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Candidate positions: Gary Johnson

The following positions reflect those used for Gary Johnson 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
Abortion What types of legislation would you support regarding legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Life is precious and must be protected. A woman should be allowed to make her own decisions during pregnancy until the point of viability of a fetus.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
From Johnson's campaign website. (More Info)
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Debt What should be done about the federal debt? ANSWER OPTION
Submit a balanced budget to Congress in 2013. End excessive spending, bloated stimulus programs, unnecessary farm subsidies, and earmarks. Audit the Federal Reserve. Reassess the role of the federal government and identify responsibilities that can be met more efficiently by the private sector. Recognize that you can't have limited government at home, but big government abroad. Identify and implement common-sense cost savings to place Medicare on a path toward long-term solvency. Block grant Medicare and Medicaid funds to the states, allowing them to innovate, find efficiencies and provide better service at lower cost.

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From Johnson's campaign website. (More Info)
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Economy What would you do to invigorate the economy? ANSWER OPTION
Cut federal spending, cut taxes, and reduce federal involvement in the economy. Restrict Federal Reserve policy to maintaining price stability, not bailing out financial firms or propping up the housing sector. Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, rather than wasting money on an expensive and futile prohibition. Eliminate needless barriers to free trade and make it easier for would-be legal immigrants to apply for work visas.

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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
End the Department of Education; let states expand successful reforms such as vouchers and charter schools. Schools should have the authority to decide how best to spend educational dollars. All parents should have an opportunity to choose which school their children attend.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Once citizens and their local representatives have the freedom to decide how their educational funds will be spent, they can consider innovations that will drive student choice, educational competition, and better results," says a statement on Johnson's campaign website. (More Info)
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Energy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
Government subsidies and incentives for specific energy resources don't work. Cap and Trade schemes, tax subsidies, and government efforts to steer us to one energy source over another are inherently inefficient, disrupt the market, and ultimately impose costs we cannot afford.

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From Johnson's campaign website. (More Info)
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Environment What are your views concerning the environment? ANSWER OPTION
Essential environmental protection does not require destroying jobs, infringing on property rights, or curtailing freedom. Insisting on a basic cost-benefit analysis for regulations will restore an appropriate balance and common sense to environmental policy.

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Same-sex marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
Government should not impose its values upon marriage. It should allow marriage equality, including same-sex marriage. The definition of marriage should be left to religions and individuals -- not government.

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Health care What changes would you make to federal health care policy? ANSWER OPTION
Repeal President Obama's healthcare plan, as well as the failed Medicare prescription drug benefit. Fewer government mandates and less regulation will allow innovation and competition to make health care more affordable and more accessible. Removing arbitrary obstacles to interstate competition among health insurance providers will reduce costs. Federal assistance for those who cannot afford essential health care should be provided through simple block grants to the states, where innovation will create efficiencies and better care at less cost.

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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Legal immigration should be simplified, and illegal immigration should be tackled. It should be easier for a potential immigrant to get a work visa. Potential immigrants should pass a background check, and then be issued a Social Security card, which would allow them to pay income, payroll, and all other taxes workers pay. Legalizing marijuana will reduce border violence and illegal immigration significantly, decreasing the U.S.-Mexican drug trade by 70 percent.

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Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
Fix Social Security by changing the escalator from being based on wage growth to inflation.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"It's time for Social Security to reflect today's realities without breaking trust with retirees," a statement reads on Johnson's campaign website. (More Info)
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Taxes What would you do to overhaul federal tax policy? ANSWER OPTION
Abolish the Internal Revenue Service. Enact the Fair Tax to tax expenditures, rather than income, with a 'prebate' to make spending on basic necessities tax free. With the Fair Tax, eliminate business taxes, withholding and other levies that penalize productivity, while creating millions of jobs.

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From Johnson's campaign website. (More Info)
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Terrorism How should the federal government fight terrorism? ANSWER OPTION
The PATRIOT Act should be repealed, which would restore proper judicial oversight to federal investigations and again require federal investigators to prove probable cause prior to executing a search. No criminal or terrorist suspect captured by the U.S. should be subject to physical or psychological torture. Individuals incarcerated unjustly by the U.S. should have the ability to seek compensation through the courts.

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War How should the U.S. government handle its current wars? ANSWER OPTION
Pledge to withdraw troops from Afghanistan immediately. Cut military spending by 43 percent, pledge to veto expenditures which exceed the levels necessary to eliminate the deficit, focus the military on providing a strong national defense and limited entangling foreign engagements.

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