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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
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about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
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Young Guns
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The Path to Prosperity
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Promises to Keep
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The Audacity of Hope
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Turnaround
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Dreams from My Father
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State of Nevada Politicians: Archives



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Abortion
    Mark Amodei: Abortions should always be legally available.
    Kenny Guinn: Prohibit partial-birth abortion; support Parental consent.
Budget & Economy
    Brian Sandoval: We passed a balanced budget post-Great Recession.
    Kenny Guinn: Change government to deal with explosive growth.
Civil Rights
    Brian Sandoval: Nevada gave women the right to vote in 1914, ahead of USA.
    Mark Amodei: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions.
    Mark Amodei: Support affirmative action in schools & workplaces.
    Kenny Guinn: Affirmative action in state contracts and colleges.
    Kenny Guinn: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws.
    Kenny Guinn: Opposes recognizing same-sex marriages.
Corporations
    Dean Heller: Against bank bailout; against Dodd-Frank bank regulation.
    Brian Sandoval: Lending to small businesses will help create jobs in state.
Crime
    Mark Amodei: Support the use of the death penalty in Nevada.
    Mark Amodei: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Kenny Guinn: Supports the death penalty.
    Kenny Guinn: End parole for repeat violent felons.
Education
    Brian Sandoval: Business tax credit for opportunity scholarship contribution.
    Brian Sandoval: $20M so every Nevada child can read by Grade Three.
    Brian Sandoval: Proposes JAG specialists: Jobs for America's Graduates.
    Brian Sandoval: Improve education performance measurements.
    Brian Sandoval: Enhance education data systems in Nevada.
    Brian Sandoval: Yes to charter schools statewide.
    Jim Gibbons: Empower local school boards and parents.
    Jim Gibbons: End cookie-cutter approach & end union influence.
    Bill Richardson: Create science and math academies with 100,000 new teachers.
    Chris Dodd: Merit pay for poor areas ok; not for better neighborhoods.
    Hillary Clinton: Get more teachers into hard-to-serve areas.
    Joe Biden: Laid out a $30 billion plan over five years for education.
    Joe Biden: NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed.
    Mike Gravel: US schools fail because weíre yoked by military.
    Mark Amodei: Support national standards and testing.
    Kenny Guinn: $23M for new teacherís college at Henderson.
    Kenny Guinn: $10M for reading teachers; all kids read by 3rd grade.
    John Ensign: Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
    Kenny Guinn: Support charters & private investment in public schools.
    Kenny Guinn: Sex ed should stress abstinence but also safe sex.
Energy & Oil
    Brian Sandoval: Energy efficiency retrofits add value to buildings.
    Mark Amodei: More drilling & more oil refineries.
    Brian Sandoval: Renewables like solar & geothermal are big opportunity.
    Brian Sandoval: Access federal land to make NV renewable energy capitol.
    Harry Reid: BP and oil companies need regulation.
    Jim Gibbons: Build facilities to generate solar, wind & geothermal power.
    Dennis Kucinich: Voted against drilling in Alaska, against union preference.
    Bill Richardson: Mandatory emissions reductions to make US energy-independent.
    Kenny Guinn: Delay power deregulation until protections are in place.
    Kenny Guinn: $5M to fight becoming the nationís nuclear waste dump.
Environment
    Shelley Berkley: Supports land transfer for Yerington mines.
    Jack Carter: Ensignís failing environment grade is significant deficiency.
    John Ensign: Fought Yucca Mountain so it might never become reality.
    Mark Amodei: Supports open space preservation & alternative fuel.
Foreign Policy
    Brian Sandoval: $10M Knowledge Fund, and expand Nevada's global footprint.
    Bill Richardson: Set conditions on foreign aid assistance to Musharraf.
    Joe Biden: Move from a Musharraf policy to a Pakistan policy.
    Bill Richardson: Bad guys like Richardson; he can make peace with enemies.
    Jack Carter: On Axis of Evil: Are you better off today than 4 years ago?
    John Ensign: Kim Jong Il is a dangerous lunatic.
Free Trade
    John Edwards: Hold China responsible for their trade obligations.
    Bill Richardson: We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade.
    Dennis Kucinich: NAFTA and GATT intentionally limit workers rights.
    John Edwards: We need smart trade, not fair trade vs. free trade.
    John Edwards: Globalization means more education needed for success.
Government Reform
    Brian Sandoval: Restore merit pay for state employees.
    Shelley Berkley: Free Nevada: No out-of-state donations for Senate race.
    Brian Sandoval: Sunset all 180 licensing & advisory boards by 2013.
    Brian Sandoval: Freezing archaic regulations is my number one priority.
    Sharron Angle: In state legislature, sole No vote called "41 to Angle".
    Jim Gibbons: 6% salary reductions for all state workers.
    Hillary Clinton: Cut govít contractors and end privatization of government.
    Mike Gravel: Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform.
    Mike Gravel: You can be empowered to vote on issues that affect your life.
    Jack Carter: Stop the mauling of our Constitutional balance of powers.
    Kenny Guinn: No campaign spending limits; no public campaign funding.
Gun Control
    Joe Heck: Supports 2nd Amendment & rights of sportsmen.
    Kenny Guinn: Allow concealed carry.
Health Care
    Shelley Berkley: Kidney transplant center helps Nevada but helps husband too.
    Shelley Berkley: Stop cuts to Medicare; no privatization for younger workers.
    Brian Sandoval: $874 decrease in public employees benefit plan.
    Mark Amodei: Repeal ObamaCare; end lawsuit abuse.
    Brian Sandoval: Supports lawsuits against Obama health care bill.
    Harry Reid: Insurers' profit motive almost destroyed our economy.
    Harry Reid: ObamaCare improved healthcare and also improved economy.
    Sharron Angle: No medical conditions where coverage should be mandated.
    Sharron Angle: We're a country of choice; don't force people into insurance.
    Barack Obama: Bring GOP & Dems together to make healthcare affordable.
    Barack Obama: Problem isnít mandating coverage, but affording it.
    Hillary Clinton: Health care tax credit ensures affordability.
    Bill Richardson: State flexibility creates universal coverage without taxes.
    Dennis Kucinich: Key to reform: end role for for-profit insurance companies.
    Hillary Clinton: Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term.
    Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better.
    John Edwards: Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we canít wait.
    Tom Vilsack: Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost.
    Tom Vilsack: Focus on wellness as part of universal coverage.
    Tom Vilsack: Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare.
    Jack Carter: Support individual states enforcing their coverage standards.
    Kenny Guinn: Fund alternatives to long-term care for seniors.
    Kenny Guinn: Double the funding for the disabled.
    Kenny Guinn: Expand Senior Rx.
Homeland Security
    Brian Sandoval: Fund additional veterans service officers.
    Mark Amodei: Focus defense spending on 21st Century warfare.
    Barack Obama: Human rights and national security are complementary.
    Bill Richardson: Human rights can be more important than national security.
    Chris Dodd: National security is more important than human rights.
    Hillary Clinton: National security is more important than human rights.
    John Edwards: Lead a long-term effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
    Bill Richardson: We should not be known for Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.
Immigration
    Dean Heller: Pathway to citizenship for illegals in army or college.
    Dean Heller: Overhaul 14th Amendment against immigrant citizenship.
    Mark Amodei: Secure our borders as a matter of national security.
    Joe Heck: Border security is a key issue for national security.
    Harry Reid: We need comprehensive reform.
    Sharron Angle: Solution is simple: secure the borders, enforce the laws.
    Barack Obama: Comprehensive solution includes employers & borders.
    Barack Obama: Undocumented workers come here to work, not to drive.
    Barack Obama: Support granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.
    Bill Richardson: Allowed giving driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.
    Chris Dodd: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.
    Dennis Kucinich: There arenít any illegal human beings.
    Hillary Clinton: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.
    Joe Biden: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.
    John Edwards: Oppose granting driverís licenses to illegal immigrants.
    Jack Carter: Get a pathway to citizenship and end political football.
    John Ensign: Donít forgive illegals of felonies nor pay them benefits.
Jobs
    Dean Heller: Get bipartisan bill passed for online poker.
    Dean Heller: Denied 2010 reports that unemployed were "hobos".
    Shelley Berkley: Online poker could mean up to 1,200 jobs in Nevada.
    Brian Sandoval: $10M for deals via Nevada Jobs Unlimited.
    Sharron Angle: It's not a Senator's job to create jobs.
    Sharron Angle: No, I don't think the unemployed are spoiled.
    Dennis Kucinich: Iím the one candidate who comes from the working class.
    Dennis Kucinich: Give teeth to the National Labor Relations Act.
    John Edwards: Make joining unions easier; ban firing strikers.
    Kenny Guinn: Privatized state workerís comp & insurance.
Local Issues
    Brian Sandoval: Gaming Policy Committee: modernize with Internet poker.
    Brian Sandoval: Online poker companies still viable, must keep close watch.
    Brian Sandoval: Make Nevada "the" place for gaming innovation.
    Kenny Guinn: No high-level nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain.
    Kenny Guinn: No state income tax; no casino tax.
Principles & Values
    Harry Reid: Son of a miner; mother took in wash from brothels.
    Sharron Angle: I live in middle-class Reno; Reid lives in DC's Ritz-Carlton.
    Bill Richardson: Pledges to not engage in negative campaigning on Dems.
    Chris Dodd: We canít survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship.
    Dennis Kucinich: I can move this country because I have no strings.
    Hillary Clinton: Proud of Bill Clintonís record as president.
    Mike Gravel: Achieved much in Senate, but prefers governors for president.
    Jack Carter: Iím fed up with this administration & my opponent.
    Jack Carter: Campaign funding source doesnít matter; ďwe the peopleĒ do.
    John Ensign: Carter gets more campaign money from California than Nevada.
    John Ensign: Nevadans need Nevada leaders with Nevada roots.
    Jack Carter: There are certain values that are intuitive to all Americans.
Social Security
    Harry Reid: What would have happened if Trust Fund were in stock market?
    Sharron Angle: Personalize Social Security; not privatize.
    Tom Vilsack: If US govít were a business, balance sheet looks mismanaged.
    Tom Vilsack: Index by prices instead of wages, to maintain stability.
    John Ensign: Supports privatizing Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Mark Amodei: Americans don't pay too little in taxes.
    Brian Sandoval: Don't raise taxes by $1B; that would halt job growth.
    Harry Reid: I am not in favor of giving billionaires tax cuts.
    Sharron Angle: Extend the Bush-era tax cuts, or it's a tax increase.
    Jim Gibbons: No new taxes and no expansion of state government.
    Chris Dodd: Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class.
    Mike Gravel: Wipe out the income tax! -- itís regressive.
    Mike Gravel: National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials.
    Jack Carter: Oppose the elimination of the sales tax deduction by the GOP.
    Kenny Guinn: Nevada needs new revenue, but now is no time for new taxes.
Technology
    Brian Sandoval: Project Neon: major new highway project.
    Brian Sandoval: Drive investment in broadband technology.
War & Peace
    Joe Heck: Volunteered to serve in Iraq.
    Harry Reid: OpEd: saying Iraq war was lost emboldened our enemies.
    Barack Obama: Surge strategy has made a difference in Iraq but failed.
    Bill Richardson: Donor conference: get EU & Arabs to pay for reconstruction.
    Dennis Kucinich: The surge strategy is fueling the insurgency.
    Bill Richardson: Congress authorized this war; now de-authorize it.
    Bill Richardson: Find ways to withdraw from Iraq, but with diplomacy.
    Chris Dodd: Re-deploy out of refereeing a civil war.
    Chris Dodd: I made mistake in authorizing war; do not continue mistake.
    Chris Dodd: How much more chaos could we be creating in Baghdad?
    Dennis Kucinich: I voted against war because I saw no proof from Bush.
    Dennis Kucinich: Cut off the funds; end the occupation of Iraq.
    Dennis Kucinich: Reparations to Iraq for 650,000 innocent civilians killed.
    Hillary Clinton: Require Bush to redeploy or seek additional authority.
    Hillary Clinton: Takes responsibility for Iraq war vote, but not a mistake.
    Joe Biden: Decentralize Iraq to give people control over daily lives.
    Joe Biden: Vote for Iraq War was mistake; assumed Bush competence.
    Joe Biden: If Iraq metastasizes into regional war, itíll take decades.
    John Edwards: Draw down 40,000 to 50,000 troops right now.
    John Edwards: Wrong on Iraq war vote about WMDs and about Bushís lead-up.
    Mike Gravel: 2008 election will be decided by how Democrats handle war.
    Mike Gravel: Bush can sign bill to end war, or he can believe in God.
    Tom Vilsack: National Guard too busy in Iraq handle natural disasters.
    Tom Vilsack: The war needs to be ended now, not in 6 months or 6 years.
    Tom Vilsack: Congress should remove funding for the war.


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