Q&A with Lee Terry
September 26, 2006
Editor's Note: Lee Terry is the incumbent running for the U.S. House of Representatives for District 2 for the Republican Party. His opponent was interviewed separately, but asked the same questions.
What do you feel will be the most important issues facing the House of Representatives in the next couple of years?
The war on terror and national security because they affect all facets of life.
Briefly describe why a typical UNO student vote should for you?
I have the experience through eight years on city council and eight years in Congress. I have the seniority and ability to get things done.
What is your position on embryonic stem cell research, including the research conducted at the University of Nebraska Medical Center?
I oppose embryonic stem cell research, but support adult stem cell research. UNMC is conducting research under proper regulations. I would not support federal funding to fund the expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
What is your position on same-sex marriage?
I have voted twice to allow the states to decide on same-sex marriage. I personally believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and the state should have the right to decide.
What is your opinion regarding U.S. involvement in Iraq and when do you expect to see troop withdrawals?
It would be devastating to Iraq and the United States to pull our troops out now. We can not pull out our troops until this fledgling government can defend itself. That may be another year, but progress is being made.
Reports issued by the National Center for Public Policy and High Education claims 43 states, including Nebraska, fail to offer students an affordable college education. What would you do to change this?
There is a great deal of frustration as we increase student aid and tuition increases faster. It is difficult for the government to dictate tuition rate, but it does concern us. One area we need to work on is helping colleges compete for federal grants, which bring more money into the colleges, and they don't have to rely on the students to make it up.
What do you think most differentiates yourself from your opponent?
Experience and seniority; knowing how to operate within the system. I have built up relationships within the government. This is a relationship business. I am close to the leadership, and I am assistant whip as well as part of the majority leaders advisory group.
What was the most memorable experience you have of your college days?
I have several good ones. My favorite is my political science classes and football Saturdays.
Is there anything else you think is important for UNO students to know about you?
I am very dedicated to securing the future of America, especially our economy. I want college students to have great jobs when they graduate.