| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Mark Zaccaria: Make abortion unthinkable but not illegal.
Mark Zaccaria: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Mark Zaccaria: Safe, legal, and rare: don't return to back alley abortions.
Mark Zaccaria: Make adoption a more palatable choice.
Lincoln Chafee: The real potential for cures is in the embryonic stem cells.
Lincoln Chafee: Opposed the Alito nomination on 3 issues, not litmus test.
Stephen Laffey: Very few scientists believe in embryonic stem cell research.
Stephen Laffey: Donít have any litmus tests for judges.
Carl Sheeler: Roe v. Wade has been decided; keep abortion legal.
Budget & Economy|
Barry Hinckley: Our children have to pay back the debt; it's a train wreck.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Grow the economy from the middle class out.
Mark Zaccaria: Do the right thing and cut pork, then cut all expenditures.
Lincoln Chafee: Pork barrel accounts for 1% of the budget, and is requested.
Stephen Laffey: Pork barrel spending does not benefit Rhode Island.
Stephen Laffey: Pay for entitlement programs by keeping taxes low.
Stephen Laffey: Cut corporate welfare and sink the 600 page tax code.
Gina Raimondo: Fight for pay equity for working women.
Mark Zaccaria: End federal affirmative action programs.
Mark Zaccaria: Marriage only between one man and one woman.
Stephen Laffey: Find a way to wiretap al-Qaeda members calling into the US.
Carl Sheeler: Recognize civil unions; supports same-sex marriage.
Carl Sheeler: Women & minorities are underrepresented in business.
Gina Raimondo: Rhode Island Innovation Institute: bring back manufacturing.
Barry Hinckley: Make R.I. the most attractive place to do business.
Barry Hinckley: Cut the business tax rate from 35% to 20%.
Gina Raimondo: Tackle human trafficking and strip clubs.
Mark Zaccaria: Supports capital punishment.
Carl Sheeler: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Mark Zaccaria: Mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Carl Sheeler: Decriminalize marijuana possession.
Gina Raimondo: Treat teachers as professionals; rebuild school classrooms.
Barry Hinckley: Give a grant to every family to choose school.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Extend "Race to the Top" to middle school.
Mark Zaccaria: Supports vouchers but not charters.
Lincoln Chafee: Fund special education before tax cuts for the wealthy.
Stephen Laffey: Chafee failed on funding the IDEA program and the NCLB Act.
Carl Sheeler: Educate children about sex rather than moralizing.
Energy & Oil|
Gina Raimondo: Make R.I. a model for climate change preparedness.
Gina Raimondo: Create state "Green Bank" for clean energy financing.
Mark Zaccaria: No climate change laws; no cap-&-trade; more oil exploration.
Stephen Laffey: Need a new national energy policy to fight the War on Terror.
Carl Sheeler: Begin with environment friendly public transportation.
Gina Raimondo: Coordinated marketing effort to promote R.I. tourism.
Chris Young: Stop constructing schools on toxic dumps.
Barry Hinckley: Reduce foreign aid; robust American military presence abroad.
Barry Hinckley: End foreign aid to Egypt, Libya and Pakistan.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Traditional internationalist and support of Israel.
Mark Zaccaria: Today's free trade agreements are stacked against the US.
Jack Reed: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Overturn Citizens United; it undid 100 years of regulations.
Mark Zaccaria: Keep contribution limits & campaign finance regulations.
Lincoln Chafee: Vindicated for opposing Alito, by Alito's bad votes.
Lincoln Chafee: Has concerns about Bush's expansion of executive power.
Stephen Laffey: Supported Sam Alito nomination to Supreme Court.
Carl Sheeler: Term limits for governor but not for legislature.
Carl Sheeler: Limit PAC, corporate, and individual campaign contributions.
Gina Raimondo: Enact common-sense gun control measures.
Mark Zaccaria: Second Amendment guarantees individual right to own guns.
Carl Sheeler: Supports safety locks, licensing, background checks, & more.
Barry Hinckley: ObamaCare is an example of government gone wild.
Barry Hinckley: Voucher program provides Medicare choice.
Mark Zaccaria: System works now, even for the uninsured.
Lincoln Chafee: Bipartisanship is the key to reform Medicare.
Lincoln Chafee: Support Canadian drug importation that Laffey opposes.
Stephen Laffey: Medicare has to be able to negotiate.
Stephen Laffey: Embryonic stem cell research has produced no benefit.
Gina Raimondo: Honor and support our veteran population, including housing.
Mark Zaccaria: Cut government, including cutting military (except salary).
Lincoln Chafee: Keep Rhode Island's military installations thriving.
Stephen Laffey: We need to expand weapons programs.
Mark Zaccaria: No pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Lincoln Chafee: Co-sponsored McCain-Kennedy immigration bill.
Lincoln Chafee: Laffey supported then opposed ID cards for illegal aliens.
Stephen Laffey: Opposes the McCain-Kennedy bill?a vote for illegal aliens.
Gina Raimondo: Pair CCRI with local businesses for job training.
Barry Hinckley: RI 50th in business friendliness, causing high unemployment.
Principles & Values|
Barry Hinckley: Extreme partisanship is killing this country.
Mark Zaccaria: I'm running for You, to rein in government.
Lincoln Chafee: The Club for Growth is pouring the money for Laffey.
Lincoln Chafee: Being deliberate and responsible is not indecisive.
Lincoln Chafee: Vote my conscience while keeping good relations with GOP.
Stephen Laffey: Confront real problems directly with people.
Barry Hinckley: Hire actuaries to bring system into line, not politicians.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Protect and defend Social Security.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Life without Social Security would be unimaginably worse.
Mark Zaccaria: Privatize elements of Social Security.
Barry Hinckley: Lower rates for families, lower rates for businesses.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Tax code is broken, but flat tax is a lousy idea.
Sheldon Whitehouse: $2T in new revenues, and $2T in cuts, to balance budget.
Mark Zaccaria: Eliminate the estate tax; cut spending to match tax cuts.
Stephen Laffey: Tax cuts are good for America.
Carl Sheeler: Property taxes are regressive.
Gina Raimondo: Sustainable funds for RIPTA; revolving funds for roads.
Sheldon Whitehouse: Create new infrastructure to renew economy.
War & Peace|
Mark Zaccaria: We should leave Iraq & Afghanistan once we win.
Lincoln Chafee: Only Republican to vote against Iraq war?but keep Rumsfeld.
Lincoln Chafee: Support a timetable if diplomacy does not work.
Stephen Laffey: Take the Iraqi troops to Europe to train them.
Stephen Laffey: Calls for the resignation of Rumsfeld.
Welfare & Poverty|
Carl Sheeler: Hand-up, not hand-out.