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The AmericansElect.org quiz outlines how elected officials and public figures address political topics, plus the relative importance they place on each key topic. The nine key topics are:

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Question 1 answer A on Economy:

When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: Cutting existing programs
  • B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Raising Taxes
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 8 out of 18 statements:

Require a 3/5 majority vote in Congress to raise taxes: A on question 1
Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes: A on question 1
Use veto power to reduce government spending: B on question 1
Cut marriage tax, inheritance tax, & earnings test: A on question 1
For Balanced Budget Amend., & off-budget Social Security: B on question 1
Taxes should be flatter, lower, and simpler: A on question 1
List of budgetary spending priorities: B on question 1
Supports Balanced Budget Amendment: B on question 1
Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy: B on question 1
GovWatch: 2001: against tax cut that went to rich: D on question 1
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: A on question 1
Disapprove of increasing the debt limit: B on question 1
NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts: C on question 1
NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years: D on question 1
YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending: A on question 1
YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: B on question 1
NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package: A on question 1
NO on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending: A on question 1
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 115 statements.)

Question 2 answer A on Energy:

When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
  • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
  • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
  • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
  • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 8 out of 13 statements:

Create green jobs to help economy & environment: A on question 2
GovWatch: Build 45 new nuclear power plants by 2030: D on question 2
Use alternative energy, including nuclear, coal, gas, solar: B on question 2
The snows of Kilimanjaro may soon exist only in literature: A on question 2
Climate change is real and must be addressed: A on question 2
Utility lobbyists influence White House climate policy: A on question 2
2000: Criticized Bush’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Treaty: A on question 2
Strength Clean Air & Water Acts; but not Kyoto: D on question 2
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: D on question 2
YES on defunding renewable and solar energy: D on question 2
NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months: A on question 2
YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010: A on question 2
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: A on question 2
This question weighted at 11% importance.
(Relative importance: 13 out of 115 statements.)

Question 3 answer C on Healthcare:

When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
  • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
  • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
  • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'C' from 7 out of 15 statements:

Repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law: C on question 3
Mandated heath insurance is Big Government at its best: B on question 3
Family should make health decisions, not federal government: C on question 3
Harness market competition for comprehensive reform: D on question 3
Include a health savings account in healthcare reform: C on question 3
1989: No mandatory catastrophic Medicare coverage: C on question 3
1993: To socialize healthcare would be to ruin it: D on question 3
Matching funds for seniors citizens’ prescription drugs: B on question 3
Expand health insurance to 11 million uninsured children: A on question 3
Allow paying extra for choice of doctors & care: B on question 3
More tax-deductible health costs; limits on malpractice: B on question 3
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: C on question 3
NO on blocking medical savings acounts: C on question 3
YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit: D on question 3
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: C on question 3
This question weighted at 13% importance.
(Relative importance: 15 out of 115 statements.)

Question 4 answer B on Immigration:

When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
  • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
  • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
  • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
  • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'B' from 7 out of 17 statements:

Campaign ad: "Complete the danged fence!": D on question 4
Party that attracts immigrants becomes the ruling party: B on question 4
Deport 2 million illegal immigrants who committed crimes: B on question 4
Certify border is secure; only then allow guest workers: C on question 4
Praised immigrants who join army to advance citizenship: C on question 4
12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty: B on question 4
12 million illegals in country now is de facto amnesty: A on question 4
Immigration reform needed for national security: A on question 4
Give everyone in the world an opportunity to come to America: B on question 4
1988: Honored by La Raza for opposing official English: B on question 4
More help for legal immigrants when immigrating & once here: B on question 4
No more ballot initiatives against immigration: A on question 4
YES on limit welfare for immigrants: C on question 4
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: A on question 4
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: B on question 4
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: D on question 4
YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government: D on question 4
This question weighted at 15% importance.
(Relative importance: 17 out of 115 statements.)

Question 5 answer A on Foreign Policy:

When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
  • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
  • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
  • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 13 out of 18 statements:

Obama "an uncertain trumpet" for Afghan & Iraqi withdrawal: A on question 5
I support the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive war: A on question 5
Overthrow “rogue” governments to keep Americans safe: A on question 5
Africa: Money for AIDS would be lost to corruption: B on question 5
China: Advocate for political reforms, and guard Taiwan: A on question 5
No Surrender Tour: Stop Democrats from Iraqi withdrawal: A on question 5
Timetable for withdrawal is a white flag of surrender: A on question 5
Staying for 100 years OK, if US casualties are low: A on question 5
The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure: A on question 5
Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met: A on question 5
Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq: A on question 5
Send in a heavy wave of troops to Iraq to establish order: A on question 5
Pay dues to UN after UN reforms: B on question 5
Oppose the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty: B on question 5
YES on $17.9 billion to IMF: C on question 5
YES on capping foreign aid at only $12.7 billion: B on question 5
YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq: A on question 5
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: A on question 5
This question weighted at 16% importance.
(Relative importance: 18 out of 115 statements.)

Question 6 answer A on Education:

When you think about education in the US, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
  • A: School curriculums should be set entirely at a local school board level
  • B: School curriculums should be set more by local school boards than at a national level
  • C: School curriculums should be set more by national standards than at a local level
  • D: School curriculums should be set entirely at a national standardized level
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 13 out of 19 statements:

I want schools to answer to parents and students: B on question 6
Let local school boards decide hiring and spending: A on question 6
Vouchers in DC work; parents wait in line for them: A on question 6
Vouchers and school choice for all: A on question 6
Place parents & children at the center of education: A on question 6
We need more choice and competition in education: A on question 6
Charters, homeschooling, & vouchers are key to success: A on question 6
Vouchers & charters will improve our school system: A on question 6
Nationwide test of school vouchers: A on question 6
$5B program for 3-year test of school vouchers: A on question 6
Tax-funded vouchers for private schools or charter schools: B on question 6
Vouchers needed where teachers fail: A on question 6
Vouchers for any schools; more charter schools: A on question 6
Unrestricted block grants--let states decide spending: B on question 6
Rated 45% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education: E on question 6
NO on national education standards: B on question 6
YES on school vouchers in DC: A on question 6
YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules: A on question 6
NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: C on question 6
This question weighted at 17% importance.
(Relative importance: 19 out of 115 statements.)

Question 7 answer A on Social Issues:

When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
  • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
  • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
  • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
  • D: Unsure
Summary answer 'A' from 3 out of 6 statements:

Supports CA Prop. 8: one-man-one-woman marriage: A on question 7
1994: No Senate hiring discrimination by sexual orientation: B on question 7
Ban on same-sex marriage is unRepublican; leave it to states: C on question 7
NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation: A on question 7
NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes: A on question 7
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: C on question 7
This question weighted at 5% importance.
(Relative importance: 6 out of 115 statements.)

Question 8 answer D on Environment:

Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
  • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
  • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
  • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
  • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
  • E: Unsure
Summary answer 'D' from 9 out of 16 statements:

Support much tougher regulations on emission requirements: C on question 8
Economic & environmental interests not mutually exclusive: B on question 8
1996: Put 3.5B acres of land into wilderness protection: D on question 8
1996: Put 3.5B acres of land into wilderness protection: D on question 8
Preserving wilderness among proudest achievements: D on question 8
Preserve and help our National Parks: D on question 8
Repeal ban on new roads in wilderness due to bad process: A on question 8
Use park visitor fees for park development bonds: D on question 8
Preserve natural resources for future: D on question 8
End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat: D on question 8
Supports grants for brownfields remediation: D on question 8
Rated 53% by the LCV, indicating a mixed record on environment: B on question 8
EPA must do better on mercury clean-up: C on question 8
YES on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems: D on question 8
NO on continuing desert protection in California: B on question 8
NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests: C on question 8
This question weighted at 14% importance.
(Relative importance: 16 out of 115 statements.)

Question 9 answer B on Reform:

Which of the following comes closest to your personal opinion?
  • A: To make this country great, we should return to the examples and values of our forefathers
  • B: This country is already great, we shouldn't change a thing
  • C: To make this country great, we should keep building and adapting for the future
Summary answer 'B' from 5 out of 10 statements:

2001: Publicly rebuke Uzbekistan for human rights violations: A on question 9
Globalization is an opportunity--reduce barriers to trade: C on question 9
We need bigger army for more militaristic foreign policy: B on question 9
Half of world's defense spending should be US as global cop: B on question 9
Free trade with any country except security risks: C on question 9
Eliminate defense pork, but increase most other defense: B on question 9
Campaigning to return government to the people: A on question 9
Pro-NAFTA, pro-GATT, pro-MFN, pro-Fast Track: C on question 9
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: B on question 9
YES on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections: B on question 9
This question weighted at 9% importance.
(Relative importance: 10 out of 115 statements.)

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Rodney Glassman
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Retiring in 2014 election:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Retired as of Jan. 2013:
AZ:Kyl(R)
CT:Lieberman(D)
HI:Akaka(D)
ND:Conrad(D)
NM:Bingaman(D)
TX:Hutchison(R)
VA:Webb(D)
WI:Kohl(D)
Senate Retirements 2014:
GA:Chambliss(R)
IA:Harkin(D)
MI:Levin(D)
MT:Baucus(D)
NE:Johanns(R)
OK:Coburn(R)
SD:Johnson(D)
WV:Rockefeller(D)

Senate races Nov. 2014:
AK: Begich(D) vs.Miller(R) vs.Treadwell(R) vs.Sullivan(R)
AL: Sessions(R,unopposed)
AR: Pryor(D) vs.Cotton(R)
CO: Udall(D) vs.Gardner(R) vs.Baumgardner(R) vs.Buck(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Stephens(R)
DE: Coons(D) vs.O`Donnell(R)
GA: Gingrey(R) vs.Nunn(D) vs.Perdue(R) vs.Handel(R) vs.Broun(R) vs.Kingston(R)
HI: Schatz(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Cavasso(R)
IA: Braley(D) vs.Whitaker(R) vs.Ernst(R) vs.Clovis(R)
ID: Risch(R) vs.Mitchell(D)
IL: Durbin(D) vs.Oberweis(R) vs.Hansen(L) vs.Truax(R)
KS: Roberts(R) vs.Tiahrt(R) vs.Wolf(R) vs.Taylor(D) vs.Sebelius(D)
KY: McConnell(R) vs.Bevin(R) vs.Grimes(D)
LA: Landrieu(D) vs.Cassidy(R) vs.Maness(R)
MA: Markey(D) vs.Herr(R) vs.Skarin(I) vs.Gomez(R)
ME: Collins(R) vs.D`Amboise(R) vs.Bellows(D)
MI: Land(R) vs.Peters(D) vs.Wiedenhoeft(R)
MN: Franken(D) vs.McFadden(R) vs.Abeler(R) vs.Ortman(R)
MS: Cochran(R) vs.McDaniel(R) vs.Childers(D)
MT: Walsh(D) vs.Bohlinger(D) vs.Daines(R) vs.Edmunds(R)
NC: Hagan(D) vs.Tillis(R)
NE: Sasse(R) vs.Domina(D) vs.Osborn(R)
NH: Shaheen(D) vs.Martin(R) vs.Brown(R) vs.Smith(R) vs.Rubens(R) vs.Testerman(R)
NJ: Booker(D) vs.Sabrin(R) vs.Lonegan(R)
NM: Udall(D) vs.Weh(R) vs.Clements(R)
OK-2: Shannon(R) vs.Lankford(R)
OK-6: Inhofe(R) vs.Silverstein(D)
OR: Merkley(D) vs.Wehby(R) vs.Conger(R)
RI: Reed(D) vs.Carcieri(R)
SC-2: Scott(R) vs.Dickerson(D) vs.Wade(D)
SC-6: Graham(R) vs.Stamper(D) vs.Mace(R) vs.Bright(R)
SD: Rounds(R) vs.Weiland(D) vs.Pressler(I)
TN: Alexander(R) vs.Carr(R)
TX: Cornyn(R) vs.Alameel(D) vs.Roland(L) vs.Stockman(R)
VA: Warner(D) vs.Gillespie(R) vs.Sarvis(L)
WV: Capito(R) vs.Tennant(D) vs.Raese(R) vs.McGeehan(R)
WY: Enzi(R) vs.Cheney(R) vs.Hardy(D)
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Iraq/Mideast
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