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Bill Clinton's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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What is the Political Courage Test?

Presidential Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Abortion Issues

Supports broad abortion rights. Vetoed bill that would have banned most uses of late-term abortion procedure involving partial delivery of fetus. 'Abortions should be safe, legal and rare. We can lower the number of abortions by emphasizing education, prevention and personal responsibility to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies.' -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Affirmative Action Issues

'Mend it, don't end it.' Is reducing preferences for women and minorities in government contracting in response to Supreme Court order. Trying to filter out unqualified applicants in hiring. Expanding efforts to recruit contract bids from minority and female-owned firms without using set-asides. Administration opposed broader Dole effort to end affirmative action in hiring as well as government purchasing. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Balance Budget Amendment Issues

Opposes. Says amendment is unnecessary because both parties are working toward balanced budget by 2002. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Education Issues

Sponsored AmeriCorps program helping students to pay off loans with community service. Expanded college loan program. Supports national standards and steps toward public school choice and charter schools. Opposes using public money for private schools. Proposes $1,500 tuition tax credit for first two years of college. Announced stepped-up school repair and anti-truancy programs; backs school uniforms. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Environment Issues

Expanded environmental protections but backpedaled on Western land reforms. Opposes GOP legislation that would base environmental decisions on cost assessments instead of health standards. Opposes 'takings' law that would strengthen requirements for compensation when regulation cuts property values. Opposes restricting reach of Endangered Species Act. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Health Care

Failed in major effort to make affordable health care coverage available to all. Opposes tax-free medical savings accounts, saying they would undermine Medicare. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Gun Issues

Won ban on assault-type weapons and set waiting period for handgun purchases. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Immigration Issues

Backs 'moderate' cut in legal immigration. Boosted budget for catching illegal immigrants. Administration opposes making English the official language. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Tax Issues

In 1993, pushed through higher income taxes on wealthy and 4.3 cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline tax. Election-year proposal includes eventual $500 tax credit for pre-teen children, college tuition deduction, expanded use of IRAs and higher capital gains tax for some investors. Opposes flat tax. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Term Limit Issues

Opposes. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

Welfare Issues

Promises faster approval of reform experiments in states that want to set time limits on benefits, toughen welfare-to-work rules, require teen-age mothers on welfare to live at home and stay in school, and divert welfare money to employers who hire recipients. Washington would continue to have ultimate control. -- Associated Press, 2/18/96

Illegal Drugs

Ordered cuts in aid to Colombia after concluding it was not doing enough to stop drugs. Giving public housing authorities power to evict any tenant found with drugs or involved in trafficking. Sites economic sanctions on leaders and associates of Columbia's largest cocaine cartel, and cooperation with Mexico in tracking down a billionaire trafficker, among U.S. advances. While the overall drug use rate is going down, drug use among our children is still going up. When we lose these children we suffer terrible individual losses and more. --Associated Press, 3/05/96

Presidential Priorities

What should the government's top priority be in 1996? ''The government's top priority in 1996 must be implementing sound economic policies, moving to balance the budget, fighting crime and violence, protecting quality education and health care for the elderly, and a safe and clean environment.'' --Associated Press, 3/05/96


Won passage of North American Free Trade Agreement and new world trade pact. -- Associated Press, 8/3/96


Won major anti-crime package that included money for more local police and more prisons. Stiffened gun control. Endorses juvenile curfews. Signed Republican-sponsored bill requiring neighborhood notification when convicted sex offenders move in. -- Associated Press, 8/03/96

Foreign Aid

Considering cuts being allocated by Congress in the foreign aid budget, do you believe it is in the nation's best interest to continue sending almost half of U.S. aid to two countries, Israel and Egypt? ''U.S. assistance to Israel and Egypt furthers our national security interests. We must continue to play our historic role in fostering peace and stability in the Middle East. Helping those parties in the region who are striving for genuine peace is one of my administration's top foreign policy objectives.'' -- Associated Press, 3/05/96

Foreign Policy

Sponsored or supported peace efforts in Bosnia, Middle East, Northern Ireland and Haiti. Made troop commitment to Yugoslavia; has delayed until after the election a decision whether to enforce steps to curb foreign investment in Cuba -- Associated Press, 8/3/96

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