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Hard Choices,
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Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harm’s Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
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Ten Letters
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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

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Abortion
    George P. Bush: At anti-abortion rally: "I'm pro-life".
    Joe Donnelly: God would never intend for rape to happen.
    Richard Mourdock: God at work when rape leads to pregnancy.
    Paul Broun: Evolution & embryology: lies straight from the pit of hell.
    Joe Kyrillos: Supports parental notifications and waiting periods.
    Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
    Bob Conley: Catholic background gives him “sanctity of life” views.
    Jim Pederson: Supports abortion right, but also abstinence & contraceptio.
    Jan Ting: Personally opposes abortion, but not an issue for Congress.
    Stephen Laffey: Roe v Wade is settled law; but restrictions ok.
    Stephen Laffey: Undecided on stem cell research.
    Samuel Alito: States can require women seeking abortions to notify spouses.
    Samuel Alito: Oppose publicly funded abortions for rape and incest victims.
    Mitt Romney: Anti-abortion views have “evolved & deepened” while governor.
    Mitt Romney: Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims.
    John Roberts: Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided.
    Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
    Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
    Joseph Lieberman: Day 1: Repeal the Bush restrictions on stem cell research.
    Rick Santorum: There is no federal right to privacy.
    Rick Perry: Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health.
    Tony Sanchez: Devout Catholic, but favors abortion rights.
    George W. Bush: No funds to international groups that offer abortion.
    Rick Lazio: No funding for abortion; but don’t criminalize it.
    Al Gore: Honor women by honoring their right to choose.
    Donald Trump: Favors abortion rights but respects opposition.
    John McCain: Wants Roe vs. Wade made irrelevant, but would not repeal it.
    John McCain: Opposes partial-birth abortions & public financing.
    Orrin Hatch: No litmus tests: no one issue should define appointments.
    Gary Bauer: Cut funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Dan Quayle: Overturn Roe v. Wade; litmus test for appointments.
    George W. Bush: Would support - but not pursue - a pro-life Amendment.
    John McCain: Nominate justices based on experience, and values.
    Lamar Alexander: Supreme Court should interpret Constitution literally.
    Steve Forbes: Supports litmus test for Supreme Court appointments.
Budget & Economy
    Robin Carnahan: 2008 bank bailout helped Wall Street, not ordinary people.
    Roy Blunt: Bailout ok; stimulus package a huge mistake.
    Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
    Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
    John Neely Kennedy: Be concerned about economy, but not scared.
    Mary Landrieu: Opposed $700 billion bailout; not enough taxpayer safeguards.
    Jeff Sessions: Bailout well-intentioned, but too much federal intervention.
    Vivian Davis Figures: GOP turned nation from surplus to deficit, and jobs get lost.
    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.
    Dick Cheney: In 1980s, US needed limited spending for deficit & Cold War.
    John McCain: Distribute surplus: 23% tax cuts; 62% Social Security.
    John Kasich: Against ethanol subsidies, and all subsidies.
Civil Rights
    Pat McCrory: Transgendered people must use bathroom based on birth gender.
    Phil Scott: Supports gay marriage and transgender bathroom rights.
    Roy Cooper: Repeal law requiring bathroom use based on birth gender.
    Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
    Gary Herbert: Discriminating against gay people shouldn't be illegal.
    Jon Huntsman: 2008: agreed to extend some rights to gay people.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Struck down parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act.
    John Barrasso: For traditional family values; against gay marriage.
    Hillary Clinton: Pushing for privacy bill of rights.
    Condoleezza Rice: Advocates respect for all when discussing gay marriage.
    Richard Tarrant: Marriage should be one man & one woman, but no Amendment.
    Stephen Laffey: Supports civil unions and opposes Constitutional amendment.
    Vivian Davis Figures: Include victim’s sexual orientation in hate crimes law.
    Margaret Spellings: Advocates against exposing children to lesbian lifestyle.
    Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
    Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
    Tim Michels: Supports the Patriot Act and therefore against Feingold.
    Dick Cheney: “Freedom means freedom for everyone,” including gays.
    Tom Vilsack: Declared English as Iowa’s official language.
    Al Sharpton: Flag burning is distasteful, but it’s free expression.
    Howard Dean: Don’t amend the First Amendment to prohibit flag-burning.
    John Edwards: Flag burning is despicable, but not a constitutional issue.
    John Kerry: Flag burning is displeasing, but it’s free expression.
    Joseph Lieberman: Flag burning is abhorrent, but not a constitutional issue.
    Wesley Clark: Narrowly protect the American flag.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Advisor to US English, an anti-bilingual organization.
    Rick Santorum: Homosexual orientation ok; but homosexual act are sodomy.
    Rudy Giuliani: Anti-Catholic art is disgusting; appoints decency council.
    Al Gore: Affirmative Action: mend it, don’t end it.
    George W. Bush: Affirmative access means a fair shot for everyone.
    Pat Buchanan: No gay VP; no gays in Cabinet; it’s “a disorder”.
    Al Gore: Confederate flags divide us-remove them from Statehouses.
    John McCain: Confederate flag is a “symbol of heritage”.
    John McCain: Opposed to video gambling, but leave it to states.
    John McCain: Flying Confederate flag should be left to states.
    Steve Forbes: Against video gambling - not an economic backbone.
    Orrin Hatch: Gays support Democrats, but no intolerance.
    Orrin Hatch: Homosexuality is contrary to the Bible, but no intolerance.
    George W. Bush: English-plus, not English-only.
    John McCain: Indian gambling OK; lottery is not.
    Dan Quayle: Gambling impacts families; but leave it up to states.
    Elizabeth Dole: States should sort out gambling’s benefits & consequences.
    George W. Bush: State lottery OK, but qualms about casino gambling.
    Pat Buchanan: Legal gambling is a “destructive vice”.
    Steve Forbes: Against casino gambling; against airborne gambling.
    Gary Bauer: The law recognizes and encourages heterosexuality.
    Gary Bauer: Restrict the ‘addictive blight’ of legalized gambling.
    George W. Bush: Reach out to minorities, but without quotas.
    Mike Huckabee: Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue.
Corporations
    Tom Leppert: I'm a career businessman; I've actually created jobs.
    John Boozman: Tax cuts for higher income helps small business owners.
    John Neely Kennedy: Disallow bank getting so big that its failure wrecks economy.
Crime
    Jim Abeler: Major overhaul needed for sex offender laws.
    David Dewhurst: Death is appropriate punishment for repeat child molesters.
    Al Sharpton: Opposed to death penalty under any circumstances.
    Dennis Kucinich: Ban the death penalty-98% of those convicted are poor.
    Howard Dean: Death penalty for extreme crimes, but applied fairly.
    John Edwards: Death penalty for heinous crimes, but applied fairly.
    John Kerry: Moratorium on federal executions-only exception is terrorism.
    Joseph Lieberman: Death penalty for egregious crimes, but applied fairly.
    Wesley Clark: Death penalty for heinous crimes, but apply with safeguards.
    Al Gore: Use DNA techniques to make death penalty more fair.
    George W. Bush: 134 Texas executions are “fair and just”.
    Orrin Hatch: 10-20-Life plan: harsh penalties for gun use.
Drugs
    Jack Conway: Epidemic of prescription pill abuse spurs crime.
    Rand Paul: Drug abuse isn't a pressing issue; 10-20 years is too harsh.
    Mike Bouchard: Direct connection between terrorism and drug activity.
    Doris Haddock: Penalize marijuana use with fines rather than prison time.
    Judd Gregg: Marijuana should not be legalized for medical use.
    Howard Dean: Treat drug abuse as a medical problem, not a judicial one.
    Elizabeth Dole: Decertify countries who do not combat drugs.
    Elizabeth Dole: Use all branches of the military in Drug War.
    Elizabeth Dole: Aggressive public education campaign that drugs aren’t cool.
    Elizabeth Dole: Would “lead a crusade” against illegal drugs.
    Mike Huckabee: Curb supply by eradication; change attitudes to curb demand.
Education
    George P. Bush: Taxpayer-funded vouchers for private & religious schools.
    John Morrison: Education should be a priority for federal money.
    Dwight Grotberg: Home-schools his seven children.
    Brad Carson: Support the lottery proposal to fund education.
    Tom Coburn: The lottery proposal to fund education undermines virtue.
    Denise Majette: Fully fund No Child Left Behind and Headstart.
    Johnny Isakson: Voted for funding increases in No Child Left Behind.
    George W. Bush: $5,000 Grants for poor students in math & sciences.
    John Kerry: Roll back tax cuts for rich to fund education.
    Al Sharpton: Vouchers are a gradual step toward privatization.
    Dennis Kucinich: Vouchers divert public money away from public schools.
    Howard Dean: Vouchers undermine public education.
    John Edwards: Private school vouchers drain resources from public schools.
    John Kerry: Vouchers drain resources from public schools.
    Joseph Lieberman: Supports vouchers that don’t take money from public schools.
    Wesley Clark: Oppose vouchers and all measures that weaken public schools.
    Al Gore: Claimed $10,000 tuition tax cut worth $800 over current plan.
    Al Gore: Overempasized restrictions of Bush’s education plan.
    Al Gore: Supports Goals 2000 & standards-based movement.
    Bill Bradley: Measure performance; close lowest-performing schools.
    George W. Bush: Freedom & flexibility in return for high standards & results.
    John McCain: Against nationally imposed standards & funding strings.
    John McCain: Enlist retirees for tutoring.
    George W. Bush: $3 billion for Charter School Fund.
    Elizabeth Dole: More power to teachers, parents, and local schools.
    John McCain: $5B program for 3-year test of school vouchers.
    Gary Bauer: Vouchers for home-schooling as well as private schools.
    George W. Bush: More state and local control over education.
    John McCain: Internet access, with filters, at every school & library.
    John McCain: Merit pay & competency testing for teachers.
    John McCain: Tax-funded vouchers for private schools or charter schools.
Energy & Oil
    George Pataki: Tackle climate change via private & market-based initiatives.
    Linda Lingle: Transformation for clean energy, not incremental change.
    Joe Miller: Nuclear energy shouldn't be precluded or overlooked.
    Carte Goodwin: Opposes cap-and-trade as hurting jobs with coal.
    Mary Landrieu: Proud of expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
    Jeff Sessions: Surge in gas prices sucks out American wealth.
    Vivian Davis Figures: High gas prices make it harder to make ends meet.
    George W. Bush: Reduce gas consumption by 20% over 10 years.
    Nancy Pelosi: Bush’s energy plan is running out the clock until 2008.
    Allen McCulloch: Responsible drilling at Otero Mesa and ANWR.
    Stephen Laffey: Drives an SUV & considers expanding mass transit unrealistic.
    Stephen Laffey: Economic incentives to reduce oil-funded Islamofacism.
    Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
    Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
    Al Sharpton: Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 33, and 25 for SUVs.
    Dennis Kucinich: Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 45, and 40 for SUVs.
    Howard Dean: Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 37.5, including SUVs.
    John Edwards: Supports real increases in CAFE standards.
    John Kerry: Raise CAFE standard to 36 mpg by 2015.
    Joseph Lieberman: Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 40, including SUVs.
    Wesley Clark: Raise CAFE standards after consulting with experts.
    Al Gore: Renewable energy instead of nuclear power.
    George W. Bush: Clarify rules to allow for more nuclear power generation.
    George W. Bush: Make Amtrak more efficient and competitive.
    Al Gore: $150B Energy Security and Environment Trust Fund.
    George W. Bush: Remove federal impediments to states’ clean energy.
    Al Gore: Public/private initiative to triple auto fuel efficiency.
Environment
    David Vitter: Coastal restoration with private funding.
    Jay Dardenne: Coastal restoration with federal funding.
    John Bel Edwards: Mississippi River diversion: backbone to coastal restoration.
    Robin Carnahan: Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide.
    John Neely Kennedy: Wetlands will wash away before 2017 coastal protection.
    Al Gore: Major commitment to build high-speed Amtrak rail systems.
Families & Children
    Donald Trump: Supports birth control without a prescription.
    Rick Santorum: Church scandals caused by "right to privacy lifestyle".
    Al Gore: Fiscal discipline helps single people as well as families.
    George W. Bush: Tax cut plan helps single people as well as families.
    Al Gore: Abstinence Ed in the context of comprehensive Sex Ed.
    Hillary Clinton: Decide Elian’s fate via ongoing INS legal process.
    Rudy Giuliani: Give Elian citizenship; decide fate in family court.
    Bill Bradley: Global economy ignores the 6:30 dinner hour.
    Bill Bradley: Create a nationwide system for childcare.
    Bill Bradley: $2.6B for preschool, childcare, colleges, and volunteers.
    Bill Bradley: Proposed senior Americorps for mentoring kids.
    Dan Quayle: TV causes problems facing American families.
Foreign Policy
    Rand Paul: Good idea to end Cuba embargo; it hasn't worked.
    Chris Murphy: US support of Israel is in our national security interest.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Assisted with N.J. divestiture from Sudan.
    Jeb Bush: Support Israel in its battle against terrorism.
    Howard Dean: Day 1: Visit international allies to undo damage.
    Al Gore: Vietnam: Trade will improve human rights & help with MIAs.
    George W. Bush: Vietnam: Trade better for human rights than sanctions.
    Al Gore: To union: we disagree on China; but agree elsewhere.
    Pat Buchanan: Struggle against emerging world government.
    George W. Bush: Russia: Troubling that Putin gained from Chechnya.
    John McCain: Russia: Sanctions until Putin exits Chechnya.
    Steve Forbes: Russia: We spent billions to support a corrupt elite.
    Steve Forbes: Russia: No aid to kleptocrats until they pay workers.
    Steve Forbes: Do not permit use of force in Taiwan or Tibet.
    Dan Quayle: Treat Asia like we do Europe.
    Dan Quayle: Move China towards democracy, to avoid threat.
    Dan Quayle: Respect China; support Taiwan; SDI for Asian allies.
    Dan Quayle: We must face China as our biggest challenge.
    Bob Smith: Create Senate committee to investigate China spying.
    Elizabeth Dole: “Get a grip” on Cox Report & take action.
    Gary Bauer: Cox Report marks failure to protect our nation.
    George W. Bush: Cox Report: Should have done something immediately.
    George W. Bush: Chinese nuclear spying will shift balance of power.
    John Kasich: Heed the clear warning of the Cox Report.
    John McCain: Inaction on spying led to Chinese nuclear improvement.
    Lamar Alexander: Blue-ribbon commission to investigate China spying.
    Steve Forbes: Cox Report indicates incompetence, ineptitude, insincerity.
Free Trade
    Mike Pence: Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China.
    Mike Pence: Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China.
    David Dewhurst: Cruz defended Chinese on intellectual property theft.
    Ted Cruz: Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft.
    Ted Cruz: Dewhurst lying about defending Chinese intellectual property.
    Elizabeth Dole: CAFTA has created jobs for North Carolina.
    Kay Hagan: Fix trade agreements to avoid job loss.
    Kay Hagan: Would have voted against CAFTA due to labor concerns.
    Matt Blunt: Negotiate with European businesses for more Missouri exports.
    Al Sharpton: Labor standards should not cost American workers jobs.
    Dennis Kucinich: Free trade encourages privatization, so avoid it.
    Howard Dean: Enforceable & enforced labor and environmental standards.
    John Edwards: Require labor and environmental standards plus right-to-know.
    John Kerry: All new trade must include labor and environmental standards.
    Joseph Lieberman: Free AND fair trade, with labor and environmental standards.
    Wesley Clark: Free AND fair trade, with labor and environmental standards.
    Howard Dean: WTO should care about human rights.
    Al Gore: More Latin American trade, with labor & enviro protections.
    George W. Bush: Add Chile, Brazil, Argentina, & others to NAFTA.
    George W. Bush: Fast Track in west; WTO in east.
    Al Gore: Open Europe & Japan to genetically-modified farm products.
    Donald Trump: World views US trade officials as ‘saps’.
    Dan Quayle: China not ready for WTO; engage them & change them.
    Pat Buchanan: Tariffs on wheat imports to equalize costs & protect farms.
Government Reform
    Kate Brown: Automatic voter registration for all drivers.
    Tim Pawlenty: Registering to vote should be a voluntary, intentional act.
    Dan Sullivan: TV ads financed by super-PAC, both for him & against.
    Roy Blunt: Took $200K from lobbyists for 2010; tops among House members.
    Joe Miller: Federal aid to Alaska is coming to an end.
    Joe Miller: Limit federal powers to those spelled out in Constitution.
    Lisa Murkowski: Earmarked aid for Alaska is vital; cut pork in Lower 48.
    Scott McAdams: Fight for fair share of federal aid to Alaska.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: No moratorium on earmarks; they fund local projects.
    John Neely Kennedy: No pay-for-play; campaign contributions notwithstanding.
    Mary Landrieu: I have delivered for Louisiana; send me back for more.
    Bob Casey: Restrictions & disclosure requirements on lobbyists.
    Scott Kohlhaas: Qualified candidates for Senate deserve to be heard equally.
    John Edwards: Day 1: Order limits on lobbyists & special interests.
    Andrew Cuomo: Cannot be both a state vendor & campaign donor.
    Orrin Hatch: Soft money gets out the vote; against banning it.
    Orrin Hatch: Soft money is free speech; daily disclosure is better.
    Steve Forbes: Independent outsider is the way to reform campaigns.
    Dan Quayle: For term limits; cut Congressional benefits after 12 years.
    John McCain: Soft money makes gov’t work for special interests.
    Steve Forbes: Eliminate tax code instead of soft money.
    Elizabeth Dole: Judicial appoinments: No legislating from the bench.
    George W. Bush: Judges should interpret Constitution, not legislate.
    Lamar Alexander: Supreme Court should interpret Constitution literally.
    Mike Huckabee: Term limits counter election skewed laws toward incumbents.
    Mike Huckabee: Change House terms to 4 years, to avoid constant campaigning.
    Mike Huckabee: Won’t vote for pay raise for myself as member of Congress.
Gun Control
    Chris Koster: Endorsed by NRA; overrode veto of gun rights.
    Sarah Palin: Post-Gifford shooting: don't blame GOP & don't restrict guns.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Gun control works in Europe and England.
    Rudy Giuliani: Gun control reduces urban crime; no effect on hunting.
    Howard Dean: Endorsed by NRA eight times as VT governor.
    Rick Lazio: For Brady Bill & trigger locks; no fans at NRA.
    Al Gore: Agrees with Bush on banning weapons; but wants registration.
    George W. Bush: Agrees with Gore on trigger locks;but wants more enforcement.
    John McCain: Ban cheap guns; require safety locks; for gun show checks.
    Orrin Hatch: Trigger locks, gun show restrictions, import restrictions.
    Dan Quayle: Enforce existing gun laws before making new ones.
    Kweisi Mfume: Blacks are disproportionately affected by gun violence.
Health Care
    Conner Eldridge: Improve ObamaCare rather than distractions about repeal.
    Elena Kagan: Helped plan legal defense of ObamaCare.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Worked to ensure the overhaul helped small businesses.
    John Boozman: Solution like overhaul is what's wrong with government.
    Rudy Giuliani: No socialized medicine; give vouchers to the poor.
    Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
    Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
    Denise Majette: Voted against the drug bill set up by the drug companies.
    Johnny Isakson: Expand Medicare and create healthcare savings accounts.
    Al Sharpton: Avoid privatized health system.
    Dennis Kucinich: Tax employers to pay for single-payer plan.
    Howard Dean: Rx plan: govt. buying; reimportation; price competition.
    John Edwards: Bush’s Rx plan helps HMOs-help seniors instead.
    John Kerry: Day 1: Make health care a right, not a privilege.
    John Kerry: Don’t push seniors into HMOs; change Bush Rx plan.
    Joseph Lieberman: Universal benefit to all seniors-no $12B for HMOs.
    Wesley Clark: Bush’s Rx plan helps HMOs-help seniors instead.
    Ron Kirk: Continue safety testing of adult medicines given to children.
    Al Gore: Claim that drugmakers spend more on ads than R&D isn’t true.
    Al Gore: Opposes Medical Savings Accounts; they segment out the sick.
    George W. Bush: Medical Savings Accounts part of affordable access & choice.
    John Hagelin: 80% reimbursement for Medicare prescriptions.
    John Hagelin: 100% reimbursement for preventive health care.
    Ralph Nader: Medicare prescriptions covered under universal health care.
    Ralph Nader: Price restraints on drugs; limit profiteering.
    George W. Bush: Use Texas model for Bill of Rights: access; choice; appeals.
    Joseph Lieberman: Patient Bill of Rights: access; choice; privacy; appeals.
    Dick Cheney: Prescription drug benefits for Medicare recipients.
    Al Gore: Pharmaceutical profits are ‘out of line’.
    Al Gore: Expand Children’s Health Insurance Program for working poor.
    Al Gore: 25% tax credit for health insurance; HMO appeals.
    Al Gore: Medicare option at age 55; more Rx coverage.
    George W. Bush: HMOs should cover emergency room; & gynecology directly.
    Al Gore: $300B over 15 years to keep Medicare solvent.
    George W. Bush: Medicare Rx drug coverage for low-income seniors.
    Orrin Hatch: Reform Medicare by medical experts; more tax incentives.
    Steve Forbes: More Rx support, to avoid cross-border drug buying.
    Mike Huckabee: No additional AIDS spending; cancer & vascular victims first.
    Mike Huckabee: Ban smoking in all public places.
    Mike Huckabee: Isolate carriers of this plague of AIDS.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports consumer-driven “medical IRA” with tax-free money.
Homeland Security
    Shelley Moore Capito: Weak Iraq policy let ISIS foment into power.
    Brian Schatz: Feds stretched too far in snooping on everyday Americans.
    Paul Kirk: Assigned to Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.
    Janet Napolitano: Signed legislation refusing to implement REAL ID standards.
    Bob Conley: Our empire-building abroad comparable to Roman empire.
    Mike Bloomberg: Use DNA and fingerprint technology for worker ID database.
    Kerry Healey: Illegal immigrants pose a security risk.
    John Roberts: Military tribunals for terrorists are ok.
    Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
    Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
    Michael McCaul: Feel complacency since the 9/11 attack.
    George W. Bush: Concedes no evidence of Saddam ties to 9-11.
    Al Gore: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is unfair & hasn’t worked.
    George W. Bush: Gays in military OK; “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” OK.
    John Hagelin: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a recipe for discrimination.
    Ralph Nader: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is discriminatory against gays.
    Al Gore: $1.2 billion in new education money for veterans.
    Pat Buchanan: Declare war only after attack on US, interests, or honor.
    Steve Forbes: Under-funded military not ready to handle conflicts.
    John McCain: More base closings; $4B wasted.
    Elizabeth Dole: More pay, more training for military personnel.
    John McCain: Raise military pay to avoid military draft.
    John McCain: Military personnel on food stamps is a national disgrace.
    John McCain: Feds should pay for veterans’ health care benefits.
    Elizabeth Dole: Pentagon has been reduced to a triangle: build it back.
Immigration
    George Pataki: No executive orders on immigration.
    Dan Sullivan: Secure the border, but no pledge against amnesty.
    Joe Miller: Sign pledge to oppose all efforts at amnesty.
    Mead Treadwell: Secure the border, then illegals can stay if they pay fines.
    Rand Paul: We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America.
    Rand Paul: Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform.
    Paul Sadler: Pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
    Christopher Shays: Blue card: let illegals work & pay taxes but no citizenship.
    Linda McMahon: No amnesty, but expand visas for temporary workers.
    Charlie Crist: No amnesty, but an earned path to citizenship.
    Janet Napolitano: You build a 50-foot wall, somebody will find a 51-ft ladder.
    Allen McCulloch: Increasing Border Patrol better than using National Guard.
    Bill Frist: Crafted bipartisan compromise immigration bill.
    Stephen Laffey: Opposes granting illegal immigrants citizenship.
    Mitt Romney: Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration.
    Tom Reilly: Denying tuition break to immigrants is mean-spirited.
    Tom Reilly: Disallow illegal immigrants from obtaining driver licenses.
    Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
    Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
    Al Sharpton: Relax Mexican border to match Canadian border.
    Dennis Kucinich: Roadmap to citizenship for immigrants.
    Howard Dean: Earned legalization for undocumented immigrants.
    John Edwards: Roadmap to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
    John Kerry: Earned legalization for undocumented immigrants.
    Joseph Lieberman: One-time earned legalization for undocumented immigrants.
    Wesley Clark: Tighten borders post-9/11, but allow earned citizenship.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger: Voted for Prop. 187, denying services to illegal immigrants.
    Jesse Helms: Work with new Mexican government to reduce immigration.
    Al Gore: English is our language, but “English-Only” divides us.
    George W. Bush: Respect other languages, but teach all children English.
    Pat Buchanan: Make English our official language.
    Dianne Feinstein: $127M for INS to reduce immigrant visa backlog.
    George W. Bush: $500M to cut INS application time to 6 months.
    Steve Forbes: Toughen rules on illegal immigration.
    George W. Bush: Guest workers, maybe; citizenship waiting period, yes.
    Pat Buchanan: Use troops to stop illegal immigration.
Jobs
    Mitt Romney: I know what it's like to worry about a pink slip.
    John Walsh: My dad was a union man, and my roots are in unions.
    Carte Goodwin: Critical vote on extending unemployment benefits.
    Al Sharpton: Raise minimum wage to at least $7.15.
    Dennis Kucinich: Raise minimum wage to over $8.50.
    Howard Dean: Raise minimum wage to $7.00.
    John Edwards: Raise minimum wage to at least $6.65.
    John Kerry: Raise minimum wage to $6.65 by next year, then higher.
    Joseph Lieberman: Raise minimum wage to $7.00.
    Wesley Clark: Raise minimum wage in steps to $7.00.
    Ron Kirk: Kirk will be strong voice for undocumented workers.
    Al Gore: Kill Freedom to Farm Act: keep price supports.
    George W. Bush: Keep Freedom to Farm Act: cut price supports.
    Al Gore: To union: we disagree on China; but agree elsewhere.
    Bill Bradley: Family farms have no safety net; need foreign markets.
    Donald Trump: Foreign companies are taking jobs from US.
    Orrin Hatch: Ethanol subsidies OK, but no federal gasohol requirements.
    Orrin Hatch: Alternative fuels important to our energy security.
    Elizabeth Dole: Tax breaks & financial aid for farmers.
    John McCain: Ethanol subsidy is outdated; use funds for education.
Principles & Values
    Shelley Moore Capito: Declined to debate with 3rd-party candidates.
    Mark Zaccaria: Former chair of state GOP; former Town Council member.
    Dan Sullivan: AdWatch: I love my state; I hate politicians.
    T.W. Shannon: Will remain as Speaker during Senate primary.
    T.W. Shannon: "Recovering attorney" with JD from Oklahoma City University.
    John Walsh: Washington incumbents are part of a broken system.
    Jack Robinson: Ran as Republican in past; running as Independent in 2013.
    Bob Menendez: Elected mayor of Union City at 32.
    Joe Kyrillos: If you think things are just fine, choose my opponent.
    Joe Kyrillos: Introduced to his wife by Gov. Christie.
    Elizabeth Warren: I know I'm 1/32 Cherokee because my mother told me so.
    Don Stenberg: Our country's going in the wrong direction.
    Don Stenberg: Most campaign funds come from South Carolina PAC.
    Jon Bruning: OpEd: Became multimillionaire while serving in public office.
    Pat Flynn: Endorsed by Republican Liberty Caucus.
    Dino Rossi: Lost 2004 race for governor by 133 votes.
    John Boozman: Arkansas can't afford Blanche Lincoln anymore.
    Carte Goodwin: Appointed for 4-month term; will not run for election.
    Chris Christie: Spent beyond government travel allowance as US Attorney.
    John Neely Kennedy: Ran for US Senate in 2004 as Democrat; & endorsed John Kerry.
    Sarah Palin: Investigated for firing ex-brother-in-law in custody battle.
    Keith Goodenough: Changed from GOP to Democrat; “the party left me”.
    Barack Obama: Attends church with press, to dispel rumors that he’s Muslim.
    Joseph Lieberman: Endorses Republican John McCain for President.
    Ed O`Reilly: Formally announced at the Democratic State Convention.
    John Edwards: We need a new spirit of activism and leadership.
    John Edwards: Campaign slogan: “Tomorrow begins today”.
    Tom Vilsack: Launches presidential bid; files FEC paperwork.
    Dick Mountjoy: Mistakenly claimed navy service on USS Missouri.
    Katherine Harris: Separation of church and state is a lie.
    Katherine Harris: Non-Christian legislators legislate sin, like gay marriage.
    Dwight Grotberg: Compares running against Conrad to US Olympic hockey team.
    Dwight Grotberg: Farmer in Barnes County; serves on Township board.
    Dwight Grotberg: Worked as a missionary in New Zealand.
    Christy Mihos: “Game on”, but maybe as Republican or maybe independent.
    Jack Carter: Candidacy supported by Sen. Harry Reid.
    Jack Carter: Social liberal with conservative Southern roots.
    Tim Michels: Michels wins Senate Republican primary.
    George W. Bush: Screens all audiences to avoid hecklers.
    John McCain: Denounces “Swift Boat Vets” ads as dishonest.
    Barack Obama: Convention keynote speech highlights party’s black targeting.
    Barack Obama: First black president of the Harvard Law Review.
    Dennis Kucinich: Day 1: Pull out of Iraq, NAFTA, and the WTO.
    Wesley Clark: Day 1: Implementation five-point Turnaround Plan for America.
    Dave Freudenthal: Same man as governor as he was as candidate.
    Bob Smith: Announces bid for Senate in Florida.
    Al Gore: Endorses Dean for President.
    Al Sharpton: Hosts Saturday Night Live: “I hope America laughed together”.
    Howard Dean: You have the power!
    Mel Martinez: No Senate run in 2004, but maybe governor in 2006.
    Jane Swift: Bows out of governor’s race, citing family concerns.
    Jimmy Carter: Former President criticizes Clinton’s last-minute pardons.
    John Ashcroft: Common-sense conservative.
    John Ashcroft: Law is supreme, above his personal beliefs.
    Al Gore: Abstinence Ed in the context of comprehensive Sex Ed.
    Alan Keyes: Withdraws with 21 delegates; supports Bush & Cheney.
    Ralph Nader: Plans to be on 50 ballots & make a 4-party race.
    Ralph Nader: Opposes concentration of power & monied interests.
    Gary Bauer: Withdraws after NH Primary.
    Donald Trump: Appealing to middle Americans leery of political elite.
    Bob Smith: Exiting race, returning to GOP.
    Pat Buchanan: Leaving GOP elite, to take message to voters.
    George W. Bush: A “call to conscience” for personal responsibility.
    Elizabeth Dole: Crusade for a rebirth of our values.
    Dan Quayle: Smaller govt; bigger defense; stronger families.
Social Security
    Jack Conway: Sue banks to recover Great Recession public pension losses.
    Mike McFadden: Discuss raising the eligibility age for social security.
    Angus King: Opposes GOP budget plan as threat to Social Security.
    John Boozman: Private accounts should be looked at as an option.
    Tom Coburn: Black men are being penalized by the Social Security system.
    Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
    Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
    Al Gore: Open questions: future surplus & future discipline.
    George W. Bush: Open questions: transition costs & bad investors bailouts.
    Al Gore: Use stock market for private investment, not Social Security.
    Al Gore: Switches view to no government investment in stocks.
    Al Gore: Gore: Bush’s Social Security plan is risky privatization.
    George W. Bush: Privatize Social Security to take advantage of stock market.
    Steve Forbes: Use surplus to fund personal retirement accounts.
    Dan Quayle: 30% privately invested won’t affect Social Security system.
    Mike Huckabee: No Congressional pensions; give them same deal as citizens.
Tax Reform
    Bob Menendez: We cannot simultaneously cut the deficit and cut taxes.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    Dino Rossi: Extend Bush tax cuts; allow entrepreneurs to be successful.
    Patty Murray: Extending Bush tax cuts reduces social & health programs.
    Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: The ultrawealthy should not receive tax cuts.
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln: National sales tax of 23% is just a bad idea for Arkansans.
    Stephen Pagliuca: Raise federal capital gains tax should from 15% to 20%.
    John Neely Kennedy: Cut taxes & stop deficit-spending, to fight economic crisis.
    Jeff Sessions: Bush tax cuts have helped the economy.
    Dwight Grotberg: Abolish the estate tax.
    Dwight Grotberg: Allow more rapidly depreciating farm equipment.
    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.
    Michael McCaul: Eliminate all taxes except for a national sales tax.
    Dennis Kucinich: Keep child tax credit, and extend it to more families.
    Howard Dean: End corporate welfare, close loopholes, pay fair share.
    John Edwards: New tax cuts to 95% of Americans.
    John Kerry: Keep child tax credit, and new 10% tax bracket.
    Joseph Lieberman: New tax cuts to 95% of taxpayers.
    Wesley Clark: Eliminate income tax for families earning under $50,000.
    Joseph Lieberman: Fresh Start on tax cuts for 98% of all taxpayers.
    George W. Bush: Get bigger paychecks in people’s pockets fast.
    George W. Bush: Claim that every taxpayer gets relief isn’t true.
    Steve Forbes: Top priority: throw out tax code.
    Gary Bauer: Family friendly tax plan: 20% less payroll tax.
    Gary Bauer: Flat tax: $1,400 personal exemption; no capital gains rate.
    Orrin Hatch: Simplify the “IRS monster”.
    Elizabeth Dole: Tax cuts are top priority; eliminate marriage penalty.
    Mike Huckabee: No tax increase under any circumstances.
Technology
    T.W. Shannon: Consistently opposes bond issues to pay for infrastructure.
    Joyce Dickerson: Ensure the county has reliable public transportation.
    Al Gore: Electronic Bill of Rights protects personal information.
    Al Gore: Internet self-regulation OK: privacy policy on all web sites.
    George W. Bush: Privacy is a fundamental right; ensure it on the Internet.
    George W. Bush: Privacy is a fundamental right; ensure it on the Internet.
    George W. Bush: Ban identity theft & safeguard genetic information.
    Al Gore: Online federal services: a “second American Revolution”.
    Al Gore: Unhealthy concentrations of power snuff out competition.
    George W. Bush: Bush would be more friendly toward Microsoft.
    George W. Bush: Make the Internet a duty-free zone.
    John McCain: Telecommuncations Act was an influence-peddling scheme.
    John McCain: Internet access, with filters, at every school & library.
    Mike Huckabee: Opposes public electronic voting; wouldn’t focus on issues.
War & Peace
    Conner Eldridge: Opposes Obama's Iran nuclear deal; needs more verification.
    Natalie Tennant: We should consider ground troops against ISIS.
    Dan Sullivan: At State Department, I pursued global terrorist regimes.
    Barack Obama: Syrian use of chemical weapon is "red line" for intervention.
    Charles Djou: Don't forget troops in Afghanistan; don't draw down too fast.
    Jeff Sessions: Pleased with the success of the surge.
    Jeff Sessions: Withdrawal timetable tells enemy when to prepare an attack.
    Vivian Davis Figures: Bush sent troops to war on erroneous claims.
    Vivian Davis Figures: Mideast less stable than before we invaded Iraq.
    Ed O`Reilly: Kerry was wrong to vote to authorize Iraq war.
    John Edwards: Made mistake in voting for Iraq war resolution.
    Christine O`Donnell: Consider military action against Iran.
    Jan Ting: Iran has benefited from the war in Iraq.
    Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
    Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
    Doris Haddock: Iraq war was a mistake that never should have happened.
    Denise Majette: Isakson voted against providing $1,500 bonuses to soldiers.
    Johnny Isakson: Proud of my vote in favor of an $87 billion supplemental.
    Al Sharpton: Day 1: Bring the troops home.
    Wesley Clark: Retracts yes vote on Iraq: no imminent threat.
    Hillary Clinton: Support Israel in finding a safe and secure peace.
    Rick Lazio: Follow Israel’s lead on independent Palestine.
    Al Gore: Israel: support full UN participation.
    Al Gore: Iraq: support Saddam’s opposition, until he’s gone.
    Pat Buchanan: Kosovo conflict is illegal and unconstitutional.
Welfare & Poverty
    T.W. Shannon: Require 20 hours of work activity for food stamp recipients.
    Mitt Romney: I'm not concerned about very poor; they have safety net.
    Jack Conway: Faith-based programs instead of federal money.


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