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DFL Challenger:
Al Franken on the Issues

Al Franken on Abortion

No stance on record.

Al Franken on Budget & Economy

  • Opposed $700B rescue package; it only helps Wall Street. (Oct 2008)
  • Fully fund the Veterans Administration budget. (May 2008)

Al Franken on Civil Rights

  • Apologizes for stigmatizing hermaphrodites & conjoined twins. (Jun 2008)

Al Franken on Corporations

  • Level the playing field for middle class against industry. (Aug 2008)

Al Franken on Crime

  • Ridicules imprisoning drug abusers & maximum sentences. (Apr 2004)

Al Franken on Drugs

  • Drug abuse isnít immoral; hypocrisy about it is. (Apr 2004)

Al Franken on Education

  • $5,000 tax credit to help people pay for college. (Oct 2008)
  • No Child Left Behind law must be dramatically reformed. (May 2008)
  • Ideas for educational reforms that measure performance. (May 2008)
  • Fight to end unfunded mandates on education. (May 2008)
  • Invest in early childhood education. (May 2008)
  • Restore Pell Grants. (May 2008)
  • Forgive loans for pledge to teach in under-served areas. (Mar 2008)
  • Improve low-performing schools instead of punishing them. (Mar 2008)
  • Fully fund our public schools. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Energy & Oil

  • Tax credits for wind-power, not for oil companies. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases. (Sep 2008)
  • US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords. (Sep 2008)
  • US failed to lead by refusing to sign onto the Kyoto accords. (Sep 2008)
  • Investing in renewable energy is win-win-win-win-win. (Mar 2008)
  • Apollo project for renewable energy development. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Environment

No stance on record.

Al Franken on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Al Franken on Foreign Policy

  • A great nation meets its obligations; pay up our UN dues. (Sep 2008)
  • There is a difference between leading the world & ruling it. (Sep 2008)
  • Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing. (Sep 2008)
  • Foreign Development Assistance is right thing & smart thing. (Sep 2008)
  • Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention. (Sep 2008)
  • Prohibit torture & interrogation banned by Geneva Convention. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports International Criminal Court. (Sep 2008)
  • Supports International Criminal Court. (Sep 2008)
  • Convene a regional conference in the Middle East. (May 2008)
  • US intervention in Iran has made it worse. (Sep 2006)

Al Franken on Free Trade

  • Iím a fair trader; enforce labor, safety, & environment. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Government Reform

  • Congress needs watchdogs, not lapdogs. (Aug 2008)
  • Investigate the misappropriation of billions on Iraq. (May 2008)

Al Franken on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Al Franken on Health Care

  • We need to go to universal health care. (May 2008)
  • Address the quality and cost of care. (May 2008)
  • Kids without health insurance grew to 8.3 million in 2005. (May 2008)
  • Full funding for state-based coverage, but not single payer. (Mar 2008)
  • Universal health care as soon as possible. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Homeland Security

  • Fund UN Peace Operations in Darfur. (Sep 2008)
  • Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons. (Sep 2008)
  • Reduce our arsenal & abandon plans for new nuclear weapons. (Sep 2008)
  • Renew our commitment to our men and women in uniform. (Aug 2008)
  • Investigate waste, fraud, & abuse in Iraq contracts. (Aug 2008)
  • Better screenings for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (May 2008)
  • Respect the sacrifice made by military families. (May 2008)
  • Do for the VA bureaucracy what we did for VA hospitals. (May 2008)
  • Help veterans re-integrate into their communities. (May 2008)
  • We must renew our commitment to our veterans. (May 2008)
  • Create a new G.I. Bill to pay for 100% of college. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Immigration

  • Support guest worker programs for seasonal jobs. (May 2008)
  • Enforce immigration law at the worksite, not at the border. (Mar 2008)
  • We need comprehensive immigration reform. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Jobs

  • Preserve occupational safety and prevailing wage laws. (May 2008)
  • Iím a member of four unions. (May 2008)
  • A hard dayís work should earn a decent dayís pay. (May 2008)

Al Franken on Principles & Values

No stance on record.

Al Franken on Social Security

  • Iíll scream if Republicans ever try to privatize again. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Tax Reform

No stance on record.

Al Franken on War & Peace

  • Astounded anyone would still believe Iraq war is good idea. (Oct 2008)
  • Build schools in Afghanistan to keep them from Al-Qaida. (Oct 2008)
  • Keep our country safe; but Iraq was a mistake. (Sep 2008)
  • Convince the Iraqi government that weíre leaving by leaving. (May 2008)
  • The litany of mistakes in Iraq is endless. (May 2008)
  • Start bringing our troops home from Iraq. (Mar 2008)

Al Franken on Welfare & Poverty

  • Guarantee the retirement benefits our workers have earned. (May 2008)