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Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Democrat Tom Vilsack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orphaned at birth, he was placed in an orphanage, then adopted in 1951. In 1972 he received a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. In 1975 he received a law degree from Union University's Albany Law School. He practiced law with his father-in-law in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and was elected mayor of Mt. Pleasant in 1987. Vilsack was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1992. In 1998 he became Iowa's first Democratic governor in more than 30 years.

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Education: Vilsack took aim at Bush's education budget, saying it falls far short of the administration's central pledge to "leave no child behind." By proposing $6 billion less than he promised, Bush handed states an expensive new program with no money to pay the tab, the governor said.

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Gun Policy: He received _____________ from the NRA, and __________ from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Abortion Policy: He received _____________ score from Planned Parenthood and ______________ from the National Right to Life Committee.

Environmental Policy: He received ___________ from the League of Conservation Voters.

Minority Issues: He received ___________ from the NAACP.

Civil Liberties: He received ______________ from The American Civil Liberties Union.


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  • - The Concord Coalition
  • - Americans for Tax Reform
  • - National Taxpayers Union
  • - The Children's Defense Fund
  • - Business-Industry Political Action Committee
  • - The National Rifle Association
  • - The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
  • - Planned Parenthood
  • - National Right to Life Committee
  • - League of Conservation Voters
  • - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • - American Civil Liberties Union
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