Chris Dodd on Principles & Values

Democratic Sr Senator (CT)

Focus on the Constitution, Iraq, and the Middle East

In the first year of my presidency, I’ll do whatever I can to give you back your Constitution. I’ve been campaigning on it daily for the last year and a half. I’ve been active trying to legislate in this area. Certainly the Iraq war but also a robust diplomacy in the Mideast as well. It’s about engaging in a constructive & positive way to offer hope to people. I’ll convene people to begin talking about the stake holders coming together to shape a policy that will give us answers on those two issues.
Source: 2007 Des Moines Register Democratic Debate Dec 13, 2007

Father, Thomas Dodd, was Senator too

Like George W. Bush, Dodd was born into a well-known Connecticut political family, though one of considerably more modest means. Dodd’s father, Thomas J. Dodd, served two terms in the Senate between 1954 and 1970 (interrupted by a loss to George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush).
Source: The Contenders, by Laura Flanders, p.171 Nov 11, 2007

Served as DNC chair from 1995 to 1997

Christopher Dodd has sought to position himself as a “fresh face with experience,” turning his relative anonymity into a virtue and suggesting that he represents some sort of alternative to the leading candidates.

But the senior senator from Connecticut is in fact a consummate Democratic political insider. An ebullient Irish American politician somewhat in the mold of Ted Kennedy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, he has become a powerful force in the Senate. Now in his fifth Senate term (following three terms in the House), Dodd has occupied important committee seats and is considered a formidable dealmaker. He chaired the Democratic National Committee during the heart of the Clinton years, from 1995 to 1997.

Source: The Contenders, by Laura Flanders, p.171 Nov 11, 2007

Voted with Democratic Party 95.8% of 238 votes.

Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Democratic Party 95.8% of 238 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, “US Congress Votes Database” Sep 8, 2007

Decisive moments: joining Peace Corps; & loss of father

Q: What’s the decisive moment in your life that led you to seek the presidency?

A: Well, there were two moments. One was the decision to join the Peace Corps, getting excited about John Kennedy inviting a generation of us to be a part of things larger than ourselves. And the second was, a week before my father died, when he was asked, “Would he do it all over again?,” he said he’d do it in a minute, because you can never do as much for the public good as you can through a public life.

Source: 2007 Democratic primary debate on “This Week” Aug 19, 2007

Americans aren’t divided; our political establishment is

Q: What is your core platform?

A: The core platform is to get America back on track again both at home and abroad, with strong leadership that knows how to bring people together. Americans aren’t divided. Our political establishment is. Americans want to see us solve the problems of energy and health care, make us less vulnerable, less isolated in the world. We want to once again feel good about our country and leave a generation coming along with more opportunities than the present.

Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 “Choosing the President” interviews May 6, 2007

Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War

Q What is the most significant political or professional mistake you have made in the past four years? And what did you learn from this mistake which makes you a better candidate?

A: Well, it’s been said before, won’t be the first or the last, but I also agree on the war in Iraq was a huge mistake.

Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

We can’t survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship

The stakes have never been higher, in my view. There’s a sense of urgency in our country that I think we all feel. I believe it’s going to take a sense of optimism, a sense of confidence, talking about hope for the future, bringing people together. We can’t survive as a nation 51-49. We’ve got to come together as a party first and then as a nation. I believe that takes optimism and confidence. It means talking about the future and rebuilding that sense of optimism in our country.

It’s also going to take committed leadership, principled leadership, proven leadership. I’ve served in the US Senate for 26 years. I’ve been involved in every major domestic and foreign policy debate of our country. I know how to bring people together.

Source: 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada Feb 21, 2007

We’ve squandered years of building world alliances

Q: You’re running for president?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: You’re willing to take on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and say you’re more qualified than they are?

A: Well, I want to make my case based on experience and judgment and ability. The very debate we’re having here today, I think, indicates we need new leadership in the country. I can’t believe that in five years we’ve squandered years of the administration’s, Republicans and Democrats, building world alliances to support us. When you think of where we were on September 12th, 2001 and where we are today, clearly new leadership is necessary in the country, and I want to be part of that debate.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series Jan 14, 2007

Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Catholic.

Dodd : religious affiliation:

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What’s an adherent?

The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH11 on Nov 7, 2000

Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation.

Dodd scores 100% by the AU on church-state separation

OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2006 AU scores as follows:

About the AU (from their website, www.au.org):

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. AU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.

Americans United is a national organization with members in all 50 states. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C., and led by the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director. AU has more than 75,000 members from all over the country. They include people from all walks of life and from various faith communities, as well as those who profess no particular faith. We are funded by donations from our members and others who support church-state separation. We do not seek, nor would we accept, government funding.

Source: AU website 06n-AU on Dec 31, 2006

Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program.

Dodd co-sponsored the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program Act

Corresponding House bill is H.R.2414. Became Public Law No: 105-124.
Source: Bill sponsored by 28 Senators and 1 Rep 97-S1228 on Sep 26, 1997

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