1. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.)
Once approached by Democratic Leader Harry Reid to switch parties,
Chafee has long supported liberal policies. He backs legal abortion, gay
rights, federal-funded health care, strict environmental protections
and a higher minimum wage. Opposes ANWR drilling. Also was the only
Republican in Congress not to endorse the President’s reelection and one
of three who tried to gut Bush’s tax cuts.
2. Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
A self-described “centrist,” Snowe scored a 100% pro-choice voting
record as scored by NARAL and consistently votes with Democrats on
3. Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.)
“Snarlin’ Arlen” warned Bush not to nominate judges who might overturn
Roe v. Wade, joined Chaffee reducing tax cuts and supported Democrats on
the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, HMO and overtime regulation. Also
opposed school choice in Washington, D.C.
4. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
Voted with liberals on the 1999 tax cut, campaign finance reform and the
partial-birth abortion ban. Also advocated “pay-as-you-go” tax cuts
with spending increases in 2004, leading to a budget never agreed upon
between the House and Senate.
5. Rep. Christopher Shays (Conn.)
He led the House fight for McCain-Feingold campaign finance “reform.”
He’s also prone to back environmental causes, gun control and abortion
rights. He had no GOP challenger in 2004, but narrowly escaped defeat,
52% to 48%, by a Democratic opponent in the general election.
6. Gov. George Pataki (N.Y.)
Helped unions raise pay and unionize Indian casinos. Has said, “I
believe in a limited government, low taxes, a tough approach to crime. …
But I also believe in an activist government. I’m not one of those
7. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (N.Y.)
Over the course of his 23-year career, he’s gained considerable power
(chairman of the Science Committee), despite amassing one of the most
liberal voting records of any House Republican. Fought back conservative
challengers in 2000 and 2002 and could face a GOP challenge in ’06.
8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Has said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this
country.” Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting
Houston, he criticized the city’s aesthetics, saying, “This is what
happens when you don’t have zoning.”
9. Rep. Michael Castle (Del.)
As president of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and key
player in the so-called Tuesday Group lunches, he is a ring-leader of
RINOs. He’s teamed with Democrats to make federal funding of embryonic
stem cell research one of his top priorities.
10. Rep. Jim Leach (Iowa)
One of only six House Republicans to vote against the Iraq War
resolution in 2002, he was also the only Republican to vote against
President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts. His support for environmental causes and
abortion rights has won him liberal fans.