| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
John Walsh: Opposes extremism like declaring life begins at conception.
Mike McFadden: Anti-abortion and pro-guns.
Jim Abeler: No public funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Amy Klobuchar: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
Norm Coleman: End partial birth abortion; require parental consent.
Budget & Economy|
Jim Abeler: Led $3.8B in human services cuts to close MN budget gap.
Mike McFadden: We've been spending like a drunken sailor.
Mark Dayton: Lift us out of miserable deficit-to-deficit cycle.
George W. Bush: Too much government spending will end prosperity.
Mark Dayton: Don’t “give it all back”; economy will sour someday.
John Walsh: Voted against NAACP staffer's appointment to Dept.of Justice.
Jim Abeler: No state authorization of same-sex marriage.
Mark Dayton: Supports federal funding of arts organizations.
Al Franken: Oppo AdWatch: Franken limits free speech issue advocacy.
Mark Dayton: Lowest business tax states accompanied by lowest incomes.
Tim Pawlenty: Reduce business tax from 3rd highest corporate tax rate.
Jim Abeler: Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws.
Jim Abeler: Supports use of deadly force in self-defense.
Walter Mondale: Gideon brief established right to attorney.
Mark Dayton: More resources for local law enforcement & COPS.
Jim Abeler: No legalized medical marijuana.
Mark Dayton: Greatest threat to national security is flood of drugs.
Mark Dayton: Strengthen the fight against illegal drugs.
Jim Abeler: Oppose Common Core's centralized federal oversight.
Mike McFadden: Measure more; dictate reading lists less.
Mark Dayton: Education begins early in life, & continues throughout life.
Mark Dayton: Restore $240M for higher ed, but still lowest since 1981.
Norm Coleman: Fully fund special education; no unfunded mandates.
Mark Dayton: Make college tuition fully tax deductible.
Mark Dayton: 40% more for special education; plus easier college loans.
Mark Dayton: Vouchers take precious tax dollars from public schools.
Energy & Oil|
Jim Abeler: Voted NO on removing CO2 emissions ban.
Jim Abeler: Supports regional cap-and-trade emissions program.
Mark Dayton: Protect clean air to breathe & clean water to drink.
Mark Dayton: Relax the Cuban embargo.
Tim Pawlenty: 2005 trade mission led to Minnesota-China Partnership.
Norm Coleman: Blocking increased trade hurts Minnesota farmers.
Mark Dayton: US policy should favor American workers and sovereignty.
Mark Dayton: Against Permanent Normal Trade Relations; for human rights.
Mike McFadden: Effective but limited government, stressing "limited".
Mark Dayton: Make even-years "The Unsession", to eliminate laws & rules.
Jim Abeler: Require photo ID to vote.
Norm Coleman: Frivolous lawsuits raise consumer prices.
Mark Dayton: No PAC money, no soft money.
Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole.
Mike McFadden: Open to looking at expanding background checks.
Mark Dayton: Against gun registration.
Mark Dayton: For background checks & trigger locks.
Mark Dayton: Zero tolerance for guns in schools.
John Walsh: Yes to Medicare Rx negotiations; no to privatization.
Jim Abeler: Big companies benefit from ObamaCare but not regular people.
Jim Abeler: Preventative care; coordinated treatment; low-income clinics.
Mike McFadden: We need an alternative to ObamaCare, not just repeal.
Tim Pawlenty: Supports market-driven healthcare reform.
Robert Fitzgerald: Opposes single-payer coverage because it’s a liability.
Robert Fitzgerald: Sever health care coverage from employment.
Norm Coleman: Favors some type of universal coverage.
Mark Dayton: Expand Medicare Rx coverage & other coverage.
John Walsh: Cut wasteful spending in our military.
Al Franken: Let companies reveal how much data NSA has gathered.
Mark Dayton: Redirect military spending to focus within US.
Mike McFadden: Secure the borders, then conditional path to citizenship.
Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship.
Mike McFadden: Status quo is not acceptable; we need to find a solution.
Jim Abeler: Withhold state aid for sanctuary cities.
Amy Klobuchar: No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants.
Mark Kennedy: Good fences make good neighbors.
Robert Fitzgerald: Show me 50-foot border fence, I’ll show you 51-foot ladder.
Robert Fitzgerald: Making bogeymen of illegal immigrants doesn’t address issue.
Mark Dayton: Unsnarl the INS bureaucracy to reduce backlog.
John Walsh: Supports increasing the minimum wage.
Tim Pawlenty: Jobs Creation Bill: R&D tax credit; 20% corporate tax cut.
Norm Coleman: Gut the USDA’s milk marketing system.
Jesse Ventura: Make Agriculture Competitive Anywhere in the World.
Jesse Ventura: Training and retraining to resolve workforce shortage.
Mark Dayton: Freedom To Farm Bill causes falling farm prices.
Mark Dayton: Make capital investments in the downtowns of major cities.
Mark Dayton: Highway 62 model: remain open while rebuilding roads.
Principles & Values|
Jim Abeler: Former investment banker; outsider with no voting record.
Mark Dayton: Five-Point Plan for Future Prosperity: Invest, & invest more.
Amy Klobuchar: This election is about change; crowd in charge won’t do it.
Robert Fitzgerald: Millionaire 60-year-olds cannot legislate for young families.
Norm Coleman: Switched parties, but didn’t switch his opinions on issues.
Mark Dayton: Truly believes in government.
Mike McFadden: Discuss raising the eligibility age for social security.
Norm Coleman: For private investment of IRA’s, but against privatization.
Mark Dayton: People shouldn’t have access to withholdings; too risky.
Mark Dayton: Keep Social Security intact.
John Walsh: Tax cuts for the wealthy only seek to preserve privilege.
Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases.
Tim Pawlenty: Get Minnesota out of the top ten states in taxes.
Amy Klobuchar: Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year.
Mark Kennedy: Tax relief promotes job growth.
Robert Fitzgerald: Bush tax cuts will be paid for by young people in the future.
Norm Coleman: Clinton tax increases failed to create jobs.
Norm Coleman: Permanently repeal the estate tax.
Norm Coleman: Wrong, wrong, wrong to not topple Saddam in 1991.
Mark Dayton: Target tax cuts to middle class, not the rich.
Mark Dayton: Investing in transportation infrastructure improves business.
War & Peace|
Amy Klobuchar: Work together with other countries to solve Iraq problem.
Amy Klobuchar: Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out.
Mark Kennedy: Must focus on victory in Iraq, not on retreat.
Mark Kennedy: Listen to military in Iraq, not politicians in Washington.
Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq war being fought with other’s people’s children.
Robert Fitzgerald: Iraq conflict can no longer be solved with military action.
Mark Kennedy: Reject “more-of-the-same” in Iraq; favor “adapt-to-win”.
Robert Fitzgerald: We’re experiencing mission-creep in Iraq.
Norm Coleman: Supports strike on Iraq: Saddam is a menace.
Mark Dayton: Maintain military & economic aid to Israel at current level.
Welfare & Poverty|
Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing.
Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds.
Mark Dayton: No 5-year limit on cash benefits.