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Nonpartisan Issue Guide for Tammy Baldwin/Tommy Thompson Wisconsin U.S. Senate Race

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Are you looking for a nonpartisan guide to the Tammy Baldwin/Tommy Thompson U.S. Senate race, one that contrasts candidate stands in a fair way? The Campus Election Engagement Project, a nonpartisan effort to get students involved in the election, has produced guides for the presidential race and key Senate races that institutions like colleges and other nonprofits can circulate to give their communities accurate information in a way that they can't with more partisan guides.

For more detailed info on any of Tammy Baldwin's positions, go to her Vote Smart page and click on the [....] to the right of issue you're interested in.

For more detailed info on any of Tommy Thompson's positions, go to his Vote Smart page and click on the [....] to the right of issue you're interested in.

Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Baldwin pro-choice. Thompson pro-life
Afghanistan: Do you support the continuation of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan?
Baldwin No. Thompson No
Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No
Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on income above $250,000 by letting the Bush tax cuts on that bracket expire, and by ending subsidies to oil companies.
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Campaign Finance: Do you support the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?
Baldwin No. Thompson unknown position on the ruling, rejects constitutional amendment to overturn it.
Campaign Finance: Do you support the DISCLOSE Act, which would require key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson Unknown Position.
Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson Yes.
Economy: Do you support the Dodd-Frank financial regulation act, which established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Education: Do you support increased federal aid to college students to help with the cost of their education?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Baldwin No. Thompson Yes.
Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Environment: Do you favor government support for alternative energy?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Environment: Do you believe human activity is a major driving force in climate change?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson Yes.
Guns: Do you support restrictions on the sale and possession of guns?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Health Care: Do you support keeping or repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Baldwin Keep. Thompson Repeal.
Health Care: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, with assistance from government subsidies for small businesses and low-income individuals, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Health Care: Should insurance companies be required to cover patients with pre-existing conditions, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Baldwin No. Thompson Yes.
Immigration: Do you support the DREAM Act, which would allow children of illegal immigrants to stay in this country if they've graduated high school, have a clean legal record, and attend college or serve in the military?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Gay Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage?
Baldwin Yes. Thompson No.
Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Baldwin No. Thompson Unknown Position, but has talked of replacing Medicare with vouchers for private insurance.

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Created by the Campus Election Engagement Project, a non-partisan effort to help college and university administrators, faculty, and staff get their students engaged in the election, which was founded by Paul Loeb. Candidate positions are drawn primarily from the Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization providing factual, unbiased information on candidates, officials, issues, and legislation, with positions inferred from candidate stands and more detailed information available on the candidates' Issue Position pages. See also the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School's FactCheck.org, which lets you check the truth of candidate claims.

For a comprehensive guide to all races including state initiatives and local Congressional and legislative races, see Vote411.org, created by the League of Women Voters. You enter your address, or the address of your school, and click "Get Personalized Information on Candidates and Issues," and it will give you information provided by the respective campaigns on their stands, taking you first through national races, then statewide races, then local ones. You do have to scroll down to the bottom where it offers a comparison, because checking the box by a candidate won't automatically bring up their stands.