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Republican Challenger; former Governor:
Jim Risch on the Issues

Jim Risch on Abortion

  • I oppose abortion. (Jun 2008)
  • Recognize the sanctity of life in public policy. (Sep 2006)

Jim Risch on Budget & Economy

  • Bailout plan needs more protection for taxpayers. (Oct 2008)

Jim Risch on Civil Rights

  • Opposes mandates for affirmative action. (Jun 2008)
  • Opposes sexual orientation as a protected civil right. (Jun 2008)

Jim Risch on Corporations

  • Reduce corporate tax; eliminate corporate capital gains tax. (Nov 2008)

Jim Risch on Crime

  • Eliminate epidemic of domestic violence from our society. (Oct 2003)

Jim Risch on Drugs

  • Enforce laws against drug use. (Jun 2008)
  • Appointed first state Drug Czar; fight Rx drug abuse & more. (Oct 2006)

Jim Risch on Education

  • Supports choosing schools via vouchers. (Jun 2008)

Jim Risch on Energy & Oil

  • Yucca Mountain is the proper site for nuclear waste. (Nov 2008)
  • Drill offshore; drill ANWR; drill for oil shale. (Nov 2008)
  • No cap-&-trade; include India & China in carbon restrictions. (Nov 2008)
  • We’re running out of oil; we must drill our way through this. (Oct 2008)
  • 25x25 policy: reduce fossil fuel use 25% over 25 years. (Sep 2008)
  • Increase supply for short-term; alternatives for long-term. (Sep 2008)
  • Tap domestic potential in ANWR and continental shelf. (Sep 2008)
  • Comprehensive policy with nuclear, clean coal & alternatives. (Jun 2008)
  • Opt out of EPA mercury program; no coal plants in Idaho. (Aug 2006)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

Jim Risch on Environment

  • Supports first-in-time first-in-right water usage. (Sep 2008)
  • Wolf population has recovered; delist as Endangered Species. (Dec 2006)

Jim Risch on Families & Children

  • Teach traditional family values in public schools. (Jun 2008)

Jim Risch on Foreign Policy

No stance on record.

Jim Risch on Free Trade

  • Re-establish Fast Track; re-negotiate NAFTA. (Nov 2008)

Jim Risch on Government Reform

  • Authored Idaho’s current tort reform law. (Nov 2008)
  • Opposes stricter limits on political campaign funds. (Jun 2008)

Jim Risch on Gun Control

  • Gun ownership is a constitutional right. (Jun 2008)
  • Rated A+ by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)

Jim Risch on Health Care

  • Private sector is best suited to manage health care. (Nov 2008)
  • Innovation and technology make health care high quality. (Sep 2008)

Jim Risch on Homeland Security

  • Supports the Patriot Act. (Jun 2008)

Jim Risch on Immigration

  • No comprehensive legislation; no amnesty. (Nov 2008)
  • Don’t allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship. (Jun 2008)
  • I oppose amnesty in any form. (May 2008)
  • Ensure that only legal immigrants receive state benefits. (Dec 2006)

Jim Risch on Jobs

  • Keep secret ballot process for union elections. (Nov 2008)
  • Stronger workforce education; overturn ergonomic standards. (Nov 2008)

Jim Risch on Principles & Values

No stance on record.

Jim Risch on Social Security

  • Reform Social Security without privatization. (Oct 2008)

Jim Risch on Tax Reform

  • High priority on keeping lower individual tax rates. (Nov 2008)
  • Eliminate capital gains tax & estate tax. (Nov 2008)
  • I’ll drop out if I got $53,000 in undisclosed tax relief. (Oct 2008)
  • Top priority: make Bush tax cuts permanent. (Jun 2008)
  • Earned nickname “taxpayers friend” by fighting tax increases. (May 2008)
  • Phase out sales tax on groceries & food. (Dec 2006)

Jim Risch on War & Peace

  • No open-ended funding for Iraq but no precipitous withdrawal. (Jun 2008)

Jim Risch on Welfare & Poverty

  • Allow churches to provide welfare services. (Jun 2008)