By Kate Butler Each candidate has a different stand on the the many issues involved in a political race. Across District lines, where do candidates of different parties agree or disagree? Michele Bachmann (R) of District 6 and Collin Peterson (DFL) of District 7 are heavily favored in their Districts, so where do they stand on issues? There are four categories, International Issues, Domestic Issues, Economic Issues and Social Issues.
International Issues: -Foreign Policy: Bachmann holds a commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond, and Peterson stands for allowing travel between the United States and Cuba. - Homeland Security: Peterson voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. -War & Peace: Peterson voted YES on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. -Free Trade: Peterson voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. -Immigration: Both stand for declaring English as the official language of the U.S. -Energy & Oil: Bachmann voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollutions.
Domestic Issues: -Gun Control: Both voted to ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. -Crime: Both voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. -Drugs: Peterson voted NO on subjecting federal employees to random drug tests. -Civil Rights: Bachmann voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. -Jobs: Bachmann voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. -Environment: Both voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program.
Economic Issues: -Budget & Economy: Both voted YES $192 billion additional anti-recession stimulus spending. -Government Reform: Bachmann voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. -Tax Reform: Peterson stands to abolish the IRS and replace income tax with nation sales tax. -Social Security: Peterson is rated at 20 percent by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. -Welfare & Poverty: Peterson voted NO on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. -Technology: Bachmann stands for no performance royalties for radio music.
Social Issues: -Education: Peterson voted YES on $40 billion for green public schools. -Health Care: Bachmann voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. -Abortion: Both voted NO on extending stem cell research. -Families & Children: Bachmann voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. -Corporations: Both voted YES on more funding for natotechnology R&D and commercialization. -Principles & Values: Bachmann strives for recognizing Christianity's importance to western civilization, while Peterson is a member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats.
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