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Candidate positions for Minnesota - 2nd 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
No Child Left Behind Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?" ANSWER OPTION
I support it, we need to provide our students - tomorrow's workforce - with every opportunity for exceptional math and science education in order for our businesses to remain innovative and competitive.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
We need to provide our students - tomorrow's workforce - with every opportunity for exceptional math and science education in order for our businesses to remain innovative and competitive. (More Info)
SCHIP expansion 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? ANSWER OPTION
I am not supporting the proposed expansion of SCHIP, because it fails to put poor kids first and relies on reckless funding schemes. This bill the president vetoed is a huge expansion of a government program extending coverage to illegal immigrants and those already insured.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
I am pleased to continue to support health care coverage for children and the extension of the SCHIP program until we can reach a comprehensive, bipartisan agreement. I am not supporting the proposed expansion of SCHIP, because it fails to put poor kids first and relies on reckless funding schemes. This bill the president vetoed is a huge expansion of a government program extending coverage to illegal immigrants and those already insured. (More Info)
Stem cell research Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
No, I do not support federal funding for stem cell reserach.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
On October 8, 2006 the Star Tribune reported that Rep. John Kline and fellow republican Michele Bachmann opposed federal funding of research on new stem cell lines. Kline also voted NO on legislation expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree ANSWER OPTION
I am in favor of privatizing Social Security.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
On November 27, 2006 the Pioneer Press reported that Rep. John Kline has a record of near-unanimous support for George Bush's unpopular domestic agenda, including privatizing Social Security and the Medicare prescription drug plan.
Immigration issues What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
I support the security approach; using systematic border surveillance through more effective use of personnel and technology and physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful border entry.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Kline voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border and well as enacts other measures to increase security along U.S. borders. (More Info)
Gas tax increase 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. ANSWER OPTION
No, by putting a one-year hold on wasteful pork projects while easing Americansa pain at the pumps and addressing improvements to our nation' infrastructure, this legislation simultaneously focuses on important energy, economic and transportation concerns.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
On May 30, 2008, Kline sponsored the Gas Tax Relief and Earmark Moratorium Act. Kline said: "As many Minnesotans begin their summer travel that includes vacations and weekends at the lake, this will offer much-needed relief. By putting a one-year hold on wasteful pork projects while easing Americansa pain at the pumps and addressing improvements to our nation' infrastructure, this legislation simultaneously focuses on important energy, economic and transportation concerns."
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 support legislation that defines marriage as one-man-one-woman and also legislation that bans gay marriage.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Kline voted YES on both, legislation on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman and on YES on a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (More Info)
Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I think abortions should be legal, but restricted.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother's life. Kline also accepted an endorsement from the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) and National Right to Life (NRL). (More Info)
Housing crisis What do you think should be done -- if anything -- in the wake of the near collapse of companies specializing in subprime mortgages, and the foreclosures of homes? ANSWER OPTION
We need legislation that would maintain the benefits subprime lending has brought to our working families while protecting against abusive practices which threaten the mortgage market.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Kline voted YES on legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry. He said: "With the growing number of foreclosures, we in Congress must strike a delicate balance between responding to the current mortgage crisis while also preserving opportunities for all borrowers. This legislation would maintain the benefits subprime lending has brought to our working families while protecting against abusive practices which threaten the mortgage market." (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Iraq War Do you favor or oppose a set date (timeline) for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq? ANSWER OPTION
I do not believe a timetable, or redeployment of troops, is necessary until victory is achieved.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Kline voted Voted NO on legislation redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days (HR 2237). (More Info)
Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan? ANSWER OPTION
Enhancing the security of Afghanistan also requires an increase in support from our NATO allies.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
In February, 2008, Congressman Kline traveled with a Congressional delegation to Afghanistan where he met with high ranking military officials to discuss progress being made by Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in rebuilding Afghanistan. "To improve the infrastructure and security there, we must empower local government officials and increase civilian participation," Kline said after the trip. "Enhancing the security of Afghanistan also requires an increase in support from our NATO allies." (More Info)
Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
We need a comprehensive plan including both renewable energy and expanding drilling on U.S. soil.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
We need a comprehensive plan including both renewable energy and expanding drilling on U.S. soil. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
No Child Left Behind Do you favor or oppose the education program known as "No Child Left Behind?" ANSWER OPTION
It is important that we have standards and testing by which to evaluate our children's progress in school; however, they have to measure the right things like individual progress.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
It is important that we have standards and testing by which to evaluate our children's progress in school; however, they have to measure the right things -- for example, individual progress -- and they shouldn't be used to punish schools and the communities in which they reside by labeling them "failures" and revoking funding. (More Info)
SCHIP expansion 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? ANSWER OPTION
We simply must insure more people -- and SCHIP has been a very successful and popular program for doing so.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
More than 40 million Americans are uninsured, and many more are underinsured. Health emergencies are the number-one cause of bankruptcy in America. We simply must insure more people -- and SCHIP has been a very successful and popular program for doing so.
Stem cell research Should federal funding be used to expand embryonic stem cell research? ANSWER OPTION
I support it with ethical guidelines, such as not creating embryos specifically for the purpose of research.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
The promise of stem cell research to lead to cures for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other diseases that steal our loved ones away too soon is too great for us to turn our backs on. I support it with ethical guidelines, such as not creating embryos specifically for the purpose of research.
Issue Question Position
Social Security Do you favor privatizing Social Security to any degree ANSWER OPTION
Privatization will not fix the program; it will destroy the program.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Privatization will not fix the program; it will destroy the program. Social Security is not meant to be an individual savings program; it is meant to benefit all by keeping people off the street in their time of need.
Immigration issues What is your stance on immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Our nation needs secure borders and reasonable policies about who can come into our country and under what circumstances.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
There are currently about 12 million immigrants residing in the United States illegally. If nothing changes, this number will increase by 500,000 per year. Clearly, with these kinds of numbers, we need comprehensive reform, not piecemeal measures like walls and fences -- which our nation used to be known for tearing down, not building up. We cannot round up and send home millions of people. And men and women who come to the U.S. for minimum-wage jobs will not be able to pay thousands of dollars in penalties or fees to stay. (More Info)
Gas tax increase 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. ANSWER OPTION
With a $3 trillion federal budget, there is room to allocate more funding to our transportation system without raising the federal gas tax at this time.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
With a $3 trillion federal budget, there is room to allocate more funding to our transportation system without raising the federal gas tax at this time.
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
Marriage traditionally has been and should continue to be an issue decided by the states.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Marriage traditionally has been and should continue to be an issue decided by the states.
Abortion Do you favor or oppose legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
The decision to have an abortion is one that should take place based on discussion between a woman and her doctor.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
We should seek to reduce the number of abortions by first and foremost working to prevent unintended pregnancies. But ultimately, the decision to have an abortion is one that should take place based on discussion between a woman and her doctor.
Housing crisis What do you think should be done -- if anything -- in the wake of the near collapse of companies specializing in subprime mortgages, and the foreclosures of homes? ANSWER OPTION
We need to provide incentives for lenders to work with owners facing foreclosure to ensure that as many people as possible keep their homes.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
We need to address both the personal and business ramifications of the boom-and-bust cycle we're in and want to avoid in the future. It's important for economic and family stability that as many people as possible keep their homes. We need to provide incentives for lenders to work with owners facing foreclosure to ensure this happens -- something that is in lenders' interest long-term, also. In the immediate term, ensuring the stability of financial markets made it necessary for the government to prevent the collapse of some lending institutions. However, we need to institute and enforce appropriate regulations to prevent future irresponsible lending that allows businesses and individuals to reap financial rewards in good times but suffer no consequences in bad ones. (More Info)
Issue Question Position
Iraq War Do you favor or oppose a set date (timeline) for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq? ANSWER OPTION
While we should begin withdrawing now, we must plan and act carefully. We need an orderly withdrawal, not more chaos.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
While we should begin withdrawing now, we must plan and act carefully. We owe Iraqi families, who have suffered much, an orderly withdrawal, not more chaos. (More Info)
Afghanistan What changes would you propose to the war policy in Afghanistan? ANSWER OPTION
I support increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, but we have to remember that there, like in Iraq, only a political solution will lead to long-lasting peace.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Afghanistan should have remained our top priority following September 11, 2001, but the Bush administration, supported wholeheartedly by my opponent, Rep. John Kline, decided instead to focus on Iraq -- a country that was not involved in the 9/11 attacks in any way and did not represent an immediate threat to our nation. I support increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan, but we have to remember that there, like in Iraq, only a political solution will lead to long-lasting peace. Recent news about American soldiers being authorized to engage in combat operations inside Pakistan is worrisome, as this will only fuel hatred against our country. We need to get at the root causes of the kind of violence we see there -- namely, lives lived without hope for a good future. By helping provide economic incentives, we can turn people away from violence and towards better and more peaceful lives.
Energy policy What is your plan for meeting future energy needs? ANSWER OPTION
While drilling in federal lands is part of the solution, the engine of our future economy won't be fueled with oil; it will be fueled with renewable energy sources whose potential we're just beginning to tap.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
Any real solution to our energy needs will be comprehensive. "Drill here, drill now" is not a solution -- it's a slogan. While drilling in federal lands is part of the solution, the engine of our future economy won't be fueled with oil; it will be fueled with renewable energy sources whose potential we're just beginning to tap. Some of the work the Democratic Congress has done provides a good start. They've worked to encourage more stations to install alternative fuel pumps and provide grants and tax incentives to boost the production of alternative fuels and the vehicles that use them. I would have supported these efforts; my opponent, Rep. John Kline, has opposed them. The House also passed legislation to limit the tax benefits granted to oil and gas companies that are now earning record profits. This revenue would be dedicated to offsetting the cost of research on alternative energy sources and conservation measures, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. My opponent also opposed these measures; I would have supported them. (More Info)
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