John Kerry has actually made conflicting statements about the environment. For example,he claimed that a house in Salem NH was highly contaminated
Here are his exact words,and the actual facts...
Fact Check: Contaminated home uses city water, not bottled
FACTCHECK on Water Contamination: John Kerry left a misleading impression when he tried to personalize a water-pollution issue:
KERRY: There's a couple in Salem called Lisa and Randy Denuccio. They live next to a lake. They can't drink the water. Their kids can't make lemonade now. They don't take showers with the water. They have to buy bottled water.
FACTCHECK: But when an Associated Press reporter called the family after the debate, Lisa Denuccio said the family does in fact take showers: "We can't do without that." The AP did quote her as saying they now use water from the city rather than their well. Kerry's statement that they can't shower with "the water" might be literally correct- but might easily have led many listeners to think the Denuccio family is worse off than is the case. He should have come clean.
Source: FactCheck.org: 2004 Primary Presidential Debate in Durham NH Dec 9, 2003
For a real idea of where each candidate stands,AND quotes from each candidate and the context of the quotes,I suggest you look at this site.
That site seems to be,IMHO,the most informative on where each candidate stands on each issue
Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons.
Vote to table [kill] an amendment that would require sanctions against China or other countries if they were found to be selling illicit weapons of mass destruction.
Bill HR.4444 ; vote number 2000-242 on Sep 13, 2000
Voted NO on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba.
Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba.
Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)74; N)22; NV)4
Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 927; Bill H.R. 927 ; vote number 1996-22 on Mar 5, 1996
Those are 2 of Kerry's votes about foreign policy.
Here are his votes on gun control...
Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations.
The Hatch amdt would increase mandatory penalties for the illegal transfer or use of firearms, fund additional drug case prosecutors, and require background check on purchasers at gun shows. [A YES vote supports stricter penalties].
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)48; N)47; NV)5
Reference: Hatch Amendment #344; Bill S. 254 ; vote number 1999-118 on May 14, 1999
Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks.
Vote to table [kill] an amendment to make it unlawful for gun dealers to sell handguns without providing trigger locks. Violation of the law would result in civil penalties, such as suspension or revocation of the dealer's license, or a fine.
Bill S 2260 ; vote number 1998-216 on Jul 21, 1998
As far as affirmative action goes,here are his comments...
Questions the ultimate practicality of affirmative action
'The truth is that affirmative action has kept America thinking in racial terms,' Kerry said. Insisting that he still supported affirmative action, Kerry outlined its costs, particularly the white resentment that racial preferences had fostered. Kerry went on to state, 'We cannot lecture our citizens about fairness and then disregard legitimate questions about the actual fairness of federal regulation and law.'
Source: Complete Biography By The Boston Globe, p.279-280 Apr 27, 2004
Supports federal DOMA, but not Massachusetts DOMA
Q: You say you oppose gay marriage. You also oppose the federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Do you think other states should have to recognize a gay marriage performed in Massachusetts?
KERRY: I said very clearly that I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. But notwithstanding that belief, there was no issue in front of the country when that was put before the US Senate.
Q: You also said that you believe the Defense of Marriage Act was fundamentally unconstitutional.
KERRY: I was incorrect in that statement. I think, in fact, that no state has to recognize something that is against their public policy. For 200 years, we have left marriage up to the states.
Q: So would you support the Massachusetts Defense of Marriage Act?
KERRY: No, because the Defense of Marriage Act is the law of the land today.
Source: Democratic 2004 primary debate at USC Feb 26, 2004
Here are some of what Bush has done about civil rights...
Instinct on gay issues: do not touch them
Bush's instinct on gay-rights issues was clear and emphatic: Do not touch them. During the campaign he had refused to comment on Vermont's civil unions. They were, he said, a local issue for local officeholders. He refused to accept the support of the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization of gay Republicans-and then met with a dozen prominent homosexuals in Austin after he had clinched the nomination. In office, he retained Clinton's Office of National AIDS Policy and named an openly gay man to run it. He did not repeal any of the spousal benefits that Clinton had introduced for homosexual federal employees. He did not object when some of his cabinet secretaries participated in Gay Pride events in their departments-and he did not object when others did not.
Bush tried to strike a formula of "morally traditional and socially inclusive." Gay issues demanded a choice between those two imperatives, and for that very reason Bush wished to have nothing to do with them.
Source: The Right Man, by David Frum, p.103-4 Jun 1, 2003
Local control with consequences if racial profiling occurs
BUSH: I can't imagine what it would be like to be singled out because of race and harassed. That's just flat wrong. So we ought to do everything we can to end racial profiling. One of my concerns, though, is I don't want to federalize local police. I believe in local control of governments. Most officers are dedicated citizens who are putting their lives at risk, who aren't bigoted or aren't prejudiced. I do think we need to find out where racial profiling occurs and say to the local folks, get it done and if you can't, there'll be a federal consequence.
Source: (X-ref Gore) Presidential Debate at Wake Forest University Oct 11, 2000
Those quotes are taken right from the website I linked.
I think everyone will find it interesting,and helpful in finding out exactly where each candidate stands.