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Amy Stephens: NO on penalties for violent offenses against pregnant women.
Randy Baumgardner: Voted YES on penalties for violent offenses against fetuses.
Amy Stephens: Long history of working for pro-Life causes.
Ken Buck: Opposes abortion rights, even in cases of rape and incest.
Ken Buck: Oppose federal funding & protect the unborn.
Jane Norton: Pro-life and oppose all federal funding of abortion.
Ken Salazar: Abortion decision should be between a woman and her God.
Ken Salazar: Supports parental notification but not extreme limits.
Tom Strickland: Protect freedom to choose; government has no role.
Budget & Economy|
John Hickenlooper: Increase budget reserves; extend job-creation tax credit.
John Hickenlooper: Rebuild reserve fund after Great Recession.
Michael Bennet: Stimulus bill avoided Depression; now we need infrastructure.
Ken Buck: We spent $787B on stimulus with nothing to show for it.
Michael Bennet: Stimulus bill limited because recession worse than expected.
Jane Norton: Economic recovery depends on lower taxes & balanced budget.
Michael Bennet: Transparency on paying for tax cuts and spending programs.
Bob Schaffer: $700B bailout is dead hand of government making things worse.
Bob Schaffer: Congress’ 2007 laws made private sector pay for bailout.
Bob Schaffer: $700 billion bailout is necessary but essentially a tax.
Mark Udall: Financial bailout results from Reagan & Bush GOP policies.
Mark Udall: $700 billion bailout is not good for my constituents.
Ken Salazar: Cut national debt and close tax loopholes.
Ken Buck: Won't compare gays to alcoholics again; better candidate now.
Owen Hill: Gay marriage forces gay agenda onto straight society.
John Hickenlooper: Let's pass civil unions!
Amy Stephens: Traditional marriage without Civil Unions.
Amy Stephens: Rated 43% on voting positions by Women's Lobby of Colorado.
Randy Baumgardner: Rated 35% on voting positions by Women's Lobby of Colorado.
Ken Buck: Buck "mis-spoke" comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
Ken Buck: Birth influences homosexuality like it influences alcoholism.
Ken Buck: Being gay is a choice, but birth has an influence.
Ken Buck: Don't-ask-don't-tell policy makes a lot of sense.
Michael Bennet: Opposition to homosexuality is an outdated views of society.
Ken Buck: Prosecute the murder of transgender as a hate crime.
Jane Norton: Define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Ken Salazar: Oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Ken Salazar: Change the Patriot Act to balance civil liberties.
Ed Perlmutter: Affirnative action needed at colleges but not state agencies.
Ed Perlmutter: No same-sex marriage, but allow equal benedifts.
John Hickenlooper: Colorado Blueprint: build a business friendly environment.
John Hickenlooper: Regulatory impact statement on all new legislation.
Ken Buck: Small business can turn economy around with lower tax burden.
Ken Buck: It's bad when the government owns car companies.
Mark Udall: No welfare for CEOs in financial bailout.
Ken Salazar: Close loopholes that encourage overseas headquarters.
Ken Buck: Closed loophole that had let abusive fathers contact kids.
John Hickenlooper: $34 million for violence-preventing mental health services.
John Hickenlooper: $20M for mental health 24/7 call-in centers.
Amy Stephens: Voted NO on parole violation punishment reduction.
Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on parole violation punishment reduction.
Amy Stephens: Voted YES on requiring all convicts to submit DNA.
Ken Buck: 2006: Declined to prosecute "buyer's remorse" date-rape case.
William Owens: DNA tests for all felons; “Two strikes” for child molesters.
Ed Perlmutter: Support the use of the death penalty.
Ed Perlmutter: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Owen Hill: Voted NO on regulating retail marijuana.
Owen Hill: Voted NO on regulating retail marijuana.
Randy Baumgardner: Sponsored bill for regulating retail marijuana.
John Hickenlooper: Now it's legal, but keep marijuana out of the reach of kids.
Tom Tancredo: Tax credits for private school tuition.
Owen Hill: Eliminate the Department of Education.
Amy Stephens: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education.
Owen Hill: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education.
Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on expanding comprehensive sex education.
Amy Stephens: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions.
Owen Hill: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions.
Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on authorizing same-sex civil unions.
John Hickenlooper: Support great teachers in a 21st Century education system.
Bob Schaffer: More competition needed in higher-ed loan-making.
Mark Udall: More money for government-run college aid programs.
Ken Salazar: More scholarships for college.
Ken Salazar: Strongly supports public education.
Ken Salazar: Expand early childhood and after school programs.
Ken Salazar: Ensure higher education is affordable and accessible.
Tom Strickland: Expand Head Start program for underprivileged kids.
William Owens: Teacher merit pay; student standards; smaller class sizes.
Ed Perlmutter: Stress abstinence in sex education programs.
Ed Perlmutter: Increase teacher funding & school construction.
Energy & Oil|
John Hickenlooper: Colorado Energy Office: efficiency and renewables.
John Hickenlooper: Innovative drilling technology for abundant natural gas.
John Hickenlooper: Develop unconventional technology for extracting shale oil.
John Hickenlooper: Fracking opens new era of energy; but disclose ingredients.
John Hickenlooper: As exploration geologist: focus on wind, solar, gas, coal.
Ken Buck: Continue our traditional sources of energy.
Jane Norton: Oppose cap-and-trade; support all-of-the-above.
Bob Schaffer: Federal government rakes in funds from high energy prices.
Mark Udall: We need comprehensive plan, not just oil & gas development.
Tom Strickland: Enforce environmental regs and address global warming.
Tom Strickland: Restrict nuclear waste shipment.
John Hickenlooper: Start methane capture rule; finish Water Plan.
John Hickenlooper: Develop federal land instead of protecting the sage grous.
John Hickenlooper: Water policy: Collaboration, Conservation and Capacity.
Ken Buck: Protect rural water supplies like Arkansas River basin.
Michael Bennet: $5 million to begin work on the Arkansas Valley Conduit.
Ken Salazar: Protect and preserve our land and water.
Families & Children|
John Hickenlooper: Consolidate 23 early childhood services under one roof.
Tom Strickland: Expand children’s health insurance coverage.
Pat Buchanan: Littleton due to poisoned culture declaring “God is dead”.
Ken Salazar: We need cooperation of our traditional allies on terrorism.
Bob Schaffer: Reducing repatriation tax pumps capital into economy.
Mark Udall: Reducing repatriation tax rewards sending jobs overseas.
Owen Hill: Stick to the enumerated powers our founding fathers gave us.
John Hickenlooper: Apply LEAN principles to EVERY state agency.
Tom Tancredo: 2001: pledged 3-term limit; 2002: served 4th & 5th term.
Ken Buck: Opposes secession for northern Colorado counties.
Amy Stephens: Voted NO on same-day voter registration.
Owen Hill: Voted NO on same-day voter registration.
Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on same-day voter registration.
John Hickenlooper: Pits and Peeves: Replace red tape with LEAN government.
Ken Buck: Not, repeat not, for repealing the 17th Amendment.
Jane Norton: Opposes earmarking in $787 billion "stimulus" plan.
Jane Norton: Only strict constructionists as federal judges.
Pete Coors: The 527 loophole is also a freedom of speech.
Ed Perlmutter: Supports public funding for political campaigns.
John Hickenlooper: CO cares about 2nd Amendment, but also safe communities.
John Hickenlooper: Universal background checks & ban on high capacity magazines.
Tom Tancredo: Running in opposition to new gun control laws.
John Hickenlooper: State Senate "Line item recall" about too-strict gun control.
John Hickenlooper: Universal background checks but no assault weapon ban.
John Hickenlooper: Keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill.
Amy Stephens: Co-sponsors every pro-2nd Amendment bill in Legislature.
Ken Buck: No federal database of gun owners.
Jane Norton: Strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
Ken Salazar: Protect the individual right to use firearms.
Ken Salazar: Restrict felon possession, and ban assault weapons.
Ed Perlmutter: Ban semi- automatics; require child-safety locks.
Amy Stephens: AmyCare was lesser of 2 evils to exempt state from ObamaCare.
Cory Gardner: ObamaCare has led to 335,000 cancellations in Colorado.
Mark Udall: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
John Hickenlooper: Current health costs restrain job growth & hurt families.
Michael Bennet: I back fiscally sound measures, including Medicare cuts.
Ken Buck: $500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform.
Michael Bennet: $500B savings in Medicare is heart of health care reform.
Ken Buck: Government-run system infringes freedom & rations care.
Jane Norton: Competition is key to lower costs and increased access.
Michael Bennet: Committee membership: Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.
Ken Salazar: Take next steps toward universal coverage.
Ken Salazar: Medicare Rx bill was a mistake; need innovations.
Tom Strickland: Control prescription drug prices.
Tom Strickland: Add prescription benefit in Medicare.
Mark Udall: Reform the NSA; stop gathering millions of phone records.
Mark Udall: Real reform to stop NSA overreach.
Mark Udall: NSA should not collect bulk data; go through FISA court.
Mark Udall: FactCheck: Yes, NSA can collect phone records on Americans.
Mark Udall: Reopen PATRIOT Act: stop gathering secret phone data.
John Hickenlooper: Make hiring veterans a priority.
Ken Buck: No eminent domain for 238,000-acre Trinidad training site.
Michael Bennet: No expansion option for 238,000-acre Trinidad training site.
Ken Buck: Fight for a strong national defense.
Michael Bennet: Increase military size & strength for new types of conflict.
Ken Salazar: Implement the reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission now.
Pete Coors: We’ll never have perfect security in the US.
Pete Coors: Important to check baggage and freight.
Ken Salazar: Fight war on terror without sacrificing our freedoms.
Ken Salazar: Fighting war on terror is not easy nor inexpensive.
Pete Coors: We should be more worried about Iran and North Korea.
Pete Coors: Scrutinize the massive intelligence failures in the US.
Pete Coors: Get people in a coalition that’s been working with the enemy.
Ken Salazar: Ensure emergency personnel have the support and resources.
Amy Stephens: Opposes misguided programs that promote illegal immigration.
Ken Buck: More Border Patrol; finish the fence.
Michael Bennet: More National Guard troops on border; then amnesty.
Ken Buck: People with two misdemeanors disqualified for citizenship.
Michael Bennet: Sponsor and enthusiastic support of the DREAM Act.
Ken Buck: Secure the border and say no to amnesty.
Jane Norton: Secure our borders; no amnesty.
Michael Bennet: Our borders not secure; create a path to citizenship.
Bob Schaffer: Opposes sanctuary cities; help local police enforce law.
Mark Udall: Program for illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows.
Ken Salazar: Give benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants.
Pete Coors: Give no benefits to children of longtime illegal immigrants.
Ken Salazar: Opportunity for undocumented workers to gain legal status.
John Hickenlooper: Sustainable jobs are created by the private sector.
Michael Bennet: Opposes Employee Free Choice Act & card-check.
John Hickenlooper: 51st State Initiative: I got the message on secession.
John Hickenlooper: TBD Colorado: share your vision and priorities for our state.
Principles & Values|
Randy Baumgardner: Skipped GOP primary debate sponsored by Denver Post.
John Hickenlooper: Operate government with more common sense and less nonsense.
Tom Tancredo: Won't debate in GOP primaries; will debate Dems.
Tom Tancredo: Obama is greater threat to our way of life than any enemy.
Ken Buck: Tea Party is based on frustration, not racism.
Ken Buck: I will not swear allegiance to the Republican party.
Michael Bennet: Pragmatism and independent thinking at national level.
Ken Salazar: Kerry is somebody who I support.
John Hickenlooper: Update constitutional barriers in state's retirement program.
Ken Buck: Give younger workers option to invest in separate retirement.
Amy Stephens: Voted NO on increases to public employee retirement benefits.
Randy Baumgardner: Voted NO on increases to public employee retirement benefits.
Michael Bennet: Preserve the integrity of entitlement programs.
Michael Bennet: Strongly opposes privatizing or reducing benefits.
Ken Salazar: Opposes privatization and individual investment accounts.
Ken Buck: Extend Bush tax cuts & cut spending to pay for it.
Michael Bennet: Cut taxes $12B on small businesses.
Michael Bennet: Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts.
Ken Buck: Endless spending in Congress means higher taxes.
Michael Bennet: Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families.
Bob Schaffer: Cutting taxes increased revenue & unleashed economic growth.
Ken Salazar: Enact responsible tax cuts for low- and middle-class.
Ken Salazar: More tax cuts and ending of loopholes.
William Owens: Has cut income taxes, sales tax, & marriage penalty.
Ed Perlmutter: Supports progressive state income tax.
John Hickenlooper: Bring antiquated budget & personnel systems to 21st century.
John Hickenlooper: COIN: Colorado Innovation Network incubates entrepreneurship.
William Owens: More restrictions on Internet crime & porn.
War & Peace|
Ken Buck: No deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Michael Bennet: Commit to bring home troops from Afghanistan in July 2011.
Ken Buck: Don't allow Iran to obtain nukes, even via military.
Ken Buck: Afghanistan war ok; nation-building not ok.
Michael Bennet: Afghan exit after al-Qaida groups destroyed in Pakistan.
Bob Schaffer: Surge is working; but it might take years.
Mark Udall: Proposed votes against the declaration of war.
Mark Udall: Surge has helped, but it’s time to leave Iraq.
Pete Coors: Support adding more troops, oppose setting a war deadline.
Ken Salazar: Bush was not for a Department of Homeland Security.
Ken Salazar: We have a mess on our hands in Iraq.
Pete Coors: Go with the best intelligence you have.
Welfare & Poverty|
John Hickenlooper: One Congregation-One Family: churches mentor homeless.