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Sam Clovis: Life should be protected from conception.
Joni Ernst: No taxpayer funding for abortion; protect the unborn.
Rick Santorum: No abortions even in cases of rape; one violence is enough.
Tim Pawlenty: Criminal sanctions against abortion doctors, not women.
Roxanne Conlin: Support women's right to reproductive freedom.
Christopher Reed: Very pro-life; no abortion under any circumstances.
John McCain: Abortion issue shows what kind of country we are.
Mitt Romney: Iowa attack phone ads are not true; I am pro-life.
Mitt Romney: Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life.
Mitt Romney: Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it.
Rudy Giuliani: Ultimate decision by woman, her conscience & her doctor.
Sam Brownback: Iowa phone ad: Romney is not pro-life.
Tommy Thompson: Pro-choice GOP nominee problem for GOP platform.
Jack Hatch: Abortions should always be legally available.
Orrin Hatch: Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life.
Budget & Economy|
Terry Branstad: Restored Iowa's rainy day and economic emergency funds.
Matthew Whitaker: Top priority: Grow the economy.
Sam Clovis: Top priority: Balancing the budget.
Joni Ernst: I've castrated hogs so I know how to cut pork.
Joni Ernst: Break Washington's spending addiction.
Newt Gingrich: Don't bail out Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae; break them up.
Rick Perry: The federal reserve is at the root of a lot of our problems.
Ron Paul: Destroying our currency transfers wealth to the rich.
Herman Cain: Don't raise debt ceiling; that doesn't solve problem.
Jon Huntsman: I'm gonna do for the US what I did for Utah.
Jon Huntsman: I stood up for debt ceiling increase and against default.
Michele Bachmann: Don't raise debt ceiling; country not at risk of default.
Michele Bachmann: I was the leading voice against raising the debt ceiling.
Mitt Romney: 7 principles for leadership on the economy.
Newt Gingrich: The Super-committee is as dumb an idea as I've ever heard.
Newt Gingrich: It's a scandal that the Federal Reserve is secret.
Rick Santorum: Govt has averaged 18% of GDP and we're now at 25%.
Rick Santorum: Audit the Fed; but no gold standard.
Rick Santorum: Stopping debt ceiling increase is showmanship not leadership.
Ron Paul: Country is bankrupt & we can't keep spending.
Ron Paul: I'm delighted that auditing the Fed has become mainstream.
Tim Pawlenty: I'll offer a prize to anyone who can find Obama's plan.
Terry Branstad: End the days of unsustainable commitments.
Roxanne Conlin: Hold Grassley accountable for Wall Street greed.
Bill Richardson: Balanced Budget Amendment to address $9 trillion debt.
Chris Dodd: People of color lured into sub prime lending.
Dennis Kucinich: Must cut Pentagon spending.
Dennis Kucinich: WPA-type program will create jobs and rebuild America.
John Kerry: Economy is recovering for corporations to some degree.
Dennis Kucinich: Social cuts redistribute wealth upwards.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Government serves public; don’t “starve the beast”.
Dick Gephardt: 1993 tax increase & sound economics caused budget surplus.
Howard Dean: Republicans haven’t balanced a federal budget in 34 years.
Bill Bradley: More for tech education since tech created surplus.
John Kasich: Against ethanol subsidies, and all subsidies.
Joni Ernst: Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women".
Sam Clovis: Family begins with one man and one woman.
Matthew Whitaker: My faith requires me to support traditional marriage.
Joni Ernst: Marriage is a religious institution: one man and one woman.
Jon Huntsman: I believe in traditional marriage but also civil unions.
Michele Bachmann: I support federal AND state marriage amendments.
Mitt Romney: Federal definition of marriage as one-man-one-woman.
Newt Gingrich: Loyalty test for everyone, not just for Muslims.
Rick Santorum: No polygamy; no gay marriage.
Ron Paul: No federal marriage licenses & no state licenses either.
Chuck Grassley: Wait for DoD report before considering Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.
Roxanne Conlin: No 2nd-class citizens: repeal DOMA and Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell.
Roxanne Conlin: 1970s: Discrimination on basis of pregnancy made illegal.
Roxanne Conlin: Pass Paycheck Fairness Act to close gender pay gap.
Roxanne Conlin: Supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Christopher Reed: Define marriage as one man and one woman only.
Christopher Reed: Don’t-ask-don’t-tell caused disruption in military.
Mitt Romney: No longer calls Giuliani pro-choice & pro-gay & anti-gun.
Rudy Giuliani: Supports domestic partnerships, but not same-sex marriage.
Al Sharpton: No people of color in Dean’s cabinet-should import talent.
Al Sharpton: Just talking about race is trivializing the issue.
Al Sharpton: Get young people involved in the election process.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Have to have an honest conversation about race-Dean is right.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Need to reform immigration policy to welcome them.
Howard Dean: No people of color in Dean’s cabinet-because so few in VT.
Howard Dean: Confederate flag is a painful symbol to Blacks.
Howard Dean: Understand the plight of minorities.
John Edwards: Economic and educational equality are needed.
John Edwards: Fund the Help America Vote Act.
Joseph Lieberman: Allow driver’s license for immigrants.
Joseph Lieberman: Support reparation legislations.
Jack Hatch: Supports civil unions and same-sex marriage.
Jack Hatch: Affirmative action in state college & state contracts.
Al Gore: Confederate flag divides-remove it, but no boycott.
Al Gore: Ban racial profiling by Executive Order.
Al Gore: Latinos considered for Supreme Court, but no pledge.
Al Gore: Review disenfranchisement of felons but keep concept.
Al Gore: Civil rights and affirmative action on top of agenda.
Al Gore: More minorities in government to reflect America.
Al Gore: Expand laws for gays but don’t re-open Civil Rights Act.
Al Gore: Ideas & ideals bind different races together.
Bill Bradley: Include gays in Civil Rights Act.
Bill Bradley: Pull down Confederate flag immediately.
Bill Bradley: Affirmative action battles subtle racism.
Bill Bradley: End racial profiling by Executive Order.
Bill Bradley: Latinos should be on Supreme Court, but no commitment.
Bill Bradley: Rescind disenfranchisement if released felons keep straight.
Bill Bradley: Diversity creates the best Administration.
Bill Bradley: I’ve seen racism, and it must end.
Alan Keyes: Conducting gov’t in Spanish assaults our linguistic unity.
Alan Keyes: Ten Commandments & prayer should be in schools.
George W. Bush: Respect Spanish heritage, but conduct government in English.
George W. Bush: Ten Commandments OK in schools for “inherent values”.
John McCain: Ten Commandments would bring virtue to our schools.
Orrin Hatch: Founders avoided “national church,” not Ten Commandments.
Orrin Hatch: Amendments for school prayer & flag protection.
Steve Forbes: Ten Commandments & prayer in schools.
Al Gore: Women deserve equal pay for equal work.
Bill Bradley: Appointments should reflect a world without gender.
Sam Clovis: End corporate welfare subsidies & crony capitalism grants.
Herman Cain: Take the capital gains tax rate & repatriation tax to zero.
Herman Cain: Suspend taxes on repatriated profits, permanently.
Jon Huntsman: EPA's regulatory reign of terror prevents building in USA.
Rick Santorum: Cut corporate tax rate to zero & jobs will come back.
Terry Branstad: High commercial property taxes mean higher prices.
Terry Branstad: Reduce state corporate income tax from 12% to 6%.
Chris Dodd: Bankruptcy Reform Act hurt working class families.
John Edwards: I was wrong to vote for Bankruptcy Reform Act.
Art Small: Set up research facilities instead of trying to pick winners.
Howard Dean: Regulation of finance companies is the right track.
Barack Obama: Lack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes.
Hillary Clinton: Address the unacceptable increase in incarceration.
Joe Biden: Bush is impediment to hate crimes legislation.
Tom Vilsack: Opposes death penalty in Iowa.
Art Small: Allow judges discretion in sentencing.
Art Small: Involve faith-based providers in rehabilitation.
Jack Hatch: Programs for at-risk youth and job skills for inmates.
Al Gore: Recognizes disparities in sentencing blacks.
Al Gore: Tough “Second-chance schools” for kids.
Joni Ernst: Voted to legalize medical cannabis oil.
Terry Branstad: Medical cannabis oil ok, but nothing more.
Chris Dodd: Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively.
Dennis Kucinich: Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively.
Hillary Clinton: Reduce sentencing disparity for crack, but not retroactively.
John Edwards: Reduce sentencing disparity for crack cocaine retroactively.
Art Small: Consider loosening enforcement of marijuana laws.
Art Small: Drug treatment more effective than incarceration.
Jack Hatch: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana.
Bill Bradley: No mandatory sentencing for first-time drug offenders.
Elizabeth Dole: Applauds community-based fight against drug epidemic.
Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is one-size-fits-all, top-down solution.
Tom Hoefling: True Local Control: TLC for public schools.
Sam Clovis: FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds.
Sam Clovis: Common Core is federal overreach in spending and control.
Sam Clovis: Repeal No Child Left Behind and the Common Core.
Joni Ernst: No federal involvement in Common Core standards.
Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is cram-it-down-your-throat reform.
Michele Bachmann: Don't censor intelligent design, but it's a state issue.
Terry Branstad: One Unshakable Vision: World-Class Schools for Iowa.
Herman Cain: No Child Left Behind has unfunded mandates.
Jon Huntsman: No Child Left Behind has failed; we need vouchers.
Tim Pawlenty: Parents should have educational options, like home schooling.
Roxanne Conlin: Invest in education: fund K-12 & retain teachers.
Bill Richardson: $60 billion plan to make American education #1 in world.
Joseph Lieberman: Young people need a better public education.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Replace property tax with national payments for schools.
Howard Dean: Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” is an unfunded mandate.
Al Gore: Increase public school aid by 50% instead of vouchers.
Bill Bradley: “Lifetime education” from birth to every life stage.
Bill Bradley: Voted for voucher experiments; now focus on public schools.
Alan Keyes: Replace the Department of Education with parental control.
Gary Bauer: Allow Ten Commandments in schools & disallow Nazi salutes.
Gary Bauer: Vouchers and local control will save our schools.
George W. Bush: Expand character education via federal funding.
George W. Bush: Local control and accountability will prevent failure.
John McCain: Use sugar, oil, and ethanol subsidies to finance vouchers.
Steve Forbes: Federal involvement creates the crisis in our schools.
Steve Forbes: Choice in education makes us more moral & more educated.
Al Gore: “Revolutionary plan”: 50% more for public schools.
Bill Bradley: Education excellence begins with 60,000 great new teachers.
Bill Bradley: Major investment in education related to people’s lives.
Alan Keyes: Violence in schools due to loss of moral heritage.
Gary Bauer: Present both evolution & creationism and let students decide.
Al Gore: $10,000 for joining 21st Century Teachers Corps.
Al Gore: Smaller classrooms with “schools within schools”.
Al Gore: National Tuition Savings program to send kids to college.
Al Gore: Test teachers; remove failing tenured teachers.
Al Gore: More public school choice - but not private.
Al Gore: Shut failing schools; then re-open & turn them around.
Elizabeth Dole: Restore quality and parental involvement.
Bob Smith: GOAL 2000: Shut down Department of Education.
Energy & Oil|
Sam Clovis: Obama's "Climate Resilience Fund" just redistributes wealth.
Sam Clovis: Exploit every form of energy, underground and above ground.
Matthew Whitaker: Cap-and-trade proposal stifles the American dream.
Michele Bachmann: I opposed cap-and-trade, including Lightbulb Choice Act.
Terry Branstad: Supports wind energy by signing HF 672.
Chuck Grassley: Biodiesel is not controversial, unlike ethanol.
Roxanne Conlin: Grassley voted against extending biodiesel tax credit.
Roxanne Conlin: Invest in homegrown alternatives to foreign oil.
Roxanne Conlin: Focus on the sun, the wind, and biomass.
Christopher Reed: Drill for more American oil to reduce gas prices.
Tom Harkin: Develop cellulosic ethanol, wind, and solar.
Christopher Reed: Not ready to jump head first into biofuels.
Christopher Reed: Coal & nuclear have gotten a bad rap.
Mitt Romney: No-regrets policy: energy independence and CO2 reduction.
Jack Hatch: Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Alan Keyes: Explore & exploit ANWR, while respecting ecology.
Gary Bauer: Resources are there to be used.
Orrin Hatch: Eliminate Kyoto Accords and implement more local control.
Steve Forbes: Explore ANWR immediately, to reduce foreign oil dependence.
Orrin Hatch: Revoke Kyoto Accords as environmental extremism.
Joni Ernst: No more Agenda 21: no United Nations eminent domain.
Terry Branstad: Fight EPA on biofuel rules; protect agricultural sector.
Christopher Reed: Eminent Domain is government legally stealing from citizens.
Jack Hatch: Supports open-space preservation and more environmental regs.
George W. Bush: Set standards based on science; and fine violators.
John McCain: Preserve and help our National Parks.
Steve Forbes: Focus on science and practicality, not lawyers and fashion.
Families & Children|
Mitt Romney: Kids working in libraries is fine; don't change labor laws.
Newt Gingrich: Let poor kids work so they learn like middle class.
Rick Santorum: Promote the family as economic anchor point.
Michele Bachmann: Bible's "be submissive to husband" means mutual respect.
Barack Obama: Restore dream of making children’s lives better than parents.
Hillary Clinton: Struggling families are invisible to Bush administration.
Sam Brownback: Highest priority is rebuilding the family.
Alan Keyes: Shape our children’s consciences in the fear of God.
Gary Bauer: Columbine resulted from our undermining the sanctity of life.
John McCain: Unfiltered Internet robs our children of their innocence.
George W. Bush: Appropriate to draw a moral line for children.
Matthew Whitaker: No foreign aid to countries that don't like us.
Michele Bachmann: North Korea is Wal-Mart of missile weapon delivery systems.
Newt Gingrich: Tell the truth: Palestinians are an "invented people".
Herman Cain: Foreign policy should include bombs & bullets AND economics.
Rick Santorum: No apologies for past American interventions in Iran.
Ron Paul: We installed Shah in Iran; we should mind our own business.
Tim Pawlenty: Sanctions for Iran nukes; regime change for Syria.
Terry Branstad: Partnership with Kosovo will benefit National Guard.
Christopher Reed: I am not a huge fan of the UN, nor Law of the Sea treaty.
John McCain: Naive to exclude nukes; naive to exclude attacking Pakistan.
Mike Huckabee: Not the job of the US to export our form of government.
Mitt Romney: To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world.
Mitt Romney: Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military.
Mitt Romney: Move Muslim world toward modernity so they reject extreme.
Ron Paul: Right to spread our values, but wrong to spread by force.
Rudy Giuliani: Democracy is a long-term goal, after building bedrock.
Sam Brownback: Be realistic about pushing democracy, or we get radicals.
Tommy Thompson: We continue losing until recognizing we’re fighting a jihad.
Dennis Kucinich: Americans have been misled about the Iraqi war.
Gary Bauer: Shame on those who sent tech to Chinese military.
Bill Bradley: Move towards new post-Cold War stability & mentality.
Gary Bauer: Stop allowing China to play us for suckers.
Joni Ernst: Keep markets open to exports for Iowa goods.
Ron Paul: Trade sanctions never worked on Cuba, and won't work on Iran.
Terry Branstad: Letter to Obama: Pass trade agreements.
Roxanne Conlin: Stop helping big corporations ship jobs overseas.
Christopher Reed: NAFTA harms the US.
Carol Moseley-Braun: We need balance between trade and labor protection.
Dennis Kucinich: President has authority to cancel NAFTA and WTO-I will.
Dick Gephardt: I’m for labor rights and NAFTA supporters are not.
Dick Gephardt: Walk the walk of labor and environmental standards-by voting.
Howard Dean: We need China trade as a national security issue.
Howard Dean: We’ve globalized corporations; now globalize worker rights.
John Edwards: Against NAFTA, against Chile trade, against Singapore trade.
John Kerry: Veto FTAA and CAFTA until they have stronger standards.
Joseph Lieberman: Avoid pro-business extremism and protectionist extremism.
Al Sharpton: Repeal NAFTA and GATT: too business-friendly.
Bill Bradley: All refugees should be granted rights to stay in US.
Bill Bradley: Rely on the WTO to export beef to Europe.
Alan Keyes: WTO allows dictators to decide our future - US out.
Gary Bauer: Europeans fight to protect their farmers; so should we.
George W. Bush: China in WTO is good for US farm exports.
Steve Forbes: Do free trade ourselves, without WTO.
George W. Bush: The fearful build walls; the confident demolish them.
Joni Ernst: AdWatch: I grew up castrating hogs; I know how to cut pork.
Terry Branstad: 2010: No fees for government records; 2011: imposed fees.
Joni Ernst: Roll back burdensome regulations.
Rick Perry: Cut Congress' pay in half & make them part-time.
Newt Gingrich: Press corps focuses on campaign minutia & not basic ideas.
Terry Branstad: Sunset of rules and regulations every four years.
Christopher Reed: Washington is broken & can’t be fixed by European socialism.
Dennis Kucinich: 14th and 15th Amendment are being shredded.
Duncan Hunter: Don’t share the role of commander in chief with V.P.
John McCain: There’s only one president; V.P. sticks to official duties.
Ron Paul: End government secrecy; restore openness of information.
Ron Paul: With neocon philosophy, Cheney is more powerful than Bush.
Rudy Giuliani: Qualification for VP is readiness for presidency, in wartime.
Tommy Thompson: Cheney is honorable individual; doesn’t have too much power.
John Kerry: Every vote must be counted.
Dick Gephardt: Fact Check: Would ban lobbyist donations, but took $4.4 M.
Bob Graham: $40B aid to states to cover unfunded mandates.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Provide federal funding to states to cover unfunded mandates.
Dennis Kucinich: End privatization: it sells government to lowest bidder.
John Edwards: $50B aid to states to avoid municipal layoffs.
Jack Hatch: Spending limits on political campaigns, & state funding.
Al Gore: Justices should view Constitution as “living & breathing”.
Al Gore: Reinvention cut Defense while investing in social programs.
Al Gore: Public financing of elections and debates lead to trust.
Bill Bradley: Money corrupts democracy.
Steve Forbes: Remove gov’t from health care, retirement, & education.
Elizabeth Dole: Roll back the bureaucracy: defend the 10th Amendment.
Sam Clovis: 2nd Amendment is about liberty, not just gun rights.
Joni Ernst: Staunch defender of the Second Amendment.
Christopher Reed: Individual right to hunting guns and hand guns.
Jack Hatch: Supports background checks, licensing, and enforcement.
Al Gore: Photo id’s for gun purchase; ban junk guns.
Bill Bradley: Register and license all handguns.
Gary Bauer: Churches should discuss souls, not gun resolutions.
Gary Bauer: Promoting virtue would work better than passing gun laws.
George W. Bush: Best gun control is more prosecution & certain jail.
Steve Forbes: Prosecute crimes done with guns; not buying guns.
John Kasich: Cool off before making new gun laws after Littleton.
John Kasich: More parenting better than more gun laws.
Sam Clovis: Repeal ObamaCare, the Unaffordable Care Act.
Bruce Braley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Joni Ernst: Voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa.
Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26.
Joni Ernst: Staunchly opposed to ObamaCare.
Michele Bachmann: 2012 is our one shot to get rid of ObamaCare.
Mitt Romney: Return healthcare to states, under the 10th Amendment.
Mitt Romney: No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok.
Newt Gingrich: HillaryCare mandate ok; ObamaCare mandate unconstitutional.
Rick Perry: ObamaCare is an abomination for this country.
Ron Paul: Government should not protect you from yourself.
Michele Bachmann: I fought; when others ran, I fought.
Michele Bachmann: Government has no authority to force people to buy insurance.
Mitt Romney: ObamaCare's biggest difference: I believe in 10th Amendment.
Mitt Romney: MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not.
Rick Santorum: If we let states mandate insurance, sterilization is ok too.
Ron Paul: States CAN mandate insurance, but it's a bad idea.
Tim Pawlenty: We did healthcare the right way in Minnesota.
Tim Pawlenty: ObamneyCare: ObamaCare was patterned after RomneyCare.
Terry Branstad: Lifestyle changes make people healthier & save state money.
Terry Branstad: Mental Health Care Reform: secure vulnerable Iowans.
Chuck Grassley: Medicare has more drugs by not negotiating prices like VA.
Roxanne Conlin: Negotiate prescription drugs for Medicare like we do for VA.
Roxanne Conlin: Reward quality of care, not quantity.
Roxanne Conlin: Moral imperative to prevent 45,000 deaths from lack of care.
Christopher Reed: First cut waste, fraud, & abuse in Medicare/Medicaid.
Barack Obama: Being poor in this country is hazardous to your health.
Hillary Clinton: Pledges to support $50B for AIDS relief in US and world.
Duncan Hunter: Allow Americans to buy health insurance across state lines.
Duncan Hunter: SCHIP bill is the first extension of socialized medicine.
Mike Huckabee: Give Americans Congress’ healthcare, or give Congress ours.
Mitt Romney: Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system.
Rudy Giuliani: $15,000 tax deduction for health savings accounts.
Sam Brownback: Market-based solution over socialized government-pay system.
Tom Tancredo: Womb-to-tomb health care is not federal responsibility.
Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Illegals use less medical care than citizens.
Tommy Thompson: Convert illness & disease system to wellness & prevention.
Tommy Thompson: End breast cancer by the year 2015 for all women in America.
Dick Gephardt: AdWatch: Criticizes Dean for 11-year-old outdated stances.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Single-payer system is the only answer.
John Edwards: Cap on damages for personal injuries is discriminatory.
Dick Gephardt: Fact Check: Dean agreed with Clinton on cuts, not Gingrich.
Howard Dean: Fact Check: Dean agreed with Clinton on cuts, not Gingrich.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Break link between healthcare and employment.
Al Sharpton: Right to health care, to education, and to vote.
Bob Graham: Rx drug benefit without herding people into HMOs.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Pay for universal care with money already in system.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Replace patchwork system with Medicare-modeled system.
Dennis Kucinich: Private companies charge 18% admin & Medicare charges 3%.
Dick Gephardt: Tax breaks to all companies to cover all employees.
Dick Gephardt: Subsidize 60% of health costs for all employees.
Howard Dean: Bush prescription: take 2 tax cuts and see me in the morning.
Howard Dean: As doctor, knows health system; and knows how to pass plan.
John Edwards: Bush works for big HMOs and big pharma; I stand up for you.
Al Gore: Weighted averages don’t work in Medicaid world.
Bill Bradley: All people on Medicaid should have a primary care physician.
Alan Keyes: Health care choice will save money for long-term health care.
Gary Bauer: A patient bill of rights fits the conservative agenda.
George W. Bush: Tax-deductible long-term care insurance for retirement.
George W. Bush: Replace 132,000-page Medicare document with senior choice.
Orrin Hatch: Home health and nursing homes should be more affordable.
Steve Forbes: Replace “gatekeepers” with health care vouchers.
Al Gore: Help seniors by helping Medicare.
Bill Bradley: Covering drugs is the key to reducing health care costs.
Alan Keyes: Focus on cost-reductions, not methods of payment.
Alan Keyes: Let market determine health payments, not bureaucrats.
George W. Bush: Keep Medicare in government, but provide flexibility.
George W. Bush: Create Review Board to hear HMO complaints.
John McCain: Matching funds for seniors citizens’ prescription drugs.
John McCain: Expand health insurance to 11 million uninsured children.
Joni Ernst: Military experience always plays role in decision-making.
Chet Culver: More funding for veteran's jobs, homes, and education.
Sam Clovis: Military holds a special place in fabric of American society.
Joni Ernst: Keep veterans in forefront of all foreign policy decisions.
Joni Ernst: Strong national defense makes the world is a safer place.
Joni Ernst: I'm a veteran; honor and care for our nation's veterans.
Ron Paul: 17,000 troops for Baghdad embassy? Come home!
Michele Bachmann: No Miranda rights for terrorists; expand Guantanamo.
Ron Paul: Neither Dems nor GOP will cut one nickel from militarism.
Ron Paul: Many terrorists have been properly tried in US courts.
Terry Branstad: Exempt active-duty military from paying state income tax.
Roxanne Conlin: Opposes 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan.
Christopher Reed: Opposes the draft; all-volunteer force is best.
Barack Obama: Give 18-year-old women opportunity to serve.
Bill Richardson: 2 years of college tuition for 1 year of national service.
Chris Dodd: Strong advocate of universal national service.
Dennis Kucinich: National service yes; military draft no.
Hillary Clinton: Examine registering 18-year-old women for selective service.
Joe Biden: Universal national service, in military or Peace Corps.
John Edwards: I think we need a president who asks Americans to sacrifice.
John McCain: Radical Islamic extremism is a hydra-headed challenge.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Dems don’t say “Islamic” but do say “terrorism”.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Color-coded warnings are no substitute for diplomacy.
John Kerry: Bush misused the authority Congress gave him.
John Kerry: Color-coded warning system needs to be changed.
Joseph Lieberman: Intelligence system must be reformed.
Joseph Lieberman: Win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world.
Dennis Kucinich: Weapons in outer space and missile shields are DOD waste.
Howard Dean: Saddam is a distraction; focus on Al Qaeda.
John Edwards: Reduce $9B spending on missile defense.
Al Gore: Commit troops only if diplomacy fails and if it’s winnable.
Bill Bradley: The UN, not the US, is the world’s policeman.
John McCain: Women have proven themselves in combat-no restrictions.
George W. Bush: Rebuild military power to deal with world of terror.
Sam Clovis: Border security at the very top of the priority list.
Herman Cain: We have a path to citizenship: it's called legal immigration.
Jon Huntsman: End patchwork of state laws & just secure the border.
Mitt Romney: I like legal immigration; let business determine visas.
Newt Gingrich: Citizen Boards to decide which immigrants stay and go.
Ron Paul: Pay attention to US borders, not international borders.
Roxanne Conlin: No amnesty; secure the southern border.
Christopher Reed: Illegal border crossers are felons, not “guests”.
Hillary Clinton: Crack down on employers who exploit undocumented workers.
Joe Biden: Americans will do any job if you pay them properly.
John Edwards: End immigrant raids that separate parents from children.
Dennis Kucinich: Bush immigration program is indentured servitude.
Dick Gephardt: Immigration service is a mess and needs reform.
Dick Gephardt: Federal government should help illegal immigrants.
Howard Dean: Be careful about granting citizenship for military services.
John Edwards: Differentiate terrorists from the immigrants.
Joseph Lieberman: Make sure immigrants are treated fairly.
Jack Hatch: Opposes English as the official language.
Al Gore: Immigrants from communist Cuba are different.
Terry Branstad: Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress: investment for jobs.
Joni Ernst: Top priority: Jobs and economy.
Mitt Romney: The free economy means sometimes we lose jobs.
Mitt Romney: Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts.
Terry Branstad: Reduce burdensome regulation by public/private job team.
Roxanne Conlin: Small business tax credits to create jobs.
John Edwards: We need a president who’s willing to say the word “union”.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Yes,US added 50M jobs since ‘78; but EU added 36M.
Al Sharpton: Institutional discrimination still hinders minorities.
Al Sharpton: Create jobs that are necessary.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Provide capital job development in minority communities.
Dick Gephardt: Ask the WTO for an international minimum wage.
John Kerry: Provide employment opportunities to minorities.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Focus on troubled fundamentals despite good short-term trend.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Fact Check: Claims Bush cost US 6M jobs - really only 3.2M.
Howard Dean: Support farming via family farms, not corporate farms.
Joseph Lieberman: For counter-cyclical farm subsides, despite criticism abroad.
Dick Gephardt: AdWatch: claims Bush did worst on jobs-but Reagan did worse.
Al Sharpton: Need federal laws to protect workers, not state-by-state.
Al Sharpton: On picket lines & in jails for 35 years for workers rights.
Bob Graham: We pay bonuses in suites & fire workers in basement.
Dennis Kucinich: Enshrine workers’ rights in a workers’ White House.
Dennis Kucinich: Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction.
Dick Gephardt: Represents hard-working labor union people.
Dick Gephardt: Establish international minimum wage.
Howard Dean: Supports living wage via subsidies for kids & housing.
Dennis Kucinich: Engrave into stone the rights of working people.
Alan Keyes: Family farms: Decollectivize banks; withdraw from WTO.
Gary Bauer: Family farms: Demand that Europe stop protecting theirs.
George W. Bush: Family farms: Food for Peace instead of food as a weapon.
John McCain: Family farms: Crop insurance; reduce inheritance tax.
Orrin Hatch: Family farms: Crop insurance; no capital gains on land.
Steve Forbes: Family farms: Lower interest rates; enforce anti-trust.
Al Gore: Base farm policy, like hormones in livestock, on science.
Alan Keyes: Family farms are nursery of moral character.
John McCain: Ethanol is not worth it, even in Iowa.
Orrin Hatch: Assist farmers in transition to free market.
Steve Forbes: Ethanol should be self-sufficient by 2007.
Steve Forbes: Raise wages by allowing growth, not by fiat.
Bill Bradley: Labor reform: Give teeth to pro-union laws.
Bill Bradley: Supports unions for home-health & day-care workers.
Bill Bradley: Increase minimum wage; universal health coverage.
Dan Quayle: End farm crisis by more exports & tax relief.
Steve Forbes: Farm crisis caused by federal policies.
Terry Branstad: Saving costs is a priority: rescind RICE rule.
Principles & Values|
Jack Hatch: Iowans are ready for a fresh start.
Joni Ernst: AdWatch: "Let's make 'em squeal" in Washington.
Tom Hoefling: Straight up the middle Reagan conservative.
Terry Branstad: The Iowa Dream: working hard; working together.
Matthew Whitaker: OpEd: disagrees with entire liberal laundry list.
Joni Ernst: Values we grew up with are being threatened now.
Ron Paul: Freedom is based on tolerance and non-violence.
Jon Huntsman: If you love your country, you serve her.
Michele Bachmann: Make Obama a one-term president.
Chuck Grassley: My re-election ensures Iowa is not denied Senate seniority.
Roxanne Conlin: Republicans only offer more of the same.
Barack Obama: We are choosing hope over fear.
Barack Obama: If you join me I promise you we can change America.
Hillary Clinton: Running to continue work I’ve done for 35 years.
Duncan Hunter: Restore economic patriotism: America is arsenal of democracy.
Mike Huckabee: Defining mistake: neglecting his health for decades.
Mike Huckabee: Never forget that ordinary citizens are the President’s boss.
Mitt Romney: Bush & Cheney have made mistakes, but have kept us safe.
Mitt Romney: Strong families, a strong economy and a strong military.
Rudy Giuliani: I have executive experience; I can restore hope to America.
Sam Brownback: Bush has over-relied on Cheney’s experience.
Tom Tancredo: Defining mistake: waiting 30 years to accept Jesus as savior.
Tom Tancredo: We can no longer afford political correctness.
Tommy Thompson: Bring into administration Dems, Republicans, & independents.
Howard Dean: Constitution says power belongs to the people-not to Bush.
John Edwards: Two Americas: one does the work, the other reaps the reward.
John Edwards: Make America an ownership society.
Al Sharpton: I want to privatize only one thing: privatize George Bush.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Fight the greedy and help the needy.
Howard Dean: Democrats are as angry at Dems as at GOP.
Howard Dean: Rule by hope instead of rule by fear.
John Edwards: Fight for values of people and workers over privilege.
John Edwards: Fight for values of people and workers over privilege.
Alan Keyes: Bring God back into the White House.
Gary Bauer: America needs to return to the ethics of Ronald Reagan.
Gary Bauer: First priority is to outlaw abortion.
John McCain: Foreign policy should not be shaped by photo-ops & polls.
Bill Bradley: Should we take risks? If not now, when? If not us, who?
Orrin Hatch: President should set a moral example.
George W. Bush: Government can create an environment for prosperity.
George W. Bush: Keys to American prosperity.
George W. Bush: Philosophy of governing.
Matthew Whitaker: No hope that Social Security will be there for future.
Joni Ernst: Preserve and protect Social Security & Medicare.
Roxanne Conlin: Defend Social Security instead of privatizing it.
Christopher Reed: Let younger workers opt out.
Tom Harkin: Privatization failed before we had Social Security.
Christopher Reed: Honor promises, but chance to opt out of Social Security.
Christopher Reed: Establishing Social Security was possibly a mistake.
Mitt Romney: Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors.
Mitt Romney: Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for future.
John Kerry: I will never privatize, extend retirement age, nor cut SS.
Dennis Kucinich: Stop privatization and return retirement age to 65.
Tom Hoefling: Eliminate the state's income tax & special crony favors.
Sam Clovis: Transition from personal income tax system to a FairTax.
Joni Ernst: Passed the largest tax cut in Iowa history.
Joni Ernst: IRS is a predatory, bureaucratic, out-of-control disaster.
Michele Bachmann: Health Impact Fee: opposed cigarette tax but voted for life.
Mitt Romney: I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor.
Tim Pawlenty: Health Impact Fee: increased cigarette tax but regretted it.
Terry Branstad: Reduce commercial & residential property tax.
Christopher Reed: Lower taxes means increased revenue, via the Laffer curve.
John McCain: Make tax reform commission & vote yes-or-no on outcome.
John McCain: FactCheck: Families spend $20B on tax prep, not $140B.
Mike Huckabee: Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul.
Mitt Romney: Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws.
Rudy Giuliani: Reducing taxes is a way to raise MORE money.
Rudy Giuliani: Eliminate the death tax immediately.
Rudy Giuliani: Too complex to get to FairTax; focus on reducing taxes.
Sam Brownback: Supports optional flat tax in income tax; not FairTax.
Tom Tancredo: Co-sponsored FairTax because income tax manipulates behavior.
Howard Dean: Plan to increase corporate taxes.
Howard Dean: Cutting payroll taxes is not a bad idea.
Dennis Kucinich: Fact Check: Says $40K earners pay same as $400K -not really.
Howard Dean: Fact Check: Dean says 60% got $304-really 50% got over $470.
Al Sharpton: Bush tax cuts make us victims of a war of mass distraction.
Al Sharpton: Bush isn’t cutting taxes, he’s shifting taxes.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Roll back the tax cut to create peace and prosperity.
Howard Dean: Bush’s tax cuts made $10,000 debt for every child.
Alan Keyes: Abolish the income tax and spend money responsibly.
George W. Bush: Remove unfairness from the tax code.
John McCain: Replace employer-provided benefits with a tax cut.
Orrin Hatch: It will take political experience to reform the tax code.
Steve Forbes: A flat tax will help families, homeowners, and charities.
George W. Bush: Reduce tax rates; return surplus to taxpayers.
Terry Branstad: Connect Every Iowan Act: broadband to under-served areas.
Mitt Romney: Mining the moon costs too much.
Newt Gingrich: America should be in space, aggressively & entrepreneurially.
Terry Branstad: Partnership between state and Google is good for jobs.
Jon Huntsman: Cyber intrusion is the new battlefield, and an act of war.
John McCain: Veto pork barrel; focus transportation spending on repairs.
Mike Huckabee: Spend on our infrastructure instead of other countries’.
Mike Huckabee: Cars’ navigation systems are better than air traffic control.
Mitt Romney: Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes.
Rudy Giuliani: Lower taxes AND fix infrastructure.
Dennis Kucinich: Technologies will create jobs.
Dick Gephardt: Space programs shouldn’t be a top priority.
Al Sharpton: $250 billion infrastructure-redevelopment plan.
Howard Dean: Invest in rural broadband to replace lost farm jobs.
War & Peace|
Sam Clovis: Pursue active enemies with all available dispatch.
Michele Bachmann: Leaving Iraq now invites in Iran as hegemon.
Mitt Romney: Disagree with Israelis in private; stand with them in public.
Ron Paul: Let locals settle Israel-Palestine issue; no world police.
Michele Bachmann: Iran is a state sponsor of terror; can't be a nuclear power.
Mitt Romney: We should withdraw from Afghanistan after 2012.
Newt Gingrich: Wrong to intervene in Libya; covert action more effective.
Rick Santorum: We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly.
Rick Santorum: Iran has been at war with us since 1979.
Rick Santorum: Iran must be confronted to stop them from getting nukes.
Ron Paul: Of course Iran wants nukes; talk to them like we did USSR.
Ron Paul: I worry about war propaganda will lead to war against Iran.
Tim Pawlenty: We should withdraw from Afghanistan more slowly.
Terry Branstad: Remain vigilant in support of 3,000 National Guard overseas.
Roxanne Conlin: Oppose addition of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
Christopher Reed: Support the surge; wants more positive news coverage.
Christopher Reed: No timetable for exit; stay until Al Qaeda is quelled.
Christopher Reed: Saddam was a madman who had WMDs and used them.
Joe Biden: Iraq war is sucking up a $150B a year.
Duncan Hunter: Marines are doing a good job; don’t rush for the exit.
Duncan Hunter: Work with Pakistan against Taliban and Al Qaida.
John McCain: Support the surge even if benchmarks are not met.
Mike Huckabee: We made Saudis rich; pressure them to help win with honor.
Mitt Romney: It’s time for people of America to show a surge of support.
Mitt Romney: Keep option to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan, but don’t say it.
Ron Paul: Iraq war is illegal; undeclared wars never end & we lose.
Ron Paul: Neocons promoted Iraq war for years; not about Al Qaida.
Rudy Giuliani: Winning in Iraq is one battle in overall terrorist war.
Rudy Giuliani: Keep option open to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan unilaterally.
Sam Brownback: We need a political surge to match the military surge.
Tom Tancredo: We are in a war with radical Islam; Iraq is one battle.
Tom Tancredo: Stop restricting army with rules of engagement.
Tom Tancredo: If Islamic terrorists threaten nukes, we nuke Mecca & Medina.
Tommy Thompson: Iraqi parliament incapable of partitioning Iraq.
Howard Dean: AdWatch: “My opponents voted for war”-negative but true.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Saddam capture has little to do with keeping Americans safe.
Dick Gephardt: Helped initiate Iraqi war resolution because of CIA support.
Howard Dean: Supported Afghan war & not Iraq, but always supports troops.
Howard Dean: US is no safer with Saddam gone-we’re still losing troops.
Howard Dean: Fact Check: Fighter jet escorts since 9/11-not 12/2004.
John Edwards: Saddam’s trial will reveal atrocities, but won’t end terror.
John Edwards: Don’t negotiate with Arafat, but build trust with envoy.
John Kerry: Pre-emptive strike ok only when US survival at stake.
Joseph Lieberman: Iraq victory opens door to Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Joseph Lieberman: US and world are safer with homicidal maniac Saddam gone.
Howard Dean: AdWatch: blames Gephardt for $87B-but Dean’s view evolved.
Bob Graham: Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror.
Welfare & Poverty|
Alison Grimes: Shameful to oppose food stamp program during recession.
Mitch McConnell: Opposed Farm Bill due to too-generous food stamp program.
Sam Clovis: Don't trading spending cuts for entitlement reform.
Rick Santorum: No compromise on core principles; compromise on all else.
Dennis Kucinich: Address poverty with full employment economy & social reform.
Hillary Clinton: Partner with faith based community in empowerment zones.
Jack Hatch: More TANF; more job training programs.
George W. Bush: ‘Armies of compassion’ are next step of welfare reform.