ABC News' Guidebook to Tea Party Candidates

Christine O'Donnell, Delaware

Marketing consultant

Opponent: Chris Coons, county executive (D)

Endorsed by Sarah Palin

O'Donnell supports cuts to government spending, lower taxes and a repeal of the health care reform law. She opposes the Recovery Act and abortion.

WATCH O'Donnell on "Good Morning America."

WATCH O'Donnell at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Ophthalmologist

Opponent: Jack Conway, state attorney general (D)

Endorsed by Sarah Palin

Paul opposes government bailouts of private businesses, a path to legal residency for illegal immigrants, legalized abortion and the new health care law. He supports lower taxes and a dramatic reduction in government spending.

WATCH Paul on "Good Morning America."

Dino Rossi

Dino Rossi, Washington

Commercial real estate salesman

Opponent: Sen. Patty Murray (D - incumbent)

Endorsed by Freedomworks, although many Tea Party groups supported his opponent, Republican Clint Didier, in the primary Rossi supports repealing the health care reform law, lowering taxes and a passing balanced-budget Constitutional amendment. He opposes environmental "cap and trade" policy and a path to legal residency for illegal immigrants.

WATCH Rossi on "Top Line."

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio, Florida

Lawyer, former Speaker, State House of Representatives

Opponents: Rep. Kendrick Meek (D), Gov. Charlie Crist (I)

Rubio supports a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, gun rights and a repeal of the health care reform law. He opposes abortion rights and a path to legal residency for illegal immigrants. The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio initially opposed Arizona's controversial immigration law, but now supports it since it was changed to narrow the circumstances under which people could be asked for their papers.

WATCH Rubio on "Nightline."

Pat Toomey

Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania

Former U.S. Representative

Opponent: Rep. Joe Sestak (D)

Toomey supports the reduction and elimination of taxes for individuals and small businesses and Second Amendment rights. He opposes the stimulus, abortion rights, and same-sex marriage. When it became apparent that incumbent moderate Republican Sen. Arlen Specter would lose to Toomey in a primary, Specter ran as a Democrat and lost the Democratic primary to Sestak.

WATCH Toomey explains his platform.

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Gubernatorial Candidates

 

Tom Emmer

Tom Emmer, Minnesota

State congressman

Opponent: Mark Dayton, former U.S. Senator (DLP)

Endorsed by Sarah Palin

Emmer supports cutting government programs to balance the state's budget, tax cuts to small businesses and individuals, expanded veterans' benefits and gun rights. He opposes health insurance mandates, higher taxes and abortion rights.

WATCH Emmer explains why he's running for governor here.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, South Carolina

State senator

Opponent: State Sen. Vince Sheheen (D)

Endorsed by Sarah Palin

Haley, an anti-abortion, pro-gun-rights candidate, supports eliminating the corporate income tax and imposing term limits on state legislators.

WATCH Haley accepts the GOP nomination for governor.

Paul LePage

Paul LePage, Maine

Mayor of Waterville, Maine

Opponent: Elizabeth Mitchell, state senator (D)

LePage favors cutting income and car taxes, expanding private health care options and gun rights. He opposes legalized abortion and same-sex marriage.

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