Skip to comments.How Conservative is Newt's Actual Voting Record?
Posted on 12/02/2011 1:50:20 PM PST by libertarian neocon
The folks at Club for Growth has white papers on all the GOP candidates summarizing their public records and does a pretty objective job. Looking at Newt's I really was struck by how conservative Newt's actual voting record was (which of course was mischaracterized by Jennifer Rubin, who I think must have been offered a post in a Romney administration. How else do you explain her going full spittle in support of Romney and anti-Newt?)., with most of the worrisome aspects of his record coming from speeches AFTER he left public office. This is pretty much the exact opposite of Romney, who has a very questionable record from his limited time in elected office, with most of his conservatism coming from campaign speeches. Anyway, let's look at Newt's actual record:
Is his record perfect? Nope. Not even close. But the point is that on the big issues, he voted Conservative and helped champion balanced budgets and tax reform. Focusing on that actual voting record really makes me more comfortable with him. Especially when his main opponent is someone whose main accomplishment is a massive government healthcare program.
Listen ... we can only vote for those who are running.
Romney and Huntsman and liberals in the wrong party
Paul is a nut
Santorum, Bachman and Perry have proven themselves over and over again to be unworthy.
Cain is gone
Newt is all we have. Is he perfect? nope. Is he head and shoulders better than the others actually running? easily.
I will be supporting Newt.
What about his big government vs. small government record? Is he like Bush and his neocon advisors who pushed for big government solutions always, as they are now, killing our freedoms and economic vitality?
Why I would NEVER support Bachmann. She tried to screw our veterans.
In her tea party-fueled quest to cut government spending and social programs, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has unveiled a plan to cut $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing the Veterans Affairs Departments health care spending and cuts veterans disability benefits. The Air Force Times reports her plan would slice $4.5 billion from the VA, including reducing 150,000 veterans disability compensation and the amount they receive in Social Security Disability Income.A host of veterans groups slammed Bachmanns plan:
Veterans of Foreign War national commander Richard L. Eubank said, The only discussion the VFW wants is to tell the congresswoman that her plan is totally out of step with Americas commitment to our troops.
Bachmann has House’s 11th WORST record for missed votes...she is not fulfilling her duties to her constituents
Of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, only ten have missed more votes this session than Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to the Washington Posts tally. Bachmann has missed 105 votes, or 13.6 percent of all votes. Fellow Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen had the states best record, missing only six votes in the 111th Congress, just one less than Rep. Tim Walz missed.
While California Democrat Rep. Hilda Solis had the highest rate of missed votes she missed 59 of 78 possibles votes the number of missed votes by party is roughly the same: Democrats missed 3.5 percent of votes, while Republicans missed 3.3 percent.
Another Minnesotan high on the list: At number 23, Rep. Keith Ellison missed ten percent of the votes, casting 695 and missing 78. Heres how others in Minnesotas delegation fared:
Rep. Betty McCollum: 16 missed (2.1 percent of all votes), 757 cast
Rep. Collin Peterson: 25 missed (1.9), 758 cast
Rep. Jon Kline: 12 missed (1.6), 761 cast
Rep. James Oberstar: 10 missed (1.3), 763 cast
Rep. Tim Walz: 7 missed (1.3), 766 cast
Rep. Erik Paulsen: 6 missed (0.8), 767 cast
Bachmann’s Farm Subsidies...more will come out on this..and NO the questions have not been fully answerd.
Bachmann has said that the farm’s founder, her father-in-law, Paul Bachmann, is the only member of the Bachmann Farm Family Limited Partnership who ever applied for farm subsidies — a statement borne out by federal documents. He last applied for federal payments in 2007, and he died in 2009.
But federal documents and courthouse entries in Alma, Wis., show that a neighbor has picked up where the patriarch left off. The Bachmann family partnership signed a lease agreement with the neighbor in April 2008, and he is actively enrolled in the same FSA aid programs.
From 1995 through 2007, the FSA paid $259,000 in commodities and disaster subsidies to the Bachmann farm. Since 2008, FSA payments to the neighbor’s expanded operations have totaled $52,921, records show.
The Bachmann for President team didn’t respond to the Star Tribune’s inquiries about the farm, but a campaign statement given to Politico last month said her share of income from the farm is wrapped up in the family partnership, which she said was formed for estate planning purposes. Bachmann, her husband, Marcus, and their five children belong to the partnership but documents don’t say how much of it they control. Marcus has two brothers, and his mother, Elma, is still alive.
Not to mention she violated Reagan’s law and attacked Palin via her campaign manager; Perry, Newt and Cain’s 999 plan which she referred to as being more like 666. She also mentioned Trump as a potential vice president.
However, MORE than anything..I won’t forgive her for trying to take our disabled veteran’s benefits away ...she can go to Hades.
Thanks libertarian neocon.
Bachmann has the 11th WORST record on missed votes in congress. She is paid to show up. If you or I did that on our jobs..we would be fired.
Did you even read the ACU website? The ACU rating is a rating of a candidate's voting record. It's not a rating of a candidate's endorsement record.
If you would look at the votes that they rate, you would find that they rate a representative cross section of votes. You would also find that they know when a vote is conservative and when a vote is liberal.
You still haven't proven your claim that the ACU ratings have "zero credibility".
As I pointed out, Newt had a lifetime ACU rating of 90%, Santorum had a lifetime ACU rating of 88% and Bachmann has a lifetime ACU rating of 100%. I think that gives a pretty good indication of their voting record.
I would also point out that all of the candidates have made bad endorsements as has been documented numerous times on FR. Do I need to run through the list again?
It's true that Bachmann has missed numerous votes since she began her run for the nomination.
Bachmann should have resigned her office to make her run. Perry is another one being paid a full time salary by tax payers, while he runs for a promotion.
Thank you for this information. I certainly support our troops and vets before any candidate and they must, too.
That is a good point - and those who support him are hoping he has returned to his CWA roots. Has he? I don’t know, but he’s sounded an awful lot like it. Time will tell. I am hopeful, but not convinced either way.
Well my biggest problem with Bachmann is her catty attacks on her fellow candidates. The way she went after Perry was particularly distasteful.
I AM CONVINCED THAT NEWT IS our MAN. WE SURE DON’T WANT ROBBEDME. HE IS A TOTAL RINO JOKE. NEWT HAS GREAT BONA FIDES AS A HISTORIAN AND GREAT CONSERVATIVE LEADER DURING THE REAGAN YEARS. it is over!! GET ON BOARD OR ELECT oBAMA—THAT IS IT!! Make up your mind.
This is a recipe for disaster.
Ok, who do you like?
Newt has some problems but given the choice I’d pick him over that used car salesman any day.
The bulleted list is all fine and good, but it’s not difficult to pick through a list and copy-and-paste the stuff you like.
Tell it to Jim Robinson.
Everyone is a disaster for you, except for maybe Ron Paul?
You’re the one who can’t stop mocking Sarah Palin.
you forgot to add:
Yes, to Newt being an ETHANOL LOBBYIST!
This is a damning post against Gingrich. He had a few conservative votes 20 years ago, but once he became a, “big shot,” he put that behind him. Then cutting-edge, socialist Gingrich was born. (1996 welfare reform, ha! Even Clinton signed that)
I’m with you Ardenroad gal:) Newt is our chance to elect a brilliant president that will turn this country back around. I would LOVE to see the 39 czars that O appointed fired and out of DC before Obama could get on a plane and land in Chicago. Would LOVE to see Obama debate Newt...would shudder at a Obama vs Santorum debate
Nice post - thanks.
You are welcome. I remember when it hit and the VFW was sending me emails in regards to this...I was so furious. This was directed at DISABLED veterans!!!!! surely, there are other cuts the dept of defense could make ...the troops coming home from back to back tours deserved better...she can kiss my irish arse
if you want to see Snewt gain in popularity with the 80% here who are sad Sarah then Herman folk
then just watch Mitt start to rise in the polls
Newt will become the latest virgin at the pagan prom around here again
highly sought after for a whirl around the bonfire
they are just reeling in Cain bewilderment...and granted it has been tough around here for Cain folks
the Sarah opt-out...flare-off...whatever...was hard for me too
given I eschewed Herman from jump street two years ago...that was easy...but I can see how it stings
but for me..if it ain’t Sarah or Michelle and DeMint ain’t running then Newt is it
I am the first I have seen anywhere with a truck sticker
hell...I’ve seen nothing but Ron Paul actually and some older Palins and of course Obama...though far fewer
Palin??? Oh yes...
RE :”How long do you want to play troll? :) “
Am I wrong about her not running? A number of freepers have agreed with me, others disagree. Are you saying this bus tour is a real presidential run?
#161 posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 11:34:37 AM by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your ‘fair share’)
RE :Of course youre wrong(about this being a presidential run bus tour). Just look at whos agreeing with ya
Then think of how foolish I will look when she announces.
166 posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 11:53:46 AM by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your ‘fair share’)
Your posts are way too logical for the new FR.
Expect them to be pulled within minutes.
Your posts are way too logical and fact-filled for the new FR.
Expect them to be pulled within minutes.
The only consistent recipe for disaster around here is reading your disastrously strange and awkward posts.
You really should get out more........
Yes - when she has been present to vote she has voted conservatively for the past 4 years.
Not a very long record, though. Only 4 years, and absent for a lot of votes.
Nothing that screams “presidential timber”.
She is a hell of a foster-mom though. And she is great on Hannity.
You mean her 4-year rating.
4 years is a very short time.
This is a recipe for disaster.
So what else is new?
Yes and I remember in 2008 when Pelosi and MSNBC targeted her for defeat and got Colin Powell to join in. As I posted earlier :
Notice all these (Newt) Conservative milestones are 15 to 25 years ago and we are supposed to ignore his last 15 years of progressive positions.
This is a recipe for disaster.
He voted yes to establish the The Dept of Education. Voted yes to alot 166 million for the IRS. Voted yes to give communist China most favored nation status.
Paid over a million taxpayer dollars to consult for Freddie and Fannie.For what? Teaching them how to defraud taxpayers, and destroy the American economy? Good job Newt. They learned well.
Newt is plenty smart, alright. He's very knowledgeable when it comes to fooling some conservatives. Just not this one.
Interesting. Without getting too far into the weeds, would you happen to have a single source for all those dates and positions, or is this your own research?
How did he vote on creating the Dept of Education??
Very selective and incomplete posting. Very biased.
SO Newt only voted on 10 things in his whole career??
Talk about selective and biased.
Santorum, but I will gladly take Perry or Bachmann as well. I do not see the excitement for someone who was forced out of congress as a disgrace, continues to develop big gov’t solutions to non issues and doesn’t hesitate to slam our own.
Yes I have problems with this.
Jim shamed sickoflibs a year or so ago and he high tailed it out of here for a while. I suspect he’s in for another shaming if he keeps it up. He can’t stop himself from mocking Sarah Palin like a idiot juvenile or from gloating that she didn’t run.
Well now we have Gingrich leading the others and particularly Romney and dare I say that insult to our brave men and women in uniform, Ron Paul too, who’s not only a National Security disaster, but also an appeaser to Iran, but what does sickoflibs do? He calls Gingrich a disaster.
Never mind that the latest Rasmussen showed Gingrich beating the Marxist by 2 points.
I’m not interested in *your* problems.
Yes I have problems with this.
Newt Gingrich: Hillary Clinton Terrific Defense Secretary
Newt: Hillary Is the Most Effective Candidate
Newt: Hillary shows courage, integrity
Oddly, Hillary and, Yes, Newt Agree to Agree
Newt & Nancy....Gorebull Warming
Newt Gingrich Al Sharpton Education Tour
Political Chameleon Newt Gingrich Has a History of Working with Democrats
I cant see supporting someone with such poor judgment.
Right to Life -
Asked in an interview on the CBS News program Face the Nation, whether he agreed with Republicans who oppose Federal abortion payments in cases of rape or incest or to protect the life of a mother, Mr. Gingrich said: No. First of all, I think you should have funding in the case of rape or incest or life of the mother, which is the first step.
Self Defense -
“In 1996, Newt Gingrich turned his back on guns and voted for the anti-gun Brady Campaigns Lautenberg Gun Ban, which strips the Second Amendment rights of citizens involved in misdemeanor domestic violence charges or temporary protection orders - in some cases for actions as minor as spanking a child or grabbing a spouses wrist.(1)”
Newt is nothing more than a flip-flopping RINO, just like Mitt Romney.
Last week he said it was a stupid thing to do, he regretted it and apologized.
I'm betting Cain endorses him this week, are you going to say something dumb about that when he does?
Most likely, it's your MO to say smarmy and dumb things. It's your passion in life.
How conservative is Newts’ record?
If a rating of 100% from the American Conservative Union isn’t good enough for you..then what is it going to take?
I liked Romney in 2008, considering the alternatives, and he certainly LOOKS presidential, but as info came out about Romneycare, his recent pandering to the climate change crowd and other issues..my enthusiasm dimmed considerably. He looks too much like the other “establishment’, northeast moderate republicans we have had in the White House recently.. like GHWB and GWB. I want a SOLID conservative with fire in his belly.
To be honest, I always thought the “baggage’ of Newt’s divorces made him a non-contender.
But then, the more I think about it..that was what the liberal MSM WANTED me to think!
I like Bachman.. but her lack of executive experience turned me off.
I was happy when Perry entered the field , but his performance in debates and inability to defend his positions nuked him quickly.
Then I supported Cain.. but the smear campaign conducted against him was too successful..and his explanations about his 13 year ‘relationship’ with this most recent woman was just too much to swallow.
Newt is a sold conservative, his baggage is already out there and could be easily dismissed as old news..and a lot of the myths about his divorce have been debunked.
He is brilliant, quick witted, articulate and would make mincemeat of Obama in any debate.
In short, ladies and gentleman.. it looks like we may have a candidate.... a fired up, solid conservative with ideas and the determination to implement them..to take the fight to Obama and his media drone allies.
BRING IT ON... YOU LIBERAL BASTARDS!