Although both candidates are strong supporters of Israel, they
take conflicting positions on several key issues, including
reproductive freedom, stem cell research, church-state relations,
and the War in Iraq.
Here's some more information on how the candidates stand on
issues of importance to the Jewish community:
||Linda Stender (D)
|Mike Ferguson (R. Incumbent)
- Strong supporter of Israel.
- Policy statement: "Linda Stender fully
supports the state of Israel, its right to defend
itself against terrorist networks and hostile
states, and its right to exist as a sovereign and
- From her website:
"I am unequivocally pro-choice, across the
board, with no restrictions, because I trust
|Stem Cell Research
- From her website:
"?Linda Stender, like the majority of
Congress, strongly supports stem cell research."
"Linda understands that cures to terrible
diseases may be discovered through stem cell
research and she chooses to put her faith in
- Stands with President Bush in opposition to
stem cell research.
- Rep. Ferguson voted against H.R.
810 (bill vetoed by Bush), which sought to
repeal restrictions on federal funding for stem cell
of Church and State
- Policy statement: "Linda Stender
opposes the efforts made by radical right-wing
groups to undermine the constitutional divide
between church and state."
- As such, Stender ?opposes the teaching of
creationism or ?intelligent design? in public
schools, prayer in public schools, and the display
of religious artifacts in public places like
courthouses and government buildings."
- Voted against NJDC recommendations on every
major piece of legislation dealing with separation
of church and state proposed during his time in
congress: including bills addressing discrimination
in hiring practices amongst federally-funded
faith-based organizations, the political
activity of religious groups, and prayer in
- As such, Rep. Ferguson received a 100%
rating from the radical Christian
Coalition in 2004 for his voting behavior in the
- Stender believes that the U.S. should have built
more international support before going to war in
Iraq, and that the Bush Administration lacks a
clear exit strategy for ending U.S. involvement in
- Stender also believes that the War in Iraq has
diverted valuable resources resources from
the effort to capture and defeat Al-Qaeda and
- Strong supporter of U.S. war in Iraq.
- From his website:
"Congressman Ferguson believes decisions about reducing U.S. forces
should be made by the commanders on the ground, not by politicians in