| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Dave Brat: Human life is sacred.
Bob McDonnell: Supported 35 restrictive bills, even with rape & incest.
Creigh Deeds: Backs abortion rights without parental consent.
Bob McDonnell: Pro-life; anti-partial-birth; pro-parental-notification.
Jim Gilmore: As governor, I stood for the sanctity of life.
Mark Warner: Support Roe v. Wade, but respect differing views.
Jim Gilmore: Informed consent and 24-hour waiting period.
Budget & Economy|
Dave Brat: Reduce spending & support a balanced budget amendment.
Jim Gilmore: I delivered a balanced budget; no deficit when I ended term.
Jim Gilmore: More banking oversight, even if it means bigger government.
Mark Warner: Gilmore’s budgets “full of gimmicks” created $6B deficit.
Mark Warner: Banking crisis caused by too many asleep at the switch in DC.
Jim Gilmore: Virginia is booming; unemployment at record lows.
Bob McDonnell: Authored amendment protecting traditional marriage.
Jim Gilmore: No quotas, but create opportunities for minorities.
Jim Gilmore: Keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for gays in the military.
Mark Warner: We still need affirmative action, for now.
Mark Warner: Let military leaders advise about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
Harris Miller: Supports civil unions; opposes constitutional ban.
Bob McDonnell: Small businesses are the backbone of Virginia's economy.
Bob McDonnell: Get rid of taxes & regulations to make VA best for business.
Jim Gilmore: Washington “asleep at the switch” at financial oversight.
Mark Warner: Financial crisis stems from companies over-borrowing.
George Allen: Leader for three decades in enacting truth-in-sentencing.
Bob McDonnell: Make Virginia gang-free; with tougher penalties & prevention.
Jim Gilmore: Reformed the juvenile justice system as attorney general.
Jim Gilmore: Endorsed by four County sheriffs.
Mark Warner: Endorsed by Virginia Police Benevolent Association.
Mark Warner: Initiated statewide Amber Alert system.
Bob McDonnell: Mandatory minimum sentences for career drug dealers.
Jim Gilmore: Provided more substance abuse treatment for drug offenders.
Mark Warner: Place decongestants behind counter to slow meth production.
Jim Gilmore: Illegal drugs are not an acceptable part of our society.
Dave Brat: Oppose top down approaches such as Common Core.
George Allen: Froze college tuition while governor.
Bob McDonnell: Supports charter schools.
Creigh Deeds: Don't divert money from schools, even in recession.
Jim Gilmore: No Child Left Behind Act isn't working.
Mark Warner: No Child Left Behind Act isn't working.
Jim Gilmore: Claims Warner said home-schooling threatens America.
Mark Warner: Home-schooling is ok; my sister home-schools her kids.
Jim Gilmore: College scholarships for every qualified needy student.
Jim Gilmore: Expand Algebra Readiness Initiative; hire more teachers.
Jim Gilmore: Raise teacher pay with local funds.
Energy & Oil|
Dave Brat: Broad-spectrum approach: Invest in wind, solar, oil, & more.
Bob McDonnell: Cultivate green energy and renewables.
Bob McDonnell: Opposes cap-and-trade as congressional encroachment.
Bob McDonnell: Drill for oil 50 miles offshore, environmentally safely.
Creigh Deeds: No cap-and-trade during recession.
Bob McDonnell: All-of-the-above approach: coal, oil, nuclear, & renewables.
Jim Gilmore: Favors drilling ANWR and also drilling offshore.
Mark Warner: Opposes drilling ANWR; but OK to drill offshore.
Jim Gilmore: US should seek alternative fuels but still drill for oil.
Jim Gilmore: US greatest energy resource is coal.
Jim Gilmore: Warner promised no offshore drilling, and now supports it.
Mark Warner: Offshore drilling is acceptable but not the “silver bullet”.
Mark Warner: Vetoed offshore drilling ban until more laws & facts known.
Bob McDonnell: Establish "Green Jobs Zone"; protect the Chesapeake Bay.
Jim Gilmore: Extend “Virginia Naturally”: empower people with knowledge.
Jim Gilmore: Extend "Virginia Naturally": empower people with knowledge.
Jim Gilmore: Pursue terrorists into Pakistan, but maintain secrecy.
Mark Warner: Pakistan could emerge as world’s most dangerous nation.
Dave Brat: Moneyed interests have corrupted our democratic system.
George Allen: Curb spending by passing a line-item veto.
George Allen: Supports line-item veto & balanced budget amendment.
Harris Miller: Supports public funding for political TV advertisements.
Dave Brat: Oppose limiting the Constitutional right to bear arms.
Bob McDonnell: Fundamental individual right to bear arms.
Mark Warner: Strong defender of the Second Amendment.
Jim Gilmore: Strike down unconstitutional bans on possessing a firearm.
Jim Gilmore: More gun convictions means less violent crime.
Dave Brat: ObamaCare is an unconstitutional power grab.
Bob McDonnell: Resist congressional encroachment & socialized medicine.
Jim Gilmore: Health Savings Accounts; association plans; and tort reform.
Jim Gilmore: Lower Medicare premiums for seniors & keep program solvent.
Mark Warner: Cannot allow 47 million Americans to go without access.
Jim Gilmore: $25M more for medical care for most vulnerable citizens.
Dave Brat: Maintain a strong national defense.
Jim Gilmore: Close the pay gap for long-term military retention.
Mark Warner: World-class benefits for military veterans.
Harris Miller: Opposes don’t ask, don’t tell rule for military.
Dave Brat: Start by securing our border; never grant amnesty.
James Webb: Tamper-proof ID card; stricter enforcement against employers.
Bob McDonnell: Strongly opposes federal Card Check legislation.
Bob McDonnell: Strong support for Virginia's Right to Work law.
Jim Gilmore: Warner’s police endorsements come from unionization promise.
Jim Gilmore: Oppose making it easier to organize labor unions.
Mark Warner: Gilmore opposed helping Tultex, despite Assembly’s support.
Principles & Values|
Dave Brat: Fundamental rights come from God, the Author of Nature.
Jim Gilmore: Will be conservative voice in Democratic-controlled Congress.
Mark Warner: End partisan gridlock; embrace common ground.
Jim Gilmore: Warner is ducking debates; doesn’t want his positions known.
Mark Warner: Replace name-calling with bipartisan management.
Mark Warner: Bi-partisan commission on entitlements, with binding outcome.
Bob McDonnell: Opposed tax increases for core government services.
Bob McDonnell: Kill the Death Tax; eliminate fraud & duplication.
Jim Gilmore: In times of economic stress, don’t raise taxes.
Jim Gilmore: Signature achievement: effort to eliminate Virginia car tax.
Mark Warner: Roll back top-tier tax breaks.
Mark Warner: Pushed $1.4B tax increase to close $6B budget shortfall.
Jim Gilmore: Warner raised taxes without fully informing us about revenue.
Mark Warner: Vetoed offshore drilling ban until more laws & facts known.
Mark Warner: Gilmore promised car tax repeal at $620M; but it cost $2B.
Jim Gilmore: End the Car Tax.
Bob McDonnell: Make Wallops Island the top commercial Spaceport in America.
Jim Gilmore: We should “think new”, like Founding Fathers did.
War & Peace|
Jim Gilmore: No timeline for withdrawal from Iraq.
Jim Gilmore: Any kind of timetable in Iraq is not responsible.
Mark Warner: Withdraw from Iraq but no arbitrary timeline.
Mark Warner: Redeploy troops to Afghanistan; focus on Pakistan & Iran.
Mark Warner: No timetable to end war in Iraq.
Harris Miller: It was a mistake to go to Iraq; we were misled by Powell.
Welfare & Poverty|
Bob McDonnell: Supports welfare-to-work & eliminate fraud.