Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

May 8, 2012 West Virginia Republican Primary

Candidates for U.S. President & Vice President, U.S. President

Newt Gingrich - R
Buddy Roemer - R
www.buddyroemer.comwww.buddyroemer.com
(603) 782-4812
Mitt Romney - R
www.mittromney.comwww.mittromney.com
(857) 288-6400
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Rick Santorum - R
www.ricksantorum.comwww.ricksantorum.com
(215) 864-6900
57
Ron Paul - R
www.ronpaul.comwww.ronpaul.com
(703) 248-9115
79
Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

Charles "Buddy" Elson Roemer III was born and raised outside Shreveport, Louisiana, a state with a long political tradition of radical reconstruction. At the age of 16, he graduated high school top in his class, earning a spot in the freshman class at Harvard College where he earned a BS in Economics

Mitt Romney

I am running for President because I want future generations to live in an America that is safe and prosperous and free. Ten years ago, there wasn't much question about that: we had won the Cold War, our "new economy" was outpacing our rivals, the dollar

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. During that time, he has served as a champion for Pennsylvanians either through his accomplishments in the United States Senate or through his leadership position as Republican

Ron Paul

I am Dr. Ron Paul, the champion of the Constitution. In ten terms in Congress, I never voted for an unbalanced budget or tax increase. I have never voted to raise congressional pay, increase the power of the executive branch, or regulate the internet.

Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)
Newt Gingrich

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Newt and his wife, Callista, reside in McLean, Virginia. Their family includes two daughters and two grandchildren.

Buddy Roemer

He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Scarlett, and is the father of three children.

Mitt Romney

Mitt was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947. His mother, Lenore, gave up an acting career when she met and married his father, George. Mitt married his wife, Ann, in 1969. Between them, they have five sons and sixteen grandchildren, who are the center of their lives.

Rick Santorum

Senator Santorum, born on May 10, 1958, in Winchester, VA, and his wife, Karen Garver Santorum, are the parents of six wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, and Patrick.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Carol, who reside in Lake Jackson, Texas, are the proud parents of five children, and have eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
Newt Gingrich

Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years.

Buddy Roemer

Buddy left public office in 1992, and has pursued a variety of business ventures, most recently as the founder, CEO, and President of Business First Bank, a community bank with approximately $650 million in assets. With a focus on small business lending,

Mitt Romney

After working as a business consultant for several years, Mitt founded the investment firm Bain Capital in 1984. Under his leadership, Bain Capital helped to launch or rebuild hundreds of companies, including household names such as Staples, Domino's

Rick Santorum

Attorney, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, 1986-1989

Administrative Assistant, State Senator J. Doyle Corman, 1981-1986

Attorney.

Ron Paul

As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies.

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Newt Gingrich

In 2003, Newt founded the Center for Health Transformation to develop free market healthcare reforms to foster a 21st Century System of health and healthcare that is centered on the individual, prevention focused, knowledge intense and innovation rich.

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Member, Italian Heritage Society

Member, Italian Sons and Daughters of America

Board Member, Mount Lebanon Extended Day Program

Member, Pennsylvania State Bar Association

Member, Rotary.

Ron Paul

Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty

Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
Newt Gingrich

He represented Georgia in Congress for twenty years, including four years as Speaker of the House.

Newt served on the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush, which provided strategic counsel to the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense on how

Buddy Roemer

Roemer also became a delegate to the constitutional convention in his state where he helped write the Louisiana Constitution. Buddy then served four terms as U.S. Congressman (1981-1988) as a Conservative Democrat, often breaking ranks with his party.

Mitt Romney

When Mitt was elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, the state was in severe disarray. He restructured and consolidated government programs, paring back where necessary and finding efficiencies throughout.

Facing a state legislature dominated by

Rick Santorum

In 1990, at the age of 32, Senator Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and made his mark in Congress as a champion of government accountability and welfare reform.

Ron Paul

While serving in Congress during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Paul's limited-government ideals were not popular in Washington. He served on the House Banking committee, where he was a strong advocate for sound monetary policy and an outspoken critic

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Roman Catholic.

Ron Paul

Protestant.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years.

Under Newt's leadership, Congress passed the first balanced

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

In one chapter of his distinguished career, he reversed the decline of a state mired in recession. In another chapter, he salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympic Games from certain disaster.

In 1999, the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was on the verge of collapse.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. During that time, he has served as a champion for Pennsylvanians either through his accomplishments in the United States Senate or through his leadership position as Republican

Ron Paul

Ron Paul serves on the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, and the International Relations committee. On the House Committee on Financial Services, Rep. Paul serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Domestic and International

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)
Newt Gingrich

Realizing the importance of understanding the past in order to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his Bachelor's degree from Emory University and Master's and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University.

Buddy Roemer

MBA in Finance at the Harvard Business School.

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Rick Santorum

Senator Santorum was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania and attended college at Penn State University. It was during his undergraduate career that he became actively involved in the political process as a campaign volunteer for the late Senator John

Ron Paul

Ron graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, before proudly serving as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

None.

Ron Paul

Ron served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s.

Reasons & Objectives
Why I Am Running for Public Office
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The foundations of our nation's strength are a love of liberty and a pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity. These values--inherited from our Founders and embodied by all who came to our shores seeking opportunity--have made the United States

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues (10/29/2011)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

My concerns for the future of this country are deeply held. The Republican Party has not fulfilled its promise to shrink the size of government and restore our Constitutional Republic. Instead, deficits have exploded, entitlements are out of control,

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Goals If Elected
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The first priority of a Romney Administration will be to create 12 million new jobs and get our economy going again. We must get our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. As president, Mitt Romney will set

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Achievements If Elected
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Areas to Concentrate On
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

There's no question in my mind that if the president were to be reelected you'll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up.

I'll get incomes up again.

You'll see chronic unemployment. We've had 43 straight months

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Reforming our monetary policy, ending our interventionist foreign policy, securing our borders, and ending the IRS and abolishing the income tax.

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

Immigrants play a vital role in our economy, bringing skills and hard work to jobs that can at times be thankless. At the same time, we have a responsibility to seal our borders and ensure that those who come to this country do so legally.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. We must secure the border, implement an enforceable employer verification system, punish sanctuary cities and reject amnesty if we are to restore

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

We need immigration; but we need respect of the law

Q: [to Santorum]:We heard from Gov. Romney, that self-deportation, or illegal immigrants leaving the country voluntarily, is a possible solution.

SANTORUM: I actually agree with Governor Romney. The

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

A nation without borders is no nation at all. After decades of misguided policies America has now become a free-for-all. Our leaders betrayed the middle class which is forced to compete with welfare-receiving illegal immigrants who will work for almost

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security (10/31/2011)

Immigration Reform
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

A porous border allows illegal immigrants to enter the United States, violent cartel members and terrorists possibly among them. And many visitors ignore the terms of their visas and stay in the U.S. illegally.

The current system is keeping nuclear families

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul's six point plan puts a stop to illegal immigration:

Physically secure our borders and coastlines. We must do whatever it takes to control entry into our country before we undertake complicated immigration reform proposals.

Enforce visa rules.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security (10/31/2011)

Dream Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Q: Gov. Perry signed the Texas Dream Act, arguing that it's better to get illegal alien kids an education and to get them jobs than to consign them just to being a burden on the state.

PERRY: If you say that

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Border Security
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Well, first, we ought to have a fence, the whole fence, 2,600 miles. We got to have a fence, or the technologically approved system to make sure that we know who's coming into the country, number one. Number two, we ought to have enough agents to secure

Source: Republican presidential debate held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Finish the border fence; make English the official language

Q: What would you do about illegal immigrants?

SANTORUM: I'm the son of an Italian immigrant. I believe in immigration, as an important part of the lifeblood of this country. But what we have

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Social Services to Undocumented Immigrants
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"The question began by saying how do we attract Latino voters. And the answer is by telling them what they know in their heart, which is they or their ancestors did not come here for a handout. If they came here for a handout, they'd be voting for Democrats.

Source: CNN and Tea Party Express Republican debate in Tampa, FL (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No promises & no government benefits to immigrants

SANTORUM: My solution is very similar to Newt Gingrich's. We should not have a debate talking about how we don't want people to come to this country, but we want them to come here like my grandfather

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No welfare for illegal aliens. Americans have welcomed immigrants who seek opportunity, work hard, and play by the rules. But taxpayers should not pay for illegal immigrants who use hospitals, clinics, schools, roads, and social services.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

E-Verify System
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

“Let me tell you, it is hard in this country as an individual homeowner to [know] if people who are contractors working at your home if they hired people that are illegal. If I’m president we’ll put in an e-verify system... and crack down on people who come here illegally.”

Source: Republican presidential debate held in Las Vegas, NV (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Undocumented Immigrants Impact on US Economy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"We're not looking to bring people in and -- in jobs that can be done by Americans... We let people come across our border illegally or stay here and overstay their visa. They get to stay in the country. I want the best and brightest to be metered into

Source: Republican presidential debate held at Iowa State University in Ames (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. The increasing tide of illegal immigration has eroded Americans' faith in the rule of law, put great pressure on our health and education systems,

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I enabled our state police to enforce illegal immigration laws...

The right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn't doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one... You do that, and just as Arizona is finding out, you can stop illegal immigration."

Source: Republican presidential candidate debate in Mesa, AZ (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

There is a practice in this country that I find hard to understand, which is practice that some cities saying they are going to give safe haven or sanctuary to those who come here illegally. In my view it doesn't make a lot of sense for taxpayers across

Source: blogs.cfr.org/campaign2008/category/immigration/ (01/08/2008)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

State and Local Immigration Laws
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Punish Sanctuary Cities. Cut back federal funding to cities that are "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants and refuse to comply with federal law or aid federal law enforcement.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

High-Skilled Worker Immigration
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

To ensure that America continues to lead the world in innovation and economic dynamism, a Romney administration would press for an immigration policy designed to maximize America's economic potential. Foreign-born residents with advanced degrees start

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Guest Worker Program
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As president, Mitt Romney will make the system for bringing in temporary agricultural workers and other seasonal workers functional for both employers and immigrants. We should get rid of unnecessary requirements that delay issuance of a visa, and we

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship.

This amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act would prohibit H-2C nonimmigrants ("Guest Workers") from adjusting to lawful permanent resident status. Voting YEA on the motion to table

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Securing Our Borders
Newt Gingrich

Secure the border to prevent terrorist organizations from sneaking agents and weapons into the United States.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will protect legal immigration and the 4.5 million who are waiting in line to enter the United States legally by taking a strong stand against illegal immigration. He believes that illegal immigration must end and has a proven track record

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

Finish the border fence; make English the official language

Q: What would you do about illegal immigrants?

SANTORUM: I'm the son of an Italian immigrant. I believe in immigration, as an important part of the lifeblood of this country. But what we have

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

Physically secure our borders and coastlines. We must do whatever it takes to control entry into our country before we undertake complicated immigration reform proposals.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security (10/31/2011)

Visa Enforcement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will develop an effective, mandatory employment verification system that will enable employers to be sure that those they hire are eligible to work. This will discourage illegal immigrants from coming to America to seek jobs.

Governor Romney

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Enforce visa rules. Immigration officials must track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law. This is especially important when we recall that a number of 9/11 terrorists had expired visas.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security (10/31/2011)

Citizenship through Military Service
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes that young illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children should have the chance to become permanent residents, and eventually citizens, by serving honorably in the United States military.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Deportation
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Enforce visa rules. Immigration officials must track visa holders and deport anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law. This is especially important when we recall that a number of 9/11 terrorists had expired visas.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Those that are there illegally, get in line with everybody else; you're not going to have a special doorway, any particular advantage, by having come here illegally.

Source: myclob.pbwiki.com/Governor+Romney,+you+have+also (03/10/2007)

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship.

This amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act would prohibit H-2C nonimmigrants ("Guest Workers") from adjusting to lawful permanent resident status. Voting YEA on the motion to table

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Real ID Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Implement An Enforceable Employer Verification System. Issue a biometrically-enabled and tamperproof card to non-citizens and create a national database for non-citizens so employers can easily verify their legal status in this country.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

We must stop the move toward a national ID card system. All states are preparing to issue new driver's licenses embedded with "standard identifier" data -- a national ID. A national ID with new tracking technologies means we're heading into an Orwellian world of no privacy. I voted against the Real ID Act in March of 2005.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Employers Who Hire Illegals
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Provide resources to enforce immigration laws throughout the nation, and crackdown on employers who continue to hire illegals with stiffer fines and penalties.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Reject Amnesty. Do not give amnesty or any special pathway to those who have come to this country illegally.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No amnesty. Estimates suggest that 10 to 20 million people are in our country illegally. That's a lot of people to reward for breaking our laws.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security (10/31/2011)

Immigrant Birthright Citizenship
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

End birthright citizenship. As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be citizens, the incentive to enter the U.S. illegally will remain strong.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

National Security & Terrorism
Homeland Security, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

Military preparedness is paramount to maintaining America's role in the world, and ensuring that America has the most advanced technology and best trained troops to be ready for any situation that might necessitate their involvement.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home.We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion.We have all that we need.We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum understands that the events of September 11, 2001 brought to our front door the uncomfortable truth that attacks on our soil are not merely a distant possibility, but a harsh reality.

To combat this threat, Rick refused to back down from

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/believer-american-exceptionalism (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

NSA Surveillance of Citizens
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

If it means we have to go into a mosque to wiretap or a church, then that's exactly where we are gonna go, because we are going to do whatever it takes to protect the American people. And I hear from time to time people say, 'Hey, wait a sec, we have

Source: www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2007-07-20-3000222386_x.htm (07/20/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Radical Islam
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Confront virulent threat of radical Islam

HUNTSMAN: So how long do you want to wait, Rick? How long do you want to wait to get out of Afghanistan?

SANTORUM: Until the security of our country is ensured. That's what the job of the commander-in-chief

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

USA Patriot Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Privacy is in 4th amendment, but Patriot Act is ok

Q: [to Paul] Sen. Santorum believes that the Supreme Court was wrong when it decided that a right to privacy was embedded in the Constitution.

SANTORUM: No, let's be clear. We're talking about the 10th

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Making Our Homeland More Secure
Newt Gingrich

Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

To meet today's challenges, we must mobilize and integrate all elements of national power in unstable areas where traditional civilian agencies cannot operate effectively and traditional military power alone cannot succeed. The SPF will integrate all

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.

That's what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul's former opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Radical Fundamentalism
Newt Gingrich

Understand our enemies and tell the truth about them. We are engaged in a long war against radical Islamism, a belief system adhered to by a small minority of Muslims but nonetheless a powerful and organized ideology within Islamic thought that is totally

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Jihadism -- violent, radical, fundamental Islam -- is this century's nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century's nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Weapons of Mass Destruction
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Expanding And Accelerating Actions To Combat Nuclear Terrorism. The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, which was launched last year, was a good start. Yet our efforts need to be greatly accelerated and expanded. Combating the threat of nuclear

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess

Q: [To Santorum]: In his book, "Fed Up," Governor Perry says that it was "unprincipled" for Republicans to vote in favor of creating the Department of Homeland Security. You were one of those Republicans

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Intelligence
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We must transform our domestic civilian international efforts to meet a new generation of global challenges and ensure that our intelligence efforts are able to address threats before they reach out shores.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Local First Responders
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders.

Amendment intended to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by restoring $565 million in cuts to vital first-responder programs in the Department of Homeland Security,

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Air Security
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I have sponsored H.R. 3305 in Congress, which would allow pilots and specially assigned law enforcement personnel to carry firearms in order to protect airline passengers, possibly preventing future 9/11-style attacks.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

War on Terror, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Understand our enemies and tell the truth about them. We are engaged in a long war against radical Islamism, a belief system adhered to by a small minority of Muslims but nonetheless a powerful and organized ideology within Islamic thought that is totally

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Terrorism is an asymmetric threat; we need worldwide bases

Q: We're in debt up to our eyeballs. We have nation building going on around the world. We're the world's police force. World War II is over. The Korean War is over. But we still have military

Source: www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

An America-first defense policy understands the need to rationally assess the threats that do exist to the United States and then figure out what we can do to minimize those threats. We must be willing to ask and answer the hard questions. Has our foreign

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

War on Terrorism Policies
Newt Gingrich

Understand our enemies and tell the truth about them. We are engaged in a long war against radical Islamism, a belief system adhered to by a small minority of Muslims but nonetheless a powerful and organized ideology within Islamic thought that is totally

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Terrorism is an asymmetric threat; we need worldwide bases

Q: We're in debt up to our eyeballs. We have nation building going on around the world. We're the world's police force. World War II is over. The Korean War is over. But we still have military

Source: www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Guantanamo Bay Prison (GITMO)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I want them in Guantanamo where they don't get the access to lawyers they get when they're on our soil. I don't want them in our prisons. I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina (05/15/2007)

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Torture of Terrorists
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I believe as a presidential candidate it is not wise for us to discuss precisely the methods we will use when interrogating people. I oppose torture, I would not be in favor of torture in any way, shape, or form...I did not say I am in favor of torture

Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina (05/15/2007)

Rick Santorum

Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden

Q: Would you support a resumption of waterboarding under any circumstances?

SANTORUM: Under certain circumstances or any circumstances?

Q: Under any circumstances that you could imagine.

SANTORUM:

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Waterboarding
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden

Q: Would you support a resumption of waterboarding under any circumstances?

SANTORUM: Under certain circumstances or any circumstances?

Q: Under any circumstances that you could imagine.

SANTORUM:

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Habeas Corpus and Legal Rights for Combatant Detainees
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Gay & Lesbian
Gay Rights, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

When activist judges took it upon themselves to redefine marriage, and with it the underpinnings of the traditional American family and our First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion, Rick spearheaded the debate in favor of Federal Marriage Amendment

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Gay Marriage
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

“I believe we should have a federal amendment in the constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and woman, because I believe the ideal place to raise a child is in a home with a mom and a dad.”

Source: Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, IA (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed same-sex marriage and compared legalizing same-sex marriage to legalizing polygamy. “Asked by a college student why he opposed the right of same-sex couples to wed, he responded that there was no compelling reason to allow it and

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

If you believe in federalism, it's better that we allow these things to be left to the state. My personal belief is that marriage is a religious ceremony. And it should be dealt with religiously. The [government] really shouldn't be involved. The government

Source: GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida (10/21/2007)

The Military Don't Ask/Don't Tell Policy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Removing Don't-Ask injects social experiment into military

Q: Do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?

SANTORUM: Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum cited the Westboro Baptist Church's "God Hates Fags" slogan while defending Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act this weekend.

"Tolerance is a two-way street," Santorum said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "If you’re a print shop

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06 (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Homosexuality as a Choice or Genetics
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Republican Rick Santorum has claimed that homosexual behaviour is a choice.

The failed Republican presidential candidate made the comments while defending Texas Governor Rick Perry’s statement that people can ‘choose’ to be gay in the same way you can

Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/06/14/rick-santorum-homosexual-behaviour-is-a-choice/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Constitutional Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney supports a Federal Marriage Amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I went to the court again and again. I testified here before Congress for the Federal Marriage Amendment.

And I championed our successful petition

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

When activist judges took it upon themselves to redefine marriage, and with it the underpinnings of the traditional American family and our First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion, Rick spearheaded the debate in favor of Federal Marriage Amendment

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Domestic Partner Health Benefits Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. While he does not support gay marriage, Mitt Romney believes domestic partnership status should be recognized in a way that includes the potential for health benefits and rights of survivorship.

Source: www.romney2002.com (09/17/2002)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Gays Serving in the Military
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Removing Don't-Ask injects social experiment into military

Q: Do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?

SANTORUM: Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Gays Adopting Children
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum said that same-sex adoptions hurt children and are unnatural. “Instead, this week he told a New Hampshire audience that children are better off with two heterosexual parents—even if one of the parents is in prison. ‘Even fathers in jail

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

America cannot, and should not, be the world's policemen. However, Buddy Roemer is committed to assisting countries who choose freedom to become stronger.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Our country today faces a bewildering array of threats and opportunities. As president, Mitt Romney will safeguard America and secure our country's interests and most cherished ideals. The unifying thread of his national security strategy is American

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues (10/29/2011)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum understands that the events of September 11, 2001 brought to our front door the uncomfortable truth that attacks on our soil are not merely a distant possibility, but a harsh reality.

To combat this threat, Rick refused to back down from

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/believer-american-exceptionalism (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.

That's what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul's former opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo.

Majority Leader Trent Lott motioned to kill the resolution that would have authorized the president to "use all necessary forces and other means," in cooperation with U.S. allies to accomplish objectives

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

China, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

In 2010, after 30 years of dramatic growth, China surpassed Japan to become the world's second largest economy after ours. China's size in land and in population, its rapid economic growth, and its sharply increasing military expenditures are dramatically

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/china-east-asia (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

I'm for making US more competitive than China

SANTORUM: You know, I don't want to go to a trade war. I want to beat China. I want to go war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business, and we need to do that with the agenda that I've outlined.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

China as a Threat
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"[Donald Trump and I] see eye to eye on China. Not only as an economic threat, cultural threat, [but] down the road they're building a very strong military with potentially the intent to dissuade us from sending ships to the South China Sea, military ships."

Source: "Romney Calls China An 'Economic Threat,'" available at www.afp.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

China's Human Rights
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Any serious U.S. policy toward China must confront the fact that China's regime continues to deny its people basic political freedoms and human rights. A nation that represses its own people cannot be a trusted partner in an international system based

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/china-east-asia (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Cuba, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

In two years, we will note a sobering occasion -- a half century will have passed since darkness descended 90 miles to our south, and a despotic reign fell over the proud people of Cuba.

America will never back down to the Castro brothers. There will

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed normalizing relations with Cuba, calling it “reckless and not in our nation’s best interest.” “Former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, said he opposed normalizing trade with Cuba and was ‘extremely concerned with how his

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Embargo of Cuba
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"The right course for Cuba is to continue to honor Helms-Burton [a 1996 law which strengthened the US embargo against Cuba]. And if I'm president of the United States, I will use every resource we have, short of invasion and military action, Congressman

Source: CNN Republican debate held in Jacksonville, FL (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Foreign Aid
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Reduce Foreign Aid -- Savings: $100 Million. Stop borrowing money from countries that oppose America's interests in order to give it back to them in the form of foreign aid.

Foreign aid and foreign investments must be focused on those who stand alongside

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Asia
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

In the face of China's accelerated military build-up, the United States and our allies must maintain appropriate military capabilities to discourage any aggressive or coercive behavior by China against its neighbors. Maintaining a strong military presence

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/china-east-asia (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

North Korea
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

North Korea's nuclear weapons program is a serious menace to world peace. A nuclear weapons capability in the hands of an unpredictable dictatorship with unknown leadership and an unclear chain of command poses a direct threat to U.S. forces on the Korean

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/china-east-asia (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

India
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We need to continue to strengthen alliances and relations with strategic partners like India and build stronger ties to influential countries like Indonesia. Our aim should be to work with all these countries bilaterally but also to encourage them to

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/china-east-asia (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Latin America (South & Central)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Decades of remarkable progress in Latin America toward security, democracy, and increased economic ties with America are currently under threat. Venezuela and Cuba are leading a virulently anti-American "Bolivarian" movement across Latin America that

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/latin-america (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Mexico
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mexico and the United States must take immediate action on the problem of violent drug cartels operating across our shared border, which has already inflicted great costs to both our countries in human life, drug addiction, and social decay. The United

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/latin-america (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Africa
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The United States must regard Africa not as a problem to be contained, but as an opportunity to be embraced by us and our partners on the continent. Recognizing that Africa's road to stability and prosperity lies through a robust private sector economy,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/africa (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Sudan & Darfur
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will lead on the issue of Sudan's ongoing atrocities. He recognizes that far too many Sudanese for far too long far have been the victims of war crimes and other atrocities committed by the government in Khartoum and its proxies. Continuing

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/africa (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Nuclear Weapons & Non-Proliferation Treaty
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was meant to prevent countries from acquiring dangerous nuclear technologies and fissile materials such as plutonium and highly enriched uranium (HEU). However, effective enforcement of this obligation is

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Promotion of Democracy Around World
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

An America-first defense policy will not go abroad seeking monsters to slay, but will deter through strength and lead by example. We can best "export" our values by setting a good example and maintaining a non-interventionist foreign policy.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

CIA
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

During the Clinton Administration, our intelligence community was critically weakened. The CIA workforce was slashed by almost 20% and recruitment was reduced dramatically, undermining effective human intelligence. Unfortunately, Washington's response

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

United Nations (UN)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The failure of efforts such as the United Nations Human Rights Council has given multilateralism a bad name. America's strength is amplified when it is combined with the strength of other nations.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

UN wants to impose a direct tax on us. I successfully fought this move in Congress last year, but if we are going to stop ongoing attempts of this world government body to tax us, we will need leadership from the White House.

Under no circumstances should

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

International Criminal Court (ICC)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The ICC wants to try our soldiers as war criminals.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We need to expand alliances such as NATO and efforts among the world's leading nations to face the new threat of radical Jihad and increase our homeland security. We need to build global and regional capacities and networks of law enforcement and intelligence officials to confront Jihadists and other transnational threats.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The Castros have a new tyrant to work with and he has great wealth, from oil.We must stand just as firm against tyrants like Hugo Chavez, tutored by Fidel Castro. His methodical assault on democratic institutions and his people's freedom is an insult

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

America only works when Americans are working. Newt has a pro-growth strategy similar to the proven policies used when he was Speaker to balance the budget, pay down the debt, and create jobs. The plan includes:

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

America is suffering, with 20 percent of its workforce -25 million people - out of work, underemployed, or no longer even holding on to the hope of finding a job. We have a million fewer jobs than we did 12 years ago and the jobs we have, pay less. "Made

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

I don't want to cost jobs. My priority is jobs. And so what I do is I bring down the tax rates, lower deductions and exemptions, the same idea behind Bowles-Simpson, by the way, get the rates down, lower deductions and exemptions, to create more jobs,

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum supported cutting unemployment benefits for workers. “For the people at the bottom of the economic ladder, Santorum the ‘populist’ proposes cutting off government aid to the unemployed and putting faith in unchecked bootstrap-ism. The social

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Foreign Job Outsourcing
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I'm not happy exporting jobs but we must move ahead in technology and patents. I don't like losing any jobs but we'll see new opportunities created selling products there. We'll have a net increase in economic activity, just as we did with free trade.

Source: Forrester Research executive strategy summit in Boston, MA, (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Affirmative Action
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

All rights are individuals. We do not get our rights because we belong to a group. Whether it's homosexuals, women, minorities, it leads us astray. You don't get your rights belonging to your group. A group can't force themselves on anybody else. So there should be no affirmative action for any group.

Source: GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate (09/17/2007)

Unemployment Insurance
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum supported cutting unemployment benefits for workers. “For the people at the bottom of the economic ladder, Santorum the ‘populist’ proposes cutting off government aid to the unemployed and putting faith in unchecked bootstrap-ism. The social

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Workplace Protections
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum supported cutting unemployment benefits for workers. “For the people at the bottom of the economic ladder, Santorum the ‘populist’ proposes cutting off government aid to the unemployed and putting faith in unchecked bootstrap-ism. The social

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Economy
Economy, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

America only works when Americans are working. Newt has a pro-growth strategy similar to the proven policies used when he was Speaker to balance the budget, pay down the debt, and create jobs. The plan includes:

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. His plan seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues (10/29/2011)

Rick Santorum

One of my top priorities is ensuring that Pennsylvania's economy remains strong and continues to grow. I have worked hard to enact meaningful tax relief that has stimulated economic recovery and created an atmosphere of opportunity and personal ownership

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

No response

Wealth Inequality
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

During a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday Rick Santorum said income inequality is part of the American system, and it should stay that way.

"There is income inequality in America. There always has been and hopefully, and I do say that,

Source: http://nation.foxnews.com/rick-santorum/2012/02/16/santorum-praises-income-inequality (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Decline of Middle Class
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) discouraged Iowa Republicans from using the term "middle class" on Thursday, lambasting the term as "Marxism talk" used by liberals and claiming that the United States has no social classes.

While speaking at a GOP fundraiser

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/rick-santorum-middle-class_n_3745283.html (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Stimulating the Economy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The right course for America's government, we were talking about the role of government, is not to become the economic player, picking winners and losers, telling people what kind of health treatment they can receive, taking over the health care system

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The only real and lasting way to stimulate the economy is to reduce the amount of money government takes out of the private economy. The only way to do this is by cutting taxes. When taxes are reduced on individuals, they have more money to spend, save,

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Recession
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will get America back to work by reforming our tax code so businesses can hire more workers, developing our domestic energy resources to create new jobs here at home, reversing burdensome job-destroying regulations—including Obamacare, and

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Reserve
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The Federal Reserve, our central bank, fosters runaway debt by increasing the money supply -- making each dollar in your pocket worth less. The Fed is a private bank run by unelected officials who are not required to be open or accountable to "we the people."

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Taxes
Taxes, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. Job creation improved after Congress extended tax relief for two years in December. We should make the rates permanent.

Make the United States the most desirable location for new business

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

Special interests have also taken their toll on the tax code, which is unfair, unreadable, written by lobbyists, and crammed with the loopholes.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Tax policy shapes almost everything individuals and enterprises do as they participate in the economy. With bad design, tax policy can discourage economic activity. With good design, it can encourage it. Yet our current tax system is an accretion of decades

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

I firmly believe that we need to reform and simplify the tax code to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money. The recently passed tax cuts lowered taxes for millions of Americans, increased the child tax credit, and phased out the unfair

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/taxes (10/31/2011)

Tax Code
Newt Gingrich

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. Job creation improved after Congress extended tax relief for two years in December. We should make the rates permanent.

Make the United States the most desirable location for new business

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

America's individual tax code applies relatively high marginal tax rates on a narrow tax base. Those high rates discourage work and entrepreneurship, as well as savings and investment. With 54 percent of private sector workers employed outside of corporations,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

The former conservative senator from Pennsylvania would reduce the number of income tax brackets from six to two (10% and 28%) and triple what his campaign identifies as the personal deduction that parents can claim for their children.

Santorum would

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/taxes (10/31/2011)

Tax Reform
Newt Gingrich

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. Job creation improved after Congress extended tax relief for two years in December. We should make the rates permanent.

Make the United States the most desirable location for new business

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Those are my principles. I want to bring down the tax burden on middle-income families. And I'm going to work together with Congress to say, OK, what -- what are the various ways we could bring down deductions, for instance? One way, for instance, would

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

The former conservative senator from Pennsylvania would reduce the number of income tax brackets from six to two (10% and 28%) and triple what his campaign identifies as the personal deduction that parents can claim for their children.

Santorum would

Source: money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Income Tax Rates
Newt Gingrich

Move toward an optional flat tax of 15% that would allow Americans the freedom to choose to file their taxes on a postcard, saving hundreds of billions in unnecessary costs each year. This optional flat tax system will preserve deductions on charitable

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

*Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates.

*Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Reducing individual income taxes.

Source: http://taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Santorum-plan.cfm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/taxes (10/31/2011)

Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes in the conservative principle that Americans, to the maximum extent possible, should be able to keep the money they earn...

- Maintain current tax rates on personal income

- Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Corporate Income Taxes
Newt Gingrich

Dramatically reducing the corporate income tax (among highest in the world) to 12.5%.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The U.S. economy's 35 percent corporate tax rate is among the highest in the industrial world, reducing the ability of our nation's businesses to compete in the global economy and to invest and create jobs at home. By limiting investment and growth, the

Source: www.npr.org (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Santorum advocates cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent for all corporations except for manufacturers, for which he proposed a zero tax rate.

Source: http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/05 (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

*Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

He would reduce the capital gains rate from 15% to 12%.

Source: money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)
Newt Gingrich

Ending the death tax permanently.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Eliminate The Death Tax Once And For All. Allow families to pass their hard-earned savings, and assets from businesses to farms to homes, from one generation to the next without the federal government taking a cut.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

He would eliminate the estate tax.

Source: money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

*Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

He would eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Source: money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Extending the Bush Tax Cuts
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick fought to ensure that all Americans kept more of their hard-earned tax dollars. He spearheaded the passage of President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, because he believes that reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals is the key to spurring economic growth.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Tax Proposals
Newt Gingrich

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. Job creation improved after Congress extended tax relief for two years in December. We should make the rates permanent.

Make the United States the most desirable location for new business

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick fought to ensure that all Americans kept more of their hard-earned tax dollars. He spearheaded the passage of President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, because he believes that reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals is the key to spurring economic growth.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Taxes Policy
Newt Gingrich

Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. Job creation improved after Congress extended tax relief for two years in December. We should make the rates permanent.

Make the United States the most desirable location for new business

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I do want to reduce the burden being paid by middle-income Americans. And I -- and to do that, that also means I cannot reduce the burden paid by high-income Americans. So any -- any language to the contrary is simply not accurate.

So if the tax plan

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick fought to ensure that all Americans kept more of their hard-earned tax dollars. He spearheaded the passage of President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, because he believes that reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals is the key to spurring economic growth.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/taxes (10/31/2011)

National Sales Tax
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

While better than our current system, I believe that a national sales tax is not necessary. We can abolish the IRS and end the income tax if we simply cut spending.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Flat Tax
Newt Gingrich

Move toward an optional flat tax of 15% that would allow Americans the freedom to choose to file their taxes on a postcard, saving hundreds of billions in unnecessary costs each year. This optional flat tax system will preserve deductions on charitable

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Marriage Penalty
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Santorum would also eliminate the so-called marriage penalty, which often causes two-earner couples to owe more in federal income taxes than if they filed as single individuals.

Source: money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

I am opposed to the marriage penalty.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Income Tax on Seniors
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I oppose any income taxes on seniors.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

2001 Tax Cuts
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Make The Bush Tax Cuts Permanent. Extend the progrowth tax cuts on income, capital gains, and dividends implemented by the Bush Administration that will otherwise expire in 2011.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Tax Credits for College
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Level the playing field by making all health care expenses tax deductible, eliminating the special treatment afforded employer-provided health plans.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Tax Credits for Health Care
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I am in favor of tax credits for children's health care, and have also introduced a bill that would make all medical expenses tax deductible.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Property Taxes
Newt Gingrich

Eliminating the capital gains tax to make American entrepreneurs more competitive against those in other countries; Allowing for 100% expensing of new equipment to spur innovation and American manufacturing.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I favor abolishing the IRS and ending the income tax once and for all by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Education
Education, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

The continued growth of American jobs and American prosperity in a knowledge-based, internet-connected, globally-competitive world will be determined by quality of America's schools. If America is going to remain competitive with China and India in the

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

In order to remain competitive and viable, America needs to focus on providing its youth with world-class education.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Improving education in America is a priority for Mitt. He knows what can be accomplished when governors are empowered to reform their education systems, when education entrepreneurs are given the freedom to innovate, when teachers are rewarded for boosting

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/education (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

I expect excellence from our public schools - every child deserves a sound educational foundation to help them achieve their goals. For this reason, I strongly supported the No Child Left Behind Act, which provides more flexibility for local communities,

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/education (10/31/2011)

No Child Left Behind Act, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Will Improve Upon And Enhance No Child Left Behind (NCLB). He believes that No Child Left Behind has played an important role in stressing the role of accountability and high standards in improving our schools. Governor Romney will improve

Source: 2010 book No Apology (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Sex Education and Birth Control Options
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I fought for abstinence education. In the toughest of states, I made the toughest decisions and did what was right for America. I have conservative values.”

Source: Republican presidential debate in Columbia, South Carolina (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Evolution and Intelligent Design Education
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I believe that God designed the universe and created the universe, and I believe evolution is most likely the process he used to create the human body…

I’m not exactly sure what is meant by intelligent design. But I believe God is intelligent and I believe

Source: nytimes.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Public Schools K-12
Newt Gingrich

Welcome business talent in our communities into the classroom. Every state should open their systems up to part-time teachers so that retired physicists, neighborhood pharmacists, or local accountants could teach one or two hours a day and bring knowledge

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes that this important goal begins with providing parents with increased choice and information. He has put forth a plan that would allow federal funding to follow low-income and special needs students to the school of their choice.

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Local Control Over Education
Newt Gingrich

Encourage states to think outside outdated boundaries of education. States have developed very innovative models:

Students who graduate early should get the cost of the years they skip as an automatic scholarship, following the model of Governor Daniels's

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Well, the primary responsibility for education is -- is, of course, at the state and local level. But the federal government also can play a very important role. And I -- and I agree with Secretary Arne Duncan, he's -- some ideas he's put forward on Race

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/education (10/31/2011)

Teacher Textbook Selection
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Howard Zinn, "an anti-American Marxist," wrote "the most popular textbook that's taught in our high schools in America.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/rick-santorum/statements/ (05/31/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Private School Vouchers
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Giving students trapped in bad schools a genuine alternative requires four things: (1) such alternatives must exist, (2) parents must receive clear information about the performance of their current school and of the alternatives, (3) students must be

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Charter Schools
Newt Gingrich

Implement a "no limits" charter system.

All of the money allocated for student education goes directly to the school.

The school manages its own staff, whereby it is exempt from laws regarding tenure, and need not unionize.

The school defines its own

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt also expanded access to high-quality public charter schools. When the 85% Democratic legislature passed a bill putting a moratorium on any new charter, Mitt vetoed the bill. He believes that no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/education (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Standardized Testing
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

“We looked at what drives good education in our state, what we found is the best thing for education is great teachers, hire the very best and brightest to be teachers, pay them properly, make sure that you have school choice, test your kids to see if

Source: Republican presidential debate held in Orlando, FL (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Teacher Tenure
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

“Removing the least effective teachers from the classroom is also an important way to improve overall teacher quality… If we truly want better public schools, we will have to insist on contract provisions that allow for removing the few teachers who should

Source: 2010 book No Apology (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Improving Education
Newt Gingrich

The continued growth of American jobs and American prosperity in a knowledge-based, internet-connected, globally-competitive world will be determined by quality of America's schools. If America is going to remain competitive with China and India in the

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

How do we get schools to be more competitive? Let's grade them. I propose we grade our schools so parents know which schools are succeeding and failing, so they can take their child to a -- to a school that he's being more successful.

I don't want to

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum called the idea of public schools run by state or federal governments “anachronistic.” “With his candidacy surging, Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned the legitimacy of state-run public education systems and suggested that President Obama’s

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/education (10/31/2011)

Higher Education
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Part of an opportunity society is rewarding hard work and success. Mitt believes education is a key to the American dream, and students must be encouraged to pursue that dream and work hard to achieve it. Post-secondary education cannot become a luxury

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/education (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Student Loans, Scholarships and Pell Grants
Newt Gingrich

Institute a Pell Grant-style system for Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Per-pupil school district funding should go into each child's backpack, and follow them to the school their parents wish to attend. Parents who home school their children should receive a tax credit or be allowed to keep the Pell Grant.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Education Tax Credits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

To help parents with the costs of schooling, I have introduced H.R. 1056, the Family Education Freedom Act, in Congress. This bill would allow parents a tax credit of up to $5,000 (adjustable after 2007 for inflation) per student per year for the cost

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Department of Education
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Education is key, particularly the future of our economy. But our training programs right now, we've got 47 of them, housed in the federal government, reporting to eight different agencies. Overhead is overwhelming. We've got to get those dollars back

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/education (10/31/2011)

High Schools
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

How do we get schools to be more competitive? Let's grade them. I propose we grade our schools so parents know which schools are succeeding and failing, so they can take their child to a -- to a school that he's being more successful.

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Parental Involvement
Newt Gingrich

Empower parents to pick the right school for their child. Parents had the right to choose the school that is best for their child, and should never be trapped in a failing school against their will.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Because parents are crucial to a child's success in school, Governor Romney supported measures to empower parents to play a more active role in their kids' educations.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/education (10/31/2011)

Teacher Pay
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Will Honor Teaching As The Profession It Truly Is. He believes that good teachers should be rewarded for their hard work and dedication to the important cause of educating our children. He will support performance-based pay and other initiatives that encourage our best teachers to teach in our highest-need schools.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Another bill I have sponsored, H.R. 1059, allows full-time elementary and secondary teachers a $3,000 yearly tax credit, thus easing their financial burden and encouraging good teachers to stay in an underpaid profession.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Teacher Standards
Newt Gingrich

Establish a pay for performance system. States and school governing boards should lift all existing prohibitions that prevent a principal from evaluating teachers based in part on student achievement.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I love great schools. Massachusetts, our schools are ranked number one of all 50 states. And the key to great schools, great teachers.

So I reject the idea that I don't believe in great teachers or more teachers. Every school district, every state should

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Student Standards
Newt Gingrich

Require transparency and accountability about achievement. Each state must set a rigorous standard that allows every student everywhere to master the skills they will need to be competitive, and develop a process for grading the effectiveness of every school.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Under his leadership, Massachusetts was the first state to ever have the highest scaled scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading and Math exams in Grades 4 and 8 in the same year.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

School Choice
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Will Promote School Choice. He believes that when parents and kids are free to choose their school, everyone benefits. That's because competition and choice in educational opportunities -- whether it comes from private schools, charter

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Home Schooling
Newt Gingrich

Protect the rights of home-schooled children by ensuring they have the same access to taxpayer funded, extra-curricular educational opportunities as any public school student.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Has Proposed A Federal Home Schooling Tax Credit. As of 2003, there were nearly 1.1 million home schooled students in the United States. Governor Romney believes that parents who want to home school their kids should be able to do so.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Many parents have already shown their desire to be free of federal control by either enrolling their children in private schools or homeschooling them. And students enrolled in these alternatives have consistently performed better and tested higher than

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Math and Science
Newt Gingrich

Incentivize math and science education in America to ensure our Armed Forces always have the most advanced and powerful weapons in the world.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Will Ensure Our Kids Get The Education They Need To Excel In The Jobs Of The New Economy. He will focus our efforts in fields like math and science. He supported legislation that would bolster the amount of attention paid to math and science

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Elections & Politics
Elections, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum expressed support for voter ID laws, calling them “crucial electoral reforms.” “Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum made the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration blocking a new Texas voter identification

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Campaign Contribution Limits (Citizens United)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Let's take the decision that the [Supreme] court had that said that corporations could make political contributions [Citizens United]. I'm not wild about the idea of corporations making political contributions... as a concept, but I think the court was

Source: interview with the Portsmouth Herald (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Voter Photo ID and Other Requirements
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I find it extraordinary that [US Attorney General] Eric Holder is, one more time, making a very serious error [in challenging a South Carolina law that requires a photo ID to vote]... The idea that people should not be able to be identified as they vote

Source: press conference in Londonderry, NH (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum expressed support for voter ID laws, calling them “crucial electoral reforms.” “Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum made the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration blocking a new Texas voter identification

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Tea Party Movement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I believe in a lot of what the Tea Party believes in. The Tea Party believes that government's too big, taxing too much, and that we ought to get -- get to the work of getting Americans to work. So I put together a plan with a whole series of points of

Source: NYTimes.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Political Expenditures Disclosure
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney understands that money can be a corrupting influence in politics. But layers of regulations have not taken money out of politics; they have instead created a system of PACs that are not accountable to the candidates they support. He believes

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Voting Right of Felons & Ex-Prisoners
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I think people who committed violent crimes should not be allowed to vote again…

As governor of Massachusetts, I had an 85 percent Democratic legislature. This is something we discussed. My view was people who committed violent crimes should not be

Source: Republican presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, SC (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Environment
Environment, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

I have supported numerous initiatives that help right the environmental wrongs of the past and preserve our natural environment. Among these initiatives is the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, which grants federal funds to help mining states like Pennsylvania

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

The federal government has proven itself untrustworthy with environmental policy by facilitating polluters, subsidizing logging in the National Forests, and instituting one-size-fits-all approaches that too often discriminate against those they are intended

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Global Warming, Climate Change
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I believe that climate change is occurring - the reduction in the size of global ice caps is hard to ignore. I also believe that human activity is a contributing factor. I am uncertain how much of the warming, however, is attributable to man and how much

Source: 2010 book No Apology (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum called the idea that humans are causing climate change “patently absurd.” “Appearing Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, the former Pennsylvania GOP senator jumped at the chance to distinguish himself from his Massachusetts rival by

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

After additional consideration and analysis and shortly before the release of the Climategate emails in late 2009, Ron Paul identified the artificial panic around Global Warming as an elaborate hoax:

"The greatest hoax I think that has been around for

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/global-warming (10/31/2011)

Keystone XL Pipeline
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Santorum at Monday's debate called for the approval of the Keystone XL, the controversial oil pipeline that would import crude oil from tar sands in Canada and has been the topic of dozens of protests outside the White House.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I understand the Alaska pipeline is running less than one-third full. As president, I would push to open new opportunities for America’s energy security, onshore and offshore, especially in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I would not have dragged

Source: mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania senator has long called for more offshore drilling, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and beyond.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Environmental Regulation
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As president, Mitt Romney will eliminate the regulations promulgated in pursuit of the Obama administration's costly and ineffective anti-carbon agenda. Romney will also press Congress to reform our environmental laws to ensure that they allow for a proper

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I believe we should keep our air and our water clean. And that we don’t want to have pollutants that are interfering with our health and damaging the ability of our children to enjoy good health...

I think we may have made a mistake, we have made a

Source: town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Clean Air Technologies
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is proud of the environmental progress that we have made to improve our nation’s air and water quality and supports continued progress. However, while our air and water laws have served us well over the years, he recognizes that they are significantly out of date and in need of reform.

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Newt Gingrich

Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I consistently vote against using tax dollars to subsidize logging in National Forests.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Military & Defense
Military, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

America has always led in expanding freedom and democracy across the world. I believe that we need a foreign policy that is firmly rooted in this proud tradition and ready to confront the new challenges of the 21st century. We need a President who is free to lead our friends and allies with clear conviction and unparalled strength.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Our country today faces a bewildering array of threats and opportunities. As president, Mitt Romney will safeguard America and secure our country's interests and most cherished ideals. The unifying thread of his national security strategy is American

Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

I am extremely grateful for every man and woman who accepts the awesome responsibility of serving in our Armed Forces and National Guard. I believe it is essential that we provide our nation's military with the most up-to-date equipment and resources

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.

That's what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul's former opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Defense, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Cut waste in DOD, but don't cut defense budget

Q: How do you weigh the cost of fighting the war on terror against the exploding debt crisis?

Gingrich: The exploding debt crisis is because of exploding politician spending in Washington, not because of

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Defense Spending
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Don't cut one penny out of defense spending

Q: [to Paul]: You proposed a 15% cut to the Defense Department. Can you guarantee national security will not be hurt by that?

PAUL: I think it would be enhanced. I don't want to cut any defense. There's a

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Missile Defense System
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The United States and our European and Middle Eastern allies have a vital interest in establishing a fully operational and effective missile defense system in Eastern Europe to create a protective umbrella against Iranian nuclear weapons. Under pressure

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Defense and Military Budget
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We need to increase our investment in national defense. This means adding at least 100,000 troops and making a long-overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense. [W]e are going to need at least an additional $30-$40

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

I would absolutely not cut one penny out of military spending. The only thing the federal government can do that no other level of government can do is protect us. It is the first duty of the president. And we should have all the resources in place to

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.

That's what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul's former opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Military Policy
Newt Gingrich

Military force must be used judiciously and with clear, obtainable objectives understood by Congress.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Instead of securing our borders, we've been planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression. Within a few short years, we turned Iraq into the world's leading breeding ground for terrorists. Our military is spread thin all across the planet, yet we

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Department of Defense and Pentagon
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none. I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America's military.

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Military Adequacy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We must increase the size of our military by 100,000 troops. In addition, we should increase to at least four percent of our gross domestic product to defense. This kind of investment will make up for critical gaps in the modernization of our equipment,

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Military Industrial Establishment
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

It doesn't make any sense unless you consider increasing the profits of the military-industrial complex to be in the "national interest", no matter what the cost to the rest of us may be.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Re-instituting the Draft
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I adamantly oppose any attempts to re-institute the draft. The danger of a draft looms large as many call for expanding the current war.

A draft violates the very principles of individual liberty upon which our nation was founded. Former President Ronald

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Gays in the Military
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Removing Don't-Ask injects social experiment into military

Q: Do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?

SANTORUM: Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Middle East
Middle East Policy, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As President, Governor Romney will call together our Middle East allies and the major nations of the developed world to establish a "Partnership for Progress and Prosperity." This Partnership will assemble the resources of all developed nations to assure

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

In 2003, Rick authored and successfully fought for the passage of the "Syria Accountability Act" to combat the terrorist threat posed by Syria. By 2005, Rick was one of our nation's first leaders to understand the threat posed by Iran, so he authored

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/believer-american-exceptionalism (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

The best thing we can do for the Middle East region is to allow them to be in control of their own affairs once more.

To put this in a proper perspective, consider how Americans would feel if the Gulf of Mexico were patrolled and protected by warships

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Israel
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Israel is the United States' closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy and freedom in the region. The tumult in the Middle East has heightened Israel's security problems. Indeed, this is an especially dangerous moment for the Jewish state.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/israel (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Let me give our president a primer: Iran, enemy. Israel, friend.

Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/santorum-to-obama-iran-enemy-israel-friend/ (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

I support free trade and friendship with all nations, meaning that my administration would treat Israel as a friend and trading partner. Americans would be encouraged to travel to and trade with Israel.

I do believe that our current policies toward Israel

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

ISIS
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

“ISIS didn't come about because of ... the arms that America left behind. ISIS came about because they hate everything that we believe in and we stand for,” Santorum added. “I think the idea that we accept now that this tripe from the left that it’s our

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rick-santorum-slams-rand-paul-isis-id-expect (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Syria
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The United States must recognize Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for what he is: an unscrupulous dictator, a killer, and a proxy for Iran. For far too long, the Obama administration held out hope that it could negotiate with Assad to stop his violent

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/middle-east (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday bashed President Obama's strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as feckless and called to "double or triple" American boots on the ground fighting the terrorist group. "This is a

Source: http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2015/05 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Arab Spring
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The Greater Middle East is experiencing the most dramatic change since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. The protests that have broken out across the Arab world bespeak a generational yearning for a better life and for human dignity, and present an

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/middle-east (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Nations in the Middle East in transition to new governmental structures face serious pitfalls on the road to more representative forms of government. Already, destabilizing jihadist forces and Iranian-backed elements, often better funded and organized

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/middle-east (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong

Q: [to Bachmann]: You opposed the US intervention in Libya. If Pres. Obama had taken the same view, Gadhafi would still be in power today.

BACHMANN: I believe that it was wrong for the president to go

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Israeli and Palestinian Conflict
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

President Obama and his administration have badly misunderstood the dynamics of the region. Instead of fostering stability and security, they have diminished U.S. authority and painted both Israel and ourselves into a corner. President Obama for too long

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/israel (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Recognition of a Palestinian State
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Tell the Palestinians to drop their terror campaign and recognize Israel's right to exist.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Hizbullah and Hamas
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Stop the financial and weapons flows to Hamas and Hezbollah

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Afghanistan, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Enjoying the sanctuary of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, al Qaeda set in motion the conspiracy that killed so many Americans on September 11, 2001. We learned many bitter lessons that day, including that we are not safe from enemies who plot freely

Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

We're tying one hand behind our backs; change Afghan rules

HUNTSMAN: [to Santorum] We're at a critical juncture in our country. Our core, our economy, is broken. We're 25% of the world's GDP. The world is a better place when the US is strong. So guiding

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

Shortly after 9/11, I voted for the authorization to go into Afghanistan because it told the president to do what he already had the authority to do: go after the ones who directly hit us. I was extremely disappointed that the mission there changed to one of nation-building, and I support immediate withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Pakistan, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

To defeat the insurgency in Afghanistan, the United States will need the cooperation of both the Afghan and Pakistani governments. It is in the interests of all three nations to see that Afghanistan and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region are rid of

Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Iraq, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

U.S. military and diplomatic personnel have made stunning gains in Iraq, pulling the war effort there back from the precipice of defeat. The 2007 "surge" of troops successfully provided security to the population and granted space and time for the Iraqis,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/middle-east (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victory

Q: If the security situation were to fall apart in Iraq in 2012 would you support sending US troops back to the region to stabilize the gains made?

SANTORUM: I'm not for taking them out of the

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

Instead of securing our borders, we've been planning, initiating and waging wars of aggression. Within a few short years, we turned Iraq into the world's leading breeding ground for terrorists.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)

Timetable for Withdrawal
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Much of the mission has been accomplished through the courage and dedication of our troops. The killing of Osama bin Laden was a landmark in the struggle for which President Obama deserves credit. Much more, however, remains to be done. Unfortunately,

Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007.

Voting YEA on this amendment would establish a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Voting NAY would keep the current situation without a timetable. The amendment states:

The President shall redeploy,

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

I favor an immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

US Military Presence in Afghanistan
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will never make national-security decisions based upon electoral politics. Upon taking office, he will review our transition to the Afghan military by holding discussions with our commanders in the field. He will order a full interagency assessment

Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

We're tying one hand behind our backs; change Afghan rules

HUNTSMAN: [to Santorum] We're at a critical juncture in our country. Our core, our economy, is broken. We're 25% of the world's GDP. The world is a better place when the US is strong. So guiding

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

President Hamid Karzai
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The United States must be clear in what we require of both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai should understand that our commitment must be met with reciprocal efforts to crack down on corruption in his government, respect free and

Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Taliban & Radical Islamic Jihadists
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Afghanistan victory means Taliban is neutered, not wiped out

Q: Would you define victory in Afghanistan?

Santorum: Victory against the Taliban in Afghanistan is that the Taliban is a neutered force. They are no longer a security threat to the Afghan

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Iraq Policy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victory

Q: If the security situation were to fall apart in Iraq in 2012 would you support sending US troops back to the region to stabilize the gains made?

SANTORUM: I'm not for taking them out of the

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

On my first day as commander-in-chief, I will direct the Joint Chiefs of Staff and our commanders on the ground to devise and execute a plan to immediately withdraw our troops in the safest manner possible.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Iraq War
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now. It was not well managed in the -- after the takedown of Saddam Hussein and his military. That was done brilliantly, an extraordinary success. But in the years that

Source: Republican presidential debate in Boca Raton, FL (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victory

Q: If the security situation were to fall apart in Iraq in 2012 would you support sending US troops back to the region to stabilize the gains made?

SANTORUM: I'm not for taking them out of the

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Federalizing Iraq into Kurd, Shiite and Sunni States
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I believe that the Iraqi people must make the decision to do this or not.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Continued US Military Presence in Iraq
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

We can continue to fund and fight no-win police actions around the globe, or we can refocus on securing America and bring the troops home. No war should ever be fought without a declaration of war voted upon by the Congress, as required by the Constitution.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Loss of American Lives in Iraq
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

This war has cost more than 3,000 American lives, thousands of seriously wounded, and hundreds of billions of dollars. We must have new leadership in the White House to ensure this never happens again.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Iran
Iran, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes that it is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon. Should Iran achieve its nuclear objective, the entire geostrategic landscape of the Middle East would tilt in favor of the ayatollahs. A nuclear Iran will pose an existential

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough

Q: How do you prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon?

Gingrich: Every possible aspect short of war of breaking the regime .

Q: Is it worth going to war to prevent that?

Romney: If there's nothing else

Source: www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

Iran's history is being ignored, just as we ignored Iraq's history. This ignorance or deliberate misrepresentation of our recent relationship to Iraq and Iran is required to generate the fervor needed to again attack a country that poses no threat to

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Iran Nuclear Deal
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We are faced today with the horrific proposition that those who speak of genocide are developing the capability to carry it out. It's time to face the reality of the Iranian threat, take Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at his word and act accordingly. We must tighten

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough

Q: How do you prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon?

Gingrich: Every possible aspect short of war of breaking the regime .

Q: Is it worth going to war to prevent that?

Romney: If there's nothing else

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

Iran doesn't have a nuke and is nowhere close to getting one, according to the CIA. If they did have one, using it would guarantee almost instantaneous annihilation by Israel and the United States. Hysterical fear of Iran is way out of proportion to reality.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Military Strike
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

U.S. policy toward Iran must begin with an understanding on Iran's part that a military option to deal with their nuclear program remains on the table. This message should not only be delivered through words, but through actions. The United States should

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Work with Israel to take out Iranian nukes by force

Gingrich [to Santorum]: [To avoid Iran gaining a nuclear weapon, we need] first, maximum covert operations, to block and disrupt the Iranian program, including taking out their scientists, including

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Sanctions
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Sanctions are not ends in themselves. They are intended to persuade Iran to change course and abandon its nuclear program. President Obama deserves credit for pushing for a fourth round of international sanctions on Iran early in his term, just as before

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Sanctions against Iran, despite Administration disagreement

Q: Should we launch a military attack against Iran?

SANTORUM: No, we have an opportunity to go after them by using pro-democracy forces outside and within Iran, and to crack down with additional

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Iranian Opposition
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

In 2009, President Obama refrained from supporting the nascent Green Movement as it was facing a violent crackdown by the Iranian regime. As protestors demonstrating against a stolen election were shot down in the streets, President Obama stated he did

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Iran Diplomacy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Isolate Iran Diplomatically. Their leaders should be made to feel like those of Apartheid South Africa. Until there are indications that high level engagement would do anything other than reward bad behavior, the United States should not engage Iran in direct, bilateral negotiations over their nuclear weapons program.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough

Q: How do you prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon?

Gingrich: Every possible aspect short of war of breaking the regime .

Q: Is it worth going to war to prevent that?

Romney: If there's nothing else

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

We need to remember that decision-making power under Iran's government is not all concentrated in the president. We are all familiar with the inflammatory rhetoric of President Ahmadinejad, but there are other governmental bodies in Iran that are more

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

President Ahmadinejad
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt will also push for greater diplomatic isolation of Iran. The United States should make it plain that it is a disgrace to provide Iran's Holocaust-denying president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the trappings and respect offered to responsible heads of state.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Iran's involvement in Iraq
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Iran is at the heart of the Iraq war

Q: Our ambassador to Iraq has said the principal problem is not foreign terrorists, it’s sectarian violence, Sunni vs. Shiite. This is Shiite vs. Sunni, Iraqi vs. Iraqi. What do you do about that, stay the course?

SANTORUM:

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Economic Sanctions Against Iran
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Tighten Economic Sanctions Against Iran. Governor Romney has called for strategic divestment from companies that support the Iranian regime's dangerous actions, using efforts similar to the actions taken against Apartheid South Africa.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Sanctions are unmistakably a move toward war, particularly when a demand is made that the other nations of the world similarly isolate and blockade the country. Those who wish for a regime change in Iran should especially reject sanctions - just look

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Guns
Guns, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed, the Second Amendment protects one of the American people's most basic and fundamental individual rights: "the Right to Keep and Bear Arms." The Second Amendment is essential to the functioning of our free society.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/gun-rights (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

Lifetime A+ rating with the NRA; despite trigger lock vote

Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers

Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence

Voted NO on background checks at gun shows

Voted YES on

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

I have always supported the Second Amendment and these are some of the bills I have introduced in the current Congress to help restore respect for it:

H.R. 1096 includes provisions repealing the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the Federal Firearms

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Like the majority of Americans, Mitt does not believe that the United States needs additional laws that restrict the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. He believes in the safe and responsible ownership and use of firearms and the right to lawfully

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/gun-rights (08/10/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I share our Founders' belief that in a free society each citizen must have the right to keep and bear arms. They ratified the Second Amendment knowing that this right is the guardian of every other right, and they all would be horrified by the proliferation

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Gun Control Legislation
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I believe we need to focus on enforcing our current laws rather than creating new laws that burden lawful gun owners. I believe in safe and responsible gun ownership and that anyone who exercises the right to keep and bear arms must do so lawfully and

Source: www.washingtonpost.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers

Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence

Voted NO on background checks at gun shows

Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows

Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

I also recently opposed H.R. 2640, which would allow government-appointed psychiatrists to ban U.S. veterans experiencing even mild forms of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome from ever owning a gun.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Mitt strongly supports the right of all law-abiding Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own firearms and to use them for lawful purposes, including hunting, recreational shooting, self-defense, and the protection of family

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

In the past, I introduced legislation to repeal the so-called "assault weapons" ban before its 2004 sunset, and I will oppose any attempts to reinstate it.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

High Capacity Magazines, Gun Locks and Ammunition
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks.

Vote to table [kill] an amendment to make it unlawful for gun dealers to sell handguns without providing trigger locks. Violation of the law would result in civil penalties, such as suspension or revocation of the dealer's license, or a fine.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

National Rifle Association (NRA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Lifetime A+ rating with the NRA; despite trigger lock vote

Q: You voted in support of requiring trigger locks on handguns. You also voted for background checks on firearm purchases made at gun shows. How can you reassure gun owners?

SANTORUM: Both of

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

DC Gun Ban
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The Founders themselves wrote in the Federalist papers about the need for individuals to be armed. In fact, James Madison argued in Federalist paper 46 that common citizens should be armed to guard against the threat posed by the newly proposed standing

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Gun Shows
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on background checks at gun shows.

Require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows.

Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)50; N)50; VP decided YES

Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows.

Vote to table or kill a motion

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Gun Manufacturer Law Suits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I believe that manufactures and dealers should not be held liable for criminal misuse of firearms by others.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Trade
Trade, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Open markets have helped make America powerful and prosperous. Indeed, they have been one of the keys to our economic success since the country was founded. Approximately 95 percent of the world's consumers live beyond our borders, and selling our world-class

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating "conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations." He opposes many free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)

Presidential Trade Fast-track Authority
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority.

Vote to proceed to the bill which establishes negotiating objectives for trade agreements, and renews 'fast track' trade authority for the President, which allows Congress to adopt or to reject a proposed trade agreement, but not to amend it.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton both worked to negotiate and implement the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which went into effect in 1994... All told, these agreements have enabled people across the world to come together and build a

Source: "Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth," www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

1993: Voted against NAFTA because it hurt PA industries

In perhaps the most important free trade vote of the last generation, Santorum voted against NAFTA in 1993. Days before the vote, he said, "NAFTA will produce pockets of winners and losers across

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating "conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations." He opposes many free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)

Trade Policy Priorities
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes that free trade is essential to restoring robust economic growth and creating jobs. We need to open new markets beyond our borders for American goods and services on terms that work for America.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating "conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations." He opposes many free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)

Globalization
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Are we going to stay ahead of the world, are we going to lead the world, or are we going to instead pull up the drawbridge and try to hang on to everything we've got and say we can't compete with the world?

We face a much tougher competitor or group of

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Free Market Vision
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Under President Obama's watch, America has sat on the sidelines while our major trading competitors have been moving forward aggressively. Thus, since the last trade agreement signed by President Bush in 2007, the European Union has successfully signed

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Trade with China
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

President Obama has also singularly failed in handling commercial relations with China, which has adopted a deliberate policy of building up its own economy by misappropriating western technology, blocking access to its market, and manipulating its currency.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

I'm for making US more competitive than China

SANTORUM: You know, I don't want to go to a trade war. I want to beat China. I want to go war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business, and we need to do that with

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Every president beginning with Ronald Reagan has recognized the power of open markets and pursued them on behalf of the United States. George W. Bush successfully negotiated eleven FTAs, encompassing sixteen countries. He also had the vision to commence

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman.

Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore.

Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile

Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations

Voted YES on granting normal

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

China Currency Manipulation
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Designate China a currency manipulator and impose countervailing duties

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Incentives to Move Offshore
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The second topic, which is you said you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas. Look, I've been in business for 25 years. I have no idea what you're talking about. I maybe need to get a new accountant.

What we do have right now is a setting where I'd like to bring money from overseas back to this country.

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Unfair Trade Practices
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market.

Resolution supporting sanctions on Japanese products if car parts markets don't open up; and seeking sharp reductions in the trade imbalances in car sales and parts through elimination of restrictive Japanese market-closing practices.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

World Trade Organization / General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (WTO/GATT)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

WTO is a threat to our independence as a nation. Both the WTO and CAFTA could force Americans to get a doctor's prescription to take herbs and vitamins. Alternative treatments could be banned. The WTO has forced Congress to change our laws, yet we still

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade.

Approves the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States-Free Trade Agreement entered into on August 5, 2005, with the governments of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador,

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

He voted against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), holding that it increased the size of government, eroded U.S. sovereignty, and was unconstitutional.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)

North American Union
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I oppose any attempts to create a North American Union and have been working in Congress to stop these plans.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Other Trade Agreements
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

He voted against the Australia-U.S. FTA, the U.S.-Singapore FTA, and the U.S.-Chile FTA, and voted to withdraw from the WTO. He believes that "fast track" powers, given by Congress to the President to devise and negotiate FTAs on the country's behalf, are unconstitutional, and that Congress, rather than the executive branch, should construct FTAs.

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)

Internet, Media & Communications
Internet Pornography
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Software Filters To Guard Children From Online Pornography. Governor Romney will work with computer and software companies to make sure all new computers have optional parental control software filters that are ready and easy to use during setup. Governor

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Internet Sexual Assault of Children
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"One-Strike And You're Ours". As President, Governor Romney will propose new, tougher federal penalties for first-time offenders who use the Internet to sexually assault children, including stiff mandatory jail time to be followed by lifetime tracking by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS).

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Balance the budget by growing the economy, controlling spending, implementing money saving reforms, and replacing destructive policies and regulatory agencies with new approaches.

Fundamental reform of entitlement programs with the advice and help of the American people.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Getting our fiscal house in order has become more than just an economic issue; it's a moral imperative. Every dollar of deficit spending must be borrowed, with the bill sent to our children to pay back. As president, Mitt Romney will ask a simple question

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Two of the first bills Rick sponsored were the "Balanced Budget Amendment" and the "Line Item Veto," because Rick knew the importance of reigning in a government drunk on spending.

Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

Bankers and politicians have worked hand in hand for many decades to obscure their activities from the public. They hide behind elaborate structures designed to inflate the money supply while creating the false impression that they are looking out for

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/fiat-money-inflation-federal-reserve-2 (10/31/2011)

Reducing the Deficit
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

“I came to the House as a real deficit hawk, but I am no longer a deficit hawk,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). “I’ll tell you why. I had to spend the surpluses. Deficits make it easier to say no.”

Source: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/origins-of-the-deficit-2/?_r=0 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Debt Limit
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table. President Obama's leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh

Source: "Romney Comes Out in Opposition to Debt-Ceiling-Hike Deal," www.nationalreview.com: (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement upon the conclusion of Sunday evening's meeting between President Obama and Congressional Leadership regarding the nation's debt limit.

"I urge Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell

Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=98105 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Budget & Debt
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Well, mathematically, there are three ways that you can cut a deficit. One, of course, is to raise taxes. Number two is to cut spending. And number is to grow the economy, because if more people work in a growing economy, they're paying taxes, and you

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

“I came to the House as a real deficit hawk, but I am no longer a deficit hawk,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). “I’ll tell you why. I had to spend the surpluses. Deficits make it easier to say no.”

Source: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/origins-of-the-deficit-2/?_r=0 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Too many politicians and lobbyists are spending America into ruin. We are nine trillion dollars in debt as a nation. Our mounting government debt endangers the financial future of our children and grandchildren. If we don't cut spending now, higher taxes

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Deficit Spending
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Since President Obama assumed office three years ago, federal spending has accelerated at a pace without precedent in recent history, taking us from an already staggering $3.5 trillion in federal spending in 2010 to a projected $5.6 trillion within the

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

“I came to the House as a real deficit hawk, but I am no longer a deficit hawk,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). “I’ll tell you why. I had to spend the surpluses. Deficits make it easier to say no.”

Source: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/origins-of-the-deficit-2/?_r=0 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Fully recognizing the harm caused by printing money to cover budget deficits might create public pressure to restrain spending- something the two parties don't want. The Fed is solely responsible for inflation by creating money out of thin air. It does

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Entitlements
Newt Gingrich

Fundamental reform of entitlement programs with the advice and help of the American people.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Reform Entitlements. In a forthright and bipartisan manner, as President, Governor Romney will work with Congress to address the looming budget crisis caused by increasing entitlement spending.

Entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are

Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our nation's entitlement programs were the cancer to the long-term fiscal health of our nation. This is why he was one of the lead sponsors of the landmark 1996 Welfare Reform law that

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Gold Standard
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"You know, I'm happy to look at a whole range of ideas on how to have greater stability in our currency and in our monetary policies. I know that in the past when we had a gold standard, the idea that somehow it was detached from or free from any interference

Source: The Kudlow Report, available at www.cnbc.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Government Efficiency
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

*Reduce Waste And Fraud -- Savings: $60 Billion. The federal government made $125 billion in improper payments last year. Cutting that amount in half through stricter enforcement and harsher penalties yields returns many times over on the investment.

*Align

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Balanced Budget & Constitutional Amendment
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

We must win the battle to control federal spending. At 25 percent of GDP, federal spending is excessive by any standards, unsustainable under any hypothesis, and erodes confidence in the financial management of our nation's government.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Two of the first bills Rick sponsored were the "Balanced Budget Amendment" and the "Line Item Veto," because Rick knew the importance of reigning in a government drunk on spending.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Presidential Line-item Veto Power
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Institute The Line-Item Veto. Give the President the same power held by most state governors, to veto individual elements of a spending bill and strip out unnecessary spending. Authorize the Executive Branch to spend up to 25 percent less than Congress appropriates for a given project or agency.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

Two of the first bills Rick sponsored were the "Balanced Budget Amendment" and the "Line Item Veto," because Rick knew the importance of reigning in a government drunk on spending.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Spending Limits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Any turnaround must begin with clear and realistic goals. Optimistic projections cannot wish a problem away, they can only make it worse. As president, Mitt's goal will be to bring federal spending below 20 percent of GDP by the end of his first term:

*Reduced

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

As president, I will veto any unbalanced budget.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Make health insurance more affordable and portable by giving Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount and by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, increasing price competition in the industry.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

In

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Newt Gingrich

Repeal and replace Obamacare with a pro-jobs, pro-responsibility health plan that puts doctors and patients in charge of health decisions instead of bureaucrats.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Unfortunately, the transformation in American health care set in motion by Obamacare will take us in precisely the wrong direction. The bill, itself more than 2,400 pages long, relies on a dense web of regulations, fees, subsidies, excise taxes, exchanges,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

Polls show Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to Obamacare, especially the individual mandate.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/rick-santorum/statements/ (05/31/2015)

Ron Paul

The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.

But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)

Medicare Vouchers
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Romney: Well, I don't want any change to Medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement...

...So what I do in my Medicare plan for younger people coming along is say this, 'We're going to have higher benefits for low income people

Source: interview with Scott Pelley on CBS's 60 Minutes (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Universal Medical Care / Insurance
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

“What we did in our state was this. We said, look, we're finding people that can afford insurance, health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them. Taxpayers are picking up hundreds of millions of dollars of costs

Source: Republican Party of Iowa presidential candidate debate in Ames, IA (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.

But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)

Medicare
Newt Gingrich

Create more choices in Medicare by giving seniors the option to choose, on a voluntary basis, a more personal system in the private sector with greater options for better care. This would create price competition to lower costs.

Reward quality care by

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt's plan honors commitments to current seniors while giving the next generation an improved program that offers the freedom to choose what their coverage under Medicare should look like. Instead of paying providers directly for medical services, the

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum called for privatizing Medicare without including a public option, as well as abolishing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Santorum has positioned himself to the right of Mitt Romney on Medicare reform. Whereas both Romney

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other purposes.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Fixing Medicare
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I want to take that $716 billion you've cut and put it back into Medicare. By the way, we can include a prescription program if we need to improve it.

But the idea of cutting $716 billion from Medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of Obamacare

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Medically Uninsured or Underinsured
Newt Gingrich

Cover the sickest with a High Risk Pool set up by each state to cover the uninsured who have become too sick to buy health insurance.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Ensure flexibility to help the uninsured, including public-private partnerships, exchanges, and subsidies.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

As for the poor and the severely ill who can neither obtain insurance nor pay for the medical care they need, Ron Paul offers the following solution in his book "The Revolution: A Manifesto":

In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, the poor and elderly

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Reform The Medical Liability System. Institute federal caps on non-economic and punitive damage awards to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and bring an end to the practice of defensive medicine.

Offer innovation grants to explore non-litigation alternatives to dispute resolution.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Employers' Medical Insurance
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.

* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Free Market Health Care
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I know my own view is I'd rather have a private plan. I'd just assume not have the government telling me what kind of health care I get. I'd rather be able to have an insurance company. If I don't like them, I can get rid of them and find a different

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

There is only one solution that will lead to true health and true freedom: making health care more affordable. Ron Paul believes that only true free market competition will put pressure on the providers and force them to lower their costs to remain in

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)

Portable Medical Insurance
Newt Gingrich

Make health insurance more affordable and portable by giving Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount and by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, increasing price competition in the industry.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Make every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HSA.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Market-Based Medical Insurance
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Bring Health Care Into The 21st Century. Improve quality and enhance transparency by introducing the same competitive forces that drive innovation in other sectors of the economy.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Medicaid
Newt Gingrich

Reform Medicaid by giving states more freedom and flexibility to customize their programs to suit their needs with a block-grant program similar to the successful welfare reform of 1996. With that block grant, each state can focus on providing the assistance

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Medicaid to states? I'm not quite sure where that came in, except this, which is, I would like to take the Medicaid dollars that go to states and say to a state, you're going to get what you got last year, plus inflation, plus 1 percent, and then you're

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum called for privatizing Medicare without including a public option, as well as abolishing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Santorum has positioned himself to the right of Mitt Romney on Medicare reform. Whereas both Romney

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other purposes.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Medical Insurance Discrimination
Newt Gingrich

Protect consumers by reinforcing laws which prohibit insurers from cancelling or charging discriminatory rate increases to those who become sick while insured.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Unfortunately, the current medical monopoly corrupts many doctors by rewarding practices that are not in the patients' best interest. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in not curing people, but getting them permanently addicted to expensive

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)

Uniform Billing and Claims
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Encourage states to eliminate the cumbersome insurance regulations that drive costs up and providers out of the market.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Few people realize that Congress forced Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) on us. HMOs rose to prominence through federal legislation, incentives, and coercion.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Legality of Abortion - Roe v. Wade
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice."

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed abortion even in cases of rape, saying women should “make the best out of a bad situation.” “GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

I am also the prime sponsor of HR 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice
Newt Gingrich

End taxpayer subsidies for abortion by repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" which banned funding to organizations that promote and/or perform abortions overseas. Protect religious expression in the public square such as crosses, crèches and menorahs.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

During his time in elected office, Rick Santorum fought for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society. Rick was the author of legislation outlawing the heinous act known as partial-birth abortion and he championed the fight to pass the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act" and the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act."

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

I am an unwavering advocate of pro-life values. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideals of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Abortion, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

End taxpayer subsidies for abortion by repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" which banned funding to organizations that promote and/or perform abortions overseas. Protect religious expression in the public square such as crosses, crèches and menorahs.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Mitt Romney is pro-life. He believes it speaks well of the country that almost all Americans recognize that abortion is a problem. And in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum signed the Personhood USA pledge. “Santorum, along with Paul, signed the Personhood USA pledge which declares opposition to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger. Even in that instance, the pledge says ‘every

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

The heated debate about abortion is filled with emotional arguments that usually center on secondary considerations such as sexual morality, religious beliefs, women's rights, or purely on pragmatic reasons: if abortion were made illegal it would still

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion (10/31/2011)

Stem Cell Research, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

What became clear during the cloning debate is how the harsh logic of an absolute right to abortion had cheapened the value of human life to the point that rational people saw a human embryo as nothing more than mere research material to be used, and

Source: Associated Press article titled "Romney Wraps Self in Reagan Lingo": (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

He authored legislation to advance adult stem cell research, so that ethical research could take place to fight debilitating diseases without the moral implications associated with embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

I do not believe that the federal government should fund stem cell research of any variety. Under the Constitution, this issue is left to states, private businesses, and individuals.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Parental Notification
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I pledged that I would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it. What's more, this particular bill does not require parental consent even for young teenagers. It disregards not only the seriousness of abortion but the importance of parental involvement and so would weaken a protection I am committed to uphold."

Source: "Why I Vetoed Contraception Bill," published in the Boston Globe (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Life Beginning at Conception
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Access to Contraception
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed the use of contraceptives and wanted to “get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage” as government policy. “Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

The Morning After Pill (Plan B)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I have also authored HR 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called "population control."

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Partial-birth Abortions
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick was the author of legislation outlawing the heinous act known as partial-birth abortion and championed the fight to pass the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act."

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

Recalling his personal observation of a late-term abortion performed by one of his instructors during his medical residency, Ron Paul stated, "It was pretty dramatic for me to see a two-and-a-half-pound baby taken out crying and breathing and put in a bucket."

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion (10/31/2011)

Federal Funding for Abortion
Newt Gingrich

End taxpayer subsidies for abortion by repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" which banned funding to organizations that promote and/or perform abortions overseas.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I am opposed to federal abortion funding.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Unborn Victims of Violence Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick championed the fight to pass the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act."

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Abortion for Rape and Incest
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed abortion even in cases of rape, saying women should “make the best out of a bad situation.” “GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Cloning, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Two years ago, as a result of the debate we had, the conclusion I reached was that cloning and creating new embryos was wrong, and that we should, therefore, allow our state to become a pro-life state. I believe states should have the right to make this decision, and that's a position I indicated in an op-ed in the Boston Globe 2 years ago.

Source: GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC (05/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I am opposed to any federal funds for any form of cloning.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Crime
Crime, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum voted to expand the use of mandatory minimum sentences. “Mandatory minimum sentences in drug crimes have proven to be ineffective and costly. They undermine the very concept of an independent judiciary by forcing judges to give predetermined

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Reducing Crime
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum voted to expand the use of mandatory minimum sentences. “Mandatory minimum sentences in drug crimes have proven to be ineffective and costly. They undermine the very concept of an independent judiciary by forcing judges to give predetermined

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Hate Crime
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

We should eradicate all these hate laws. They indicate that some people would receive a different penalty on others.

Source: GOP Values Voter Presidential Debate (09/17/2007)

Courts, Laws & Justice
Courts, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Reduce frivolous lawsuits that hold up energy production by enacting loser pays laws to force the losers in an environmental lawsuit to pay all legal costs for the other side.

Stop junk lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine with medical malpractice

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

To me, a fundamental principle of democracy is at stake. It is the people who are sovereign in America, not a few folks in black robes. Judges add things that aren't in the Constitution, and they take away things that are in the Constitution. In that

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for "negative outcomes" insurance purchased before medical treatment.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Supreme Court
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt believes in the rule of law, and he understands that the next president will make nominations that will shape the Supreme Court and the whole of the judiciary for decades to come. He will therefore appoint wise, experienced, and restrained judges

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/courts-constitution (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Constitution
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney's view of the Constitution is straightforward: its words have meaning. The founding generation adopted a written constitution for a reason. They intended to limit the powers of government according to enduring principles. The job of the judge

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/courts-constitution (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

America's Criminal Justice System, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I want justices who will follow the Constitution & will not add to it, not subtract from it but instead look to the Constitution & the values of the Founders to set the course for the nation.

Source: "A Mormon in the White House", by Hugh Hewitt, p.101-102 (07/25/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Death Penalty
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Governor Romney has been a consistent supporter and advocate of the death penalty for convicted killers."

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Property Rights and Eminent Domain
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Strongly Opposes The Taking Of Private Property For Private Development. Governor Romney believes that the Kelo property rights case was wrongly decided. You know, the Supreme Court made an error in judgment on this one. You know, I understand

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.

Today, we face a new threat of widespread eminent domain actions as a result of powerful interests who want to build a NAFTA

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Privacy Rights
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The biggest threat to your privacy is the government. We must drastically limit the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens' personal matters.

We must also protect medical privacy. Right now, you're vulnerable. Under so-called

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Obscenity Laws
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Enforce Our Nation's Obscenity Laws. To protect our children, Governor Romney will require the Department of Justice to enforce our existing federal obscenity laws. Even though the interstate trafficking of obscenity is illegal, federal obscenity laws have not been adequately enforced.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Activist Judges Legislating from the Bench
Newt Gingrich

Combat judicial activism by utilizing checks on judicial power Constitutionally available to the elected branches of government.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney will appoint judges who respect the Constitution and the rule of law, and will not legislate from the bench.

America's basic freedoms -- including those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights -- are under constant assault from activist judges

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Conservative / Liberal Balance on Supreme Court
Newt Gingrich

Nominate conservative judges who are committed to upholding Constitutional limited government and understand that the role of the judges is to interpret the law, not legislate from the bench.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Legal Reform, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Legal reform is an important issue that I place high on the agenda in the 109th Congress, as it is crucial to curb lawsuit abuse. Patients across America are being denied critical health care as doctors and hospitals are closing their doors due to skyrocketing

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for "negative outcomes" insurance purchased before medical treatment.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits
Newt Gingrich

Reduce frivolous lawsuits that hold up energy production by enacting loser pays laws to force the losers in an environmental lawsuit to pay all legal costs for the other side.

Stop junk lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine with medical malpractice reform.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Implement National Tort Reform. End the frivolous lawsuits and excessive non-economic damages that burden American companies with excessive tort costs.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for "negative outcomes" insurance purchased before medical treatment.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Government
Government, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The right course for America's government, we were talking about the role of government, is not to become the economic player, picking winners and losers, telling people what kind of health treatment they can receive, taking over the health care system

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more

Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)

Regulations
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Regulations function as a hidden tax on Americans, with the federal government's own Small Business Administration placing the price tag at $1.75 trillion annually--much higher than the entire burden of individual and corporate income taxes combined.

A

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Government Reform
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I had occasions to be in the turnaround business-- And I'd like to get my hands on Washington. It needs to be taken completely apart, with every program and agency evaluated for effectiveness and efficiency. Every business does that or goes bankrupt. But Washington seems to get larger and larger every year.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more

Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)

Government Agencies
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

An agency may be able to conceive of ten different regulations, each imposing costs of $10 billion while producing at least as much in social benefit. Moving forward might sound like a great idea to the typical regulator. But imposing those regulations,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Bureaucracy & Regulations
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Regulation is essential. You can't have a free market work if you don't have regulation. As a businessperson, I had to have -- I need to know the regulations. I needed them there. You couldn't have people opening up banks in their -- in their garage and

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

State Block Grants
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Empower States To Innovate -- Savings: >$100 billion

Block grants have huge potential to generate both superior results and cost savings by establishing local control and promoting innovation in areas such as Medicaid and Worker Retraining. Medicaid

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Influence of Special Interests
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

Buddy Roemer is committed to fighting the corrupting influences in Wall Street and Washington, ending favors to big donors and the misuse of federal funds to benefit major corporations that take jobs overseas while they evade taxes in America. Campaign

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Governor Romney believes that McCain-Feingold should be repealed because it restricts our First Amendment rights. He believes we should enact reforms that promote transparency and disclosure, preserve grassroots activism and protect the ability to criticize

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Earmarks
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The competition for pork barrel spending and the prevailing practice of out of control earmarking has contributed greatly to a culture of corruption in Washington that has tarnished both parties and led to a lack of faith and trust in America's elected representatives.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more

Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)

Health & Medical
Health & Medical Care, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Make health insurance more affordable and portable by giving Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount and by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

Healthcare reform under President Obama fell victim to special interests, and failed to address the underlying causes of costs in the system. Tort lawyers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies tend to be major campaign donors to campaigns in order to

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

Entirely on a partisan basis, instead of bringing America together and having a discussion on this important topic, you pushed through something that you and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought was the best answer and drove it through.

What we did in

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to quality, affordable, and safe health care is one of my highest legislative priorities. I believe that patients should be empowered in their healthcare decision-making, and I will continue to fight to reduce

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

Dr. Ron Paul spent his entire career in the medical profession working to uphold this simple principle by ensuring his patients received the best care he could give them, even if they could not afford it.

Dr. Paul understands the key to effective and

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Improving Health & Medical Care
Newt Gingrich

Make health insurance more affordable and portable by giving Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount and by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

In

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Reducing Health Care Costs
Newt Gingrich

Make health insurance more affordable and portable by giving Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount and by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, increasing price competition in the industry.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Competition drives improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, offering consumers higher quality goods and services at lower cost. It can have the same effect in the health care system, if given the chance to work.

Mitt will begin by returning states

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

There is only one solution that will lead to true health and true freedom: making health care more affordable. Ron Paul believes that only true free market competition will put pressure on the providers and force them to lower their costs to remain in

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)

Disease Prevention
Newt Gingrich

Reward health and wellness by giving health plans, employers, Medicare, and Medicaid more latitude to design benefits to encourage, incentivize, and reward healthy behaviors.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Quality and Cost Reporting
Newt Gingrich

Stop health care fraud by moving from a paper-based system to an electronic one. Health care fraud accounts for as much as much as 10 percent of all health care spending, according to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. That's more than $200

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Immunizations and Vaccinations
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I also opposed the Homeland Security Bill, H.R. 5005, which, in section 304, authorizes the forced vaccination of American citizens against small pox. The government should never have the power to require immunizations or vaccinations.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Health Opportunity Accounts
Newt Gingrich

Extend Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) throughout the health care system. Everyone on Medicare and Medicaid should be free to choose an HSA for their coverage. All workers should be free to choose an HSA in place of their employer coverage if they desire.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Alternative Medicine
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I have introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful health information about supplements and natural remedies.

I support the Access to Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicine and new treatments.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Medical Research
Newt Gingrich

Invest in research for health solutions that are urgent national priorities. Medical breakthroughs--ones that prevent or cure disease rather than treating its symptoms--are a critical part of the solution to long-term budget challenges. More brain science

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Mental Health
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

As a member of the United States Senate, Rick fought for the passage of the "Combating Autism Act" to fight this devastating disease that is affecting more and more of our nation's children.

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Business
Business, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America's workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate. And if we lower that rate, they will be able to hire more

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Small Business
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America's workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate. And if we lower that rate, they will be able to hire more

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Dodd-Frank Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Repeal Dodd-Frank and replace with streamlined, modern regulatory framework

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Amend Sarbanes-Oxley to relieve mid-size companies from onerous requirements

Regulations, over regulation, things like Sarbanes-Oxley. Let's apply millions of dollars of penalty to every company in America thinking about being public. That slows down

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Energy, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Today's high gas and energy prices are entirely a function of bad government policies. Newt has an American Energy Plan that would maximize energy production from all sources--oil, natural gas, wind, biofuels, nuclear, clean coal, and more--and would

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Producing more domestic energy would create good jobs and bolster local economies in a wide variety of energy-producing regions that effectively "export" their product to the rest of the country. While countless jobs are engaged in the actual energy-production

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/energy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

As Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, a member of my party's leadership, working with my colleagues to create a comprehensive national energy policy has been one of my top priorities. Not only is our country faced with the economic challenges

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

Government regulations, taxes, and corporate subsidies have distorted the energy market, causing some prices to rise above what they would be in the free market, while artificially lowering other prices and discouraging conservation. The costs of energy

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Energy Independence from Foreign Oil
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

Buddy Roemer believes that any energy policy must begin with using resources at home safely and efficiently, reducing dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs here in America.

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

The United States is blessed with a cornucopia of carbon-based energy resources. Developing them has been a pathway to prosperity for the nation in the past and offers similar promise for the future.

Conduct comprehensive survey of America's energy reserves

Open

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/energy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

"It is absolutely essential that we have as much domestic supply of oil, that we build the Keystone pipeline, that we create the jobs that provide oil from domestic sources, pipelines the run on the floor of the sea or pipelines that come to America are

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Oil Drilling
Newt Gingrich

Remove bureaucratic and legal obstacles to responsible oil and natural gas development in the United States, offshore and on land.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The Obama administration's energy policy has been simply incoherent. For instance, it has blocked off-shore drilling in U.S. waters while applauding increased drilling off the coast of Brazil.

"The best thing we can do to get the price of gas to be more

Source: www.electad.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

The former Pennsylvania senator has long called for more offshore drilling, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and beyond.

"It is absolutely essential that we have as much domestic supply of oil, that we build the Keystone pipeline, that we create

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Oil Company Profits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"...I do not want to raise taxes on oil companies."

Source: town hall meeting in Wilmington, DE, available at www.c-spanvideo.org (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Canadian Oil (Keystone) Pipeline
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The Obama administration's energy policy has been simply incoherent. It has blocked construction of a pipeline that would bring Canadian oil to the United States, knowing full well that the result would be Canadian oil flowing to China instead.

Support

Source: campaign stop in North Dakota by the Canadian Press in the huffingtonpost (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Santorum at Monday's debate called for the approval of the Keystone XL, the controversial oil pipeline that would import crude oil from tar sands in Canada and has been the topic of dozens of protests outside the White House.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Nuclear Power
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Bring clean energy technology to market through commercialization of large-scale renewables and advanced nuclear technologies.

Accelerate construction of new nuclear power plants in order to ensure that nuclear power continues to be a part of a robust,

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Nuclear energy can also provide the American people with a reliable and environmentally sound alternative. Therefore, I will repeal federal regulations that hinder the development of nuclear energy. However, I will also repeal all federal subsidies and privileges granted the nuclear industry. Nuclear power should prove its worth in the free-market.

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind
Newt Gingrich

Newt has an American Energy Plan that would maximize energy production from all sources--oil, natural gas, wind, biofuels, nuclear, clean coal, and more--and would encourage clean energy innovation without discouraging overall energy production.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

And in one year, you provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world.

Now, I like green energy as well, but that's about 50 years' worth of what oil and gas receives. And you say Exxon and Mobil. Actually, this $2.8 billion goes largely to small

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I have cosponsored legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Coal
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As the Obama administration wages war against oil and coal, it has been spending billions of dollars on alternative energy forms and touting its creation of "green" jobs. But it seems to be operating more on faith than on fact-based economic calculation.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/energy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Shale Gas Development
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/energy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Regulation of Energy Companies
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Unfortunately, the first three years of the Obama administration have witnessed energy and environmental policies that have stifled the domestic energy sector. In thrall to the environmentalist lobby and its dogmas, the President and the regulatory bodies

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/energy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Energy Research and Development
Newt Gingrich

Finance cleaner energy research and projects with new oil and gas royalties.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Government has a role to play in innovation in the energy industry. History shows that the United States has moved forward in astonishing ways thanks to national investment in basic research and advanced technology. However, we should not be in the business

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/energy (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I am a co-sponsor of legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative and sustainable energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Domestic Energy Production
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

"It is absolutely essential that we have as much domestic supply of oil, that we build the Keystone pipeline, that we create the jobs that provide oil from domestic sources, pipelines the run on the floor of the sea or pipelines that come to America are

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Gas & Oil, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Today's high gas and energy prices are entirely a function of bad government policies. Newt has an American Energy Plan that would maximize energy production from all sources--oil, natural gas, wind, biofuels, nuclear, clean coal, and more--and would

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies. Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land,

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Labor Wages & Unions
Labor, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

In the midst of an economic crisis, with 24 million people needing work, policies that strengthen the hand of labor unions at the expense of both businesses and workers are probably the last thing the country has needed. But President Obama, in political

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/labor (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Wages, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, calling it “a trial lawyers’ bill” meant to pad the pockets of the lawyers suing on behalf of women. “As polls show the tightening of a gender gap and the chase by both Romney and Obama for an elusive

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Unions, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Too often, unions drive up costs and introduce rigidities that harm competitiveness and frustrate innovation. The statistics tell an unkind story. Studies conducted by non-partisan scholars have shown that labor unions reduce investment and slow job

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Employee Free Choice Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes in the right of workers to join a union or to not join a union. To exercise that right freely, workers must have access to all the relevant facts they need to make an informed decision. This means hearing from both the union about

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/labor (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Right-to-Work Laws
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As matters currently stand, unions can take money directly from the paychecks of American workers and spend it on politicking--each election cycle, unions spend hundreds of millions of dollars. In non-Right-to-Work states, employees have little choice

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/labor (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

As president, Mitt Romney's first step in improving labor policy will be to ensure that our labor laws create a stable and level playing field on which businesses can operate. As they hire, businesses should not have to worry that a politicized federal

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/labor (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Worker Retraining
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will approach retraining policy with a conservative mindset that recognizes it as an area where the federal government is particularly ill-equipped to succeed. Retraining efforts must be founded upon a partnership that brings together the

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/human-capital (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Immigration of Highly Skilled Workers
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

To ensure that America continues to lead the world in innovation and economic dynamism, a Romney administration would press for an immigration policy designed to maximize America's economic potential. The United States needs to attract and retain job

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/human-capital (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Minimum Wage
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Raising living standards for all Americans is an admirable goal; however, to believe that Congress can raise the standard of living for working Americans by simply forcing employers to pay their employees a higher wage is equivalent to claiming that Congress

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Wage Discrimination
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, calling it “a trial lawyers’ bill” meant to pad the pockets of the lawyers suing on behalf of women. “As polls show the tightening of a gender gap and the chase by both Romney and Obama for an elusive

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Davis Bacon Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I support the repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Wage Gap between Men and Women
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, calling it “a trial lawyers’ bill” meant to pad the pockets of the lawyers suing on behalf of women. “As polls show the tightening of a gender gap and the chase by both Romney and Obama for an elusive

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Values, Religion & Family
Family, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

As a husband and father, Rick Santorum knows the importance of protecting and providing for your family. He believes that at the core of the American experience is the family, and that without strong families, we cannot have a strong and vibrant nation.

During

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/05/2011)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is an unwavering advocate of pro-family values.

Source: Candidate Website (01/05/2008)

Family Values
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I stood at the center of the battlefield on every major social issue. I fought to preserve our traditional values and to protect the sanctity of human life. I vetoed bills. I filed new bills.

I'd like to see us clean up the water in which our kids are

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

As a husband and father, Rick Santorum knows the importance of protecting and providing for your family. He believes that at the core of the American experience is the family, and that without strong families, we cannot have a strong and vibrant nation.

During

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/05/2011)

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is an unwavering advocate of pro-family values.

Source: Candidate Website (01/05/2008)

American Values
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

That statement also says that we are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose. I interpret that as, one, making sure that those people who are less fortunate and can't care for themselves are cared by -- by one another.

We're

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum supported the original version of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum on Sunday cited an offensive slogan used by the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church to explain his defense of

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Sexual Misconduct of Politicians
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I think people should be able to do what they want to do. And express their own views when they get into the ... voting booth. I'm not gonna tell them how to ... do that. And I know that people will, again, take their own counsel

Source: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Religion, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Protect religious expression in the public square such as crosses, crèches and menorahs.

Protect the rights of teachers to use historical examples involving religion in their classroom. Nor should they be discouraged from answering questions about religion or discussing it objectively in the classroom.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country.

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick understands that our freedom to practice our faith is not just under attack through the redefinition of marriage, but in nearly every facet of the popular culture. As a member of the United States Senate, Rick authored the "Workplace Religious Freedom

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/05/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Values, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The foundations of our nation's strength are a love of liberty and a pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity. These values--inherited from our Founders and embodied by all who came to our shores seeking opportunity--have made the United States

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues (10/29/2011)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum supported the original version of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “Former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum on Sunday cited an offensive slogan used by the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church to explain his defense of

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

If you want to change people, you change them through persuasion, through family values and church values, but you can't do it through legislation because force doesn't work.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

*Reduce Subsidies For The National Endowments For The Arts And Humanities, The Corporation For Public Broadcasting, And The Legal Services Corporation -- Savings: $600 Million. NEA, NEH, and CPB provide grants to supplement other sources of funding. LSC

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Family Planning Funding (Title X)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Eliminate Title X Family Planning Funding -- Savings: $300 Million. Title X subsidizes family planning programs that benefit abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Religion & State - First Amendment
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

The First Amendment is often used illegitimately as a way to shut out the voice of faith in the public square when it was in fact intended to do the opposite. The first Amendment declares that "Congress shall pass no law which respects the establishment"

Source: Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p.154 (07/25/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Religious Tolerance
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me. And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion--rather, we welcome our nation's symphony of faith.

Source: Newsweek, "A New American Holy War", Speech at George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, TX, p30 (12/17/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

A Candidate's Religious Beliefs
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

My view is that when a person of faith is running for office--particularly a person of a faith you may not be familiar with--there are some questions that are legitimate. Those are real issues, and people have a right to hear a candidate address them.

Source: Newsweek, "A New American Holy War", Speech at George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, TX, p30 (12/17/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Atheists and Agnostics
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

People who don't have a particular faith have a personal conviction including a sense of right and wrong and any host of beliefs someone might have. Obviously in this nation our religious liberty includes the ability to believe or not believe.

Source: Newsweek, "A New American Holy War", Speech at George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, TX, p30 (12/17/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Faith-Based Volunteer Efforts
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Support And Strengthen Community And Faith-Based Volunteer Efforts. Strong families need strong communities to help support their efforts to keep children safe from dangerous outside influences. Organizations like United Way, Little League and faithbased

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Teen Pregnancy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Federal programs to combat teen pregnancy are obviously not working real well.

Source: Des Moines Register Republican debate (12/12/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Indecency in the Media
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

At the same time that our children are being exposed to adult material at an alarming pace on television, through the Internet and on the radio, many communities have fewer and fewer people and places where parents and children can find refuge. We've

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Media Violence and Sex
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

I'm concerned about the drug culture, concerned about the pornography, the violence, the sex, the perversions that they [children] see day-in day-out.

Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Transportation
Transportation, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have advocated for the transportation needs of Pennsylvania. By simply looking at a map, it is evident that if a product is being transported to or from the northeastern part of the U.S., this product is often shipped

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

No response

Amtrak
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Privatize Amtrak -- Savings: $1.6 Billion. Despite requirement that Amtrak operate on a for-profit basis, it continues to receive about $1.6 billion in taxpayer funds each year. Forty-one of Amtrak's 44 routes lost money in 2008 with losses ranging from $5 to $462 per passenger.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Having been born and raised on the grounds of a Department of Veterans Affairs facility, I strongly believe that Congress has a special obligation to protect the interests of our nation's veterans. With over 1.2 million veterans living in Pennsylvania,

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

Many politicians talk about honoring our veterans and their sacrifices. Yet so often the rhetoric obscures the reality that the federal government treats veterans badly. Congress wastes billions of dollars on countless unconstitutional programs, but fails

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Veterans' Health and Medical Care
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I support restoring health care coverage to retired service members and reducing their out-of-pocket costs, and I also support fully investigating the causes of Gulf War illnesses and providing all necessary treatments to veterans suffering from those illnesses.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Disabled Veterans Health Care
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I support immediately ending the requirement that disabled veterans give up their military retirement pay in order to receive VA disability benefits.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Civil Rights
Civil Rights, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

If it means we have to go into a mosque to wiretap or a church, then that's exactly where we are gonna go, because we are going to do whatever it takes to protect the American people. And I hear from time to time people say, 'Hey, wait a sec, we have

Source: www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2007-07-20-3000222386_x.htm (07/20/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave the federal government unprecedented power over the hiring, employee relations, and customer service practices of every business in the country. The result was a massive violation of the rights of private property and

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/civil-rights-act (10/31/2011)

USA Patriot Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Our president, for all the criticism he receives, has kept America safe these last six years, and he has done it by: One pursuing the Patriot Act, which has given us the intelligence information we needed to find out who the bad guys were and get them

Source: www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2007-07-20-3000222386_x.htm (07/20/2007)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The "Patriot" Act, which was supposed to fight terrorism, allows the government to snoop on average citizens, obtain nationwide search warrants without local judicial oversight, monitor private Internet usage (that includes our emails and surfing habits),

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/civil-liberties (10/31/2011)

Privacy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

We must stop the move toward a national ID card system. All states are preparing to issue new driver's licenses embedded with "standard identifier" data - a national ID. A national ID with new tracking technologies means we're heading into an Orwellian

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/civil-liberties (10/31/2011)

Anti-semitism
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

African, Latino & Native Americans
Racism
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.

The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Prescription Drugs
Prescription Drugs, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Speed medical breakthroughs to patients by reforming the Food and Drug Administration.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Social Security & Pensions
Social Security, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

President Obama has had three years in office, during which time he has attacked every serious proposal to preserve and strengthen America's entitlement programs. Mitt Romney has laid out the approach he would take to modernizing America's entitlement

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/social-security (08/09/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum was a major advocate for President Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security. “Mr. Santorum is a member of the Finance Committee responsible for the program, and chairman of its Social Security subcommittee. Probably no Republican other

Source: correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Our nation's promise to its seniors, once considered a sacred trust, has become little more than a tool for politicians to scare retirees while robbing them of their promised benefits. Today, the Social Security system is broke and broken. Those in the

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Long Term Viability of Social Security
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum was a major advocate for President Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security. “Mr. Santorum is a member of the Finance Committee responsible for the program, and chairman of its Social Security subcommittee. Probably no Republican other

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

Solvency is the key to keeping our promise to our seniors, and I have introduced the Social Security Preservation Act (H.R. 219) to ensure that money paid into the system is only used for Social Security.

Excessive government spending has created the

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Privatizing Social Security
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Our nominee has to be someone who isn't committed to abolishing Social Security, but who is committed to saving Social Security. We have always had, at the heart of our party, a recognition that we want to care for those in need, and our seniors have

Source: Republican presidential debate held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum was a major advocate for President Bush’s proposal to privatize Social Security. “Mr. Santorum is a member of the Finance Committee responsible for the program, and chairman of its Social Security subcommittee. Probably no Republican other

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

We must also address the desire of younger workers to save and invest on their own. We should cut payroll taxes and give workers the opportunity to seek better returns in the private market.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Social Security Trust Fund
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I have never voted to spend a single penny from the Social Security Trust Fund on anything other than Social Security and believe that Trust Fund money should only be spent on Social Security.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Tax on Social Security Benefits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Imposing any tax on Social Security benefits is unfair and illogical. In Congress, I have introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 191), which repeals ALL taxes on Social Security benefits, to eliminate political theft of our seniors' income and raise their standard of living.

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Consumers
Credit Cards
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 produced federal restrictions on credit card companies that have already led to higher interest rates, higher annual fees, and lower credit limits, especially for middle-class borrowers."

Source: mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Illegal Drugs & Marijuana
Illegal Drugs, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

"[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy,

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/war-on-drugs (10/31/2011)

Medical Use of Marijuana
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I don't do any arresting. In my view, marijuana should not be made legal either for medicinal purposes or recreational purposes. It's the opening way to drug use for many, many people in our country and I'm opposed to medical marijuana."

Source: town hall event in Exeter, NH (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The issue is not whether one supports medical marijuana or not. The issue is whether Washington decides or local voters decide. For most issues, the Constitution leaves decision-making to the states. For most of the 20th century, however, the federal

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Legalization of Marijuana
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"I believe marijuana should be illegal in our country. It is the pathway to drug usage by our society, which is a great scourge -- which is one of the great causes of crime in our cities. And I believe that we are at a state where, of course, we are very

Source: Town hall event in Manchester, New Hampshire (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I believe that this issue needs to be resolved at the state and local level, and that the federal government has no constitutional authority to intervene in these decisions.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

War on Drugs
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

"[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy,

Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/war-on-drugs (10/31/2011)

Poverty & Welfare
Poverty, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

We're a nation that believes that we're all children of the same god and we care for those that have difficulties, those that are elderly and have problems and challenges, those that are disabled. We care for them. And we -- we look for discovery and

Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Poor Children
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I will work to reduce taxes on the American family. In addition, my goals of restoring a sound monetary policy and stopping the government from wasting trillions on an overseas empire will enable the American people to devote their own resources to meeting

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Welfare, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our nation's entitlement programs were the cancer to the long-term fiscal health of our nation. This is why he was one of the lead sponsors of the landmark 1996 Welfare Reform law that

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Faith-based Initiative Funding
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

If religious organizations receive taxpayer monies, they will have an incentive to make obedience to the dictates of federal bureaucrats their number-one priority. Religious entities may even change the religious character of their programs in order to

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Improving the Welfare System
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our nation's entitlement programs were the cancer to the long-term fiscal health of our nation. This is why he was one of the lead sponsors of the landmark 1996 Welfare Reform law that

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Public Service
Mandate Public Service
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

“I like the idea of providing opportunities for young people to serve… I love the opportunity to see voluntary service. But I’m not ready to lay out what that will look like. I will continue to support the programs that have been effective and see if

Source: town hall event in New Hampshire (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Food & Agriculture
Food, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Speed medical breakthroughs to patients by reforming the Food and Drug Administration.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Agriculture, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

With over 7.7 million acres of farmland and more than $4 billion in annual receipts, agriculture is important to Pennsylvania's economy. In 1994, I was honored to be the first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee from Pennsylvania since 1904. In

Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)

Ron Paul

No response

Genetically Engineered Food
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The federal government lacks constitutional authority to mandate labeling of products containing genetically-modified food. Furthermore, those who do not wish to consume genetically-modified products should be leery of federally-mandated labeling because

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Newt Gingrich

Speed medical breakthroughs to patients by reforming the Food and Drug Administration.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in order to comply with standards dictated by supra-national organizations such as the UN's World Food Code (CODEX), NAFTA, and CAFTA, has been assuming greater control over nutrients, vitamins and natural health

Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)

Alcohol, Cigarettes & Gambling
Cigarettes, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

Any policies on this issue must, under the Constitution, be settled at the state and local levels.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

Remove obstacles to job creation imposed by destructive and ineffective regulations, programs and bureaucracies. Steps include: Repealing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which did nothing to prevent the financial crisis and is holding companies back from making

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will rebuild the foundations of the American economy on the principles of free enterprise, hard work, and innovation. His plan seeks to reduce taxes, spending, regulation, and government programs. It seeks to increase trade, energy production,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues (10/29/2011)

Rick Santorum

Since leaving Congress, Rick has been a vocal opponent of the Wall Street bailouts and stimulus programs instituted by both President Bush and Obama. Rick believes that by having our government choose winners and losers, both Administrations are setting

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Bailout of Banks and Financial Corporations
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"The TARP program, while not transparent and not having been used as wisely it should have been, was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures. You cannot have a free economy and free market if there is not a financial

Source: reuters.com article, "Did Romney Flip-Flop on TARP?" (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Bail Outs of General Motors and Chrysler
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Three years ago, in the midst of an economic crisis, a newly elected President Barack Obama stepped in with a bailout for the auto industry. The indisputable good news is that Chrysler and General Motors are still in business. The equally indisputable

Source: "US Autos Bailout 'Was Crony Capitalism on a Grand Scale'," published Detroit News (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed assisting the automotive industry, saying that “the government should not be involved in bailouts, period.” “Mr. Santorum, who is locked in a tight Michigan primary race with Mr. Romney, argued in a speech to the Detroit Economic

Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)

Ron Paul

No response

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

"Right now taxpayers are on the hook for almost 90 percent of all new mortgages. The two government-sponsored government housing corporations (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) fueled a predictable disaster...

In towns across the nation, foreclosed homes sit

Source: www.mittromney. (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

$700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Bailout
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Since leaving Congress, Rick has been a vocal opponent of the Wall Street bailouts and stimulus programs instituted by both President Bush and Obama. Rick believes that by having our government choose winners and losers, both Administrations are setting

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

Financial Industry Regulation
Newt Gingrich

Strengthen the dollar by returning to the Reagan-era monetary policies that stopped runaway inflation and reforming the Federal Reserve to promote transparency.

Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Banks
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

As a small business banker, Buddy Roemer is proud to have chosen smart investments that kept his bank on solid footing while others were taking bailouts from the government to remain solvent. Banking is too important to be left to the bankers, but Buddy

Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Financial Meltdown
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Rick Santorum

Since leaving Congress, Rick has been a vocal opponent of the Wall Street bailouts and stimulus programs instituted by both President Bush and Obama. Rick believes that by having our government choose winners and losers, both Administrations are setting

Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)

Ron Paul

No response

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