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Mark Dayton on Principles & Values
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Five-Point Plan for Future Prosperity: Invest, & invest more. (Feb 2011)
  • Truly believes in government. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)

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Jim Abeler on Principles & Values
Republican challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Abeler on other issues.
  • Creator, conscience, and constituents, in that order. (Jun 2013)
Al Franken on Principles & Values
DFL Jr Senator (MN): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Al Franken on other issues.
  • Recount: What do we want? Patience! When do we want it? Now!. (Sep 2010)
  • Spent $20M on campaign; more for Great Minnesota Recount. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: Franken should have beaten Coleman easily in blue MN. (Sep 2010)
  • 2005: Formed progressive Midwest Values PAC. (Sep 2010)
  • Decided to take on Coleman when he berated Paul Wellstone. (Sep 2010)
  • Response to attack ad "Angry Al":why isn't Coleman outraged? (Sep 2010)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
Amy Klobuchar on Principles & Values
DFL Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Amy Klobuchar on other issues.
  • Voted with Democratic Party 94.1% of 324 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • This election is about change; crowd in charge won’t do it. (Oct 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
Dan Severson on Principles & Values
Republican Challenger: Click here for Dan Severson on other issues.
    No stance on record.

House:


Michele Bachmann on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (MN-6); 2011 GOP frontrunner: Click here for 24 full quotes OR click here for Michele Bachmann on other issues.
  • 2011: First Tea Party response to State of the Union. (Jan 2012)
  • Economic AND social AND foreign policy conservative. (Nov 2011)
  • Switched party in 1970s; Democratic Party left us. (Nov 2011)
  • Accidental politician: ran for State Senate at Convention. (Nov 2011)
  • 1970: Parents divorced & family stability was gone. (Nov 2011)
  • As teen, volunteered on Israeli kibbutz. (Nov 2011)
  • 1976: Met husband at mutual job at Elementary School. (Nov 2011)
  • Rejects dismissiveness of American institutions & history. (Nov 2011)
  • Migraines as campaign issue is foes playing gender card. (Nov 2011)
  • Members of Congress swear to uphold Founding principles. (Nov 2011)
  • Obama has ushered in socialism. (Sep 2011)
  • Separation of church and state is a myth. (Sep 2011)
  • Make Obama a one-term president. (Aug 2011)
  • Bring the voice of the people back to Washington. (Jul 2011)
  • Tea Party has held congress to account. (Jul 2011)
  • I will represent you with a titanium spine. (Jul 2011)
  • Chairs the House Tea Party Caucus. (Jun 2011)
  • Birthplace in Waterloo Iowa: "favorite daughter" in caucus. (Jun 2011)
  • Would be first House member elected to Presidency since 1880. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: Tea Party support driven by charismatic enthusiasm. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: Talks the evangelical talk, but also walks the walk. (Jun 2011)
  • I want my constituents armed and dangerous. (Sep 2010)
  • Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilization. (Dec 2007)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Chip Cravaack on Principles & Values
Republican (District 8): Click here for Chip Cravaack on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Keith Ellison on Principles & Values
Democrat: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Keith Ellison on other issues.
  • First Muslim elected to Congress; will swear in on Koran. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
John Kline on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (MN-2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Kline on other issues.
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilization. (Dec 2007)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Betty McCollum on Principles & Values
Democratic Representative (MN-4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Betty McCollum on other issues.
  • Member of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Rick Nolan on Principles & Values
Democrat (District 8): Click here for Rick Nolan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Erik Paulsen on Principles & Values
Republican (District 3): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Erik Paulsen on other issues.
  • 2008: Succeeded Rep. Jim Ramstad after serving as his aide. (Sep 2010)
  • Served in Minnesota House of Representatives since 1994. (Nov 2008)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Collin Peterson on Principles & Values
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-7): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Collin Peterson on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 17% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Tim Walz on Principles & Values
Democrat: Click here for Tim Walz on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mike Hatch on Principles & Values
Former DFL Challenger for Governor (2006): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Hatch on other issues.
  • 2006: ran for governor, while serving as Attorney General. (May 2010)
Tim Pawlenty on Principles & Values
Republican MN Governor: Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Tim Pawlenty on other issues.
  • Protect faith from government, not vice-versa. (Jun 2011)
  • Tea Partiers disliked by Chablis-drinking Brie-eaters. (Apr 2011)
  • Obama might be born in US, but he's from another planet. (Feb 2011)
  • We need politicians with courage to stand up to status quo. (Jan 2011)
  • Subscribed to "US News & World Report" as teenager. (Jan 2011)
  • U. Minnesota undergrad & law school, and met wife there. (Jan 2011)
  • Catholic in childhood; attends Baptist church after marriage. (Jan 2011)
  • Separation of church doesn't mean strike God from America. (Jan 2011)
  • 47% pay no income tax? We're addicted to government. (Jan 2011)
  • Not change we can believe in; but change we can't believe. (Jan 2011)
  • My faith is part of how I think, including in public life. (Jan 2011)
  • We are the party of Sam's Club, not just the country club. (May 2010)
  • 1999: Supported denomination-specific prayers in MN House. (May 2010)
  • Politics major then Law School at U. Minn. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: 2012 electorate might want a regular guy. (May 2010)
Joe Arwood on Principles & Values
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Joe Arwood on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Anthony Hernandez on Principles & Values
Former Republican Primary Challenger (2012): Click here for Anthony Hernandez on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jesse Ventura on Principles & Values
Former Independent Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 2003: Self-portrait as knight in armor on stallion. (May 2010)
  • Patriotism means wondering if were told the truth. (Mar 2010)
  • Stormed out from Paul Wellstone's memorial service. (Nov 2009)
  • Supports libertarianism with a small "l". (Apr 2008)
  • Enlisted in Navy SEALs during Vietnam. (Apr 2008)
  • Met wife Terry while working as a bouncer in a bar. (Apr 2008)
  • Taught "Wrestling Then Politics: The Perfect Preparation". (Apr 2008)
  • Chose stage name after Jesse James and California town. (Apr 2008)
  • Grew with sport of wrestling as "bad guy" character. (Apr 2008)
  • Personal hero is Muhammad Ali, who also shocked the world. (Apr 2008)
  • 2000: Offered to run as John McCain's independent VP. (Apr 2008)
  • Co-starred with Gov. Schwarzenegger in two action films. (Apr 2008)
  • Taught a semester at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. (Apr 2008)
  • Political “horse races” ignore the issues. (Jul 2000)
  • Parties need ideological base as well as grassroots. (Jul 2000)
  • Religious Right & extreme left are both “morality brokers”. (Jul 2000)
  • Considers himself a moderate libertarian. (Jul 2000)
  • Independent Party, not Reform Party. (Feb 2000)
  • I didn’t need this job (as governor). (Jan 1999)
  • Voters want honesty; he provides it. (Jan 1999)
  • Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. (Jan 1999)
  • Two traditional parties are out-of-control monsters. (Jan 1999)
  • Does not plan to run for president; but won’t rule it out. (Jan 1999)
  • Problem is with fundamentalist fanatics, not religion. (Jan 1999)
  • Big Plan: smart government and self-sufficiency. (Jan 1999)
  • Wanted to be mayor & governor; doesn’t want to be president. (Jan 1999)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
Mike Ciresi on Principles & Values
Former DFL Senate Challenger (2008): Click here for Mike Ciresi on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Grams on Principles & Values
Republican Senator (Former): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Rod Grams on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)
Mark Kennedy on Principles & Values
Republican (until 2006) (District 2): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Votes for what’s best for MN, but with Bush 92% of the time. (Oct 2006)
  • 4th-generation Minnesotan, 4th-generation in public service. (Jan 2006)
  • Great things can happen if we trust the people. (Jan 2006)
  • Married with four children; serves as church lector. (Jan 2006)
Mark Kennedy on Principles & Values
Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kennedy on other issues.
  • Votes for what’s best for MN, but with Bush 92% of the time. (Oct 2006)
  • 4th-generation Minnesotan, 4th-generation in public service. (Jan 2006)
  • Great things can happen if we trust the people. (Jan 2006)
  • Married with four children; serves as church lector. (Jan 2006)
Walter Mondale on Principles & Values
Former Democratic Challenger (2002) & Vice President (1981): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Walter Mondale on other issues.
  • Believed passionately that government was there to help. (Jan 2007)
  • Shares Wellstone's ideology, with a different style. (Oct 2002)
  • Selected first woman candidate for major party V.P. (Jan 1997)
  • Carter touted Mondale as better V.P. than Bob Dole. (Jan 1997)
  • Counseled against Carter's "Malaise" speech. (Jan 1997)
  • Presidency needs goals, and needs to address the nation. (Jun 1993)
Jesse Ventura on Principles & Values
Independent Senate challenger (2008): Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 2003: Self-portrait as knight in armor on stallion. (May 2010)
  • Patriotism means wondering if were told the truth. (Mar 2010)
  • Stormed out from Paul Wellstone's memorial service. (Nov 2009)
  • Supports libertarianism with a small "l". (Apr 2008)
  • Enlisted in Navy SEALs during Vietnam. (Apr 2008)
  • Met wife Terry while working as a bouncer in a bar. (Apr 2008)
  • Taught "Wrestling Then Politics: The Perfect Preparation". (Apr 2008)
  • Chose stage name after Jesse James and California town. (Apr 2008)
  • Grew with sport of wrestling as "bad guy" character. (Apr 2008)
  • Personal hero is Muhammad Ali, who also shocked the world. (Apr 2008)
  • 2000: Offered to run as John McCain's independent VP. (Apr 2008)
  • Co-starred with Gov. Schwarzenegger in two action films. (Apr 2008)
  • Taught a semester at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. (Apr 2008)
  • Political “horse races” ignore the issues. (Jul 2000)
  • Parties need ideological base as well as grassroots. (Jul 2000)
  • Religious Right & extreme left are both “morality brokers”. (Jul 2000)
  • Considers himself a moderate libertarian. (Jul 2000)
  • Independent Party, not Reform Party. (Feb 2000)
  • I didn’t need this job (as governor). (Jan 1999)
  • Voters want honesty; he provides it. (Jan 1999)
  • Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. (Jan 1999)
  • Two traditional parties are out-of-control monsters. (Jan 1999)
  • Does not plan to run for president; but won’t rule it out. (Jan 1999)
  • Problem is with fundamentalist fanatics, not religion. (Jan 1999)
  • Big Plan: smart government and self-sufficiency. (Jan 1999)
  • Wanted to be mayor & governor; doesn’t want to be president. (Jan 1999)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
Paul Wellstone on Principles & Values
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Paul Wellstone on other issues.
  • Died 12 days before likely re-election. (Sep 2010)
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus . (Jan 2001)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
Dean Barkley on Principles & Values
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Dean Barkley on other issues.
  • Appointed by Gov. Ventura to fill Paul Wellstone vacancy. (Jul 2008)
  • Minute by minute, most effective senator in history. (Jul 2008)
  • Lifetime privileges-but no pension-from brief Senate career. (Nov 2002)
  • Created Paul Wellstone Center for Community Building. (Nov 2002)
Ford Bell on Principles & Values
DFL challenger: Click here for Ford Bell on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Michael Cavlan on Principles & Values
Green Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Michael Cavlan on other issues.
  • America is proceeding in a dangerous direction. (Jan 2006)
  • Change the debate and change society itself. (Jan 2006)
Norm Coleman on Principles & Values
Republican Sr Senator (MN): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Norm Coleman on other issues.
  • If I were 725 votes down, I'd say 'We need to heal'. (Sep 2010)
  • 2002: Hand-picked by Vice President Dick Cheney. (Sep 2010)
  • I'm a 99% improvement over Paul Wellstone. (Sep 2010)
  • Attack ad: evaded questions about $75K donation through wife. (Sep 2010)
  • 2002: Supported by Bush & Cheney against Pawlenty. (May 2010)
  • Experience needed to forge deals about real problems. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted with Republican Party 76.9% of 312 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Switched parties, but didn’t switch his opinions on issues. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Mark Dayton on Principles & Values
Democratic Governor; previously Senator: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mark Dayton on other issues.
  • Five-Point Plan for Future Prosperity: Invest, & invest more. (Feb 2011)
  • Truly believes in government. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
Robert Fitzgerald on Principles & Values
Independence Party Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Robert Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Millionaire 60-year-olds cannot legislate for young families. (Oct 2006)
  • Klobuchar & Kennedy’s ads show you shouldn’t vote for either. (Oct 2006)
Gil Gutknecht on Principles & Values
Republican (District 1): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Gil Gutknecht on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Bill Luther on Principles & Values
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 6): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Luther on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2000)
  • New Democrat: "Third Way" instead of left-right debate. (Nov 2000)
David Minge on Principles & Values
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 2): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Minge on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the "Blue Dog" Coalition of conservative Democrats. (Nov 2007)
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on Principles & Values
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Niemackl on Principles & Values
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for James Niemackl on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Oberstar on Principles & Values
Democrat/Farmer/Labor Representative (MN-8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for James Oberstar on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 83% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Tim Penny on Principles & Values
Democrat (1982-1995) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Tim Penny on other issues.
  • 2006: ran for Governor on Independence ticket. (May 2010)
Jim Ramstad on Principles & Values
Republican Representative (MN-3): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jim Ramstad on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Protestant. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Martin Sabo on Principles & Values
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Martin Sabo on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
Bruce Vento on Principles & Values
Democrat/Farmer/Labor (District 4): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bruce Vento on other issues.
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
Patty Wetterling on Principles & Values
Former DFL challenger, 2004 Congressional nominee: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Patty Wetterling on other issues.
  • Non-traditional candidate but experienced in legislation. (Nov 2005)
  • by MoveOn, for moderate progressive principles. (Sep 2004)
Michael Cummins on Principles & Values
Challenger: Click here for Michael Cummins on other issues.
    No stance on record.

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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