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2008 Republican nominees:
John McCain
(Arizona Senator).
Sarah Palin
(Alaska Governor).

2008 Democratic nominees:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

3rd-Party presidential challengers:
Constitution Party:
Chuck Baldwin
(Radio talk-show host): Nominated, May 2008.
Libertarian:
Bob Barr
(former GA Rep.)
Independent:
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor)
Libertarian:
Mike Gravel
(former AK Senator)
Constitution Party:
Alan Keyes
(Maryland talk-show host): Lost nomination, May 2008.
PLS:
Gloria La Riva
(Liberation & Socialism)
Green Party:
Cynthia McKinney
(Former GA Representative).
NAIP Party:
Frank McEnulty
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Socialist Party:
Brian Moore
Independent:
Ralph Nader
(2000 & 2004 candidate).

2008 Republican presidential primary:
George Allen
(Former Virginia Senator) Never entered race.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor).
Sam Brownback
(Kansas Senator) Withdrew Nov. 2007.
Jeb Bush
(Governor of Florida): Never entered race.
John Cox
(Chair of Cook County GOP, Chicago IL).
Bill Frist
(Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Newt Gingrich
(former Speaker of the House): Opted out of race, Sept. 2007.
James Gilmore
(former Governor of Virginia): Withdrew July 2007.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary
Chuck Hagel
(Nebraska Senator): Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Governor of Arkansas).
Duncan Hunter
(California Representative). Withdrew after Nevada caucuses, Jan. 2008
George Pataki
(New York Governor): Never entered race.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative).
Mitt Romney
(Massachusetts Governor).
Tom Tancredo
(Colorado Representative): Withdrew, Dec. 2007.
Fred Thompson
(former TN Senator). Withdrew Jan. 2008 after SC primary
Tommy Thompson
(former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Withdrew Aug. 2007.
Mark Sanford
(South Carolina Governor): Never entered race.

2008 Democratic presidential primary:
Evan Bayh
(IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006.
Joe Biden
(DE Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
Wes Clark
(former NATO commander): Never entered race.
Hillary Clinton
(NY Senator).
Tom Daschle
(Former SD Senator): Never entered race.
Christopher Dodd
(CT Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
John Edwards
(former NC Senator). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary.
Russ Feingold
(WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Al Gore
(former V.P.): Never entered race.
John Kerry
(MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007.
Dennis Kucinich
(OH Representative); withdrew Jan. 2008 to defend House seat.
Bill Richardson
(NM Governor); withdrew after NH primary, Jan. 2008.
Al Sharpton
(Reverend): Never entered race.
Tom Vilsack
(IA Governor): Withdrew Feb. 2007.
Mark Warner
(VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.

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Al Sharpton on Abortion
Click here for 4 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Women can choose about their life and their body. (Nov 2003)
  • Conserve Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2003)
  • Abortion is wrong, but let women choose. (Jan 2002)
  • His Supreme Court nominees will allow right to choose. (Jan 2002)
Al Sharpton on Budget & Economy
Click here for 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Focus on mass employment instead of big business. (Jan 2004)
  • Average Americans are doing their share. (Oct 2003)
  • Job development is critical to economy. (Sep 2003)
  • Repeal virtually all of the Bush tax cuts. (Jun 2003)
Al Sharpton on Civil Rights
Click here for 23 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Reparations based on Lincolnís promise of 40 acres & a mule. (Jul 2004)
  • Bush might reverse the gains of civil and women rights. (Jul 2004)
  • We cannot treat people of different cultures as inferior. (Jul 2004)
  • People in Baghdad can vote but people in DC canít. (Jul 2004)
  • Patriot Act is J. Edgar Hooverís dream. (Feb 2004)
  • Donít let states deal with gay rights-equal federal rights. (Feb 2004)
  • Confederate flag must be down everywhere. (Jan 2004)
  • Flag burning is distasteful, but itís free expression. (Jan 2004)
  • Dangerous precedent to leave gay rights to the states. (Jan 2004)
  • No people of color in Deanís cabinet-should import talent. (Jan 2004)
  • Just talking about race is trivializing the issue. (Jan 2004)
  • Get young people involved in the election process. (Jan 2004)
  • Banning gay marriage says gays are less than human. (Nov 2003)
  • Deanís Confederate flag comment stereotypes Southern Whites. (Nov 2003)
  • Confederate flag: speak to whites & be sensitive to blacks. (Nov 2003)
  • Discuss racial differences, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Equal protection under the law, not racial polarization. (May 2003)
  • Confederate flag should only be seen in a museum. (May 2003)
  • Supports reparations and affirmative action. (Feb 2003)
  • Will continue to work for racial equality. (Feb 2003)
  • Supports gay rights-let people choose to sin or not. (Jan 2002)
  • Let gays and lesbians adopt. (Jan 2002)
  • Patriot Act is unpatriotic illegitimate legislation. (Jun 2003)
Al Sharpton on Corporations
Click here for 3 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Corporate misdeeds came from runaway deregulation. (Sep 2003)
  • Favors fines when companies export jobs. (Sep 2003)
  • People are told to serve country-companies should do same. (Sep 2003)
Al Sharpton on Crime
Click here for 10 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Giulianiís tone allowed Louima police brutality. (Jan 2007)
  • NYPD ďcowboyĒ unit disbanded after Diallo shooting. (Jan 2007)
  • States rights are dangerous when applied to death penalty. (Feb 2004)
  • Opposed to death penalty under any circumstances. (Jan 2004)
  • End the death penalty-discriminatory, non-deterrent, wrong. (Jan 2004)
  • Prison programs for job skills & drug rehab. (Jan 2004)
  • Tawana Brawley case was about standing up for a victim. (Nov 2003)
  • Only candidate opposed to death penalty. (Feb 2003)
  • Focus on prevention instead of Three Strikes. (Jan 2002)
  • Itís no coincidence that the wealthy donít get executed. (Jan 2002)
Al Sharpton on Drugs
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Dorismond drug shooting shook the family by accusing victim. (Jan 2007)
  • Never smoked marijuana, because he grew up in the church. (Nov 2003)
  • Something wrong with mandatory time for drug users. (Jan 2002)
Al Sharpton on Education
Click here for 7 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Two Americas divided by race and language, not just wealth. (Feb 2004)
  • Vouchers are a gradual step toward privatization. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports HJR29, right to equality of education for all. (Apr 2003)
  • Education should be a constitutional right. (Apr 2003)
  • Supports school prayer, but donít impose it. (Jan 2002)

    School Choice

  • GOP plan is to use vouchers to reduce education funding. (May 2003)
  • Supports public education, not vouchers. (Jan 2003)
Al Sharpton on Energy & Oil
Click here for 3 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Raise CAFE standard from 27.5 mpg to 33, and 25 for SUVs. (Jan 2004)
  • Cap CO2 emissions and re-enter Kyoto discussions. (Jun 2003)
  • Build hybrid vehicles; raise CAFE to 45 mpg. (Jun 2003)
Al Sharpton on Environment
Click here for 3 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Fight hard for environmental justice. (Jun 2003)
  • Safe and sustainable environment creates jobs. (Jun 2003)
  • Religious mandate to be good stewards of what God has given. (Jun 2003)
Al Sharpton on Families & Children
Click here for other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Al Sharpton on Foreign Policy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Haiti is in crisis because we blocked infrastructure aid. (Feb 2004)
  • Trade & aid over military-super-help over superpower. (Jan 2004)
  • Use UN & trade to move Iran toward democracy, not military. (Jan 2004)
  • Participate as partners with UN in Iraq. (Dec 2003)
  • Consistent foreign policy, and allies, are important. (Mar 2003)
  • We deal with China, so letís deal with Cuba. (Jan 2002)
Al Sharpton on Free Trade
Click here for 5 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Cancel NAFTA rather than renegotiate it. (Feb 2004)
  • Labor standards should not cost American workers jobs. (Jan 2004)
  • Disagreed with NAFTA under Clinton AND under Bush. (Sep 2003)
  • Against NAFTA; donít sacrifice environment to economy. (Jun 2003)
  • Repeal NAFTA and GATT: too business-friendly. (May 2003)
Al Sharpton on Government Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Need to monitor touch-screen voting machines. (Nov 2003)
  • Count the DC primary like other primaries. (Nov 2003)
  • Every American should have equal access to vote. (Jun 2003)
  • Constitutional amendment on voting rights-remove from states. (May 2003)
  • GOP plan is to reduce government by bankrupting it. (May 2003)
Al Sharpton on Gun Control
Click here for 2 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Require background checks, licensing, and fingerprinting. (Jan 2004)
  • Supports federal gun licensing & registration. (May 2003)
Al Sharpton on Health Care
Click here for 7 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Wealthy Americans should pay more for Medicare. (Jan 2004)
  • Other plans are step in the right direction of single-payer. (Jan 2004)
  • Avoid privatized health system. (Jan 2004)
  • Forget half-a-loaf--support single-payer. (Sep 2003)
  • Right to health care, to education, and to vote. (May 2003)
  • Believes in constitutional right to health care. (May 2003)
  • Guarantee health care with Constitutional amendment. (Apr 2003)
Al Sharpton on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Ordinary NYers are 9/11 heroes; Giuliani just did his job. (Jan 2007)
  • Blame the terrorists, not the Islamic religion. (Jan 2004)
  • Eliminate Funding for national missile defense. (Jan 2004)
  • Submit to a world body to combat the terrorists. (Nov 2003)
  • Cut defense budget, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • Military increases have nothing to do with terrorism. (Jan 2002)
Al Sharpton on Immigration
Click here for 3 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Relax Mexican border to match Canadian border. (Jan 2004)
  • Current immigration law is discriminatory. (Jan 2003)
  • Immigration system is archaic & biased against Latinos. (Jan 2002)
Al Sharpton on Jobs
Click here for 6 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Raise minimum wage to at least $7.15. (Jan 2004)
  • Institutional discrimination still hinders minorities. (Jan 2004)
  • Create jobs that are necessary. (Jan 2004)
  • Spend $250 billion in 5 years to create jobs. (Nov 2003)
  • Need federal laws to protect workers, not state-by-state. (May 2003)
  • On picket lines & in jails for 35 years for workers rights. (May 2003)
Al Sharpton on Principles & Values
Click here for 19 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Living up to the promise of America is not a partisan issue. (Jul 2004)
  • Family values are not just car garages and a retirement plan. (Jul 2004)
  • Top Ten: Raise issues that would otherwise be overlooked. (Mar 2004)
  • Hosts Saturday Night Live: ďI hope America laughed togetherĒ. (Dec 2003)
  • His activism is all about equal opportunity under the law. (Nov 2003)
  • Practice religion personally and practice governing publicly. (Nov 2003)
  • Most important in VP is shared vision and policy agreement. (Nov 2003)
  • Galvanize the Dem base by registering urban blacks. (Nov 2003)
  • Better to be a new Democrat than an old GOP-like Democrat. (Sep 2003)
  • Favorite song: ďTalking Loud, Saying NothingĒ about GOP. (Sep 2003)
  • We need a new director and a new direction. (Sep 2003)
  • Weíre in a civil war over rejection of votes, from FL to CA. (Sep 2003)
  • On black vote: turn people on, then turn people out. (Sep 2003)
  • I want to privatize only one thing: privatize George Bush. (May 2003)
  • His newly registered voters help other Dems. (May 2003)
  • We donít just need a new director; we need a new direction. (May 2003)
  • Will tackle real issues like economy. (Mar 2003)
  • Represents progressive wing of Democratic Party. (Feb 2003)
  • Focused on listening to marginalized people. (Jan 2003)
Al Sharpton on Social Security
Click here for 2 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • More financing for Social Security in its current form. (Jan 2004)
  • Faster economic growth will save Social Security. (May 2003)
Al Sharpton on Tax Reform
Click here for 5 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Weíve read Bushís lips-he lied, and hiked taxes. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush tax cuts make us victims of a war of mass distraction. (May 2003)
  • Bush isnít cutting taxes, heís shifting taxes. (May 2003)
  • Repealing tax cut isnít raising taxes; itís saving America. (May 2003)
  • Would repeal all Bush tax cuts. (May 2003)
Al Sharpton on Technology
Click here for 3 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • $50B annually to address needed infrastructure decay. (Sep 2003)
  • $250 billion infrastructure-redevelopment plan. (May 2003)
  • Cure economy by building infrastructure. (Jan 2003)
Al Sharpton on War & Peace
Click here for 15 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Bush misled us on Iraq. (Jul 2004)
  • The premise for the Iraqi war was changed after our losses. (Jul 2004)
  • Day 1: Bring the troops home. (Jan 2004)
  • UN-based multilateral redevelopment plan for Iraq. (Nov 2003)
  • Bush wrong to wage war in Iraq-bring troops home now. (Oct 2003)
  • No on $87B for Iraq-donít chase bad investment with more. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush has failed at promised task of capturing bin Laden. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush has still not presented evidence for Iraq war. (Sep 2003)
  • Bush doctrine is dangerous and un-American. (Jun 2003)
  • Challenge Bush on the war on Iraq. (Jun 2003)
  • Bushís unilateral foreign policy is short-sighted. (May 2003)
  • Focus on 50 states we already occupy before occupying Iraq. (Apr 2003)
  • Bush failed to find WMD, Hussein, Bin Laden. (Apr 2003)
  • Would work with allies to avoid war. (Mar 2003)
  • Would go after those who attacked us, not Hussein. (Mar 2003)
Al Sharpton on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Focus welfare on child care & low-income housing. (Jan 2004)


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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Women can choose about their life and their body: Strongly Favors topic 1
Conserve Roe v. Wade: Favors topic 1
Abortion is wrong, but let women choose: Favors topic 1
His Supreme Court nominees will allow right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Reparations based on Lincolnís promise of 40 acres & a mule: Strongly Favors topic 2
Institutional discrimination still hinders minorities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Equal protection under the law, not racial polarization: Favors topic 2
Supports reparations and affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Donít let states deal with gay rights-equal federal rights: Favors topic 3
Banning gay marriage says gays are less than human: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay rights-let people choose to sin or not: Favors topic 3
Let gays and lesbians adopt: Strongly Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports school prayer, but donít impose it: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
States rights are dangerous when applied to death penalty: Opposes topic 8
Opposed to death penalty under any circumstances: Strongly Opposes topic 8
End the death penalty-discriminatory, non-deterrent, wrong: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Only candidate opposed to death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Itís no coincidence that the wealthy donít get executed: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
Prison programs for job skills & drug rehab: Opposes topic 9
Focus on prevention instead of Three Strikes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Require background checks, licensing, and fingerprinting: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports federal gun licensing & registration: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Other plans are step in the right direction of single-payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
Forget half-a-loaf--support single-payer: Strongly Favors topic 5
Right to health care, to education, and to vote: Favors topic 5
Guarantee health care with Constitutional amendment: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More financing for Social Security in its current form: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Faster economic growth will save Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers are a gradual step toward privatization: Strongly Opposes topic 7
GOP plan is to use vouchers to reduce education funding: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Supports public education, not vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Cap CO2 emissions and re-enter Kyoto discussions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Build hybrid vehicles; raise CAFE to 45 mpg: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Something wrong with mandatory time for drug users: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Focus welfare on child care & low-income housing: Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Repeal virtually all of the Bush tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts make us victims of a war of mass distraction: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush isnít cutting taxes, heís shifting taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Repealing tax cut isnít raising taxes; itís saving America: Favors topic 11
Would repeal all Bush tax cuts: Favors topic 11
Bushís unilateral foreign policy is short-sighted: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Relax Mexican border to match Canadian border: Favors topic 12
Current immigration law is discriminatory: Favors topic 12
Immigration system is archaic & biased against Latinos: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Disagreed with NAFTA under Clinton AND under Bush: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Against NAFTA; donít sacrifice environment to economy: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Repeal NAFTA and GATT: too business-friendly: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cut defense budget, even if unpopular: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Military increases have nothing to do with terrorism: Strongly Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Patriot Act is unpatriotic illegitimate legislation: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Consistent foreign policy, and allies, are important: Favors topic 17

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