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Asa Hutchinson: Human life begins at conception.
Greg Orman: Supports access to abortion services.
Pat Roberts: Let insurance plans deny abortions based on employer beliefs.
Randall Batson: Support abortion as a woman's right.
Randall Batson: Focus on alternatives such as adoption & foster children.
Tom Cotton: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers.
Milton Wolf: Human life begins at conception.
Chad Taylor: No prosecution of Planned Parenthood for lost reports.
Randall Batson: No state funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Joe Bellis: Pro-life with no exceptions.
Joe Bellis: Supports federal embryonic stem cell research.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Boozman's pro-life stance puts rapists over victims.
John Boozman: Opposes transporting minors across state lines for abortion.
Bruce Westerman: Pro-life; no exceptions for incest or rape.
Bruce Westerman: Stem cell research ok, but not embryonic stem cell research.
Jim Slattery: Record in US Congress in support of abortion rights.
Pat Roberts: Staunch stance as an advocate for life and families.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Take objective approach to judicial confirmation process.
Jim Holt: Would not support any pro-choice judicial candidate.
Mike Huckabee: Supports woman’s right-to-know legislation.
Mike Huckabee: Pro-life, but respects choice as mandated law.
Budget & Economy|
French Hill: Cut low-priority spending; smaller federal government.
Nathan LaFrance: Politicians CANNOT control government spending; time for BBA.
Asa Hutchinson: Free enterprise is key to national prosperity.
Randall Batson: Market-led recovery instead of federal stimulus.
Pat Roberts: Ok to spend in time of war; otherwise don't be over-generous.
Milton Wolf: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Greg Orman: Report federal spending by strict accounting standards.
Chad Taylor: Budget cuts threaten basic prosecutorial services.
Mike Ross: AdWatch: Voted for $7 trillion in new debt and bailouts.
Asa Hutchinson: AdWatch: Worked for lobbying firm after leaving Congress.
Mike Ross: AdWatch: Trillions of things in common with Pelosi & Obama.
Randall Batson: No rainy day fund; reduce all spending.
Robin Carnahan: 2008 bank bailout helped Wall Street, not ordinary people.
Roy Blunt: Bailout ok; stimulus package a huge mistake.
Robin Carnahan: TARP financial bailout let banks run wild.
Roy Blunt: TARP was a plan that worked.
Mark Parkinson: Constitutionally require set-aside for emergency fund.
Bruce Westerman: Favors economic growth and cuts as opposed to raising taxes.
Bill Graves: Reauthorize the Kansas state lottery.
Asa Hutchinson: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Greg Orman: Government should not prohibit same-sex marriage.
Randall Batson: Opposes affirmative action.
Randall Batson: Indifferent to same-sex marriage.
Chad Taylor: Advocate for equality, including equal pay for equal work.
Chad Taylor: Make bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Asa Hutchinson: Marriage should be only one-man-one-woman.
Frank Gilbert: State should stay out of the marriage business.
Mike Ross: Personally opposes gay marriage, but abide by Supreme Court.
Milton Wolf: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Charlie Hardy: Equal pay for equal work.
Bruce Westerman: Opposes affirmative action.
Randall Batson: Civil unions ok; let churches decide on same-sex marriage.
Randall Batson: State use of affirmative action ok, but not private.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Defer to military decision on Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.
John Boozman: Keep Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; the policy has worked well.
Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted 9-year-long rape case.
Joe Bellis: No definition of marriage; but no gays in military.
Joe Bellis: End affirmative action, and most other, federal programs.
Lisa Johnston: Embracing diversity strengthens us as a nation.
Mark Parkinson: Embrace diversity rather than rejecting new citizens.
Bruce Westerman: No civil unions; no same-sex marriage.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Oppose amending the federal constitution to ban gay marriage.
Jim Holt: Amend the federal constitution to ban gay marriage.
George W. Bush: Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all.
Jean Carnahan: Advocated for Equal Rights Amendment.
John McCain: We don’t need laws against Spanish language & culture.
Howard Phillips: Censorship is dumbing down our children.
Tom Cotton: AdWatch: Worked as management consultant, not in insurance.
John Boozman: Tax cuts for higher income helps small business owners.
Lisa Johnston: Ensure that U.S. corporations pay U.S. taxes.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes stricter punishment to reduce crime.
Randall Batson: Eliminate mandatory minimums; balance with rehabilitation.
Mark Swaney: Eliminate the federal death penalty.
Mike Beebe: Let non-violent offenders repay debt to society productively.
Joe Bellis: No capital punishment.
Bruce Westerman: Supports capital punishment; opposes building more prisons.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports legalizing marijuana.
Chad Taylor: Legalizing marijuana may decrease crime & increase revenue.
Randall Batson: Legalization yields better results than current turf wars.
Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on hallucinogenic level-2 drugs.
Mike Beebe: Heavier penalties for drug trade; but not for possession.
Joe Bellis: No mandatory prison sentences for selling drugs.
Bruce Westerman: No medical marijuana; no decriminalization.
Mike Huckabee: Treatment for drug use instead of incarceration.
Asa Hutchinson: Post the Ten Commandments in public school buildings.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
Milton Wolf: Block federal mandates such as Common Core.
Greg Orman: National innovation for high student achievement.
Mike Ross: AdWatch: Unwavering commitment to our children and schools.
Mike Beebe: Teach science and math using new, national methods.
Randall Batson: Abstinence education ok, but not abstinence-only.
Joe Bellis: No vouchers; no charters; no federal involvement.
Lisa Johnston: K-12 education must be a top priority.
Mark Parkinson: World-class public school system is investment in future.
Bruce Westerman: Supports charter schools; opposes Common Core.
John Kerry: Chides Bush for not fully funding No Child Left Behind.
Kathleen Sebelius: Education First: Target additional $300M where most needed.
Kathleen Sebelius: Minimize the need for college tuition increases.
Kathleen Sebelius: Review district finances and bring efficiency.
Kathleen Sebelius: Pay teachers adequately and provide them with health care.
Wesley Clark: Decries lack of funding for No Child Left Behind.
Kathleen Sebelius: Increase state funding instead of local property taxes.
Mike Huckabee: First priority: Raise teacher salaries.
Bill Graves: More funding for special education and parental services.
Howard Phillips: Education debate today is about sex & crime.
Howard Phillips: Schools sponsor the official state religion of humanism.
Howard Phillips: Separate education from state, or it’s establishing religion.
Energy & Oil|
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes prioritizing green energy.
Mark Swaney: Tax carbon to encourage people to use alternatives.
Milton Wolf: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Chad Taylor: "Wind cowboys" maintain fields of windmills in west Kansas.
Sam Brownback: New wind energy projects; make KS the Renewable State.
Randall Batson: Don't fund alternative energy; don't fund oil & gas either.
Lisa Johnston: Encourage emerging green technology.
Mark Parkinson: Bring wind farms and green jobs to Kansas.
Bruce Westerman: Expansion of energy sources should be market driven.
Jim Holt: Drilling for oil in Alaska won’t cause environmental damage.
Bruce Westerman: Fight EPA expansion of protected waters.
Randall Batson: Indifferent to whether there's a 'right' against pollution.
Greg Orman: Rein in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Chad Taylor: Good farmers use best practices, as stewards of the land.
Greg Orman: We can protect our environment AND create jobs.
Pat Roberts: For early farm bill, but final bill had too many subsidies.
Mike Beebe: Important to preserve forests to protect jobs.
Randall Batson: No state funding for open space preservation.
Robin Carnahan: Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide.
Howard Phillips: Property rights are ours, not government’s.
Families & Children|
Tom Cotton: Domestic violence victim funding pushes ideological agenda.
Asa Hutchinson: Reform divorce laws to increase waiting period.
Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted case on child sexual exploitation.
Mike Huckabee: Supports “covenant marriage”.
Jean Carnahan: Workplace child-care & more commitment to families.
Bruce Westerman: Negotiate Israel-Palestine deal directly, not through UN.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports maintaining U.S. sovereignty from the U.N.
Chad Taylor: Diplomatic solutions are always preferable.
Greg Orman: Eliminate our country's dependence on foreign creditors.
Charlie Hardy: Most military people want peace-making foreign policies.
Pat Roberts: Opposed UN ban on discrimination against disabilities.
Dick Cheney: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection.
George Tenet: Tenet rejects Cheney statements on Iraq/Al-Qaida connection.
Bruce Westerman: Expand foreign markets for farm exports.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports expanding free trade.
Chad Taylor: Trade has globalized US, but also exports jobs.
Mark Parkinson: Export planes, energy, & wheat to China, India, & Brazil.
Mike Beebe: Cuba's interest in AR exports is good for the state.
Nathan LaFrance: Term limits will accomplish with CFR attempts to do.
Asa Hutchinson: Photo ID for voting.
Greg Orman: Ban on PACs formed by congressional leaders.
Greg Orman: 12-year term limit for Congress.
Pat Roberts: 2012: No transparency of PAC donors; 2014: Some transparency.
Pat Roberts: No term limits for Congress.
Randall Batson: Indifferent to stricter enforcement of the right to vote.
Milton Wolf: Photo ID for voting.
Greg Orman: Ballot requirements hinder 3rd-party candidates.
Asa Hutchinson: 1999: Brought articles of impeachment against Bill Clinton.
Mike Ross: Left Congress due to growing acrimony of national politics.
Mark Pryor: Government shutdown is reckless & irresponsible.
Chad Taylor: Require open meetings for water utility rate-setting.
Randall Batson: No term limits; no campaign contribution limits.
Roy Blunt: Carnahan's $107M wind energy project created only 16 jobs.
Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: No moratorium on earmarks; they fund local projects.
Lisa Johnston: Fight special interests by plain-language laws on Internet.
Bruce Westerman: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending.
Jim Holt: Campaign reform is incumbency protection.
Kathleen Sebelius: Implemented $85 million in savings and efficiencies.
Kathleen Sebelius: Spending cut to provide a raise for state workers.
Kathleen Sebelius: Audit government to eliminate waste.
Mike Huckabee: Not more government, but more efficient government.
Nathan LaFrance: Attempts at building a federal gun registry are wrong.
Asa Hutchinson: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Greg Orman: Don't make it easy for a convict to get guns at gun shows.
Pat Roberts: Don't mess with people's right to bear arms.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports an absolute right to gun ownership.
Greg Orman: Owns handguns but supports background checks.
Randall Batson: Possess & trade firearms as owners wish.
Chad Taylor: I'm a gun owner, but we need to enforce gun laws.
Milton Wolf: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Joe Bellis: Armed citizenry is only obstacle to oppressive governmen.
Lisa Johnston: Guarantee both 1st and 2nd amendment rights.
Bruce Westerman: No background checks, no licensing, for concealed carry.
Mike Huckabee: Supports self-defense and ‘castle doctrine’.
Jean Carnahan: Advocated for gun control with sportsmen’s rights.
French Hill: ObamaCare is a $2.2 trillion mistake.
Greg Orman: Futile to repeal ObamaCare while Obama is in office.
Pat Roberts: Immediate and complete repeal of ObamaCare.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes expanding ObamaCare.
Milton Wolf: Repeal ObamaCare & replace with PatientCare free market.
Tom Cotton: AdWatch: No, Cotton won't end Medicare guarantee.
Mike Beebe: Expand state Medicaid, but with low-income private option.
Milton Wolf: Apologizes for posting gruesome medical X-rays on Facebook.
Mark Pryor: AdWatch: False that Medicare vouchers increase seniors' cost.
Tom Cotton: AdWatch: Cotton supports Medicare "premium support" vouchers.
Asa Hutchinson: A lot of budget "fuzziness" if private option is not renewed.
Mike Ross: Voted for ObamaCare early on but now consistently against it.
Mike Ross: Voted against individuals keeping health insurance plans.
Mark Pryor: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Pat Roberts: First to call for Sebelius resignation over ObamaCare fiasco.
Todd Tiahrt: Calls for Sebelius resignation over ObamaCare fiasco.
Tom Cotton: Federal shut down to force ObamaCare delay by one year.
Tom Cotton: FactCheck: No special subsidies for congressional staff.
Mike Beebe: Provide better care without federal Affordable Care Act.
Milton Wolf: ObamaCare extends "crony health care" which began in 1929.
Milton Wolf: ObamaCare turns health insurers into public utilities.
Milton Wolf: Free market solutions ALREADY work; so add more.
Randall Batson: Quit preventing the Free Market to fix itself.
Robin Carnahan: To repeal ObamaCare, repeal Congress plan first.
Roy Blunt: Limit health costs by limiting medical malpractice liability.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Fix broken logistics of healthcare delivery.
John Boozman: I want to be the deciding vote to repeal ObamaCare.
John Boozman: Nothing in healthcare bill controls cost; much escalates it.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Worked to ensure the overhaul helped small businesses.
John Boozman: Solution like overhaul is what's wrong with government.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: I stopped the public option in ObamaCare.
John Boozman: Something needs to be done, but ObamaCare is a job killer.
Lisa Johnston: Guaranteed high quality care for all health conditions.
Todd Tiahrt: FactCheck: Yes, ObamaCare levies some taxes before services.
Mark Parkinson: Enact a real public smoking ban.
Bruce Westerman: No public option; no individual mandates.
Matt Blunt: Allow small businesses to form association health plans.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Can’t get our arms around the uninsured.
Kathleen Sebelius: Obtain better prices for prescriptions & services.
Mike Huckabee: ARKids First program: record decreases in uninsured.
Bill Graves: Eliminate waiting period for HealthWave child health care.
Bill Graves: More funding for Medicaid matching & pharmaceuticals.
Jean Carnahan: Supports Patient Bill of Rights.
Nathan LaFrance: Meta-data collection of phone records is unconstitutional.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes expanding the armed forces.
Randall Batson: Bring our troops home; close bases overseas.
Pat Roberts: $200M for new fleet of tankers at McConnell Air Force Base.
Milton Wolf: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Greg Orman: Understand costs of military action, including veterans.
Tom Cotton: AdWatch: No sense of entitlement from serving in military.
Chad Taylor: Advocate of a national defense respected throughout world.
Roy Blunt: Amended defense bill for company donating $20,000.
Joe Bellis: More spending to develop new weapons.
Lisa Johnston: We should never hastily initiate military conflict.
Jerry Moran: No constitutional rights for terrorists, categorically.
Todd Tiahrt: 2006: For military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.
Jerry Moran: Military tribunals for terrorists are unconstitutional.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Seniority concerns shouldn’t outweigh intelligence decisions.
Jim Holt: Trust Bush’s homeland security decisions and recommendations.
Kathleen Sebelius: Strategic Military Planning to protect vital military assets.
Bruce Westerman: Control the borders, then implement guest worker program.
Greg Orman: Increase border patrols; reduce undocumented immigrant flow.
Pat Roberts: Increase border patrols; reduce undocumented immigrant flow.
Pat Roberts: 1986: Opposed Reagan's immigration limited amnesty bill.
Randall Batson: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Randall Batson: Benefits of citizenship only if arrived by legal means.
Chad Taylor: Unmuddy the waters and create a path to citizenship.
Milton Wolf: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Greg Orman: Illegals already here should register and pay taxes.
Todd Akin: Illegal immigrants receiving benefits is unacceptable.
Jerry Moran: No driver's licenses & no college discounts for illegals.
Todd Tiahrt: I've shifted my view: build the fence on Mexican border.
Todd Tiahrt: Compassion for illegals on lower tuition, but no more.
Kathleen Sebelius: Focus on employers who hire illegal workers.
John McCain: No more ballot initiatives against immigration.
Mark Swaney: Abandon minimum wage in favor of living wage.
Greg Orman: Government should create environment conducive to job growth.
Lisa Johnston: Clean energy technology will create jobs.
Jim Holt: Restrict China trade until they float their currency.
Asa Hutchinson: Shift lottery authority to new state agency.
Frank Gilbert: Do away with the lottery; not the right way to fund schools.
Mike Ross: Opposed lottery initially; but now let's make it better.
Sam Brownback: Plan future 3 millionth Kansan: education, farming, & water.
Sam Brownback: ROZes: Rural Opportunity Zones with income tax waiver.
Principles & Values|
Randall Batson: Libertarian offers third choice between Orman and Roberts.
Randall Batson: Supports keeping God in the public sphere.
Greg Orman: I've tried both parties and didn't like either.
Chad Taylor: Separation of church and state isn't a relevant issue.
Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers.
Milton Wolf: OpEd: Tea Party "wolfpack" support; but no apology for X-ray.
Pat Roberts: Group ratings more conservative in 2014 than in 2012.
Pat Roberts: Returns home to Kansas "every time I get an opponent".
Milton Wolf: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Greg Orman: Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant independent.
Greg Orman: We're sending the worst of both parties to Washington.
Greg Orman: 2010 Common Sense Coalition: give voice to sensible center.
Greg Orman: I consider myself fiscally conservative & socially tolerant.
Tom Cotton: Served in military, academia, and as management consultant.
Tom Cotton: Fastest male in Congress; has finished 11 marathons.
Milton Wolf: AdWatch: Roberts doesn't live in Kansas anymore.
Milton Wolf: Career politicians are changed by Washington.
Pat Roberts: Resides in Virginia but votes in Kansas.
Sam Brownback: Our dependence is not on Big Government but on a Big God.
Mark Pryor: Campaign theme: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless.
Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God and I believe in His word.
Milton Wolf: Obama is my cousin, but I oppose ObamaCare.
Sam Brownback: Five measurable, significant, achievable goals.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Some say I'm too liberal; some say I'm too conservative.
John Boozman: Arkansas can't afford Blanche Lincoln anymore.
Jean Carnahan: Set sail instead of choosing a safe harbor.
John McCain: 5 principles for a great nation’s diplomacy.
French Hill: Keep our promises, and enhance 401k's & reverse mortgages.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports privatizing Social Security.
Chad Taylor: No privatization; but we need to discuss reforms.
Randall Batson: Opt in/opt out of payroll deduction choice.
Randall Batson: Opt in/opt out of payroll deduction choice.
Greg Orman: Lack of economic growth drains Social Security.
Tom Cotton: Oppo AdWatch: supports Privatizing social security.
Robin Carnahan: Accuses opponent of voting to privatize.
John Boozman: Private accounts should be looked at as an option.
Lisa Johnston: We must protect Social Security.
Jean Carnahan: Save Social Security & strengthen Medicare.
French Hill: We need a simple fair tax code instead of wet blanket.
Nathan LaFrance: Replace income tax with national sales tax.
Randall Batson: Strongly opposes higher taxes on the wealthy.
Chad Taylor: Simplify tax code, but no FairTax and no national sales tax.
Randall Batson: Replace income tax with FairTax national sales tax.
Asa Hutchinson: Don't raise any taxes, while reducing individual tax rate.
Frank Gilbert: Don't raise any taxes, and eliminate income tax.
Mike Ross: I support lower tax rates.
Asa Hutchinson: Tax reduction will spur job growth.
Mike Beebe: Cut regressive grocery sales tax now; eliminate it later.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Extend tax cuts for low and middle income.
John Boozman: Support the FairTax; abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: The ultrawealthy should not receive tax cuts.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: National sales tax of 23% is just a bad idea for Arkansans.
Jerry Moran: Voted for tax increases 12 times, and against 200 times.
Mark Parkinson: Raise cigarette and sales tax to meet $400M budget gap.
Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Like to see tax cuts for the lower and middle class.
Jim Holt: Taxes should be cut further.
Kathleen Sebelius: Allow overdue taxes to be paid without penalty.
Kathleen Sebelius: Modernize tax incentive programs for start-up businesses.
Kathleen Sebelius: Create tax credit for rural business development.
Wesley Clark: Middle- & working-class tax cuts are an economic-growth tool.
Mike Huckabee: Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls.
Kathleen Sebelius: Restore funding for transportation and biosciences projects.
Mike Huckabee: Arkansas becoming a leader in e-government.
Richard Nixon: Technology misused damages environment; but can restore it.
War & Peace|
Bruce Westerman: No way we can accept a nuclear Iran.
Randall Batson: Strongly supports staying out of Iran.
Chad Taylor: Sanctions on Iran are working; no further military action.
Chad Taylor: Air patrols on Syria ok; no deeper involvement.
Mark Swaney: Iraq war was a waste, based on a lie.
Tom Cotton: Jihadists attack us for who we are.
Tom Cotton: Iraq War was just and noble.
Joe Bellis: Withdraw US troops from Iraq & Afghanistan.
Lisa Johnston: We have spent gigantic amounts of US taxpayer money in Iraq.
Jim Slattery: Roberts delayed prewar intelligence to justify war in Iraq.
Pat Roberts: I led exposure of pre-Iraq war intelligence failures.
Jim Slattery: Roberts should have known Iraq intelligence was inaccurate.
Pat Roberts: Whole world believed Iraq intelligence was accurate.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jim Holt: Separation of church and state cannot be done.