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Possible 2008 Republican presidential challengers:
George Allen
(Former Virginia Senator): lost re-election; has PAC.
Sam Brownback
(Kansas Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Jeb Bush
(Governor of Florida): Undeclared.
Bill Frist
(Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Newt Gingrich
(former Speaker of the House): Undeclared; says he will decide in June 2007.
James Gilmore
(former Governor of Virginia): Announced plans to file FEC papers.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor): Has Exploratory Committee.
Chuck Hagel
(Senator): Undeclared; has PAC.
Mike Huckabee
(Governor of Arkansas): Undeclared; has PAC.
Duncan Hunter
(California Representative): Filed candidacy with FEC, Oct. 2006.
John McCain
(Arizona Senator): Has Exploratory Committee.
George Pataki
(New York Governor): Undeclared; has PAC.
Mitt Romney
(Massachusetts Governor): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Tommy Thompson
(former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Has Exploratory Committee.
Mark Sanford
(South Carolina Governor): Has gubernatorial campaign committee.
Tom Tancredo
(Colorado Representative): Has PAC; active draft movement.

Possible 2008 Democratic presidential challengers:
Evan Bayh
(IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006; Has PAC; has Exploratory Committee.
Joe Biden
(DE Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Wes Clark
(former NATO commander): Undeclared; has PAC.
Hillary Clinton
(NY Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC; has Senate campaign committee.
Tom Daschle
(Former SD Senator): Undeclared; has PAC.
Christopher Dodd
(CT Senator): Announced Jan. 11; has Senate campaign committee.
John Edwards
(former NC Senator): Announced Dec. 27; has PAC.
Russ Feingold
(WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Al Gore
(former V.P.): Undeclared; active draft movement.
John Kerry
(MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Dennis Kucinich
(OH Representative): Announced, Dec. 2006.
Barack Obama
(IL Senator): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; has PAC.
Bill Richardson
(NM Governor): Filed candidacy with FEC, Jan. 2007; active draft movement; has Gubernatorial campaign committee.
Al Sharpton
(Reverend): Declared he is considering another presidential run.
Tom Vilsack
(IA Governor): Announced & filed FEC candidacy, Nov. 2006.
Mark Warner
(VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.

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Mitt Romney on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Opposes Roe v Wade, but won't tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
  • Anti-abortion views have "evolved & deepened" while governor. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
  • Endorsed legalization of RU-486. (Mar 2002)
  • Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor. (Mar 2002)
  • For safe, legal abortion since relative's death from illegal. (Oct 1994)
Mitt Romney on Budget & Economy
Click here for 2 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Balance state budget by removing waste and folderol. (Mar 2002)
  • Will cut deficit and help Americans save. (Oct 1994)
Mitt Romney on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. (Jan 2007)
  • Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law. (Apr 2006)
  • Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform. (Nov 2005)
  • Every child deserves a mother and a father. (Sep 2004)
  • Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage. (Sep 2002)
  • Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout. (Oct 1994)
Mitt Romney on Corporations
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitt Romney on Crime
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  • Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences. (Sep 2002)
  • Supports death penalty in heinous murders. (Sep 2002)
  • Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes. (Mar 2002)
  • Safe streets will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)
  • Will bring new businesses to urban areas. (Nov 1994)
  • Supports death penalty and "three strikes" sentencing. (Oct 1994)
Mitt Romney on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitt Romney on Education
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  • Reform underperforming schools or replace with charters. (Sep 2002)
  • Supported abolishing the federal Department of Education. (Mar 2002)
  • Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer. (Aug 1994)
  • Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Energy & Oil
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  • Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Environment
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  • Clean environment will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Families & Children
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitt Romney on Free Trade
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  • Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Government Reform
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  • Balanced budget amendment and line-item veto. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Gun Control
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  • Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill. (Aug 1994)
Mitt Romney on Health Care
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  • State universal coverage plan is national test case. (Apr 2006)
  • Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals. (Mar 2002)
  • Voluntary purchasing pools. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Homeland Security
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  • FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK. (Dec 2006)
  • Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Immigration
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  • Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration. (Nov 2005)
Mitt Romney on Jobs
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  • Tax incentives for employee training. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Principles & Values
Click here for 11 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Address issues so America can remain a superpower. (Dec 2006)
  • Faces questions on Mormonism like Kennedy did on Catholicism. (Apr 2006)
  • Not seeking re-election as governor; speaking around US. (Apr 2006)
  • #8 on Human Events' list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Respects Kerry's Vietnam record, but not his Senate record. (Sep 2004)
  • Kerry's leadership is 57 varieties; Bush is unwavering. (Sep 2004)
  • Experience to lead to prosperity after fiscal mismanagement. (Mar 2002)
  • Ran Olympics in spirit of volunteerism. (Mar 2002)
  • Dad inspired him to public service. (Mar 2002)
  • Aspiring to greatness is its own reward. (Jun 2001)
  • Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing. (Jun 2001)
Mitt Romney on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitt Romney on Tax Reform
Click here for 2 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback. (Mar 2002)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes. (Nov 1994)
Mitt Romney on Technology
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Mitt Romney on War & Peace
Click here for 2 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake. (Dec 2006)
  • Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war. (Nov 2006)
Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 3 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules. (Jul 2005)
  • Would require welfare recipients to work. (Nov 1994)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(2 points on Social scale)
Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes Roe v Wade, but won't tamper with abortion laws: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Anti-abortion views have "evolved & deepened" while governor: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Vetoed stem cell research bill: Opposes topic 1
Endorsed legalization of RU-486: Strongly Favors topic 1
Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor: Favors topic 1
For safe, legal abortion since relative's death from illegal: Favors topic 1
Neutral on topic 2:
Require companies to hire more women & minorities
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 3:
Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws
(2 points on Social scale)
Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposed gay marriage but played fair and upheld law: Favors topic 3
Put gay marriage ban into GOP party platform: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Every child deserves a mother and a father: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage: Favors topic 3
Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Teach family values in public schools
(2 points on Social scale)
Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing: Favors topic 4
Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayer: Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)
State universal coverage plan is national test case: Strongly Favors topic 5
Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals: Favors topic 5
Neutral on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(10 points on Social scale)
Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Death Penalty
(0 points on Social scale)
Supports death penalty in heinous murders: Strongly Favors topic 8
Supports death penalty and "three strikes" sentencing: Favors topic 8
Strongly Favors topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
Reform sentencing process; appeal too-lenient sentences: Strongly Favors topic 9
Favored mandatory sentencing and three strikes: Strongly Favors topic 9
Supports death penalty and "three strikes" sentencing: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(2 points on Social scale)
Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill: Opposes topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Decrease overall taxation of the wealthy
(7 points on Economic scale)
My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback: Favors topic 11
Pledges not to raise taxes: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(2 points on Economic scale)
Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration: Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(7 points on Economic scale)
Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce: Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(7 points on Social scale)
FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
More spending on armed forces
(2 points on Economic scale)
Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists: Favors topic 15
Neutral on topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(5 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Replace US troops with UN in Iraq
(7 points on Economic scale)
Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war: Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(7 points on Economic scale)
Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR: Opposes topic 18
Neutral on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(5 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(2 points on Social scale)
Vetoed $220K for state-run homelessness projects: Favors topic 20
Vetoed studying how MA can overcome federal workfare rules: Favors topic 20
Would require welfare recipients to work: Favors topic 20

Mitt Romney is a Moderate Populist Conservative.
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