A: Oppose in the sense that while people have the right to their own religion, or lack thereof, the government should be separate from private religion, and governmental agents/agencies should not promote or vilify any particular religion.
Bergman: I believe the Bible is the true word of God and that Jesus Christ died to save the world from our sins. I believe that we are all unique children of God full of potential.
Q: What in the nature of mankind caused America's Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Bergman: The natural tendency of those in control of the government is to consolidate their power against the will of the people. The Founders understood that tendency, and thus they created a separation of powers, both balancing authority within the branches of the federal government and balancing authority between the states and Washington. Our form of government has protected our free society and made us an exceptional nation in the world.
Bergman: Very Conservative
Q: Please defend your answer by referencing your publicly available track record.
Bergman: Hard work and commitment to being the best made the United States the most exceptional nation in the world. Those are the principles that have guided my life. Americans know how to live their lives better than Washington does. I have dedicated my entire career too supporting and defending the Constitution.
SANDERS: No. I am very proud to be Jewish, and being Jewish is so much of what I am. Look, my father's family was wiped out by Hitler in the Holocaust. I know about what crazy and radical, and extremist politics mean. I learned that lesson as a tiny, tiny child when my mother would take me shopping, and we would see people working in stores who had numbers on their arms because they were in Hitler's concentration camp. I am very proud of being Jewish, and that is an essential part of who I am as a human being.
CLINTON: I pray for people whom I know by name. People who either have gone through or are experiencing difficult times, illness, divorce, death, all of the life experiences that confront most of us. I pray for the will of God to be known that we can know it and to the best of our limited ability, try to follow it and fulfill it. I have said many times that I am a praying person, and if I haven't been during the time I was in the White House, I would have become one. Because it's very hard to imagine living under that kind of pressure without being able to fall back on prayer and on my faith. So I do pray for people in authority. I try to think about what they are going through, even when I disagree with them. Trying to find some common ground, some common understanding that perhaps can make me more empathetic. I don't always succeed.
Bishop: Strongly Disagree
Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government?
Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values?
Bishop: My spiritual beliefs are driven by my Protestant faith. I am a social conservative who believes and upholds the principles of faith, family and freedom.
She grew up in a trailer park and motel owned by her grandparents. Terri Lynn Land worked her way up from cleaning rooms at the motel to managing it. Terri earned a college degree, married and ran the motel," the narrator says.
Democrats plan to make the back story of the trailer park an issue during the campaign. Buzzfeed recently reported that her grandparents sold the trailer park in the mid-1990s to a family business interest which later decided to close it and rezone the land for commercial use, forcing families who lived there to leave.
Stabenow had accepted debate invitations at the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University, which have held U.S. Senate debates in recent Michigan election cycles. Hoekstra said he wanted debates with more exposure. Neither campaign had accepted the same debate offer, leaving the two campaigns without agreement as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Each campaign has blamed the other for the impasse.
Earlier this week, the Stabenow campaign had said Hoekstra was playing games with the debate issue and that his "antics certainly don't reflect that of someone who actually wants to hold debates."
Stabenow had accepted debate invitations at the Detroit Economic Club and Grand Valley State University, which have held U.S. Senate debates in recent Michigan election cycles. Hoekstra said he wanted debates with more exposure.
Hoekstra responded with a comment issued through his campaign: "Michigan families should be appalled that Debbie Stabenow is attempting to cancel all debates." Hoekstra said "she clearly now feels that she can't defend her record."
Hoekstra plans to attend what his campaign called a health care debate in Lansing--but he likely will be the only candidate in attendance. Hoekstra said: "I will either debate her or an empty chair. It is her choice
Actress Lisa Chan, who portrayed the young Asian woman in the ad, apologized via Facebook last week for her role. Hoekstra did not address Clark's accusations or his television ad, which has since been replaced. Pete Hoekstra's Super Bowl advertisement featured a bike-riding Chinese woman thanking incumbent Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow (called Spend-it-now in the promo) in broken English for helping support deficit spending that is aiding the Chinese economy. The ad received national criticism from both sides of the aisle.
A: It's because I've decided to run an unconventional campaign that doesn't adhere to the traditional political norms and the status quo. My decisio to not take any special interest contributions is why we have also decided not to fill out any questionnaires from organizations looking to make a political endorsement in this election--regardless of intent, membership or their agenda. While there are many good groups that have very good goals, we have decided that the fair approach is to apply this policy across the board to all organizations without any exceptions. I am not making a negative evaluation of any organization or their members and I'm happy to discuss the substantive issues and concerns citizens have as I travel across the state. While it may not be the most politically convenient thing to do, it's important to me that I make a principled stand and stick by it.
PAUL: Not right now I don’t, not unless they’re willing to end the war and bring our troops home, not unless they’re willing to look at excessive spending.
MCCAIN: You don’t want me then, pal.
PAUL: No, I’m not going to support them if they continue down the path which has taken our party down the tubes. I mean, we’ve lost credibility because of all our spending, because we have violated the civil liberties of all the American people, and we have adopted the Democrats’ foreign policy. Why don’t we run on George Bush’s foreign policy of a humble foreign policy and no nation building and don’t police the world? Then I’ll support them.
A: I am absolutely tired and sick and tired of being forced to go to the polls and say I’m going to make this choice between the lesser of two evils. I really don’t intend to do that again. I am hoping, of course, that whoever we nominate will be the principal flag carrier for the Republican Party, but if that is not the case, no, then I will not.
Some ask me why a minister would want to enter into this senatorial race. The answer is that I desire to bear testimony to future generations, render respect to past generations, and to provide challenge to our present generation.
I run for US Senate, in part, to communicate to my children and our children and generations yet unborn that there are never odds so long, nor challenges so large, nor wrongs so firmly established that excuse us from being faithful to the God of our Fathers.
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