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2012 Republican nominees:
Paul Ryan
(Wisconsin Representative): Selected by Mitt Romney for V.P. Aug. 11.
Mitt Romney
(Former Massachusetts Governor): Publicly announced candidacy June 3.

2012 Democratic incumbents:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

2012 Third Party contenders:
Rocky Anderson
(Justice Party)
Andre Barnett
(Reform Party)
Virgil Goode
(Former U.S. House Rep.): Constitution Party nominee.
Gary Johnson
(Former New Mexico Governor): Publicly announced Libertarian candidacy Dec. 21.
Scott Keller
(Independent)
JL Mealer
(Independent)
Buddy Roemer
(former Louisiana Governor). Candidate for GOP and AmericansElect.
Robert Steele
(Reform Party)
Jill Stein
(Green Party)

2012 Republican withdrawals:
Michele Bachmann
(Minnesota Representative): Withdrew Jan. 4.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor). Opted out of race, Feb. 8, 2011.
Herman Cain
(Radio talk-show host): Suspended candidacy Dec. 3.
Chris Christie
(New Jersey Governor). Opted out of presidential race.
Jim DeMint
(South Carolina Senator). Never entered race.
Newt Gingrich
(Former Speaker of the House): Publicly announced candidacy May 12.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Former Arkansas Governor): Opted out of presidential race May 15.
Jon Huntsman
(former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China). Withdrew Jan. 15
Thad McCotter (Michigan Representative): Publicly announced candidacy July 2.
Sarah Palin
(former Alaska Governor). Opted out of presidential race Oct. 5.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative): Publicly announced candidacy April 28.
Tim Pawlenty
(Former Minnesota Governor): Publicly announced candidacy May 24.
Rick Perry
(Texas Governor): Publicly announced candidacy Aug. 11.
Rick Santorum
(Former Pennsylvania Senator): Publicly announced candidacy June 6; withdrew April 11, 2012.
Donald Trump
(Real estate mogul): Opted out of presidential race May 16.

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Core of Conviction, by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN)

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2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com, July 21, 2011

GOP primary debate in Manchester NH, June 13, 2011, at Saint Anselm College

Why She Will Win, by Ron Paul Jones (May 21, 2011)

2011 State of the Union address to Congress

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America by Heart, by Sarah Palin

Third World America, by Arianna Huffington

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Bachmann vs. Palin On the Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Core of Conviction, by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN)

2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com, July 21, 2011

Why She Will Win, by Ron Paul Jones (May 21, 2011)

America by Heart, by Sarah Palin

Third World America, by Arianna Huffington

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Michele Bachmann on Abortion
Click here for 20 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Supreme Court justified abortion out of thin air. (Nov 2011)
  • Committed to pro-life upon hearing Roe v. Wade at age 16. (Nov 2011)
  • Actively pro-life pro-Carter Democrat in 1970s. (Nov 2011)
  • Woman's Right to Know Act: 24 hours info before abortion. (Nov 2011)
  • Mandating morning-after pill availability is wrong. (Sep 2011)
  • Life is the first right; I'm 100% pro-life from conception. (Jun 2011)
  • Human embryonic stem cell research unnecessary and unethical. (Mar 2009)
  • Respect the sanctity of life. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011)
  • Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
  • Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion. (Jan 2008)
  • Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans. (Jul 2010)
  • Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection. (Dec 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding for abortion. (May 2011)
  • Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund. (May 2011)
  • Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)
  • Report on Medicaid payments to abortion providers. (Apr 2009)
  • Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment. (Feb 2009)
Michele Bachmann on Budget & Economy
Click here for 27 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • No TARP: Uncle Sam should be lender of last resort. (Nov 2011)
  • Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform is just another lobbyist mosh pit. (Nov 2011)
  • Subprime mortgage crisis due to errors by feds, not banks. (Oct 2011)
  • Cut taxes & cut spending instead of raising debt limit. (Oct 2011)
  • Raising debt ceiling is just a blank check for spending. (Sep 2011)
  • The Fed should not make loans to foreign governments. (Sep 2011)
  • Problem is $1 in tax increases for each $3 in spending. (Sep 2011)
  • Don't raise debt ceiling; country not at risk of default. (Aug 2011)
  • I was the leading voice against raising the debt ceiling. (Aug 2011)
  • Raising debt ceiling is failure of leadership. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted YES on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to override. (Jan 2009)
  • Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. (Jul 2010)
  • Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (Jul 2010)
  • Member of House Banking Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Require a balanced budget, by Constitutional amendment. (Jan 2011)
  • Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Michele Bachmann on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Fight the faddish fog of feminism. (Nov 2011)
  • How dare a court force same-sex morality on the people. (Nov 2011)
  • MN needs constitutional amendment on marriage, despite DOMA. (Nov 2011)
  • I support federal AND state marriage amendments. (Aug 2011)
  • Children need mother & father; but let states decide. (Jun 2011)
  • Keep Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell in. (Jun 2011)
  • Counselor/husband: "pray away the gay". (Jul 2010)
  • Authored constitutional amendment defining marriage. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Michele Bachmann on Corporations
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  • 1995 Bachmann & Associates: Christian counseling services. (Nov 2011)
  • Automaker bailout cost $14.3B to illegally break contracts. (Nov 2011)
  • High corporate taxes lead to jobs leaving the country. (Nov 2011)
  • Reducing repatriation tax to zero would bring in $1.2T. (Sep 2011)
  • We need to give job creators certainty. (Sep 2011)
  • Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on more funding for nanotechnology R&D and commercialization. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
  • Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business. (Jan 2011)
Michele Bachmann on Crime
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  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
  • Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees. (Apr 2011)
Michele Bachmann on Drugs
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  • High school: didn't drink; didn't smoke; didn't do drugs. (Nov 2011)
  • Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs. (Jun 2008)
Michele Bachmann on Education
Click here for 13 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Bachmann education stances compared to Sarah Palin. (Jan 2012)
  • Don't censor intelligent design, but it's a state issue. (Nov 2011)
  • No Child Left Behind imposes 50 new state mandates. (Nov 2011)
  • Kids need rigorous academics, not secular values. (Nov 2011)
  • Founded New Heights Charter School: rigorous, not religious. (Nov 2011)
  • Charters are creative & constructive step in right direction. (Nov 2011)
  • Abolishing the Department of Education is a good idea. (Nov 2011)
  • Mother of all repeal bills for federal Dept. of Education. (Sep 2011)
  • Founded a charter school for at-risk kids. (Jun 2011)
  • Charter school ran afoul due to Christian teaching. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Michele Bachmann on Energy & Oil
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  • Turn down thermostat & build synfuel plants. (Nov 2011)
  • Tap the natural abundance of Alaska and the lower 48. (Nov 2011)
  • Climate science is unknowable, and riddled with corruption. (Nov 2011)
  • Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallon. (Sep 2011)
  • I opposed cap-and-trade, including Lightbulb Choice Act. (Aug 2011)
  • Voted YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
  • Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
  • Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (Jul 2010)
  • Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (Jul 2010)
Michele Bachmann on Environment
Click here for 8 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science. (Sep 2011)
  • Endorsed by Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
  • Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
  • Endorsed Targeted as "Dirty Dozen" for anti-environmentalism. (Aug 2010)
Michele Bachmann on Families & Children
Click here for 8 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Leading advocate for foster and adopted children. (Dec 2011)
  • Foster care provider for girls with eating disorders. (Nov 2011)
  • Best results when family involved; worst with government. (Sep 2011)
  • Bible's "be submissive to husband" means mutual respect. (Aug 2011)
  • Raised 23 foster kids, with her own kids,as "treatment home". (Jun 2011)
  • Mother of 5; foster parent of 23 children. (Jun 2011)
  • Support traditional family life. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on four weeks of paid parental leave for federal employees. (Jun 2009)
Michele Bachmann on Foreign Policy
Click here for 14 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • North Korea is Wal-Mart of missile weapon delivery systems. (Dec 2011)
  • Continue aid to Pakistan, but get more intel from them. (Nov 2011)
  • Don't force Israel back to indefensible 1967 borders. (Nov 2011)
  • China is building 3,000 miles of tunnels for nukes. (Nov 2011)
  • No foreign aid to state sponsors of terror. (Sep 2011)
  • Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran. (Sep 2011)
  • American exceptionalism: indispensable nation of the world. (Jan 2011)
  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Support Iranian demonstrators against Iranian government. (Jun 2009)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Michele Bachmann on Free Trade
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  • Free enterprise & free markets can be summed up: "Freedom". (Nov 2011)
  • Free and fair trade agreements spur economic growth. (Oct 2009)
  • Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
Michele Bachmann on Government Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Washington is the epicenter of crony capitalism. (Nov 2011)
  • Promises to serve only one term as President. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Require defining constitutional authority for every new law. (Jan 2011)
  • Require all laws to cite Constitutional authorization. (Jun 2009)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Michele Bachmann on Gun Control
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  • Fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights. (Nov 2006)
  • National cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
  • Require video recording of every firearm test by ATF. (Jan 2011)
  • Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
Michele Bachmann on Health Care
Click here for 35 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Bachmann healthcare stances compared to Sarah Palin. (Jan 2012)
  • 2012 is our one shot to get rid of ObamaCare. (Dec 2011)
  • Universal healthcare is euphemism for government takeover. (Nov 2011)
  • ObamaCare is bad policy; bad economics; and immoral. (Nov 2011)
  • One shot at ObamaCare; after 2012, it metastasizes. (Nov 2011)
  • Insurance mandate profoundly violates Constitution. (Nov 2011)
  • Repeal of ObamaCare starts with repealing the CLASS Act. (Oct 2011)
  • Don't let a federal political board make medical decisions. (Oct 2011)
  • Decisions about STD vaccines should be made by parents. (Sep 2011)
  • End the idea that government should keep buying more stuff. (Sep 2011)
  • Never force little girls to have HPV vaccinations. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare is unconstitutional; I'm committed to its repeal. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare is killing jobs. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: CBO never claimed ObamaCare was a job-killer. (Sep 2011)
  • I fought; when others ran, I fought. (Aug 2011)
  • Government has no authority to force people to buy insurance. (Aug 2011)
  • ObamaCare is the largest spending program in our history. (Jul 2011)
  • I will not rest until Obamacare is repealed. (Jul 2011)
  • First member of Congress to call for repeal of ObamaCare. (Jun 2011)
  • FactCheck: pre-ObamaCare system was 49th, not best in world. (Jan 2011)
  • ObamaCare replaces finest system with government coverage. (Jan 2011)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)
Michele Bachmann on Homeland Security
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  • 1970s: Missile defense made obvious sense to replace MAD. (Nov 2011)
  • Waterboarding is effective; don't let the ACLU run the CIA. (Nov 2011)
  • Absolute policy of not negotiating with terrorists. (Oct 2011)
  • No Miranda rights for terrorists; expand Guantanamo. (Aug 2011)
  • Defense spending did not cause our budget crisis; no cuts. (Jul 2011)
  • Remain vigilant and ready, including military action. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
  • Voted NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
  • Improve educational assistance for veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Member of House Committee on Intelligence. (Mar 2011)
  • Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad. (Feb 2009)
Michele Bachmann on Immigration
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  • More visas for skilled engineers; but not for illegal aliens. (Nov 2011)
  • Build a fence on every inch of our southern border. (Sep 2011)
  • It's not the American way to give immigrants rights. (Sep 2011)
  • Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s. (Sep 2011)
  • Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty. (Sep 2011)
  • Secure our borders and enforce current laws. (Nov 2006)
  • Rated B+ by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance. (Nov 2010)
  • Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
Michele Bachmann on Jobs
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  • NRLB shouldn't stop Boeing's factory in right-to-work state. (Nov 2011)
  • #1 reason why employers aren't hiring is ObamaCare. (Sep 2011)
  • Longer unemployment means people less likely to find jobs. (Sep 2011)
  • Attract jobs by cutting job creator taxes. (Jul 2011)
  • Omnibus bill to repeal job-killing bills, starting with EPA. (Jun 2011)
  • FactCheck: bailout cost $25B, not $700B; and no IRS police. (Jan 2011)
  • $700B bailout & 9000 earmarks didn't keep unemployment at 8%. (Jan 2011)
  • Voted NO on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (Oct 2008)
  • Voted NO on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
Michele Bachmann on Principles & Values
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  • Economic AND social AND foreign policy conservative. (Nov 2011)
  • Switched party in 1970s; Democratic Party left us. (Nov 2011)
  • Accidental politician: ran for State Senate at Convention. (Nov 2011)
  • 1970: Parents divorced & family stability was gone. (Nov 2011)
  • As teen, volunteered on Israeli kibbutz. (Nov 2011)
  • 1976: Met husband at mutual job at Elementary School. (Nov 2011)
  • Rejects dismissiveness of American institutions & history. (Nov 2011)
  • Migraines as campaign issue is foes playing gender card. (Nov 2011)
  • Members of Congress swear to uphold Founding principles. (Nov 2011)
  • Obama has ushered in socialism. (Sep 2011)
  • Separation of church and state is a myth. (Sep 2011)
  • Make Obama a one-term president. (Aug 2011)
  • Bring the voice of the people back to Washington. (Jul 2011)
  • Tea Party has held congress to account. (Jul 2011)
  • I will represent you with a titanium spine. (Jul 2011)
  • Chairs the House Tea Party Caucus. (Jun 2011)
  • Birthplace in Waterloo Iowa: "favorite daughter" in caucus. (Jun 2011)
  • Would be first House member elected to Presidency since 1880. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: Tea Party support driven by charismatic enthusiasm. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: Talks the evangelical talk, but also walks the walk. (Jun 2011)
  • I want my constituents armed and dangerous. (Sep 2010)
  • Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilization. (Dec 2007)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Michele Bachmann on Social Security
Click here for 5 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Young should invest retirement money, not give it to gov't. (Nov 2011)
  • No payroll tax cut; we need revenue from baby boomers. (Nov 2011)
  • Keep promise to older workers; reform for younger. (Sep 2011)
  • Wean everybody off Social Security and Medicare. (Feb 2010)
  • Wean the next generation off Social Security. (Feb 2010)
Michele Bachmann on Tax Reform
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  • Took job with IRS: Know the enemy. (Nov 2011)
  • Complexity of tax code almost always favors the IRS. (Nov 2011)
  • 47% pay no income tax; everyone should pay something. (Nov 2011)
  • If we give Congress 9% sales tax, it'll run up to 90%. (Oct 2011)
  • No national sales tax; no new revenue stream for Congress. (Oct 2011)
  • What you earn is your money, not the government's. (Sep 2011)
  • Reduce repatriation tax to zero percent. (Sep 2011)
  • Health Impact Fee: opposed cigarette tax but voted for life. (Aug 2011)
  • 47% pay no taxes; everyone should pay something. (Jul 2011)
  • Endorsed as small-government, low-tax "Mama Grizzly". (Nov 2010)
  • Put hard earned money back in taxpayers’ pockets. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes. (Jul 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Michele Bachmann on Technology
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  • Voted YES on terminating funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on delaying digital TV conversion by four months. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
  • Permanent ban on state & local taxation of Internet access. (Oct 2007)
  • End net neutrality; allow tiered Internet service. (Jan 2011)
  • Prohibit the return of the Fairness Doctrine. (Jan 2009)
  • No performance royalties for radio music. (Mar 2009)
Michele Bachmann on War & Peace
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  • Leaving Iraq now invites in Iran as hegemon. (Dec 2011)
  • Pakistan's nuclear weapons are an existential threat. (Nov 2011)
  • Stand up against Iran's genocidal maniac. (Oct 2011)
  • It was wrong for US to go into Libya. (Sep 2011)
  • Iran is a state sponsor of terror; can't be a nuclear power. (Aug 2011)
  • No vital US interests at stake in Libya. (Jul 2011)
  • Stay the course in Afghanistan until victorious. (Jun 2011)
  • Don't lead from behind; no US interest in Libya. (Jun 2011)
  • Opposes US involvement in Libyan civil war. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval. (Jun 2011)
  • Voted NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days. (May 2007)
  • No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone. (May 2011)
  • Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes. (May 2011)
  • Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program. (Apr 2009)
Michele Bachmann on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Government subsidizes idleness, dependency, and delinquency. (Nov 2011)
  • Liability shield to allow charities to provide healthcare. (Oct 2011)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)


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Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Life is the first right; I'm 100% pro-life from conception: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Human embryonic stem cell research unnecessary and unethical: Opposes topic 1
Respect the sanctity of life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit transporting minors across state lines for abortion: Opposes topic 1
Bar funding for abortion under federal Obamacare plans: Opposes topic 1
Ban abortions for sex selection or race selection: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Prohibiting forced abortions by UN Population Fund: Opposes topic 1
Prohibit federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Supports the Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment: Opposes topic 1
Report on Medicaid payments to abortion providers: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 1
YES on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fight the faddish fog of feminism: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Counselor/husband: "pray away the gay": Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
How dare a court force same-sex morality on the people: Strongly Opposes topic 3
MN needs constitutional amendment on marriage, despite DOMA: Strongly Opposes topic 3
I support federal AND state marriage amendments: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Children need mother & father; but let states decide: Favors topic 3
Authored constitutional amendment defining marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation: Strongly Opposes topic 3
NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes: Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Separation of church and state is a myth: Strongly Favors topic 4
Charter school ran afoul due to Christian teaching: Favors topic 4
Support traditional family life: Strongly Favors topic 4
Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilization: Favors topic 4
Neutral on topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(-3 points on Social scale)
Facilitate recovering crime victim restitution fees: Strongly Favors topic 9
YES on expanding services for offenders' re-entry into society: Opposes topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights: Strongly Favors topic 10
National cross-state standard for concealed carry: Strongly Favors topic 10
Require video recording of every firearm test by ATF: Favors topic 10
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2012 is our one shot to get rid of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Universal healthcare is euphemism for government takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is bad policy; bad economics; and immoral: Strongly Opposes topic 5
One shot at ObamaCare; after 2012, it metastasizes: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Don't let a federal political board make medical decisions: Strongly Opposes topic 5
First member of Congress to call for repeal of ObamaCare: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare replaces finest system with government coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal any federal health care takeover: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Repeal ObamaCare reporting requirements for small business: Opposes topic 5
Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law: Strongly Opposes topic 5
NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health: Opposes topic 5
NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund: Strongly Opposes topic 5
YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts: Opposes topic 5
NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Opposes topic 5
NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility: Opposes topic 5
YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare: Favors topic 5
NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program: Opposes topic 5
NO on regulating tobacco as a drug: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Young should invest retirement money, not give it to gov't: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Wean everybody off Social Security and Medicare: Strongly Favors topic 6
Wean the next generation off Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Founded a charter school for at-risk kids: Favors topic 7
YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program: Strongly Favors topic 7
NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences: Favors topic 7
NO on $40B for green public schools: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Turn down thermostat & build synfuel plants: Strongly Favors topic 18
Climate science is unknowable, and riddled with corruption: Strongly Opposes topic 18
I opposed cap-and-trade, including Lightbulb Choice Act: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low: Opposes topic 18
NO on tax incentives for renewable energy: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases: Opposes topic 18
YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on investing in homegrown biofuel: Strongly Opposes topic 18
YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC: Favors topic 18
NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation: Strongly Opposes topic 18
NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets: Opposes topic 18
NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution: Opposes topic 18
NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program: Opposes topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+2 points on Social scale)
NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugs: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Liability shield to allow charities to provide healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 20
NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Attract jobs by cutting job creator taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Put hard earned money back in taxpayers’ pockets: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal the Death Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Adopt a single-rate tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No European-style VAT (value-added tax): Opposes topic 11
Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income: Favors topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Secure our borders and enforce current laws: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Rated B+ by the ALI, indicating an acceptably anti-amnesty stance: Opposes topic 12
Declare English as the official language of the US: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Free and fair trade agreements spur economic growth: Favors topic 13
NO on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization: Favors topic 13
YES on promoting free trade with Peru: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Defense spending did not cause our budget crisis; no cuts: Strongly Favors topic 15
Remain vigilant and ready, including military action: Strongly Favors topic 15
YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Military spouses don't lose voting residency while abroad: Favors topic 16
Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises: Favors topic 16
YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
No Miranda rights for terrorists; expand Guantanamo: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations: Strongly Opposes topic 14
NO on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Opposes topic 14
YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrantless surveillance: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-5 points on Social scale)
No contact & enforce sanctions on Iran until threat is gone: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Boycott & sanctions against Iran for terrorism & nukes: Opposes topic 17
Sanctions on Iran to end nuclear program: Opposes topic 17
NO on removing US armed forces from Afghanistan: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval: Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying US troops out of Iraq starting in 90 days: Strongly Opposes topic 17
NO on investigating Bush impeachment for lying about Iraq: Opposes topic 17

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