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Candidate positions: Bob Barr

The following positions reflect those used for Bob Barr in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidate's public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."


Issue Question Candidate Position
Sub-prime mortgage Do you support the government directly buying distressed mortgages from home borrowers and lenders? ANSWER OPTION
Candidate declined to provide an opinion
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Iraq What is your opinion on the war in Iraq? ANSWER OPTION
There should be a timetable for the removal of U.S. troops.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"I do believe that it is extremely important, and in the best interests of America's defenses and our security, and our relationship with our allies, that we do begin immediately setting in place a plan to draw down, dramatically decrease the military, the economic and the political footprint that we maintain in Iraq." (More Info)
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Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan? ANSWER OPTION
Do not support a sustained U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr said in an interview that "If we have evidence that a nation or a nongovernmental entity has been engaged in acts that pose a clear and present threat to the United States or to our forces, we have every right, defensively, to take action to remove that threat, to neutralize that threat. That may very well have been the case in Afghanistan. But that is certainly not the case for a continued massive presence in Afghanistan." (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Immigration What is your position on immigration in the United States? ANSWER OPTION
Secure the border

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr favors securing the boarder, but has no stated position on illegal immigrants currently in the United States. "Our borders are currently neither open, closed, nor secure. This situation restricts the labor pool, encouraging employers to hire undocumented workers, while leaving those workers neither subject to nor protected by the law. A completely open border allows foreign criminals, carriers of communicable diseases, terrorists and other potential threats to enter the country unchecked." (More Info)
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The mortgage crisis What do you think should be done -- if anything -- in the wake of the near collapse of companies specializing in subprime mortgages, and the foreclosures of homes? ANSWER OPTION
Nothing

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr told Glenn Beck on May 22, 2004 that if would be a mistake " to have the federal government now set a "One size fits all" mortgage criteria for the country. That would be disastrous. It would stifle risk-taking, it would stifle the independence of small mortgage houses and mortgage banks and would simply create further problems down the road." (More Info)
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Taxes Do you believe the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts should be made permanent? ANSWER OPTION
Yes

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr believes that the 16th Amendment allowing for the federal income tax should be repealed, ending the Internal Revenue Service and proposes a nationwide sales tax. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Education Please select the comment that most closely matches your view on education (K-12). ANSWER OPTION
Enable school vouchers and protect home-schooling.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr wrote on his web site "I can attest to the fact that high school seniors who had been home schooled for all or part of their academic careers competed favorably in all aspects of academics with students who attended public or private schools." (More Info)
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Social Security Do you favor the concept of privatization of Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
Yes

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr voted in 1999 to allowing private retirement accounts within social security, and for reducing the tax payments on social security benefits. [Source:On the Issues] (More Info)
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Health care Do you generally favor or oppose the concept of universal health care in America? That is, require people to have health insurance and provide a mechanism for meeting the requirement. ANSWER OPTION
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr said in a statement on his web site that government-dominated system is responsible for high costs. "What we need to do is begin removing government regulation form the delivery of heath care services to the American people." (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
S-CHIP The SCHIP program is designed to subsidize health coverage for families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. Recent debate in Congress centered around a proposal to increase spending to expand the program. Do you favor or oppose the proposed expansion? ANSWER OPTION
Candidate declined to provide an opinion
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Abortion Do you support or oppose legalized abortion in the United States? ANSWER OPTION
Candidate declined to provide an opinion
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Energy Do you support federal assistance for the production of ethanol and/or biofuel as an alternative to oil? ANSWER OPTION
No

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Government intervention, whether through more regulations or more subsidies (or both), hurts consumers in the end. The free market, driven by consumer choice and reflecting the real cost of resources, should be the foundation of America's energy policy. The federal government should eliminate restrictions that inhibit energy production, as well as all special privileges for the production of politically-favored fuels, such as ethanol. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Death penalty Do you favor or oppose the use of the death penalty for certain crimes? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr wrote on his web site in August, 2007 "I am a firm believer in the propriety and historic soundness of the death penalty. But, as a proponent of our Constitution and its attendant Bill of Rights, I believe just as strongly in the fundamental fairness that lies at the heart -- or should lie at the heart -- of our criminal justice system. Because of its obvious finality, the death penalty must be employed with as close to absolute fairness and certainty as humanly possible." (More Info)
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Gun control What are your views on firearm regulation? ANSWER OPTION
I do not support any regulation that inhibits the 2nd Amendment's Right to Bear Arms.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from three days to one, and sponsored bill banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (More Info)
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Climate change Do you favor or oppose federal regulation of greenhouse gases? ANSWER OPTION
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Barr voted against raising fuel efficiency standards on cars, light trucks and SUVs in 2001. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
G.I. Bill Expansion Do you support a $50 billion expansion of the G.I. Bill to pay college tuition at a public university and other expenses for soldiers who have served 3 years since Sept. 11, 2001? ANSWER OPTION
Candidate declined to provide an opinion
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