In regards to specific actions, Weaver (R-Westford) doesn’t mention many on his site. However, he supports reduced government spending by cutting back on small business regulations. Weaver would probably back efforts to downsize the federal government given his strict interpretation of the Constitution. Given his stances, Weaver seems to fall squarely into the free-market mentality. He hints at making health insurance very competitive to help lower costs, so don’t be surprised if Weaver support efforts to buy across state lines.
Shapiro (R-Andover) seems to follow the “starve the beast” government philosophy by slashing taxes, especially by opposing the Administration’s energy tax. He also suggests adopting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would put a dollar limit on federal spending. In addition, Shapiro would try to bring down the deficit by ending all spending on alternative energy sources. He might be taking a page from Senator Brown’s book because Shapiro promises to repeal the health care reform legislation.
The candidates also take stands on immigration as well. If Steven Camarota, of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), is correct about the public wanting enforcement before reformation, then the nomination could end up going to either Meas or Golnik. This might end up being the case as they appear to have policy ideas that are more similar to the public’s wishes. Keep in mind that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is advising both Meas and Golnik on their campaigns, which suggests that they could be the heavy hitters for this race.
Yesterday’s Gallup poll showed that Democrats tend to get an overwhelming majority, a 42% advantage over the Republicans, of the non-white vote. With this latest poll in mind, the Republicans could end up favoring Meas in an effort to steal votes from Tsongas. This would be a smart move for the RNC as minorities tend to vote more frequently and in higher numbers than white voters. Tsongas’ challenge is to not only ensure she doesn’t lose minority voters, but to also appeal to the Independent voting base.
For more information on this topic, please read Voter frustration part 1, which can be found here and on my Examiner.com page.