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Candidate positions: Collin Peterson

The following positions reflect those used for Collin Peterson 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
Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I support measures to secure our borders including a border fence along the U.S.-Mexico border and by supporting the Minuteman Project.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Peterson voted Yes on two amendments to the above effects. (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 a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Peterson voted Yes to proposing an amendment to the Constitution to such an effect. The vote failed to achieve 2/3rds majority needed to advance a Constitutional amendment. (More Info)
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Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Abortion should be illegal except in case of saving the mother's life.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Peterson favored a constitutional amendment to prohibit abortions except to save the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Housing 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
The subprime mortgage industry should be regulated, but I do not support the $700 billion bailout package. The immense cost of financing a bailout will be passed along to future generations.

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Detroit Lakes Tribune (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
Going into Afghanistan after "9-11" was the right thing to do, but from there the Administration expanded the war into Iraq without a clearly thought out plan and without finishing the mission in Afghanistan.
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Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
We should provide incentives to encourage renewable fuel development and remove subsidies for oil and gas exploration. We need to move toward energy independence by developing our own fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel.

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Collin Peterson's House website (More Info)
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