Mitt Romney: Right to be kept alive means secret surveillance is OK.
Mitt Romney: Enemy combatants, if citizens, entitled to habeas corpus.
Barack Obama: President must abide by international human rights treaties.
John Edwards: President empowered to unilaterally withdraw from treaties.
John McCain: No circumstances where president can disregard treaties.
Ron Paul: US must obey treaties human rights abroad.
Barack Obama: Bad idea to over-classify information.
Barack Obama: Bush’s signing statements are a clear abuse of prerogative.
John Edwards: No use of signing statements as back-door vetoes.
John Edwards: Bush damages constitution by increasing power of presidency.
John McCain: No signing statements: either sign or veto bills.
Mitt Romney: Signing statements are an important presidential practice.
Rudy Giuliani: President must be free to defend nation with surveillance.
Barack Obama: No presidential power for secret surveillance.
Barack Obama: No holding US citizens as unlawful enemy combatants.
Barack Obama: Congress decides what constitutes torture, not president.
Barack Obama: No torture; defiance of FISA; no military commissions.
Bill Richardson: Habeas corpus may not be suspended in war on terror.
John Edwards: End Bush’s illegal spying on American citizens.
John Edwards: Bush created a national embarrassment at Guantanamo.
John Edwards: Torture does not work & undermines our moral authority.
John McCain: Surveillance of overseas communications is ok.
John McCain: Ok to hold even US citizens as enemy combatants.
Ron Paul: No presidential power for secret surveillance.
Ron Paul: Habeas corpus always applies, even to Guantanamo.
Principles & Values|
Fred Thompson: Declined to answer Boston Globe questions on Executive Power.
Mike Huckabee: Declined to answer Boston Globe questions on Executive Power.
War & Peace|
Barack Obama: Congress decides deployment level & duration, not president.
Barack Obama: No action against Iran without Congressional authorization.
Bill Richardson: Only Congress has authority to declare war on Iran.
John McCain: Strategic bombing of Iran OK only if imminent threat.
John McCain: Congress can only declare war; not micromanage wars.
Ron Paul: No presidential authority to bomb Iran without Congress.
Ron Paul: Congress can defund war, but not micromanage it.