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MN 2006 Senate debates - Minnesota Public Radio interviews

Minnesota's open U.S. Senate seat has been viewed as one of the more competitive seats in the nation ever since Mark Dayton announced his decision not to run for re-election. Republican Mark Kennedy and DFLers Amy Klobuchar and Ford Bell all hope to replace the DFL incumbent and put their differences on display in the debate sponsored by the North Metro Chamber of Commerce in Mounds View (pictured here) on March 3, 2006.

Other debate excerpts, including candidates other than the three allowed in the Chamber of Commerce debate, come from a series of interviews on Minnesota Public Radio. These interviews were broadcast in January and February, 2006, and are available in audio versions on the MPR website.
    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from MN Senate Primary Debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Amy Klobuchar (9)
  • Ford Bell (10)
  • Mark Kennedy (9)
  • Michael Cavlan (7)
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
   Mark Kennedy: Protect the most vulnerable among us.
   Amy Klobuchar: Decision between a woman and her doctor.
   Ford Bell: I'm a pro-choice candidate, but not pro-abortion.
   Michael Cavlan: Supports funding for morning-after pill.
   Michael Cavlan: Supports stem cell research.
Budget & Economy
   Mark Kennedy: Focus on controlling spending.
   Mark Kennedy: Deficit only ballooned because of 9/11 and military needs.
Civil Rights
   Amy Klobuchar: Supports civil unions and equal rights for gay partners.
   Amy Klobuchar: No constitutional amendment defining marriage.
   Ford Bell: Opposed to constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
   Michael Cavlan: Supports gay marriage.
   Ford Bell: NCLB only benefits testing companies.
   Ford Bell: Smaller classes to get students excited about science.
Energy & Oil
   Mark Kennedy: Opposes drilling ANWR despite voting for it.
   Michael Cavlan: Need a Manhattan Project for alternative energy.
Foreign Policy
   Mark Kennedy: China needs to act responsibly on human rights.
Free Trade
   Michael Cavlan: NAFTA & GATT are racing to the bottom.
Government Reform
   Mark Kennedy: Introduced line item veto to control wasteful spending.
   Ford Bell: Supports public financing of all Congressional races.
   Ford Bell: Ban former members of Congress from lobbying.
Gun Control
   Amy Klobuchar: I would do nothing to hurt hunting.
   Amy Klobuchar: Extend the ban on assault weapons.
   Ford Bell: Provide illegal immigrants with path to citizenship.
Social Security
   Amy Klobuchar: President's privatization scheme puts us at risk.
   Amy Klobuchar: Raise cap from $90,000 for paying in.
   Ford Bell: Privatization hasn't worked.
   Michael Cavlan: Completely opposed to privatization.
Tax Reform
   Mark Kennedy: Make the positive effects of tax cuts permanent.
   Amy Klobuchar: Middle class tax cuts good; but current cuts are for rich.
   Ford Bell: People should pay their fair share.
   Ford Bell: Tax-and-spend better than tax-and-borrow.
   Michael Cavlan: Make wealthy corporations in pay their fair share.
War & Peace
   Mark Kennedy: Foment democracy in Iran.
   Mark Kennedy: Keep military option open for preventing Iran nukes.
   Amy Klobuchar: Iraq war needed moral compass of int'l cooperation.

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