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Hillary Clinton
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Focus on peace Gun Control: More restrictions Budget & Economy: Balance budget; pay down debt Education: Support public schools; no vouchers
Homeland Security: Ban nuke tests; SDI ok Crime: 3 Strikes ok; DNA required Government Reform: Soft-money ban; govt not solution Jobs: Living wage
War & Peace: Authorized Iraq war; redeploy now Corporations: Limit bankruptcies; end corporate welfare Tax Reform: Say no to GOP tax cuts Welfare & Poverty: Raise minimum wage
Immigration: Comprehensive reform & guest workers Drugs: Treatment & drug courts Social Security: Preserve protections Health Care: Universal coverage
Free Trade: Humanization plus globalization Civil Rights: Pro-gay rights & women's rights Technology: Bridge digital divide Abortion: Safe, legal & rare
Energy & Oil: Ratify Kyoto; use hydrogen Environment: Fund EPA & clean air Principles & Values: New Democrat Families & Children: It takes a village to raise a child

John Edwards
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Focus on open society Gun Control: 2nd Amendment with rules Budget & Economy: Roll back tax cuts Education: No vouchers; more teachers
Homeland Security: More $; no base closures Crime: No 3 Strikes; death penalty ok Government Reform: Limit lobbyists; public cmpn finance Jobs: Raise min. wage; protect unions
War & Peace: Voted for Iraq; get NATO involved Corporations: Attack corporate indifference Tax Reform: Repeal tax cuts for rich Welfare & Poverty: Cities Rising: $ for EITC
Immigration: Earned legalization Drugs: Drug courts; reasonable sentences Social Security: Protect it; no diversions Health Care: Cover every child; anti-HMOs
Free Trade: No NAFTA; but PNTR ok Civil Rights: Aff. Action; no DOMA Technology: Promote Internet Abortion: Right to choose; partial birth ok
Energy & Oil: Higher CAFE; no ANWR Environment: No forest roads; reduce CO2 Principles & Values: Two Americas Families & Children: Help working parents

Mike Huckabee
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Non-intervention; support Israel Gun Control: Supports 2nd amendment fully Budget & Economy: Cut federal spending; defer to states Education: Teach character; support charters
Homeland Security: Expand armed forces; close Guantanamo Crime: Ok on death penalty; not 3 Strikes Government Reform: Strengthen states; term limits Jobs: Subsidize farms; unions over CEOs
War & Peace: Stay in Iraq; talk to Iran; fight jihadists Corporations: Support marketplace Tax Reform: Supports FairTax; simplify taxes Welfare & Poverty: Charitable Choice & faith-based providers
Immigration: Send illegals home; but not kids Drugs: Punishment over education Social Security: Personal accounts but not privatized Health Care: Focus on prevention & consumers
Free Trade: Trust marketplace; subsidize farms Civil Rights: No civil unions; no affirmative action Technology: Tax Internet; TV indecency rules Abortion: Outlaw all abortions
Energy & Oil: Increase oil; Kyoto was mistake Environment: Conservation; caretaking; clean up Principles & Values: Character IS the issue; support culture of life Families & Children: Covenant marriage; teach morality

Alan Keyes
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: "Anti-China, Anti-UN" Gun Control: No more laws; more morals Budget & Economy: Limit spending Education: No public monopoly; yes school prayer
Homeland Security: Less entangled;SDI; strike terrorists Crime: Death; no hate crimes Government Reform: Decrease campaign $; more disclosure Jobs: No gov't jobs; yes family farms
War & Peace: Win in Iraq & war on terror Corporations: Protect workers against elite Tax Reform: Abolish IRS & income tax Welfare & Poverty: Solve social ills with family & faith
Immigration: Defend borders; oppose amnesty Drugs: More penalties Social Security: Privatize; Lock-box Health Care: No right-to-die; no health I.D.
Free Trade: Out of WTO; defend sovereignty Civil Rights: Anti-gay rights & aff.action Technology: Regulate TV; fund NASA Abortion: Strongly pro-life
Energy & Oil: Exploit ANWR; end Kyoto & CAFE Environment: Marketable pollution credits Principles & Values: Unalienable rights under God Families & Children: Moral breakdown of families

John McCain
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Assertive multilateralism Gun Control: More gun laws; more gun rights Budget & Economy: Balance budget; Lockbox. Education: More testing; more prayer; vouchers
Homeland Security: More pay; SDI; more engaged Crime: Death; more prisons; less parole Government Reform: Anti-influence peddling Jobs: No subsidies; yes workfare
War & Peace: Yes on Iraq war; then & now Corporations: Restrict corporations some Tax Reform: Simplify & reduce taxes Welfare & Poverty: Pro workfare; pro block grants
Immigration: Comprehensive reform Drugs: More border; more penalties Social Security: Lockbox & privatize Health Care: Patient rights; limit HMOs
Free Trade: Open trade; WTO ok Civil Rights: Anti-quota; for Flag protection Technology: No Internet tax; yes porn filters Abortion: Pro-life
Energy & Oil: No ANWR; no on Bush energy plan Environment: End farm subsidies; expand CWA Principles & Values: Set an example Families & Children: Labeling for parents; blame media

Barack Obama
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Strengthen NATO; more foreign aid Gun Control: Restrict guns; allow suing gunmakers Budget & Economy: Pay-as-you-go; regulate mortgages Education: Merit pay; free college
Homeland Security: Close Gitmo; address VA; grow military Crime: Alternate sentencing; restrict death penalty Government Reform: Public campaign finance; limit lobbyists Jobs: Living wage; support unions
War & Peace: Leave Iraq carefully but quickly Corporations: Close loopholes; reward domestic jobs Tax Reform: End Bush tax cuts; keep estate tax Welfare & Poverty: Help welfare recipients; engage faith
Immigration: Path to citizenship; comprehensive reform Drugs: Understand drug abuse Social Security: No privatization; raise cap Health Care: Focus on affordability; focus on AIDS
Free Trade: No CAFTA; fair trade Civil Rights: Strong civil unions & affirmative action Technology: More R&D $; invest in transportation Abortion: Yes on Roe; yes on stem cells
Energy & Oil: Increase CAFE; alternative energy Environment: Protect National Parks; reduce mercury Principles & Values: Yes we can; Audacity of Hope Families & Children: Teach sex-ed; listen to evangelicals

Ron Paul
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Humble foreign policy instead of empire Gun Control: No gun bans; allow concealed carry Budget & Economy: Return to gold standard; deregulate economy Education: Close Dept. of Ed.; tax credit for parochials
Homeland Security: Protect habeas corpus; avoid draft Crime: Against death penalty; against hate crime laws Government Reform: No earmarks; close non-Constitutional agencies Jobs: No minimum wage increase; no farm subsidies
War & Peace: Iraq war is illegal; talk to Iran Corporations: Supports bankruptcy reform Tax Reform: End income tax; but no flat tax Welfare & Poverty: No faith-based initiatives; yes Section 8
Immigration: Bilingualism yes; amnesty no; border fence yes Drugs: War on Drugs is a failure Social Security: Personal accounts; let young opt out Health Care: Against mandated insurance & managed care
Free Trade: Sovereignty instead of NAFTA & WTO Civil Rights: No affirmative action; no Marriage Amendment Technology: No network neutrality; no Fairness Doctrine Abortion: Life begins at conception; no stem cells
Energy & Oil: No to CAFE; yes to ANWR drilling Environment: Focus on property rights; ban Yucca ads Principles & Values: No dictating behavior; yes limited government Families & Children: No state overriding parental decisions

Mitt Romney
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Foster democracy with resolve, not arrogance Gun Control: Ok to ban some lethal weapons Budget & Economy: Cut deficit; reduce pork; cap spending Education: Vouchers over teachers' unions
Homeland Security: Wiretap mosques; double Guantanamo Crime: Death penalty; One Strike you're out Government Reform: For line-item veto; against McCain-Feingold Jobs: Farm subsidies; incentives for training
War & Peace: Stay in Iraq until secret withdrawal Corporations: Close loopholes; protect smaller companies Tax Reform: Tax cuts raise revenues; fees ok Welfare & Poverty: Supports workfare
Immigration: No tuition breaks; but no job enforcement Drugs: Fight for drug war Social Security: Private accounts; honor commitments Health Care: State-based plans with mandates plus market
Free Trade: Open markets abroad Civil Rights: No gay marriage; help women & minorities Technology: Invest in infrastructure; expect change Abortion: Sanctity of life; but was pro-choice
Energy & Oil: Drill ANWR; develop nuclear & coal Environment: Tough on Big Dig; focus on clean environment Principles & Values: Learns from mistakes; ran Olympics; Mormon Families & Children: Strengthen families

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George W. Bush
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Befriend Americas; pressure Russia Gun Control: More gun laws; more gun rights Budget & Economy: Simplify & cut taxes Education: Local control; testing; vouchers
Homeland Security: Rebuild military; focus on terrorism Crime: Death; 2 Strikes; less parole Government Reform: Limit terms & judges & lawsuits Jobs: Improve economy thru job growth
War & Peace: Stay in Iraq; more $ for war on terror Corporations: Gov't out of marketplace Tax Reform: Simplify & reduce taxes Welfare & Poverty: Faith-based Armies of Compassion
Immigration: Guest worker program needed Drugs: More education; more laws; abstinence Social Security: Lockbox & privatize Health Care: Reform HMOs & Medicare
Free Trade: More trade; imm. maybe Civil Rights: Anti-quota; anti-gay marriage Technology: No Y2K lawsuits Abortion: Pro-life; no litmus test
Energy & Oil: Drill ANWR; energy overrules CO2 Environment: Deregulate; voluntary cleanup Principles & Values: Compassionate conservatism Families & Children: Abstinence; V-chip; tough laws

Dick Cheney
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Hard-line interventionist; UN irrelevant Gun Control: Few restrictions if any Budget & Economy: Cut taxes; invest in Homeland Security Education: Pro-standards; pro-prayer; Jobs
Homeland Security: More funding; more SDI; more anti-terror Crime: Stricter penalties; death penalty Government Reform: Line Item Veto; less regulation Jobs: Help small business; limit unions
War & Peace: Focus on Saddam and WMDs Corporations: No Halliburton influence Tax Reform: No tax increases; especially on oil Welfare & Poverty: Private provision; less WIC
Immigration: Toughen deportations Drugs: More involvement in Drug War Social Security: Some privatization; end Earnings Test Health Care: Limit federal role; limit lawsuits
Free Trade: Trade comes second to security Civil Rights: Some gay rights; fewer women's rights Technology: More R&D; less telecomm rules Abortion: Pro-life; pro-stem-cell
Energy & Oil: Conserve AND drill Environment: Pro-grazing; pro-hunting Principles & Values: Hard-line conservative; but cooperative Families & Children: $ for pre-school; character ed.

Al Gore
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Internationalist & intereventionist Gun Control: More gun laws Budget & Economy: Fiscal discipline; cut waste Education: Smaller classes; more programs & pay
Homeland Security: Build down nukes Crime: 3 Strikes; death; COPS Government Reform: Reinvent Government Jobs: No vouchers; keep public
War & Peace: War OK to stop ethnic cleansing Corporations: For MFN & WTO entry Tax Reform: Reinvention & some cuts Welfare & Poverty: Faith-based volunteerism
Immigration: Tough laws with Second Chance Drugs: Keep Drug War; except medical pot Social Security: Protect Trust Fund & Medicare Health Care: Incrementally insure 15 million
Free Trade: Open trade; open imm. Civil Rights: Pro-ADA & women's rights Technology: Pro-V-Chip; Triana; Genome; Internet Abortion: Strongly Pro-choice
Energy & Oil: Earth is in the balance; cut CO2 Environment: More parks; less cars Principles & Values: Reinvent Govt Families & Children: Protect kids from smut; drugs &tobacco

John Kerry
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Favor NATO; IMF; UN Gun Control: A hunter, but restrict gun rights Budget & Economy: Cut the deficit Education: No vouchers; charters ok
Homeland Security: More troops; more spies Crime: No death penalty; no 3 strikes Government Reform: No PAC money; yes line-item veto Jobs: Raise min. wage; help minorities
War & Peace: Yes on Iraq War; no on extra funding Corporations: Close loopholes Tax Reform: No tax cuts; add 10% bracket Welfare & Poverty: Partner with NPOs and for-profits
Immigration: Earned legalization with restrictions Drugs: Reduce demand; reduce penalties Social Security: Never privatize nor extend age Health Care: Control costs; cover everyone
Free Trade: NAFTA yes; labor & env yes Civil Rights: Federal DOMA but no state DOMAs Technology: Invest in high tech Abortion: No restrictions
Energy & Oil: Raise CAFE; no ANWR Environment: No forest roads; no Yucca dump Principles & Values: Common sense values Families & Children: More $ for children programs

Joseph Lieberman
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: For NATO & IMF; anti-proliferation Gun Control: More gun restrictions Budget & Economy: Reduce debt; fund private R&D Education: More standards; more funding; try vouchers
Homeland Security: More $ for R&D; pro-SDI Crime: More jails; victim's rights; death penalty Government Reform: No term limits; yes campaign reform Jobs: $7 min. wage; farm subsidies
War & Peace: Strong supporter of Iraq war Corporations: Restrict bankruptcy Tax Reform: Cut taxes, but not too much Welfare & Poverty: Raise min.wage; more Enterprise Zones
Immigration: Pro-immigration Drugs: More penalties Social Security: Some privatization; some reform Health Care: Insurance for all; limit lawsuits
Free Trade: For Fast Track Civil Rights: For some gay rights & aff. Action Technology: V-chip; e-government Abortion: Pro-choice; parental consent OK
Energy & Oil: Keep Kyoto; ANWR; not CAFE Environment: Strengthen enviro enforcement Principles & Values: Centrist "New Democrat" Families & Children: Fight "anything goes" culture

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