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David M. Gill, Candidate for Congress (13th District)

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Candidate Full Name: David M. Gill

Office: U. S. House of Representatives U. S. Congressional District 13

Party: Democrat

Email Address: david.gillforcongress@gmail.com

Web Site: www.gill2012.com

Campaign Name: Friends of David Gill

Campaign Office Mailing Address: 2709 Prairie Meadow Dr., Champaign, IL 61822

Phone: (217) 722-9665

Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)

1. Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike?

The federal budget deficit requires a balanced approach, including spending cuts to use our resources more wisely and more revenue raised through targeted tax hikes on the wealthiest one percent of Americans and revising the tax code to close corporate loopholes.

2. Did you favor the 2011 pullout of U.S. military forces from Iraq? Why or why not?

I opposed the invasion of Iraq in the very beginning of this opportunistic war, so I am glad to see the last of our combat troops leave Iraq. The former administration sent the best of a generation to war without a clear mission, and finally negotiated a withdrawal, as desired by the Iraqi people.

3. Do you favor President Obama's planned 2014 military withdrawal from Afghanistan? Why or why not?

I think we should accelerate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in order to let the Afghans govern themselves and to use our precious resources of blood and treasure to rebuild our own country.

4. Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?

Global warming is not a matter of beliefit has been demonstrably measured and is accepted as an ongoing, accelerating phenomenon by the overwhelming majority of the scientific community. Human activities have certainly contributed to the climate change now occurring at such an accelerated rate throughout the world. We need a comprehensive international approach to this global crisis. Ideally, nations and governments would work together to curb emissions and find sustainable energy alternatives. Practically, I applaud the multivalent efforts by groups of nations, regions, localities, and individuals to increase awareness of the problem, set and enforce emission standards, and sponsor and conduct research in renewable and sustainable energy projects.

5. How will you balance your personal views and beliefs with those of your constituents and the need to compromise for legislation to pass?

I am an Emergency Room doctor, not a career politician with the chief aim of retaining an elected seat. Every day, I listen to people in need and in crisis in order to help them. I do not ask their political views or make judgments about their economic or social status. I listen, I analyze, I find the best solution to the problem at hand. As a Congressman, I will bring these skills of listening and problem solving to the crises faced by the federal government. I will listen, analyze, and seek to find the best solution available.

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