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2007 Democratic primary debate, sponsored by the Des Moines Register; Dec. 13, 2007; final debate before Iowa caucus

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Barack Obama: Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need years to dig out.
    Barack Obama: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them.
    Bill Richardson: Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget.
    Bill Richardson: Supports restricted Constitutional balanced budget amendment.
    Bill Richardson: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them.
    Chris Dodd: Federal budget much more complicated & diverse than statesí.
    Hillary Clinton: Look back to 1990s to see how Iíd be fiscally responsible.
    Joe Biden: Balancing budget is about priorities; GOP made wrong choices.
    Joe Biden: Save Pentagon spending by getting the troops out of Iraq.
    John Edwards: Get rid of structural deficiencies in American economy.
    Barack Obama: Cap the farm subsidies for Fortune 500 companies.
    Bill Richardson: Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare.
    Joe Biden: Weíve yielded to corporate America on trade.
    Barack Obama: Get parents re-engaged in educating the children.
    Bill Richardson: Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM teacher salary only moved from 44th to 36th.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM test scores have not made ďenormous progressĒ.
    Chris Dodd: Parents are the first teachers.
    Hillary Clinton: Fully fund special education & 21st century classrooms.
    Joe Biden: Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes.
    John Edwards: Provide continual education for those in the work force.
    John Edwards: A comprehensive plan to improve education.
Energy & Oil
    Bill Richardson: 30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Reducing GHGs by 90% costs households $800/yr.
    Joe Biden: The energy challenge take sacrifice and is a moral crusade.
    Barack Obama: Promote green technologies and fuel efficiency standards.
    Chris Dodd: Advocate a corporate carbon tax.
    Hillary Clinton: Advocate a cap and trade system.
    John Edwards: Deal with energy independence in a serious way.
Foreign Policy
    Barack Obama: Obama Doctrine: ideology has overridden facts and reality.
    Barack Obama: China is a competitor but not an enemy.
    Chris Dodd: Stay engaged; US has been AWOL on Israel for 6 years.
    Chris Dodd: Human rights and security are not opposing interests.
    Chris Dodd: FactCheck: No, Chinese government prosecutes slavery.
    Hillary Clinton: Establish coherent diplomatic approach toward China.
    Hillary Clinton: Establish leadership & moral authority via multilateralism.
    Joe Biden: Doctrine of crisis prevention, not preemption.
    John Edwards: US has ignored China because of obsession with terrorism.
    John Edwards: Edwards Doctrine: long term vision over ad hoc policy.
Free Trade
    Barack Obama: Enforce existing safety laws against Chinese products.
    Barack Obama: NAFTA needs to be amended.
    Bill Richardson: Ban contaminated toys and food from China.
    Chris Dodd: China gains advantage by slavery & currency manipulation.
    Chris Dodd: We need to get fair with China.
    Dennis Kucinich: We need a policy of constructive engagement with China.
    Dennis Kucinich: Either buy America or bye-bye America.
    Joe Biden: No to tariffs; just enforce the law.
    Joe Biden: Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements.
    John Edwards: Enforce country-of-origin labeling laws to deal with China.
    John Edwards: Human rights should be central to the US trade policy.
Government Reform
    Bill Richardson: Focus on Iraq, energy reform, and restoring the Constitution.
    Hillary Clinton: Never abuse the purpose of signing statements.
    Joe Biden: Radical change to preserve family farmers.
    John Edwards: Use signing statements as in the past, unlike Bush.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: Reforms in prevention and drug price negotiation save money.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T.
    Bill Richardson: Universal health care is a right for every American.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Between 7% and 31% of costs are administrative.
Homeland Security
    Joe Biden: Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22ís.
    Barack Obama: Paying more at Wal-Mart is worth it for having US jobs.
    Chris Dodd: Preserve and protect the farms in Iowa.
Principles & Values
    Barack Obama: Focus on Iraq, revising presidential power, and healthcare.
    Chris Dodd: Focus on the Constitution, Iraq, and the Middle East.
    Hillary Clinton: Focus on foreign policy and revising executive orders.
    Joe Biden: Focus on Iraq, ending torture, healthcare, and education.
    John Edwards: Focus on the Iraq War, healthcare, and global warming.
Tax Reform
    Bill Richardson: End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%.
    Hillary Clinton: Want to restore the tax rates we had in the Ď90s.
    Joe Biden: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them.
    John Edwards: Get rid of the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
War & Peace
    Barack Obama: Iran: Bush does not let facts get in the way of ideology.
    Chris Dodd: Exercise caution but pursuing diplomacy with Iran.
    Chris Dodd: Keep all options on the table for Iran.
    Dennis Kucinich: I was right the first time; now no evidence of nukes in Iran.
    Dennis Kucinich: US role: security for Israel and a state for Palestine.
    Hillary Clinton: Continue diplomatic engagement with Iran.
    Hillary Clinton: Believed, with others, that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon.
    Joe Biden: Accept NIE conclusion that Iran stopped nukes in 2003.
    Joe Biden: Muslims donít like us because they do not trust us.
    John Edwards: Stop the neocons march to war with Iran.
    John Edwards: Muslim dislike from Bushís bullying abusive behavior.
    Mike Gravel: Iranís not a problem, never has been, never will be.
Welfare & Poverty
    Chris Dodd: Help lift people out of poverty and give them opportunities.

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