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Frank McEnulty: Abortion is moral issue best decided by a woman herself.
Chuck Baldwin: God begins human life at fertilization.
Brian Moore: Oppose all restrictions on access to abortion.
Barack Obama: Stem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases.
John Cox: Define unborn life as a fundamental right.
Michael Badnarik: Veto any legislation restricting right to choose.
Michael Badnarik: Oppose government control over the abortion issue.
David Cobb: Full reproductive freedom for women.
Wesley Clark: Let a woman and her doctors decide about reproductive health.
Wesley Clark: Women deserve access to birth control & reproductive choice.
Budget & Economy|
Chuck Baldwin: Restore a debt free, interest free money system.
Duncan Hunter: Balance the budget by cutting spending, except in defense.
Duncan Hunter: Efficiency reform: remove duplicative & ineffective programs.
Mike Huckabee: Created state surplus in AR; cut spending to do same for US.
John Cox: Veto every federal budget that is not balanced, period.
Gary Nolan: Downsize the federal budget.
Wesley Clark: Plan for jobs-invest in security & budget relief to states.
Wesley Clark: A healthy economy depends on long-term deficit reduction.
Wesley Clark: Balance the budget & reduce long-term debt.
George W. Bush: Investment and aid to states will help economy rebound.
George W. Bush: Provides assistance to new small businesses.
Frank McEnulty: No constitutional amendment for flag burning.
Brian Moore: Assure equal rights by gender, race, & age.
Brian Moore: End all restrictions on marriages and sodomy laws.
Duncan Hunter: Hate crimes on sexual orientation threaten equal protection.
Barack Obama: Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act.
Barack Obama: Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act.
John Cox: Swift passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Ralph Nader: Patriot Act associated with abuse of Muslim’s civil rights.
Michael Badnarik: Help minorities by removing barriers to self-employment.
Michael Badnarik: Let people, including gays, marry as they see fit.
David Cobb: US history is constant struggle for more democracy.
David Cobb: Affirmative action for people of color and women.
David Cobb: Support Native Peoples to protect their treaty rights.
David Cobb: Marriage equality for lesbians and gays.
Wesley Clark: Eliminate wage gap for women.
Wesley Clark: Strong enforcement of Civil Rights Act including hate crimes.
Wesley Clark: Don’t compromise freedom for problems like terrorism.
Chuck Baldwin: Restore manufacturing base, not multinational corporations.
Brian Moore: Cap and reduce corporate profits and executive salary.
Barack Obama: End tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.
Barack Obama: Hold corporations responsible for pensions & work conditions.
John Cox: Level playing field for family farms over corporate farms.
David Cobb: Priorities include ending transnational corporate empire.
Frank McEnulty: Death penalty is a state issue.
Mike Gravel: Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
Michael Badnarik: Require offenders to compensate their victims.
David Cobb: Criminal justice system permeated with race & class bias.
David Cobb: No private, for-profit prisons.
Michael Badnarik: End mandatory minimums for drug offendors.
Gary Nolan: End profiling based on stereotypes.
John Edwards: More DNA testing to reduce wrongful capital convictions.
Howard Dean: Death penalty for extreme and heinous crimes.
Howard Dean: Apply death penalty fairly & strengthen protections.
Brian Moore: Cutoff all U.S. military aid to Colombia.
Mike Gravel: War on drugs loses an entire generation to our prisons.
Michael Badnarik: Self-medication should be up to individuals, not government.
Michael Badnarik: Drug War also has funded terrorism.
Michael Badnarik: Block federal spending on the War on Drugs.
Gary Nolan: Repeal failed policy of federal drug laws.
John Edwards: Disparity in penalty for crack vs. powder is not justified.
George W. Bush: $600M plan help 300,000 addicts via vouchers.
George W. Bush: Use faith-based programs for addicted Americans.
Howard Dean: Hammer the dealers; treat the casual users.
Frank McEnulty: Prayer in school is not about separating church & state.
Chuck Baldwin: Tax relief for homeschooling, private & religious schools.
Chuck Baldwin: Disband the Department of Education; it’s unconstitutional.
Bob Barr: Don’t let California home schooling ban spread.
Brian Moore: Promote universal access to education.
Duncan Hunter: Supports vouchers & home schooling.
Barack Obama: STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged.
Barack Obama: First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100.
John Cox: School monopoly is problem; competition is answer.
Wesley Clark: No vouchers for private schools.
Wesley Clark: Fund Elementary & Secondary Education Act and more.
Wesley Clark: Fully fund Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Wesley Clark: Would support initiatives to make teaching prestigious.
Wesley Clark: School buildings must be safe places to learn.
Wesley Clark: Develop flexible systems to measure schools’ success.
Wesley Clark: Will ensure universal access to pre-school.
Wesley Clark: Education includes job transitioning for adults.
George W. Bush: Increased per-student funding by almost 60%.
George W. Bush: Reading First program successful.
George W. Bush: “No Child Left Behind” increases accountability.
George W. Bush: Local control is core principle of successful education.
George W. Bush: Give options for kids trapped in failing schools.
George W. Bush: Increased funding to $200M for charter schools.
George W. Bush: Public schools are America’s great hope.
George W. Bush: Increased school funding by $11B since taking office.
Energy & Oil|
Frank McEnulty: National campaign for energy independence in 10 years.
Brian Moore: Support Kyoto; phaseout nuclear; develop alternatives.
John Cox: Support domestic drilling; oppose Kyoto Treaty.
Mike Gravel: Make Global Warming a matter of national security.
Michael Badnarik: End oil company subsidies & restrictions on alternatives.
David Cobb: Move towards energy independence from renewable sources.
David Cobb: Subsidize clean renewables instead of oil & nuclear.
David Cobb: $300B per year to fund clean energy in poor countries.
George W. Bush: $1.2B to develop hydrogen fuel via private partnerships.
George W. Bush: Reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 18% over next decade.
Frank McEnulty: Set aside some open space; exploit some for minerals.
Chuck Baldwin: Champion property rights & oppose eminent domain abuse.
Mike Huckabee: Stewardship of the air and land and soil is very important.
Bob Barr: Human beings are more important than mussels.
Brian Moore: Public ownership of all natural resources.
Brian Moore: Support sustainable organic agriculture & family farms.
Duncan Hunter: Opposes Kelo property rights; restrict eminent domain.
Barack Obama: Reduce mercury and lead to protect community health.
Barack Obama: Protect the Great Lakes & our National Parks and Forests.
Michael Badnarik: Protect the environment by defending property rights.
Wesley Clark: Reinvigorate EPA action on environmental justice.
Wesley Clark: Will enforce Clean Air Act, and no net loss of wetlands.
Wesley Clark: Will hold business accountable for toxic waste.
Wesley Clark: No drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Wesley Clark: Incentives for energy efficiency & alternative fuels.
Wesley Clark: Balance commercial exploitation with respect for nature.
Wesley Clark: Assist market-driven population adjustments, like in 1800s.
George W. Bush: Good stewardship is personal responsibility and public value.
George W. Bush: Clear Skies Initiative improves air quality now.
George W. Bush: Proposes $211M to cleaning up brownfields.
George W. Bush: Natural resources & environment funding in FY04 highest ever.
Families & Children|
Duncan Hunter: Protect parental authority against “psychological” parents.
Mike Huckabee: Supports convenant marriage; adopted it in Arkansas.
John Cox: Government should be family friendly.
Wesley Clark: Give workers flexibility & increase production.
Wesley Clark: Same sex couples should have same rights as heterosexuals.
George W. Bush: New relief plans focus on the American family.
Chuck Baldwin: End international meddling of the New World Order.
Chuck Baldwin: No US participation in United Nations or world court.
Brian Moore: End US embargo against Cuba.
Duncan Hunter: Increase the burden-sharing at UN.
Barack Obama: Strengthen NATO to face 21st-century threats.
Barack Obama: $50B annually to strengthen weak states at risk of collapse.
Gary Nolan: End support of authoritarian regimes and dictators.
Wesley Clark: End China’s currency manipulation to help US manufacturers.
Wesley Clark: Establish “Civilian Reserve” for times of military need.
George W. Bush: Help poor countries around the world.
Chuck Baldwin: No North American Union; no NAFTA Superhighway.
Brian Moore: Fair trade instead of NAFTA, CAFTA, and WTO.
Barack Obama: Stand firm against CAFTA for labor & environmental standards.
John Cox: I support free but fair trade policies.
Michael Badnarik: Peace and free trade are mutually dependent.
David Cobb: Marched in Seattle against the WTO.
David Cobb: Withdraw from NAFTA and CAFTA.
Gary Nolan: Trade and non-intervention with all nations.
Wesley Clark: Labor rights are human rights: promote free and fair trade.
Wesley Clark: Free trade will work if terms are fair for labor.
Wesley Clark: Address shifts in production that come with free trade.
John Edwards: Against Fast Track--not enough for US workers.
Frank McEnulty: No activist judges.
Chuck Baldwin: Eliminate Food and Drug Administration as unconstitutional.
Brian Moore: Promote public funding of elections.
Barack Obama: Public campaign financing with free television & radio time.
Barack Obama: Create “Google for Government” to track government spending.
John Cox: Regulation should be governed by the free market.
John Cox: Disclosure is best disinfectant for diseased campaign system.
Mike Gravel: Repeal the Electoral College; enact federal term limits.
David Cobb: Proponent of Instant Runoff Voting.
David Cobb: No corporate campaign donations.
David Cobb: Voters Bill of Rights: clean elections, ballot access, more.
Michael Badnarik: Every regulator we fire creates 150 new jobs.
Wesley Clark: Balance government & market; balance state & federal.
Wesley Clark: Ensure government culture of transparency & accountability.
Frank McEnulty: Gun control laws should be decided at state level.
Chuck Baldwin: 2nd Amendment protects our liberty! Go buy a gun!
Duncan Hunter: Criminals prefer unarmed victims.
John Cox: Gun control doesn’t work.
Mike Gravel: Require license & training for gun ownership.
Michael Badnarik: Criminals won’t prey on armed victims.
Michael Badnarik: Gun control means being able to hit your target.
Wesley Clark: Enforce existing laws & close gun show loophole.
Wesley Clark: Renew ban on assault weapons, & hold gun makers accountable.
Frank McEnulty: Healthcare costs burden the middle class.
Chuck Baldwin: Freedom of choice for all healthcare decisions.
Chuck Baldwin: No subsidies for HMOs; no forced vaccinations.
Brian Moore: 20 years work experience in HMO/ Managed Care industry.
Brian Moore: National single-payer healthcare system.
Barack Obama: Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets.
Barack Obama: National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage.
John Cox: Competition brings down costs and improves efficiency.
Michael Badnarik: Tax credits for personal Health Savings Accounts.
David Cobb: Publicly funded, universal health care insurance.
Michael Badnarik: Excess regulations cause high pharmaceutical prices.
Wesley Clark: Insure children & make all coverage more affordable.
Wesley Clark: Promote good health through public health measures.
George W. Bush: Everyone should be able to choose a health plan.
George W. Bush: Senior Rx coverage without government dictates.
George W. Bush: Lift restrictions on Medical Savings Accounts.
George W. Bush: Supports passage of Patient’s Bill of Rights.
George W. Bush: Endorses billions more in health care funding.
Frank McEnulty: Walk softly and carry a big stick; not world’s policeman.
Frank McEnulty: Patriot Act is scariest thing to happen to civil liberties.
Chuck Baldwin: Deploy a fully-operational strategic defense system.
Chuck Baldwin: Resist reducing benefits to veterans and their survivors.
Chuck Baldwin: Strong national defense that is second to none.
Chuck Baldwin: PATRIOT Act violates principles of 4th & 5th Amendments.
Bob Barr: Real ID Act is Big Government at its worst.
Brian Moore: Question the Patriot Act, prisoner abuse, & domestic spying.
Brian Moore: Reduce weaponry & defense spending significantly.
Barack Obama: Repeal Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.
Barack Obama: Support veterans via the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act.
John Cox: Nuclear shield to make nuclear weapons obsolete.
Mike Gravel: Raze Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons to the ground.
Ralph Nader: Repeal the Patriot Act; end secret detentions.
Michael Badnarik: Mideast hatred comes from US actions, not US lifestyle.
Gary Nolan: War on Terror has become war on civil liberties.
Gary Nolan: Bring our troops home from 140 countries.
Wesley Clark: Replace Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell with British policy.
George W. Bush: Created “Ready campaign” and Ready.Gov.
George W. Bush: Initiated reorganization of homeland defense.
George W. Bush: Increased security of critical infrastructure.
George W. Bush: Increased military pay by 4% per year.
George W. Bush: $400M for renovating and improving military housing.
George W. Bush: Missile defense for security, not for military advantage.
George W. Bush: Withdrew from ABM Treaty; now $9B for missile defense.
Howard Dean: Shift $1B per year from missile defense to threat reduction.
Howard Dean: Focus Pentagon budget on military personnel’s needs.
Frank McEnulty: Slow down the onslaught so we can plan rationally.
Chuck Baldwin: Seal borders; no amnesty; no social services for illegals.
Brian Moore: Give sanctuary to illegal immigrants & full social services.
John Cox: Amnesty is not the answer, nor are guest workers.
Michael Badnarik: Eliminate restriction on work permits.
David Cobb: Amnesty for undocumented immigrants after 3 years.
Howard Dean: If immigrants work & pay taxes, give them citizenship.
Chuck Baldwin: Reimpose tariffs on all foreign imports to keep jobs here.
Brian Moore: Mandate labor union representation.
Mike Huckabee: Supports farm subsidies & fully-funded crop insurance.
Barack Obama: Give public safety officers collective bargaining rights.
David Cobb: Organized union events for Teamsters, steelworkers, and UCFW.
Wesley Clark: Stop rewarding companies that shift jobs overseas.
Wesley Clark: Will support unions and a fair living wage.
Wesley Clark: Create best business environment, to create 1M jobs per year.
Wesley Clark: If labor assists with trade, minimum wage hikes will follow.
George W. Bush: Farm bill provides $40B over 10 years for conservation.
George W. Bush: Dedicated to improving economy through job growth.
George W. Bush: Passed 13 week extension of unemployment benefits.
George W. Bush: Not satisfied until everyone who wants a job can find one.
John Edwards: Increase the minimum wage again.
John Edwards: Support unions; ban striker replacements.
Principles & Values|
Brian Moore: 35 Years of Civic Involvement.
Brian Moore: Candidate for Mayor, 1998, and for Congress, 2004.
Barack Obama: Active in the Trinity faith community.
John Cox: Constitution does not require freedom FROM religion.
George W. Bush: Building a Safer, Stronger and Better America.
David Cobb: Green party wins by disseminating message.
David Cobb: Rejects “spoiler” argument and rejects Electoral College.
Al Sharpton: Top Ten: Raise issues that would otherwise be overlooked.
Gary Nolan: Focus on issues where majority agree with Libertarians.
Wesley Clark: The 100 Year Vision: physical and legal environment.
Wesley Clark: 30-year challenges: provide social framework.
George W. Bush: Calls on Americans to be citizens, not spectators.
Frank McEnulty: Raise the Social Security retirement age.
Mike Huckabee: Replace payroll tax & fund Social Security with FairTax.
Barack Obama: Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security.
John Cox: Private retirement accounts are best reform.
Mike Gravel: Put real money in the Trust Fund & invest it properly.
Gary Nolan: Replace Social Security system with IRAs.
Wesley Clark: Strengthen retirement security.
George W. Bush: Strengthen & modernize Social Security.
George W. Bush: Create Individual Development Accounts with low-income match.
George W. Bush: Ensure freedom of choice in retirement planning.
George W. Bush: Minimize investment risk through diversification.
George W. Bush: Strengthen women’s retirement via catch up contributions.
Frank McEnulty: Move towards a simpler taxation structure.
Chuck Baldwin: End income tax, death tax, and property tax.
Brian Moore: Limit maximum income to 10 times minimum income.
John Cox: Eliminate the IRS; support the Fair Tax.
John Cox: Eliminate the Death Tax; veto all tax increases.
Mike Gravel: Repeal the income tax and close down the IRS.
Gary Nolan: Dems raise taxes on us; GOP raises taxes on our children.
Wesley Clark: Tax simplification via a $2,250 child tax credit.
Wesley Clark: Families First tax plan: fair,progressive,simple,responsible.
George W. Bush: Bush 2003 economic plan accelerates 2001 tax cuts.
George W. Bush: Tax relief allows saving & spending more of your own money.
George W. Bush: Deliver substantial tax relief to 91 million Americans.
George W. Bush: Everyone benefits from dividend tax reform.
George W. Bush: Married with children -- taxes drop 96%.
George W. Bush: Reduction in dividend taxes benefits 35 million people.
George W. Bush: Make the end of the death tax permanent.
Chuck Baldwin: Bush has built a universal surveillance society.
Mike Huckabee: Infrastructure: Stimulus, Safety, Security, & Sustainability.
Brian Moore: Invest in rural infrastructure & public transportation.
Duncan Hunter: Supports broadcast decency enforcement & Parent Empowerment.
Barack Obama: Increase funding for basic research; expand broadband access.
War & Peace|
Chuck Baldwin: We have become an occupation force in sovereign Iraq.
Brian Moore: Stop the Iraq War immediately.
John Cox: Must win in Iraq; fight terror over there, not over here.
Mike Gravel: Commence an immediate and orderly withdrawal from Iraq.
Michael Badnarik: More Americans are opposing Iraq War.
Gary Nolan: Defense like response to 9/11 is primary role of govt.
George W. Bush: Increased spending by $15B to fight terrorism.
John Edwards: Work with other nations in war on terror.
John Edwards: Supported Iraq invasion because of WMD threat.
Welfare & Poverty|
Brian Moore: Expand welfare with guaranteed income for all.
Duncan Hunter: Empower the poor instead of government “hand outs”.
Barack Obama: Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service.
Wesley Clark: Lift 2 million children out of poverty by 2008.
Wesley Clark: Promote homeownership; end redlining; end predatory lending.
Howard Dean: $100B Initiative to Strengthen America’s Cities.
George W. Bush: One of first acts was establishing faith-based initiatives.
George W. Bush: Created USA Freedom Corps to strengthen culture of service.