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Topics in the News: HIV-AIDS


Bobby Jindal on Abortion : Sep 16, 2014
Human life amendment: define "person" from conception

On many science and education issues, Jindal tries to straddle the partisan divide. He favors a human life amendment to define the legal existence of a "person" at the moment of conception, but he is also a strong advocate for the cheap and wide distribution of contraceptives. He refused to criticize his "friend" Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynast who said the other day that a Bible-based monogamous marriage of man and woman is the best way to end diseases like AIDS.
Click for Bobby Jindal on other issues.   Source: Huffington Post 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls

Barack Obama on Health Care : Feb 12, 2013
An AIDS-free generation is within our reach

Progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the US will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world's children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2013 State of the Union Address

Gary Johnson on Civil Rights : Jun 15, 2011
Prostitution is safer when legal and regulated

Q: You have unorthodox takes, for a member of the GOP, on prostitution.

A: Prostitution? I have no intention of enlisting the services of a prostitute. But if I were, where would I want to do that? Well, I'd want to do that I think in Nevada where it's legal and regulated. I think I would be safer in enlisting those services. I would have the least chance of contracting HIV or Hepatitis C or any communicable disease in Nevada.

Click for Gary Johnson on other issues.   Source: Tim Dickinson in Rolling Stone Magazine

Nikki Haley on Health Care : Jan 19, 2011
Let Medicaid buy generics for AIDS, cancer, & mental health

The majority of prescription drugs issued by Medicaid are generic, with three large exceptions: AIDS, cancer, and mental health. We propose that we remove the proviso prohibiting the use of generic medications to treat those three afflictions. I realize that this may sting pharmaceutical companies, and some lobbyists, but it is an option that will allow us to realize real savings without compromising the quality of care for our patients.

I ask that we strike the proviso prohibiting the HHS Director from setting rates paid to providers through Medicaid. South Carolina is the only state in the nation that doesn't give our Medicaid director that flexibility, and with all due respect, we can't be the only state that has it right.

Click for Nikki Haley on other issues.   Source: 2011 South Carolina State of the State Address

Barack Obama on Civil Rights : Jan 11, 2010
2008 speech on race expedited by Rev. Wright fiasco

On March 13, ABC News aired a story about his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, using [controversial] excerpts from videotapes of Wright's sermons that were for sale at his parish, Trinity United Church of Christ. Obama's initial attraction to the parson sprang from its commitment to the social gospel: day care programs; encouragement of HIV testing--all appealed to a young community organizer. He had lifted the title of "The Audacity of Hope" from one of Wright's sermons. And although Obama considered the words that were causing the current controversy beyond the pale, he well understood the context--generational, cultural, and social--by which Wright had come to the views that animated them.

The idea of doing a big race speech had been on Obama's mind for months. Convinced that he would be the nominee, Obama wanted to start dealing with issues he was destined to confront in the general election, of which race was plainly one. The Wright fiasco has simply sped up the timetable on the speech.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Game Change, by Heilemann & Halpern, p.234-237

Barack Obama on Health Care : Jan 11, 2010
Advocated condom use to avoid AIDS at Saddleback Church

In Dec. 2006 Obama took part in an event at the Saddleback megachurch. It was World AIDS Day, and Obama appeared alongside Sen. Sam Brownback (R, KS). Brownback remarked, "Welcome to my house," prompting peals from the crowd. When Obama's turn came, he remarked, "There is one thing I've gotta say: This is my house, too. This is God's house." He quoted Corinthians and advocated the use of condoms to prevent the spread of HIV. The huge crowd of conservative Evangelists awarded him a standing ovation.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Game Change, by Heilemann & Halpern, p. 69

Barack Obama on Health Care : Aug 1, 2008
CDC estimate: a half million would follow Obama's AIDS test

In a staged public event at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kisian, Obama and his wife took an AIDS test, to demonstrate to the local people in a public forum that the test was safe. At the door of a mobile AIDS testing facility provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Obama was photographed with a microphone, speaking to the assembled crowd. The primary message of the AIDS event was a universal message, namely, that AIDS testing is safe: "One of the reasons we are here today is becaus HIV/AIDS has ravaged the community," Obama told the assembled crowd. "Too many people, too many children have gotten sick. So one of the things we're going to do here in front of this van today is that my wife and I are going to get tested for HIV/AIDS, because if you know your status, you can prevent illness." The Centers for Disease Control suggested to Obama that as many as a half-million Kenyans would take the HIV/AIDS test after they saw him and his wife safely do it themselves.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi, p. 95

Barack Obama on Health Care : Apr 13, 2008
Use whatever works with AIDS, including teaching abstinence

Q: The ministry called True Love Waits, has been credited with lowering the AIDS infection rate in Uganda dramatically from 30% to 6%. It is an abstinence-based program--what is your opinion?

A: When Michelle and I were traveling in Kenya, we took an AIDS test. I compliment George Bush on the PEPFAR program [Presidentís Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief]. My view is that we should use whatever the best approaches are, the scientifically sound approaches are, to reduce this devastating disease. Part of that should be a strong education component and I think abstinence education is important. I also think that contraception is important; I also think that treatment is important; I also think that we have to do more to make antiviral drugs available to people who are in extreme poverty. So I donít want to pluck out one facet of it. Now, that doesnít mean that non-for-profit groups canít focus on one thing while the government focuses on other things. I think we want to have a comprehensive approach.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Hillary Clinton on Health Care : Apr 13, 2008
Decrease generic drug costs for developing countries

Q: Current US trade policies toward developing countries make it sometimes extremely difficult for poor people to access inexpensive, generic drugs for the treatment of AIDS and other sicknesses. How would you shape this policy?

A: I believe that our government must do so much more to get generic drugs and low-cost drugs to people suffering. Not only from HIV/AIDS, but the range of diseases that affect disproportionately the poor. Our great pharmaceutical companies invent the compounds and put them together that the generics then are able to copy. But we need to do much more to get our pharmaceutical companies to work with us to get the drug costs down and to open the pathway for generic drugs. And thatís going to take presidential leadership. I commend Pres. Bush for his PEPFAR initiative [Presidentís Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief]. It was a bold & important commitment, but it didnít go far enough in opening up the door to generics and getting the costs down. And as president, I will do that

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Democratic Compassion Forum at Messiah College

Sarah Palin on Civil Rights : Mar 4, 2008
HIV/AIDS among Alaska Natives is public health crisis

Click for Sarah Palin on other issues.   Source: Alaska Governorís Office: Proclamation, ďNative HIVĒ

Barack Obama on Drugs : Feb 11, 2008
Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment

Q: D.C. has the highest infection rate. How can we address that?

A: I think it is important that we are targeting HIV/AIDS resources into the communities where weíre seeing the highest growth rates. That means education and prevention, particularly with young people. It means that we have to look at drastic measure, potentially like needle exchange in order to insure that drug users are not transmitting the disease to each other. And weíve got to expand on treatment programs. And all of that is going to cost some money and some time. But again, if we think about the enormous costs of homelessness, or the enormous cost of HIV/AIDS, over the long term, as people visit emergency rooms, etc. The more we are investing in that ounce of prevention the better off weíre going to be.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2008 Politico pre-Potomac Primary interview

Hillary Clinton on Government Reform : Feb 11, 2008
Get D.C. full voting rights, plus more direct federal funds

Q: The District of Columbia--itís the nationís capital, but a lot of residents here feel quite disconnected and alienated from the national government. How can you improve the lives of the residents of DC?

A: When I was first lady, I fought to increase their Medicaid match so that they would get more money in the district. It is the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic, unfortunately, right here in D.C. I worked to make sure that the adoption and foster care system was improved so that we could get more kids into permanent homes. When I helped to pass the Childrenís Health Insurance Program, we made sure that D.C. would be well taken care of. So Iíve already produced results for the people of this district, and I intend to do a lot more as president. I want to get full voting rights for D.C. I think it is an injustice that has to be remedied. I want to be a better partner in working with the district on everything from its transportation challenges to its health care problems.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2008 Politico pre-Potomac Primary interview

Mike Huckabee on Health Care : Dec 9, 2007
Called for isolating AIDS carriers in 1992, not quarantine

Q: When you ran for the Senate back in 1992, you called for quarantining AIDS patients. Do you stand by that now?

A: I didnít say that we should quarantine. I said it was the first time in public health protocols that when we had an infectious disease & we didnít really know just how extensive it could be, that we didnít isolate the carrier. Now, the headlines started saying that I called for quarantines, which I did not. I had simply made the point that in the late Ď80s, when we didnít know as much as we do now about AIDS, we were acting more out of political correctness than we were about the normal public health protocols that we would have acted--as we have recently, for example, with avian flu--I spent months as a governor dealing with a pandemic plan that we were looking at which called for isolating carriers if they contracted that disease. Iím not going to recant. Would I say it a little differently today? Sure, in light of 15 years of additional knowledge, I would.

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Fox News Sunday: 2007 ďChoosing the PresidentĒ interviews

Hillary Clinton on Health Care : Dec 1, 2007
Pledges to support $50B for AIDS relief in US and world

Today is World AIDS Day. All of us have committed to supporting $50 billion for global AIDS relief, which I am very excited about. But letís not forget that AIDS now is growing again in our own country, particularly among African American and Latino women. The leading cause of death for African American women between the ages of 25 and 34 is AIDS. So I want to ask all of my fellow candidates here if they would join me, not only in a pledge for what weíre going to do globally to address the AIDS pandemic in Africa and Asia and elsewhere, but will you join me in a pledge that weíre going to do everything we can once again to address the AIDS pandemic right here in the US, and to put the money in that will provide the services and the treatment and the prevention that our own people deserve to have. Because frankly we have turned our backs, we have frozen the amount of money, and I am very worried about what is happening to countless numbers of Americans when it comes to HIV and AIDS.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum

Barack Obama on Health Care : Aug 9, 2007
We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS

Iím somebody who is willing to talk about these issues, even when itís hard, in front of black ministers. Iím willing to talk about AIDS at Saddleback Church to evangelicals and talk about why we need to have condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS. So thatís the kind of political courage that I hope all of you recognize is going to be necessary in order for us to create the kind of America that we all want.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues

Joe Biden on Health Care : Jun 28, 2007
Got tested for AIDS after blood transfusion; no shame in it

Q: African-Americans, though 17% of all American teenagers, are 69% of the population of teenagers diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. What is the plan to protect these young people from this scourge?

BIDEN: Youíre asking, how do we prevent these 17-year-olds from getting HIV? All the things that were said here [by the other candidates] are good ideas; but they donít prevent that. Thereís neglect on the part of the medical and the white community focusing on educating the minority community out there. I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, trying to get black men to understand it is not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no, getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. Thereís no shame in being tested for AIDS.

OBAMA: I got tested with my wife Michelle, in public, when we were in Kenya.

BIDEN: And I got tested to save my life, because I had 13 pints of blood transfusion.

Click for Joe Biden on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University

Barack Obama on Health Care : Jun 28, 2007
Homophobia prevents talking about HIV/AIDS

One of the things weíve got to overcome is a stigma that still exists in our communities. We donít talk about HIV/AIDS. We donít talk about it in the schools. Sometimes we donít talk about it in the churches. It has been an aspect of sometimes homophobia that we donít address this issue as clearly as it needs to be.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University

Barack Obama on Health Care : Jun 28, 2007
Got tested for AIDS, with wife, in public, in Kenya

Q: African-Americans, though 17% of all American teenagers, are 69% of the population of teenagers diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. What is the plan to protect these young people from this scourge?

BIDEN: Youíre asking, how do we prevent these 17-year-olds from getting HIV? All the things that were said here [by other candidates] are good ideas; but they donít prevent that. I spent last summer going through the black sections of my town, trying to get black men to understand it is not unmanly to wear a condom, getting women to understand they can say no, getting people in the position where testing matters. I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. Thereís no shame in being tested for AIDS.

OBAMA: I just got to make clear--I got tested with Michelle, when we were in Kenya in Africa. I donít want any confusion here about whatís going on.

BIDEN: And I got tested to save my life, because I had 13 pints of blood transfusion.

OBAMA: I was tested with my wife. In public.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University

Hillary Clinton on Health Care : Jun 28, 2007
Outcry if AIDS were leading disease of young whites

Q: African-Americans, though 17% of all American teenagers, are 69% of the population of teenagers diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. What is the plan to stop and to protect these young people from this scourge?

A: Let me just put this in perspective. If HIV/AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between the ages of 25 and 34, there would be an outraged outcry in this country.

Iím working to get Medicaid to cover treatment. Iím working to raise the budget for Ryan White, which the Bush administration has kept flat, disgracefully so, because there are a lot of women, particularly, who are becoming infected in poor rural areas as well as underserved urban areas in states where, frankly, their state governments wonít give them medical care.

So this is a multiple dimension problem. But if we donít begin to take it seriously and address it the way we did back in the Ď90s, when it was primarily a gay menís disease, we will never get the services and the public education that we need.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University

Mike Bloomberg on Health Care : May 2, 2007
Prioritize city healthcare on HIV, diabetes & hypertension

Bloomberg is passionately interested in public health. He has donated millions of dollars to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Under Bloomberg, the city Health Department has made HIV, diabetes and hypertension priorities.

Bloomberg extended New York Cityís smoking ban to all commercial establishments, including bars and nightclubs. In Dec. 2006, New York became the first city in the US to ban trans-fat from all restaurants. It will go into effect in July of 2008.

Click for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.   Source: Wikipedia.org entry, ďMichael_BloombergĒ

Barack Obama on Health Care : Mar 27, 2007
Curing AIDS must be all-hands-on-deck effort

We are all sick because of AIDS and we are all tested by the crisis. Neither philanthropist nor scientist; neither government nor church can solve this problem on their own. AIDS must be an all hands on deck effort. I donít think we can deny that there is a moral and spiritual component to prevention--I heard stories of men and women contracting HIV because sex was no longer part of a sacred covenant but a mechanical physical act. Having said that, I also believe that we cannot ignore that abstinence--may not be the reality. If condoms and potentially microbicides can prevent millions of deaths, they should be made more widely available.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: In His Own Words, edited by Lisa Rogak, p. 10

Hillary Clinton on Health Care : Nov 17, 2006
Increase Americaís commitment against Global AIDS

Sen. Clinton continues to work to increase access to health care. She authored legislation that has been enacted to improve recruitment and retention of nurses, to improve quality and lower the cost of prescription drugs, and to protect our food supply from bioterrorism. She sponsored legislation to increase Americaís commitment against Global AIDS, and is now leading the fight for expanded use of information technology in the health care system to decrease administrative costs & reduce medical errors.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: PAC website, www.hillpac.com, ďBiographyĒ

Barack Obama on Foreign Policy : Oct 17, 2006
Visited Africa in 2006; encouraged HIV testing & research

Proís and Conís: Obama visited African in 2006 and went to South Africa, Chad, and Kenya.

Pro: He is a mensch. Here on a few things he did on his summer vacation:

Con: Who cares? It is Africa. If we are going to go with a President from a non-European background, letís go with one whose relatives are from a country whose friendship will help us, like China or India.

Pro: Kenyans love him.

Con: Who cares? Itís Kenya.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Should Barack Obama be President, by F. Zimmerman, p. 27-28

Rick Santorum on Abortion : Apr 30, 2006
Partial birth abortion is not used only for abnormalities

In 2003, Sen. Hillary Clinton [commented] about the anatomically correct drawings I used to demonstrate the partial birth abortion procedure:

CLINTON: The visual aids show a perfectly formed fetus, and that is misleading. We should have a chart that demonstrates tragic abnormalities.

SANTORUM: Do we consider a child that may not live long, or may have an abnormality, to be less of a child? Don't those who are not perfect don't even deserve the opportunity to live?

CLINTON: Does the Senator's legislation make exceptions for serious life-threatening abnormalities?

SANTORUM: No, if--

CLINTON: That is the point.

SANTORUM: If you want to create a separation in the law between those children who are perfect and those children who are not--

SANTORUM: If a child is not perfect, that child can be aborted under any circumstances. But if that child is perfect, we are going to protect that child more. The Americans with Disabilities Act says we treat all of God's children the sam

Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Family, by Sen. Rick Santorum, p.258-261

Hillary Clinton on Abortion : Apr 30, 2006
Partial birth exceptions for life-threatening abnormalities

In 2003, Sen. Hillary Clinton [commented] about the anatomically correct drawings I used to demonstrate the partial birth abortion procedure:

CLINTON: The visual aids show a perfectly formed fetus, and that is misleading. We should have a chart that demonstrates the tragic abnormalities that confront women forced with this excruciatingly difficult decision.

SANTORUM: Do we consider a child who may have an abnormality to be less of a child?

CLINTON: Does the Senator's legislation make exceptions for serious life-threatening abnormalities or babies who are in such serious physical condition that they will not live outside the womb?

SANTORUM: No, if--

CLINTON: That is the point.

SANTORUM: Do you want to create a separation in the law between those children who are perfect and those children who are not? The Americans with Disabilities Act says we treat all of God's children the same.

CLINTON: I value every single life and every single person.

Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Family, by Sen. Rick Santorum, p.258-261

Rick Santorum on Technology : Apr 30, 2006
Make "airplane" edited movie versions with advisory labels

The Recording Industry Association of America, prodded by the FTC, now stickers music CDs with "parental advisory" labels if they contain content inappropriate for children. I view such stickers as a red light for my kids. The answer is simple if they were to ask about a CD with that sticker: "No."

There are a number of technical tools available to parents. The industry, however, has responded to these new technological aids with lawsuits and other threats. Rather than trying to take away tools from parents who want to let their kids watch movies (would they rather we just say "No" completely?), the industry should be working with parents to make available to us the "airplane" edited version of their films. A recent poll found that almost three out of four respondents would purchase or rent an airplane-edited version of certain films that they would otherwise choose not to watch at all. Making these films available would be in the economic interest of the industry.

Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Family, by Sen. Rick Santorum, p.327-328

Rick Santorum on Health Care : Jul 4, 2005
Sex outside of monogamy has consequences of STDs & abortion

Sex outside a monogamous, life-long relationship has consequences: teen pregnancy; out-of-wedlock births and the resulting consequences of teen parenting; abortion and related issues of depression; sexually-transmitted diseases, most notably AIDS; rape & sexual abuse; sexual addiction, especially to pornography; lack of self-respect and self-control; and divorce. The impact of the sexual revolution is staggering. Here is the impact of several STDs per year:
STD Average Lifetime
Cost per Case
Number of new
cases in 2000
Total Direct Medical
Cost per Year
HIV$199,80015,000$3 billion
HPV (Papilloma)$1,228 (women) 4.6 million$2.9 billion
Genital Herpes$417 (women)
$511 (men)
640,000$293 million
Gonorrhea$266 (women)
$53 (men)
431,000$77 million
Click for Rick Santorum on other issues.   Source: It Takes A Family, by Sen. Rick Santorum, p.313-314

Barack Obama on Health Care : Jul 12, 2004
Lead global fight against AIDS

[The US should] lead the global fight against the AIDS virus. The US must give its fair share to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to avoid both a humanitarian and economic crisis. President Bushís budget this year actually cuts the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund by 65 percent. As Senator, I will hold President Bush to his word and fully fund our commitment to the war on AIDS. We must also increase the availability of generic drugs to AIDS victims around the world.
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Press Release, ďRenewal of American Leadership Ē

Hillary Clinton on Education : Jul 5, 1999
Entire school staff should focus on school safety

Too many children bring guns to school, too many children believe that violence & aggression is the way to solve problems. Teachers & principals need help. Everyone who works in a school-from the custodians, or the counselors, or the teacherís aids- everyone needs help in knowing how to target those children who need extra help & make sure they get it; to diffuse difficult situations; to provide cooling off periods; and to remove from schools those students who are disrupting the learning of others.
Click for Hillary Clinton on other issues.   Source: Remarks to NEA in Orlando, Florida

Newt Gingrich on Civil Rights : Jul 2, 1998
NEA includes most bizarre & extreme misuse of tax funds

One big disappointment for conservatives was our failure immediately to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. Certainly any listing of the most bizarre and extreme misuses of taxpayer money would have to include such examples of NEA artistic grant to a certain HIV-infected ďperformance artistĒ whose art consisted of cutting his uninfected fellow performer onstage and dangling the blood over the audience so they could experience the risk of contracting AIDS, or to two professors standing at the Mexican border and handing out $10 bills to illegal immigrants as they cross over and so on and on. Everyone has his own favorite cases. There is no question that if the majority of ordinary Americans were to see many of the examples of where NEA money goes, they would favor abolishing the system. Yet in the Senate there has always been strong support for the agency.
Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Newt Gingrich, p. 9

Mike Huckabee on Budget & Economy : Jun 1, 1998
Economic prosperity is accompanied by moral bankruptcy

If things are so good, why do we think they are so bad?

Indeed, in the midst of this comparably prosperous time, a veritable panoply of cultural conflicts now worry us. The integrity of the family is failing in many homes. Scandal and corruption have compromised the foundational institutions of faith, politics, and charity. Racial tensions have once again erupted in our inner cities. Abortion, environmentalism, AIDS, pornography, drug abuse, and homosexual activism have fragmented and polarized our communities. The basic values of our nation are persistently called into question as patriotism slowly succumbs to cynicism, bringing public distrust of the government to epidemic levels.

It's not an economic mess that they see. It's a moral mess, a cultural mess. While the media natter about a need for economic change, these serious intellectuals worry about our psyches. Can the human race stand prosperity? Is the American experiment in freedom and equal opportunity morally bankrupt?

Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Kids Who Kill, by Gov. Mike Huckabee, p. 25-27

Barack Obama on Government Reform : Aug 1, 1996
Campaign race baiting works in both directions

Black politicians discovered what white politicians had known for a very long time: that race-baiting could make up for a host of limitations. Younger leaders, eager to make a name for themselves, upped the ante, peddling conspiracy theories all over tow -the Koreans were funding the Klan, Jewish doctors were injecting black babies with AIDS. It was a shortcut to fame, if not always fortune; like sex or violence on TV, black rage always found a ready market. Nobody I spoke with in the neighborhood seemed to take such talk very seriously. As it was, many had already given up the hope that politics could actually improve their lives, much less make demands on them. To them, a ballot, if cast at all, was simply a ticket to a good show. Black had no real power to act on the occasional slips into anti-Semitism or Asian-bashing, people would tell me; and anyway, black folks needed a chance to let off a little steam every once in a while-what do you think those folks say about us behind our backs?
Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama, p.186

Newt Gingrich on Families & Children : Apr 25, 1996
No society can survive with 12-year-olds having babies

Think of the major cultural indicators: rising crime, teen pregnancy, millions of abortions, and low levels of achievement in schools across the nation. Many of these problems are 5 times worse than they were just a generation ago. Taken in total, those statistics threaten us all. As Speaker Gingrich noted in a 1994 speech on Capitol Hill:

"No society can survive, no civilization can survive with 12-year-olds having babies, with 15-year-olds killing each other, with 17-year-olds dying of AIDS, & with 18-year-olds getting diplomas they can't read."

More have noted that the decline of morality in our society has occurred since 1960, during the most aggressively antireligion activity by "reformers." It is troubling enough that all these indicators are so much worse than they were 35 years ago. What is even more troubling for those who love America is that society now is not different just in degree but almost in kind from the America of 1960.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.157-158

Jerry Brown on Homeland Security : Feb 12, 1996
$265B Pentagon budget passed without much debate

Let's take for example the latest Pentagon budget. I don't recall much significant debate about it at all. Clinton signed it at $265 billion. The only issues that were talked about in the media were the banning of HIV-positive enlisted personnel, and the banning of abortions at military clinics. In terms of the $265 billion and how that stacks up against other countries, I don't think I saw anything in the mainstream press at all, and I saw nothing about foreign aid.
Click for Jerry Brown on other issues.   Source: Dialogues, by Gov. Jerry Brown, p.222

Newt Gingrich on Welfare & Poverty : Jun 1, 1995
Welfare state has distorted beyond its original intent

Newt Gingrich's campaign speech, in 1993 and 1994, included: "It is impossible to maintain civilization with 12-year-olds having babies, 15-year-olds killing each other, 17-year-olds dying of AIDS, and 18-year-olds getting diplomas they can't even read. Yet that is precisely where three generations of Washington-dominated, centralized-government, welfare-state policies have carried us."

With those two sentences, refined from years of study and practice, Newt Gingrich found the message that convinced the nation to elect a Republican majority to Congress. That majority chose him Speaker of the House.

Those two sentences--one undeniable, the other contentious--are the essential Gingrich. They are the end result of a career-long search by Gingrich for a message simple and powerful enough to convince Americans that the welfare state had been distorted beyond its original intent. A mammoth, overreaching federal government now is causing more harm than good.

Click for Newt Gingrich on other issues.   Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p. 3-4

Mike Huckabee on Civil Rights : Nov 1, 1992
Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue

It is difficult to understand the public policy towards AIDS -- it is the first time in the history of civilization in which the carriers of a genuine plague have not been isolated from the general population, and in which this deadly disease for which there is no cure is being treated as a civil rights issue instead of the true health crisis it represents.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Responses to Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate

Mike Huckabee on Health Care : Nov 1, 1992
No additional AIDS spending; cancer & vascular victims first

At the present time, the per capita federal spending on AIDS is $15,450. That compares with $285 spent per capita on cancer victims, $33 per capita spent for victims of heart and vascular diseases, and $25 per capita spent on victims of diabetes. In light of the extraordinary funds already being given for AIDS research, it does not seem that additional Federal spending can be justified.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate Debate

Mike Huckabee on Health Care : Nov 1, 1992
Isolate carriers of this plague of AIDS

If the federal government is truly serious about doing something with the AIDS virus, we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.
Click for Mike Huckabee on other issues.   Source: Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate Debate

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Gov.Andrew Cuomo(D-NY)
CEO Carly Fiorina(R-CA)
Rep.Peter King(R-NY)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(D-MD)
Sen.Rand Paul(R-KY)
Sen.Marco Rubio(R-FL)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(I-VT)
Gov.Brian Schweitzer(D-MT)
Gov.Scott Walker(R-WI)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(D-MA)
Sen.James Webb(D-VA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
2012 Presidential:
Rep.Michele Bachmann(T-MN)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(D-IL)
Rep.Newt Gingrich(R-GA)
Gov.Nikk Haley(R-SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(R-AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(R-UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(R-LA)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Gov.Sarah Palin(R-AK)
Gov.Deval Patrick(D-MA)
Rep.Ron Paul(R-TX)
Gov.Rick Perry(R-TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(R-OH)
Gov.Mitt Romney(R-MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(R-WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(R-PA)
Donald Trump(I-NY)
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