Cheney's Positions Reflect Conservative Republican Values

(Washington-AP) -- Here's 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 abortions even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman's life is in danger. But Cheney has said there must be room in the GOP for contrary views on abortion.

GUN CONTROL: Opposed gun control measures while in Congress and opposed bans on imports of plastic guns that could be smuggled past metal detectors and armor piercing bullets.

ENVIRONMENT: Opposed funding for the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Cheney voted against spending more on ``Superfund'' environmental cleanups and supported oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. But he opposed gas and oil leasing in Wyoming wilderness areas.

MILITARY: Was a staunch supporter of a strong defense and backed President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, known as ``Star Wars,'' the deployment of the M-X missile, production of new chemical weapons and military aid to the Nicaraguan contras. But, as secretary of defense during the Bush administration, he oversaw defense budget cuts that he described as ``very, very painful,'' proposed halting production of the Marine Corp's Osprey aircraft and ordered cutbacks in 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 the Equal 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 under Medicare and voted against a measure that would have shielded Medicare beneficiaries from bills for catastrophic illnesses and provided prescription drug coverage under Medicare.

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