| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood historically targets black communities.
Budget & Economy|
Ben Carson: Raise debt limit on condition of making cuts.
Rick Perry: Texas is primarily responsible for national job creation.
Bernie Sanders: Economic issues take a larger toll on minority groups.
Ted Cruz: Top 1% under Obama got fat & happy while workers are hurting.
Ben Sasse: Dysfunctional Congress hasn't passed budget in 6 years.
Ben Sasse: Raising debt ceiling ok if part of long-term reform.
John Kasich: Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling.
Mike Huckabee: The court's ruling on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
Donald Trump: I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction.
Donald Trump: Obama's presidency has done nothing for African Americans.
Ben Carson: Smart bank regulation necessary to protect people.
Lawrence Lessig: We need a new law to take on Wall Street.
Carly Fiorina: US should uplift small businesses, not crony capitalism.
Martin O`Malley: I was re-elected as Baltimore mayor because I made progress.
John Kasich: My policies worked to integrate police and community in Ohio.
Donald Trump: Study legalization, but don't legalize now.
Ben Carson: Free medical care to fix primary care deficit.
Chris Christie: Free college is ludicrous, but we can reduce the cost.
Scott Walker: High school football is ok if practiced responsibly.
Energy & Oil|
Thom Tillis: Passing Keystone XL pipeline is one key to winning in 2016.
Families & Children|
Bernie Sanders: Increase payroll tax to guarantee paid family leave.
Mike Huckabee: Don't allow kids to listen to toxic music like Beyonce.
Ben Carson: Trust experts to decide rules of engagement for ISIS.
Donald Trump: Too risky to take in Syrian refugees.
Martin O`Malley: Need to move towards 'networked intelligence'.
Ben Carson: Continue to confront China in South China Sea.
Ben Carson: Corner Putin by arming Ukraine & reducing oil dependence.
Carly Fiorina: Special ops in Syria are too little too late.
Chris Christie: Push Russia out of Middle East; establish US dominance.
Ben Carson: Take a stronger stance against Chinese cyber-attacks.
John Kasich: Refugee crisis is on Europe, but US also has responsibility.
Bernie Sanders: US should be more selective about using drone strikes.
Carly Fiorina: I would have walked away from Iran talks & imposed sanctions.
Mike Huckabee: South Carolina was right to remove the confederate flag.
Donald Trump: Keep enemies of the state away from guns.
Chris Christie: Gun laws ineffective; focus on mental health.
Donald Trump: Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help.
Bernie Sanders: Gun legislation must work for both rural & urban Americans.
Donald Trump: Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts.
Ben Carson: Health Savings Accounts make insurance companies irrelevant.
Ben Carson: Health Savings Accounts make Medicaid less relevant.
Lawrence Lessig: ObamaCare public option was compromised to special interests.
Mia Love: Get decision-making back in the hands of the American people.
Ben Carson: Doesn't want ISIS to know if he condones torture or not.
Ben Carson: Beef up intelligence gathering, including in mosques.
Ben Carson: Keep 2nd amendment rights for people on terror watchlist.
Donald Trump: Bring back waterboarding and other interrogation methods.
Donald Trump: Surveil mosques but don't close mosques.
Donald Trump: New Jersey Muslims cheered on 9/11.
Ben Carson: Religion not sufficient probable cause to track.
Bobby Jindal: Hillary should not be above the law in her email scandal.
Donald Trump: Enhanced interrogation a non-issue, compared to terrorism.
Donald Trump: Need to keep database of Muslim refugees.
Ben Carson: Guest worker program; no citizenship for illegals.
Donald Trump: Syrian refugee crisis partly our fault; but don't take any.
Ben Carson: Many immigrants are criminals from Iraq, Somalia and Russia.
Ben Carson: Taking in Middle Eastern refugees could be dangerous.
Donald Trump: The border wall will be well-managed and built correctly.
Rick Perry: I secured the border & reduced apprehensions as Texas Gov.
Scott Walker: No amnesty, but no mass deportation either.
Principles & Values|
Ben Carson: Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution.
Lawrence Lessig: Acknowledge elephant in the room: partisanship doesn't work.
Donald Trump: My old liberal political views evolved like Reagan's did.
Bernie Sanders: What's wrong with modeling U.S. on socialist Scandinavia?
Martin O`Malley: Look at my actions as governor, not my approval rating.
Scott Walker: Even if people disagree, they want politicians who lead.
Mike Huckabee: Chivalry is respect for women, not sexism.
Mike Huckabee: Cultural bubbles of NY, DC, and LA divide them from us.
Bernie Sanders: Criminal to not have COLA increases for seniors.
Bernie Sanders: Tax increases may affect more than top 1%.
Donald Trump: Estate tax is unfair double taxation.
Donald Trump: Do away with carried interest; it's unfair.
War & Peace|
John Kasich: No-fly zone 1st priority, but ok with more aid for refugees.
John Kasich: Invading force but no occupying force in Syria.
Marco Rubio: Civilian causalities unfortunate but inevitable.
Marco Rubio: Declare war on ISIS, fight via Sunni tribes and Kurds.
Bernie Sanders: Form Muslim-led coalition to defeat ISIS.
Donald Trump: Let Russia make moves in Syria; it's a quagmire.
Ben Carson: Counter countries propping up Assad: Russia and Iran.
Ben Carson: Maintain U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
Bernie Sanders: Diplomacy and coalition-building before unilateral action.
Bernie Sanders: Keep U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
Bobby Jindal: No-fly zone in Syria, to support Syrian rebels.
Bobby Jindal: U.S. ground troops to wipe out ISIS.
Donald Trump: Good that Russia has entered Syrian conflict.
Bernie Sanders: Middle Eastern countries must contribute to fight ISIS.
Carly Fiorina: US must provide resources & leadership in fight against ISIS.
Martin O`Malley: Radical terrorism and nuclear Iran are interconnected.
Ted Cruz: Focused, direct military objective of destroying ISIS.
Scott Walker: ISIS will attack on American soil; so take fight abroad.
Scott Walker: Don't rule out US boots on the ground in Syria.