ABC News / WMUR-NH 2012 Republican primary New Hampshire debate
"Your Voice Your Vote" debate at Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire sponsored by:
- AARP-NH (American Association of Retired Persons)
- ABC News
- hosted by George Stephanopoulos.
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Mitt Romney: States shouldn't ban contraception; and no state wants to.
Rick Santorum: States have the right to ban contraception, but shouldn't.
Ron Paul: Right to privacy is explicit, but not for contraception.
Budget & Economy|
Rick Santorum: Spend-o-meter: track spending on all Senate amendments.
Rick Santorum: Marriage is a federal issue; we need one definition, not 50.
Rick Santorum: Companies run into a stiff headwind called government.
Energy & Oil|
Rick Santorum: Out of office, I stayed in the fray to defeat cap-and-trade.
Families & Children|
Rick Santorum: Gay adoption is a state issue; no federal ban.
Jon Huntsman: China is our most important relationship of the 21st century.
Mitt Romney: We have to open up markets to America's goods.
Ron Paul: All spending should be designated by earmarks.
Rick Santorum: Privacy is in 4th amendment, but Patriot Act is ok.
Rick Santorum: Confront virulent threat of radical Islam.
Ron Paul: Getting bin Laden OK; Iranian nukes not OK.
Principles & Values|
Mitt Romney: Obama's policies have made the recession deeper.
Mitt Romney: Business entrepreneurialism is leadership experience.
Rick Santorum: We need command leadership; not business experience.
Rick Santorum: I'm a conservative but not a libertarian; some government OK.
Rick Santorum: I appeal to blue-collar voters, not Wall Street.
Jon Huntsman: Rip out $1.1T in loopholes from the corrupt tax code.
Rick Santorum: Simplify tax code: just 5 deductions; everything else goes.
Newt Gingrich: We can't compete with China with an inferior infrastructure.
War & Peace|
Jon Huntsman: Draw down to 10,000 troops in Afghanistan by 2013.
Jon Huntsman: We listened to generals in Vietnam; don't repeat our mistake.
Mitt Romney: Leave Afghanistan when generals on the ground say so.
Newt Gingrich: We have mismanaged region-wide crisis in Middle East.
Rick Perry: I would send troops back into Iraq, to exclude Iran.
Rick Santorum: Stay in Afghanistan until security of our country is secure.
Rick Santorum: Iranian people admire us; Iranian leaders are evil.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rick Santorum: I authored the only bill to remove an entitlement.
The above quotations are from ABC News / WMUR-NH 2012 Republican primary New Hampshire debate.
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