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2010 Senate debates

AK: Miller(R)
AR: Lincoln(D)
AZ: McCain(R)
CA: Boxer(D)
CO: Bennet(D)
CT: Blumenthal(D)
DE: O`Donnell(R)
FL: Crist(I)
IA: Grassley(R)
IL: Kirk(R)
IN: Ellsworth(D)
KY: Paul(R)
LA: Vitter(R)
MO: Carnahan(D)
NC: Burr(R)
ND: Hoeven(R)
NH: Hodes(D)
NV: Reid(D)
NY: Gillibrand(D)
OH: Portman(R)
OR: Wyden(D)
PA: Sestak(D)
UT: Lee(R)
WA: Murray(D)
WI: Feingold(D)
WV: Manchin(D)

    Presidential candidate interview series, throughout 2008:
  • "Choosing the President", on Fox news Sunday, with Chris Wallace
  • "Your World", with Neil Cavuto
  • "Hannity & Colmes", with Sean Hannity

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Barack Obama: Ok for state to restrict late-term partial birth abortion.
Budget & Economy
    Sarah Palin: Workforce fundamentals are strong; economy needs oversight.
    Sarah Palin: Taxpayers cannot be looked to as Wall Street bailout.
    John McCain: These are tough times; we need changes; so keep taxes low.
    John McCain: Bailing out Bear Stearns necessary to protect economy.
    John McCain: Key is to not to bail out homeowners who speculated.
    Hillary Clinton: Government action to tackle recession, not tax cuts.
    Mike Huckabee: I steered AR from $200M deficit to an $850M surplus.
    Mike Huckabee: Recessions “trickle-up”--working class hit first & hardest.
    Mitt Romney: Couple short-term stimulus with long-term growth boost.
    Rudy Giuliani: US less competitive if we overtax, over-regulate & overspend.
    Rudy Giuliani: Tax cut right now would provide stimulus and avoid recession.
Civil Rights
    Sarah Palin: Hillary put 18 million cracks in glass ceiling.
    Sarah Palin: Would like support from women’s groups, but won’t woo them.
    John McCain: Voted against MLK holiday in 1983; now calls that a mistake.
    Sarah Palin: Wall Street violated public trust & caused mortgage crisis.
    Mike Huckabee: 80% of all jobs in this country come from small business.
    Sarah Palin: Never tried to ban books in the Wasilla Library.
    Sarah Palin: Science teacher as dad; believes in teaching evolution.
    Barack Obama: Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test.
Energy & Oil
    Sarah Palin: FactCheck: No, Obama has always supported clean coal.
    Sarah Palin: First and foremost, we must become energy independent.
    Sarah Palin: McCain wants healthy deliberation on disagreements like ANWR.
    Sarah Palin: Energy is inherently linked to security and prosperity.
    John McCain: Job creation program with alternate energy & nuclear power.
    Sarah Palin: Unlock ANWR; we’re ready, willing and able to contribute.
    Barack Obama: GOP right on cap-&-trade: guidelines instead of bureaucracy.
    Mitt Romney: $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology.
Families & Children
    Sarah Palin: V.P. role would include helping special-needs children.
Foreign Policy
    Sarah Palin: Cold War with Russia is off the table.
    Sarah Palin: Rising democracies look to America as a leader.
    Hillary Clinton: Bill made deal with Kazakhs to bring in HIV drugs.
Government Reform
    Sarah Palin: Regulate for people & against cronyism & lobbyists.
    Sarah Palin: Only independent mavericks can reform Washington.
    Sarah Palin: Small town mayors are on front lines of accountability.
    Sarah Palin: Never been part of an Alaska secessionist party.
    Sarah Palin: Replaced “Bridge to Nowhere” with improved ferry system.
    Sarah Palin: McCain: She’s a soul-mate who implemented ethics reform.
    Sarah Palin: Killed “bridge to nowhere” project as unneeded.
    John McCain: No litmus test for Supreme Court nominees on McCain-Feingold.
    Mitt Romney: Washington is broken due to insider lobbyists & politicians.
    Mitt Romney: McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment.
Homeland Security
    Sarah Palin: Any country that houses Islamic terrorists is a danger to US.
    John McCain: Bush administration’s waterboarding was torture.
    John McCain: Disagrees with Bush often; but credits no attacks since 9/11.
    Rudy Giuliani: AdWatch: “Ready” with executive experience in crises.
    Sarah Palin: Never supported Pat Buchanan for president.
    Rudy Giuliani: Let illegals self-select to sign up & work on the tax rolls.
    John McCain: Voted against minimum wage 19 times, when in pork bills.
    Mitt Romney: Built long-term pipeline for MA jobs; so job growth is slow.
    Mike Huckabee: No class warfare: talk to both rich & poor.
Principles & Values
    Sarah Palin: Proud of being a Washington outsider.
    Sarah Palin: Good-old-boy networks are created by both parties.
    Sarah Palin: Americans are just getting sick & tired of politics as usual.
    Sarah Palin: I’m one of those bitter people clinging to guns & religion.
    Sarah Palin: When I hear our National Anthem, I get a lump in my throat.
    Sarah Palin: Troopergate: brother-in-law tasered child, but still trooper.
    Sarah Palin: Came of age in the era of Reagan; thinks about him daily.
    John McCain: Reform, prosperity, and peace.
    Bob Barr: Seeks Ron Paul’s supporters based on libertarian message.
    Bob Barr: On ballot in 48 states; working on last two.
    Bob Barr: Libertarian nominee hopes to be on ballot in all 50 states.
    Bob Barr: McCain is big-government; I am small-government.
    Barack Obama: Rev. Wright and flag pins are distractions from real issues.
    Hillary Clinton: America needs election debate about country’s direction.
    Hillary Clinton: Bill would be her adviser, and represent US around the world.
    John McCain: Disagrees with his mom; he can unite the party.
    John McCain: Anticipates spirited debate on differences with Democrats.
    Mike Huckabee: Only candidate who’s faced Clinton political machine before.
    Mitt Romney: Changing views: I’ve learned from experience & made mistakes.
Social Security
    Barack Obama: Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000.
    Mitt Romney: No FICA for workers over age 65, so they can stay working.
Tax Reform
    Sarah Palin: No Alaska sales tax; and $3,200 payments annually.
    Sarah Palin: Everybody benefits when government takes less.
    Bob Barr: Lower taxes by dramatically cutting back size of government.
    Barack Obama: Under Bill Clinton, rich people didn’t feel oppressed.
    John McCain: Veto any tax increase; worst thing now is to raise taxes.
    John McCain: 2001: tax package with spending restraint, against Bush cuts.
    Rudy Giuliani: Simplify taxes: plan to file your taxes on one page.
    Rudy Giuliani: One-page fast form: 24% to 36% reduction in income tax paid.
War & Peace
    Sarah Palin: Retreat is defeat in Iraq.
    Sarah Palin: McCain: She has right judgment on Iran and the surge.
    Sarah Palin: Visited Alaska National Guard troops in Kuwait.
    Barack Obama: President sets Iraq mission; Generals then implement tactics.
    John McCain: Quoting “100 years in Iraq” is out-of-context.
    John McCain: Despite deserters & Basra loss, Iraqi military doing better.
    Hillary Clinton: Calling for troop withdrawal pressures Iraqi government.
    Hillary Clinton: Some tactical success in Iraq, but no strategic success yet.
    John McCain: Not a matter of how long in Iraq, but a matter of casualties.
    Mike Huckabee: Saddam might have had WMD and got them to Syria before 2003.
Welfare & Poverty
    Mitt Romney: Creating jobs helps poorest workers; not cash handouts.

The above quotations are from
    Presidential candidate interview series, throughout 2008:
  • "Choosing the President", on Fox news Sunday, with Chris Wallace
  • "Your World", with Neil Cavuto
  • "Hannity & Colmes", with Sean Hannity

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