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Thomas 'Tom' Richard Carper's Ratings and Endorsements

Office: U.S. Senate (DE) - Sr, Democratic

Liberal

2013 National Journal - Liberal (Composite) 77%
2013 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 59%
2012 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Composite Score) 68%
2012 National Journal - Senate Liberal (Foreign) 68%
2011 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2011 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 71%
2010 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2010 National Journal - Liberal Composite Score 75%
2010 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 47%
2009 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2009 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 55%
2009 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 74%
2008 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2008 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 65%
2008 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 62%
2007 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 85%
2007 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 59%
2007 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 60.2%
2006 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2006 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 67%
2006 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 67.2%
2005-2006 Campaign for America's Future - Energy Score 67%
2005 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2005 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 75%
2005 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 71%
2005 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 76%
2004 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 95%
2004 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 64%
2003-2004 Democrats for Life of America - Positions 60%
2003-2004 Radical Middle - Positions 35%
2003 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 75%
2003 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 95%
2003 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 59%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 58%
2003 National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy Score 56%
2002 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 80%
2002 National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 65%
2001-2002 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 75%
2001-2002 Radical Middle - Positions 20%
2001 Americans for Democratic Action - Positions 90%
2001 National Committee for an Effective Congress - Positions 73%
2001 National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy Score 61%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Project Vote Smart displays all known interest group ratings for each candidate and official, regardless of issue or bias.

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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