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Minnesota - 6th Congressional District (2008) Survey

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

Education is the fundamental building block of our society and we need to make sure we are giving children an opportunity to succeed," said Bachmann. "Minnesota is a leader in education and we need to keep it that way by ensuring teachers, parents and local school board members have control over the classroom -- not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
I oppose all unfunded federal mandates, including NCLB, which force schools to do even more with fewer dollars and shift the burden to local school districts and property taxpayers. We have to either repeal NCLB or deliver the federal funding it originally promised to help schools succeed.

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Do you favor or oppose universal health care?

Oppose. Free market sources have given us that health care because the best research and development in the world.
A system of universal health care should include both private and competitively-priced public plans, so individuals can decide which option works best for their health needs.

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On October 3, 2007, President Bush vetoed a bill expanding the SCHIP program, to provide health care to 10 million more children. The program is designed to subsidize health coverage for families that earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private insurance. Do you favor or oppose the proposed expansion?

Oppose. The program has become politicized, and Congress recently passed legislation to expand SCHIP coverage beyond children, beyond U.S. citizens and beyond those who are truly in need, and ... that is where the problem lies.
It's time for us to get serious about universal health care, beginning with expanding SCHIP to cover every American child.

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

No. I voted against a bill to expand research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
The potential life-saving benefits are too great to ignore.

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Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree?

Yes, I favor privatizing Social Security.
Social Security can be preserved without resorting to reckless privatization schemes by adjusting taxes and benefits in small steps and shoring up any temporary deficits with loans.

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What is your stance on immigration?

We must secure our borders here in the U.S., and we must ensure that lax laws on illegal immigration do not provide easy access into our nation for those who would do us harm.
I support establishing a pathway to legal status for undocumented workers who are living here, paying taxes, and contributing to our economy, and I support efforts to crack down on employers who hire illegal workers.

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

I will continue to support traditional marriage as a union between a man and woman.
No. Civil unions should be available for all couples regardless of sexual orientation. The decision on how and when to bless these relationships should belong to the couple and their faith community.

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Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion?

Oppose. "Human being" encompasses all stages of life, including the moment of fertilization or cloning
Though I am personally committed to reducing abortion, I will not vote to erode Roe V. Wade in any way. There are things we can do that we all agree on: funding comprehensive sex education, ensuring universal health care, providing child care options, and creating economic opportunities for pregnant women and new mothers. All of these things are proven to decrease the incidence of abortion.

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Which camp: Global warming or climate change?

Global warming is a hoax. It's all voodoo, nonsense, hokum, a hoax.
Global warming has achieved near-universal scientific consensus. It's real and we can't ignore it.

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What is your plan for meeting future energy needs?

Congress must open up domestic supplies of energy to exploration to reduce the pain at the pump. From reserves in the West to ANWR to the outer-continental shelf, the U.S. has untapped resources that can increase energy supply and reduce prices.
We need to move forward on many fronts to help America become energy independent, including responsible domestic exploration, increasing fuel efficiency standards, creating tax incentives for renewable energy, and encouraging conservation. We also need to invest in our country's infrastructure to conserve energy, create jobs and fuel the economy.

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