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Candidate positions: Keith Ellison

The following positions reflect those used for Keith Ellison 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
Jobs and economy What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development? ANSWER OPTION
In the short term, we can get Americans back to work by creating a National Infrastructure Bank to fund much-needed repairs to our roads and bridges. In the long term, we need to invest in our children's education so current and future generations can compete in a global economy.

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Ellison said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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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
We should eliminate billions in taxpayer subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, allow the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans to expire, and cut defense spending by getting rid of outdated, Cold War-era weapons systems. However, we need a balanced approach of spending cuts and smart investments that create jobs -- like repairing our nation's roads and bridges.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Ellison said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Bush-era tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
I support extending the Bush-era tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans, but not for the richest 2 percent.

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"By asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share, we will have resources to create jobs and invest in our children's education," Ellison said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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Farm Bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose the $4.5 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Senate farm bill, which could reduce food aid to 500,000 needy families in this difficult economic environment. The current House farm bill would do even greater harm to low income families, cutting SNAP assistance by $16 billion.

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Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
Right now, Social Security payroll taxes are capped at the first $110,000 of an individual's income. Eliminating that cap for millionaires and billionaires will strengthen Social Security for decades to come so current and future generations can retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Social Security provides support to 1 in 4 families, and we must protect the benefits it provides to seniors, children, and the disabled," Ellison said 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
President Obama's health care reform law lays the foundation for affordable, universal health care, but we can lower health care costs even further by providing Americans with a robust public option or by transitioning to a Medicare for all system. We can also lower health care costs for seniors by allowing Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry.

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Ellison said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
I believe we should allow Medicare Part D to negotiate drug prices just like the Department of Veterans Affairs. Doing so will save taxpayers billions and lower drug prices for seniors.

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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
We need to invest more resources into early childhood education so our students are prepared to succeed. We must also continue working to keep college tuition low so higher education is accessible to all Americans, regardless of background or income.

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Ellison said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
We should stop giving billions in taxpayer subsidies to highly profitable fossil fuel companies. Instead, we should invest those resources into more sustainable, efficient, and less harmful forms of energy like solar and wind power.

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Ellison said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
I favor tougher penalties for companies that pollute our environment. Disasters like the BP oil spill devastate jobs and small businesses, so we must do everything we can to keep our workers and planet both healthy and clean.

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"Protecting clean water, air, and land means healthy families and strong communities," Ellison said in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I support a woman's right to comprehensive reproductive health care.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Government has no business getting between a woman and her personal health care decisions," Ellison said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
Yes. I support same-sex marriage because every person should be able to choose who they spend their life with free of government interference.

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"Limiting the freedom to marry goes against our nation's most sacred principle of ensuring liberty and justice for all," Ellison said in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Comprehensive immigration reform should include a clear path to citizenship for those who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes, an expedited process for family reunification, and a workable employment verification system with strict penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented immigrants. I also support the DREAM Act, which would increase access to higher education for the children of immigrants.

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Ellison said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Racial disparities What would you do to address the income, education and employment gaps for minorities in the 5th District? ANSWER OPTION
I would secure federal resources for job training and small business loans that would put people back to work. We can cut the achievement gap by securing funds for projects like the Northside Achievement Zone, which will give our students the skills they need to succeed.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"As a 20+ year resident of north Minneapolis, this is an issue that I care about deeply and one I've been working on for years," Ellison said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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