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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Children's Defense Fund

1998 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
George Radanovich 50%
Nick Rahall II 100%
James Ramstad 88%
Charlie Rangel 75%
Ralph Regula 63%
Harry Reid 89%
Silvestre Reyes 75%
Bob Riley 63%
Lynn Nancy Rivers 75%
Charles Robb 100%
Jay Rockefeller IV 100%
Ciro Rodriguez 100%
Timothy Roemer 88%
James Rogan 63%
William Roth, Jr. 44%
Steve Rothman 75%
Marge Roukema 38%
Jim Ryun 50%
Martin Olav Sabo 100%
Matt Salmon 38%
Loretta Sanchez 100%
Max Sandlin, Jr. 100%
Rick Santorum 22%
Paul Sarbanes 100%
Thomas Sawyer 100%
Jim Saxton 38%
Joe Scarborough 25%
Robert Schaffer 50%
John Shadegg 50%
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. 75%
Christopher Shays 63%
E.G. Shuster 63%
Norman Sisisky 100%
Joseph Skeen 75%
Ike Skelton 100%
Gordon Smith 44%
Nick Smith 50%
Bob Smith 11%
Olympia Snowe 67%
Vic Snyder 88%
Mark Souder 75%
Arlen Specter 78%
Floyd Spence, Sr. 63%
John Spratt, Jr. 75%
Pete Stark 88%
Cliff Stearns 25%
Charles Stenholm 100%
Ted Stevens 56%
Ted Strickland 88%
Bob Stump 25%
Bart Stupak 63%
John Sununu 50%
James Talent 50%
John Tanner 75%
Ellen Tauscher 88%
William Tauzin II 50%
Charles Taylor 50%
Gene Taylor 50%
Craig Thomas 22%
William Thomas 50%
Fred Thompson 22%
Karen Thurman 75%
Strom Thurmond 22%
Todd Tiahrt 38%
John Tierney 100%
Robert Torricelli 100%
Ed Towns 63%
James Traficant, Jr. 88%
James Turner 100%
Bruce Vento 100%
James Walsh 63%
Zach Wamp 50%
John Warner 67%
Wesley Watkins 63%
Mel Watt 88%
Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. 63%
Henry Waxman 88%
David Weldon 38%
W. Curtis Weldon 63%
Gerald Weller 75%
Paul Wellstone 89%
Robert Wexler 75%
Bob Weygand 100%
Ed Whitfield 50%
Heather Wilson 60%
Bob Wise, Jr. 88%
Frank Wolf 50%
Lynn Woolsey 100%
Albert Wynn 100%
Bill Young 50%

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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