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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Conservative on Foreign Policy Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 17%
Gary Ackerman 8%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 69%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 6%
Todd Akin 95%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 76%
Rodney Alexander 69%
Wayne Allard 84%
Thomas Allen 32%
Jason Altmire 53%
Michael Arcuri 46%
Joe Baca, Sr. 37%
Michele Bachmann 89%
Spencer Bachus 62%
Brian Baird 37%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 8%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 84%
J. Gresham Barrett 95%
John Barrow 51%
Roscoe Bartlett 62%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 93%
Max Baucus 6%
Evan Bayh 55%
Melissa Bean 51%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 17%
Bob Bennett 63%
Shelley Berkley 43%
Howard Berman 25%
Marion Berry 32%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 36%
Judy Biggert 59%
Brian Bilbray 84%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 72%
Jeff Bingaman 0%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 95%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 37%
Tim Bishop 15%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 74%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 0%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 93%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 93%
Kit Bond 84%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 79%
Mary Bono Mack 69%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 74%
Dan Boren 52%
Leonard Boswell 0%
Rick Boucher 43%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 74%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 6%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 48%
Nancy Boyda 42%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 95%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 0%
Bruce Braley 0%
Paul Broun 95%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 31%
Henry Brown, Jr. 69%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 6%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 69%
Ginny Brown-Waite 79%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 67%
Jim Bunning 84%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 92%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 79%
Dan Burton 89%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 17%
Steve Buyer 66%
Robert Byrd 0%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 93%
Dave Camp 74%
John Campbell III 78%
Chris Cannon 88%
Eric Cantor 89%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 0%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 60%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 0%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 8%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 6%
Dennis Cardoza 37%
Russ Carnahan 37%
Christopher Carney 54%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 6%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 41%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 81%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 6%
Mike Castle 54%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 17%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 55%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 65%
Saxby Chambliss 79%
Ben Chandler III 48%
Travis Childers 58%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 8%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 0%
Hillary Clinton 37%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 32%
Howard Coble 56%
Thomas Coburn 84%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 67%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 25%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 79%
Norm Coleman 61%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 47%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 93%
Kent Conrad 39%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 25%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 46%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 68%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 76%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 48%
Jerry Costello 22%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 17%
Larry Craig 84%
Robert Cramer 52%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 84%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 25%
Barbara Cubin 88%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 50%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 95%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 0%
Artur Davis 48%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 30%
David Davis 74%
Geoff Davis 83%
Lincoln Davis 48%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 17%
Thomas Davis III 73%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 74%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 17%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 23%
Bill Delahunt 15%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 17%
James DeMint 84%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 62%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 62%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 62%
Norm Dicks 43%
John Dingell 0%
Chris Dodd 6%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 0%
Elizabeth Dole 58%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 65%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 51%
John Doolittle 84%
Byron Dorgan 6%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 17%
Thelma Drake 72%
David Dreier 62%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 54%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 6%
Chet Edwards 43%
Vern Ehlers 58%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 8%
Brad Ellsworth 52%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 37%
Jo Ann Emerson 52%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 41%
Philip English 55%
John Ensign 84%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 8%
Bob Etheridge 37%
Terry Everett 93%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 84%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 0%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 0%
Tom Feeney 67%
Russ Feingold 47%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 6%
Michael Ferguson 66%
Bob Filner 8%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 74%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 74%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 57%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 72%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 35%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 95%
Barney Frank 8%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 95%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 74%
Elton Gallegly 84%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 65%
Jim Gerlach 60%
Gabrielle Giffords 43%
Wayne Gilchrest 42%
Phil Gingrey 95%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 79%
Charlie Gonzalez 37%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 74%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 89%
Bart Gordon 46%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 76%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 87%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 84%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 79%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 25%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 48%
Judd Gregg 71%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

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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