| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Michael Baumgartner: Life begins at conception; no exceptions except pragmatism.
Patty Murray: Nethercuttís voted against expanding stem-cell research.
Budget & Economy|
Dino Rossi: Big government is cause of current crisis, not its solution.
Patty Murray: Government action needed to fix damage done by Wall Street.
Patty Murray: Bush policy is tax cuts & wars without paying for them.
Michael Baumgartner: Opposes gay marriage.
Michael Baumgartner: Advised counternarcotics team in Afghanistan.
Energy & Oil|
Maria Cantwell: Climate change is happening but unclear if manmade.
Michael Baumgartner: One-cent gas tax to pay for veterans' services.
Michael Baumgartner: Climate change is happening but unclear if manmade.
Patty Murray: Federally fund Hanford Nuclear Reservation cleanup.
Families & Children|
Michael Baumgartner: No unfettered teen access to emergency contraceptive Plan B.
Michael Baumgartner: Served as lead strategic-policy coordinator in Baghdad.
Dino Rossi: Call to halt earmarks; that's what's wrong with D.C.
Patty Murray: Halting earmarks shortchanges important state projects.
Dino Rossi: ObamaCare will require hordes of IRS agents to administer.
Patty Murray: ObamaCare provides money to train future family physicians.
Dino Rossi: Healthcare overhaul moves down a path that is very dangerous.
Patty Murray: Pre-ObamaCare worked for insurance companies but no one else.
Dino Rossi: ObamaCare will siphon money & could bankrupt America.
Patty Murray: Yes, I read ObamaCare; I helped write it!
Dino Rossi: Wait for a study to decide on don't-ask-don't-tell.
Patty Murray: Toss out don't-ask-don't-tell.
Michael Baumgartner: Opposes DREAM Act; reform guest worker criteria.
Dino Rossi: Secure the border, then decide on kids of illegal immigrants.
Patty Murray: Give kids of illegal immigrants a chance to be citizens.
Principles & Values|
Dino Rossi: Lost 2004 race for governor by 133 votes.
Patty Murray: This state is my family and my family is hurting.
Dino Rossi: Murray is shortchanging voters with 2 debates instead of 6.
Patty Murray: Long history of limiting debates with her challengers.
Dino Rossi: No comment on raising retirement age or other changes, yet.
Patty Murray: No comment on raising retirement age or other changes, yet.
Dino Rossi: Massive debt could destabilize Social Security.
George Nethercutt: Save Social Security by decreasing government spending.
Dino Rossi: Repealing Bush tax cut is biggest tax increase in US history.
Patty Murray: Bush tax cut for top 2% costs us $2 trillion.
Dino Rossi: Extend Bush tax cuts; allow entrepreneurs to be successful.
Patty Murray: Extending Bush tax cuts reduces social & health programs.
War & Peace|
Maria Cantwell: Leave Afghanistan in 2014 as planned.
Michael Baumgartner: Leave Afghanistan now & use funds domestically.
Michael Baumgartner: We're wasting resources on democracy-building in Afghanistan.
Dino Rossi: Setting deadline for Afghan withdrawal would aid terrorists.
Patty Murray: Set timetable for Afghan withdrawal.
Patty Murray: Voted against the war because we didnít have a clear mission.