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Florida Senate debate: Mel Martinez (R) vs. Betty Castor (D), Oct. 18 & 24, 2004


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions.
    Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist.
    Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
    Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
    Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
    Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
Budget & Economy
    Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default.
    Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy.
    Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology.
    Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
    Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
    Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
    Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
Civil Rights
    Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
    Charlie Crist: Lifetime member of NAACP.
    Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
    Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Corporations
    Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers.
Crime
    Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs.
Energy & Oil
    Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.
    Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
    Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
Environment
    Connie Mack IV: Criticizes agricultural tax breaks for grazing land.
Foreign Policy
    Bill Nelson: Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel.
    Connie Mack IV: Keep the Cuban embargo until Cuba is a free democracy.
    Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Government Reform
    George LeMieux: Opposed thousands of earmarks during time in Senate.
Health Care
    Connie Mack IV: ObamaCare cuts $700 billion out of your Medicare.
    Connie Mack IV: Repeal ObamaCare but preserve pre-existing condition rule.
    Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
    Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
    Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Homeland Security
    Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military.
    Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked.
    Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell.
    Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
    Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
Immigration
    Bill Nelson: Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency.
    Connie Mack IV: No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
    Marco Rubio: AZ law may unreasonably single out some citizens.
    Marco Rubio: Don't count illegal immigrants in the 2010 census.
    Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
    Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Principles & Values
    Connie Mack IV: GOP debates only help Democrats.
    Connie Mack IV: Son of Senator; husband of Congresswoman.
    George LeMieux: Kept his promise not run for re-election after appointment.
    Charlie Crist: I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme.
    Charlie Crist: We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology.
    Marco Rubio: Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership".
    Marco Rubio: Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card.
    Marco Rubio: Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards.
    Marco Rubio: As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas".
    Bob Smith: Only one in this race with real-world experience.
    Marco Rubio: God does not love America more than Belgium.
Social Security
    Charlie Crist: Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income.
    Marco Rubio: Raise retirement age for those now under 55.
    Charlie Crist: Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA.
    Marco Rubio: Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA.
    Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
    Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
    Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
    Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
    Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
Tax Reform
    Connie Mack IV: Litmus test: Voting for higher taxes means it's time to go.
    Charlie Crist: Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later.
    Kendrick Meek: Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down.
    Marco Rubio: No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%.
    Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
    Charlie Crist: Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.
    Marco Rubio: 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium.
    Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
    Mel Martinez: Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
War & Peace
    Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts.
    Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
    Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
    Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
    Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
Welfare & Poverty
    Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
    Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.


The above quotations are from Florida Senate debate: Mel Martinez (R) vs. Betty Castor (D), Oct. 18 & 24, 2004.

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