to achieve racial desegregation in public schools and theEqual Rights Amendment and supported prayer in public schools. CAMPAIGN FINANCE:
Opposed limiting contributions by political action committees. MEDICARE:
Opposed coverage of long-term home care for the chronically ill underMedicare and voted against a measure that would have shielded Medicarebeneficiaries from bills for catastrophic illnesses and providedprescription drug coverage under Medicare.
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