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Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor:
Mike Johanns on the Issues

Mike Johanns on Abortion

  • No new embryonic stem cell lines, but existing research ok. (Jun 2008)
  • Don’t let judges decide on partial birth abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Partial-birth abortion is a barbaric practice. (Jan 2001)

Mike Johanns on Budget & Economy

  • I’m the only candidate who’s actually dealt with the budget. (Sep 2008)
  • Growing the economy will balance the budget over time. (Aug 2008)
  • Government does not create wealth; people do. (Mar 2008)
  • Let state meat inspection suffice for interstate shipments. (Jul 2000)
  • Bankruptcy reform: limit Chapter 7; protect states' role. (Feb 2001)
  • Uphold commitments to states before other spending. (Sep 2001)

Mike Johanns on Civil Rights

  • Define marriage as between a man and a woman. (Jun 2008)
  • No affirmative action. (Jun 2008)
  • Nebraska values include traditional marriage. (Mar 2008)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)

Mike Johanns on Corporations

No stance on record.

Mike Johanns on Crime

  • Supports death penalty for federal crimes. (Jun 2008)
  • Juvenile justice package: more funding; more coordination. (Jan 2001)
  • Supports flexible federal block grants for crime programs. (Sep 2001)
  • Zero tolerance for violence against government employees. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Drugs

  • More federal funding for all aspects of Drug War. (Aug 2000)
  • States should make drug policy, not feds. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Education

  • Opposes “No Child Left Behind”--leave it to states. (Jun 2008)
  • $27M for state colleges’ recruitment & diversity. (Jan 2001)
  • More teacher bonuses and incentives, locally decided. (Jan 2001)

Mike Johanns on Energy & Oil

  • New corn genetics brings 40% yield increase & more ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • Opposes Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act. (Aug 2008)
  • Expand domestic oil production; reduce refinery regulations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voluntary partnerships reduce greenhouse gases economically. (Aug 2000)
  • Kyoto Treaty must include reductions by all countries. (Aug 2000)
  • Federal tax incentives for energy, with state decisions. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Environment

  • Replace MTBE in gasoline with cleaner ethanol. (May 2000)
  • More state autonomy on brownfields & Superfund cleanups. (Aug 2001)
  • Support State Revolving Loan Fund for flexible Clean Water. (Aug 2001)
  • Focus on prevention and states for Endangered Species. (Aug 2001)
  • Collaborative, incentive driven, locally-based solutions. (Aug 2001)
  • Apply "Good Samaritan" rules to abandoned mine cleanup. (Aug 2001)
  • State primacy over water quantity & quality issues. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Families & Children

  • Encourage fathers' participation in child-raising. (Sep 2001)
  • Federal funds & state involvement in fatherhood initiatives. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Mike Johanns on Free Trade

  • Open up new markets for agricultural & beef exports. (Mar 2008)

Mike Johanns on Government Reform

  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Gun Control

  • I support the Second Amendment. (Mar 2008)

Mike Johanns on Health Care

  • Didn’t phase out adult mental health care services. (Oct 2008)
  • Giving all taxpayers federal coverage would cost $480B. (Oct 2008)
  • Alternative community hospitals got 9000 more people treated. (Sep 2008)
  • Opposes a single-payer government run program. (Jun 2008)
  • Use tobacco settlement for biomedical research. (Jan 2001)
  • $6M increase in funding for mental health. (Jan 2001)
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • More federal funding for rural health services. (Aug 2001)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)

Mike Johanns on Homeland Security

  • Negotiating with rogue nations squanders American prestige. (Aug 2008)
  • Military tribunals for terrorists; domestic spying ok. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand missile defense; & pre-emptive military strike policy. (Jun 2008)
  • Islamic terrorists hate America; we must stand strong. (Mar 2008)

Mike Johanns on Immigration

  • Secure the border, provide no amnesty. (Jun 2008)
  • Secure our borders; no amnesty; verifiable job enforcement. (Mar 2008)
  • Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
  • Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)

Mike Johanns on Jobs

  • Create block grants for Agricultural Stewardship. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Principles & Values

  • Focus on small towns. (Aug 2008)
  • Priorities: tax relief, education, family. (Jan 2001)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Social Security

  • Honor our commitment on Social Security. (Jun 2008)
  • Maintain long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Tax Reform

  • No tax increase for research on celluosic ethanol. (Aug 2008)
  • As governor I opposed higher taxes; will do same in Senate. (Mar 2008)
  • $60M in property tax relief over next two years. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)

Mike Johanns on War & Peace

  • No surrender and retreat in Iraq. (Mar 2008)
  • Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility. (Feb 2001)
  • Include states in anti-terrorism planning. (Sep 2001)
  • Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories. (Aug 2001)

Mike Johanns on Welfare & Poverty

  • Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance. (May 2000)
  • Maintain federal Social Services Block Grant funding. (Sep 2001)
  • Maintain flexibility & funding levels for TANF block grants. (Sep 2001)