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2008 Speculation: Clinton - Edwards - Giuliani - McCain - Obama - Romney - Thompson - and others
Republican presidential primary:
             Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R, NYC) Gov. Mike Huckabee (R, AR) Rep. Duncan_Hunter (R, CA) Amb. Alan Keyes Sen. John McCain (R, AZ) Rep. Ron Paul (R, TX) Gov. Mitt Romney (R, MA) Sen. Fred Thompson (R, TN)
Democratic presidential primary:
             Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE) Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY) Sen. Chris Dodd (D, CT) Sen. John Edwards (D, NC) Sen. Mike Gravel (D, AK) Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D, OH) Sen. Barack Obama (D, IL) Gov. Bill_Richardson (D, NM)
Click for our 2008 Presidential VoteMatch quiz or click for other presidential candidates.

State and federal officeholders in 2007
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2008 GOP Presidential candidates:  
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Families & Children
Foreign Policy
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Government Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
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Principles & Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War & Peace
Welfare & Poverty
John Cox  (Chair of Cook County GOP)
Rudy Giuliani  (former NYC Mayor)
Mike Huckabee  (AR Governor)
Duncan Hunter  (CA Representative)
Alan Keyes  (former UN Ambassador)
John McCain  (AZ Senator)
Ron Paul  (TX Representative)
Mitt Romney  (Former MA Governor)
Fred Thompson  (former TN Senator)
2008 Democratic candidates:
Joe Biden  (DE Senator)
Hillary Clinton  (NY Senator)
Christopher Dodd  (CT Senator)
John Edwards  (former NC Senator)
Mike Gravel  (former AK Senator)
Dennis Kucinich  (OH Representative)
Barack Obama  (IL Senator)
Bill Richardson  (NM Governor)
2008 Green candidates:
Cynthia McKinney  (former GA Representative)
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Katrina See Environment

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Affirmative Action See Civil Rights
Armed Forces Personnel See Homeland Security
Balkans See War & Peace
Bilingualism See Civil Rights
Campaign Finance See Government Reform
Corporate Welfare See Corporations
Cuba See Foreign Policy
Darfur See Foreign Policy
Death Penalty See Crime
Death Tax See Tax Reform
Disabled Rights See Civil Rights
Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell See Civil Rights
Drug War See Drugs
Energy See Environment
Faith-Based Organizations See Welfare & Poverty
Farm Policy See Jobs
Flat Tax See Tax Reform
Foreign Aid See Foreign Policy
Gay Rights See Civil Rights
Global Warming See Environment
Human Rights in China See Foreign Policy
Illegal Immigrants See Immigration
Internet See Isnfrastructure/Technology
Israel & Palestine See War & Peace
Juvenile Justice See Crime
Katrina See Environment
Kosovo See War & Peace
Kyoto Treaty See Environment
Litmus Test See Abortion
Medicare & Medicaid See Health Care
Mexican Border See Immigration
Mideast See Foreign Policy
Minimum Wage See Jobs
NAFTA See Free Trade
Net Neutrality See Technology
North Korea See War & Peace
Nuclear Energy & Weapons See Homeland Security
Patient Rights See Health Care
Privacy See Civil Rights
Privatization See Social Security
Sales Tax See Tax Reform
School Prayer See Education
SDI Missile Defense See Homeland Security
Second Amendment See Gun Control
Sovereignty See Foreign Policy
Stem Cells See Abortion
Ten Commandments See Civil Rights
Terrorism See War & Peace
Three Strikes See Crime
Tobacco See Health Care
Tort Reform See Crime
United Nations See Foreign Policy
Universal Health Care See Health Care
Urban Issues See Jobs or Infrastructure
Veterans See Homeland Security
Vouchers See Education
War on terror See War & Peace
WMD See War & Peace
WTO & GATT See Free Trade
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Possible 2008 Republican presidential challengers:
George Allen
(Former Virginia Senator): lost re-election; has PAC.
Sam Brownback
(Kansas Senator): Withdrew, Nov. 2007.
Jeb Bush
(Governor of Florida): Undeclared.
Bill Frist
(Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Newt Gingrich
(former Speaker of the House): Undeclared; says he will decide in June 2007.
James Gilmore
(former Governor of Virginia): Announced plans to file FEC papers.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor): Has Exploratory Committee.
Chuck Hagel
(Senator): Undeclared; has PAC.
Mike Huckabee
(Governor of Arkansas): Undeclared; has PAC.
Duncan Hunter
(California Representative): Filed candidacy with FEC, Oct. 2006.
Alan Keyes
(UN Ambassador): Declared, Sept. 2007.
John McCain
(Arizona Senator): Has Exploratory Committee.
George Pataki
(New York Governor): Undeclared; has PAC.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative): Declared.
Mitt Romney
(Massachusetts Governor): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Tommy Thompson
(former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Withdrew, Sept. 2007.
Mark Sanford
(South Carolina Governor): Has gubernatorial campaign committee.
Tom Tancredo
(Colorado Representative): Withdrew, Dec. 2007.

Possible 2008 Democratic presidential challengers:
Evan Bayh
(IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006; Has PAC; has Exploratory Committee.
Joe Biden
(DE Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Wes Clark
(former NATO commander): Undeclared; has PAC.
Hillary Clinton
(NY Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC; has Senate campaign committee.
Tom Daschle
(Former SD Senator): Undeclared; has PAC.
Christopher Dodd
(CT Senator): Announced Jan. 11; has Senate campaign committee.
John Edwards
(former NC Senator): Announced Dec. 27; has PAC.
Russ Feingold
(WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Al Gore
(former V.P.): Undeclared; active draft movement.
John Kerry
(MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Dennis Kucinich
(OH Representative): Announced, Dec. 2006.
Barack Obama
(IL Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Bill Richardson
(NM Governor): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; active draft movement; has Gubernatorial campaign committee.
Al Sharpton
(Reverend): Considering another presidential run.
Tom Vilsack
(IA Governor): Announced & filed FEC candidacy, Nov. 2006. Withdrew in Feb. 2007.
Mark Warner
(VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.

Possible 2008 Green Party presidential challengers:
Cynthia McKinney
(former GA Representative): Announced, Dec. 2007.

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(President, 1981-1989)
Donald Trump
(Real estate magnate)

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Below are the summary results of our VoteMatch 20-question political quiz, with analysis of the responses in terms of Bush's & Kerry's stances from the 2004 elections. This data represents 15,800 VoteMatch quiz responses in the period January 1 through July 31, 2004. Click on the links below for excerpts on each topic, or click for a summary of Kerry's VoteMatch answers and Bush's VoteMatch answers, with headlines evidencing how we concluded their answer to each question. Click on the "analysis" link to see background and details about the question.

Abortion is a Woman's Right    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 59% agree with Kerry's pro-choice stance, and only 34% with Bush's pro-life stance. This issue has the fewest people answering "no opinion" of any VoteMatch issue (only 7%), which reflects the fact that it is overwhelmingly the issue with the most voter interest (as indicated by our viewership statistics). Click for all candidates' headlines on abortion or for background information.
Require Companies To Hire More Women/Minorities    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Kerry supports Affirmative Action but questions its effectiveness; Bush supports Affirmative Access with more focus on process than outcome. Note that our question specifies REQUIREMENT: 39% support that, and 45% oppose it. (This has changed from 35% support and 51% oppose in 1999-2000, the largest shift for any question which had identical wording then). Click for all candidates' headlines on Civil Rights or for background information.
Sexual Orientation Protected By Civil Rights Law    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 61% agree with Kerry's relatively pro-gay leave-it-to-the-states stance, and 25% with Bush's Defense-of-Marriage stance. The response pattern indicates a divisive issue: both "strongly" bars are larger than their corresponding non-strong bars. The "strongly support" bar has the highest response of any quiz question (and has grown since 1999-2000) -- this is attributable to the growing interest and growing divisiveness in this topic due to the advent of same-sex marriages. Click for all candidates' headlines on Civil Rights or for background information.
Permit Prayer In Public Schools    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: It's difficult to decode the candidates's stances on religious issues, since both are wary of issues of separation of church and state, and neither wants to be seen as anti-religion. But Bush is considerably more willing to federally fund values education, which the results above would imply are supported by 49% of voters. 37% oppose school prayer, which implies a closer match to Kerry's "no" vote on voluntary prayer. Click for all candidates' headlines on Education or for headlines on Values.
Death Penalty    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Bush supports the death penalty, and Kerry is opposed. Bush's fervent support is backed up by 49% of voters. Kerry's opposition is backed by 38% of voters (a shift from 47%-43% in 1999-2000). Click for all candidates' headlines on Crime or for background information.
Mandatory "Three Strikes" Sentencing Laws    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Bush supports mandatory sentencing, which matches voter preference: 47% to 35% opposed. Kerry prefers prevention (support for mandatory sentencing has waned since 1999-2000). Bush is more fervent than the wording of this question, in favor of "Two Strikes" and limited parole, including minors. Click for all candidates' headlines on Crime or for background information.
Absolute Right To Gun Ownership    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: The Gun Control issue is second in the Big Three issues in terms of viewer interest, behind Abortion and ahead of Education -- all the other issues are very distantly behind. Voters are split on the issue: 42% agree with Bush's pro-gun rights stance, while 44% agree with Kerry's pro-registration stance. Click for all candidates' headlines on Gun_Control or for background information.
More Federal Funding For Health Coverage    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: This is the most lopsided of any response: 66% in favor, versus only 20% opposing. Accordingly, Bush has been promoting various spending programs, such as Medicare prescription drugs. But health care is generally seen as a Democratic issue, favoring Kerry's more fervent stance of incrementally reaching universal coverage. Click for all candidates' headlines on Health Care or for background information.
Privatize Social Security    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Only 35% agree with Kerry's stance to keep Social Security within the federal government, while 44% agree with Bush's stance of privatization (but support of privatization has waned since the 1999-2000 score of 56%-29%). Social Security until recently was called the "Third Rail" of politics -- touch it and you die -- but clearly the voters are ready for a change. This question is perhaps the most skewed by our demographics -- our respondents are all Internet users, and hence are younger and more affluent than the general population. Click for all candidates' headlines on Social Security or for background information.
Parents Choose Schools Via Vouchers    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 44% agree with Kerry's stance to fund public schools only, and 37% agree with Bush's stance to fund vouchers for private schools. Education is primarily a non-federal issue, with 93% of funding and most decisions occuring at the state and local levels. But education is solidly third in voter interest (behind abortion and guns, as measured by our viewership statistics -- it has slipped from second place in 1999-2000), so the candidates are obligated to make their views known despite the limited power of the presidency on this issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on School Choice or for background information.
Reduce use of coal, oil, & nuclear energy     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: The environmental issue is the most lopsided issue on which the candidates sharply differ; this is a particularly sharp difference because the question is worded in terms of direct conservation. 59% agree with Kerry's stance that global warming is a serious threat, and 23% with Bush's stance drill for more oil. Click for all candidates' headlines on Energy or for background on Environment or background on Energy issues.
Drug Use Is Immoral: Enforce Laws Against It    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 48% support the Drug War, while 38% oppose it. This has not been much of a campaign issue but Bush & Kerry disagree: Kerry would restrict Drug War funding, while Bush would implement stronger penalties. Click for all candidates' headlines on Drugs or for background information.
Allow Churches To Provide Welfare Services    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Both Bush & Kerry once again agree with a voter consensus: 51% favor welfare services by private organization while only 28% oppose it. Kerry favors continuing welfare reform, and Bush favors faith-based organizations. Click for all candidates' headlines on welfare & poverty or for background information.
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 51% agree with a flatter tax structure and only 33% oppose. Tax cuts are generally seen as a Republican issue, so this consensus favors Bush. Bush favors a making the tax cuts permanent; Kerry favors cuts targeted to the middle class. Click for all candidates' headlines on Tax Reform or for background information.
Immigration Helps Our Economy - Encourage It    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Immigration has a very large number of viewers answering "No opinion", at 21%. And the results, 39% in favor and 40% opposed, indicate a lack of voter consensus as well. This result is nearly unchanged since 1999-2000 despite the post-September-11 focus on immigration issues. Bush has mixed views, calling for tougher enforcement and a temporary worker program. Kerry is just as ambiguous, calling for earned citizenship but limits on visas. Click for all candidates' headlines on Immigration or for background information.
Support and Expand Free Trade    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: Free Trade has the smallest strong opposition of our 20 issues (7%, despite the ongoing anti-globalization movement), as well as a strong consensus in favor: 58% to only 23% opposed. This consensus may be an important reason why Nader's and Cobb's campaign has failed to gain steam, since they have both made this issue central to their candidacies, with Nader focusing on the dangers of globalization. Bush & Kerry agree in supporting free trade, with Bush promoting the free market, and Kerry voting for free trade agreements while insisting on labor and environmental standards. Click for all candidates' headlines on Free Trade or for background information.
More Spending On Armed Forces     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: This is another strong voter consensus; 54% in favor with only 29% opposed, despite that the wording says MORE spending, not just MAINTAIN spending, which favors the Republican viewpoint. Bush & Kerry outdo each other in pledging better military pay; but they differ on what else they would spend on, with Bush focusing on a general military buildup and Kerry focusing on veterans' benefits. Cheney's calls for better readiness tend to reinforce this as a Republican issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on Iraq in general, or for background information.
Reduce Spending on Missile Defense ("Star Wars")    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 44% favor, and 37% oppose, a shift against Star Wars since the 42%-42% split in 1999-2000. Bush wants to deploy national missile defense; Kerry would work within the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Click for all candidates' headlines on Homeland Security, or for background information.
Link Human Rights To Trade With China    Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 51% favor restrictions on China trade, with only 25% opposing. This is the only issue of our 20 questions where Bush & Kerry both disagree with the voter's preference -- Kerry voted for China PNTR; Bush agrees and would add Taiwan to the WTO as well. Their agreement is not surprising, since Clinton, Gore, and the Republican Congress have also agreed on this issue. What is surprising is the strong public consensus against it, which only Nader acknowledges, and even he has not come out strongly on this issue. Click for all candidates' headlines on Foreign Policy or for background information.
Seek UN approval for military action     Strongly Support
No Opinion
Strongly Oppose
Analysis: 57% favor multilateralism and 25% oppose it. Bush claims to be an internationalist but post-9-11 speaks more in favor of unilateralism. Kerry would bring the UN into Iraq. Click for all candidates' headlines on Foreign Policy or for background information.

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