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DFL challenger, Hennepin County Attorney:
Amy Klobuchar on the Issues

Amy Klobuchar on Abortion

  • Supports embryonic stem cell research. (Jul 2006)
  • Decision between a woman and her doctor. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Budget & Economy

  • Cut discretionary spending like “bridge to nowhere”. (Oct 2006)
  • Fiscal responsibility in our federal budget. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)

Amy Klobuchar on Civil Rights

  • Supports civil unions and equal rights for gay partners. (Jan 2006)
  • No constitutional amendment defining marriage. (Jan 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Corporations

  • Screen imports & ban lead in children's products. (Feb 2008)

Amy Klobuchar on Crime

  • Lock up predatory sex offenders indefinitely. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Drugs

  • More resources to fight the meth epidemic. (Oct 2006)

Amy Klobuchar on Education

  • No Child Left Behind is an unfunded mandate. (Jan 2006)
  • Expand early childhood education opportunities. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Energy & Oil

  • Invest in homegrown, renewable energy sources. (Jan 2006)
  • Gas gouging penalty against oil companies. (Jan 2006)
  • National strategy to address global warming. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)

Amy Klobuchar on Environment

  • Preserve open spaces, farmlands, hunting lands, & wetlands. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (Dec 2007)
  • Grants for beach water pollution under Clean Water Act. (Apr 2008)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)

Amy Klobuchar on Families & Children

  • Strengthen Family and Medical Leave Act. (Jan 2006)

Amy Klobuchar on Foreign Policy

  • When North Korea crosses line, there have to be consequences. (Oct 2006)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (Apr 2008)

Amy Klobuchar on Free Trade

  • I will fight for fair trade. (Jan 2006)
  • Opposes CAFTA. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Government Reform

  • Washington’s pay to play system hurts the middle class. (May 2006)
  • Institute MN-style restrictions on lobbyist-funded gifts. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Gun Control

  • I would do nothing to hurt hunting. (Jan 2006)
  • Extend the ban on assault weapons. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (Sep 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Health Care

  • Crack down on the price of health care. (Jan 2006)
  • Universal coverage is our goal. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Homeland Security

  • I supported the Patriot Act. (Oct 2006)
  • Patriot Act provides necessary surveillance tools. (Oct 2006)
  • Detainee bill will not meet constitutional muster. (Oct 2006)
  • Our troops need the best equipment and intelligence. (Jan 2006)
  • More screening at ports and nuclear plants. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Immigration

  • No amnesty for companies hiring illegal immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes Social Security for illegal immigrants. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Jobs

  • Level playing field and fair prices for farmers. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Principles & Values

  • Voted with Democratic Party 94.1% of 324 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • This election is about change; crowd in charge won’t do it. (Oct 2006)

Amy Klobuchar on Social Security

  • No raising retirement age; no cost of living increase. (Oct 2006)
  • President’s privatization scheme puts us at risk. (Jan 2006)
  • Raise cap from $90,000 for paying in. (Jan 2006)
  • Privatization is a risky scheme. (Jan 2006)
  • Make Social Security more secure for the long term. (Jan 2006)
  • Incentives for private retirement options. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Tax Reform

  • Roll back tax cuts on people making over $336,000 a year. (Oct 2006)
  • Reduce $250B deficit by rolling back capital gains & top 1%. (Oct 2006)
  • Middle class tax cuts good; but current cuts are for rich. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on War & Peace

  • Work together with other countries to solve Iraq problem. (Oct 2006)
  • Iraq has devolved into a civil war; get US troops out. (Oct 2006)
  • Solution in Iraq is diplomatic, not just military. (Oct 2006)
  • Transition to Iraqi governance; no permanent military bases. (Oct 2006)
  • Bring the troops home in a responsible manner. (Oct 2006)
  • Iraq war has cost $300B and fomented more terrorism. (Oct 2006)
  • Fight for accountability for the run-up to the Iraq war. (Aug 2006)
  • Supported invading Afghanistan, but not Iraq. (Aug 2006)
  • Iraq war needed moral compass of int’l cooperation. (Jan 2006)
  • Fight for a clear plan to bring our troops home safely. (Jan 2006)
  • Fight for accountability for the run-up to the Iraq war. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on redeploying non-essential US troops out of Iraq in 9 months. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards as terrorists. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • No troop surge: no military escalation in Iraq. (Jan 2007)

Amy Klobuchar on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.