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Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove

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Where the Right Went Wrong, by Pat Buchanan

Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games

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Mitt Romney on Abortion
Click here for 34 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Firmly pro-life; including Court nominations. (Jun 2011)
  • Abortion decision should recognize TWO lives involved. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: baroque circumlocutions on evolving abortion stance. (Aug 2009)
  • GovWatch: 2002: �preserve & protect� right to choose. (Feb 2008)
  • Supreme Court had said feds should stay out of abortion. (Dec 2007)
  • I took action as governor to preserve the sanctity of life. (Dec 2007)
  • No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions. (Dec 2007)
  • Outlaw embryo farming, but allow using surplus embryos. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: TV ad ignores recency of conversion to pro-life. (Dec 2007)
  • Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life. (Dec 2007)
  • Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions. (Nov 2007)
  • Two-step process: overturn Roe; then change hearts & minds. (Sep 2007)
  • 2005: Vetoed availability without Rx of morning-after pill. (Aug 2007)
  • Firmly in the �legal but rare� camp. (Aug 2007)
  • Following in Reagan�s footsteps in converting to pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Iowa attack phone ads are not true; I am pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life. (Aug 2007)
  • Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed. (May 2007)
  • Personally pro-life, but government should not intrude. (May 2007)
  • Was effectively pro-choice until cloning changed his opinion. (May 2007)
  • Altered nuclear transfer instead of embryonic stem cells. (May 2007)
  • Breach of Constitution for justices to adjust Constitution. (Mar 2007)
  • Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion. (Dec 2006)
  • Anti-abortion views have �evolved & deepened� while governor. (Jul 2005)
  • Personally against abortion, but pro-choice as governor. (Mar 2002)
  • For safe, legal abortion since relative�s death from illegal. (Oct 1994)
  • Stem cell research lofty goals don�t justify destroying life. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it. (Aug 2007)
  • Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade. (Mar 2007)
  • Committed to not change law on abortion as Gov., and did not. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposes Roe v Wade, but won�t tamper with abortion laws. (Dec 2006)
  • Vetoed emergency contraception for rape victims. (Jul 2005)
  • Vetoed stem cell research bill. (May 2005)
  • Endorsed legalization of RU-486. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Budget & Economy
Click here for 37 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • No bailout for Italy; let Europe take care of Euro. (Nov 2011)
  • Let foreclosures happen; let the market reboot. (Nov 2011)
  • We need president who understands how economy works. (Oct 2011)
  • Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDP. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama economy hurt middle class the most, so help them first. (Sep 2011)
  • Can't balance budget by cutting waste; must cut spending too. (Sep 2011)
  • The country needs a turnaround, and that's what I do. (Sep 2011)
  • Better that The Fed manages currency than Congress. (Sep 2011)
  • I understand how the economy works because I lived in it. (Sep 2011)
  • Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free. (Sep 2011)
  • QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth. (Sep 2011)
  • 7 principles for leadership on the economy. (Aug 2011)
  • Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankrupt. (Jun 2011)
  • Don't ask "what can we cut" but "what should we keep". (Jun 2011)
  • Our lack of vision led to financial collapse & loss of $12T. (Mar 2010)
  • Strong economy makes superior defense AND citizen prosperity. (Mar 2010)
  • US didn't bail out Wall St.; we prevented financial failure. (Mar 2010)
  • This recession has cost $12 trillion in net worth. (Feb 2009)
  • Apply Reaganomics to current recession: cut taxes & grow. (Jan 2008)
  • Make sure that we rein in spending. (Jan 2008)
  • Support some kind of national catastrophic fund. (Jan 2008)
  • Only someone who worked in private sector can fix economy. (Jan 2008)
  • Couple short-term stimulus with long-term growth boost. (Jan 2008)
  • Avoid housing foreclosures to avoid recession. (Jan 2008)
  • To avoid recession, deal with housing crisis & gas prices. (Jan 2008)
  • Economic strength comes from people, not from Washington. (Dec 2007)
  • Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs. (Dec 2007)
  • Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork. (Nov 2007)
  • Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Closed MA budget gap of $1.2B, not $3B. (Sep 2007)
  • Disagrees with reported negative study of MA economy. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Cap discretionary spending at inflation minus 1%. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington is broken; needs fundamental change. (May 2007)
  • First challenge as governor was $3B budget gap. (Aug 2004)
  • Remedies for budget imbalance: cut expenses or raise revenue. (Aug 2004)
  • 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 28 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Federal definition of marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Aug 2011)
  • 2003: Battled legislatively against legalizing gay marriage. (Mar 2010)
  • Marriage is not just quaint custom; recognize critical role. (Mar 2010)
  • GovWatch: 1994: Favored gays serving openly in military. (Feb 2008)
  • GovWatch: Father supported MLK, but never marched with him. (Jan 2008)
  • Right to be kept alive means secret surveillance is OK. (Dec 2007)
  • Enemy combatants, if citizens, entitled to habeas corpus. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports Employment Nondiscrimination Act at state level. (Dec 2007)
  • MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage. (Oct 2007)
  • Equality for Muslims; but follow hate-preachers into mosques. (Oct 2007)
  • Supported English-only laws but ran Spanish commercials. (Oct 2007)
  • 1994: Gays ok in Boy Scouts. (Aug 2007)
  • 2006: Marriage: I agree with 3000 years of recorded history. (Aug 2007)
  • No longer calls Giuliani pro-choice & pro-gay & anti-gun. (Aug 2007)
  • Don�t ask, don�t tell sounds silly, but it�s effective. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn�t de redefined. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • 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)
  • OpEd: abdicated power in 2004 & allowed gay marriage. (Aug 2004)
  • Supports benefits for gay partners, but not gay marriage. (Sep 2002)
  • Sexual orientation should not preclude being a Scout. (Oct 1994)
  • To compete as a nation, draw on skills of women & minorities. (Oct 1994)
  • Help women thru glass ceiling by requiring annual reporting. (Oct 1994)
  • Welcome nativity scenes in public places on holidays. (Dec 2007)
Mitt Romney on Corporations
Click here for 17 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • I was CEO at mainstream businesses, not Wall St. (Oct 2011)
  • No individual bailouts; but preserve financial system. (Oct 2011)
  • Net-net, Bain Capital created tens of thousands of new jobs. (Oct 2011)
  • Big banks handle massive regulations; small banks get killed. (Oct 2011)
  • America needs a conservative businessman to recover economy. (Sep 2011)
  • Corporations are people. (Aug 2011)
  • Corporations won't send jobs overseas if tax rates lowered. (Mar 2010)
  • TARP should not be used for auto company bailouts. (Feb 2009)
  • Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce corporate tax rate--we have 2nd highest in world. (Jan 2008)
  • You don�t help the wage-earner by attacking the wage-payer. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Closed $174M in corporate tax loopholes. (Jan 2008)
  • Don�t apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies. (Oct 2007)
  • Spun off Bain Capital from Bain Consulting & earned fortune. (Aug 2007)
  • Approach to business as �Bainiac�: meritocracy & results. (Mar 2007)
  • Company�s culture must align with mission, or mission fails. (Aug 2004)
  • Piracy protection key to selling Olympic sponsorships. (Aug 2004)
Mitt Romney on Crime
Click here for 9 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • Hire private companies to manage our state prisons. (Mar 2010)
  • To reduce black on black crime, get more moms and dads. (Nov 2007)
  • One Strike, You�re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking. (Jul 2007)
  • 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
Click here for 3 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. (Apr 2011)
  • Mandatory sentence & higher penalty for repeat drunk driving. (Aug 2007)
  • Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia. (Jul 2007)
Mitt Romney on Education
Click here for 20 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Smaller classroom size only matters to teachers' unions. (Sep 2011)
  • We should insist that teachers get evaluated. (Sep 2011)
  • China & India graduate more science & engineering PhDs. (Mar 2010)
  • Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issue. (Mar 2010)
  • 2003: Bold reforms: required H.S. graduation test. (Mar 2010)
  • Vetoed abandoning three new Massachusetts charter schools. (Mar 2010)
  • Teachers' union has deadening impact on student achievement. (Mar 2010)
  • School choice over fat-cat CEOs of teachers' unions. (Feb 2010)
  • FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney. (Dec 2007)
  • Education is not just the teachers� union. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush was right on No Child Left Behind. (Dec 2007)
  • Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion. (Dec 2007)
  • Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports English immersion & abstinence education. (May 2007)
  • Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB. (May 2007)
  • 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
Click here for 16 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Compensate Nevada for nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain. (Oct 2011)
  • Climate change is occurring, with SOME human contribution. (Mar 2010)
  • No-regrets policy at home; reduce greenhouse emission abroad. (Mar 2010)
  • Nuclear power is a win-win: no CO2 and no imports. (Mar 2010)
  • They don�t call it �America warming� but �global warming�. (Jan 2008)
  • Opposes McCain-Lieberman bill due to $0.50/gal. gas tax. (Jan 2008)
  • $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology. (Jan 2008)
  • Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax. (Jan 2008)
  • Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil. (Dec 2007)
  • Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal. (Oct 2007)
  • The time for true energy independence has come. (Aug 2007)
  • Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (Aug 2007)
  • No-regrets policy: biofuel, nuclear power, drill ANWR. (Jun 2007)
  • Big Oil should reinvest profits in oil refineries. (Jun 2007)
  • Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR. (Dec 2006)
  • Can�t become energy independent in a decade, but be on track. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Environment
Click here for 4 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • States should be able to have their own emissions standards. (Jan 2008)
  • Response to Big Dig death shows how Romney handles crises. (Mar 2007)
  • Lit mountain with Olympic rings while placating enviro�s. (Aug 2004)
  • Clean environment will be a campaign theme. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Families & Children
Click here for 6 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Kids working in libraries is fine; don't change labor laws. (Dec 2011)
  • The Worst Generation precludes children from American Dream. (Mar 2010)
  • Child development enhanced by having a mother & father. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong military, strong economy, and strong families. (Jun 2007)
  • To strengthen America, strengthen the American family. (Feb 2007)
Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy
Click here for 16 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nation. (Sep 2011)
  • No European-style solutions to an American problem. (Feb 2011)
  • Different countries' paths to decline came from isolation. (Mar 2010)
  • In long term, Chinese reforms lead to demanding freedom. (Mar 2010)
  • Post-WWII role: defeat threats to progress of freedom. (Mar 2010)
  • American Exceptionalism means America need not decline. (Mar 2010)
  • National turnaround requires leadership; consensus; strength. (Mar 2010)
  • Unless US changes course, we�ll no longer be superpower. (Feb 2008)
  • Putin is a troubling leader and an authoritarian. (Jan 2008)
  • The US is the only major power believing in free enterprise. (Jan 2008)
  • Free Cuba and eliminate threat of people like Hugo Chavez. (Dec 2007)
  • 2006: Blocked services for Iran�s Khatami speech at Harvard. (Aug 2007)
  • To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world. (Aug 2007)
  • Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military. (Aug 2007)
  • Move Muslim world toward modernity so they reject extreme. (Aug 2007)
  • US is not arrogant, but we have resolve. (Jun 2007)
Mitt Romney on Free Trade
Click here for 10 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Trade with China only if they follow international rules. (Nov 2011)
  • Go to WTO about China; we're already in a trade war. (Nov 2011)
  • China is a currency manipulator; go after them for cheating. (Oct 2011)
  • China doesn't want to have a trade war; so push hard. (Oct 2011)
  • Trade is good for the nation, but not good for everybody. (Mar 2010)
  • Protectionism stifles productivity, under Bush AND Obama. (Mar 2010)
  • Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries. (Dec 2007)
  • Open up markets to American goods and services. (Oct 2007)
  • Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians. (Oct 2007)
  • Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce. (Dec 2006)
Mitt Romney on Government Reform
Click here for 20 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • I didn't inhale while governor; government is too big. (Sep 2011)
  • Measure American success by series of cyclical indicators. (Mar 2010)
  • Dynamic regulations: forward-looking & consistently applied. (Mar 2010)
  • 1960s large donors avoided union influence in politics. (Mar 2010)
  • GovWatch: 1994: advocated spending limit on elections. (Feb 2008)
  • Washington thinks �action� means committee meetings & Bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Must know how America works, not just how Washington works. (Feb 2008)
  • Use my own money in a campaign to try and change the US. (Jan 2008)
  • Not concerned about voters on his campaign self-contribution. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is broken due to insider lobbyists & politicians. (Jan 2008)
  • McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment. (Jan 2008)
  • Signing statements are an important presidential practice. (Dec 2007)
  • Focus on global Jihad, immigration, tax cut, and healthcare. (Dec 2007)
  • Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: 844 line item vetoes; but over 700 overridden. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney had 700 line-item vetoes, President cannot. (Jun 2007)
  • Never pardoned anyone as governor, but might pardon Libby. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns. (May 2007)
  • Open document policy overcame SLOC obfuscation & scandal. (Aug 2004)
  • Balanced budget amendment and line-item veto. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Gun Control
Click here for 8 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • 2008: "Lifelong" devotion to hunting meant "small varmints". (Jan 2010)
  • GovWatch: 1994: did not �line up with the NRA�. (Feb 2008)
  • Support the 2nd Amendment AND the assault weapon ban. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police. (Dec 2007)
  • Compromise MA gun bills were net gain for gun owner. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban. (May 2007)
  • Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill. (Aug 1994)
Mitt Romney on Health Care
Click here for 45 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Return healthcare to states, under the 10th Amendment. (Dec 2011)
  • No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok. (Dec 2011)
  • ObamaCare waivers on Day One; repeal bill on Day Two. (Oct 2011)
  • RomneyCare intended as state plan; never as national model. (Sep 2011)
  • In MA, we addressed only the 8% who were uninsured. (Sep 2011)
  • Reform Medicare, but don't cancel prescription program. (Sep 2011)
  • I stand by what I did in Massachusetts. (Sep 2011)
  • Health Savings Accounts give patients stake in health costs. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare has enormous differences from RomneyCare. (Sep 2011)
  • On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states. (Sep 2011)
  • ObamaCare's biggest difference: I believe in 10th Amendment. (Aug 2011)
  • MA Constitution allows mandate; US Constitution does not. (Aug 2011)
  • If people of MA don't like RomneyCare, they can change it. (Jun 2011)
  • ObamaCare's power grab won't work; Obama didn't ask me. (Jun 2011)
  • Base health care system on free choice & private medicine. (Feb 2009)
  • Mandating citizens to buy health insurance is conservative. (Jan 2008)
  • Get everyone some form of catastrophic health coverage. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Untrue that 47M uninsured want to �not play�. (Jan 2008)
  • Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates. (Dec 2007)
  • Let states create their own private, market-based insurance. (Oct 2007)
  • Removing most mandates drove down premium cost by half. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: HillaryCare closer to RomneyCare than �all gov�t�. (Oct 2007)
  • Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers. (Oct 2007)
  • Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics. (Oct 2007)
  • MA plan blends personal responsibility & universal coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • Conservative idea: individual responsibility for health care. (Aug 2007)
  • Insure 45 million uninsured with a free-market based system. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Romney plan virtually identical to Obama plan. (Jun 2007)
  • Pharmaceutical companies create products to make us better. (Jan 2006)
  • Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals. (Mar 2002)
  • Voluntary purchasing pools. (Mar 2002)

    Mass Health Plan

  • 2006 lessons: involve everyone; demonize none; transparency. (Mar 2010)
  • People without insurance already receive care via E.R. (Mar 2010)
  • 2006: Compromise with Ted Kennedy to make RomneyCare reality. (Mar 2010)
  • FactCheck: MA employers have no mandates, but �requirements�. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: No, MA healthcare plan is not paid for, yet. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan works, but Romney not proposing it for US. (Oct 2007)
  • MA program relies on personal responsibility & the market. (Jun 2007)
  • MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA plan not yet in place so analysis premature. (May 2007)
  • Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform. (Mar 2007)
  • MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines). (Mar 2007)
  • State universal coverage plan is national test case. (Apr 2006)
  • MA state health insurance plan lowered costs. (Jan 2006)
  • Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Homeland Security
Click here for 31 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • It's a terrible idea to cut defense. (Oct 2011)
  • Devoted to making America the strongest nation on Earth. (Oct 2011)
  • Strong Economy; Strong Military; Strong People. (Mar 2010)
  • Increase defense spending to at least 4% of GDP. (Mar 2010)
  • Recognize the scope and reality of the jihadist threat. (Mar 2010)
  • Strengthen soft power because it is real power. (Mar 2010)
  • China's military is over half our size (not one-tenth!). (Mar 2010)
  • Defense cost comparison US vs PRC. (Mar 2010)
  • Our nuclear arsenal must be updated comprehensively. (Mar 2010)
  • Allies must increase defense spending to a fair share. (Mar 2010)
  • No Miranda rights for suicide bombers. (Feb 2010)
  • Closing Guantanamo leaves America vulnerable to another 9/11. (Feb 2009)
  • Raise military spending to 4% of our GDP. (Feb 2008)
  • Add 100,000 to the military without a draft. (Jan 2008)
  • Best to not say whether waterboarding is torture or not. (Jan 2008)
  • Not wise for us to describe our interrogation techniques. (Nov 2007)
  • Lawyers are the last people to ask about war decisions. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Bush cut military budget as much as Bill Clinton. (Oct 2007)
  • Apologized for comparing public service to military service. (Sep 2007)
  • Wiretap mosques to keep tabs on Islamic extremists. (Sep 2007)
  • Sharply increase military investment to face radical jihad. (Aug 2007)
  • Global military & non-military effort to defeat jihad. (Aug 2007)
  • Don�t weaken Musharraf; we need ally against Bin Laden. (Aug 2007)
  • Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers. (May 2007)
  • Eligible for draft in 1969; regrets not having served. (Mar 2007)
  • Stronger America is less likely to have to fight. (Mar 2007)
  • FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK. (Dec 2006)
  • Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists. (Dec 2006)
  • Jihadists attack to destroy all moderate governments. (Jan 2006)
  • We need at least 100,000 more troops in our military. (Jan 2006)
  • Islamic terror has nothing to do with US policy of bases. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Immigration
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  • Alien employment cards ; not amnesty. (Nov 2011)
  • Vetoed in-state tuition; turn off the magnet. (Sep 2011)
  • Of course a border fence; of course no free tuition. (Sep 2011)
  • Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it. (Sep 2011)
  • Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants. (Sep 2011)
  • I like legal immigration; let business determine visas. (Aug 2011)
  • Immigration practices are upside down: more hi-tech visas. (Mar 2010)
  • Ardent proponent of English immersion. (Mar 2010)
  • GovWatch: 2005: Called comprehensive reform �reasonable�. (Feb 2008)
  • Deport illegal immigrants in 90 days under the ideal setting. (Jan 2008)
  • Found Z-visa & McCain-Kennedy bill to be offensive. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, his ads DID accuse McCain of �amnesty�. (Jan 2008)
  • Illegal immigrants should go home eventually. (Dec 2007)
  • No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • AdWatch: Huckabee ok�ed tuition & scholarships for illegals. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took hard-line on illegals, but only late in term. (Dec 2007)
  • Welcome the people who have been standing in line first. (Dec 2007)
  • Employers have no means of knowing who�s legal & who�s not. (Dec 2007)
  • Avoid chain migration; disallow families from one citizen. (Dec 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants shouldn�t get tuition break in schools. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Illegals employed at his home, but by contractor. (Nov 2007)
  • AdWatch: No driver�s license & in-state tuition for illegals. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: MA state cops never enforced immigration laws. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Took no action against 4 Mass. sanctuary cities. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities. (Sep 2007)
  • Z-visa is not technically amnesty; but is in fact amnesty. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: NYC never declared itself a �sanctuary city�. (Sep 2007)
  • Make America more attractive for legal immigrants. (Aug 2007)
  • Priorities: secure border, employer verification, no amnesty. (Aug 2007)
  • Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now. (Jun 2007)
  • Proposed Z visa allows illegal aliens to stay in America. (Jun 2007)
  • Make English national language; communicate in Spanish too. (Jun 2007)
  • McCain�s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally. (May 2007)
  • Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president. (May 2007)
  • The 12 million illegal immigrants can�t stay forever. (Jan 2006)
  • Unfair to allow all illegal immigrants to stay. (Jan 2006)
  • Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration. (Nov 2005)
Mitt Romney on Jobs
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  • We need encompassing policy for jobs, energy, taxes, & trade. (Oct 2011)
  • Nation should learn lesson from right-to-work states. (Sep 2011)
  • Obama's policies have put 2.5 million Americans out of work. (Sep 2011)
  • Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there. (Sep 2011)
  • America is an extraordinary jobs machine. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Reduced unemployment in MA from 5.6% to 4.7%. (Sep 2011)
  • FactCheck: Jobs grew faster in MA under Romney's predecessor. (Sep 2011)
  • The free economy means sometimes we lose jobs. (Aug 2011)
  • Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. (Aug 2011)
  • FactCheck: No, fewer US unemployed than Canadians employed. (Feb 2011)
  • FactCheck: No, more jobs lost under Bush than under Obama. (Feb 2011)
  • "Card check" is a massive imposition on worker freedom. (Mar 2010)
  • Incentivize hiring jobless: cover $2000 in training costs. (Mar 2010)
  • Opposes "25-75": 25 years of service then 75% pension. (Mar 2010)
  • Built long-term pipeline for MA jobs; so job growth is slow. (Jan 2008)
  • Take action & we need not give up on any industry�s jobs. (Jan 2008)
  • MA had 3rd worst job growth; I turned around declining rates. (Jan 2008)
  • I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry. (Oct 2007)
  • Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company. (Oct 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes,US added 50M jobs since �78; but EU added 36M. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax incentives for employee training. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Principles & Values
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  • Bipartisanship worked in MA; we looked beyond elections. (Nov 2011)
  • Obama takes political inspiration from socialist Europe. (Sep 2011)
  • Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending. (Sep 2011)
  • Obama Misery Index: record unemployment & bankruptcies. (Feb 2011)
  • Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. (Nov 2010)
  • 2008: Caught eating KFC chicken with a knife & fork. (May 2010)
  • Hard times made us the people we are today. (Mar 2010)
  • President should proudly defend US, not apologize for her. (Mar 2010)
  • America is freedom and freedom must be strong. (Mar 2010)
  • The "Party of No" is ok when it comes to spending. (Feb 2010)
  • 2008: Cast himself as a doer, not just a dreamer. (Aug 2009)
  • Opportunity is what lets hope become reality. (Sep 2008)
  • Liberals replace opportunity with dependency on government. (Sep 2008)
  • Withdrawing from race to help McCain beat Democrats. (Feb 2008)
  • Favor justices like Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush took on some tough issues and stood for strength. (Jan 2008)
  • People look to governors, not senators, for a leader. (Jan 2008)
  • I�m proud of my experience as a leader. (Jan 2008)
  • Abraham Lincoln was not a military expert. (Jan 2008)
  • Reagan would endorse my candidacy. (Jan 2008)
  • Washington is broken & can�t deal with many problems. (Jan 2008)
  • Don�t think religion figuring into this race. (Jan 2008)
  • Freedom requires religion in society, not in individuals. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to appoint atheists or agnostics--no litmus test of faith. (Dec 2007)
  • Draw upon the strengths of the conservative principles. (Dec 2007)
  • Acting like Hillary won�t keep Hillary out of White House. (Oct 2007)
  • Absent from Values Voter Presidential Debate. (Sep 2007)
  • Reid(D) vs. Hatch(R) show that LDS doesn�t control opinions. (Aug 2007)
  • Father George Romney born & raised until age 5 in Mexico. (Aug 2007)
  • Valedictorian at Brigham Young University. (Aug 2007)
  • Wife Ann in remission from Multiple Sclerosis. (Aug 2007)
  • Stresses commonality of Mormonism to mainstream Christianity. (Aug 2007)
  • Apologized for phrase �tar baby�, but not meant racially. (Aug 2007)
  • Evangelicals know Mormons are fiscal & social conservatives. (Aug 2007)
  • Americans want person of faith as president, whatever brand. (Aug 2007)
  • Mormons for president included Udall (1976) & Hatch (2000). (Aug 2007)
  • 1984: As Mormon bishop, led recovery after church fire. (Aug 2007)
  • 1983: Carried dog in kennel on car roof, against MA law. (Aug 2007)
  • Misspoke that sons� campaign service comparable to military. (Aug 2007)
  • Strong families, a strong economy and a strong military. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn�t dislike anything about America. (May 2007)
  • Address issues so America can remain a superpower. (Dec 2006)
  • #8 on Human Events� list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Success in DC: Tell truth, find right fit, never give up. (Aug 2004)
  • Has �over-developed community service gene�. (Aug 2004)
  • Pronounced dead at age 20 from car accident in Paris. (Aug 2004)
  • Experience to lead to prosperity after fiscal mismanagement. (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)

    Mormonism

  • We shouldn't choose leaders by their religion. (Oct 2011)
  • Endorsed by Bob Jones, despite calling Mormonism a �cult�. (Dec 2007)
  • Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. (Dec 2007)
  • I believe Jesus is savior of mankind & Son of God. (Dec 2007)
  • Ignoring religion in policy is at odds with our founders. (Dec 2007)
  • No church authorities will exert influence on my decisions. (Dec 2007)
  • Will serve no one religion, but will not distance himself. (Dec 2007)
  • We share a common creed despite differences in theology. (Dec 2007)
  • Bible is the word of God; I don�t disagree with Bible. (Nov 2007)
  • Mormons believe in God, the Bible, & Jesus Christ as savior. (Jun 2007)
  • Roman Catholic bishops can do whatever the heck they want. (May 2007)
  • Every person of any faith has deeply-held values. (May 2007)
  • Romney is the 5th Mormon to run for President. (Mar 2007)
  • George Romney never questioned on Mormonism during 1968 race. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitution is explicit: no religious test for presidency. (Mar 2007)
  • Faces questions on Mormonism like Kennedy did on Catholicism. (Apr 2006)

    Past Elections

  • Changing views: I�ve learned from experience & made mistakes. (Jan 2008)
  • Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion. (Oct 2007)
  • 1967: Father was presidency frontrunner until �brainwashed�. (Aug 2007)
  • Bush & Cheney have made mistakes, but have kept us safe. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Stood up for conservatism in most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: VT would disagree that MA is most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • Not seeking re-election as governor; speaking around US. (Apr 2006)
  • Respects Kerry�s Vietnam record, but not his Senate record. (Sep 2004)
  • Kerry�s leadership is 57 varieties; Bush is unwavering. (Sep 2004)
  • Ran against Kennedy in 1993 to offer a different vision. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran for MA governor to help people. (Aug 2004)
  • Drafted to run for MA governor; incumbent was unelectable. (Aug 2004)

    Salt Lake Olympic Committee

  • Shut out Boy Scouts from Olympics due to age requirements. (Feb 2008)
  • 2002: Offered Olympic job as �turnaround king�. (Aug 2007)
  • Salvaged Olympic games from financial and scandal disaster. (Mar 2007)
  • Olympic slogan �Light the Fire Within�:it�s more than sports. (Aug 2004)
  • SLOC�s guiding principles: teamwork, pride, integrity, fun. (Aug 2004)
  • Did not consider political value of Olympics. (Aug 2004)
  • Worked for Olympics with no salary and no expense account. (Aug 2004)
  • $100M in SLOC donations criticized as special deals for rich. (Aug 2004)
  • $99M in deferred payments from State of Utah paid for SLOC. (Aug 2004)
  • World Trade Center flag shown at Olympic opening ceremony. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran Olympics in spirit of volunteerism. (Mar 2002)
Mitt Romney on Social Security
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  • 1-year payroll tax cut is a band-aid; make permanent changes. (Oct 2011)
  • System is federal responsibility, not state governments. (Sep 2011)
  • Congress taking money from Trust Fund is criminal. (Sep 2011)
  • Keep Social Security as an essential federal program. (Sep 2011)
  • Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works. (Sep 2011)
  • So-called "Trust Fund" has defrauded American people. (Mar 2010)
  • Add individual retirement accounts as option. (Mar 2010)
  • Rein in the excessive growth in entitlement programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • No FICA for workers over age 65, so they can stay working. (Jan 2008)
  • Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold. (Oct 2007)
  • Private accounts work better than extending retirement age. (Oct 2007)
  • Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors. (Aug 2006)
  • Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for future. (Aug 2006)
Mitt Romney on Tax Reform
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  • Tax rate flatter & simpler but still progressive for now. (Nov 2011)
  • I don't want to raise taxes in the middle of a recession. (Nov 2011)
  • Rich are doing fine; Poor have safety net; Middle needs help. (Oct 2011)
  • $200,000 income threshold for no interest & dividend tax. (Sep 2011)
  • FairTax is structured poorly against the middle class. (Sep 2011)
  • I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor. (Aug 2011)
  • Eliminate taxes on dividends & interest but not via FairTax. (Mar 2010)
  • Raised service fees like highway ads, from $200 to $2,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Fees are appropriate for the government to provide services. (Jan 2008)
  • I support the Bush tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Avoid recession with immediate middle-income tax cuts. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised $240M in MA fees, but only covering cost of services. (Jan 2008)
  • Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000. (Jan 2008)
  • Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Never opposed 2003 Bush cuts, but never supported. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families. (Dec 2007)
  • Signed no-tax pledge; Dems pledge to raise taxes. (Sep 2007)
  • Death tax just doesn�t make sense. (Aug 2007)
  • Commission studied FairTax and found serious flaws. (Aug 2007)
  • Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees. (May 2007)
  • End taxes on interests, dividends & capital gains. (May 2007)
  • My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback. (Mar 2002)
  • Pledges not to raise taxes. (Nov 1994)
Mitt Romney on Technology
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  • Mining the moon costs too much. (Dec 2011)
  • China must respect intellectual property if they want trade. (Nov 2011)
  • Two-part innovation: improve the old; invent the new. (Mar 2010)
  • National R&D; spending OK; picking winners not OK. (Mar 2010)
  • A road project isn�t going to stimulate the economy now. (Jan 2008)
  • The Big Dig solved a problem, but cost way too much to do. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: More change in next 10 years than in 10 centuries. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Ludicrous exaggeration to compare 10 centuries. (Jan 2008)
  • To compete globally, invest in education and technology. (Aug 2007)
  • Invest in nanotech and materials science. (Aug 2007)
  • Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes. (Aug 2007)
Mitt Romney on War & Peace
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  • Disagree with Israelis in private; stand with them in public. (Dec 2011)
  • If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon. (Nov 2011)
  • Crippling sanctions against Iran, & military, to stop nukes. (Nov 2011)
  • We should withdraw from Afghanistan after 2012. (Aug 2011)
  • Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leave. (Jun 2011)
  • American resolve in Iraq counters jihad with fortitude. (Mar 2010)
  • $700B was well-spent to win freedom in Iraq. (Feb 2009)
  • To Jihadists, democracy is blasphemous since people make law. (Feb 2008)
  • Never, ever supported specific timetable for exit from Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Timetable for troop reduction ok; but not for withdrawal. (Jan 2008)
  • It was the right decision to go into Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • Supported timed withdrawal, but only by Iraqis and in secret. (Jan 2008)
  • Staying in Iraq protects lives of American citizens. (Dec 2007)
  • Let lawyers decide if authorization needed to attack Iran. (Oct 2007)
  • After surge, move to support phase, based in Kuwait. (Sep 2007)
  • Deal with Iran nukes with Dems at home & with allies abroad. (Sep 2007)
  • Slow progress vs. frightening consequences of withdrawal. (Aug 2007)
  • It�s time for people of America to show a surge of support. (Aug 2007)
  • Keep option to attack Al Qaeda in Pakistan, but don�t say it. (Aug 2007)
  • Right to invade Iraq, but not what came after. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: Saddam didn�t refuse UN inspectors prior to war. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West. (May 2007)
  • Don�t decide policy by polls; don�t leave Iraq precipitously. (May 2007)
  • Osama bin Laden will die for the outrage he has exacted. (May 2007)
  • Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake. (Dec 2006)
  • Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war. (Nov 2006)
  • You attack US and we respond; but use nonmilitary too. (Jan 2006)
  • Supported the surge; never supported a timed withdrawal. (Jan 2006)
Mitt Romney on Welfare & Poverty
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  • My faith would inform my presidency. (Nov 2010)
  • Entitlements: focus on future beyond next election. (Mar 2010)
  • Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiative. (Feb 2008)
  • Creating jobs helps poorest workers; not cash handouts. (Jan 2008)
  • 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)


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Firmly pro-life; including Court nominations: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Abortion decision should recognize TWO lives involved: Opposes topic 1
GovWatch: 2002: �preserve & protect� right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
I took action as governor to preserve the sanctity of life: Opposes topic 1
No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions: Favors topic 1
Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life: Opposes topic 1
Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
2005: Vetoed availability without Rx of morning-after pill: Opposes topic 1
Firmly in the �legal but rare� camp: Favors topic 1
Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life: Opposes topic 1
Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Breach of Constitution for justices to adjust Constitution: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Now firmly pro-life, despite 2002 tolerance for abortion: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Anti-abortion views have �evolved & deepened� while governor: Strongly Opposes 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
Stem cell research lofty goals don�t justify destroying life: Opposes topic 1
Would welcome overturning Roe v. Wade: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes Roe v Wade, but won�t tamper with abortion laws: 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
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issue: Strongly Favors topic 2
To compete as a nation, draw on skills of women & minorities: Strongly Favors topic 2
Help women thru glass ceiling by requiring annual reporting: Favors topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-3 points on Social scale)
Federal definition of marriage as one-man-one-woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage is not just quaint custom; recognize critical role: Opposes topic 3
GovWatch: 1994: Favored gays serving openly in military: Strongly Favors topic 3
1994: Gays ok in Boy Scouts: Favors topic 3
2006: Marriage: I agree with 3000 years of recorded history: Opposes topic 3
Pushed vote on traditional marriage against MA gay marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Marriage pre-dates our Constitution & shouldn�t de redefined: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Constitutional amendment defining 1-man-1-woman marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
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
OpEd: abdicated power in 2004 & allowed gay marriage: Favors 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
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
My faith would inform my presidency: Strongly Favors topic 4
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 8:
Death Penalty
(-5 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
(-5 points on Social scale)
One Strike, You�re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking: Strongly Favors topic 9
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
(-3 points on Economic scale)
GovWatch: 1994: did not �line up with the NRA�: Opposes topic 10
I support the work of the NRA, but disagree sometimes: Opposes topic 10
Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police: Opposes topic 10
Compromise MA gun bills were net gain for gun owner: Favors topic 10
Will support assault weapons bill and Brady Bill: Opposes topic 10
Neutral on topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(0 points on Economic scale)
No FEDERAL individual mandate; but state mandate ok: Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare's power grab won't work; Obama didn't ask me: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Base health care system on free choice & private medicine: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics: Opposes topic 5
Subsidies for health coverage for low-income individuals: Favors topic 5
Signal accomplishment as Governor is MA insurance reform: Favors topic 5
MA reform focuses on individual responsibility (via fines): Opposes topic 5
State universal coverage plan is national test case: Strongly Favors topic 5
MA state health insurance plan lowered costs: Favors topic 5
Mandates on health insurance work in Massachusetts: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Add individual retirement accounts as option: Favors topic 6
Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold: Strongly Favors topic 6
Private accounts work better than extending retirement age: Strongly Favors topic 6
Reform entitlements by negotiating behind closed doors: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2003: Bold reforms: required H.S. graduation test: Favors topic 7
Vetoed abandoning three new Massachusetts charter schools: Favors topic 7
School choice over fat-cat CEOs of teachers' unions: Favors topic 7
Identify failing schools; push choice & English immersion: Favors topic 7
Principles: choice; parental involvement; merit scholarships: Favors topic 7
Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Climate change is occurring, with SOME human contribution: Favors topic 18
No-regrets policy at home; reduce greenhouse emission abroad: Strongly Favors topic 18
Nuclear power is a win-win: no CO2 and no imports: Opposes topic 18
Opposes McCain-Lieberman bill due to $0.50/gal. gas tax: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Need worldwide global warming solutions; not CAFE or US tax: Opposes topic 18
Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR: Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(-5 points on Social scale)
Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana: Strongly Favors topic 19
Mandatory sentence & higher penalty for repeat drunk driving: Favors topic 19
Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic 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
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
I cut taxes 19 times as MA governor: Opposes topic 11
Eliminate taxes on dividends & interest but not via FairTax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Apply Reaganomics to current recession: cut taxes & grow: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I support the Bush tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Zero tax rate on capital gains, for incomes up to $200,000: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Death tax just doesn�t make sense: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002: Strongly Opposes topic 11
My pledge: no freeze on tax rollback: Opposes topic 11
Pledges not to raise taxes: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
I like legal immigration; let business determine visas: Favors topic 12
Ardent proponent of English immersion: Opposes topic 12
GovWatch: 2005: Called comprehensive reform �reasonable�: Strongly Favors topic 12
No mandatory prison term for employers who hire illegals: Favors topic 12
Reduce federal funding to sanctuary cities: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Enforce the law against 12 million illegals here now: Strongly Opposes topic 12
McCain�s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally: Opposes topic 12
The 12 million illegal immigrants can�t stay forever: Opposes topic 12
Unfair to allow all illegal immigrants to stay: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Tuition breaks encourage illegal immigration: Opposes topic 12
Neutral on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
China must respect intellectual property if they want trade: Opposes topic 13
Trade is good for the nation, but not good for everybody: Opposes topic 13
Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries: Opposes topic 13
Open up markets to American goods and services: Strongly Favors topic 13
Emergence of Asia is an opportunity for trade and commerce: Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
It's a terrible idea to cut defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
Devoted to making America the strongest nation on Earth: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strong Economy; Strong Military; Strong People: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending to at least 4% of GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Raise military spending to 4% of our GDP: Strongly Favors topic 15
Add 100,000 to the military without a draft: Strongly Favors topic 15
Stronger America is less likely to have to fight: Strongly Favors topic 15
Use both military & diplomatic actions to defeat Jihadists: Favors topic 15
We need at least 100,000 more troops in our military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+2 points on Economic scale)
1960s large donors avoided union influence in politics: Strongly Opposes topic 16
GovWatch: 1994: advocated spending limit on elections: Strongly Favors topic 16
McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 16
McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns: Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(-5 points on Social scale)
No Miranda rights for suicide bombers: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Closing Guantanamo leaves America vulnerable to another 9/11: Opposes topic 14
Best to not say whether waterboarding is torture or not: Opposes topic 14
FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK: Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(-5 points on Social scale)
We should withdraw from Afghanistan after 2012: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leave: Strongly Opposes topic 17
American resolve in Iraq counters jihad with fortitude: Opposes topic 17
$700B was well-spent to win freedom in Iraq: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Timetable for troop reduction ok; but not for withdrawal: Strongly Opposes topic 17
It�s time for people of America to show a surge of support: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Bush gave inadequate rationale for Iraq war: Favors topic 17

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