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Candidate positions: Allen Quist

The following positions reflect those used for Allen Quist 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
Job creation What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development? ANSWER OPTION
I would balance the federal budget to remove economic uncertainty; roll back counter-productive regulations, especially those dealing with carbon dioxide; reduce energy costs by opening more land as well as off-shore areas for energy exploration and development; bargain with countries like China for more equitable trade agreements that would reduce unfair practices that penalize American-made goods.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Economic uncertainty ... is a major factor preventing businesses from expanding and creating jobs. Regulations make our business less profitable and less competitive in the world marketplace," Quist said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Federal deficit Where are three specific areas where federal spending should be cut? Are there any specific areas where federal spending should be increased? ANSWER OPTION
Eliminate corporate welfare (GM should have been allowed to file for bankruptcy protection), stop funding welfare fraud, and cut the food stamp portion of the Senate farm bill. Funding for roads and bridges should be increased, but lower priority programs should be cut first.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist provided this statement to MPR News: "We are currently $36 billion in the red for our bailout of GM. General Motors should have been allowed to file for bankruptcy protection so it could have become a leaner and more competitive company, just like Northwest Airlines did in Minnesota some years ago. We may be losing as much as $100 billion a year because of welfare fraud, some of that taking place at the state level. We need to stop funding that fraud. The food stamp portion of the so called "farm bill" is unsustainable and needs to be scaled back. I would like to increase funding for roads and bridges, but doing so requires that we are successful in cutting back on lower priority programs." (More Info)
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Bush tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
Yes, all of them

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Raising taxes during an economic slowdown is counter-productive and would damage our weak economic recovery," Quist said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Agriculture policy Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
No. We can't afford the $500 billion price tag on the bill. It spends too much on food stamps and should be considered only as part of a larger deficit-reduction plan.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"The public has a right to know that 80% of the funding in that bill goes for food stamps. One reason the spending on food stamps is out of control is that the incentives in the program are structured to get as many people on the program as possible. Government policy should be to get people off welfare, not get them on," Quist said in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
I would balance the federal budget so we are able to meet our commitments to those on Social Security.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Health Care What types of changes should be made in the health care system? ANSWER OPTION
Repeal President Obama's health care reform law passed in 2010. Eliminate the law's marriage penalty of, in some case, more than $10,000 per year. Health care issues could be entirely solved through free-market solutions, such as malpractice reform; allowing competition for insurance companies between states; remove most of the mandates on insurance companies so people can buy policies that fit themselves; encourage publishing of prices for various medical procedures for more competition; give people full deductions for private insurance and repeal the medical devices tax.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
I would balance the federal budget so we are able to keep our commitments to those on Medicare.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"If we don't get our financial house in order very soon, we will be unable to meet our commitments to Social Security and Medicare," Quist said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
Abolish the U.S. Department of Education. The federal government should help fund education, but the policy decisions should be left to state and local governments.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Under our U. S. Constitution, the federal government has no policy role in education," Quist said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
I would remove the counter-productive EPA standards for carbon dioxide (which is not a pollutant), and I would open up exploration and development of energy on most federal lands and on the continental shelf.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
I would dramatically reduce the size of the Environmental Protection Agency. I strongly support environmental protection, but it needs to be based on sound science. The new EPA standards are mushy and are based largely on opinion, not science.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said he would reduce the EPA in a Rochester Post-Bulletin story. Quist also told MPR News that, "All environmental standards need to be based on genuine science." (More Info)
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Silica sand mining Do you support silica sand mining? ANSWER OPTION
I support any mining that is done in an environmentally sound fashion.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
It should be made illegal.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"If our nation would return to Christian ethical codes, the abortion revolution would come to an end and many of the other evils mentioned would be largely restrained as well," Quist wrote in his 1980 book "The Abortion Revolution." (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Same-sex marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
No.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said on TPT's Almanac program that he supports the proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. He told MPR News that, "Marriage should not be redefined." (More Info)
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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I favor legal immigration, but we need to enforce the laws regarding illegal immigration.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Quist said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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