| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Scott Walker: I'm proudly pro-life, but focus on fiscal issues.
Rick Perry: More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit.
Budget & Economy|
Chris Christie: Five balanced budgets in a row, without tax increases.
Martin O`Malley: Closed $1.7 billion budget deficit in 7 years.
Martin O`Malley: Middle-out economics instead of trickle-down economics.
Paul Ryan: Tea Party helps keep the taxpayer in the game.
Paul Ryan: My budget deal got Democrats to agree to long-term sequester.
Paul Ryan: When Fed "tapers", interest rates rise & hurts us fiscally.
Rand Paul: The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it.
Paul Ryan: Sequester on discretionary spending yes; no on $1.2T savings.
Jeb Bush: Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments.
Jeb Bush: 1994: LGBT protections are tantamount to elevating sodomy.
James Webb: Evolution on gay marriage has been good for the country.
Carly Fiorina: Women professionals are not treated the same as men.
Rand Paul: Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden.
Martin O`Malley: Respect dignity of individuals & support same-sex marriage.
Mike Huckabee: Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust.
Colin Powell: We have not yet fully accomplished MLK's dream.
Rand Paul: Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it.
Rob Portman: Change of heart: give gays the joy & stability of marriage.
Scott Walker: Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government.
Scott Walker: Put power into hands of job creators, and job growth results.
James Webb: If you've got capital, you're feeling pretty good.
Bernie Sanders: Americans want change: corporations get rich & people don't.
Elizabeth Warren: In 1980s, cops were taken off the beat in financial services.
Mike Huckabee: Axis of evil exists between Washington and Wall Street.
Jeb Bush: 1994: build more prisons; serve longer sentences.
Jeb Bush: 1990s: punishment over therapy; 2010s: that hardens people.
Ben Carson: Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common.
Ben Carson: Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness.
Ben Carson: Develop inner city resources to build alternatives to crime.
Rand Paul: Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them.
Rand Paul: Let convicted felons regain the right to vote.
Rick Perry: Death penalty is appropriate for those who kill cops or kids.
Rick Perry: Don't apply one-size-fits-all to state's death penalties.
Bobby Jindal: Open to method of execution but lethal injection ok.
Rick Perry: I think our justice system is color blind.
Rand Paul: Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous.
Rick Perry: Indicted for defunding D.A. who got caught drunk-driving.
Rand Paul: War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome.
Bobby Jindal: We lock up too many people for casual drug use.
Martin O`Malley: Proportionality in marijuana arrests, but not legalization.
Martin O`Malley: Let Colorado experiment with legalization, not Maryland.
Rand Paul: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals.
Jeb Bush: 1994: cut Department of Education from 2,000 to 50 staff.
Elizabeth Warren: Allow refinancing student loans; it's a crushing $1.2T.
Bobby Jindal: For school choice & tenure reform.
Marco Rubio: Turn over Head Start to states.
Jeb Bush: No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms.
Jeb Bush: Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom.
Jeb Bush: We test too much; focus on accountability instead.
Energy & Oil|
Carly Fiorina: Pass the Keystone Pipeline even if Obama vetoes it.
Bobby Jindal: Keystone pipeline creates jobs without environmental damage.
Bobby Jindal: Cheap, affordable domestic energy is economically critical.
Jeb Bush: A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue.
Jeb Bush: 1990s: Compensate landowners; 2010s: state-run conservation.
Mike Bloomberg: Smoking ban has spread from NYC to every big city.
Families & Children|
Rand Paul: Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala.
Marco Rubio: North Korea is a criminal syndicate, not a government.
Marco Rubio: Our policy should lead to more liberty for the Cuban people.
Marco Rubio: Cuba must improve on human rights for engagement to continue.
Marco Rubio: Engagement with Vietnam & China has not led to freedom.
Marco Rubio: Cuba embargo was designed to protect American companies.
Rand Paul: No quarantine on returning Ebola doctors unless symptomatic.
Rand Paul: Temporary stop on elective travel to fight Ebola.
Ted Cruz: Cuba is oppressive but never misses chance to propagandize.
James Webb: We need a clearly articulated doctrine for the Mideast.
James Webb: Arab Spring: stay out if no Americans at risk.
Rick Perry: There shouldn't be any air between us & our best ally Israel.
Carly Fiorina: Lack of American leadership causes world trouble.
Ted Cruz: Vigorous sanctions against Putin; help eastern Ukraine.
Rick Perry: We can't isolate ourselves within our shores; we must engage.
Marco Rubio: Provide more assistance to Jordan, to prepare against ISIS.
Marco Rubio: Stay involved against ISIS or Iran becomes regional hegemon.
Ben Carson: US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world.
Mitt Romney: Russia is our adversary but not our enemy.
Mitt Romney: World has been losing respect for America for last 5 years.
Chris Christie: America should be clear to world about what we stand for.
Jeb Bush: Vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks.
Ted Cruz: Executive actions override Congress & the Constitution.
Rand Paul: Supports early voting; but voter ID also ok.
Bernie Sanders: Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy.
Elizabeth Warren: It's THEIR money & power against OUR voices & votes.
Rand Paul: President should not bypass Congress with executive orders.
Ted Cruz: Debt ceiling limits "blank check" of federal spending.
Colin Powell: Voter ID laws unnecessarily make minority voting harder.
Marco Rubio: Has a concealed weapon permit, but does not carry a weapon.
Marco Rubio: New gun laws are ineffective, so don't pass them.
Mike Bloomberg: 80% of NRA members support background checks.
Mike Bloomberg: Background checks do work, and should be highest priority.
Ted Cruz: Government shutdown on ObamaCare worked: GOP won in 2014.
Carly Fiorina: Repeal ObamaCare; it's vast legislative overreach.
Carly Fiorina: Competitive insurance market instead of crony capitalism.
Scott Walker: No Medicaid expansion means no waiting list for poor.
Chris Christie: Mandatory quarantine for travelers from Ebola areas.
Chris Christie: 3-week quarantine for Ebola medical workers.
Ted Cruz: Suspend commercial air travel to Ebola-infected areas.
Ben Carson: ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life.
Martin O`Malley: ObamaCare will get past the scare tactics and will work.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn.
Ted Cruz: 5 million had health insurance canceled because of ObamaCare.
Marco Rubio: Medicaid expansion fails because funded only for a few years.
Martin O`Malley: ObamaCare website has problems, but we're enrolling citizens.
Scott Walker: To best benefit economy, replace ObamaCare.
Mike Huckabee: TEFRA model: subsidize extraordinary medical expenses.
Scott Walker: Didn't accept additional Medicaid money from ObamaCare.
Chris Christie: Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange.
Chris Christie: ObamaCare was a mistake; a failed policy from the start.
Rand Paul: ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four.
Jeb Bush: Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction.
Ben Carson: ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery.
Rob Portman: Repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Rand Paul: It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare.
Jon Huntsman: Politics aside, let's see if ObamaCare works or not.
Bill Richardson: ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done.
Paul Ryan: Strategize to delay ObamaCare; don't try for repeal yet.
Mike Bloomberg: Obesity kills more people than smoking; limit portion size.
Paul Ryan: Call for repealing ObamaCare despite lack of votes to do so.
Mike Bloomberg: Large sugary drink rule is portion control, not a ban.
Paul Ryan: Don't expand Medicare & Medicaid; they don't work.
Paul Ryan: Medicare premium support harnesses the power of competition.
Marco Rubio: ISIL's goal is to drive us out of the region.
Marco Rubio: ISIL is a threat because many members have US passports.
Paul Ryan: We need strategy to defeat ISIS, before they come to America.
Rick Perry: NSA listening in on our phones breaches rule of law.
Rick Perry: Hamas uses civilians as shields; help Israel defend itself.
Marco Rubio: ISIS is a more serious threat than al Qaeda.
Rand Paul: Multiple requests for security at Benghazi were ignored.
Rand Paul: Benghazi disqualifies Hillary from the presidency.
Hillary Clinton: More Benghazi hearings ok only to learn what to do better.
Bernie Sanders: Don't let released terrorists get back onto the battlefield.
James Webb: President should consult Congress about POW exchanges.
Bernie Sanders: V.A. doesn't have resources to accommodate 2 million vets.
Rand Paul: Don't let people who make money off weapons define policy.
Rand Paul: National defense is important, but no blank check.
Mitt Romney: No new cold war with Russia, just very different interests.
Peter King: NSA needs secrecy, and has had no abuses.
Rand Paul: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court.
Peter King: N.S.A. spying has saved thousands of lives.
Peter King: Problem with Snowden leak is lack of presidential leadership.
Paul Ryan: Restrict NSA and surveillance, but don't scrap PATRIOT Act.
Rand Paul: Give trials to Guantanamo detainees.
Rudy Giuliani: It's not ethnic profiling to focus on Muslims.
Rand Paul: Filibuster to establish no drones on citizens in America.
Newt Gingrich: Train women for combat, even if not formally in combat.
Ted Cruz: End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances.
Ted Cruz: Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded.
Carly Fiorina: Pass immigration reform in a series of bills.
Mitt Romney: Executive action on immigration is only a temporary solution.
Marco Rubio: Modernize immigration to win global competition for talent.
Rick Perry: Texas border "surge" reduced influx of unaccompanied kids.
Rick Perry: No comprehensive immigration reform until border is secure.
Marco Rubio: Human trafficking law & deferred action caused border crisis.
Rick Perry: Illegal immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides.
Paul Ryan: Send illegal immigrant kids back to Central America.
Rick Perry: I warned of crisis of Central American kids in 2012.
Rick Perry: Secure the border to end Central American kids' crisis.
Rick Perry: Boots on the ground and the border sends a visual message.
Rand Paul: Status quo is untenable; we must do some sort of reform.
Rand Paul: Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship.
Marco Rubio: FactCheck: No MarcoPhones, and no executive DREAMers either.
Rand Paul: Illegals are not bad people, but we have to control border.
Bobby Jindal: We need a high walls and wide gate.
Bobby Jindal: We've got a backwards system: low walls and a narrow gate.
Bobby Jindal: A secure border means that border governors certify it.
Marco Rubio: Give kids of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.
Chris Christie: Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system.
Paul Ryan: Step-by-step approach, not a big massive immigration bill.
Rick Perry: Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?
Jeb Bush: FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile.
Marco Rubio: Compare reform to existing situation of 11 million illegals.
Marco Rubio: Green cards after 10 years; secure border; & e-Verify.
Marco Rubio: Border control: 90% apprehension and 100% surveillance.
Marco Rubio: Not amnesty: 15-year wait, plus fee, minus federal benefits.
Rand Paul: Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants.
Jeb Bush: Reform must make it easier to come legally than illegally.
Jeb Bush: People come illegally because there's no legal path to come.
Jeb Bush: My plan is legalization, not self-deportation.
Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
Paul Ryan: Earned legalization while respecting the rule of law.
Chris Christie: Don't raise minimum wage; create better-paying jobs instead.
Rick Perry: Focus on maximizing wages, not the minimum wage.
Ted Cruz: Lowest labor force participation in over three decades.
Marco Rubio: Ok to extend unemployment if it's paid for.
Martin O`Malley: Extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
Martin O`Malley: Raise minimum wage to $10 per hour.
Rand Paul: Unemployment insurance ok if fully paid for & short-term.
Scott Walker: Link unemployment benefits to job search every week.
Scott Walker: Don't raise minimum wage; train for higher-wage jobs.
Paul Ryan: No more unemployment extension after 13th time since 2008.
Rand Paul: Extending unemployment benefits does disservice to workers.
Principles & Values|
Scott Walker: I won with independents' and young people's votes.
Hillary Clinton: No lingering effects of concussion; will release records.
Elizabeth Warren: Registered Independent & Republican in Pennsylvania in 1990s.
Bobby Jindal: We can't just be the party of no.
Chris Christie: Parties should become pragmatic when they are out of power.
Rand Paul: We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have.
Jeb Bush: Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives.
Bobby Jindal: We've got to stop being the stupid party.
Jon Huntsman: No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing.
Mike Bloomberg: To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements.
Paul Ryan: Federal employees pension contributions like private sector.
Rob Portman: Payroll taxes don't pay for the benefits going out.
Paul Ryan: 60% of Americans get more benefits than they pay in taxes.
Jeb Bush: 1994: Require voter approval of any new taxes.
Martin O`Malley: Cut taxes on bottom 85% while raising taxes on top 15%.
Jeb Bush: Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package.
Paul Ryan: Are we for more revenues? No, we're not.
Marco Rubio: Release anti-North Korea movie despite cyber-attack.
Chris Christie: Focus on bipartisan reforms instead of Bridgegate.
Chris Christie: Bridgegate: Staff made some significant mistakes in judgment.
Chris Christie: Fired aides for Bridgegate: traffic jam as retribution.
Rand Paul: Bridgegate is unsettling; government should not bully people.
Rand Paul: 5% tax on overseas profits & put it all into infrastructure.
Rand Paul: Generalized warrants for all cellphones is unconstitutional.
Rand Paul: Snowden revealed NSA abuses, but a fair prison term is ok.
Rand Paul: 4th Amendment bans NSA from collecting everyone's phone data.
War & Peace|
Mitt Romney: Do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS-including ground troops.
Ted Cruz: Bomb ISIS back to the Stone Age.
Ted Cruz: Arm & aid the Peshmerga Kurds against ISIS.
Bernie Sanders: Get Saudis & regional powers involved with fighting ISIS.
Bernie Sanders: Arm the Peshmerga against ISIS, as international effort.
James Webb: Iraq invasion empowered Iran & led to sectarian violence.
James Webb: Anti-ISIS alliances are fluid; we've trained some ISIS.
Marco Rubio: Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq to target ISIL.
Marco Rubio: Airstrikes to topple Syrian government are counterproductive.
Ted Cruz: Bomb ISIS back into the Stone Age, with Congress' approval.
Rand Paul: How many Americans should die to defend Iraq?
Marco Rubio: Stay involved in Iraq to fight ISIS, not for nation-building.
Rand Paul: ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest.
Rand Paul: Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos.
Mitt Romney: ISIS: bad things happen as a result of inaction.
Mitt Romney: Leave 20,000 US troops in Iraq as an ongoing presence.
Peter King: ISIS creates a privileged sanctuary from which to attack US.
Rand Paul: Keep all options on the table, but don't declare war on Iran.
Marco Rubio: Timetable in Afghanistan emboldened Taliban to wait us out.
Marco Rubio: Lack of long-term US status in Iraq opens it for al Qaeda.
Marco Rubio: Assist Iraqi government in fighting ISIL.
Brian Schweitzer: No reason to stay in Afghanistan after 12 years of war.
Brian Schweitzer: Attacking Iraq was a mistake that empowered al Qaeda.
Chris Christie: Governors shouldn't offer opinions about Syria.
Peter King: Stop being so defensive about drones.
Rand Paul: No involvement in Syria, even if gas attack proven.
Rand Paul: No US interests in either side of Syrian war.
Marco Rubio: Syria: arm rebels last year; now just work with some.
Marco Rubio: New Iranian leader is more moderate but still supports nukes.
Peter King: Assad is evil, but arming rebels brings another dictator.
Rudy Giuliani: Al Qaeda isn't on the run; be more proactive.
Marco Rubio: Goal for Korea: denuclearize the peninsula and to unify it.
Jon Huntsman: North Korea manipulates world to get concessions.
Jeb Bush: Over time, people will respect our resolve in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jeb Bush: 1994 Phoenix Project: end welfare culture.
Paul Ryan: Switch from poverty management to get people out of poverty.
Paul Ryan: Customize benefits for each person, run by the states.
Paul Ryan: End dependency culture; end disincentives to work.
Elizabeth Warren: Nobody should work full-time and still live in poverty.
Rand Paul: Tax cuts help the poor because local businesses will hire.
Chris Christie: Focus on income inequality drives America toward mediocrity.
Marco Rubio: Take next step in War on Poverty: provide opportunity.
Martin O`Malley: Anti-poverty programs grow our middle class.
Rand Paul: Economic freedom zones: low taxes in high unemployment areas.
Marco Rubio: Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it.
Rand Paul: Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities.