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Candidate positions: Norm Coleman

The following positions reflect those used for Norm Coleman 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
Iraq Do you favor or oppose a set date (timeline) for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq? ANSWER OPTION
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Coleman said that "I don't think you can cut off funding for the troops you have there...[Gen. David] Petraeus has earned the right to come back 45 days after we're back to pre-surge levels" to make his recommendations on level of forces. (More Info)
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Education Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?" ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Coleman's favoring of NCLB doesn't mean he doesn't think it shouldn't be improved. Coleman and Sen. Joe Lieberman, filed the All Students Can Improve Act of 2007. According to a press release the initiative is made up of three parts: "First, ASCA aims to achieve student growth by focusing on what's most important: achieving results in the classroom and ensuring effective teachers. Second, the bill seeks to encourage high standards throughout the country and better align the curriculum of schools across America. And, third, the proposal focuses on closing the achievement gap by holding schools accountable for the performance of all students and providing resources to address this gap," it said. (More Info)
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Health Care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a posting on Sen. Coleman's Web site he is opposed to a single payer health care system and supports affordable health care through (1) Health Savings Accounts (2) Association Health Plans (3) Medicare Part D and (4) income-based tax credits for individuals and families without employer-based health insurance. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Stem Cells Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
No federal funding should go toward research that harms viable human embryos.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Federal dollars should be used only on research that does not use viable embryonic stem cells. Coleman voted against the Stem Cell Research Act of 2007 that called for the expansion of research using stem cells derived from unused embryos from fertility clinics. According to a post on Sen. Coleman's Web site, he does not support federal funding for research that harms human embryos. (More Info)
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Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
Yes

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Individuals ought to be allowed to invest in IRA's, but Social Security should not be completely privatized. Back to top
Tax Cuts Should the President's tax cuts be made permanent? ANSWER OPTION
Yes

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Voted NO on $47 billion for military by repealing capital gains tax cut (Feb. 2006). Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends (Feb. 2006). Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends (Nov. 2005). Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years (May 2003). Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (March 2007). Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts (Aug. 2006). Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax` (June 2006). (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Alternative Energy Which option most closely matches your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
Renewable energy sources are important but those sources alone cannot end our dependence on foreign oil. Nuclear power must be a part of our energy future.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
An article on hometownsource.com describes Coleman's position: U.S. Senator Norm Coleman supports nuclear energy. "I believe [nuclear power is] absolutely critical to end our dependence on foreign oil," said Coleman. "It's a national security issue," he said. "If you're committed to ending dependence on foreign oil, you have to support nuclear," said Coleman. "You can't do it all with renewables, you can't do it all with wind, those are all critical pieces," said Coleman. "But you got to do nuclear," he said. "It's clean. It's safe, it's affordable. It cuts our dependence on foreign energy. It also protects the environment," he said. "I tell people, 'The French are not braver than we are,'" said Coleman, referring to the extensive use of nuclear energy in France. The U.S. will be building new nuclear plants in the future, Coleman believes. "Waste is an issue," he said. Opposition to Yucca Mountain, Coleman opined, is more philosophical than on account of the waste. "And I think that's unfortunate," he said. Coleman looks to technology to solve nuclear waste issues. "I think you have to move forward with this. One, Yucca Mountain, move forward aggressively with that," he said. "On the other hand, with the understanding, just as with renewables, we're looking beyond the horizon where the future is going (with technology)," he said. "I think you have to do the same thing with nuclear," Coleman said. "I'm very, very confident on the technology side," he said. "I think it's a straw man to somehow argue your opposition to nuclear is based on waste," said Coleman. (More Info)
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Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I strongly oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. I believe that immigrants must undergo background checks, demonstrate proof of employment, possess English proficiency and an understanding of civics, and pay a monetary penalty if they entered illegally. I believe that improving our border enforcement capabilities must be central to any immigration reform legislation.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
In a letter to a constituent published online, Sen. Coleman wrote, "I believe the current immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. I look forward to voting for a bill which will provide for real border security, will eliminate the lure of continued job opportunities for illegal immigrants, and will provide a program that would have helped identify illegal immigrants in this country with their continued presence conditioned on learning English, paying taxes and being employed...I believe that improving our border enforcement capabilities must be central to any immigration reform legislation. Our unprotected borders are unacceptable and represent a crisis which must be dealt with decisively and without delay...I strongly oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Any legalized status for people already here must not be a blank check that will encourage more people to enter this country illegally. In order to be here, I believe that immigrants must undergo background checks, demonstrate proof of employment, possess English proficiency and an understanding of civics, and pay a monetary penalty if they entered illegally. (More Info)
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Gas tax Would you favor an increase in the federal gasoline tax to pay for road construction projects, such as the rebuilding of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. ANSWER OPTION
No

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
After the collapse of the 35W bridge, Rep. Jim Oberstar proposed increasing the gasoline tax. Sen. Norm Coleman said he is not ready to accept the idea. Coleman said the problem isn't a shortage of funds, but how the funds are spent. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Gay Marriage Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman in June 2006. (More Info)
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Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"I am pro-life," Coleman said during a speech at the Humphrey Institute May 14, 2007. He voted in favor of banning partial birth abortions except for when maternal life is threatened in March 2003. (More Info)
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