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Candidate positions: Ed Matthews

The following positions reflect those used for Ed Matthews in the Select A Candidate survey. Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.


Issue Question Candidate Position
Universal health care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
Congress should reinvigorate private, direct-pay health insurance markets so that all Americans can purchase affordable health coverage, while retaining the right to choose their own doctor.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
One's health is first and foremost a matter of personal responsibility. Congress should reinvigorate private, direct-pay health insurance markets so that all Americans can purchase affordable health coverage, while retaining the right to choose their own doctor. State governments should reduce or eliminate costly health-insurance mandates. In the meantime, Congress should pass legislation to allow consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, in much the same way they presently purchase auto insurance. Congress should also pass tort reforms to eliminate frivolous lawsuits that drive up health care costs and drive good doctors from the profession. (More Info)
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Stem cell research Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
I do not support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines, but would support support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)
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Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
Yes, I think we should allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
We should decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country and enact harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)
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Same-sex marriage Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman? ANSWER OPTION
I favor such an amendment and do not think same-sex couples should be allowed to marrry.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)
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Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Abortions should always be illegal except when the life of the woman is endangered.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Capital punishment Do you favor or oppose capital punishment? ANSWER OPTION
I support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)
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Iraq War Do you favor or oppose a set date (timeline) for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq? ANSWER OPTION
The "Surge" and related counterinsurgency operations have worked. We should continue to encourage the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own affairs, and build a stable nation in the Middle East, which is in our long-term strategic interest.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
The "Surge" and related counterinsurgency operations, implemented by the brave men and women of the U.S Armed Forces under General David Petraeus' leadership, have worked. Our military deserves our support, respect, and gratitude. We should continue to encourage the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own affairs, and build a stable nation in the Middle East, which is in our long-term strategic interest. I would encourage members of Congress to take time to understand the conditions on the ground before taking partisan stands on the conflict. (More Info)
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Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
It's time for more domestic exploration and production. Increased exploration and drilling for oil will cause oil prices to fall, thereby enhancing U.S. energy security.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
It's time for more domestic exploration and production. We have over 100 billion barrels of oil reserves (not including oil shale) that we should access to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Unfortunately, Congress has restricted domestic exploration. Curtailed supplies have combined with rapid, world-wide energy demand to increase the price of oil. This provides leverage to foreign producers and threatens U.S. energy security. Increased exploration and drilling for oil will cause oil prices to fall, thereby enhancing U.S. energy security. The production potential from the 2,000 acre coastal plain of ANWR is estimated to be one million barrels per day. We currently import almost 10 million barrels per day, so ANWR production alone would reduce our dependence on foreign oil by more than 10%. (More Info)
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