We at OnTheIssues.org ask all candidates for answers to our 20 questions in our VoteMatch quiz. The following Senate candidates have responded in detail. Responding to press inquiries like ours shows a level of openness that augurs well for the candidate in office, regardless of party affiliation.
Almost always, the incumbent ignores our requests, indicating that they don't want their constituents to know their issue stances. We track their voting records accordingly, and infer their VoteMatch responses based on those. We also collect up public statements and book excerpts, and include those in our VoteMatch quiz results as well.
Below are the responses from this year's candidates.
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Scott Keller: Find non-life-ending options for ending a pregnancy.
Scott Keller: It's not a woman's choice whether baby lives or dies.
Scott Keller: The baby's body is not the woman's body; provide new options.
Budget & Economy|
Scott Keller: End the reign of the banker; test a moneyless model.
Scott Keller: Untie hands of non-profits & alternative model businesses.
Jim Rubens: Endorsed ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Scott Keller: The term "minority" should never be needed.
Scott Keller: No same-sex adoption; don't condone homosexual behavior.
Scott Keller: Other approach to hiring more women & minorities.
Scott Keller: Favors same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Scott Keller: Remove corporate personhood.
Scott Keller: Transform prisons so they help people reform.
Scott Keller: Strongly oppose mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Jim Rubens: Study marijuana harmfulness; then let states regulate it.
Scott Keller: No victim, no crime: Legalize marijuana.
Scott Keller: Strongly opposes enforce laws against immoral drug use.
Scott Keller: Education, not reducation: help critical thinking.
Scott Keller: Strongly opposes teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Scott Keller: Communitize instead of government control or privatization.
Energy & Oil|
Jim Rubens: Supports revenue neutral carbon tax.
Scott Keller: Sever our ties to oil; advance solar technology.
Scott Keller: Strongly favors replacing coal & oil with alternatives.
Scott Keller: We are the stewards of this planet.
Scott Keller: No $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program.
Scott Keller: Stop the profit-driven destruction of the planet.
Families & Children|
Scott Keller: Money should not be a factor in a child's life, period.
Jim Rubens: Maintain US sovereignty from UN.
Scott Keller: Be helpers, not conquerors.
Jim Rubens: Expand free trade.
Scott Keller: Eliminate ALL barriers to free trade.
Scott Keller: Strongly supports expanding free trade.
Jim Rubens: Public elections financing with restricted campaign spending.
Scott Keller: Round-robin voting, working up from local to national.
Scott Keller: Eliminate or reduce "retirement pay" for congressmen.
Scott Keller: End government secrecy; restore openness of information.
Scott Keller: Grant Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress.
Scott Keller: Strongly favors stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Scott Keller: 2nd Amendment deters tyranny; not just self-defense.
Scott Keller: Favors absolute right to gun ownership.
Scott Keller: Health care should be free for everyone and focus on HEALTH.
Scott Keller: Make society's best interest to help people be healthy.
Jim Rubens: Eliminate unneeded defense spending; shrink military budget.
Scott Keller: Shift military from oil police to homeland defenders.
Scott Keller: Shift focus away from conquest.
Scott Keller: Wiretapping is a huge invasion of privacy.
Jim Rubens: No comprehensive immigration reform.
Scott Keller: Make immigration more welcoming and helpful.
Scott Keller: Treat immigrants like people regardless of where born.
Scott Keller: Train immigrants coming to America to speak English fluently.
Scott Keller: No more lottery; just invite everyone who wants to come.
Scott Keller: Hard stance on companies hiring illegal immigrants.
Scott Keller: Strongly supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Scott Keller: Job = human hamster wheel.
Principles & Values|
Scott Keller: Seek the truth; do what works; don't do what doesn't work.
Scott Keller: Society's system of systems is fundamentally flawed.
Scott Keller: All Social Security money MUST go to Social Security.
Scott Keller: Communitize instead of statism or privatization.
Jim Rubens: Don't raise taxes, but means-test retirement benefits.
Scott Keller: No federal taxation, period.
Scott Keller: Strongly opposes making taxes more progressive.
Scott Keller: Technology not to be feared but to be controlled & utilized.
War & Peace|
Jim Rubens: Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.
Scott Keller: Be about peace and the world will follow.
Scott Keller: Strongly favors US out of Iraq & Afghanistan.
Welfare & Poverty|
Scott Keller: Welfare is a very ineffective approach to solving poverty.
Scott Keller: Favors allowing churches to provide welfare services.