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Congress, District 2

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The questions

All candidates were invited to respond to questionnaires, although not all chose to participate. Click on a candidate's name to see the unedited response to each question.

Biographical information & experience
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Marcus Lewis
Political party: Independent
Birthdate: 12/27/1958
Occupation: United States Postal Service
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Carmen R. Lewis

Education:

I studied business management and banking at Depaul University.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

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Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

No

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

U.S. Postal Service

Campaign information
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Lewis

Campaign headquarters: 3146 Holden Circle
Website: www.marcuslewisforcongress2012.org
Campaign manager: Marcus Lewis
Campaign budget: N/A
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
N/A

What are your top three priorities for the nation?
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Lewis

WPA style jobs programs.

Education Grants not loans for college bound students.

Repatriation of American Companies to come home from China and elsewhere and setup shop here in this country.

Enforce Anti-Discrimination laws.

What are your specific priorities for your congressional district?
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Lewis

Seek out 4 to 5 economic engines for the district to the be the foundation for job creation and training and hope for the future.

Invest in the youth for apprenticeship programs.

Seek out the core reason the violence is wide spread and find lasting solutions.

Many Republican members of Congress have signed the Grover Norquist pledge to not support any tax increase of any kind at any time. Have you, or would you, sign this pledge? Why or why not?
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Lewis

I won't even address this nonsense.

Which sitting Supreme Court justice do you admire most and why? Which current justice do you think has been the greatest disappointment and why?
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Lewis

None. I admired Thurgood Marshall and Harry Blackmun for their courageous stances in life and on the bench. They had a deep abiding love for the little guy.

Is there a problem of a growing income and wealth gap in the United States? If so, what's to be done about it?
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Lewis

Yes, and if we continue the Bush policies it will get totally out of control. We are killing our country's fiscal present and future with this greed and no sharing mentality. We must redistribute the wealth to the bottom 99%. There is a great absence of money and wealth in all households of those that once were in the middle class. The Top 1% 's tax rate must be increased significantly to 75%. This country cannot sustain it's needs and goals on vacuum the poor and middle class of all their resources or what's left of them.

Is global warming real? What, if anything, should be done about it?
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Lewis

Yes. Look at how hot it is this year. We must get real and implement research and development on energies such as the water fueled engine, solar and wind power. We must invest in finding the right new fuel like we mean business.

President Obama, working with other nations, has pushed economic sanctions to compel Iran to cease work on a nuclear bomb. Critics say the sanctions are working too slowly and a military strike by the U.S or Israel is necessary. What should be done?
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Lewis

I don't have enough factual information. This is where an opinion would not do this subject justice. I will not go on news articles only. I must have more information not given the general public.

Republicans have criticized the Obama administration for cutting military spending. Democrats have defended spending cuts as necessary to balancing the federal budget, while insisting they are committed to a strong military. What's your view?
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Lewis

The Defense Budget is over funded. It needs to be cut and we will still have the strongest military worldwide. I understand China is trying to beef up its military but I feel we must break the cycle of this type of investment in war when there is Americans going hungry and jobless for lack of industry.

How would you reform the financial time bomb of Medicare? Should there be a defined contribution (where the government decides what it will pay) or a defined benefit (where the government guarantees a level of coverage)?
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See answer above.

On the issue of abortion, the two major political parties take very different stands. The Democratic platform supports a woman's right to seek a "safe and legal" abortion, regardless of her ability to pay. The Republican platform states that the "unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed." The Republican platform does not address whether exceptions should be made to a ban on abortions, such rape or incest. Where, if anywhere, do you part company with your party's platform on abortion?
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I am Pro-Choice period.

The Democratic Party platform, for the first time, supports civil gay marriage, but adds that churches should be allowed to administer marriage as a sacrament as they see fit, "without government interference." The Republican Party platform calls for a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman." Where do you stand?
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I do not support this as a Christian. I stand on how God made the first man and the first woman and he joined them together to be fruitful and multiply. A constitutional amendment I would support if introduced.

On the issue of Social Security, the Republican Party platform proposes making no changes in the system for "any current or near-retiree" but envisions allowing younger workers to choose personal investment accounts as "supplements." The Democratic platform pledges to "find a solution" and warns of subjecting a retiree's benefits to the "whims of the stock market." What should be done?
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FDR had it right. Not one republican voted for it then so only the Democrats have the duty to protect it for generations to come. I would fight any attempt to allow any part of Social Security to be put into the stock market.

Do you support "right-to-work" laws, now in effect in 23 states and promoted in the Republican Party platform, that limit the extent to which labor unions can require membership and the paying of union dues as a condition of employment? Or do you agree with the Democratic Party platform that such laws are "attacks" on the right of workers to organize?
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No. I believe in collective bargaining.

What further federal legal restrictions should be imposed on guns of any kind?
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Lewis

There are too many guns and the idolization of them everywhere is troubling. I would propose laws limiting the cheap availability of the bullet. Even Associate justice Anton Scaila said the bullet is the next thing that needs to be addressed. I hope he is thinking in terms of limiting the availability. But I doubt it.

The Republican Party platform calls for a mandatory requirement that employers verify the legal status of their employees and rejects any amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Democratic Party platform calls for reforming the American immigration system to bring "undocumented immigrants out of the shadows" and requires them to "get right with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship." Which approach do you favor? Most specifically, what should be done?
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Lewis

I support the Dream Act. It is a good faith effort towards responsible citizenship.

The candidates
Marcus Lewis

Marcus Lewis

Republican Brian Woodworth

Republican Brian Woodworth

U.S. Rep. Jesse JacksJr. May 2011.  |  Charles Rex Arbogast~AP file photo

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in May 2011. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP file photo

 

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