| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Fred Thompson: Life begins at conception; abortion takes a life.
Fred Thompson: Reverse Roe & return abortion to states, to allow SOME bans.
Fred Thompson: Let states decide abortion with restrictions as they see fit.
Mike Huckabee: No states rights for moral issues like abortion.
Mitt Romney: Following in Reaganís footsteps in converting to pro-life.
Rudy Giuliani: Forever against abortion; but respect othersí choice.
Rudy Giuliani: Appoint constructionist judges, but no litmus test.
Rudy Giuliani: Would personally advise women against abortion.
Rudy Giuliani: 1997:Supported partial birth; opposed parental notificiation.
Rudy Giuliani: Would not oppose strong pro-life plank of GOP platform.
Fred Thompson: Judges should not make new social policy for the country.
Budget & Economy|
Mitt Romney: Disagrees with reported negative study of MA economy.
Rudy Giuliani: Taught NYC how to use principles of fiscal conservatism.
Fred Thompson: Be tolerant of gays, but no special categories or rights.
Fred Thompson: No gay marriage; leave civil unions to the states.
Energy & Oil|
Chris Dodd: Carbon tax of $50B/year to make alternatives competitive.
Chris Dodd: Gas tax its consumers too directly; tax carbon instead.
Mike Huckabee: Protect US sovereignty, but earn respect abroad.
Bill Richardson: Make $10B in aid to Pakistan conditional on democracy.
Bill Richardson: No conditions on aid to Pakistan, but push for democracy.
Rudy Giuliani: Line item veto is unconstitutional; beat Clintonís in 1990s.
John McCain: 527s are clearly illegal; reform intended for small donors.
Fred Thompson: Reasonable limitations on soft money.
Fred Thompson: Scooter Libby trial was a miscarriage of justice.
Fred Thompson: NYC doesnít have same values as America on gun control.
Mike Huckabee: Second Amendment is about freedom, not about hunting.
Rudy Giuliani: 2nd Amendment gives people the individual right to bear arms.
Rudy Giuliani: Supported nationwide licensing & assault weapons ban.
Rudy Giuliani: Things you do in NY about guns may be different than TX.
Fred Thompson: Having handguns in your home is a Constitutional right.
Mike Huckabee: Called for isolating AIDS carriers in 1992, not quarantine.
John McCain: Hiding torture is wrong, and harms US credibility abroad.
Mike Huckabee: Torture is unproductive, and should not be US policy.
Mike Huckabee: Kick rear ends if documents destroyed to protect rear ends.
Mike Huckabee: Opposes waterboarding; close Guantanamo as a bad symbol.
Mitt Romney: Global military & non-military effort to defeat jihad.
Mitt Romney: Donít weaken Musharraf; we need ally against Bin Laden.
Rudy Giuliani: Interrogation & surveillance: do legally but aggressively.
Rudy Giuliani: There were other command centers besides the one at WTC.
John McCain: Close Guantanamo Bay prison; announce no-torture policy.
John McCain: Torture has never worked throughout history.
Mike Huckabee: Pathway to citizenship must start at back of line, out of US.
Mike Huckabee: Send illegals home so all in US can hold their heads high.
Bill Richardson: Driverís license for illegals helps public safety.
Rudy Giuliani: Let illegalsí kids go to school, or theyíll be on streets.
John McCain: Comprehensive reform must include border security first.
Fred Thompson: Canít round up 12M illegals, so focus on preventing next 12M.
Principles & Values|
Fred Thompson: Not consumed by politics; running for future of kids & US.
Mike Huckabee: Judge Romney, & any candidate, by record, not by faith.
Mike Huckabee: Iím a conservative, but Iím not mean about it.
Bill Richardson: Giuliani left Iraq Study Group; uninterested in war deaths.
Bill Richardson: Predicts a win in New Hampshire primary.
Mike Huckabee: N.H. strategy: stick with convictions & straight answers.
Mike Huckabee: Not thinking about Vice Presidency despite heavy speculation.
Mitt Romney: 1983: Carried dog in kennel on car roof, against MA law.
Mitt Romney: Misspoke that sonsí campaign service comparable to military.
Chris Dodd: Americans arenít divided; our political establishment is.
John McCain: Reform govít, fight Islamic extremism; & restore integrity.
John McCain: I am here to serve, but not necessarily as president.
John McCain: Looks to Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, & Eisenhower as models.
John McCain: Loyalty is important, but performance should come first.
John McCain: If I lose capacity for anger, I lose capacity to serve.
Fred Thompson: Revamp Social Security to pay $2.5T for new tax plan.
Fred Thompson: Allow 2% into a private personal account, with 2% match.
John McCain: Save benefits by bipartisan agreement; but without new tax.
Fred Thompson: Two options: file as you do now, or flatter two-rate plan.
Fred Thompson: Index the AMT for now; repeal it eventually.
Mike Huckabee: FairTax is 23%; Bushís study missed prebate & other aspects.
Mike Huckabee: Gut this incredibly complex and arcane tax code.
Mike Huckabee: Attacked as tax-and-spend by several anti-tax groups.
John McCain: Bush tax cuts fiscally reckless & favored rich;but keep them.
Bill Richardson: Doesnít believe in UFOs, but wants more info on Roswell.
War & Peace|
John McCain: Keep military option open against Iran, even if no nukes.
John McCain: No direct talk with Iran; talk is over-rated.
Mitt Romney: Slow progress vs. frightening consequences of withdrawal.
Rudy Giuliani: Failure should never be the option; self-fulfilling prophecy.
Chris Dodd: Iraq civil war is Shia vs. Sunni, not US versus Al Qaida.
Chris Dodd: Al Qaida wants us bogged down in Iraq; go after bin Laden.
Fred Thompson: If Saddam were still around today, things would be worse.