Alaska U.S. Senate candidates answer questions about abortion, immigration, ‘gay marriage’ and capital punishment

Lisa Murkowski (R)

Joe Miller (R)

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The Catholic Anchor asked each of the Alaskan candidates for U.S. Senate to respond to a list of questions related to the issues of abortion, immigration, religious freedom, embryonic stem cell research, school vouchers and capital punishment. Candidates Joe Miller (Republican), Lisa Murkowski (Republican), David Haase (Libertarian) and Ted Gianoutsos (Non-affiliated) responded below. Candidate Scott McAdams (Democrat) did not respond to the questions.

1. Do you support overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, which asserted the existence of a federal constitutional right to abortion?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: No. As a life-long Roman Catholic, I am personally opposed to the practice of abortion. As an elected official however, I am required by the Constitution and my oath of office to uphold the law of the land.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Life begins at conception; life is given by God to the woman carrying it to care for it, not the federal government. Government needs to get out of God’s business. I would do everything in my power to persuade a lady not to have an abortion. However, to call in the government to stop and or punish her, that is past standing in the way of a sinner.

TED GIANOUTSOS: I support replacing Roe with a “Prevention first, abortion last” law that is more restrictive. Preventing unwanted pregnancies is the only practical way to dramatically reduce abortions.

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2. Would you support legislation to prohibit federal funding of non-governmental organizations that perform abortions?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: No. I have consistently supported the Hyde Amendment which prohibits the use of federal funds to perform abortions.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: No.

TED GIANOUTSOS: I would increase funding for prevention and reduce funding for abortions.

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3. Would you support legislation that allows faith-based and community groups to partner with the federal government without these groups having to give up their religious identity or their ability to hire personnel who reflect their religious beliefs?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: Yes.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, as long as they don’t proselytize when they are performing in the projects in which they are partnering.

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4. Would you support legislation, such as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment, to prohibit federal funding of research in which a human embryo is killed?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: No. I support embryonic stem cell research, but only if the embryos were voluntarily donated and they would otherwise have been destroyed.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes I do not see the need for such research at this time.

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, but as stem cell research progresses, embryos will no longer be needed. Private funding will not be affected in any case.

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5. Would you support legislation, such as the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” (H.R. 5939), that would apply permanent Hyde Amendment restrictions to abortion funding in federal programs?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: Yes.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, if it adds an equal emphasis on prevention. Abortion will never be eliminated by legislation. We must find ways to encourage prevention because it is far better to prevent unwanted pregnancies than to kill unwanted unborn babies.

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6. Would you support legislation to provide federal education tax credits or vouchers to allow more students the opportunity to attend private and religious schools?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: Yes. I graduated from Monroe in Fairbanks and put my sons in Catholic schools in Washington, D.C. I know the quality of private/religious schools.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes. I am running for only one term to open ANWR. It’s worth $2 trillion. Alaska’s share is many billions for education, health care, seniors, roads and other things.

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7. Would you support legislation, such as the Hyde-Weldon conscience clause, to prevent the government from discriminating against a health care provider that declines to provide, pay for or refer for abortions?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: Yes.

McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, if it adds prevention emphasis.

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8. Would you support legislation that creates a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. by requiring them to pay a fine, pay back taxes, learn English and get in line behind those who have already begun the process of legal immigration?

JOE MILLER: No.

LISA MURKOWSKI: Yes, however, I do not support amnesty.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes. No candidate will do as much to ensure Alaska’s prosperity as I will. All Alaskans will benefit. Don’t get hung up on hot button issues that will never be solved.

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9. Do you oppose the use of capital punishment?

JOE MILLER: No.

LISA MURKOWSKI: No. Most Alaskans, including myself, are against the death penalty at the state level. At the federal level, there are cases where the death penalty may be appropriate, such as for mass murder, terrorism, treason and particularly heinous crimes.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: I support it only in the most extreme cases. Some mass    murderers and other really evil people deserve to be killed as punishment for the most heinous crimes!

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10. Would you oppose legislation to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as being a union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal law, and provides that states do not have to recognize same-sex “marriages” from other states?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: Yes. I believe marriages should be legally defined as between one man and one woman. I have voted in support of efforts in the Senate to enact a Constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman only.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: No.

TED GIANOUTSOS: No. Civil unions are fine. Leave traditional marriage alone. Live and let live!

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11. Would you oppose the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would grant special legal rights to persons based on their “actual or perceived” sexual orientation or gender identity and coerce certain religious employers to abandon their moral principles in hiring decisions?

JOE MILLER: Yes.

LISA MURKOWSKI: No. As a Catholic I certainly believe no person or group should ever have to abandon their moral principles for any reason, but ENDA should not force any employer to have to hire someone they don’t want to hire as long as their rules and policies are neutral on sexual orientation. I consider the act as largely useful to prevent sexual harassment in the work place.

SCOTT McADAMS: Did not respond.

DAVID HAASE: Yes.

TED GIANOUTSOS: It is a moot question. What sane gays would want to work for a religious organization that discriminates against them and is forced to hire them?

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