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Minnesota - 4th Congressional District (2008) Survey

Do you favor or oppose universal health care?

I support universal health care and propose a constitutional amendment that declares health care is a right.
Congress should reinvigorate private, direct-pay health insurance markets so that all Americans can purchase affordable health coverage, while retaining the right to choose their own doctor.

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

The federal government should subsidize the creation of new stem cell lines and scientists should pursue embryonic stem cell research.
I do not support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines, but would support support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos.

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Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree?

This is not a gamble I am willing to take, and I oppose all attempts to privatize Social Security.
Yes, I think we should allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.

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What is your stance on immigration?

I support creating new avenues for current illegal immigrants to gain legal status.
We should decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country and enact harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

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

I oppose such an amendment and also oppose an amendment banning same-sex marriage.
I favor such an amendment and do not think same-sex couples should be allowed to marrry.

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Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion?

Abortions should always be legal.
Abortions should always be illegal except when the life of the woman is endangered.

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Do you favor or oppose capital punishment?

I do not support capital punishment and propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting the penalty of death.
I support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.

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

I support setting benchmarks and a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
The "Surge" and related counterinsurgency operations have worked. We should continue to encourage the Iraqis to take responsibility for their own affairs, and build a stable nation in the Middle East, which is in our long-term strategic interest.

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What is your plan for meeting future energy needs?

We should roll back oil industry tax breaks while requiring oil companies to pay royalties already owed to taxpayers and also invest in alternative energy sources such as invest in wind, solar and natural gas.
It's time for more domestic exploration and production. Increased exploration and drilling for oil will cause oil prices to fall, thereby enhancing U.S. energy security.

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