U.S. Senate Candidates’ views on key issues

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Editor’s Note: As part of an effort to inform Alaskans about candidates and their positions on issues important to Catholic voters, the Catholic Anchor solicited responses to a questionnaire from the seven candidates running for U.S. Senate: Incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Begich, Republican candidate Dan Sullivan, Libertarian candidate Mark Fish, non-affiliated candidate Ted Gianoutsos, Republican candidate Sean Godfrey, non-affiliated candidate Sidney Hill and Republican candidate John Jaramillo. Only Ted Gianoutsos and Sean Godfrey responded to the questionnaire.

Wherever possible, the Catholic Anchor has included the positions of candidates who did not respond to the questionnaire. This information was gathered from candidate websites, public statements and other sources as listed. For Sydney Hill and John Jaramillo, no information was available.

The following is provided for informational purposes only; the Catholic Anchor does not endorse candidates for political office.

Would you oppose the use of capital punishment?

MARK BEGICH: (No response & no information)

DAN SULLIVAN: (No response & no information)

MARK FISH: (No response & no information)

TED GIANOUTSOS: No, beheading and other horrific crimes merit death.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes, we should abolish the federal death penalty, and states should do the same.

Would you support overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion on demand?

MARK BEGICH: Opposes overturning Roe v. Wade and supports a woman’s ability to choose an abortion. (Source: markbegich.com)

DAN SULLIVAN: Support. (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

MARK FISH: “I favor Rand Paul’s Life at Conception Act. I am not sure it would overturn Roe v. Wade, however, I believe it is as close as we can come.” (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Abortion has always been legislatively insoluble, it’s a moral issue. More responsible behavior equals far less abortion.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes, abortion is murder, and Congress should pass the Life at Conception Act that has been introduced by Senator Rand Paul. Abortion should be illegal in all cases.

Would you support legislation to prohibit federal funding of research in which a human embryo is destroyed?

MARK BEGICH: (No response & no information)

DAN SULLIVAN: (No response & no information)

MARK FISH: (No response & no information)

TED GIANOUTSOS: It will soon become a moot point because of other cloning techniques.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes, as I stated before, abortion is murder. In addition, adult stem cell research has shown to be more promising in curing disease than embryonic research.

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

MARK BEGICH: (No response & no information)

DAN SULLIVAN: Support. (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

MARK FISH: Oppose. (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, the more educational opportunities the better.

SEAN GODFREY: I staunchly support school choice. Parents should have control of the funds that are allocated for their child’s education and should be free to use them for public or private school, religious or otherwise.

Would you support legislation to prohibit federal funding of non-governmental organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood?

MARK BEGICH: Supports funding for Planned Parenthood (Source: markbegich.com)

DAN SULLIVAN: “No federal funding of abortion.” (Source: Aug. 4 primary debate)

MARK FISH: (No response & no information)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, the less free abortion the better. Put the money to better use in preventing unwanted pregnancies.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes, Planned Parenthood abortionists should be in prison, not living high off taxpayer dollars.

Would you support legislation to permit undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for a number of years, have worked and built equities in our country, and who do not have criminal records, to register with the government and take steps to earn legal status?

MARK BEGICH: Voted in favor of legislation last year that would create a path for undocumented immigrants to become permanent residents. (Source: votesmart.org)

DAN SULLIVAN: “The laws are: you deport people who come here illegally…To me one of the things we have to do with regard to this is to make sure we are enforcing the laws.” (Source: Aug. 4th primary debate)

MARK FISH: (No response & no information)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Immigrants, like my parents and wife, have always come to America for a better life. Keep the good ones; deport the bad ones.

SEAN GODFREY: We need to first secure the border, then work on making the system easier for immigrants who are here legally to gain citizenship or permanent residency. Those who came here illegally need to get in the back of the line.

Would you support legislation to increase aid for refugees who are fleeing from persecution abroad and to provide adequate funding for the U.S. refugee admissions and resettlement programs?

MARK BEGICH: (No response & no information)

DAN SULLIVAN: (No response & no information)

MARK FISH: (No response & no information)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Yes, America has always stood against persecution, that’s what our Statue of Liberty is all about.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes, I also think that a lot of the day to day operations of the program should be delegated to private charities, both faith based and otherwise, with tax exemptions as an incentive, rather than government mandate.

Would you oppose legislation (i.e., the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act) that would make sexual orientation and gender identity or expression protected classes equivalent to other protected classes (e.g., race, religion, sex, etc.)?

MARK BEGICH: Voted for the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (Source: senate.gov)

DAN SULLIVAN: Oppose (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

MARK FISH: Oppose (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Human sexual compasses have naturally always been oriented towards the opposite sex; mere legislation will never change that.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes

Would you support legislation to prevent the government from discriminating against a health care provider that declines to provide, pay for, or refer for abortions or contraception?

MARK BEGICH: Opposes the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Hobby Lobby’s right to offer employee health insurance plans that do not pay for drugs that can lead to early abortions. (Source: markbegich.com)

DAN SULLIVAN: Support. (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

MARK FISH: Support. (Source: AK Family Action voter guide)

TED GIANOUTSOS: Again, legislation will never solve abortion. People need better moral compasses, with less sexual deviation to boot! That’s the church’s job.

SEAN GODFREY: Yes, I think the Hobby Lobby case settled this issue, though I would also support legislation to codify it.


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