| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Claire McCaskill: Support embryonic stem cell research but not cloning.
Claire McCaskill: Support a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Jim Talent: Oppose embryonic stem cell research that involves cloning.
Jim Talent: Favor exemptions in abortion law but not stem cell research.
Bob Casey: Plan B morning-after pill is contraception, not abortion.
Rick Santorum: Exception for rape & incest ok, even though they take a life.
Rick Santorum: Plan B morning-after pill is abortion, and dangerous.
Budget & Economy|
Claire McCaskill: $300 billion in Iraq is a lot of money.
Jim Talent: The $300 billion spent on Iraq is 1 percent of the GDP.
Brad Carson: Rid waste & fraud and close loopholes to balance the budget.
Tom Coburn: Creating deficit is stealing from our children.
Tom Coburn: Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security.
Tom Coburn: Hard to repay the ever expanding discretionary spending.
Barack Obama: African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances.
Inez Tenenbaum: Embraced No Child Left Behind.
Barack Obama: Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism.
Jim DeMint: The Iraqis would not be voting to set up an Islamic regime.
Tom Coburn: Rejected a road bill that came with a bribe.
Barack Obama: People are really ready for a message for change.
Claire McCaskill: Support surveillance with civil rights protection.
Bob Casey: Keep the wiretaps and keep the intelligence programs.
Rick Santorum: War against Islamic fascism will be won or lost in America.
Jim DeMint: Opposed the 9/11 Commission at first but now for it.
Brad Carson: Coburn voted against efforts to crack down on terrorism.
Tom Coburn: Would have voted for the Patriot Act.
Barack Obama: Make sure that African-American men have access to jobs.
Principles & Values|
Claire McCaskill: Hastert should resign his speakership for a cover-up.
Jim Talent: Hastert should resign his speakership if found responsible.
Bob Casey: We need an independent voice; not a rubber stamp for Bush.
Rick Santorum: I agree with Bush 98% of the time, but I say when I don’t.
Rick Santorum: Accused of taking home-school money while residing out of PA.
Tom Coburn: Chose Alan Keyes over George W. Bush in GOP Primary.
Barack Obama: Want common-sense solutions, not liberal-conservative labels.
Bob Casey: The crisis is privatization.
Rick Santorum: Switched from raising retirement age to personal accounts.
Rick Santorum: Guaranteed benefit if over 50; personal account if younger.
Bill Nelson: National sales tax raises taxes $4,500 versus income tax.
Katherine Harris: Supports Fair Tax: 23% sales tax to replace income tax.
Katherine Harris: Income tax requires 5 billion hours for annual compliance.
Bob Casey: Change estate tax to save $730B over 10 years.
Rick Santorum: Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730B.
Inez Tenenbaum: Proposed a 2-cent sales tax increase to help with education.
Inez Tenenbaum: Flat income taxes mean raising taxes.
Jim DeMint: Cut taxes and get rid of the IRS.
Jim DeMint: Flat income taxes will not hurt the middle class.
Brad Carson: Opposed to rolling back the top bracket tax cut.
War & Peace|
Claire McCaskill: Need to change course in Iraq.
Claire McCaskill: Redeploy our troops in Iraq to Afghanistan to find bin Laden.
Jim Talent: Oppose an artificial timetable for withdrawing from Iraq.
Jim Talent: Need to season the Iraqi army before leaving Iraq.
Jim Talent: Our troops must stay in Iraq until the job is done.
Jim Talent: Would still have invaded Iraq knowing there were no weapons.
Bob Casey: Iraq: No deadline, no timeline, but replace Rumsfeld.
Bob Casey: Would have voted for Iraq War, but based on false evidence.
Bob Casey: No withdrawal deadline in Iraq; but we must change course.
Bob Casey: We need more Special Forces and better body armor.
Bob Casey: Sanctions against Iran, but in a tough and skilled way.
Rick Santorum: Iraq: We have a great game plan, and Rumsfeld does fine job.
Rick Santorum: War in Iraq is one front in war on Islamic fascism.
Rick Santorum: Iran is at the heart of the Iraq war.
Rick Santorum: Saddam had no new WMDs, but did have old WMDs.
Rick Santorum: Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but still a necessary war.
Rick Santorum: My Iraq plan, and my opponent’s plan, is same as Bush’s.
Rick Santorum: Needed exit strategy & objective in Kosovo, but not in Iraq.
Rick Santorum: Sanctions against Iran, despite Administration disagreement.
Inez Tenenbaum: We had justification for going into Iraq and remove Saddam.
Inez Tenenbaum: The Iraqi war is justified even without finding WMD.
Inez Tenenbaum: Units in Iraq should have better equipment.
Jim DeMint: Help the Iraqi people set up a democratic government.
Brad Carson: Success in Iraq is critical to our future.
Barack Obama: Set a new tone to internationalize the Iraqi reconstruction.
Barack Obama: Iraq war was sincere but misguided, ideologically driven.
Barack Obama: Would have voted no to authorize the President to go to war.
Wesley Clark: Include moderate Arabs in US-led Mideast contact group.
John Kerry: Vietnam was genocide, but no point calling it “war crimes”.