Bill Richardson: Stem cell research as part of preventive healthcare.
Chris Dodd: Conduct stem cell research to help Alzheimers and diabetes.
Barack Obama: Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage.
Bill Richardson: Full civil unions with full marriage rights.
Chris Dodd: Treat same-sex couples equally in all rights except marriage.
Dennis Kucinich: Supports reparations for slavery, to “repair the breach”.
Dennis Kucinich: Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender right to marry.
John Edwards: No reparations for slavery; but plenty more we can do.
John Edwards: Better advocate for women than Hillary Clinton.
John Edwards: Opposes gay marriage due to his religion; but conflicted.
Joe Biden: Authored the Clinton crime bill & 100,000 cops on the street.
Barack Obama: Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all.
Bill Richardson: Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesn’t work.
Bill Richardson: Help failing schools; don’t penalize by defunding them.
Bill Richardson: Minimum wage of $40,000 for teachers.
Chris Dodd: Daughter attends public school.
Chris Dodd: Reform No Child Left Behind to invest in failing schools.
Dennis Kucinich: Sent kids to public school; apply that to all kids.
Hillary Clinton: Sent Chelsea to public schools in Arkansas, but not DC.
Joe Biden: Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake.
Joe Biden: Sent kids to private school after death of their mother.
John Edwards: Sent all four kids to public schools.
Mike Gravel: Sent kids to some private school; likes a little competition.
Energy & Oil|
Barack Obama: Explore nuclear power as part of alternative energy mix.
Barack Obama: Cheney met environmentalists once; but Big Oil 40 times.
Chris Dodd: Raise standard to 50 mpg by 2017; make federal fleet hybrids.
Chris Dodd: Impose corporate carbon tax; need price incentives for GHGs.
Chris Dodd: FactCheck: Two other candidates also call for carbon taxes.
Dennis Kucinich: Current approach to energy results in war for oil.
Hillary Clinton: End Big Oil tax break; $50 billion for strategic energy fund.
Hillary Clinton: Agnostic about nuclear power until waste & cost issue solved.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: There was no Big Oil tax break under Bush-Cheney.
John Edwards: No new nuclear power plants; no liquified coal either.
Bill Richardson: Lack of Katrina response by our government was inexcusable.
Chris Dodd: Bush’s lack of Katrina response was shameful.
Mike Gravel: To get Americans to conserve, change the tax structure.
Families & Children|
Barack Obama: All kids should learn about sexual abuse.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: ‘Sex Ed for Kindergarten’ means ‘age-appropriate’.
Chris Dodd: Proudest of authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act.
John Edwards: Talked to his kids about sex abuse & inappropriate touching.
Barack Obama: Meet with enemy leaders; it’s a disgrace that we have not.
Bill Richardson: UN troops in Darfur, & UN-enforced no-fly zone.
Chris Dodd: Iraq lost US moral leadership to deal with Darfur.
Hillary Clinton: US support & no-fly zone, but UN troops on ground in Darfur.
Hillary Clinton: Arabic and Muslim countries take women leaders seriously.
Hillary Clinton: Diplomacy yes; propaganda no; when meeting enemy leaders.
Joe Biden: American troops on the ground in Darfur now.
John Edwards: Meet with enemy leaders after diplomacy first.
Mike Gravel: No US troops in Darfur; Africans don’t trust US.
Dennis Kucinich: Go back to trade based on worker’s rights.
Barack Obama: Doesn’t take PAC money or federal lobbyists’ money.
Barack Obama: People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby.
Bill Richardson: Same-day registration to increase voter participation.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: 28 states have verified paper trails, not just 10.
John Edwards: Big change means take power from Big Oil & Big Drugs.
Mike Gravel: Obama avoids PAC money, but takes lobbyists’ bundled money.
Bill Richardson: No guns for mentally ill or those with criminal background.
Barack Obama: Reform failed in ‘90s because of drug company lobbying.
Barack Obama: No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it.
Bill Richardson: Cover undocumented workers under health plan.
Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Correct that 33% of Medicare is diabetes.
Chris Dodd: Cover undocumented workers & their kids under health plan.
John Edwards: For universal coverage, must mandate everyone be covered.
Barack Obama: Register women for draft, but not for combat.
Chris Dodd: Opposed to draft, but advocates universal nation service.
Chris Dodd: Served in National Guard; several family members in Navy.
Hillary Clinton: Opposed to draft, but register women for draft.
Hillary Clinton: Forgive student loans for universal national service.
Mike Gravel: Filibustered to end the draft; but women should register.
Barack Obama: Pres. candidates can afford minimum wage; most folks can’t.
Bill Richardson: Would accept minimum wage as president.
Chris Dodd: Couldn’t afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it.
Dennis Kucinich: Would accept minimum wage as president, reluctantly.
Hillary Clinton: No salary increase for Congress until minimum wage increased.
Hillary Clinton: Would accept minimum wage as president.
Joe Biden: Couldn’t afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it.
John Edwards: Would accept minimum wage as president.
Mike Gravel: Minimum wage as president OK, but we need living wage.
Principles & Values|
Barack Obama: People have an urgent desire for change in Washington.
Barack Obama: Catching a cab, no one questions he’s “authentically black”.
Hillary Clinton: After 35 years of experience, ready to lead on day one.
Hillary Clinton: I consider myself a modern American progressive.
Hillary Clinton: Maybe, finally, break that hardest of all glass ceilings.
Hillary Clinton: Judge me on my merits, not as Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton.
Joe Biden: Religion informs my values; my reason dictates outcomes.
John Edwards: Doesn’t want your vote if you won’t vote for blacks or women.
Mike Gravel: Clintons & DLC sold out the Democratic Party to Wall Street.
Barack Obama: No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500.
Bill Richardson: Stop talking about privatization; stop raiding trust fund.
Chris Dodd: No privatization; but raise earning cap over $97,000.
Joe Biden: Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Top 1% only got $67B in 2007 tax cuts, not $85B.
War & Peace|
Barack Obama: Be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in.
Barack Obama: Troops not dying in vain; but we need plans for success.
Bill Richardson: Iraq has become an endless quagmire.
Dennis Kucinich: Strength through peace: pursue science of human relations.
Dennis Kucinich: Democrats have failed the American people by not ending war.
Hillary Clinton: Pentagon calls her unpatriotic for asking about exit plan.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Correct that DoD has no plan to remove all troops.
Joe Biden: We can’t just pull out; one year to remove 160,000 troops.
John Edwards: Troops not dying in vain if they do their duty.
Mike Gravel: Soldiers in Vietnam died in vain; now same in Iraq.