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2007 Republican primary debate, in preparation for the Iowa Straw Poll, August 5, 2007


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Abortion
    John McCain: Abortion issue shows what kind of country we are.
    Mitt Romney: Iowa attack phone ads are not true; I am pro-life.
    Mitt Romney: Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life.
    Mitt Romney: Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it.
    Rudy Giuliani: Ultimate decision by woman, her conscience & her doctor.
    Sam Brownback: Iowa phone ad: Romney is not pro-life.
    Tommy Thompson: Pro-choice GOP nominee problem for GOP platform.
Civil Rights
    Mitt Romney: No longer calls Giuliani pro-choice & pro-gay & anti-gun.
    Rudy Giuliani: Supports domestic partnerships, but not same-sex marriage.
Families & Children
    Sam Brownback: Highest priority is rebuilding the family.
Foreign Policy
    John McCain: Naive to exclude nukes; naive to exclude attacking Pakistan.
    Mike Huckabee: Not the job of the US to export our form of government.
    Mitt Romney: To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world.
    Mitt Romney: Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military.
    Mitt Romney: Move Muslim world toward modernity so they reject extreme.
    Ron Paul: Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force.
    Rudy Giuliani: Democracy is a long-term goal, after building bedrock.
    Sam Brownback: Be realistic about pushing democracy, or we get radicals.
    Tommy Thompson: We continue losing until recognizing we’re fighting a jihad.
Government Reform
    Duncan Hunter: Don’t share the role of commander in chief with V.P.
    John McCain: There’s only one president; V.P. sticks to official duties.
    Ron Paul: End government secrecy; restore openness of information.
    Ron Paul: With neocon philosophy, Cheney is more powerful than Bush.
    Rudy Giuliani: Qualification for VP is readiness for presidency, in wartime.
    Tommy Thompson: Cheney is honorable individual; doesn’t have too much power.
Health Care
    Duncan Hunter: Allow Americans to buy health insurance across state lines.
    Duncan Hunter: SCHIP bill is the first extension of socialized medicine.
    Mike Huckabee: Give Americans Congress’ healthcare, or give Congress ours.
    Mitt Romney: Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system.
    Rudy Giuliani: $15,000 tax deduction for health savings accounts.
    Sam Brownback: Market-based solution over socialized government-pay system.
    Tom Tancredo: Womb-to-tomb health care is not federal responsibility.
    Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Illegals use less medical care than citizens.
    Tommy Thompson: Convert illness & disease system to wellness & prevention.
    Tommy Thompson: End breast cancer by the year 2015 for all women in America.
Homeland Security
    John McCain: Radical Islamic extremism is a hydra-headed challenge.
    Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Dems don’t say “Islamic” but do say “terrorism”.
Jobs
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Yes,US added 50M jobs since ‘78; but EU added 36M.
Principles & Values
    Duncan Hunter: Restore economic patriotism: America is arsenal of democracy.
    Mike Huckabee: Defining mistake: neglecting his health for decades.
    Mike Huckabee: Never forget that ordinary citizens are the President’s boss.
    Mitt Romney: Bush & Cheney have made mistakes, but have kept us safe.
    Mitt Romney: Strong families, a strong economy and a strong military.
    Rudy Giuliani: I have executive experience; I can restore hope to America.
    Sam Brownback: Bush has over-relied on Cheney’s experience.
    Tom Tancredo: Defining mistake: waiting 30 years to accept Jesus as savior.
    Tom Tancredo: We can no longer afford political correctness.
    Tommy Thompson: Bring into administration Dems, Republicans, & independents.
Tax Reform
    John McCain: Make tax reform commission & vote yes-or-no on outcome.
    John McCain: FactCheck: Families spend $20B on tax prep, not $140B.
    Mike Huckabee: Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul.
    Mitt Romney: Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws.
    Rudy Giuliani: Reducing taxes is a way to raise MORE money.
    Rudy Giuliani: Eliminate the death tax immediately.
    Rudy Giuliani: Too complex to get to FairTax; focus on reducing taxes.
    Sam Brownback: Supports optional flat tax in income tax; not FairTax.
    Tom Tancredo: Co-sponsored FairTax because income tax manipulates behavior.
Technology
    John McCain: Veto pork barrel; focus transportation spending on repairs.
    Mike Huckabee: Spend on our infrastructure instead of other countries’.
    Mike Huckabee: Cars’ navigation systems are better than air traffic control.
    Mitt Romney: Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes.
    Rudy Giuliani: Lower taxes AND fix infrastructure.
War & Peace
    Duncan Hunter: Marines are doing a good job; don’t rush for the exit.
    Duncan Hunter: Work with Pakistan against Taliban and Al Qaida.
    John McCain: Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met.
    Mike Huckabee: We made Saudis rich; pressure them to help win with honor.
    Mitt Romney: It’s time for people of America to show a surge of support.
    Mitt Romney: Keep option to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan, but don’t say it.
    Ron Paul: Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose.
    Ron Paul: Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida.
    Rudy Giuliani: Winning in Iraq is one battle in overall terrorist war.
    Rudy Giuliani: Keep option open to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan unilaterally.
    Sam Brownback: We need a political surge to match the military surge.
    Tom Tancredo: We are in a war with radical Islam; Iraq is one battle.
    Tom Tancredo: Stop restricting army with rules of engagement.
    Tom Tancredo: If Islamic terrorists threaten nukes, we nuke Mecca & Medina.
    Tommy Thompson: Iraqi parliament incapable of partitioning Iraq.


The above quotations are from 2007 Republican primary debate, in preparation for the Iowa Straw Poll, August 5, 2007 .

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