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Jeff Kessler: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
Alex Mooney: Fight to stop federal taxpayer funding of abortion.
Evan Jenkins: Life begins at conception.
John Buckley: Protections of law apply to the unborn child.
Jeff Kessler: Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic research.
Budget & Economy|
Alex Mooney: Cut wasteful spending & entitlements so kids aren't burdened.
John Buckley: Government "stimulus" is illusory.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Deficit borrowing just kicks the can down the road.
Earl Ray Tomblin: 2011 budget: balanced; no new taxes; no new fees.
Joe Manchin III: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
John Raese: Constitutional amendment requiring balanced budget.
Joe Manchin III: Balanced budget amendment except in national emergency.
Alex Mooney: Defines marriage as one man and one woman.
Evan Jenkins: Marriage is between one man and woman.
John Buckley: Marriage equality for same-gender couples.
Jeff Kessler: No civil unions between same-sex couples.
Jeff Kessler: Affirmative action for state college but not in state hiring.
Natalie Tennant: Maintain health & retirement benefits during bankruptcies.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Relax rules on paying terminated employees within 3 days.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Sales tax credit for new business; & tax increment financing.
Joe Manchin III: Endorsed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
John Buckley: Neutral on whether stricter enforcement is effective.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Texting while driving now illegal; add phoning & drugs.
Jeff Kessler: More state prisons; also penalties other than incarceration.
John Buckley: Supports the legalization of marijuana.
Earl Ray Tomblin: If you get high, you won't get hired--Drugs aren't working.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Substance abuse re-offenders cause prison overcrowding.
Alex Mooney: I support school choice programs & home-schooling.
John Buckley: Federal government has no Constitutional role in education.
Earl Ray Tomblin: All children should read by the end of the 3rd grade.
Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system.
Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong.
John Raese: Competition is what's good for education.
John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools.
Earl Ray Tomblin: One-time $800 enhancement now; teacher raise later.
Jeff Kessler: More funding for K-12 testing, but also teacher salaries.
Jeff Kessler: Prayer in public schools is ok; so is sex ed.
Energy & Oil|
Alex Mooney: No cap-&-trade; no war on coal; no job-destroying EPA burden.
Evan Jenkins: Fight tooth & nail against the War on Coal.
John Buckley: Let market decide about green energy.
Natalie Tennant: Coal will play vital role in West Virginia's bright future.
Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future.
Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal.
John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal.
Joe Manchin III: 2010 ad: Shot a hole in the cap and trade bill.
Earl Ray Tomblin: We should be looking for more ways to use coal, not less.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Develop natural gas from the Marcellus Shale.
John Raese: Global warming is a myth.
Joe Manchin III: Obama's greenhouse gas plan won't solve the problem.
John Raese: Hands-off approach to energy production.
John Buckley: People should be able to legally enforce clean air & water.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Identify and remediate land available for development.
John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy.
Jeff Kessler: Fund open space & industrial site cleanup.
John Buckley: The United Nations is a joke.
Evan Jenkins: Help keep jobs here in America.
John Buckley: Expand free trade.
John Buckley: Require photo identification for voting.
Natalie Tennant: Supports electronic voter registration and vote-by-mail.
Natalie Tennant: Voter photo ID laws place unrealistic barriers.
Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government.
John Raese: I think we need less government.
John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control.
John Raese: Federal earmarks create career politicians.
Joe Manchin III: Suspended state earmarking as governor; do same federally.
John Raese: Supports line-item veto & balanced budget amendment.
John Raese: Earmarks are taxation without representation.
Jeff Kessler: Limit campaign contributions from PACs and corporations.
Jeff Kessler: Don't require permit and training for concealed carry.
Alex Mooney: Misguided gun laws only punish law-abiding gun owners.
Evan Jenkins: Defend the Second Amendment.
John Buckley: Supports right to gun ownership.
Jeff Kessler: ObamaCare gets thousands of the poor onto Medicaid.
Alex Mooney: Replace ObamaCare with free-market reforms.
Evan Jenkins: ObamaCare is a boondoggle; repeal and replace.
John Buckley: Repeal ObamaCare.
Joe Manchin III: ObamaCare makes healthcare more affordable for everyone.
Joe Manchin III: Reform & repair ObamaCare, not repeal.
John Raese: ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution.
Earl Ray Tomblin: WV Connect: access for 10,000 working uninsured & spouses.
Joe Manchin III: I'm behind reform; but a lot of ObamaCare needs repeal.
Joe Manchin III: Opposes requiring individuals or businesses to buy insurance.
Joe Manchin III: Prohibit denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
John Raese: ObamaCare is worst bill to ever come out of Congress.
John Raese: ObamaCare is pure, unadulterated socialism.
John Buckley: Supports smaller & less expensive military.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Our troops safeguard us from terrorism and protect freedom.
Earl Ray Tomblin: State cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.
Alex Mooney: Secure the borders first; then reform without amnesty.
John Buckley: Pathway to residency but only after welfare is reformed.
Evan Jenkins: Raise the state minimum wage & federal minimum wage.
John Buckley: No affirmative action; hire based on merit alone.
Earl Ray Tomblin: $20M for Unemployment Compensation Fund.
John Raese: Abolish the minimum wage.
John Raese: My forte is creating jobs.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Update pipeline safety statutes with $200,000 per violation.
Principles & Values|
John Buckley: Smaller state means less separation-of-church issue.
Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Priorities: business climate; education; reinvent government.
Joe Manchin III: My forte is creating jobs; I'll bring spirit of capitalism.
Joe Manchin III: To Raese: Mr. Obama's name will not be on the ballot!
John Raese: OpEd: TV ad with hick actors hilites part-time WV residency.
Joe Manchin III: Duty as governor to work with the president.
John Raese: No rubber stamp for the Obama administration.
Evan Jenkins: Oppose privatizing Social Security or Medicare.
John Buckley: Allow investing retirement dollars in private accounts.
Alex Mooney: Signed "No New Taxes Pledge".
Evan Jenkins: Tax relief instead of tax increases.
John Buckley: Lower taxes for everyone.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Reduce, then remove, regressive & unfair sales tax on food.
Joe Manchin III: Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil.
John Raese: Make tax cuts permanent, even for earners over $250K.
Alex Mooney: End federal obsession with big city public transportation.
Alex Mooney: End overreach of NSA's surveillance program.
Earl Ray Tomblin: Foster public private partnerships to develop our roads.
Natalie Tennant: Expand R&D, broadband, tourism, & energy sectors.
Joe Manchin III: States depend on federal government for key infrastructure.
War & Peace|
Alex Mooney: Cooperate & support Israel; it makes both countries stronger.
John Buckley: Stay out or Iran but be a friend of freedom.