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Candidate positions: Mike Ciresi

The following positions reflect those used for Mike Ciresi 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
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Favors removing our combat troops by March 31, 2008. In a video posed on his campaign site, Ciresi says Congress should revolk the war authorization; troops should be redeployed and used primarily to train Iraqi forces and fight Al-Qaida not "referee a civil war;" there should be no permanent U.S. bases in Iraq; and there should be and international peace conference lead by the UN Security Council. (More Info)
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Education Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?" ANSWER OPTION
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
At a DFL Senate debate on September 30, 2007, Ciresi said he would "scrap" NCLB, adding that every teacher he's talked with can't say anything good about it. (More Info)
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Health Care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
From a post on Ciresi's Web site: As your U.S. Senator I will work to create a system that's goals are to: Provide universal coverage; keep people healthy through preventative health care and early detection and cure of diseases before they become chronic problems; keep people affordably insured for their lifetime from job to job, and through retirement, and forever eliminate the term pre-existing condition; reduce error and waste by making a single, electronic record of a patient's history accessible to those who need it, when they need it, but with the highest level of security to protect our privacy; provide everyone with cost-effective medical, prescription and mental health insurance coverage at an affordable price, and which allows people to choose their provider and purchase more options. (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
Federal funding should be used to expand embryonic stem cell research, even if that research uses viable human embryos.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
In a written statement to MPR Ciresi said, "I support ethically grounded legislation that would provide for federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. There is a long list of diseases such as Parkinson's, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Alzheimer's and many Cancers that could be cured, or treatment better managed, with the advancement of stem cell research. In addition, most breakthroughs in stem cell research have occurred in labs with public funding and this means we need to support the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute. The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 was a bipartisan effort, passed by both houses of Congress, then vetoed by President Bush. I would like to see the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007 re-introduced by the U.S. House and Senate in its original form -- as this piece of legislation would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to '...conduct and support research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells where derived from a human embryo.' Funding the advancement of stem cell research is pro-quality of life." Back to top
Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
No

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
An article in Law & Politics describes Ciresi's position on social security: Ciresi does not think Social Security is in crisis. His solution: raise the retirement age to 70 for folks under 35 and raise the limit on taxable income from $97,000 to around $150,000. (More Info)
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Tax Cuts Should the President's tax cuts be made permanent? ANSWER OPTION
No

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to an article from the West Central Tribune: [Ciresi would] tighten laws that allow corporations to avoid paying taxes by using offshore accounts. He would also repeal tax cuts given to the wealthiest Americans in recent years. Ciresi called it "redirecting tax policy to favor the middle class." (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
I advocate renewable energy and conservation, using alternative fuels and tougher mileage standards, support clean-coal technology and am not opposed to using nuclear power to meet energy needs.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
A posting on Ciresi's campaign site says that Ciresi will "Support and encourage strong conservation policies and practices. Invest in clean energy technologies such as wind, solar, ethanol, and biomass. Bring America to energy independency [sic.] by 2020 by creating an Apollo-type project. By investing in energy efficiency [sic.] technology, investing in "green buildings" that are energy efficient, creating tougher mileage standards and investing in alternative fuels to power our automobiles...Create a tax system that gives entrepreneurs and businesses incentives to develop clean energy technologies. (More Info)
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Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I believe we need more border patrol to secure the borders; I support guest worker program, a longterm citizenship plan for undocumented workers and believe bilateral discussions with Mexico are needed.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
A posting on Ciresi's campaign site states, "I support an Immigration Bill that will: Insure the security of the border through bilateral discussions with Mexico regarding operational control; increased border patrols; virtual barriers such as aerial surveillance and radar; and limited fencing. Border security criteria should be established before initiating guest worker and legalization programs. Create a guest worker program (H-2C Visa) that meets legitimate employment needs; has screening and secure identification criteria; sets forth a specific period of eligibility; requires return to the workers home country at the expiration of the period; and, has firm and enforceable employer obligations. Establish a path to legal citizenship that is longer than that required for legal entry; requires immigrants to learn English, pass a criminal background check and comply with U.S. laws." (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
Yes

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
At a DFL Senate debate on October 5, 2007, Ciresi said he would be in favor of a 4 to 6 cents increase. (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
Oppose

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
During an appearance on TPT's Almanac, Ciresi said, "in terms of civil unions, I am in favor of that. I do not favor any form of discrimination, but I am not in favor of imposing on religious denominations that fact that they have to marry gay people. I just don't think that's right." In a written statement to MPR Ciresi said, "I oppose this amendment. I do not support a constitutional amendment that would write discrimination into our constitution. I do not believe in violating the civil rights of any group. I believe that same-sex couples deserve to have the same economic and legal rights that are currently granted to heterosexual couples." Back to top
Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Favor

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
An article published in the Mesabi Daily News describes Ciresi's stance: Regarding abortion, [Ciresi] said it's important to focus on prevention of unwanted pregnancies and adoption. "We aren't going to reverse Roe vs. Wade and shouldn't," he said. (More Info)
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