Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Kerry's Liberal Record

Kerry’s Lifetime Liberal Vote Rating From Americans For Democratic Action Is Two Points Higher Than That Of Ted Kennedy. While Kennedy rates a 90 lifetime average, Kerry has a lifetime average of 92. (Americans For Democratic Action Website,, Accessed 1/21/04)

In 1991, Kerry Said: “I’m A Liberal And Proud Of It.” “‘I’m a liberal and proud of it. We will always believe in social justice,’ said Kerry, a Vietnam veteran touted as a potential presidential candidate.” (“Gee, There Were So Many In 1988,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/21/91)

Nonpartisan National Journal Scored Kerry’s Votes Most Liberal In Senate For 2003. (National Journal Website, “How They Measured Up,”, 2/27/04)

Kerry Has Topped Liberal Charts Before. “Kerry has compiled a generally more liberal voting record. After winning election to the Senate in 1984, he ranked among the most-liberal senators during three years of his first term, according to National Journal’s vote ratings. In those years - 1986, 1988, and 1990 - Kerry did not vote with Senate conservatives a single time… Kerry had a perfect liberal rating on social issues during 10 of the 18 years in which he received a score, meaning that he did not side with conservatives on a single vote in those years. That included his 1996 vote, with 13 other Senate Democrats, against the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited federal recognition of states’ same-sex marriage laws.” (National Journal Website, “How They Measured Up,”, 2/27/04)
In 2003, Kerry Voted With Ted Kennedy 93% Of The Time. (CQ Online,, Accessed 1/21/04)

On CQ Key Votes, Kerry Voted 100% Of The Time With Ted Kennedy In 2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, and 1985. (CQ Online,,

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