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Minnesota - 3rd Congressional District (2008) Survey

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

I support, but propose significant changes to the No Child Left Behind Act and provide states and local schools with the flexibility they need to improve student and teacher performance.
Oppose, the cost for the Federal education bureaucracy is more than $1.6 billion per year. No students are taught with this money, nor classrooms built.
We all know that the Bush administration has failed in its responsibilities to our public schools, whether through the chronic under-funding of No Child Left Behind or its negligent attitude when it comes to children with special education needs.

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Do you favor or oppose universal health care?

Universal government-run health care is not the answer -- it will stifle quality, hurt creativity, innovation and cost more. Doctors and health care professionals should be in charge of patient care, not insurance companies.
I support reduced healthcare costs and universal healthcare coverage.
People that like the health insurance they already have should be allowed to keep it while those who want a better option should be given the opportunity to purchase coverage through a federal program.

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

I do not support federally-funded stem cell research.
I support all forms of stem cell research.
I support allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research with appropriate protections against human cloning.

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Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree?

The government should provide any incentives. I support incentives to provide additional savings that can be done on top of regular retirement, whether it's through additional 401k savings, universal savings accounts, that's appropriate.
You're going to have to put a little more money in or take a little less money out, or both. I do not support privatized Social Security.
If America's seniors had placed their trust in privatized Social Security they would most likely be at a huge loss right now. I do not support privatized Social Security.

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

I support legislation banning same-sex marriage.
I support gay marriage.
I support same-sex marriage and full equality under the law.

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

It's really pure folly for any congressional candidate or anyone to say that they know best or what the timeline should be.
It is time for us to declare victory and begin our withdrawal, measured in months, not years.
Our best hope for a resolution to the Iraq war is for the U.S. to reduce its forces on a responsible timeline and to build a political solution to the country's problems.

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What is your plan for meeting future energy needs?

We must reduce our dependence on foreign oil and seek public-private partnerships that pursue market-based alternatives, from nuclear to solar to wind to other renewables. This also includes exploring domestic oil and natural-gas resources.
A policy of investing in solar and wind energy through tax incentives and production credits will help these renewable sources compete in a marketplace massively distorted by subsidies.
Expanding the use of homegrown energy and funding for sustainable energy programs like wind, biomass, and biofuels.

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