Presidential Candidates' Views On Media, Arts Issues

Ratings/Labeling NEA Funding V-Chip Internet Censorship


Bill Bradley (D)
Voted for Telecommunications Reform Act, which included terms for voluntary TV ratings system. Proposed legislation in 1994 to establish system for federal government to evaluate violent content. Voted to maintain funding while in Senate from 1979–1997. Voted for V-Chip as part of Telecommunications Reform Act. Voted to include provision regulating obscene material on the Internet as part of Telecommunications Reform Act.

George W. Bush (R)
Position unknown. Supports funding, but wants states to have more spending control. Supports V-Chip, but prefers cultural change. Position unknown

Al Gore (D)
Helped negotiate terms for voluntary TV ratings that became part of Telecommunications Reform Act. Voted to maintain funding while in Senate from 1985–1993. Helped steer V-Chip into Telecommunications Reform Act after talking about the concept in speeches for several years. Has spoken of the need to protect children from obscene material.

John McCain (R)
Co-sponsored Senate measure to require cigarette-pack-style warnings about intensity and context of violent content. Opposes funding; says taxpayers should not have to finance obscene work. Supports V-Chip. Voted for Communications Decency Act to protect children from "indecent" content online.



(Click here to read a report on Democratic candidates.

Click here to read a report on Republican candidates.

Click here to read a report on third-party candidates.)