| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Jeb Bush: No conservative litmus test for judicial appointments.
Jeb Bush: Abortion ok when LIFE of mother at risk, not just her HEALTH.
Ben Carson: I would love to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
Ben Carson: Maybe exceptions for life of mother, not for rape or incest.
Carly Fiorina: Planned Parenthood is about character, not condoms.
Carly Fiorina: 2010: Roe v. Wade is a decided issue; 2015: Overturn it.
Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop.
Marco Rubio: Abortion is complex issue; we must reduce the number of them.
Budget & Economy|
Ted Cruz: Use debt limit as leverage for policy change.
Donald Trump: Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions.
Donald Trump: Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education.
Chris Christie: Cut taxes and reduce spending, while creating new jobs.
John Kasich: Wall Street is vital for the US, but often times too greedy.
Ben Carson: Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement.
Bernie Sanders: Black Lives Matter: deal with institutional racism.
Ted Cruz: Supreme Court gay rights ruling undermines the Constitution.
Lindsey Graham: Respect Supreme Court decision & fight for religious liberty.
Rick Santorum: Fight gay marriage ruling, but not with civil disobedience.
Bobby Jindal: Ok to deny services to gays based on religious beliefs.
Bobby Jindal: Let's have religious liberty without anti-gay discrimination.
Jeb Bush: Conflicted about death penalty; needs reform.
Donald Trump: Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence.
John Kasich: Death penalty is consistent with justice & Christian values.
Martin O`Malley: I reduced both violent crime and incarceration rates.
Marco Rubio: Medical marijuana could be OK, but not recreational use.
Mike Huckabee: I'm against Common Core; it differs from its original intent.
Energy & Oil|
Bernie Sanders: Opposed Keystone Pipeline from day one.
John Kasich: Climate change is a real issue, but the extent is unproven.
Mike Huckabee: Climate change is questionable; address other issues instead.
Families & Children|
Bernie Sanders: 1972: wrote fictional "satire" about men oppressing women.
Ben Carson: Political solution must accompany military solution in Syria.
Jeb Bush: America needs to lead in fight against Assad and ISIS.
Jeb Bush: Syrian refugee camps in Jordan are really quite nice.
Ted Cruz: Fighting ISIS is more important than fighting Assad.
Ted Cruz: If Mideast strongmen still in power, better for US interests.
Ted Cruz: US should not engage in nation building in Afghanistan.
Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar should take charge in Syria.
Donald Trump: US should not train rebels it does not know or control.
Donald Trump: Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos.
Donald Trump: Good that Russia is involved in Syria.
Donald Trump: Diplomacy & respect crucial to our relationship with Russia.
Bernie Sanders: Address humanitarian crisis in Syria with allies in region.
John Kasich: Fight ISIS with a coalition including US ground troops.
Rand Paul: Boycott countries that demonize women, like Saudi Arabia.
Bernie Sanders: Does not support ANY free trade agreements.
Chris Christie: Congress must work together for progress to happen.
Chris Christie: As president, I will enforce law and transparency.
Mike Huckabee: Banning confederate flag is an issue for the states.
John Kasich: Registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control.
Ben Carson: No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity.
Bernie Sanders: Common sense, incremental gun control plan.
Donald Trump: Mental health more important than gun control.
Donald Trump: Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence.
Bernie Sanders: Instant background checks: no guns for criminals or unstable.
Ben Carson: Replace need for Medicare with HSAs & catastrophic insurance.
Donald Trump: New Jersey Muslims celebrated after 9/11.
Jeb Bush: Syrian refugees already in US can stay.
Bernie Sanders: Continue using drones and special forces.
Bernie Sanders: Worried about invasion of privacy from NSA corporate America.
Rick Santorum: The Patriot Act did not cause any invasions of privacy.
Rand Paul: Focus NSA surveillance on threats, not innocent Americans.
Lindsey Graham: The next stage of the fight against terrorism is in Africa.
Donald Trump: Mexico will pay for wall, but not through tariffs.
John Kasich: Latino immigrants will continue to play critical role in US.
John Kasich: Seal the border with Mexico, support legal immigrants.
Mike Huckabee: Let illegal immigrant kids in college despite parents' crime.
Chris Christie: I fought greedy unions and irresponsible spending in N.J.
Donald Trump: Don't raise minimum wage, but create more opportunities.
Donald Trump: Take jobs back from foreign countries to lower unemployment.
Principles & Values|
John Kasich: Need to promote Western values to win war of ideas.
Jeb Bush: Negotiate with Dems to get things done.
Bernie Sanders: Social change cannot occur without mass participation.
Bernie Sanders: I'm not a capitalist; I'm a democratic socialist.
Ben Carson: A Muslim president would not stay true to American values.
John Kasich: For the presidency. qualifications trump personal religion.
Bobby Jindal: Uncompromising GOP leadership in DC to make real change.
Bobby Jindal: We must stop viewing ourselves as being separated by race.
Lindsey Graham: Supported removal of battle flag following shooting.
Ben Carson: Personal religion important, but it's not the law.
War & Peace|
Jeb Bush: Declare a war in Syria, take out ISIS and Assad.
Jeb Bush: Best way to defeat terrorist ideology is to destroy ISIS.
Jeb Bush: War is the only option in Syria, to take out Caliphate.
Ben Carson: Don't get involved in Syria, but push ISIS in that direction.
Donald Trump: Radical violent Islam that must be feared, not Islam itself.
Bernie Sanders: Voted for Afghan War, to capture Osama bin Laden.
Rand Paul: Fight Iran with diplomacy and military strength, not war.
Rand Paul: I brought fighting ISIS to the forefront of discussion.
Ben Carson: Eradicate ISIS as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Lindsey Graham: Returning from Iraq prematurely was a mistake.
Lindsey Graham: Form regional coalition to enforce no-fly zone in Syria.
Lindsey Graham: Ok to hold off Iranian sanctions but only while negotiating.