Despite being governor for two complete terms, Tom Vilsack’s stance on many important issues is undefined. On abortion, homosexual rights, and gun control, little information is available for us to analyze. However, we will examine the issues on which Vilsack has made a stance as governor.
On Foreign Policy:
“Vilsack proposed pulling troops out of southern and central
“A military presence may also be necessary to put pressure on
“Once American troops are out of harm's way in
However, Vilsack did take a stand against the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty, commenting that the treaty must include emissions reductions by ALL countries, not merely the industrialized West. (http://www.ontheissues.org/Tom_Vilsack.htm)
On Domestic Policy:
“Vilsack in 2002 advocated and signed a law making English Iowa's official language,” though he has since apologized to minority groups.
Vilsack also supports school choice. (http://www.ontheissues.org/Tom_Vilsack.htm)
Surprisingly, Vilsack supports the creation of retirement savings accounts, a measure supported by most conservatives and decried as “privatization” by liberals. (http://www.ontheissues.org/Tom_Vilsack.htm)
However, Tom Vilsack vehemently opposes measure which would create a national sales tax in place of the income tax.
Needless to say, more information is needed about Tom Vilsack’s stance on the issues. Though a cursory examination of the above information would seem to indicate he is a political moderate, Vilsack must make more of his views public before he is to garner support from either side of the aisle.