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Candidate positions: Tony Hernandez

The following positions reflect those used for Tony Hernandez 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
To create high-paying jobs and grow the economy, Congress should act to create an environment conducive to healthy business activity and job growth. American businesses compete in a global economy and in many ways U.S. tax structure and regulatory bodies are putting American companies at a disadvantage. There are ways to responsibly reduce burdensome regulations and reform the tax structure and encourage businesses to grow and create jobs in America.

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Hernandez 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
We should end the war in Afghanistan immediately, reduce vacant and unused federal buildings and end subsidies to big oil and other energy companies.

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Hernandez 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
No. With annual trillion dollar plus deficits, biannual debt ceiling and spending resolution debates, and a stagnant economy teetering on another recession, it is time to put closure on the Bush era. I support permanent tax reform that will increase revenues through growing the tax base and the economy.

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Hernandez said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Farm Bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
No.

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Hernandez said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
To ensure Social Security is solvent for our seniors and future generations, we should lift the income cap on contributions and Social Security benefits should be means tested.

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Hernandez 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
I am in favor of market-based and state-level reforms that will lower the cost of insurance and give people the health care they need. I would be in favor of decreasing expensive regulations that increase the cost of health care for everyone. At every level we need to remember the goal is to provide quality care for people.

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Hernandez 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 will fight to save Medicare for our seniors, those nearing retirement, and people in my generation. I support responsible and compassionate reforms that will contain cost. Just as in Social Security, I believe Medicare should be means tested and the income cap should be lifted. This will ensure everyone will receive the care they need and the poorest and most vulnerable will be protected.

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Hernandez said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
The federal government needs to be a strong partner with the state and local government. I would support initiatives that give local school boards, districts, parents, and teachers more power and control to make decisions and investments. I am not in favor of No Child Left Behind or other centralized approaches to education. President Obama is initiating some wonderful reforms to education that I would support as a member of Congress.

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"Local teachers and parents do know best," Hernandez 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 am not sure what the official energy policy is of the United States.

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Hernandez 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
Environmental protection is best left to the states and local units of government and must be balanced by the needs of people and jobs. Congress should act push back against over-regulation from the EPA and other organizations that are making it hard for businesses in Minnesota to create jobs.

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Hernandez said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death, therefore I do not support the expansion of the abortion industry through taxpayer funding of abortion.

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Hernandez said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
I think each state should decide this issue for themselves.

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Hernandez 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
I support legal immigration for those who want to become Americans, raise their family, and work hard. Congress needs to act to solve the problem of illegal immigration and documenting the workers, students, and people that are living here undocumented. I support expanding the availability of temporary working and student visas to non-citizens living in America.

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Hernandez 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 4th District? ANSWER OPTION
We need more minorities running and winning public office in the 4th District. Minorities need other minority leaders that demonstrate anything is possible in America. As a member of Congress, I will work with others on policies that will strengthen local control of school boards and districts giving parents of minority students more school choice. I believe that local communities of teachers and parents understand best how to make the most optimal educational decisions and investment.

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