Budget & Economy|
Fred Thompson: Mandatory future spending lockdown is unsustainable.
Fred Thompson: No reason to believe weíre headed for recession.
Fred Thompson: Weak dollar damages us internationally.
Fred Thompson: FactCheck: Correct that US has enjoyed 22 quarters of growth.
Mitt Romney: Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%.
Ron Paul: Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor.
Rudy Giuliani: Fundamentals: low taxes; few regulations; control spending.
Rudy Giuliani: Romney increased spending by 8%; I cut spending by 7%.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Hillary never called free market ďdestructiveĒ.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: 11% tax-burden decrease is correct but misleading.
Mitt Romney: Equality for Muslims; but follow hate-preachers into mosques.
Fred Thompson: Do better than worldís second-highest corporate tax penalty.
Fred Thompson: Donít intervene with automakers unless drastic circumstances.
Fred Thompson: FactCheck: Yes, US corporate taxes are 2nd highest in world.
Mitt Romney: Donít apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies.
Rudy Giuliani: Business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax.
Energy & Oil|
Fred Thompson: Get ethanol market up, then let free market take over.
John McCain: Climate change is real; nuclear power is solution.
John McCain: Public pressure on oil industry to invest in alternatives.
Mike Huckabee: Ethanol & biofuels are part of future energy.
Mitt Romney: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal.
Rudy Giuliani: Donít draw the line anywhere--advance all technologies.
Sam Brownback: Energy security: drill every place you can find resources.
Tom Tancredo: Drill off the coasts of Florida and California.
Fred Thompson: Relationship with Canada important for economy & security.
Duncan Hunter: Reflect tariffs back at competitors.
Fred Thompson: Focus on protecting infrastructure for national security.
John McCain: Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price.
John McCain: Supports ethanol, but by exporting, not by subsidies.
Mike Huckabee: We need fair trade because weíre losing jobs.
Mitt Romney: Open up markets to American goods and services.
Mitt Romney: Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians.
Rudy Giuliani: Good deals pending with Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea.
Rudy Giuliani: Balance foreign debt by selling more things overseas.
Tom Tancredo: Enforce trade & currency rules against China.
Tom Tancredo: CAFTA should be about trade; get rid of immigration parts.
Mitt Romney: Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: 844 line item vetoes; but over 700 overridden.
Rudy Giuliani: Frivolous lawsuits eat up 2.2% of GDP.
Rudy Giuliani: Supports line-item veto, but Clintonís was unconstitutional.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Frivolous lawsuits donít eat 2.2% of GDP.
John McCain: Control health costs so manufacturers stay competitive.
Mike Huckabee: Individually-controlled insurance, not government SCHIP.
Mitt Romney: Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers.
Mitt Romney: Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics.
Fred Thompson: We face a global war declared on us by Islamic fascism.
Fred Thompson: Spend more than current 4% of budget on military.
John McCain: After 9/11, ask Americans to join military or AmeriCorps.
John McCain: Let loose smart, tough spies to catch Bin Laden.
Duncan Hunter: Unions built the middle class.
Fred Thompson: In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained.
Fred Thompson: Donít use union dues for political purposes.
John McCain: Unions are monopolies; donít compel people to join.
Mike Huckabee: Unions more prominent to fight high CEO salaries.
Mitt Romney: I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry.
Mitt Romney: Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company.
Ron Paul: Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions.
Rudy Giuliani: Vibrant unions good; but compelling membership bad.
Sam Brownback: Unions do good, but need effective oversight.
Tom Tancredo: Union conflict is creative, but shouldnít influence policy.
Principles & Values|
Ron Paul: Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending.
Tom Tancredo: Wonít vote GOP if nominee is lesser of two evils.
Fred Thompson: Benefits ok in short-term, but weíre eating our seed corn.
Fred Thompson: Index benefits to inflation instead of indexing to wages.
Fred Thompson: FactCheck: Yes, inflation-index pushes imbalance years away.
Hillary Clinton: $1000 matching tax credit for first $1000 in 401(k) deposit.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Hillary never proposed giving $1000 to everybody.
Tom Tancredo: Private Social Security accounts needed to end deficit.
Duncan Hunter: Sponsored FairTax proposal.
Fred Thompson: Phase out the AMT; lower taxes grow the economy.
John McCain: Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes.
Mike Huckabee: FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export.
Tom Tancredo: Takes the oath: no tax increase.
John McCain: Donít police Internet crime; go after money to reduce crime.
Mike Huckabee: Air tech is Jetsons but air traffic control is Flintstones.
Rudy Giuliani: Police the Internet, but donít tax the Internet.
Sam Brownback: Cut the Advanced Technology Program; itís corporate welfare.
War & Peace|
Duncan Hunter: No Congressional authorization needed to attack Iranís nukes.
Fred Thompson: Stabilizing Iraq, and not leaving, is the right policy.
Fred Thompson: Iraq certainly had WMDs in the past & would have nukes now.
Fred Thompson: Ask Congress, even if not required, to attack Iranís nukes.
Fred Thompson: FactCheck: Said Saddam had WMDs, but not at 2003 invasion.
John McCain: Congressional consultation before attacking Iranís nukes.
Mike Huckabee: Attack Iranís nukes even if Congress says no.
Mitt Romney: Let lawyers decide if authorization needed to attack Iran.
Ron Paul: Mercantilist oil dependency was reason for war.
Ron Paul: Congressional authorization needed to attack Iranís nukes.
Rudy Giuliani: Desirable but unneeded to ask Congress to attack Iran nukes.
Sam Brownback: Iraq war is about terrorism, not oil.
Welfare & Poverty|
Hillary Clinton: Considered idea of $5000 at birth to pay for future college.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck:Hillary never proposed giving $5000 to every child.