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Candidate positions: Ashwin Madia

The following positions reflect those used for Ashwin Madia 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
No Child Left Behind Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?" ANSWER OPTION
We all know that the Bush administration has failed in its responsibilities to our public schools, whether through the chronic under-funding of No Child Left Behind or its negligent attitude when it comes to children with special education needs.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
We all know that the Bush administration has failed in its responsibilities to our public schools, whether through the chronic under-funding of No Child Left Behind or its negligent attitude when it comes to children with special education needs. I also support retiring Congressman Jim Ramstad's proposal to provide new education building improvements through federal tax credits that would repair and modernize old and unsafe schools. (More Info)
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Universal health care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
People that like the health insurance they already have should be allowed to keep it while those who want a better option should be given the opportunity to purchase coverage through a federal program.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
People that like the health insurance they already have should be allowed to keep it. Those who want a better option should be given the opportunity to purchase coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the system available to every Member of Congress. The cost of this coverage should be affordable and not exceed a certain percentage of a family's income. A basic health care benefit set should include wellness and prevention, prescription drugs, and mental health services. (More Info)
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Stem cell research Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
I support allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research with appropriate protections against human cloning.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Ashwin supports allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research with appropriate protections against human cloning. - Dan Pollock Communications Director Madia for Congress Back to top
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Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
If America's seniors had placed their trust in privatized Social Security they would most likely be at a huge loss right now. I do not support privatized Social Security.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
If America's seniors had placed their trust in President Bush, they might have put their Social Security into some of the safest investments they could find in 2005. Companies like Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, GE, AIG, Fannie Mae, or Lehman Brothers. Imagine if a near-retirement senior had invested his Social Security savings in January 2005 and diversified his investments among these six companies. This morning, he would have awoken to a Social Security account with an 80 percent loss -- and a drastically different quality of life in retirement. (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 support same-sex marriage and full equality under the law.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I support same-sex marriage and full equality under the law. Civil unions fall short and seem to be a way for politicians to avoid recognizing all people as equal. (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
Our best hope for a resolution to the Iraq war is for the U.S. to reduce its forces on a responsible timeline and to build a political solution to the country's problems.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Our best hope for a resolution to the Iraq war is for the U.S. to reduce its forces on a responsible timeline and to build a political solution to the country's problems. I support withdrawing our forces over a period of 18-24 months, with a force of about 10,000-20,000 left in Iraq for three missions. (More Info)
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Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
Expanding the use of homegrown energy and funding for sustainable energy programs like wind, biomass, and biofuels.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Expanding the use of homegrown energy offers incredible economic opportunity for states like Minnesota, and for our nation as a whole. I support the use of a mandatory cap and trade system for carbon dioxide emissions. I also support expanded federal incentives for sustainable energy programs like wind, biomass, and biofuels. Developing the innovative solutions to global climate change are a central component of our emerging green economy. (More Info)
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