GOP runners for federal office get squirrely; Dems and independents share answers

Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge
By JEFF INGLIS  |  May 30, 2012



Charlie Summers

Age: 52

Occupation: Secretary of State

Family status: Married, three children

Do you believe the federal government has struck the proper balance between protecting civil liberties and providing physical security?


Do you support a cap-and-trade system of greenhouse-gas limitation?

No. We all have a responsibility to be good stewards of the environment, but a cap-and-trade system is the wrong approach.

Do you believe the federal government should do more to help students afford college?

Y/N. I support keeping interest rates on student loans down. Students who have obligated themselves, however, have a responsibility to meet those obligations. Keeping interest rates low will go a long way toward helping students afford college.

Do you believe health-insurance plans should cover contraception without co-pays?


Will you vote to end the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans?

No. I think the Bush tax cuts should be made permanent.

In 10 words or fewer, please express your view on Congressional compromise.

When common ground is possible, I'll work to achieve it. When it's not, I won't.

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