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from OnTheIssues interviews with presidential candidates (number of quotes indicated):
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Paul Adams: Real Choice: public funding to carry pregnancy to term.
Marc Allan Feldman: No government role in restricting nor funding abortion.
Mark Stewart: Roe v Wade was a bad decision, legally & morally.
Jim Hedges: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right.
Roseanne Barr: Abortion is a woman's right.
Virgil Goode: Not a woman's right; remember the life of the child.
David Walker: I strongly oppose partial birth abortion.
David Walker: Morally wrong, but a woman's choice until viability.
David Walker: Enforce against doctors performing abortions after viability.
Rocky Anderson: Abortion is a woman's right.
Andre Barnett: Opposes abortion as a woman's right.
Robert Steele: Let states decide birth control and abortion laws.
Robert Steele: Supports abortion as a woman's right.
JL Mealer: Abortion violates constitutional rights for our posterity.
Scott Keller: Woman's choice over her body, but not partial birth abortion.
Scott Keller: Focus on alternatives: birth control & adoption.
Scott Keller: Pro-life, but it's the woman's right to choose.
Brian Moore: Right to free abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy.
Budget & Economy|
Paul Adams: Stimulus to benefit people; break up 6 biggest banks.
Marc Allan Feldman: Increasing government spending doesn't improves the economy.
Marc Allan Feldman: Balance our budget by cutting spending.
Mark Stewart: Federal intervention causes longer recessions.
Mark Stewart: Market-led recovery bertter than stimulus.
Jim Hedges: Market-led recovery avoids deficit spending.
David Walker: Annual limit on most major categories of spending & revenues.
Robert Steele: Moratorium on all foreclosures and evictions.
JL Mealer: Replace usurious Fed currency with precious metals.
Scott Keller: Return to sovereign money.
Scott Keller: Federal Reserve is a foreign owned, private bank.
Brian Moore: Socialize all financial & insurance institutions.
Paul Adams: Same-sex unions ok; but don't redefine marriage.
Paul Adams: Preference to women & minorities who perform equally.
Marc Allan Feldman: No government role in hiring; no affirmative action.
Marc Allan Feldman: No government role in marriage, same-sex or traditional.
Mark Stewart: Private lawsuits ok for affirmative action; not government.
Mark Stewart: Benefits to same-sex partners, but marriage by churches only.
Jim Hedges: Not always practical to enforce affirmative action.
Jim Hedges: Comfortable with same-sex marriage.
Jill Stein: No discrimination based on orientation whether it's LGB or T.
Jill Stein: "Religious Freedom" is surrogate for patriarchal domination.
Jill Stein: After marriage equality comes workplace equality.
Roseanne Barr: Require companies to hire more women & minorities.
Roseanne Barr: Support same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Virgil Goode: On affirmative action: fairness, but not quotas.
Virgil Goode: No same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
David Walker: Equal benefits for civil unions, but no same-sex marriage.
David Walker: I believe in affirmative action but not quotas.
Rocky Anderson: Require companies to hire more women & minorities.
Rocky Anderson: Same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Andre Barnett: Opposes requiring companies to hire more women & minorities.
Andre Barnett: Opposes same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
Robert Steele: Full transparency for Department of "Justice".
Robert Steele: Supports requiring companies to hire more women & minorities.
Robert Steele: Supports same-sex domestic partnership benefits.
JL Mealer: Require companies to hire Americans, period.
Scott Keller: I fully support same-sex domestic partnerships.
Scott Keller: Marriage is a state and local issue.
Scott Keller: Empower women & minorities but no affirmative action.
Brian Moore: Ban military tribunals, and restore habeas corpus.
Brian Moore: Promote a multicultural/multiethnic presence.
Brian Moore: Blacks & women have been historically discriminated against.
Paul Adams: Wealthy rigged the sub-prime mortgage collapse.
Mark Stewart: Keep the corporate income tax, but reduce it.
Jill Stein: Privatization is an enormous step backwards.
Robert Steele: End blind support for predatory banks and corporations.
Robert Steele: Hold corporations responsible for supporting American labor.
Robert Steele: Wealthiest 1% responsible for 22% unemployment.
Scott Keller: No corporate campaign donations of any kind.
Brian Moore: Eliminate corporate welfare, then eliminate corporations.
Paul Adams: Re-educate people instead of punishing them more.
Marc Allan Feldman: $50,000 per year for jail? Punishes taxpayers, not criminals.
Mark Stewart: Justice is compassionate when murderers are put to death.
Mark Stewart: Strict punishment may make ex-cons better humans.
Jim Hedges: Stricter punishment reduces some crime.
Roseanne Barr: Opposes death penalty.
Roseanne Barr: Opposes mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Virgil Goode: Supports the Death Penalty.
Virgil Goode: Supports Three Strikes sentencing laws.
David Walker: Death penalty only when DNA evidence & jury are conclusive.
David Walker: Mandatory sentencing only for limited severe crimes.
Rocky Anderson: Strongly opposes the death penalty.
Rocky Anderson: Strongly opposes mandatory sentencing laws.
Andre Barnett: Supports the death penalty.
Andre Barnett: Opposes mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
Robert Steele: Prison complex is a slave industry.
Robert Steele: Strongly opposes the death penalty.
Robert Steele: Opposes mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws.
JL Mealer: Support death penalty only for absolutely proven crimes.
JL Mealer: No mandatory sentencing.
Scott Keller: Address the root causes of crime, rather than Three Strikes.
Scott Keller: Killing is no "payment" for a crime, not even a murder.
Brian Moore: Abolish the death penalty.
Brian Moore: Base justice system on mediation and rehabilitation.
Paul Adams: Marijuana is an exit drug, not a gateway drug.
Marc Allan Feldman: The Drug War must end.
Mark Stewart: Marijuana is not a gateway drug.
Mark Stewart: Marijuana is no more addictive than hot fudge sundaes.
Jim Hedges: Medical marijuana only.
Roseanne Barr: Legalize medical Marijuana.
Virgil Goode: Drug laws should be enforced.
David Walker: Decriminalize marijuana use; differentiate from hard drugs.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes considering drug use immoral.
Andre Barnett: Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it.
Robert Steele: Get CIA and DEA out of the covert drug business.
Robert Steele: Drug use is not a moral issue; legalize marijuana.
JL Mealer: Asylum for insider aliens turning in drug smugglers.
JL Mealer: Drug use is a hazard to other people.
Scott Keller: Drug use isn't immoral, though it's unintelligent.
Brian Moore: Decriminalize drug use; de-fund war on drugs.
Paul Adams: Supports school vouchers.
Marc Allan Feldman: Vouchers for school choice, to increase parental control.
Mark Stewart: I'd prefer no public schools, but vouchers will do.
Mark Stewart: Privatize DC schools with vouchers under Congress' control.
Jim Hedges: Vouchers for school choice.
Jill Stein: Common Core empowers contractors over teachers.
Jill Stein: Charter schools assault the treasure of our public schools.
Roseanne Barr: Oppose teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Roseanne Barr: Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
Virgil Goode: Allow school prayer on a voluntary basis.
Virgil Goode: Vouchers are fine; but no finds available now.
David Walker: Vouchers ok, if they have proper protections in place.
David Walker: No school prayer, but moment of silence ok.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes parents choosing schools via vouchers.
Andre Barnett: Supports teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Andre Barnett: Opposes school vouchers.
Robert Steele: Teachers should be well paid and paid for performance.
Robert Steele: Supports teacher-led prayer in public schools.
Robert Steele: Opposes school vouchers.
JL Mealer: School prayer is ok, but not if at all mandatory.
Scott Keller: We need comprehensive education reform, not NCLB.
Scott Keller: Unfair to turn our schools into pulpit for any religion.
Scott Keller: No privatization of education.
Brian Moore: Too much emphasis on high tech in classrooms.
Brian Moore: Fully fund libraries & museums to preserve culture.
Brian Moore: Full and equal funding of public education.
Energy & Oil|
Paul Adams: Encourage exploration for oil and gas in Alaska.
Marc Allan Feldman: Green energy will be prioritized with or without government.
Mark Stewart: Green energy through private companies, not government.
Mark Stewart: Anthropomorphic climate change is unproven, but let's reduce.
Mark Stewart: Fan of nuclear power.
Mark Stewart: I like Keystone.
Jim Hedges: Prioritize green energy.
Roseanne Barr: Replace coal & oil with alternatives.
Virgil Goode: Use coal and oil and alternatives.
Rocky Anderson: Replace coal & oil with alternatives.
Andre Barnett: Alternatives as well as coal & oil.
Robert Steele: We have plenty of energy in the USA, but it's corrupt.
Robert Steele: Strongly supports replacing coal & oil with alternatives.
Scott Keller: Replace coal & oil with alternatives.
Brian Moore: Develop solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower and biomass.
Brian Moore: Phase out nuclear power; rejoin Kyoto Protocol.
Paul Adams: EPA regulations are too restrictive.
Marc Allan Feldman: Environmental protection by private, voluntary organizations.
Mark Stewart: Make EPA into full cabinet level position.
Mark Stewart: Environmental advocates: divorce yourselves from Marxists.
Jim Hedges: EPA regulations are usually necessary.
Robert Steele: Poverty causes more environmental damage than corporations.
Robert Steele: Green community design plus high-speed rail.
Brian Moore: Require companies to clean up their own toxic waste.
Families & Children|
Mark Stewart: Encourage adoption and surrogate pregnancies.
Jill Stein: Kids in poverty can't go to school in condition to learn.
Jill Stein: Half-million in foster care means system is dysfunctional.
Jill Stein: Don't assume that mothers should always get custody.
Robert Steele: Back to one-income families & stay-at-home opportunities.
Brian Moore: 16 months paid maternity & paternity leave.
Paul Adams: We can no longer be a bully in the world.
Marc Allan Feldman: Liberty & enterprise, not American Exceptionalism.
Marc Allan Feldman: I support Israel personally, but end government foreign aid.
Mark Stewart: I absolutely support American Exceptionalism.
Mark Stewart: Facilitate "governments-in-exile" against repressive regimes.
Jim Hedges: Don't support American Exceptionalism.
Jill Stein: Work towards neutral Ukraine; don't arm them against Russia.
Jill Stein: China provides less heavy-handed foreign aid than does US.
Jill Stein: Lifting the Cuban embargo was long overdue.
Jill Stein: Expanding NATO threatens Russia and breaks our promise.
Jill Stein: Focus on human rights, international law, and diplomacy.
Robert Steele: Open Source Agency to do Open Source Intelligence.
Brian Moore: Large-scale transfer of technology to developing countries.
Brian Moore: Corporate interests are the cause of most wars.
Paul Adams: Tariffs on all big ticket items entering the US.
Paul Adams: I am a protectionist, anti-TPP, anti-job exporter.
Marc Allan Feldman: Trade with other nations is the best way to encourage peace.
Mark Stewart: The 1000+ page TPP can't possibly be free trade.
Mark Stewart: Don't be spooked by a trade deficit; it means great deals.
Jim Hedges: Generally oppose free trade.
Jill Stein: TPP attacks our basic national sovereignty.
Jill Stein: Opposes Fast Track and executive action.
Jill Stein: TPP is like NAFTA on steroids.
Roseanne Barr: Opposes expanding free trade.
Virgil Goode: Don't expand free trade.
David Walker: Fair trade; but keep NAFTA and China trade.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes expanding free trade.
Andre Barnett: Supports expanding free trade.
Robert Steele: Free Trade is a scam.
Robert Steele: Oppose expanding free trade.
Scott Keller: Free trade with the full involvement of the people.
Brian Moore: Withdraw from NAFTA, FTAA, WTO, and IMF.
Paul Adams: Reform term limits & campaign finance.
Paul Adams: Online Citizen Account: we vote; repeal the House of Reps.
Marc Allan Feldman: A large portion of our population feel disenfranchised.
Mark Stewart: Let's make it HARDER to vote: testing at polls.
Jim Hedges: No need to make voter registration easier.
Jill Stein: Term limits end guaranteed re-election & lifetime incumbency.
Jill Stein: Confederate flag should be removed from all public locations.
Jill Stein: Earmarks grease the skids for corruption.
Roseanne Barr: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Virgil Goode: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
David Walker: Constitutional Amendment to limit campaign finance.
Rocky Anderson: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Andre Barnett: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
Robert Steele: Bush and Obama White Houses both ruled by secrecy.
Robert Steele: Citizens United is a national disgrace.
Robert Steele: Stricter limits on political campaign funds.
JL Mealer: Crush special interests & incumbents who oppose 3rd parties.
Scott Keller: Elections should be 100% free, not for the wealthy.
Scott Keller: Ranked Voting and instant Run off Voting.
Brian Moore: Public financing of campaigns, with free TV access.
Paul Adams: Invigorate the 2nd Amendment with more firepower.
Marc Allan Feldman: Second Amendment is supremacy of citizens over the State.
Mark Stewart: Best defense against bad guys? Good guys with guns.
Jim Hedges: Absolute right to gun ownership for small arms.
Roseanne Barr: Supports absolute right to gun ownership.
Virgil Goode: Supports absolute right to gun ownership.
David Walker: Screening for automatic weapons; no felons own guns.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes absolute right to gun ownership.
Andre Barnett: Supports absolute right to gun ownership.
Robert Steele: No federal, state, or local constraint on gun rights.
Robert Steele: Strongly supports absolute right to gun ownership.
JL Mealer: Repeal NFA Title I & II.
Scott Keller: Support 2nd amendment but we shouldn't need it.
Brian Moore: Right to bear arms needed for oppressed people.
Paul Adams: Repeal ObamaCare in favor of one-payer system.
Marc Allan Feldman: ObamaCare supports a growing, inefficient & expensive system.
Mark Stewart: Heavens no, we can't expand ObamaCare.
Mark Stewart: ObamaCare has "death panels," but so do private HMOs.
Jim Hedges: ObamaCare is ok; single-payer would be better.
Jill Stein: Tort reform becomes unneeded under Medicare-for-All.
Jill Stein: Threats like Ebola are threats to public health worldwide.
Roseanne Barr: More federal funding for health coverage.
Virgil Goode: Oppose more federal funding for health coverage.
David Walker: Demographics will require more federal healthcare funding.
Rocky Anderson: More federal funding for health coverage.
Andre Barnett: Opposes more federal funding for health coverage.
Andre Barnett: Expand the armed forces.
Robert Steele: Health education instead of regulation.
Robert Steele: Opposes more federal funding for health coverage.
Robert Steele: Cut military-industrial complex back to $300 billion a year.
Scott Keller: Encourage non-profit hospitals.
Scott Keller: More funding for health coverage, but change model.
Brian Moore: National health care system for all citizens.
Paul Adams: Cut military spending by 50%.
Marc Allan Feldman: We cannot afford to be the policeman of the world.
Mark Stewart: I err on the side of more for the military.
Jim Hedges: Don't expand the military.
Jill Stein: Military-industrial complex shows woes of privatization.
Jill Stein: Disarm North Korea as part of worldwide nuclear disarmament.
Jill Stein: Edward Snowden is a hero for exposing mass spying.
Jill Stein: Bring troops home from 800 bases abroad.
Robert Steele: ISIS and al Qaeda are joint creations of Saudi Arabia & CIA.
Roseanne Barr: Strongly opposed enactment of PATRIOT Act.
Roseanne Barr: Opposes expanding the armed forces.
Virgil Goode: Patriot Act harm civil liberties for U.S. Citizens.
Virgil Goode: No funds to expand armed forces now.
David Walker: Reform Patriot Act; it harms civil liberties.
David Walker: Change force structure for new types of conflicts.
Rocky Anderson: The Patriot Act harms civil liberties.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes expanding the armed forces.
Andre Barnett: The Patriot Act harms civil liberties.
Robert Steele: War is a racket: Phase out all overseas bases.
Robert Steele: Shut down Dept. of Homeland Security & Cyber-Command.
Robert Steele: The Patriot Act harms civil liberties.
Gary Johnson: Allies want more US military spending, but cut by 43%.
JL Mealer: Oppose the Patriot Act; but support profiling.
JL Mealer: Expand armed forces programs.
Scott Keller: Wire tapping is a huge invasion of privacy.
Scott Keller: Expand armed forces with shifted focus.
Scott Keller: Expand the military in smart directions.
Brian Moore: Close down all foreign military bases.
Brian Moore: Close down the DHS and repeal the Patriot Act.
Brian Moore: Reduce terrorist threat by ending foreign exploitation.
Paul Adams: Fenced Orchard: hard rules leads to self-deportation.
Paul Adams: Path to citizenship after two years of asylum.
Marc Allan Feldman: There are illegal activities but there are no illegal people.
Mark Stewart: Illegal immigration costs us our sovereignty AND our culture.
Mark Stewart: Pathway to citizenship? An escort home!
Jim Hedges: Citizenship for illegal aliens only under some circumstances.
Roseanne Barr: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Virgil Goode: Illegal immigrants shouldn't earn citizenship.
David Walker: Enforce against employers hiring illegals.
David Walker: Enforce employment laws on employers, not against immigrants.
Rocky Anderson: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Andre Barnett: Opposes illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Robert Steele: We committed genocide on Native Americans.
Robert Steele: Support illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
Gary Johnson: Let some, but not all, illegal immigrants stay in US.
Scott Keller: Change Dream Act so everyone wins.
Scott Keller: Build arcologies at the borders that serve as fences.
Brian Moore: End the militarization of the US/Mexican border.
Paul Adams: $15 minimum wage won't help our entry-level workers.
Mark Stewart: If your employer is racist, then quit & boycott.
Robert Steele: Pursue full employment with no inflation.
JL Mealer: Labor standards in the US and abroad.
Brian Moore: Unemployment compensation at 100% of previous income.
Brian Moore: 30-hour work week with 6-weeks annual paid vacation.
Brian Moore: Militant labor action for social ownership of production.
Brian Moore: Set minimum wage of $15 per hour and index upward.
Principles & Values|
Paul Adams: Celebrate various religious feast days at national level.
Marc Allan Feldman: No government prohibition on religion, including publicly.
Mark Stewart: A creche displayed at City Hall should not offend.
Mark Stewart: The Resistance: warriors for better democracy.
Jim Hedges: Talking about God is ok personally, but not officially.
Jill Stein: Moral foundation for society good; religious basis bad.
Jill Stein: Raised Jewish; married to a Protestant atheist.
Robert Steele: Two-party bi-opoly sacrifices integrity for power.
Brian Moore: Abolition all forms of domination and exploitation.
Paul Adams: Never relegate Social Security to the private sector.
Marc Allan Feldman: Social Security is now neither social nor secure.
Mark Stewart: Allow Americans to opt out of Social Security.
Mark Stewart: Blacks should be irate about forced Social Security.
Jim Hedges: Never privatize Social Security.
Roseanne Barr: Oppose privatizing Social Security.
Virgil Goode: Don't privatize Social Security.
David Walker: Supplemental retirement accounts ok; private accounts not.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
Andre Barnett: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
Robert Steele: Congressional corruption puts Social Security at risk.
Robert Steele: Strongly opposes privatizing Social Security.
JL Mealer: Privatize Social Security with a Government option.
Scott Keller: Make Social Security a non-profit system.
Scott Keller: Privatization opens up Americans to the wolves.
Scott Keller: Retirees have paid their dues.
Scott Keller: Non-monetary communities for retirees.
Brian Moore: Retirement at age 55 with $25,000 annual income.
Mark Stewart: A progressive tax system to me seems unfair.
Jim Hedges: Higher taxes on the wealthy.
Jill Stein: Increase inheritance taxes; use it as "Aristocracy Tax".
Roseanne Barr: Supports making taxes more progressive.
Virgil Goode: Opposes progressive taxation.
David Walker: Make effective tax rates progressive, not marginal tax rates.
David Walker: Broaden base; make top rate 25%; make capital gains 25%.
Rocky Anderson: Strongly supports progressive taxation.
Andre Barnett: Opposes progressive taxation; simplify instead.
Robert Steele: Eliminate all income taxes & corporate taxes.
Robert Steele: Automated Payment Transaction: tax all financial transfers.
Robert Steele: Make taxes progressive by taxing currency & stock trades.
Scott Keller: Don't increase personal federal taxes in any way.
Brian Moore: Steeply graduated income tax and estate tax.
Paul Adams: Stimulate economy by overhauling our infrastructure.
Robert Steele: Smart Nation: panarchy through National Ballot Initiative.
Brian Moore: Massive federal investment in infrastructure.
Brian Moore: Transfer interstate highway funding to high-speed rail.
War & Peace|
Paul Adams: We cannot be the enablers of instability in the Mideast.
Marc Allan Feldman: Drop philanthropy on other countries instead of bombs.
Mark Stewart: I firmly believe that Right makes Might.
Mark Stewart: Declare war on Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
Jim Hedges: Avoid foreign entanglements.
Roseanne Barr: US out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Virgil Goode: US out of Iraq.
David Walker: Out of Iraq & Afghanistan; no ground troops in Iran.
Rocky Anderson: US out of Iraq & Afghanistan.
Andre Barnett: US out of Iraq, but keep NATO presence.
Robert Steele: Iraq spending could have begun "infinite wealth" in USA.
Robert Steele: US out of Iraq & Afghanistan.
JL Mealer: Out of Iraq & Afghanistan; stay in Pakistan.
Scott Keller: US out of Iraq and Afghanistan, immediately.
Brian Moore: End wars by removing greed motivation & cultural alienation.
Welfare & Poverty|
Roseanne Barr: Opposes allowing churches to provide welfare services.
Virgil Goode: Welfare services must be decreased.
David Walker: Let churches provide services with religious exemptions.
Rocky Anderson: Opposes churches providing welfare service.
Andre Barnett: Allow churches to provide welfare services.
Robert Steele: 50% of all entitlements are fraud, waste, and abuse.
Robert Steele: Support allowing churches to provide welfare services.
JL Mealer: No church-based welfare services with taxpayer funds.
Scott Keller: We shouldn't NEED welfare; but let churches provide it.
Brian Moore: Eliminate poverty by eliminating for-profit system.
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