1) I support the legal recognition of gay civil unions.
2) Congressman Joe Moakley was a perfect example of a pro-life legislator because he always dealt with the issue with great dignity and respect for the opinions of others. As a pro-life legislator, I will do my best to follow that example.
3) Our goals for Cuba must be democratic reform, respect for human rights, and economic prosperity. I believe, however, the current US economic embargo no longer helps advance these objectives, and I would support revisiting the issue of ending the embargo.
4) While I believe in strong ties between America and its global neighbors, I am deeply concerned by some of the globalization trends emerging under current WTO structure. In Congress, I will fight to make sure appropriate labor standards, rights of workers, and environmental protections are prominent factors in any future global-trade discussions.
5) I believe the model for diplomatic intervention employed by President Clinton in Northern Ireland is an instructive example for approaching the problems of the Middle East. I believe the US should have a firm but respectful presence in the Middle East by creating a stable and supportive framework for diplomatic discussions between both sides of the conflict, similar to what was used to bring Northern Ireland to the brink of peace. I think such a thoughtful and diplomatic approach could be productive in Israel, Lebanon, and other parts of the Middle East.
6) I would support a federal provision permitting students to receive college credit and tuition reimbursement for participating in public-service co-op programs. This allows students to take part in and learn about government while earning a college degree.
7) Slavery in whatever form it takes is a profound human evil. The only possible remedy is to ensure equality of opportunity and prosperity for every American regardless of race, creed, and sexual orientation.
Issue Date: September 6 - 13, 2001