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Candidate positions for Minnesota - 1st Congressional District (2008)

Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.

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Issue Question Position
Universal Health Care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
We should build a system that emphasizes preventive health care as well as continued progress in curative treatments.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
A government takeover of our health care system is not the answer. We should build a system that emphasizes preventive health care as well as continued progress in curative treatments. More competition in health care is part of the solution. Portability of insurance with greater transparency of costs for patients and providers is also important. (More Info)
Stem cell research Do you believe federally-funded stem-cell research should be expanded to allow for additional embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
One does not need to destroy a human embryo to do stem cell research, there are other sources of stem cells.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I believe a human life and human being begin at conception. I oppose abortion, I believe we should respect and protect life. I know as a doctor and medical researcher that one does not need to destroy a human embryo to do stem cell research, that there are other sources of stem cells. (More Info)
Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Those who do not have legal residency status and wish to live and work in the United States should be required to return to their home countries and apply for legal residency.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I believe that illegal immigration works as a hidden tax on the American middle class by driving down wages and increasing the cost of social services. Those who do not have legal residency status and wish to live and work in the United States should be required to return to their home countries and apply for legal residency. Amnesty is not the answer. We should not reward those who have broken our laws. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Same-sex marriage Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman? ANSWER OPTION
I believe marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I believe marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman. I would oppose civil unions or same sex marriage by another name. (More Info)
Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose abortion, I believe we should respect and protect life.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I believe a human life and human value begin at conception. I oppose abortion, I believe we should respect and protect life. I know as a doctor and medical researcher that one does not need to destroy a human embryo to do stem cell research, that there are other sources of stem cells. (More Info)
War in Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan ANSWER OPTION
We should work to support the democratically elected governments of Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as we can and as long as these governments support our presence. At some point a popular referendum in these countries regarding our continued military presence may be appropriate.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
We should work to support the democratically elected governments of Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as we can and as long as these governments support our presence. At some point a popular referendum in these countries regarding our continued military presence may be appropriate. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
I favor a greater role for alternative fuels, including ethanol, wind and solar power. And he argued for a more stable regulatory environment for the development of nuclear power.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Davis said he favored a greater role for alternative fuels, including ethanol, wind and solar power. And he argued for a more stable regulatory environment for the development of nuclear power. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Universal Health Care Do you favor or oppose universal health care? ANSWER OPTION
I favor universal health care.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
According to his voting record Walz has supported several bills in Congress that are in line with the universal health care platform. (More Info)
Stem cell research Do you believe federally-funded stem-cell research should be expanded to allow for additional embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
Yes, I support federal funding for stem cell reasearch.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
On June 7, 2007, Walz voted "yes" on the Stem Cell Enhancement Act, which would amend the Public Health Service Act to allow for additional embryonic stem cell research.
Immigration What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Support a path to citizenship for undocumented workers that requires them to return to their country of origin in order to begin the citizenship process.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Tim Walz believes immigration reform is a serious issue that deserves an ethical, economically sound solution. Walz supports enforcing employer labor laws to the fullest extent, using advanced technology to monitor the border, and increasing the number of professional border patrol agents. He also supports a path to citizenship for undocumented workers that requires them to return to their country of origin in order to begin the citizenship process. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Same-sex marriage Do you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman? ANSWER OPTION
The best thing that ever happened to me was to get married and I don't see a reason to deny that to anyone.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"And the best thing that ever happened to me was to get married and I don't see a reason to deny that to anyone. So I'm pretty consistent on that, of where government should not be in our lives." (More Info)
Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Abortions should always be legal.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
On a Congressional National Political Awareness Test in 2006 Walz answered that "abortions should always be legal." The NPAT is administered to all candidates for presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and state legislative offices. (More Info)
War in Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan ANSWER OPTION
We forget that Afghanistan is the real front in the fight against Al Qaeda. If we fail to monitor this situation closely and offer appropriate assistance, we risk losing ground.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
On June 6, 2007 Tim Walz joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in passing H.R. 2446, the Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act of 2007. The legislation renewed our commitment to Afghanistan while adding provisions to combat new problems. Walz said: "Specifically, H.R. 2446 combats the rampant growth of poppy production, it reaffirms the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, and it makes a substantial commitment to the protection of human rights in Afghanistan." (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
Propose funding for research and development in alternative and renewable energy resources.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Congressman Walz joined the Bipartisan Energy Working Group and helped develop a compromise energy bill, H.R. 6709, that will use nearly $1 trillion in new royalties from expanded drilling to finance renewable energy research and development. (More Info)
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