| 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.