Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

2012 Major Republican Presidential Candidates

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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Michele Bachmann - R
www.michelebachmann.comwww.michelebachmann.com
(651) 260-4648
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Gary Johnson - L
www.garyjohnson2012.comwww.garyjohnson2012.com
(505) 270-0307
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Rick Santorum - R
www.ricksantorum.comwww.ricksantorum.com
(215) 864-6900
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Ron Paul - R
www.ronpaul.comwww.ronpaul.com
(703) 248-9115
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Rick Perry - R
www.rickperry.orgwww.rickperry.org
(512) 463-2000
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Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. - R
jon2012.comjon2012.com
(801) 320-9723
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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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

Johnson, who has been referred to as the 'most fiscally conservative Governor' in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003. Governor Johnson brings a distinctly business-like mentality to governing, believing that decisions should be made based on cost-benefit analysis rather than strict ideology.

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.

Rick Perry

America is at a crossroads. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. The nation's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. Millions of Americans are struggling to avoid foreclosure or to just make ends meet.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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.

Michele Bachmann

Bachmann and her husband, Marcus, live in Stillwater where they own a small business mental health care practice that employs 42 people. The Bachmanns have five children, Lucas, Harrison, Elisa, Caroline, and Sophia. In addition, the Bachmanns have opened their home to 23 foster children.

Gary Johnson

He has two grown children- a daughter Seah and a son Erik and currently resides in a house he built himself in Taos, New Mexico.

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.

Rick Perry

James Richard "Rick" Perry was born on March 4, 1950.

A fifth generation Texan, Perry grew up the son of tenant farmers in the tiny West Texas town of Paint Creek. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry’s two children, he was active in scouting and earned

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

He and his wife Mary Kaye have seven children, including two adopted girls from China and India.

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

Michele Bachmann

Bachmann spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on hundreds of civil and criminal cases.

Gary Johnson

A successful businessman before running for office in 1994, Gov. Johnson started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. Twenty years later, he had grown the firm into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico

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.

Rick Perry

Perry was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Captain, and he returned home to the family farm, where they grew dryland cotton, milo and wheat.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

In the private sector, Jon is a successful businessman with hands-on job creation experience. He served as an executive in his family's business, which built hundreds of products and employed thousands of people. Using his international experience and language skills, Jon has helped the company compete and expand globally.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

In 2009, after becoming increasingly concerned with the country's out-of-control national debt and precarious financial situation, the Governor formed the OUR America Initiative, a 501c(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties,

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.

Rick Perry

He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Asked by President Obama in 2009 to serve his country once again, Jon was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to China. He turned heads by shunning motorcades, preferring instead to ride his bicycle and interact with the Chinese people.

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

Michele Bachmann

Elected in 2006, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Bachmann is a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Financial Services Committee.

Prior

Gary Johnson

Governor Johnson, who has been referred to as the 'most fiscally conservative Governor' in the country, was the Republican Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003. Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time

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

Rick Perry

Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, he served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.

Perry won a close election to become the first Republican Lieutenant Governor in more

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

As governor of one of the most conservative states in the country, Jon built a strong executive record by cutting taxes, reducing waste and growing Utah's economy. Thanks to the free-market policies implemented by Gov. Huntsman, Utah weathered the economic

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

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

Roman Catholic.

Ron Paul

Protestant.

Rick Perry

They are members of Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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.

Michele Bachmann

She was recently honored with an appointment to the bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Advisory Board.

Gary Johnson

Scaled the highest peaks of 4 continents, including Everest.

Competed in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 25 mile desert run in combat boots wearing a 35 pound backpack.

Participating in Hawaii's invitation-only Ironman Triathlon Championship, several times.

Mountain biked the eight day Adidas TransAlps Challenge in Europe.

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

Rick Perry

He is the author of a best-selling reflection on Boy Scout values titled “On My Honor: Why The American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.”

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Shortly after becoming governor in 2004, Jon began implementing his 10-point plan for jumpstarting Utah's economy -- including historic tax reform. He simplified the tax structure and cut taxes by more than $400 million.

He maintained his fiscal responsibility

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.

Michele Bachmann

Congresswoman Bachmann is a graduate of Winona State University. After earning her law degree, she went on to the College of William and Mary to get an LLM in tax law.

Gary Johnson

No response

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.

Rick Perry

Perry was among the first generation in his family to attend college, enrolling at Texas A&M University in the fall of 1968. He joined the Fightin' Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets and was elected twice to serve as an Aggie Yell Leader. Perry graduated in August 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Jon Huntsman, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

None.

Ron Paul

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

Rick Perry

Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the Europe and the Middle East. He is a lifetime member of American Legion Post #75. He returned to Texas with the rank of captain.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

America is at a crossroads. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. The nation's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. Millions of Americans are struggling to avoid foreclosure or to just make ends meet.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

1. Balance the Federal Budget.

2. Cut Federal spending by the amount necessary to eliminate deficit spending without raising taxes.

3. Remove the United States from unnecessary and costly foreign wars and interventions, including Afghanistan.

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

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

America is at a crossroads. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. The nation's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. Millions of Americans are struggling to avoid foreclosure or to just make ends meet.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Achievements If Elected
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

Rick Perry will get America working again.

As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry has helped build the nation's strongest economy. Since June 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been created in Texas. Thanks to his fiscally conservative

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Rick Perry will get America working again.

The principles that have guided Rick Perry's leadership in Texas are the same principles that will guide him as President: Don't spend all the money. Keep taxes low and regulations fair. And invest aggressively

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

On Entering Public Service
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

America is at a crossroads. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. The nation's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. Millions of Americans are struggling to avoid foreclosure or to just make ends meet.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

ENFORCE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWS. The failure of the federal government to enforce its immigration laws costs federal, state and local governments billions of dollars annually. Our nation was founded on the rule of law, and we must ensure U.S. immigration

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Rick Perry will finally force Washington to fulfill its constitutional duty to secure our international borders. As Governor, Perry has directed hundreds of millions of dollars, manpower and resources to drastically reduce criminal activity along the

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

ENFORCE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWS. The failure of the federal government to enforce its immigration laws costs federal, state and local governments billions of dollars annually. Our nation was founded on the rule of law, and we must ensure U.S. immigration

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Well, here's what I think is very important for Washington to understand: You're not going to have comprehensive immigration reform until the border is secure. The American people do not trust Washington to do these two things at the same time. They expect

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Dream Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

I'm not for the DREAM Act that they are talking about in D.C.; that is amnesty. What we did in the state of Texas was clearly a states right issue. We were clearly sending a message to young people, that we believe in you. That if you want to live in Texas, that we're going to allow you the opportunity to be contributing members.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"The notion of building a fence across two thousand miles of border, the notion of putting the National Guard arm in arm across two thousand miles of border in my opinion would be a whole lot of money spent with very little if any benefit whatsoever."

Source: www.p2012.org (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

Rick Perry

Texas border "surge" reduced influx of unaccompanied kids

Q: On the issue of immigration. The administration now says the numbers show that the influx of those unaccompanied children who are coming across the border illegally has dropped significantly.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"Reform immigration to make it easy for individuals to come over here, be documented, pay taxes - immigration reform is needed to state that it's about work, it's not about welfare... Set up a grace period where they can get a work permit... social security card so that they can pay income tax, social security, Medicare."

Source: YouTube.com (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)

Rick Perry

If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"Enact an application and tracking procedure for guest workers, such as an e-verify system. Procedures must be quick, simple and efficient in providing documentation information, and must meet the needs of both employers and willing workers."

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

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"First of all, I support immigration. I think immigration is a good thing. I'm opposed to building a wall across the border, which we have built a wall across the border. What we really need to do is we really need to make it easy for immigrants that

Source: Johnson's campaign organization Our America Initiative (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

ENFORCE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWS. The failure of the federal government to enforce its immigration laws costs federal, state and local governments billions of dollars annually. Our nation was founded on the rule of law, and we must ensure U.S. immigration

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

There's not anybody on this stage that's had to deal with the issue of border security more than I have, with 1,200 miles of border with Mexico. And our federal government has been an abject failure at securing our border. We've had to spend some $400

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"I have said that I would not have signed the Arizona immigration law, because I’m concerned it could lead to racial profiling. But, having served as governor of another border state, New Mexico, I empathize with Arizona’s frustration, and absolutely

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

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

We have Texas Rangers patrolling the border

Q: To date, it appears that you have not tried to stop the illegals from coming. How do you feel being criticized by a number of these other candidates on the stage for being too soft on immigration?

PERRY:

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

Import farm workers from Mexico.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Whereas, agriculture, which has critical importance in the South not only to our economy, but to our regional and cultural identify and way of life, is facing

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Texas border "surge" reduced influx of unaccompanied kids

Q: On the issue of immigration. The administration now says the numbers show that the influx of those unaccompanied children who are coming across the border illegally has dropped significantly.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Deportation
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.

Perry adopted the National Governors Association policy:

[Regarding illegal immigration], the Governors continue to call on the federal government to negotiate and renegotiate prisoner transfer

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

We basically had a decision to make. Are we going to give people an incentive to be contributing members of this society or are we going to tell them no, we're going to put you on the government dole? In the state of Texas, and this is a states right

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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 world of no privacy. I voted against the Real ID Act in March of 2005.

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Undocumented Immigrants
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Illegal immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides

Q: Your take on the border crisis?

PERRY: What we are concerned about are the 80%-plus of individuals who don't get talked about enough that are coming into the US illegally, and committing substantial

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Immigrant Birthright Citizenship
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Alien Minors
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

I warned of crisis of Central American kids in 2012

Q: Tens of thousands of Central American children are crossing the border illegally into the US. You have called the federal response to this crisis inept. Do you mean the President's inept or is Congress

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

Beyond the basic task of defending our borders and our homeland, it doesn't take a Nobel Peace Prize to recognize that preserving our security comes down to one simple maxim: stand up for our friends … stand up to our foes … and know the difference.

Understanding

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/security (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

Rick Perry believes in American exceptionalism, and rejects the notion our president should apologize for our country but instead believes allies and adversaries alike must know that America seeks peace from a position of strength. We must strengthen

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Perry balked when the moderator, Associated Press reporter Ken Dilanian tried to clarify that he was supporting the NSA collecting everyone's phone records.

"You just put a whole bunch of words in my mouth that I didn't say," Perry said. "What I said

Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/kathie-obradovich (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Radical Islam
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Speaking on the dangers of radical Islam, Governor Perry chose not to follow the form of U.S. President Barack Obama or UK Prime Minister David Cameron by insisting that Islamic terrorists are “not Muslim,” a convenient dodge recently described as a “reassuring

Source: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

USA Patriot Act
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

On the Patriot Act, he drew applause when he said, "I would tend to agree more with the Senate approach than with the House approach from the standpoint of that we must protect this country and protect its citizens."

Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/kathie-obradovich (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Rick Perry believes in American exceptionalism, and rejects the notion our president should apologize for our country but instead believes allies and adversaries alike must know that America seeks peace from a position of strength. We must strengthen

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security

In his book, "Fed Up," Gov. Perry says that it was "unprincipled" for Republicans to vote in favor of creating the Department of Homeland Security.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Local First Responders
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Air Security
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility.

Include states in anti-terrorism planning.

Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility.

Perry adopted the National Governors Association policy:

Handling Information Needs.

Many of the operational, programmatic, and funding activities associated with terrorism consequence management

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it

Let me just say something about the president of the United States. He's taken lots of slings and arrows here today. But one thing that I want to say that he did do that I agree with is that

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Waterboarding
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Habeas Corpus and Legal Rights for Combatant Detainees
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gay & Lesbian
Gay Rights, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

In San Francisco, home to one of the largest and best known gay communities in the country, Texas Governor Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism, saying that orientation is a choice.

Perry made his comments during an appearance at The Commonwealth

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

As a believer in individual freedom and keeping government out of personal lives, I simply cannot find a legitimate justification for federal laws, such as the Defense of Marriage Act, which 'define' marriage. That definition should be left to religions

Source: online town hall co-hosted with GOProud (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)

Rick Perry

Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens. The 10th Amendment guarantees Texas

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/27/rick-perry-gay-marriage_n_4866510.html (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Business Owners Refusing to Serve Gay Weddings
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) claimed during a radio interview this week that anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to “re-education camps” for refusing to serve gay customers.

“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Prohibiting Same Sex Marriage Recognition between States (Defense of Marriage Act)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Same-sex marriages cannot be recognized in Texas under legislation that Gov. Rick Perry signed Tuesday. With the new law, labeled the Defense of Marriage Act by its supporters, Texas will be prevented from legally recognizing same-sex unions that are

Source: http://www.advocate.com/news/2003/05/28/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Homosexuality as a Choice or Genetics
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

In San Francisco, home to one of the largest and best known gay communities in the country, Texas Governor Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism, saying that orientation is a choice.

Perry made his comments during an appearance at The Commonwealth

Source: http://www.diversityinc.com/news/rick-perry-ability-decide-gay/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gays Serving in the Military
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gays Adopting Children
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

Beyond the basic task of defending our borders and our homeland, it doesn't take a Nobel Peace Prize to recognize that preserving our security comes down to one simple maxim: stand up for our friends … stand up to our foes … and know the difference.

Understanding

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/security (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Rick Perry believes in American exceptionalism, and rejects the notion our president should apologize for our country but instead believes allies and adversaries alike must know that America seeks peace from a position of strength. We must strengthen our diplomatic relationships, and stand firm with our allies against our common enemies.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

The world is a better place when America leads. Our own interests are best served when we lead. American exceptionalism is not only about who we are as a people - but it also speaks to how the United States alone is positioned in the world to promote

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

China: We will increasingly compete with China as we go forward; the United States should have a policy with the appropriate mix of engagement and hedging. This includes:

Engaging China from a position of strength - both core strength at home, and the

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"When people understand that the United States spends 52 cents out of the worldwide dollar on military spending and that China spends 9 cents, what arms race are we gonna engage them in? I mean really, is China a threat? No, they're not."

Source: 'I'm Not. Dead. Yet.'," published in Mother Jones (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

With regard to flights to Cuba? You know, I'm - I'm in favor, I think, of the whole notion that trade promotes friendship, as opposed to not. So I would be inclined to looking at establishing or supporting those kinds of things."

Source: Fox News Republican presidential candidate debate in Orlando, FL (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

India: The United States should make the relationship a priority and ensure our strategic partnership reaches its full potential. This includes

Launching negotiations to conclude a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with India

Supporting India's bid to be

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Promotion of Democracy Around World
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

International Criminal Court (ICC)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

The Administration projected that its trillion-dollar stimulus package would keep unemployment below 8 percent. But unemployment turned back upwards to 9.1 percent and has not dipped below 8.8 percent since April 2009.

What's worse, the economy in May

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/jobs (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No other candidate for President - Republican or Democrat - can match Rick Perry's record on job creation.

Rick Perry's leadership has helped build the nation's top economy. Since June 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"I say we do away with corporate income taxes altogether – which the FairTax would do. That alone will foster more real job creation than all the stimulus and tax code tinkering that is currently being discussed, and would immediately move the U.S. to

Source: www.garyjohnson2012.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Affirmative Action
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Unemployment Insurance
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Workplace Protections
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

The Administration projected that its trillion-dollar stimulus package would keep unemployment below 8 percent. But unemployment turned back upwards to 9.1 percent and has not dipped below 8.8 percent since April 2009.

What's worse, the economy in May

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

Rick Perry believes that our nation is most secure when we have the strongest economy in the world. His first priority will be to get America's economic engine running at full speed to restore our global economic leadership, and to ensure America has

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Nation building at home:Rather than focusing on nation-building abroad, we need to rebuild our core here at home. Our nation's core is weak. And America cannot project power abroad, and inspire the world as a beacon of freedom, democracy and prosperity,

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

Wealth Inequality
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Despite a significant rise in income inequality in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) is arguing that it's not something the state ought to be worried about.

“We don’t grapple with that here," Perry told The Washington Post in a recent interview, while acknowledging

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/10/rick-perry-income-inequality_n_6301406.html (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Decline of Middle Class
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

The Federal Budget must be brought under control to eliminate the massive deficits that are threatening the economy and our security. Removing the burden of deficits and debt will restore confidence and free up capital to permit the economy to grow.

I

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

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Federal Reserve
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

CUT TAXES. I've demonstrated a firm commitment to cutting spending and balancing the budget. We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

Govt. should be a level playing field where all of us have the same advantages and the same threats if you will. Implementing the Fair Tax for example throws out the entire Federal tax system. No income tax, no IRS, no business tax, no corporate tax and

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

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)

Rick Perry

He cut taxes, including a historic property tax cut and a tax cut for small businesses. He established incentive funds to encourage employers to create thousands of jobs and invest in new technology. Rick Perry's support for low taxes, reasonable regulations,

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Governor Huntsman supports comprehensive reform to make America's tax code flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth.

Over the last 25 years, our tax system has devolved into a maze of credits, deductions, loopholes and temporary provisions,

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry has proposed major changes to the federal tax code as part of his recently released budget plan, "Cut, Balance, and Grow." The Perry plan would temporarily retain the existing structure of the current individual income tax, but allow

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Individual Taxes

Simplify the Personal Income Tax Code and Lower Rates

Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax

Corporate Taxes

Reduce the Corporate Rate from 35% to 25%

Shift from a Worldwide System of Taxation to a Territorial System

Implement a Tax Holiday

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry has proposed major changes to the federal tax code as part of his recently released budget plan, "Cut, Balance, and Grow." The Perry plan would temporarily retain the existing structure of the current individual income tax, but allow

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Individual Taxes

Simplify the Personal Income Tax Code and Lower Rates

Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax

Corporate Taxes

Reduce the Corporate Rate from 35% to 25%

Shift from a Worldwide System of Taxation to a Territorial System

Implement a Tax Holiday

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

When I talk about any of this, raising taxes is absolutely unacceptable. Raising taxes in this country is not acceptable. We should eliminate the corporate income tax if we really want to bring about a situation where this country is going to be the place to start up and incubate and grow businesses, in this country.

Source: speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC (10/12/2012)

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)

Rick Perry

Seven percent flat tax. Simple. Keep it simple.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Tax_Reform.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Gov. Huntsman supports a version of the plan crafted by the Fiscal Commission, headed by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, commonly known as the "zero plan". Rather than nibble around the edges of the existing tax code, he will introduce a revenue-neutral

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

We have the highest corporate income tax in the world right now, let's abolish it, let's make it the way that it was to begin with and that will literally create tens of millions of jobs overnight because this country will be the only place to establish, grow, build, nurture business, why won't that happen?"

Source: Republican presidential debate held in Greenville, SC (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

Rick Perry

At the corporate level, the Perry plan would make four major changes: 1) reduce the corporate income tax rate from 35 to 20 percent; 2) allow for immediate expensing of all investment purchases; 3) fully exempt foreign-source income of U.S. based corporations;

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Reduce the Corporate Rate from 35% to 25%

The United States cannot compete while burdened with the second-highest corporate tax rate in the developed world; American companies and our workers deserve a level playing field. Governor Huntsman will lower

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

Long-term capital gains, qualified dividends, and social security benefits would not be taxable.

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

We need to eliminate the Death Tax.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

We need to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

Governor Perry’s individual “flat tax” proposal would create an optional alternative tax system with a single 20 percent tax rate, which effectively operates as an “alternative maximum tax.” The tax would apply to an income base similar to that in current law.

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Under the new simplified plan, Governor Huntsman will eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which is not indexed for inflation and is penalizing an increasing number of families and small businesses. This tax is especially burdensome on the majority of small business owners who file as individuals.

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

Extending the Bush Tax Cuts
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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

Michele Bachmann

We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending

Today I have proposed a budget that invests in healthcare and higher education, a budget that cuts property taxes and eliminates accounting gimmicks, and that grows the Rainy Day Fund to more than

Source: www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Tax_Reform.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Individual Taxes

Simplify the Personal Income Tax Code and Lower Rates

Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax

Corporate Taxes

Reduce the Corporate Rate from 35% to 25%

Shift from a Worldwide System of Taxation to a Territorial System

Implement a Tax Holiday

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

We need to reduce the number of tax brackets, repeal taxes outlined in Obamacare, fix the Alternative Minimum Tax, and eliminate the Death Tax. In addition, we must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

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

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)

Rick Perry

Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending

Today I have proposed a budget that invests in healthcare and higher education, a budget that cuts property taxes and eliminates accounting gimmicks, and that grows the Rainy Day Fund to more than

Source: www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Tax_Reform.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Individual Taxes

Simplify the Personal Income Tax Code and Lower Rates

Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax

Corporate Taxes

Reduce the Corporate Rate from 35% to 25%

Shift from a Worldwide System of Taxation to a Territorial System

Implement a Tax Holiday

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

National Sales Tax
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Governor Perry’s individual “flat tax” proposal would create an optional alternative tax system with a single 20 percent tax rate, which effectively operates as an “alternative maximum tax.”

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Marriage Penalty
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Income Tax on Seniors
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

I oppose any income taxes on seniors.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Tax Credits for Health Care
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Child Tax Credit
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Taxpayers could claim a standard exemption of $12,500 for each individual and dependent.

Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Business Tax Credits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

He established incentive funds to encourage employers to create thousands of jobs and invest in new technology.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Corporate Tax Loopholes
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

We must make the corporate tax code simpler and fairer, and allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Offshore Tax Havens
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

We must allow U.S. companies that generate earnings overseas to bring back those profits and invest them in American jobs and growth.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

He cut taxes, including a historic property tax cut.

Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends would lower the cost of capital and encourage investment in the American economy to create jobs. Additionally, these taxes amount to a double- taxation on most individuals who choose to invest since they

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)

Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"All education in schools, whether it be about sex or mathematics, should be determined at the state and local level, and if freed from federal mandates, will reflect local priorities and values. Such local control, especially if combined with true school choice, will address issues of curricula and encourage parental influence thereon."

Source: email to ProCon.org (10/12/2012)

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

“I think the best thing the federal government could do when it comes to education nationwide would be to abolish the Federal Department of Education… Washington top down doesn’t work. No Child Left Behind, everything it is that the federal government

Source: "Gov. Gary Johnson's First Google+ Hangout," available on YouTube.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

The Federal government cannot and should not try to provide public education. Decades of increasing federal interference in education has done little other than stifle innovation and competition in public education. Education should be left to the states,

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

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"All education in schools, whether it be about sex or mathematics, should be determined at the state and local level, and if freed from federal mandates, will reflect local priorities and values. Such local control, especially if combined with true school choice, will address issues of curricula and encourage parental influence thereon."

Source: email to ProCon.org (10/12/2012)

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Teacher Textbook Selection
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"Having proposed, as Governor of New Mexico, a statewide voucher program, I am a staunch advocate of education vouchers and education choices. However, I strongly oppose federal funding of such vouchers. We can't afford it, and we need to leave education to the states - without federal funding and the strings that go along with it."

Source: email to ProCon.org (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

The use of federally mandated standardized tests is not improving education in America.

Source: email to ProCon.org (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"Tenure removes accountability that might otherwise exist. Problem w unions is u can't reward the best/get rid of worst."

Source: official Twitter page (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Education Tax Credits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Elections & Politics
Elections, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

Limits on political contributions have never fulfilled their intended purposes, and never will. I believe that contributions are, indeed, speech, and that transparency and full disclosure allow voters and the public to make their own decisions as to the propriety of a candidate's sources of funding.

Source: email to ProCon.org (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"While ballot integrity is clearly important, I am concerned that the growing trend among states to require photo ID's for voting poses a risk of broad vote suppression, particularly among the elderly and minorities, that outweighs the questionable benefits. In short, I fear that requiring photo ID is a solution in search of a problem."

Source: email to ProCon.org (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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

The tea party is a mixed bag. If the tea party stands for the federal checkbook, great. But I have seen tea party events that don’t have that as a basis but have a social agenda as its basis. I don’t see that as addressing the problems this country faces.

Source: speech at the National Press Club according to Albuquerque Journal (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

Full and immediate disclosure and transparency for campaign contributions and expenditures is the only effective way to give the American public confidence in the system and allow them to make their own decisions regarding the propriety of how one candidate or another finances his or her campaigns.

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

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"A person who has served the entirety of a sentence imposed for a felony conviction, including a term of probation or parole shall, upon his request to the corrections department, be issued a certificate of completion by the corrections department. Presentation

Source: www.nmlegis.gov (10/11/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

End the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gross Regulatory Overreach

The EPA has overplayed its hand. While the nation struggles to recover from economic turmoil, the EPA has imposed vast new rules on the nation's energy producers, crippling one

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-regulatory-reform (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"I accept the fact that there is global warming and I accept the fact that it's man caused. That said, I am opposed to cap and trade. I'm a free market guy when it comes to the clean environment the number-one factor when it comes to the clean environment is a good economy."

Source: www.rollingstone.com (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)

Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his position on man-made global warming this weekend, telling New Hampshire voters that he's "not afraid" to call himself a climate change skeptic.

"For us to take a snapshot in time and to say that what is going on in

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/01 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Keystone XL Pipeline
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

If elected president, former Texas Governor Rick Perry said that he would immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline, authorize natural gas exports, and freeze the Obama administration’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide.

“On my first day of office

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/04/3666212/rick-perry-keystone-xl-day-one/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

I do believe we should be pursuing off-shore drilling and ANWAR drilling.

Source: official Twitter page (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

Rick Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today that if elected president, he would issue executive orders opening federal lands nationwide to energy exploration, including Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. State input on which lands to drill would be considered, he said.

Source: http://www.adn.com/article/20111014/perry-calls-oil-and-gas-exploration-anwr (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

The Federal government’s most fundamental role is to protect citizens. To the extent that fulfilling that role requires enforcement actions by the EPA, that enforcement should be reasonable, but adequate to protect us from harm. The EPA, however, should

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

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

At the heart of CO2 regulation under the Clean Air Act is EPA's authority - confirmed by the Courts - to decide that CO2 emissions 'endanger' the public health and safety. That required EPA to decide that climate change is both caused by CO2 emissions

Source: email to ProCon.org (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

End the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gross Regulatory Overreach

The EPA has overplayed its hand. While the nation struggles to recover from economic turmoil, the EPA has imposed vast new rules on the nation's energy producers, crippling one

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-regulatory-reform (11/05/2011)

National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

Beyond the basic task of defending our borders and our homeland, it doesn't take a Nobel Peace Prize to recognize that preserving our security comes down to one simple maxim: stand up for our friends … stand up to our foes … and know the difference.

Understanding

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/security (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude

In 2026, I see a great nation. I see a federal government that focuses on the few things for which it is empowered and well-suited--such as national defense, border enforcement, and foreign commerce--and

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Sustaining America's leadership position in the world requires we continue to maintain the world's most capable military. But being the best will not simply be a function of spending the most. Staying on top will increasingly depend on our willingness

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude

In 2026, I see a great nation. I see a federal government that focuses on the few things for which it is empowered and well-suited--such as national defense, border enforcement, and foreign commerce--and

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Invest in force structure appropriate for the future: We must equip our military, intelligence community and special forces for counter-terrorism, and for fighting the nation's wars when our core interests are at stake.

Prepare to fight determined foes

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

Defense Spending
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because “our spending on defense has declined 21 percent over four years.” But that includes war funding, which has sharply declined now that U.S. combat troops are out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan.

The base defense

Source: http://www.factcheck.org/2014/11/rick-perrys-talking-point-on-defense-cuts/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gitmo
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it

Let me just say something about the president of the United States. He's taken lots of slings and arrows here today. But one thing that I want to say that he did do that I agree with is that

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude

In 2026, I see a great nation. I see a federal government that focuses on the few things for which it is empowered and well-suited--such as national defense, border enforcement, and foreign commerce--and

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude

In 2026, I see a great nation. I see a federal government that focuses on the few things for which it is empowered and well-suited--such as national defense, border enforcement, and foreign commerce--and

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Invest in force structure appropriate for the future: We must equip our military, intelligence community and special forces for counter-terrorism, and for fighting the nation's wars when our core interests are at stake.

Prepare to fight determined foes

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

2004: DoD only unofficially supports Boy Scout Jamboree

For 70 years the Boy Scouts have had a Jamboree. Every 4 years, Scouts and their adult leaders gather on the red soil of the US Army's Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia for a 10-day gathering of events

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude

In 2026, I see a great nation. I see a federal government that focuses on the few things for which it is empowered and well-suited--such as national defense, border enforcement, and foreign commerce--and

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Military Industrial Establishment
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Re-instituting the Draft
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gays in the Military
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

Let's stop the growing police state. Let's stop our military interventions...

Government has a role to protect us against foreign countries that would attack this country. But I use the notion of under attack. We are - we continually militarily intervene.

Source: debate on NPR (10/12/2012)

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

It’s difficult to imagine the terror that the people of Israel must live with every day. For Israelis, at any given moment a missile might be detected, rocketing toward a residential neighborhood; a bomber might detonate him or herself in a crowded public

Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

ISIS
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Regarding foreign policy, Perry point blank stated that Obama has refused to acknowledge and call the rise of groups like ISIS, the Taliban and Boko Haram, for what they are. “This is a radical, fanatical, religious-based effort and we’ve got to eliminate

Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/12/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

The Obama Administration's call for Syrian President Assad to step down is long overdue. President Assad threatens the safety and security not only of the Syrian people, but the entire Middle East. He also supports terrorist organizations Hezbollah and

Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=97144 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Palestinian Statehood
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

Some might say, well, let's let the Palestinians have the West Bank, and have security, and set up a separate nation for the Palestinians… what the border would be? Maybe seven miles from Tel Aviv to what would be the West Bank... And of course the Iranians

Source: private fundraiser video on motherjones.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

To begin, anyone tempted to suggest Israel has used a disproportionate amount of force to defend itself needs to remember the origins of this latest round of violence. It’s Hamas that continued to launch rockets, despite Israel’s willingness to discuss

Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Palestinian West Bank and Gaza
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

To begin, anyone tempted to suggest Israel has used a disproportionate amount of force to defend itself needs to remember the origins of this latest round of violence. It’s Hamas that continued to launch rockets, despite Israel’s willingness to discuss

Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

To begin, anyone tempted to suggest Israel has used a disproportionate amount of force to defend itself needs to remember the origins of this latest round of violence. It’s Hamas that continued to launch rockets, despite Israel’s willingness to discuss

Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08 (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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 (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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Taliban & Radical Islamic Jihadists
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Iraq Policy
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"I was opposed to us going into Iraq from the beginning, I really thought that there was no threat to our national security, I really thought that if we went into Iraq we would find ourselves in a civil war to which there would be no end and I thought

Source: Republican presidential debate held in Greenville, SC (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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Federalizing Iraq into Kurd, Shiite and Sunni States
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Continued US Military Presence in Iraq
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Loss of American Lives in Iraq
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.

Perry

Source: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-06/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.

Perry

Source: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-06/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

I do not think a military threat right now exists from Iran, but we should be vigilant to that. And I think it's naive to think that Israel is not going to act in their best interests should there be weapons of mass destruction showing themselves.

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

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Iran's involvement in Iraq
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Individual right to keep and bear arms

Look at state involvement in our individual right to keep and bear arms. At least 40 states have laws on the books allowing their citizens to carry a weapon in some form or another, and many of those have reciprocity

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Individual right to keep and bear arms

Look at state involvement in our individual right to keep and bear arms. At least 40 states have laws on the books allowing their citizens to carry a weapon in some form or another, and many of those have reciprocity

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"Now, the DOJ's [Department of Justice's] plan to address gun trafficking is to require law-abiding citizens in border states to be reported and entered into a federal database for buying perfectly legal rifles from licensed dealers.

Not only will this

Source: www.garyjohnson2012.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)

Rick Perry

Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms.

Perry opposes the CC survey question on right to bear arms

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"I'm an ardent supporter of the 2nd amendment and openly advocated conceal carry as Governor. It was a new concept at the time, but I believed it would result in less crime - a fact borne out by the statistics."

Source: www.garyjohnson2012.com (10/12/2012)

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

High Capacity Magazines, Gun Locks and Ammunition
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

National Rifle Association (NRA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

DC Gun Ban
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gun Shows
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Gun Manufacturer Law Suits
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

REPATRIATION. More than 1.2 trillion United States dollars could be brought back to America in days as an immediate "stimulus" if the government would zero out the tax rate on that money until December 31, and then permanently keep it here in the U.S.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/06/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India

I see an America where the innovation and hard work of the American people creates still more opportunities, jobs, and wealth. I see a nation that is not cowering to the prospect of a united

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Free trade supports nearly 18 million American jobs, and establishing new lines of trade with international partners represents an enormous well of untapped economic and political goodwill.

95 percent of the world's customers live outside our borders,

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-trade (11/05/2011)

Presidential Trade Fast-track Authority
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

"So much of the legislation that we pass isn't really free market at all. It's touted as free market when the reality ends up to be very corporate. That the reality ends up to be corporatism where one business gets advantage over another. This was something

Source: interview with Reality Report (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)

Rick Perry

NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade

Rick Perry has a long record of public statements in support of free trade. "NAFTA is the largest job stimulus packet to come along this decade," said then-Agriculture Secretary Perry in 1993, "Instead of building

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

REPATRIATION. More than 1.2 trillion United States dollars could be brought back to America in days as an immediate "stimulus" if the government would zero out the tax rate on that money until December 31, and then permanently keep it here in the U.S.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

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)

Rick Perry

Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India

I see an America where the innovation and hard work of the American people creates still more opportunities, jobs, and wealth. I see a nation that is not cowering to the prospect of a united

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Pursue New Trade Opportunities, Particularly Across the Pacific

It is in the strategic interest of the United States to reach trade agreements with the world's largest economies that share our values.

Thus, the United States should take the lead in initiating

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-trade (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Free trade supports nearly 18 million American jobs, and establishing new lines of trade with international partners represents an enormous well of untapped economic and political goodwill.

95 percent of the world's customers live outside our borders,

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-trade (11/05/2011)

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)

Michele Bachmann

REPATRIATION. More than 1.2 trillion United States dollars could be brought back to America in days as an immediate "stimulus" if the government would zero out the tax rate on that money until December 31, and then permanently keep it here in the U.S.

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/americanjobsrightnow (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

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

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Unfair Trade Practices
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.

Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:

Whereas, the US Department of Commerce has determined that the Canadian provinces subsidize lumber production by selling timber

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Support the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization Negotiations

Although discussions have stalled, the United States should urge completion of the multi-lateral negotiations aimed at promoting free trade between nations of varying prosperity, which will benefit both developed and developing nations.

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-trade (11/05/2011)

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

Bound under state commitment to CAFTA.

Perry is profiled in ALIPAC report on Governors

States' commitments under CAFTA:

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) compiled a list of the status of each of the 50 states with regards to CAFTA procurement.

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

North American Union
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Conclude outstanding Free Trade Agreements: Congress should immediately approve the bilateral free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which could boost exports by more than $10 billion and create tens of thousands of jobs.

Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)

Other Trade Agreements
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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)

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

Pursue New Trade Opportunities, Particularly Across the Pacific

It is in the strategic interest of the United States to reach trade agreements with the world's largest economies that share our values.

Thus, the United States should take the lead in

Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-trade (11/05/2011)

Internet, Media & Communications
Internet, a General Statement
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

Activists and tech companies, and Obama more recently, have pushed for the FCC to regulate ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, which would define ISPs as public utilities.

But ISPs and free market advocates maintain that more competition,

Source: http://watchdog.org/183002/perry-net-neutrality/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Internet Neutrality
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

ISPs are now regulated under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which allowed phone and cable companies to compete, paving the way for the investment and innovation that made the modern Internet possible.

Activists and tech companies, and Obama more

Source: http://watchdog.org/183002/perry-net-neutrality/ (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

No response

Rick Santorum

No response

Ron Paul

No response

Rick Perry

No response

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

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)

Michele Bachmann

The US government will spend a record $3.8 trillion this year, with a deficit of more than $1.6 trillion - meaning we will need to borrow an astounding 43 percent of our budget. The national debt this year is larger than America's economic output for

Source: www.michelebachmann.com/issues/debtceiling (11/07/2011)

Gary Johnson

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.

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)

Rick Perry

Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.

Perry signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government

[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].

Despite

Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Budget_+_Economy.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No response

Reducing the Deficit
Newt Gingrich

No response

Buddy Roemer

No response

Mitt Romney

No response

Michele Bachmann

No response

Gary Johnson

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

Rick Perry

Balance our budget without raising taxes

We just can't forget that dollars do far more to create jobs and prosperity in the people's hands, than they can in the government's. Taking more money away from Texas families and employers is not the answer

Source: www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Tax_Reform.htm (07/10/2015)

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.

No