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Bruce Poliquin: Pro-life and proud of it.
Mike Michaud: Evolved from pro-life to pro-choice over period of 30 years.
Eliot Cutler: Unequivocally pro-choice; allow abortions via MaineCare.
Charlie Summers: Must consider incest or rape.
Angus King: Favors abortion rights; opposes defunding Planned Parenthood.
Charlie Summers: Abortions should always be legal.
Charlie Summers: Funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines.
Matt Dunlap: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy|
Bruce Poliquin: Build a less intrusive and less expensive federal government.
Paul LePage: Make the tough decisions to let American Dream survive.
Charlie Summers: Bailouts and stimulus create $16T debt with no end in sight.
Charlie Summers: Wasteful spending, even on military, should be eliminated.
Matt Dunlap: Shore up availability of credit to stimulate job creation.
Matt Dunlap: Shore up availability of credit to stimulate job creation.
Tom Allen: Bush administration’s debt has failed middle-class America.
Susan Collins: We tried & failed in 2005 to tighten mortgage regulations.
Tom Allen: Driving up debt & unbridled free market caused bank crisis.
Eliot Cutler: Worked to uphold a law legalizing same-sex marriage.
Mike Michaud: Would be 1st openly gay governor; but evolved on LGBT rights.
Eliot Cutler: Early and vocal supporter of Maine's marriage equality.
Charlie Summers: Marriage is between a man and a woman.
Angus King: Supports gay marriage.
Charlie Summers: No same-sex marriage; defined by Constitutional Amendment.
Charlie Summers: Affirmative action ok, but not in contracting decisions.
Matt Dunlap: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws.
Matt Dunlap: Affirmative action ok, but not on state contracts.
Eliot Cutler: Examine corporate tax breaks; avoid clawbacks by better deal.
Paul LePage: Capital investment goes where it is welcomed.
Paul LePage: Depreciate bonuses; reduce business tax rate to under 8%.
Susan Collins: Excess corporate pay rewards risk-taking over results.
Eliot Cutler: Assure support services for victims of domestic violence.
Paul LePage: Victim's Compensation Fund to address domestic violence.
Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail for drug crimes; penalties for online crimes.
Charlie Summers: Supports the federal death penalty.
John Baldacci: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Cynthia Dill: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders.
Matt Dunlap: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders.
Angus King: Opposes the death penalty.
Angus King: More prisons, but more alternative sentencing.
Eliot Cutler: Legal pot makes drugs seem ok, but prohibition isn't working.
Mike Michaud: Legal pot makes drug more accessible to children and teens.
Paul LePage: Upholding the law includes illegal marijuana.
Shenna Bellows: Supports marijuana legalization.
Eliot Cutler: Legalizing marijuana sends message that drug use is OK.
Mike Michaud: Real concerns about the impact of pot legalization on kids.
Shenna Bellows: Three past presidents acknowledged use; legalize pot.
Susan Collins: Declines to take sides in marijuana legalization petition.
Paul LePage: Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.
Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Susan Collins: Provide prison inmates with drug addiction treatment.
Bruce Poliquin: Expand from 10 charters to more parental choices.
Eliot Cutler: Try out Common Core standards before tweaking them.
Paul LePage: 2011: Signed onto Common Core, but now skeptical.
Shenna Bellows: Voucher programs siphon public school money.
Eliot Cutler: Cautious support for virtual charter schools.
Paul LePage: Strong support for charter schools, virtual or otherwise.
Paul LePage: Virtual charter schools are not the right answer.
Eliot Cutler: Earlier schooling; longer school year; more school funding.
Eliot Cutler: Pay it Forward, Pay it Back: tuition-free college.
Charlie Summers: Supports vouchers, charters, magnet schools, standard tests.
Cynthia Dill: More funding for schools, teachers, and Head Start.
Angus King: More teacher development; more school construction.
Angus King: Include both abstinence and safe sex in sex-ed.
Energy & Oil|
Bruce Poliquin: Fully develop all sources of domestic energy.
Paul LePage: Build a natural gas pipeline from Canada.
Eliot Cutler: Burning fossil fuels is more and more problematic.
Paul LePage: Global warming helps Maine by opening north shipping lanes.
Shenna Bellows: Green energy solutions instead of nuclear energy.
Eliot Cutler: Reduce carbon emissions to Kyoto Protocol targets.
Charlie Summers: Off-shore exploration for oil, plus nuclear and coal.
Cynthia Dill: Encourage conservation and renewable energy.
Charlie Summers: High gas and oil prices threaten our economy.
Matt Dunlap: Invest in weatherization programs and maintain LIHEAP.
Charlie Summers: Develop oil and natural gas here on American soil.
Susan Collins: Double funding for low-income home weatherization programs.
Tom Allen: 1%-interest loan for home weatherization projects.
Eliot Cutler: Helped Senator Ed Muskie craft the Clean Air Act.
Paul LePage: Abstain from EPA petition to cut Midwest emissions.
Mike Michaud: AdWatch: Replace LePage with a pro-environment governor.
Eliot Cutler: More bus services, dedicated HOV lanes, and bike routes.
Paul LePage: Change environmental laws to replace red tape with jobs.
Paul LePage: Stop manufacturer recycling; start cost-benefit analyses.
Families & Children|
Eliot Cutler: Empower women to succeed at home and at work.
Shenna Bellows: Ran micro-credit program for Women in Development.
Eliot Cutler: China's future is like America in 1890s: booming and growing.
Shenna Bellows: Served for two years in Peace Corps, in Panama.
Bruce Poliquin: Promote trade and investment opportunities.
Shenna Bellows: NAFTA damaged our manufacturing sector; so will TPP.
Charlie Summers: I support free trade, but protect shoe factories.
Cynthia Dill: Keep tariffs against foreign products that compete unfairly.
Charlie Summers: Free trade yes, but sanctions on Venezuela.
Susan Collins: Some trade agreements have resulted in more tariffs.
Tom Allen: Review existing trade agreements that damaged US economy.
Bruce Poliquin: 12-year term limit on members of Congress.
Paul LePage: Investigate and report publicly on false campaign statements.
Shenna Bellows: Funding her campaign $5 at a time from local events.
Eliot Cutler: Oppose all efforts to restrict access to the ballot box.
Susan Collins: Outrageous for IRS to target Tea Party groups.
Charlie Summers: OpEd: Pushes for voter registration, with his name on ballot.
Susan Collins: Reform public financing system to get more opt-in.
John Baldacci: Limit political campaign donations.
Matt Dunlap: No campaign donation limits; just disclosure.
Angus King: Restrict and disclose all campaign donations & spending.
Bruce Poliquin: Strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
Eliot Cutler: Restrict access to firearms via universal background checks.
Shenna Bellows: Was NRA member, but left because they became too extreme.
Angus King: Supports gun rights.
Charlie Summers: Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
John Baldacci: Allow concealed carry.
Matt Dunlap: Ease or repeal restrictions on purchase & possession of guns.
Bruce Poliquin: Replace ObamaCare with cross-state & group insurance.
Shenna Bellows: Supports ObamaCare & universal health coverage.
Eliot Cutler: Universal access to essential health care services.
Cynthia Dill: Medicaid and Medicare programs need to be strengthened.
Charlie Summers: 100% deductible cross-state insurance instead of ObamaCare.
Matt Dunlap: ObamaCare individual mandate is constitutional.
Paul LePage: MaineCare recipients contribute to statewide health coverage.
John Baldacci: Ensure access to basic health care.
Bruce Poliquin: NSA tracking of US citizens violates 4th Amendment.
Bruce Poliquin: Top spending priority is full financing of military.
Shenna Bellows: NSA should target only based on individualized suspicion.
Susan Collins: Increase transparency of NSA but keep NSA programs.
Susan Collins: Mass surveillance justified by national security.
Susan Collins: Mass unwarranted surveillance is never justified.
Shenna Bellows: We cannot afford to be the world's policemen.
Shenna Bellows: No spying on foreign leaders NOR on ordinary Americans.
Shenna Bellows: Snowden was a whistle-blower, not a criminal.
Susan Collins: No justification for spying on Germany's chancellor.
Susan Collins: Cuts in defense are very troubling to me personally.
Paul LePage: Wreaths Across America: thank our men and women in uniform.
Angus King: Ok to target suspected terrorists outside of war zones.
Cynthia Dill: Cut military spending such as weapons systems.
Cynthia Dill: Opposes unlimited detention of terror suspects.
Charlie Summers: Bath Iron Works & Kittery Naval Shipyard are indispensable.
Charlie Summers: Military tribunals for terrorists; deploy National Guard.
Bruce Poliquin: Legal immigration is good for America; illegal isn't.
Paul LePage: Build border fence as high as the Great Wall of China.
Paul LePage: Welcome immigrants, but no welfare for legal non-citizens.
Charlie Summers: No citizenship for illegals; yes temporary worker visas.
Sarah Palin: Has not often expressed views on illegal immigration.
Jean Hay Bright: Clamp down on undocumented workers via employers.
Paul LePage: Are low-wage call-center jobs the kind we want?
Paul LePage: Vetoed incrementally raising the state's minimum wage.
Mike Michaud: AdWatch: Unions endorse Michaud "to represent Maine workers".
Shenna Bellows: Increase minimum wage to make it a living wage.
Eliot Cutler: Zealously guard against interference in unionization efforts.
Paul LePage: Reduce red tape for permitting for principled job creators.
Angus King: Keep 900 shoe factory jobs in Maine.
Jean Hay Bright: Raise the minimum wage, then adjust it annually.
Principles & Values|
Shenna Bellows: Calls herself a progressive libertarian.
Shenna Bellows: Head of Maine ACLU, and community organizer.
Susan Collins: Focuses on seniority & forging bipartisan solutions.
Bruce Poliquin: Adjustments to future retirees, but not current ones.
Shenna Bellows: Scrap the Cap: highest-paid Americans pay their fair share.
Shenna Bellows: Scrap the cap; apply payroll tax over $113,700.
Paul LePage: Keep our promise; don't tax Social Security.
Mike Michaud: Soc. Sec. & Medicare secure retirement; they're not welfare.
Paul LePage: Medicare and Social Security are really just welfare.
Eliot Cutler: Support & strengthen the foundations for Social Security.
Charlie Summers: Remove disability coverage from Social Security.
Cynthia Dill: Stop raiding Social Security Trust Fund.
Matt Dunlap: Remove cap on earnings to sustain system.
Scott D`Amboise: Option to invest in private retirement program.
Charlie Summers: Invest portion of workers' payroll tax in private accounts.
Jean Hay Bright: “Promote the General Welfare” is our founding principle.
Bruce Poliquin: Reduce taxes to create jobs.
Eliot Cutler: Shift burden from property tax as part of strategic reform.
Cynthia Dill: Require the wealthy to pay their fair share.
Paul LePage: End marriage penalty; increase personal exemptions.
Angus King: Decrease income taxes, but no flat tax.
Eliot Cutler: Invest capital in our backbone infrastructure.
Shenna Bellows: "Total Information Awareness" undermines our democracy.
Paul LePage: New website to see how Maine tax dollars are spent.
War & Peace|
Bruce Poliquin: Congress' approval before going to war; stay out of Syria.
Charlie Summers: Iraq & Afghanistan have taken a turn for the positive.
Cynthia Dill: Afghanistan is not as irresponsible as was Iraq.
Matt Dunlap: Iraq war was poorly thought out and enormously expensive.
Scott D`Amboise: Time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
Matt Dunlap: We cannot stand by while Syria slaughters its citizens.
Charlie Summers: Keep troop levels high in Iraq until "peace surge".
Charlie Summers: More support for Afghanistan; more sanctions for North Korea.
Susan Collins: Exert economic pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program.
Tom Allen: We need strong economic sanctions against Iran.
Sarah Palin: Generally supportive of America’s presence in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Bruce Poliquin: War on Poverty has failed after spending $16 trillion.
Paul LePage: Give people in need a hand up; don't give unneeded hand-outs.
Eliot Cutler: We need welfare reform but not demonization of recipients.
Paul LePage: Maine grew at 0.8% if we discount federal welfare payments.
Paul LePage: Maine's TANF welfare system is too generous.
Eliot Cutler: Never abandon citizens who are unemployed, ill, or hungry.
Shenna Bellows: No one in Washington stands up for people who are hurting.
Paul LePage: End welfare-on-day-one: No instant eligibility for benefits.
Charlie Summers: Welfare recipients must work or train 40 hours a week.
Susan Collins: Block grants for state and local flexibility in welfare.
Cynthia Dill: Increased work requirements for able-bodied recipients.
Matt Dunlap: Expand state services to include the working poor.