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Candidate positions: Jill Stein

The following positions reflect those used for Jill Stein 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
Abortion What types of legislation would you support regarding legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Abortion is a necessary health care option, but it will decline as women's choices expand upstream of unwanted pregnancy. By providing all women with reproductive health care and family planning, as part of a program of health care as a human right, we can greatly reduce the need for abortion.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
From a statement provided to votesmart.org. (More Info)
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Debt What should be done about the federal debt? ANSWER OPTION
Reduce the budget deficit by restoring full employment, cutting the bloated military budget, and cutting private health insurance waste. Eliminate needless tax giveaways. Require full disclosure of corporate subsidies in the budget and stop hiding subsidies in complicated tax code.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Economy What would you do to invigorate the economy? ANSWER OPTION
Enact the Full Employment Program which will directly provide 25 million green jobs in sustainable energy, mass transit, sustainable organic agriculture, and clean manufacturing, as well as social work, teaching, and and other service jobs. Provide grants and low-interest loans to green businesses and cooperatives, with an emphasis on small, locally based companies. Renegotiate NAFTA and other "free trade" agreements that export American jobs, depress wages, and undermine the sovereign right of Americans and citizens of other countries to control their own economy. Make the minimum wage a living wage. Ensure equal pay for equal work, ending discrimination based on race, gender, or generation.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
Provide tuition-free education from kindergarten through college, thus eliminating the student debt crisis. Forgive existing student debt. Protect our public school systems from privatization. End high-stakes testing and stop punishing students and teachers for failures of the system in which they work. Stop denying students diplomas based on tests. Stop using merit pay to punish teachers.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Energy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
Redirect research funds from fossil fuels and other dead-end industries toward research in renewable energy and conservation. Build a nationwide smart electricity grid that can pool and store power from a diversity of renewable sources, giving the nation clean, democratically controlled, terrorist-proof energy. Phase out nuclear power and end nuclear subsidies. End federal subsidies for "clean coal." Halt all drilling that poses a threat to public lands or water resources. Halt the Keystone XL pipeline and bring the tar sand oils under a comprehensive climate protection treaty.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Environment What are your views concerning the environment? ANSWER OPTION
Create millions of green jobs in areas such as weatherization, recycling, public transportation, worker and community owned cooperatives, and energy-efficient infrastructure. Create a binding international treaty to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide to levels deemed safe by scientific analysis to reduce global warming. Phase out coal power plants to end their unacceptable harm to the climate, health and the economy. End mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Stop hydrofracking to prevent devastating pollution of groundwater.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Same-sex marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
Yes. All people are entitled to full civil and human rights in America.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"My administration will defend those rights for everyone, regardless of race, religion, culture, gender, or sexual preference," Stein said in a statement to votesmart.org. (More Info)
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Health care What changes would you make to federal health care policy? ANSWER OPTION
Provide complete, affordable, quality health care for every American through an improved Medicare-for-all insurance program. Allow full access to all medically justified contraceptive and reproductive care. Roll back the community drivers of chronic disease, including poor nutrition, health-damaging pollution, and passive dirty transportation. Avoid chronic diseases by investing in essential community health infrastructure such as local, fresh, organic food systems, pollution-free renewable energy, phasing out toxic chemicals, and active transportation such as bike paths and safe sidewalks that dovetail with public transit. End overcharging for prescription drugs by using bulk purchasing negotiations.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Grant undocumented immigrants who are already residing and working in the United States a legal status which includes the chance to become U.S. citizens. Halt deportations of law-abiding undocumented immigrants. Demilitarize border crossings throughout North America.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
Reject cuts to Social Security and efforts to privatize it.

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From a statement provided to votesmart.org and from her campaign website. (More Info)
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Taxes What would you do to overhaul federal tax policy? ANSWER OPTION
Rewrite the entire tax code to be truly progressive with tax cuts for working families, the poor and middle class, and higher taxes for the richest Americans. Stop draining the non-profit sectors of our economy in order to give tax cuts to the for-profit sectors. Establish a 90 percent tax on bonuses for bailed out bankers.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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Terrorism How should the federal government fight terrorism? ANSWER OPTION
Repeal the PATRIOT Act that violates our constitutional right to privacy and protection against unreasonable search and seizure. Repeal the unconstitutional provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that gives the president the power to indefinitely imprison and even assassinate American citizens without due process.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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War How should the U.S. government handle its current wars? ANSWER OPTION
End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, withdrawing both troops and military contractors. Demilitarize U.S. foreign policy to emphasize human rights, international law, multinational diplomatic initiatives and support for democratic movements across the world. Cut the bloated Pentagon budget by 50 percent.

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From Stein's campaign website. (More Info)
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