US Senate Race for Illinois - 2004

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Republican Candidates
Alan Keyes
Jack Ryan
John Borling
Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria
Andy McKenna
Jim Oberweis
Steven Rauschenberger
Jonathan Wright
Antonio Davis-Fairman
John Cox
Patrick O'Malley
Jim Durkin

Democratic Candidates
Barack Obama
Gery Chico
Blair Hull
Estella Johnson-Hunt
Dan Hynes
Maria Pappas
Nancy Skinner
Joyce Washington
Frank Avila
Matt O'Shea
John Simmons

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Black - Potential Candidate
Green - Active Candidate
Red - Lost
Orange - Candidate has dropped out or is not running

Affirmative Action - Even a conservative Supreme Court got this one right. The military brass said it was essential to having an effective fighting force, business leaders weighed in and said it is crucial for competitiveness in today's global economy. I went to the University of Michigan and experienced that diversity. I believe it personally helped me in a way that my otherwise all white hometown was unable to. And the next step to eliminating the need for affirmative action must be taken as Justice O'Connor said. I believe that means ensuring the same excellent opportunities in K-12 for all Americans, so that college admissions is truly based on equal opportunity.

Free Trade / NAFTA - I realized many years ago that Bill Clinton and Al Gore (of whom I am very proud, nevertheless) had the whole free trade thing wrong. I believe that we are in a race to the bottom - that we can't compete with slave labor, period, not just for manufacturing but also for service and high-tech jobs.

Gun Control - I don't believe in concealed carry. The Republicans have succeeded in using the gun issue to scare law abiding citizens into believing that any attempt to crack down on illegal gun activity is actually an attempt to go after them.

Gun Control - Law-abiding citizens have every right to own a gun for protection, for hunting or just because they like guns. That's their right and their choice. But no one can break the laws with impunity. So when gun dealers are trafficking in illegal guns they should be prosecuted just as drug dealers and other criminals are.

School Choice / Vouchers - Against them. If a house is on fire, do you give a hand to only a few lucky pre-selected individuals or do you rescue everyone in the whole building? ... If it (vouchers) were truly within the public school system and everybody got a voucher within the public school system, I'd be all for it, because I think you'd see the benefits of competition, which I do think are very important. Competition is a great tool to eliminate inefficiently.

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