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Candidate positions: Chris Fields

The following positions reflect those used for Chris Fields 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
We must ignite small business growth through regulatory reform, reforms in federal spending and taxes, and the elimination wasteful and duplicative government programs. I would advocate for legislation that returns more education decisions and dollars to the states. Lastly we must develop an energy strategy that increases the use of our natural resources in order to allow key investments made in renewable energy the required time to mature.

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Fields said this 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
In the Department of Transportation there are currently 55 surface transportation programs that can be consolidated into 5 core programs. We have 31 agencies that provide for the urgent needs of our Armed Forces; these efforts can be streamlined. We have 15 different agencies overseeing food safety; their efforts can be consolidated as well. No credible determination can be made whether additional spending is warranted at this time due to the lack of data available on whether taxpayer dollars are achieving optimal effects.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Bush-era tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
I have no objections to wealthy Americans paying more in taxes if warranted. Americans do not mind paying more in taxes in exchange for meaningful reform and a reduction in our national debt. I will fight for comprehensive tax reform that takes a balanced approach toward reducing the budget deficit, eliminates our debt and protects the most vulnerable among us.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Farm Bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
No. I support separating the Food Stamp program from the farm bill. Crop insurance subsidies for farmers with a gross income of $750,000 should be re-examined.

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"The Senate farm bill represents the best bill they could pass at this time. It is far from perfect," Fields said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
For older workers and Americans who currently depend on the program, Social Security should be strengthened and preserved. For future retirees, we should turn social security into numbered accounts for individuals. Individuals would be able to choose from an array on annuities to purchase with their accrued savings upon reaching retirement age. This is not privatization but rather more like the Chilean model, which has worked successfully.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Health Care What types of changes should be made in the health care system? ANSWER OPTION
I would fight for tort reform; according to the CBO tort reform alone would save over $54 billion. Allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines would drive down costs as well. I believe we need to move toward a system where healthcare insurance is not part of a workplace decision. Workers should be directly compensated for their insurance costs and make their insurance purchasing decisions based on their needs.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
I believe a private option should be available to Medicare patients. The premium support plan developed with the assistance of Clinton's Budget Director Alice Rivlin should be an option along with traditional Medicare. The end result is that Americans must have a Medicare program that is sustainable and cares for the needs of individual patients.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
Return more authority, decision-making and resources to the states. Federal education mandates are costly but have not proven to be successful. The goal of our education policy must be to give states increased control and flexibility in order to serve the needs of our children.

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Fields 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 need to develop an all-of-the-above energy strategy. If utilized properly and safely these resources can end our dependence on foreign oil. Our natural gas supply alone can provide us the energy we need while giving us the time needed to further develop alternative forms of energy such as wind and solar.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Issue Question Candidate Position
Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
Yes, they are too aggressive and based more on ideology rather than reason. We need to allow states to take a more active role within their borders. The impacts on families and workers must also factor into the decision making process.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose it.

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"I was born to a 15-year-old mother who had three kids before she was 20 years old, and as such, I get to be pro-life," Fields said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
The issuance of marriage licenses is a state responsibility. There are different laws and requirements for each individual state. This issue is for each state to decide.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
We should do more to attract the world's most talented workers and entrepreneurs by expanding the number of H1B visas we issue. We can also curb the number of immigrants who are here illegally by eliminating incentives to stay here illegally.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Racial disparities What would you do to address the income, education and employment gaps for minorities in the 5th District? ANSWER OPTION
Designate the 5th District as a Federal Enterprise Zone to make the area more attractive to private investment. I would also tailor education reforms and remove regulatory burdens that prohibit small business growth while ensuring public safety needs are met.

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Fields said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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