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Candidate positions: Rick Nolan

The following positions reflect those used for Rick Nolan 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
The government should invest in infrastructure, end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest Americans and change trade policy to incentivize American companies to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. We also need to invest in our local natural resource-based industries: mining, timber, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and shipping.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Nolan provided the following statement, in part, in response to an MPR inquiry: "I understand how to develop our economy and will roll up my sleeves to make sure we create good-paying jobs and rebuild the middle class. We need to be building and resurfacing critical highways, replacing bridges, building and modernizing public facilities such as waste water treatment plants, and investing in modern high speed rail, universal broadband and wireless internet access, as well as expanding investments in education and human development. We need to end policies and programs that incentivize US-based multinational companies to outsource or move their operations abroad. (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 cut federal spending by ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, ending subsidies for oil companies and ending Wall Street bailouts. Spending should be increased in education, health care, transportation and in rebuilding America's aging infrastructure.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Nolan provided the following statement, in part, in response to an MPR inquiry: "We have no business sending American soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan or to any other nation that has not requested our help and whose military does not pose a significant threat to the U.S. The multinational corporations that dominate the world petroleum industry are recording profits that are greater than any ever recorded in the history of civilization. We must implement reforms so that our major financial institutions are no longer "too big to fail" and whose business practices threaten the survival of the world financial system. Smaller firms, well regulated and in competition with each other will restore efficiency and discipline. Government guarantees and bailouts have created a destructive high-risk culture. (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
Yes. We should continue the current tax cuts for working families, small businesses and individuals earning less than $250,000 per year, while returning to the Clinton-era tax rates on the amount of income over $250,000.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"This will enable us to apply several trillion dollars to our deficit year after year and restore the balance budget we had in the Clinton Administration," Nolan said 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
Yes. Farmers throughout the Midwest are suffering from one of the most widespread drought conditions in decades and need immediate relief. I strongly oppose the deep cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that is being advocated by House Republicans.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"I join with most farm, hunger and nutrition, conservation, and agribusiness organizations in supporting the Senate farm bill that is awaiting action by the House of Representatives," Nolan said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose privatization, efforts to increase the age of eligibility, any reduction in benefits and means testing for benefits. I favor increasing workforce contributions through job growth and removing the income cap on Social Security contributions. This change will create a surplus in the Social Security account that will help address the demographic impact of retiring baby boomers.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Social Security is an earned benefit by Americans through contributions made every day of their working life," Nolan said 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
We must first address the need to control the cost of health care. The government should negotiate for volume discounts with the pharmaceutical industry. We also need to crack down on fraud within the system, the proliferation of unnecessary procedures to boost reimbursements and the excessive administrative costs to bring down expenses. I will not support any benefit reductions or any policies that would have seniors depend on health insurance industry accountant decisions for their critical care. I will vigorously oppose any effort to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Medicare, like Social Security, is an earned benefit that American workers paid for the first day they ever went to work. They have every right to expect this benefit. Medicare and Social Security together are essential to the economic security of older Americans," Nolan said 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 support reform that will increase access for the uninsured, control rising costs and improve patient safety by improving quality of care. To that end, I support the implementation of the president's health care reform law, the protection of Medicare and the creation of a public insurance option. If current reforms aren't sufficient, I am open to moving toward a system that would provide Medicare benefits for all Americans.

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From a statement Nolan provided to MPR News. (More Info)
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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
I support and increase in funding to Head Start, early childhood development and special education programs. We should also fully fund the Pell Grant program, address the sky rocketing inflation of college education, insure affordable undergraduate education to all who have the talent and support a strong technical and community college program. We also need to invest more in science, technology, engineering and math programs.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
From a statement Nolan provided to MPR News. (More Info)
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Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
I support an increase of alternative energy methods like wind, solar and geothermal through investment in research and development, and the expansion of subsidies and tax incentives. We should also move away from over-reliance on important fuel through the promotion of renewable biofuels. I also support high-speed passenger rail service connected to urban mass transit systems to reduce our individual energy and carbon footprint.

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From a statement Nolan provided to MPR News. Back to top
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Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
I support addressing the pressing issue of climate change, the continuous goal setting and improved water and air standards set forth by the Obama administration and the protection of the 8th District's environment. I am concerned by mercury contaminating fish populations and think more should be done about the spread of invasive species.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Nolan provided this statement, in part, in response to an MPR News inquiry: "Effective action against climate change must be international in scope, with developing nations and developed nations all shouldering a maximum effort. I will support all such initiatives I feel are proven to be effective with the economic cost borne in a fair manner. More effort needs to be addressed at "non-point source" pollution from our city streets and homes, our farms and our automobiles." Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
It should be legal. We must increase efforts to aid in preventing unplanned pregnancies.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Nolan provided this statement, in part, in response to an MPR News inquiry: "My wife and I have been active on behalf of Planned Parenthood for over 30 years, and believe every effort must be made to provide women and couples with the information and public health services they need for responsible parenthood decisions. Ultimately, the decision should be left for a woman to decide in consultation with her physician and whomever she relies on for the most personal advice one can receive. She should be supported in whatever decision she ultimately makes." Back to top
Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
Yes.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Nolan provided this statement in response to an MPR News inquiry: "No two people who love each other, regardless of gender, race, religion, or any other arbitrary criteria, should be denied the right to be married in the eyes of the law. I oppose the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment to restrict marriage laws." Back to top
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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I support the DREAM act, a formal guest worker program to respond to the need we have for temporary unskilled labor, a path to citizenship for those who seek to build a future in our nation, and an increase in efforts to retain the best and brightest foreign students in our universities.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
From a statement Nolan provided to MPR News. Back to top
Mining Do you support copper-nickel mining? ANSWER OPTION
Yes. Permitting processes must be expedited. I also support the creation of a world-class research facility for mining and the environment to be located in northern Minnesota. We can mine these metals and do it the right way by protecting the health and safety of the workers and the environment.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"This area has lost tens of thousands of jobs in the past decades and the economic needs are urgent for nearly every family," Nolan said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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