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Candidate positions: Michael Cummins

The following positions reflect those used for Michael Cummins 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
No Child Left Behind Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?" ANSWER OPTION
I do not have an opinion one way or another except we have too many kids slipping through the cracks, something has to be done, but is "No child left behind" the answer? I do not know.
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Universal health care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose universal health care. I am in favor of tax incentives for individuals who get private health care.
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SCHIP expansion On October 3, 2007, President Bush vetoed a bill expanding the SCHIP program, to provide health care to 10 million more children. The program is designed to subsidize health coverage for families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. Do you favor or oppose the proposed expansion? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose it, because there were too many who were going to be pulled into the program that were not supposed to be included.
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Stem cell research Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose it.
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Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree? ANSWER OPTION
I am in favor of privatizing Social Security.
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Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Legal immigration, fine; illegal immigration, we need to get it under control.
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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
Never, we have more then enough if properly used. We have too many projects that are a lower priority and should not be considered until we get these major issues dealt with.
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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 am in favor of this.
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Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose legalized abortion.
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Capital punishment Do you favor or oppose capital punishment? ANSWER OPTION
I am in favor for acts of terrorism, capital murder and sex offenders.
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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
We need to be careful. I would need to spend more time on this.
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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
I oppose setting a timeline.
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Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan? ANSWER OPTION
We need to get Afghanistan and Pakistan on the same page.
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Iran Do you believe there should be a military option for the U.S., to prevent Iran from developing or possessing nuclear weapons? ANSWER OPTION
It has to be on the table, not excited about going in.
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Global warming Which camp: Global warming or climate change? ANSWER OPTION
There is always climate change, but there is no global warming.
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Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
Everything has to be on the table, we have to stop using Natural Gas to make electricity as this is the primary source for home owners who heat their homes. Clean coal technology is there and is a very inexpensive method of producing electricity. We need to look at Nuclear Power Plants as alternatives to coal and NG. As far as transportation, we are an oil based economy. We need to become independent from foreign countries. Drilling in the OCS, ANWR and North Dakota responsibly will make a huge difference.
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