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Abortion
    Jay Stamper: Limiting abortion isn't limited-government conservatism.
    Mitt Romney: Courts added tax-paid abortions to RomneyCare; not me.
    Mitt Romney: I had no litmus test for appointing judges, but I'm pro-life.
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Under 1/4 of pregnancies end in abortion, not 1/3.
    Gary Johnson: Right to choose up until viability of the fetus.
    Tim Pawlenty: Stem-cell research ok on previous embryos, but not new ones.
    Mike Huckabee: “Hate but allow abortion” is like “hate but allow slavery”.
    Rudy Giuliani: Allowing choice keeps government out of people’s lives.
    Rudy Giuliani: Seek bipartisan ways to reduce abortion & increase adoption.
    Sam Brownback: Opposes abortion even for women pregnant by rapists.
    Tommy Thompson: New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed.
    Barack Obama: Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion.
    Chris Dodd: Courts should decide abortion cases based on woman’s health.
    Dennis Kucinich: Litmus test on Roe, but as part of a culture of life.
    Joe Biden: Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy.
    John Edwards: Gov’t should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion.
Budget & Economy
    Thomas Ravenel: Federal spending is headed for a doomsday scenario.
    Rick Wade: AdWatch: 5 years in Washington on failed $787B stimulus.
    Rick Wade: Oversaw Obama stimulus implementation at Commerce Department.
    Nancy Mace: Restore some accountability in the budgeting process.
    Lindsey Graham: Dollar-for-dollar offset: cut spending to raise debt ceiling.
    Tim Scott: Address fiscal cliff with sequestration & tax cut extension.
    Gary Johnson: On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget.
    Tim Pawlenty: I left MN with a balanced budget, not a $6B deficit.
    Mitt Romney: Washington is broken; needs fundamental change.
    Tom Tancredo: Reduce budget deficit--restrict feds to Constitutional role.
Civil Rights
    Thomas Ravenel: Stay out of marriage, but if not, treat gays equally.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government should stay out of our bedrooms &our boardrooms.
    Rick Wade: First all-black U.S. Senate race in recent memory.
    Jay Stamper: Asked by Party to exit race after supporting gay marriage.
    Herman Cain: Ignoring DOMA is treasonous breach of presidential duty.
    Ron Paul: Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws.
    John McCain: Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok.
    Barack Obama: Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house.
    Chris Dodd: Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage.
Corporations
    Lindsey Graham: AdWatch: Hero of the taxpayer & guardian of small business.
    Jay Stamper: Stop giving away millions in corporate welfare.
    Lindsey Graham: 1997: Created trucking logistics company with 100 employees.
    Rick Wade: Served in Obama's U.S. Commerce Department.
    Mitt Romney: Capitalism works; free enterprise works; & profit works.
    Nikki Haley: Reduce red tape; time is money.
    Mark Sanford: Cut corporate income tax by raising cigarette tax.
    Hillary Clinton: Corporate elite treat working-class America as invisible.
    John Edwards: Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty.
Crime
    Jay Stamper: Pleaded guilty to three white-collar felony charges in 2006.
    Nikki Haley: Save millions by reducing recidivism.
    Gary Bauer: Miranda rights not as important as victim rights.
    Orrin Hatch: Appointing conservative judges is more critical than Miranda.
Drugs
    Thomas Ravenel: End the war on drugs; it's federal overreach & unsuccessful.
    Thomas Ravenel: In favor of ending the war on drugs.
    Rick Wade: State director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
    Gary Johnson: Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue.
    Ron Paul: We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin.
Education
    Rick Wade: All 6 siblings attended public schools.
    Nancy Mace: Strongly supports educational choice.
    Lee Bright: Advocates abolishing the Department of Education.
    Rick Wade: Vision for S.C. focused on education and jobs.
    Lee Bright: Real choice including private schools and home-schooling.
    Tim Pawlenty: Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design.
    Nikki Haley: Educate kids not based on where they happen to live.
    Mitt Romney: Supports English immersion & abstinence education.
    Mitt Romney: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB.
    Joe Biden: Pay teachers more to get better educational results.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China.
Energy & Oil
    Joyce Dickerson: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Nikki Haley: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Rick Wade: Head of China Operations for Green Tech Automotive.
    Lee Bright: Deal with waste, to remove obstacles to new nuclear plants.
    Rick Wade: V.P. of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company.
    Herman Cain: Establish real energy independence, with existing resources.
    Tim Pawlenty: I made a mistake in considering cap-and-trade in MN.
    Sam Brownback: Get more biodiesel & biofuels into system to prevent $4 gas.
    Tom Tancredo: Global warming could be from humans, or could be nature.
    Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Global warming has dissent, but not 50-50 split.
    Bill Richardson: Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel.
    Joe Biden: Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile.
    John Edwards: Bold transformation to stop importing 12M bbl of oil per day.
    John Edwards: Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration.
    Mike Gravel: I started the nuclear critique in this country.
Environment
    Lindsey Graham: Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year.
Foreign Policy
    Brad Hutto: Focus on state's needs, not foreign conflicts.
    Thomas Ravenel: Opposed to foreign interventions.
    Lee Bright: Remove Russia from G-8 over Ukraine invasion.
    Lindsey Graham: Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia.
    Jay Stamper: Trillions on foreign engagements isn't fiscal conservatism.
    Nancy Mace: No foreign aid to Egypt & countries who are our enemies.
    Jon Huntsman: 80 million bloggers in China will take China down.
    Rick Perry: China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR.
    Tim Pawlenty: Never subordinate US decisions to UN, as Obama did in Libya.
    Barack Obama: Europe & Japan are allies, but China is a competitor.
    Barack Obama: Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Palestinian suffering from stalled peace effort.
    Bill Richardson: Strategic interests in Russia: loose nukes & Chechnya.
    Bill Richardson: Being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy--diplomacy is.
    Bill Richardson: Re-evaluate embargo for post-Castro Cuba.
    Joe Biden: Biggest threat to US is from North Korea, Iran, & Russia.
    John Edwards: Russia has moved from democracy to autocracy.
    John Edwards: Lead international effort on economic development.
    Mike Gravel: US has no important enemies, so treat world as equals.
Free Trade
    Lindsey Graham: NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC.
    Rick Wade: Advocated for Asian-Pacific and African cooperation.
    Rick Wade: Envoy to China, to get investment via EB-5 visas.
    Ron Paul: China trade benefits American consumers.
    Mitt Romney: Trade with China only if they follow international rules.
    Mitt Romney: Go to WTO about China; we're already in a trade war.
    Duncan Hunter: China is cheating on trade by devaluing their currency.
    Alan Keyes: Banks and American clout should help farmers.
    Gary Bauer: Revoke China’s MFN & help US farmers.
    George W. Bush: Sow free trade and farmers will reap.
    John McCain: Substitute trade treaties for protectionism.
Government Reform
    Rick Wade: Washington is broken.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits of 12 years for Senate; 6 years for House.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits are the only way to stop the ruling elitists.
    Lee Bright: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
    Mark Sanford: End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations.
    Mark Sanford: Change rules of governorship and state officers.
    Ron Paul: Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security.
    Rudy Giuliani: Gets credit for killing the line-item veto.
    Tommy Thompson: Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they’re wasteful & inefficient.
    Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don’t eliminate them.
    Barack Obama: First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses.
    Bill Richardson: Delayed call for Gonzales to resign until failed testimony.
    Chris Dodd: Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history.
    Dennis Kucinich: Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies.
Gun Control
    Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence.
    Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings.
    Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban.
    Bill Richardson: The 2nd Amendment is precious.
    Hillary Clinton: Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others.
    Joe Biden: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole.
Health Care
    Thomas Ravenel: Against ObamaCare.
    Lindsey Graham: Opposed ObamaCare from day one.
    Nikki Haley: Reject ObamaCare state exchange; reject Medicaid expansion.
    Rick Wade: ObamaCare addresses closing health care disparities.
    Lee Bright: Full implementation of ObamaCare ends self-governance.
    Lindsey Graham: Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle.
    Nancy Mace: ObamaCare will be the undoing of our American way of life.
    Ron Paul: Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty.
    Tim Pawlenty: No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system.
    Nikki Haley: Let Medicaid buy generics for AIDS, cancer, & mental health.
    Barack Obama: National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance.
    Bill Richardson: Focus on preventive healthcare without raising taxes.
    Dennis Kucinich: Universal not-for-profit health care.
    Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from ‘94 failure, but ready for universal care.
    Hillary Clinton: 1990s plan failed after big pharma & insurance worked on it.
    John Edwards: Require employer coverage for every single American.
    Steve Forbes: Solve health care affordability with choice.
Homeland Security
    Thomas Ravenel: I want a military that defends America, not Germany or Japan.
    Thomas Ravenel: We absolutely must have the world's strongest military.
    Lindsey Graham: Doing nothing about Benghazi leads to a more dangerous world.
    Jay Stamper: NSA domestic spying included innocent U.S. citizens.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA domestic spying only targets terrorism suspects.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a felon, not a hero.
    Lindsey Graham: Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force.
    Jack Reed: Don't over-react to Benghazi; situation was confused.
    Lindsey Graham: President did not do enough to protect Benghazi embassy.
    Herman Cain: Trust military to determine torture; waterboarding is not.
    Jon Huntsman: Waterboarding is torture & diminishes our standing in world.
    Michele Bachmann: Waterboarding is effective; don't let the ACLU run the CIA.
    Rick Santorum: Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough.
    Ron Paul: Waterboarding is torture: illegal, uncivilized, and immoral.
    Gary Johnson: No waterboarding under any circumstances.
    Herman Cain: Protect our people by whatever means, even waterboarding.
    Rick Santorum: Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden.
    Ron Paul: Waterboarding doesn't achieve anything.
    Tim Pawlenty: Enhanced interrogation techniques counter radical jihadists.
    John McCain: Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion.
    Mike Huckabee: Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life.
    Mitt Romney: Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers.
    Ron Paul: DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it.
    Rudy Giuliani: Use every method you can think of to interrogate terrorists.
    Tom Tancredo: Use Jack Bauer-like methods to protect Western civilization.
    Chris Dodd: Stateless terrorism requires a multinational response.
    Dennis Kucinich: Global war on terror is pretext for aggressive war.
    Hillary Clinton: Big disconnect between rhetoric and reality on security.
    Mike Gravel: Threatening nukes is immoral foreign policy.
    Mike Gravel: Fighting terrorism with a war doesn’t work.
    Mike Gravel: US is the greatest violator of the non-proliferation treaty.
Immigration
    Thomas Ravenel: Robust worker visa program, plus anything else reasonable.
    Lee Bright: Secure the border first; but no amnesty.
    Lindsey Graham: Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration.
    Lindsey Graham: New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals.
    Lee Bright: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
    Duncan Hunter: This administration has “the slows” on border enforcement.
    John McCain: America expects us to work on immigration together.
    Mitt Romney: McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally.
    Rudy Giuliani: Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards.
    Sam Brownback: Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization.
    Tom Tancredo: McCain’s plan is soft on immigration & amnesty.
    Hillary Clinton: Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows.
Jobs
    Lindsey Graham: Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system.
    Lee Bright: It's just a myth that government can create jobs.
    Mitt Romney: End crony capitalism to get Americans back to work.
    Newt Gingrich: Create transitional program for returning vets, like in WWII.
    Rick Santorum: National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no.
    Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
    Ron Paul: National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing.
    Gary Johnson: Long unemployment benefits postpones dealing with problem.
    Steve Forbes: Farmers need policy reform.
Local Issues
    Nikki Haley: South Carolina is the "Beast of the Southeast".
Principles & Values
    Thomas Ravenel: Fiscally conservative and socially moderate libertarian.
    Rick Wade: Withdraws from race, citing too-late entrance.
    Tim Scott: OpEd: Dems call Scott "senator for the Heritage Foundation".
    Rick Wade: Commitment to listen to the people, not special interests.
    Nancy Mace: Give a conservative voice to the people of South Carolina.
    Lee Bright: I live all aspects of my life based on Biblical principles.
    Rick Wade: Ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002.
    Tim Scott: Grew up poor in a black community in North Charleston.
    Tim Scott: Served in public office for 18 years, with 2 terms in House.
    Buddy Roemer: Driving across SC and NH to shake hands & start listening.
    Jim Gilmore: Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it.
    Barack Obama: Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case.
    Bill Richardson: Biggest mistake is impatience, like pushing minimum wage.
    Chris Dodd: Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War.
    Dennis Kucinich: Biggest mistake was firing police chief on Good Friday.
    Hillary Clinton: Biggest mistakes: mishandling healthcare; believing in WMDs.
    Joe Biden: Biggest mistake was thinking he could work with George Bush.
    John Edwards: Biggest professional mistake was voting for Iraq War.
    Mike Gravel: Did not plan on presidency, but candidates are frightening.
    Ralph Nader: Won’t run as a Green-maybe as an independent.
Social Security
    Jim Gilmore: Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence.
    Howard Dean: Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-don’t privatize.
Tax Reform
    Lee Bright: Supports the FairTax to simplify taxes.
    Herman Cain: Abolish the IRS; implement 23% national sales tax.
    John McCain: Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement.
    Mitt Romney: Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees.
Technology
    Thomas Ravenel: Government doesn't belong in your email inbox.
    Nikki Haley: Invest in infrastructure, but no gas tax or any other tax.
    Rick Wade: Infrastructure investment in the poorest areas of S.C.
    Joyce Dickerson: Ensure the county has reliable public transportation.
    Lee Bright: Dredge the Port of Charleston to a 50-foot depth.
    Mitt Romney: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speech.
    Newt Gingrich: I favor Internet freedom; SOPA favors Hollywood.
    Mitt Romney: China must respect intellectual property if they want trade.
    Rick Perry: Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime.
    Alan Keyes: Abolish the income tax and eventually tax the Internet.
    Gary Bauer: Keep Internet tax-free; lower taxes for Main Street too.
    George W. Bush: Internet may or may not help mom & pop - wait & see.
    John McCain: Internet tax ban saved consumers $600M this Xmas.
    Orrin Hatch: Internet will not replace touching in stores.
    Steve Forbes: Internet tax ban fosters growth.
War & Peace
    Thomas Ravenel: U.S. military is over-involved overseas.
    Thomas Ravenel: Republicans are pro-invading this or that country.
    Lindsey Graham: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Newt Gingrich: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Jay Stamper: Don't go on "war footing" against Russia over Ukraine.
    Lindsey Graham: Support the Syrian rebels against Assad & Iran.
    Lee Bright: Intervention in Syria would help the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Lindsey Graham: Intervention in Syria to degrade Assad's chemical weapons.
    Lindsey Graham: Getting Syria wrong leads to Iranian nukes & war with Israel.
    Nancy Mace: Intervention in Syria would bolster al-Qaida.
    Lindsey Graham: Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it.
    Lindsey Graham: Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran.
    Lindsey Graham: Slow Afghan withdrawal, with 15,000 US troops left behind.
    Herman Cain: Economic sanctions on Iran, but no military.
    Mitt Romney: If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.
    Mitt Romney: Crippling sanctions against Iran, & military, to stop nukes.
    Newt Gingrich: Covert operations & military, if needed, to stop Iran nukes.
    Rick Perry: Shut down the Iranian Central Bank to stop nukes.
    Rick Perry: Complete the mission in Afghanistan, with no timetable.
    Rick Santorum: Afghanistan victory means Taliban is neutered, not wiped out.
    Rick Santorum: Work with Israel to take out Iranian nukes by force.
    Ron Paul: No war propaganda against Iran; learn from Iraq.
    Gary Johnson: I opposed the Iraq War from the beginning.
    Gary Johnson: No Afghan timetable; start tomorrow & finish in a few months.
    Herman Cain: No clear strategy in either Libya or Syria.
    Duncan Hunter: Iraqi forces have stopped running and started fighting.
    Jim Gilmore: Mandatory sanctions against nuclear Iran & possible strike.
    John McCain: Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq.
    Mitt Romney: Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West.
    Ron Paul: Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11.
    Ron Paul: We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all.
    Ron Paul: Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon.
    Ron Paul: When we go to war carelessly, the wars don’t end.
    Rudy Giuliani: Democrat timetable for retreat “fundamentally irresponsible”.
    Rudy Giuliani: We did not invite the 9/11 attack by attacking Iraq.
    Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Did say GOP is fundamentally irresponsible on war.
    Sam Brownback: We have not lost war; we can win by pulling together.
    Tom Tancredo: Convert from constabulary force to supporting force.
    Tom Tancredo: Opposed the troop surge, but supports the troops.
    Tom Tancredo: Muslims attack us because it’s a dictate of their religion.
    Tommy Thompson: Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people.
    Barack Obama: Iraq has distracted us from Taliban in Afghanistan.
    Barack Obama: War in Iraq is “dumb” but troops still need equipment.
    Barack Obama: Increase ground forces in Iraq to decrease troop rotations.
    Barack Obama: Iran with nuclear weapons is a profound security threat.
    Bill Richardson: Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end.
    Chris Dodd: Cut off the funding spigot for Iraq in one year.
    Dennis Kucinich: One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it.
    Dennis Kucinich: Lack of info was no excuse for voting for Iraq war.
    Dennis Kucinich: 2003 war vote was audition for presidential decision-making.
    Dennis Kucinich: We’re in Iraq for oil & looking at attacking Iran for oil.
    Dennis Kucinich: FactCheck: Iraqi oil production has fallen during war.
    Hillary Clinton: This war is up to Iraqi people to win or lose, not the US.
    Hillary Clinton: Voted for Iraq war based on available info; now would not.
    Joe Biden: Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement.
    Joe Biden: Replace pre-emption doctrine with prevention.
    John Edwards: Apologized for Iraq war vote; others must search conscience.
    Mike Gravel: Soldiers in Iraq are dying in vain; so just get out.
    Mike Gravel: Iraq war was lost the day Bush invaded-make it illegal.
Welfare & Poverty
    Thomas Ravenel: New Deal & Great Society are examples of federal overreach.
    Nikki Haley: Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck.
    Chris Dodd: No drug tests for welfare recipients.
    Hillary Clinton: Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation.
    John Edwards: Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty.


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