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Los Angeles, Orange County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
United States Representative; District 46

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Federal Resources, Foreign Policy, Federal Budget

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1. What can be done to ensure that California gets its fair share of federal resources?

Answer from Tom Lash:

Public education is exactly that should be provided by the federal government, paid for by our taxes, to the states to adequately educate the citizens in each state. To date this is not being done. States are being squeezed as the federal budget swells on the defense side and shrinks on the social spending side. We must demand what is rightfully ours.

Answer from Jim Brandt:

I will assure that the unfunded mandates, especially homeland security are supported are funded for California. I will promote energy and infrastructure projects that will bring resources and jobs to California.

2. What are your foreign policy priorities for the United States?

Answer from Jim Brandt:

The top priority is the security of the United States. We must improve our image overseas and establish ourselves as the campions of peace.

Answer from Tom Lash:

Adhere to international treaties. Pay our dues to the United Nations and respect its counsel. Sign on to the Kyoto Accords. Sign the land mine ban treaty. Withhold all military aid to Israel until it adheres to UN resolutions. Withdraw from Afganistan and Iraq.

3. What are your priorities for the federal budget?

Answer from Tom Lash:

Move towards a defensive military to free up needed capital for human needs.

Balance the budget.

Answer from Jim Brandt:

The federal budget must be brought under control. The priority is improve education and create a universal healthcare system while reducing the overall amount of the budget.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League. 

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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