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The 2008 race for U.S. Senate is Sen. Norm Coleman's first test as an incumbent senator. Coleman, the former St. Paul mayor, won in 2002 after Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash. Please answer the following questions below about your views on various issues in the campaign.

U.S. Senate - Minnesota (2008) Survey

Do you favor or oppose a set date (timeline) for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq?

Oppose
Favor

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?"

Favor
Oppose

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Do you favor or oppose universal health care?

Oppose
Favor

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research?

Federal funding should be used to expand embryonic stem cell research, even if that research uses viable human embryos.
No federal funding should go toward research that harms viable human embryos.

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree?

No
Yes

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Should the President's tax cuts be made permanent?

No
Yes

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Which option most closely matches your plan for meeting future energy needs?

Renewable energy sources are important but those sources alone cannot end our dependence on foreign oil. Nuclear power must be a part of our energy future.
In the short-term we need an "all of the above" approach, including domestic oil drilling and investment in research and development on new/renewable energy sources. In the long-term, however, innovation--moving beyond oil--is our only route to lasting energy security.
I believe we should continue to develop corn ethanol, cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels, invest heavily in wind power, tidal power and solar energy. We should have higher fuel efficiency standards and explore nuclear energy.

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

What is your stance on immigration?

I believe illegal immigrants should be put on a slow-track path to citizenship if they have been working, paying taxes, learning to speak English and pay a nominal fine.
We need to return to the immigration policy that was practiced from 1944 until 1964, which allowed Mexican labor to enter our country to seek employment. They would then be paying taxes and would be able to freely go to and from Mexico without being criminals. Furthermore, I would substantially increase the fines and penalties imposed on businesses that employ illegal aliens.
I strongly oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. I believe that immigrants must undergo background checks, demonstrate proof of employment, possess English proficiency and an understanding of civics, and pay a monetary penalty if they entered illegally. I believe that improving our border enforcement capabilities must be central to any immigration reform legislation.

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Would you favor an increase in the federal gasoline tax to pay for road construction projects, such as the rebuilding of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.

Not sure.
Yes
No

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman?

Oppose
Favor

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very

Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion?

Favor
Oppose

Is this issue important to you?

Not at all  Somewhat  Very
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