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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
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The Path to Prosperity
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Ten Letters
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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Abortion
    George LeMieux: Pro-life; don't lose the values that make us special.
    Charlie Crist: Vetoed bill requiring ultrasound exams before abortions.
    Kendrick Meek: I have a 100% voting record on abortion, unlike Gov. Crist.
    Charlie Crist: Tea Party is too extreme on outlawing abortion.
    Alexander Snitker: Government must define when life begins & then protect it.
    Alexander Snitker: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Bernard DeCastro: Prohibit federal funds for elective abortions.
    Jeb Bush: Funded adoption counseling, but not abortion counseling.
    Jeb Bush: Prevent use of public funds for stem cell research.
    Mitt Romney: Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions.
    Ron Paul: Get the federal government out of abortion decision.
    Rudy Giuliani: Would probably not sign federal ban on all abortions.
    Fred Thompson: Lobbied for Planned Parenthood,but always voted against them.
    Marco Rubio: Voted against funding stem cell research.
    Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
    Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
    Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
    Jeb Bush: Restrict abortions to incest, rape, & health.
    Ronald Reagan: Abortion on demand must be outlawed.
Budget & Economy
    Ted Yoho: Keynesian economics is no way to stimulate the economy.
    Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default.
    Mitt Romney: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were source of housing bubble.
    Newt Gingrich: We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s.
    Newt Gingrich: We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s.
    Ron Paul: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be auctioned off.
    George LeMieux: Balance budget by 2013, while extending Bush tax cuts.
    Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy.
    Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology.
    Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare.
    Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts.
    Jeff Greene: Everyone knew housing crash was coming; Congress did nothing.
    Charlie Crist: $8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida.
    Marco Rubio: Oppose Obama stimulus package; it's bad for America.
    Jeb Bush: Florida budget grew by 27% during Bush's terms.
    Charlie Crist: Florida HOPE taskforce to help victims of housing crisis.
    John McCain: I’m well-versed in economics; I was at the Reagan Revolution.
    John McCain: Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy.
    John McCain: Will be able to reduce war costs & have a stable Middle East.
    John McCain: Reform insurance to cover violent weather patterns.
    John McCain: FactCheck: Said--then denied--he needed economics education.
    Mike Huckabee: Stimulus plan is $150B from China, to spend on Chinese goods.
    Mitt Romney: Make sure that we rein in spending.
    Mitt Romney: Support some kind of national catastrophic fund.
    Ron Paul: Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money.
    Ron Paul: Dollar crashing due to trillions spent on maintaining empire.
    Ron Paul: Waving a flag the whole time on spending.
    Rudy Giuliani: Get economy back on track based on growth principles.
    John McCain: Republicans have forgotten how to control spending.
    Mike Huckabee: To reduce spending, get rid of IRS & revamp DHS.
    Mitt Romney: Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork.
    Rudy Giuliani: Across-the-board spending cuts; zero out failing programs.
    Ron Paul: Maintain the value of the dollar, unlike Federal Reserve.
    Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
    Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
    Jeb Bush: Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment.
Civil Rights
    Rick Scott: $36 million for community-based disabled help.
    George LeMieux: Pro-family supporter of traditional marriage.
    Charlie Crist: Opposed gay adoption; then praised Court overturning ban.
    Al Franken: Apologized for comic routines that offended women.
    Alexander Snitker: Open gays ok in military; don't define marriage.
    Alexander Snitker: End affirmative action programs.
    Bernard DeCastro: Define marriage as one man and one woman.
    Charlie Crist: Lifetime member of NAACP.
    Rudy Giuliani: Comfortable with trying to reach voters in Spanish.
    Mitt Romney: MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage.
    Ron Paul: Protect all voluntary associations; don’t define marriage.
    Rudy Giuliani: No Marriage Amendment needed now, but maybe if DOMA fails.
    Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
    Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
    Bill Nelson: Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities.
    Lois Frankel: Affirmative action in state hiring and college.
    Jeb Bush: Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas.
    Jeb Bush: No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage.
    Ronald Reagan: Supports constitutional amendment to allow prayer in schools.
Corporations
    Rick Scott: Eliminate thousands of regulations on job creators.
    Rick Scott: Remove the sales tax on manufacturing equipment.
    Marco Rubio: Businesses need certainty to commit to hiring new workers.
    Rick Scott: Phase out Florida's Business Income Tax over 7 Years.
    Jeff Greene: Sold $21M of condos to CA dealer now facing charges.
    Marco Rubio: Work across the aisle to make America more business-friendly.
    John McCain: Cut corporate income taxes to keep jobs here.
    Mitt Romney: Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff.
    Marco Rubio: Loser pays, to discourage frivolous lawsuits.
Crime
    Ted Yoho: Support capital punishment.
    George LeMieux: Argued in favor of death penalty in Supreme Court case.
    Alexander Snitker: Supports capital punishment.
    Alexander Snitker: Job-training, substance-abuse, & early-release for prisoners.
    Charlie Crist: Chain-Gang Charlie: reinstitute prison chain gangs.
    Jeb Bush: Symbol of crime needs a human face on it.
    Jeb Bush: Passed Habitual Offender Accountability Act.
    Bernard DeCastro: Founded gospel-based Florida Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition.
    Charlie Crist: Supports 10-20-Life and Stop Turning Out Prisoners program.
    Mitt Romney: To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads.
    Marco Rubio: Toughen laws against prostitution & sex trafficking.
    Marco Rubio: Collect DNA of those convicted of sexually deviant behavior.
    Jeb Bush: Adopted Three-Strike Violent Felony Offender Act.
    Jeb Bush: 10-20-Life: Increase mandatory minimum sentences.
    Lois Frankel: Death penalty but also alternative sentencing.
    Jeb Bush: Build more prisons; private contracts OK.
    Jeb Bush: Alternative sentencing & rehabiliation acceptable.
    Jeb Bush: Supports death penalty.
    Jeb Bush: Stricter penalties for drug, sex, & gun offenses.
Drugs
    Rick Scott: Drug courts & alternatives to incarceration.
    Al Franken: Admitted drug use during days as TV comedian.
    Al Franken: Wrote two movies about drug addiction and its horrors.
    Mike Ciresi: 2007: acknowledged past marijuana dabbling.
    Norm Coleman: Opposed to legalizing marijuana despite past usage.
    Alexander Snitker: No mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Bernard DeCastro: Convicted of drug related crimes & pardoned after 10 years.
    Jeb Bush: Funding to reduce teen substance abuse and tobacco use.
    Jeb Bush: Create a prescription drug tracking system to prevent abuse.
    Jeb Bush: Mandatory prison sentences for drug offenses.
Education
    Rick Scott: Eliminated tenure; with performance pay, give $2,500 raise.
    Ted Yoho: Department of Education should be eliminated over 3-5 years.
    Rick Scott: Increase the number of charter schools.
    Jeb Bush: Guarantee college admission for top 20% of high school grads.
    Jeb Bush: Catholic Conference sought more voucher accountability.
    Jeb Bush: 60% of FCAT-passed schools failed to meet NCLB standards.
    Fred Thompson: Voted for No Child Left Behind, but critics were right.
    Fred Thompson: Allow states to experiment with vouchers & charter schools.
    Rudy Giuliani: Empower parents to decide parochial, charter, or home school.
    Rudy Giuliani: NYC public school system dysfunctional & should be blown up.
    Marco Rubio: Voted for more scholarships for private schools.
    Marco Rubio: Incentivize foreign language curriculum in elementary school.
    Marco Rubio: Prepare students for the Global Marketplace.
    Marco Rubio: More options for student and parent choice in education.
    Jeb Bush: Voluntary universal Pre-K: fund 9,600 pre-school teachers.
    Jeb Bush: A+ Plan: Make "F" schools disappear; make more "A" schools.
    Jeb Bush: Push for gains among minority and disadvantaged students.
    Jeb Bush: Social promotion doesn't do our kids any favors.
    Hillary Clinton: Solemn vow never to abandon our public schools.
    Hillary Clinton: Hold kids to high standards, starting at home.
    Hillary Clinton: Address teacher shortage with salary increases.
    Hillary Clinton: Teachers need more peer consulting & more recognition.
    Hillary Clinton: Social promotion cheats our children.
    Hillary Clinton: More after-school; smaller classes.
    Hillary Clinton: Reduce size of schools; and modernize.
    Hillary Clinton: Read to young kids 20-30 minutes daily.
    Hillary Clinton: Entire school staff should focus on school safety.
    Hillary Clinton: Vouchers will not improve our public schools.
    Hillary Clinton: Let’s build up our schools-not tear them down.
    Hillary Clinton: Charter schools provide choice within public system.
    Jeb Bush: More funding for schools; merit pay for teachers.
    Jeb Bush: Focus on abstinence; end social promotion.
    Jeb Bush: Supports charter schools & vouchers.
Energy & Oil
    Ted Yoho: Department of Energy needs to be eliminated.
    Jeff Greene: Ban offshore oil drilling.
    Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.
    Charlie Crist: $200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus.
    John McCain: In favor of cap-and-trade.
    Rudy Giuliani: Support the technologies that improve alternative energy use.
    Tim Mahoney: Invest in alternative energy technologies.
    Marco Rubio: Tax incentives for energy-efficient appliances.
    Betty Castor: We won’t solve this problem with more drilling.
    Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
Environment
    Connie Mack IV: Criticizes agricultural tax breaks for grazing land.
    Jeb Bush: Florida Forever: $1B for environmental land purchases.
    Jeb Bush: Everglades are "crown jewel" of Florida environmental legacy.
    Jeb Bush: Acceler8: $1.5B plan for Everglades restoration.
    Jeb Bush: Declined results of state survey to limit urban sprawl.
    Marco Rubio: Partner with private companies for transportation system.
    Marco Rubio: Hurricane Savings Accounts for homeowners' insurance.
    Jeb Bush: New marine sanctuary to protect the Florida Keys.
    Al Gore: Ban oil and gas drilling off Florida coast.
    Jeb Bush: Let industries “self-audit”; compensate for “takings”.
Families & Children
    Rick Scott: $1.5 million for safe houses against human trafficking.
    Mike Huckabee: Understand the totality of the American family.
    Rudy Giuliani: Conservative record:I drove pornography out of Times Square.
    Marco Rubio: Parental notification for social networking website use.
    Jeb Bush: No Place Like Home initiative: find families for DCF kids.
    Jeb Bush: Increase KidCare; increase developmentally disabled services.
    Hillary Clinton: Send message: It is the job of children to learn.
    Hillary Clinton: Early-warning hotlines for homicidal & suicidal students.
Foreign Policy
    Bill Nelson: Keep the Cuban embargo, but let family members travel.
    Connie Mack IV: Keep the Cuban embargo until Cuba is a free democracy.
    Mitt Romney: Critical time for American century vs. European socialism.
    Newt Gingrich: I supported Helms-Burton to isolate the Castro regime.
    Rick Santorum: Stand up for our friends in Latin America, not leftists.
    Rick Santorum: Keep embargo on Cuba--the heart of cancer in Latin America.
    Rick Santorum: Self-determination on statehood for Puerto Rico.
    Ron Paul: In Latin America, standing up for allies has meant military.
    Jeff Greene: 2007: Visited Cuba to repair yacht & support synagogues.
    Ron Paul: Stronger national defense by changing our foreign policy.
    Mike Huckabee: Law of the Sea Treaty gives away our sovereignty.
    Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Free Trade
    Ron Paul: Free trade helps all of Latin America, even Cuba.
    Alexander Snitker: No free trade agreements; free trade with all nations.
    Rudy Giuliani: China is a great opportunity and a great caution for the US.
    Duncan Hunter: Let’s buy American this Christmas season.
    Tom Tancredo: Voted NO on permanent normalized trade relations with China.
    Tim Mahoney: Do not lowre our standards in international trade agreements.
Government Reform
    Ted Yoho: Regulate campaign contributions.
    George LeMieux: Opposed thousands of earmarks during time in Senate.
    Rick Scott: Free speech includes financially supporting candidates.
    Rick Scott: Reducing Tallahassee's unnecessary costs.
    Kendrick Meek: Sought earmarks for blighted area which benefited a donor.
    Kendrick Meek: Drafted 70 bills in Congress; some got merged into law.
    Jeb Bush: Legislative term limits strengthened Bush's executive power.
    Jeb Bush: OpEd: Foundation for Florida's Future hides campaign donors.
    Jeb Bush: Refused to fund state agency requests for specific services.
    Jeb Bush: Mature society can empty government buildings of workers.
    Jeb Bush: Judges should respect primacy of Legislature & Executive.
    Jeb Bush: Asked judicial candidates: Are you a God-fearing churchgoer?
    Jeb Bush: 2004: Purged felons list from eligible voters.
    Jeb Bush: 2005: Achieved goal of restraining growth in spending.
    John McCain: More sunshine on the Working Group on Financial Markets.
    John McCain: FactCheck: $35B in pork meant $484 per child, not $1000.
    Mitt Romney: Use my own money in a campaign to try and change the US.
    Mitt Romney: Not concerned about voters on his campaign self-contribution.
    Fred Thompson: Tort reform ok for liability lawsuits; leave rest to states.
    Rudy Giuliani: Supports tort reform like “loser pays” rule.
    Tim Mahoney: Clean up corruption: No gifts. No meals. No trips.
    Marco Rubio: Reduce paid petition business in citizen initiative process.
    Marco Rubio: Allow transferring surplus campaign funds to other campaigns.
    Doris Haddock: We need fair voting, good candidates, and good citizens.
    Jeb Bush: No campaign spending limits; no public financing.
    Lois Frankel: Limit campaign contributions and campaign spending.
Gun Control
    George LeMieux: Staunch believer in Second Amendment right to bear arms.
    Rick Scott: A-rating from the NRA.
    Jeb Bush: Stand-your-ground bill: Deadly force OK when threatened.
    Mitt Romney: Support the 2nd Amendment AND the assault weapon ban.
    Duncan Hunter: Bearing arms is a tradition of the American soldier.
    John McCain: I know how to use guns; but I don’t own one.
    Rudy Giuliani: Government can impose reasonable regulations on guns.
    Jeb Bush: Violent gun crime rate is down by more than 25%.
    Jeb Bush: Use a Gun and You’re Done.
    Hillary Clinton: Don’t water down sensible gun control legislation.
    Jeb Bush: Concealed carry OK; supports instant background check.
Health Care
    Connie Mack IV: ObamaCare cuts $700 billion out of your Medicare.
    Connie Mack IV: Repeal ObamaCare but preserve pre-existing condition rule.
    George LeMieux: ObamaCare makes broken healthcare system even worse.
    Jeff Greene: Supports Obamacare.
    Charlie Crist: Cover Florida: 6,000 uninsured given peace of mind.
    Charlie Crist: Get waste & fraud out of Medicare so program will survive.
    Marco Rubio: Provide alternatives to employer-based insurance system.
    Jeb Bush: Move Medicaid from "defined benefit" to defined contribution.
    Jeb Bush: Provide risk-adjusted premiums (insurance vouchers).
    Jeb Bush: Slashed every request for adult mental health.
    Jeb Bush: OpEd: Medicaid reforms won't cover chronic conditions.
    Mitt Romney: Get everyone some form of catastrophic health coverage.
    Duncan Hunter: Romney’s plan has 1,000 mandates; drives up cost by 35%.
    Fred Thompson: Less benefits for high-income Medicare beneficiaries.
    John McCain: Give individuals $2500 refundable tax credits for healthcare.
    Mike Huckabee: We don’t have a healthcare system; it’s a healthcare maze.
    Mitt Romney: Let states create their own private, market-based insurance.
    Mitt Romney: Removing most mandates drove down premium cost by half.
    Ron Paul: Insurance companies & gov’t make healthcare unaffordable.
    Ron Paul: Transfer funds from debt & empire-building to healthcare.
    Ron Paul: Socialized medicine won’t work; nor managed care.
    Rudy Giuliani: Medicare and Medicaid need a private solution.
    Tom Tancredo: Greater individual opportunity for health savings accounts.
    Tim Mahoney: Prescription Drug plan for seniors, not drug manufacturers.
    Marco Rubio: Launch a marketplace of affordable health insurance.
    Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
    Mel Martinez: Support Bush’s plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
    Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Jeb Bush: KidCare and Medikids: expand to 1.6M kids and then even more.
    Jeb Bush: No physician-assisted suicide.
Homeland Security
    Connie Mack IV: Budget sequestration guts our military.
    George LeMieux: World peace comes when America is unrivaled militarily.
    Al Franken: 2005: Coleman should've held hearings on post-war corruption.
    Bernard DeCastro: Reduce deployed nuclear weapons of both the US and Russia.
    Charlie Crist: Military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy has worked.
    Marco Rubio: No evidence to change policy of don't ask, don't tell.
    Mitt Romney: Add 100,000 to the military without a draft.
    John McCain: Waterboarding is torture; we’re not going to torture people.
    Mitt Romney: Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques.
    Rudy Giuliani: Remain on offense against Islamic terrorism.
    John McCain: Consult lawyers on war decisions; no half-cocked war basis.
    Mitt Romney: Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions.
    Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
    Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
    Jeb Bush: Make Florida the most military-friendly state in the nation.
    Jeb Bush: Threat from 9/11 is unprecedented for our generation.
    Jeb Bush: $17M for new programs for terrorism response.
    Ronald Reagan: No nuclear freeze due to danger from the “evil empire”.
Immigration
    Ted Yoho: First, secure the borders; then a path to citizenship.
    Bill Nelson: Path to citizenship with fines & English proficiency.
    Connie Mack IV: No amnesty for illegal immigrants.
    Mitt Romney: Enforce employment laws; illegal immigrants will self-deport.
    Mitt Romney: English should be the official language of the US.
    Newt Gingrich: Use American Express & Visa to verify immigration laws.
    Newt Gingrich: Romney's "self-deportation" is an Obama-level fantasy.
    Newt Gingrich: Not speaking English traps people into not getting jobs.
    Rick Santorum: We need immigration; but we need respect of the law.
    George LeMieux: Secure our borders to be secure as a nation.
    Alexander Snitker: Legal immigrants ok; no pathway for illegal immigrants.
    Bernard DeCastro: Increase family reunification visas.
    Marco Rubio: AZ law may unreasonably single out some citizens.
    Marco Rubio: Don't count illegal immigrants in the 2010 census.
    Charlie Crist: Seal borders; enforce laws; send illegals to back of line.
    Marco Rubio: Allow children of illegals to pay in-state college tuition.
    Marco Rubio: No amnesty in any form, not even back-of-the-line.
    Bernard DeCastro: Supports a strong immigration policy.
    Rudy Giuliani: A special policy for Cuban immigrants fleeing Castro.
    Rudy Giuliani: Support tamper-proof ID card and path to citizenship.
    Fred Thompson: Pledges to veto any immigration bill that involves amnesty.
    John McCain: Illegal immigrants are God’s children as well.
    Mitt Romney: Illegal immigrants shouldn’t get tuition break in schools.
    Rudy Giuliani: BorderStat & virtual fence: just stop people from coming in.
    Tom Tancredo: I’m not going to aid any more immigration.
    Fred Thompson: Voted for law to abolish sanctuary cities.
    Rudy Giuliani: Sanctuary city policy helped make NYC most legal city in US.
    Tim Mahoney: Secure our borders & enforce immigration laws.
    Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
    Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Jobs
    Rick Scott: High unemployment compensation deter job creation.
    Al Franken: 2005: Fined $25,000 for failing to insure workers.
    Rick Scott: 7 Steps; 700,000 jobs; 7 years.
    Jeff Greene: We have a jobs crisis, not a job problem.
    Jeb Bush: Job growth during Bush terms, but very low wage jobs.
    Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Cut unemployment substantially, but not in half.
    Jeb Bush: Operation Paycheck: stimulus for 33,000 construction jobs.
Principles & Values
    Connie Mack IV: GOP debates only help Democrats.
    Connie Mack IV: Son of Senator; husband of Congresswoman.
    George LeMieux: Kept his promise not run for re-election after appointment.
    George LeMieux: Judeo-Christian values make us exceptional as a nation.
    Charlie Crist: I would have left GOP anyway; they're too extreme.
    Charlie Crist: We need open-mindedness in a Senator, not ideology.
    Al Franken: Spent $20M on campaign; more for Great Minnesota Recount.
    Al Franken: Recount: What do we want? Patience! When do we want it? Now!
    Al Franken: OpEd: Franken should have beaten Coleman easily in blue MN.
    Al Franken: Decided to take on Coleman when he berated Paul Wellstone.
    Al Franken: 2005: Formed progressive Midwest Values PAC.
    Al Franken: Response to attack ad "Angry Al":why isn't Coleman outraged?
    Al Gore: 2000: Urged to recount all FL; focused on just 4 counties.
    Christine Gregoire: 2004 recount battle determined by absentee ballots.
    Mary Landrieu: 1996-97: ten-month investigation over voting irregularities.
    Norm Coleman: If I were 725 votes down, I'd say 'We need to heal'.
    Norm Coleman: I'm a 99% improvement over Paul Wellstone.
    Norm Coleman: 2002: Hand-picked by Vice President Dick Cheney.
    Norm Coleman: Attack ad: evaded questions about $75K donation through wife.
    Paul Wellstone: Died 12 days before likely re-election.
    Jeff Greene: Ran as Republican for Congress in California in 1982.
    Marco Rubio: Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership".
    Marco Rubio: Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card.
    Marco Rubio: Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards.
    Marco Rubio: As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas".
    Charlie Crist: In Rubio's $600,000 slush fund only $4000 went to candidates.
    Charlie Crist: Problem solving requires consensus, and sometimes concession.
    Marco Rubio: Without America, the world would be a worse place.
    Marco Rubio: $600,000 fund was not taxpayer money, & is fully accounted.
    Marco Rubio: Attended 15-20 Tea Party events; but not formally vetted.
    Marco Rubio: Are Floridians better off than they were four years ago? No!
    Bob Smith: Only one in this race with real-world experience.
    Marco Rubio: God does not love America more than Belgium.
    Jeb Bush: Bush family name is a detriment that limits career choices.
    Mel Martinez: Call to public service strong, but call to family stronger.
    John McCain: FactCheck: Won NH & SC via independents, but lost GOP vote.
    Mike Huckabee: Ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith.
    Mike Huckabee: People should deal with the use of faith in my campaign.
    Mitt Romney: Don’t think religion figuring into this race.
    Ron Paul: The Republicans don’t act like Republicans anymore.
    Mike Huckabee: Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office.
    Mike Huckabee: I believe the Bible is the word of revelation.
    Mitt Romney: Bible is the word of God; I don’t disagree with Bible.
    Rudy Giuliani: Bible is greatest book ever written, but it’s allegorical.
    Fred Thompson: Giuliani sides with Hillary on abortion, guns. & immigration.
    Fred Thompson: Consistent since reading “Conscience of a Conservative”.
    Fred Thompson: Free markets, free people, free enterprise.
    John McCain: I didn’t manage for profit, I led for patriotism.
    John McCain: Romney is conning people about conservatism of his record.
    Mitt Romney: Acting like Hillary won’t keep Hillary out of White House.
    Mitt Romney: Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion.
    George W. Bush: Declares victory; names transition team.
    Joseph Lieberman: If every vote counts, then count every vote.
    Al Gore: Offer to Bush: Hand count, then meet to show unity.
    George W. Bush: Election principles: be fair, accurate, & conclusive.
    Jeb Bush: Priorities: public education & public safety.
Social Security
    Ted Yoho: Option of 100% privatization.
    Jeff Greene: Maintain current retirement age.
    Charlie Crist: Reducing COLA is unfair to seniors living on fixed income.
    Marco Rubio: Raise retirement age for those now under 55.
    Charlie Crist: Focus on waste & fraud, not retirement age & COLA.
    Marco Rubio: Tough choices include raising retirement age & reducing COLA.
    Charlie Crist: Don't raise retirement age; don't adjust COLA.
    Marco Rubio: Hard choices for people under 40, to avoid runaway growth.
    Marco Rubio: Keep raising the retirement age on the table.
    Marco Rubio: Keep cost-of-living adjustment on the table.
    Jeb Bush: Privatization became administration's fundamental philosophy.
    Jeb Bush: Social service benefits via private & faith-based companies.
    Mike Huckabee: Will try to fix Social Security with FairTax.
    Mitt Romney: Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxes.
    Ron Paul: Abolish Social Security, but not overnight.
    Ron Paul: Let people get out of Social Security; it’s a failure.
    Duncan Hunter: Address entitlement programs with trade policy.
    Fred Thompson: Present mandatory spending cycle is unsustainable.
    John McCain: We need personal savings accounts.
    Mike Huckabee: Personalization of retirement funds, not privatization.
    Mitt Romney: Private accounts work better than extending retirement age.
    Ron Paul: Allow young people to get out of the system.
    Rudy Giuliani: Get a consensus behind private accounts.
    Tom Tancredo: Give people the ability to control their own money.
    Tim Mahoney: Preserve Social Security.
    Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
    Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
    Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
    Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
    Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
    Al Gore: Won’t break Social Security promises to seniors.
    George W. Bush: Set aside $2.4T for seniors as well as younger workers.
Tax Reform
    Connie Mack IV: Litmus test: Voting for higher taxes means it's time to go.
    Charlie Crist: Best to extend all tax cuts; but compromise and push later.
    Kendrick Meek: Bush tax cuts killed surpluses; no more trickle-down.
    Marco Rubio: No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%.
    Marco Rubio: Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners.
    Rick Scott: Reducing property tax by 1 mill saves $142 per homeowner.
    Jeff Greene: Repeal Bush tax cuts, exempting small business.
    Charlie Crist: Extend the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers.
    Marco Rubio: 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium.
    Charlie Crist: Reduce the tax brackets to let private enterprise flourish.
    Charlie Crist: 2006: Pledged no taxes; 2009: $2.2B in fees on 16M people.
    Marco Rubio: Proposed to replace property taxes with state sales tax.
    Marco Rubio: Pledged to never raise taxes as state rep.
    Jeb Bush: Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends.
    John McCain: Romney raising fees a quarter-billion dollars is a tax hike.
    John McCain: Opposed to the Bush tax cuts as spending got out of control.
    John McCain: FactCheck: Against Bush tax cuts in 2003; for them in 2006.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax will tax the average American much less.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax and its prebate untax the poor and the elderly.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: To be revenue-neutral, FairTax raises some taxes.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax does not bring underground into economy.
    Mitt Romney: I support the Bush tax cuts.
    Rudy Giuliani: Reduce the capital gains tax, permanently.
    Duncan Hunter: Would be wrong to pledge never to raise taxes.
    John McCain: We need a simpler, fairer tax code, but not FairTax.
    Ron Paul: I have never voted for a tax increase; and never will.
    Tom Tancredo: Promise to oppose any efforts to raise taxes.
    Marco Rubio: Supermajority vote for any tax increases.
    Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
    Mel Martinez: Make Bush’s tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
Technology
    Mitt Romney: Focus manned space program on commercial products.
    Newt Gingrich: Get an American on the moon before the Chinese get there.
    Newt Gingrich: 6 or 7 private launches every day; permanent moon base.
    Rick Santorum: NASA programs sound good, but we need to cut programs.
    Ron Paul: Exploring the Moon and Mars are great, if done privately.
    Al Franken: 21st-century communication methods helped win recount.
    Norm Coleman: Paper pads to fight Franken's 21st-century communications.
    Kendrick Meek: Build high-speed rail to solve transportation problems.
    Jeb Bush: Increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years.
    Mike Huckabee: $150B for highway infrastructure is better stimulus package.
    Marco Rubio: E-budget website for detailed, issue-level budget.
    Marco Rubio: Protect against identity theft with privacy opt-in.
    Jeb Bush: $24M for X-ray truck inspection & bioterrorism labs.
    Jeb Bush: $100M for Florida Technology Development Initiative.
    Hillary Clinton: Train teachers to use technology in classrooms.
War & Peace
    Ted Yoho: Support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Ted Yoho: Defend if Iran attacks us, but no military prevention.
    George LeMieux: Withdraw troops but remain an engaged partner with Iraq.
    George LeMieux: Don't leave Afghanistan while there is still work to be done.
    Al Franken: Consistently opposed to Iraq War.
    Kendrick Meek: Get troops out of Iraq to pay for tax cuts.
    John McCain: The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure.
    Mike Huckabee: Failing to find the WMDs doesn’t mean they weren’t there.
    Mitt Romney: It was the right decision to go into Iraq.
    Ron Paul: The Iraq war was not worth the price in blood and treasure.
    Rudy Giuliani: The Iraq war was worth the price in blood and treasure.
    John McCain: Help Maliki government move forward as rapidly as possible.
    John McCain: I would much rather lose a campaign than lose a war.
    Tim Mahoney: Win the peace in Iraq.
    Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
    Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
    Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
    Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
    Jeb Bush: God grants liberty only to ready to defend it.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jeb Bush: Proposed refusing federal money for welfare.
    Jeb Bush: Created Governor's Faith-Based Advisory Board.
    Bernard DeCastro: Served on Governor's Statewide Faith-Based Advisory Board.
    Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
    Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.
    Jeb Bush: Welcome community and faith based organizations as partners.
    Lois Frankel: Training, transport, and childcare for welfare recipients.
    Jeb Bush: Limit welfare benefits; supports welfare-to-work.
    Jeb Bush: Help welfare recipients into workforce.


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