Q. What steps do you favor to reduce the federal deficit? Be specific about any spending cuts or tax increases you advocate.
A. I have worked to reduce the federal deficit by trying to eliminate the B-2 bomber and other wasteful government spending. This will save taxpayers at least $50 billion over the life of the plane. I also favor elimination of the superconducting super collider, and reductions in foreign military aid, agriculture, entitlements and manned space exploration.
I will continue to fight for less spending than President Bush wants, and less than most of my colleagues in Congress.
In addition, the marginal tax rate for taxpayers with an income over $150,000 should not be less than the rate for a taxpayer earning $50,000 annually.
Q. What should be done to protect U.S. consumers and the U.S. economy from the danger of a cutoff in Mideast oil supplies? Do you favor the development of a national energy policy that would lessen the need for foreign oil?
A. A comprehensive national energy policy is desperately needed to protect Americans from the danger of a cutoff in Middle Eastern oil. Unfortunately, the Reagan administration opposed many efforts to develop an energy policy.
Energy conservation must be the cornerstone of a national energy policy. I have sponsored legislation to require automakers to improve fuel efficiency by 40 percent in the next decade.
I have also supported legislation to improve the energy efficiency of appliances.
I have always supported the development of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and research money for alternative sources of energy like solar, geothermal and fusion.
Q. What will be your top three legislative priorities if you are elected?
A. My three priorities are: cutting wasteful government spending, promoting tax fairness and reforming the health care system.
The $50 billion B-2 bomber and the $9 billion superconducting super collider are two examples of wasteful government spending I've worked to stop.
I hope we can modify our federal tax system to encourage more savings. Modest expansion of IRAs would be helpful.
Health care reform is critical to the future of Kansas. Medicare provides 50-70 percent of the revenues to fund many of our hospitals. I shall continue to fight to assure Kansans are treated fairly as Medicare is reformed.
Q. What is your position regarding some type of national health insurance and why?
A. There are 35 million Americans and at least 350,000 Kansans who don't have any health insurance.
When these people get sick they either go without health care, or the cost is shifted to taxpayers through Medicaid, or to health insurance purchasers.
I have worked to: expand Medicaid coverage for poor children, reform Medicare to constrain costs, and make sure Kansas health care providers are compensated fairly.
I plan to appoint a commission of Kansans to develop a comprehensive solution to the problem that I can introduce in Congress as a member of the Health and Environment Subcommittee.
Q. What changes, if any, do you favor regarding the regulation of savings and loan institutions? Be as specific as possible.
A. Legislation enacted in 1989 significantly strengthened federal regulation of savings and loans. Capital standards have been raised, risky investments restricted, federal oversight strengthened, and civil and criminal penalties increased.
I have sponsored several proposals to require the Justice Department to devote more resources to investigating and prosecuting savings and loan fraud. I also have introduced legislation that would reduce the taxpayer cost of paying off insured deposits at failed savings and loans.