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Abortion
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Right to choose; partial birth ok Huckabee: Outlaw all abortions Paul: Life begins at conception; no stem cells
Clinton: Safe, legal & rare Keyes: Strongly pro-life Romney: Sanctity of life; but was pro-choice
Obama: Yes on Roe; yes on stem cells McCain: Pro-life Nader: Let women decide

Budget & Economy
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Roll back tax cuts Huckabee: Cut federal spending; defer to states Paul: Return to gold standard; deregulate economy
Clinton: Balance budget; pay down debt Keyes: Limit spending Romney: Cut deficit; reduce pork; cap spending
Obama: Pay-as-you-go; regulate mortgages McCain: Balance budget; Lockbox. Nader: Human economy is not booming

Civil Rights
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Aff. Action; no DOMA Huckabee: No civil unions; no affirmative action Paul: No affirmative action; no Marriage Amendment
Clinton: Pro-gay rights & women's rights Keyes: Anti-gay rights & aff.action Romney: No gay marriage; help women & minorities
Obama: Strong civil unions & affirmative action McCain: Anti-quota; for Flag protection Nader: Pro-gay; pro-privacy; pro-women

Corporations
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Attack corporate indifference Huckabee: Support marketplace Paul: Supports bankruptcy reform
Clinton: Limit bankruptcies; end corporate welfare Keyes: Protect workers against elite Romney: Close loopholes; protect smaller companies
Obama: Close loopholes; reward domestic jobs McCain: Restrict corporations some Nader: Shift power to consumers

Crime
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: No 3 Strikes; death penalty ok Huckabee: Ok on death penalty; not 3 Strikes Paul: Against death penalty; against hate crime laws
Clinton: 3 Strikes ok; DNA required Keyes: Death; no hate crimes Romney: Death penalty; One Strike you're out
Obama: Alternate sentencing; restrict death penalty McCain: Death; more prisons; less parole Nader: Focus on prevention; no death penalty

Drugs
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Drug courts; reasonable sentences Huckabee: Punishment over education Paul: War on Drugs is a failure
Clinton: Treatment & drug courts Keyes: More penalties Romney: Fight for drug war
Obama: Understand drug abuse McCain: More border; more penalties Nader: Stop prohibition

Education
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: No vouchers; more teachers Huckabee: Teach character; support charters Paul: Close Dept. of Ed.; tax credit for parochials
Clinton: Support public schools; no vouchers Keyes: No public monopoly; yes school prayer Romney: Vouchers over teachers' unions
Obama: Merit pay; free college McCain: More testing; more prayer; vouchers Nader: Invest in public education; teach citizenship

Energy & Oil
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Higher CAFE; no ANWR Huckabee: Increase oil; Kyoto was mistake Paul: No to CAFE; yes to ANWR drilling
Clinton: Ratify Kyoto; use hydrogen Keyes: Exploit ANWR; end Kyoto & CAFE Romney: Drill ANWR; develop nuclear & coal
Obama: Increase CAFE; alternative energy McCain: No ANWR; no on Bush energy plan Nader: More funds; less cars

Environment
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: No forest roads; reduce CO2 Huckabee: Conservation; caretaking; clean up Paul: Focus on property rights; ban Yucca ads
Clinton: Fund EPA & clean air Keyes: Marketable pollution credits Romney: Tough on Big Dig; focus on clean environment
Obama: Protect National Parks; reduce mercury McCain: End farm subsidies; expand CWA Nader: More funds; more rules

Families & Children
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Help working parents Huckabee: Covenant marriage; teach morality Paul: No state overriding parental decisions
Clinton: It takes a village to raise a child Keyes: Moral breakdown of families Romney: Strengthen families
Obama: Teach sex-ed; listen to evangelicals McCain: Labeling for parents; blame media Nader: Corporate TV hurts kids

Foreign Policy
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Focus on open society Huckabee: Non-intervention; support Israel Paul: Humble foreign policy instead of empire
Clinton: Focus on peace Keyes: "Anti-China, Anti-UN" Romney: Foster democracy with resolve, not arrogance
Obama: Strengthen NATO; more foreign aid McCain: Assertive multilateralism Nader: Interventionist with support, not arms

Free Trade
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Edwards: No NAFTA; but PNTR ok Huckabee: Trust marketplace; subsidize farms Paul: Sovereignty instead of NAFTA & WTO
Clinton: Humanization plus globalization Keyes: Out of WTO; defend sovereignty Romney: Open markets abroad
Obama: No CAFTA; fair trade McCain: Open trade; WTO ok Nader: Pro-immgrant; anti-globalization

Government Reform
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Limit lobbyists; public cmpn finance Huckabee: Strengthen states; term limits Paul: No earmarks; close non-Constitutional agencies
Clinton: Soft-money ban; govt not solution Keyes: Decrease campaign $; more disclosure Romney: For line-item veto; against McCain-Feingold
Obama: Public campaign finance; limit lobbyists McCain: Anti-influence peddling Nader: Remove corporate influences

Gun Control
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: 2nd Amendment with rules Huckabee: Supports 2nd amendment fully Paul: No gun bans; allow concealed carry
Clinton: More restrictions Keyes: No more laws; more morals Romney: Ok to ban some lethal weapons
Obama: Restrict guns; allow suing gunmakers McCain: More gun laws; more gun rights Nader: More restrictions; some bans

Health Care
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Cover every child; anti-HMOs Huckabee: Focus on prevention & consumers Paul: Against mandated insurance & managed care
Clinton: Universal coverage Keyes: No right-to-die; no health I.D. Romney: State-based plans with mandates plus market
Obama: Focus on affordability; focus on AIDS McCain: Patient rights; limit HMOs Nader: Cradle-to-grave non-profit system

Homeland Security
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: More $; no base closures Huckabee: Expand armed forces; close Guantanamo Paul: Protect habeas corpus; avoid draft
Clinton: Ban nuke tests; SDI ok Keyes: Less entangled;SDI; strike terrorists Romney: Wiretap mosques; double Guantanamo
Obama: Close Gitmo; address VA; grow military McCain: More pay; SDI; more engaged Nader: Reduce weapons & overseas troops

Immigration
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Earned legalization Huckabee: Send illegals home; but not kids Paul: Bilingualism yes; amnesty no; border fence yes
Clinton: Comprehensive reform & guest workers Keyes: Defend borders; oppose amnesty Romney: No tuition breaks; but no job enforcement
Obama: Path to citizenship; comprehensive reform McCain: Comprehensive reform Nader: Pro-immgrant; anti-globalization

Jobs
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Raise min. wage; protect unions Huckabee: Subsidize farms; unions over CEOs Paul: No minimum wage increase; no farm subsidies
Clinton: Living wage Keyes: No gov't jobs; yes family farms Romney: Farm subsidies; incentives for training
Obama: Living wage; support unions McCain: No subsidies; yes workfare Nader: Reduce pay gap

Principles & Values
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Two Americas Huckabee: Character IS the issue; support culture of life Paul: No dictating behavior; yes limited government
Clinton: New Democrat Keyes: Unalienable rights under God Romney: Learns from mistakes; ran Olympics; Mormon
Obama: Yes we can; Audacity of Hope McCain: Set an example Nader: New Populism: power corrupts

Social Security
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Protect it; no diversions Huckabee: Personal accounts but not privatized Paul: Personal accounts; let young opt out
Clinton: Preserve protections Keyes: Privatize; Lock-box Romney: Private accounts; honor commitments
Obama: No privatization; raise cap McCain: Lockbox & privatize Nader: Against privatization

Tax Reform
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Repeal tax cuts for rich Huckabee: Supports FairTax; simplify taxes Paul: End income tax; but no flat tax
Clinton: Say no to GOP tax cuts Keyes: Abolish IRS & income tax Romney: Tax cuts raise revenues; fees ok
Obama: End Bush tax cuts; keep estate tax McCain: Simplify & reduce taxes Nader: Keep progressivity; raise corporate taxes

Technology
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Promote Internet Huckabee: Tax Internet; TV indecency rules Paul: No network neutrality; no Fairness Doctrine
Clinton: Bridge digital divide Keyes: Regulate TV; fund NASA Romney: Invest in infrastructure; expect change
Obama: More R&D $; invest in transportation McCain: No Internet tax; yes porn filters Nader

War & Peace
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Voted for Iraq; get NATO involved Huckabee: Stay in Iraq; talk to Iran; fight jihadists Paul: Iraq war is illegal; talk to Iran
Clinton: Authorized Iraq war; redeploy now Keyes: Win in Iraq & war on terror Romney: Stay in Iraq until secret withdrawal
Obama: Leave Iraq carefully but quickly McCain: Yes on Iraq war; then & now Nader: Iraq war is for oil

Welfare & Poverty
Democrats Republicans GOP/Green
Edwards: Cities Rising: $ for EITC Huckabee: Charitable Choice & faith-based providers Paul: No faith-based initiatives; yes Section 8
Clinton: Raise minimum wage Keyes: Solve social ills with family & faith Romney: Supports workfare
Obama: Help welfare recipients; engage faith McCain: Pro workfare; pro block grants Nader: Pro-union; anti-big business

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