Hi! Thanks for the question.
It is true that at this point (Dec. 22) and as of the writing of this
answer, there are indeed two contenders for the Republican Senate
Majority Leader Sen. Frist as the frontrunner with Nickles coming in
second. Due to the withdrawal by Sen. Lott both are now considered
likely prospects. But like Lott both have been criticized and have
been said to be his mirror images when it comes to civil rights voting
In this National Organization for Women article it provides examples
of the civil rights issues voted upon by Sen. Frist. He voted against
the following issues:
1. Sex education
2. International family planning
3. Emergency contraception
4. Affirmative action
5. Hate crimes legislation
6. Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Few senators have a worse voting record on civil rights than Trent
Lottbut Bill Frist is one of them, Gandy noted. Frist has voted
against sex education, international family planning, emergency
contraception (the morning-after pill), affirmative action, hate
crimes legislation and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. This is
the man who is supposed to save face for the GOP in the Senate? Think
NOW President Says Potential Lott Replacement No Improvement
The next article is a profile of Sen. Frist.
Frist Has Quick Rise in Senate
Sen. Don Nickles is portrayed as well in the media as not so much a
champion in this arena.
1. Opposed a federal holiday for the commemoration Martin Luther
2. Voted for the preservation of the tax-exempt status of private
schools like Bob Jones University which is opposed to interracial
uphold the first President Bush's veto of legislation to amend
the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban workplace discrimination.
4. In 1993, both voted to extend the Confederate flag design patent
5. In 1994, both sided with a Helms amendment to strip federal
funding from the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission.
6. Nickles also voted for the elimination of a disadvantaged business
enterprise program. This program insures that a certain percentage of
federal government contracts go to businesses led by minorities and
Nickles' voting record on civil rights mirrors Lott's
In my own opinion, even though there were more samples for Nickles,
Frists voting records on the more basic and important civil rights
issues makes him less of a supporter when it comes to these types of
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Sen. Bill Frist "civil rights" "voting record"
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