One of the criticisms about Caroline Kennedy's bid for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat has been that she doesn't have a record of votes or public statements on a number of issues for people to examine.
Well, that changed a bit over the weekend. In a weird arrangement, Kennedy's staff answered written questions from Politico and NYT. Her -- or their -- answers were relatively short -- and we've boiled them down even more.
These aren't all the questions and answers. Wording is paraphrased except where quoted.
In favor of "full equality and marriage rights" for gays and lesbians. [Politico]
David Paterson's proposed 2009 state budget
Believes the budget "appropriately includes both revenue increases and budget cuts while still protecting the most vulnerable." [Politico]
Higher taxes in the state to help cover the budget gap
Going to war with Iraq
Says she opposed it from the beginning. [Politico]
Charter schools and vouchers
Supports charter schools and support teachers at charters being able to unionize. [Politico] Not in favor of vouchers. [NYT]
Using TARP funds for the auto bailout
In favor of it. [Politico]
Says she "strongly supports a safe and secure Israel." [Politico] Also, "an undivided Jerusalem must be the national capital of the State of Israel." And supports a two-state solution "so long as there is a true partner for peace in the Palestinians, and so long as Israel's security is assured" [NYT]
Local property tax cap in New York State
Says "Nafta has had unintended, negative consequences in some regions of New York." [NYT]
Parental-notification requirement for minors seeking an abortion
Against a requirement. [NYT]
Indian Point nuclear power plant
Supports efforts to close it. [NYT]
photo: Flickr user David Berkowitz
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