We at OnTheIssues.org ask all candidates for answers to our 20 questions in our VoteMatch quiz. The following Senate candidates have responded in detail. Responding to press inquiries like ours shows a level of openness that augurs well for the candidate in office, regardless of party affiliation.
Almost always, the incumbent ignores our requests, indicating that they don't want their constituents to know their issue stances. We track their voting records accordingly, and infer their VoteMatch responses based on those. We also collect up public statements and book excerpts, and include those in our VoteMatch quiz results as well.
Below are the responses from this year's candidates.
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Sharon Hansen: Personally opposes abortion, but decision up to each woman.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Strongly pro-life.
Scott Keller: Find non-life-ending options for ending a pregnancy.
Scott Keller: It's not a woman's choice whether baby lives or dies.
Scott Keller: The baby's body is not the woman's body; provide new options.
Budget & Economy|
Sharon Hansen: Bailouts and stimulus slowed Great Recession recovery.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Federal stimulus did not enhance economic growth.
Scott Keller: End the reign of the banker; test a moneyless model.
Scott Keller: Untie hands of non-profits & alternative model businesses.
Sharon Hansen: Don't force hiring based on sex and race.
Sharon Hansen: Homosexuals living as married is none of my business.
Sharon Hansen: Any couple can marry in the eyes of God; forget licenses.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Opposes affirmative action.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Comfortable with same-sex marriage.
Jim Rubens: Endorsed ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Scott Keller: The term "minority" should never be needed.
Scott Keller: No same-sex adoption; don't condone homosexual behavior.
Scott Keller: Other approach to hiring more women & minorities.
Scott Keller: Favors same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Support tax incentives to job creators, based on hiring.
Scott Keller: Remove corporate personhood.
Sharon Hansen: I don't know that stricter punishment reduces crime.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Opposes stricter punishment.
Scott Keller: Transform prisons so they help people reform.
Scott Keller: Strongly oppose mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Sharon Hansen: Marijuana should be legalized like alcohol.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Medical marijuana is a necessity for many.
Jim Rubens: Study marijuana harmfulness; then let states regulate it.
Scott Keller: No victim, no crime: Legalize marijuana.
Scott Keller: Strongly opposes enforce laws against immoral drug use.
Sharon Hansen: Vouchers for school choice.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Vouchers for school choice.
Scott Keller: Education, not reducation: help critical thinking.
Scott Keller: Strongly opposes teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Scott Keller: Communitize instead of government control or privatization.
Energy & Oil|
Sharon Hansen: Green energy is ok, as long as it's not subsidized.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Oppose prioritizing green energy.
Jim Rubens: Supports revenue neutral carbon tax.
Scott Keller: Sever our ties to oil; advance solar technology.
Scott Keller: Strongly favors replacing coal & oil with alternatives.
Sharon Hansen: God gave man dominion over the animals.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Human needs over animal rights.
Scott Keller: We are the stewards of this planet.
Scott Keller: No $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program.
Scott Keller: Stop the profit-driven destruction of the planet.
Families & Children|
Scott Keller: Money should not be a factor in a child's life, period.
Sharon Hansen: Maintain US sovereignty from UN.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Maintain US sovereignty from UN.
Jim Rubens: Maintain US sovereignty from UN.
Scott Keller: Be helpers, not conquerors.
Sharon Hansen: I absolutely support free trade.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Opposes free trade.
Jim Rubens: Expand free trade.
Scott Keller: Eliminate ALL barriers to free trade.
Scott Keller: Strongly supports expanding free trade.
Sharon Hansen: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Jim Rubens: Public elections financing with restricted campaign spending.
Scott Keller: Round-robin voting, working up from local to national.
Scott Keller: Eliminate or reduce "retirement pay" for congressmen.
Scott Keller: End government secrecy; restore openness of information.
Scott Keller: Grant Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress.
Scott Keller: Strongly favors stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Sharon Hansen: I am 100% pro second amendment.
Sharon Hansen: Gun violence increases proportionate to level of gun control.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Supports "open carry" and NRA.
Scott Keller: 2nd Amendment deters tyranny; not just self-defense.
Scott Keller: Favors absolute right to gun ownership.
Sharon Hansen: ObamaCare is a miserable failure.
Sharon Hansen: I'd rather die than sign up for ObamaCare.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Revoke and remove socialized medicine.
Scott Keller: Health care should be free for everyone and focus on HEALTH.
Scott Keller: Make society's best interest to help people be healthy.
Sharon Hansen: We are spied upon & watched; we are not free anymore.
Sharon Hansen: Non-veteran president should yield commander-in-chief role.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Peace through strength.
Jim Rubens: Eliminate unneeded defense spending; shrink military budget.
Scott Keller: Shift military from oil police to homeland defenders.
Scott Keller: Shift focus away from conquest.
Scott Keller: Wiretapping is a huge invasion of privacy.
Sharon Hansen: Illegal aliens are foreign invaders.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Yes, border security, but it's not black-and-white.
Jim Rubens: No comprehensive immigration reform.
Scott Keller: Make immigration more welcoming and helpful.
Scott Keller: Treat immigrants like people regardless of where born.
Scott Keller: Train immigrants coming to America to speak English fluently.
Scott Keller: No more lottery; just invite everyone who wants to come.
Scott Keller: Hard stance on companies hiring illegal immigrants.
Scott Keller: Strongly supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Opposes minimum wage increase & any government mandated wage.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Opposes "Card Check": union votes should be secret.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Supports Right-to-Work: no requirements to join unions.
Scott Keller: Job = human hamster wheel.
Principles & Values|
Sharon Hansen: Vote based on majority views of constituents.
Sharon Hansen: If "God" in public places offends you, go elsewhere.
Sharon Hansen: God was given great importance by our founding fathers.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Keep God in the public sphere.
Scott Keller: Seek the truth; do what works; don't do what doesn't work.
Scott Keller: Society's system of systems is fundamentally flawed.
Sharon Hansen: Privatize because government will raid the Trust Fund.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Strongly supports privatization.
Scott Keller: All Social Security money MUST go to Social Security.
Scott Keller: Communitize instead of statism or privatization.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Strongly supports lower & flatter taxes.
Sharon Hansen: We are paying way too much in taxes.
Sharon Hansen: Our tax percentage only climbs; it never goes in reverse.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: The wealthy generate jobs.
Jim Rubens: Don't raise taxes, but means-test retirement benefits.
Scott Keller: No federal taxation, period.
Scott Keller: Strongly opposes making taxes more progressive.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Competitive marketplace on Internet, including data pricing.
Scott Keller: Technology not to be feared but to be controlled & utilized.
War & Peace|
Sharon Hansen: Stay out of Iran unless Iran attacks us directly.
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Iran is an absolute and real threat.
Jim Rubens: Iran must not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.
Scott Keller: Be about peace and the world will follow.
Scott Keller: Strongly favors US out of Iraq & Afghanistan.
Welfare & Poverty|
Matt Wiedenhoeft: Limit total welfare amount to avoid permanent recipients.
Scott Keller: Welfare is a very ineffective approach to solving poverty.
Scott Keller: Favors allowing churches to provide welfare services.