Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

Mitt Romney - R
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Ron Paul - R
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Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)
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

Ron Paul

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

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

Ron Paul

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

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)
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

Ron Paul

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

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty

Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)
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

Ron Paul

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

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Protestant.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)
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.

Ron Paul

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

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

Ron Paul

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

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

No response

Ron Paul

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

Reasons & Objectives
Why I Am Running for Public Office
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Goals If Elected
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Achievements If Elected
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Areas to Concentrate On
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Immigration
Immigration, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Immigration Reform
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)

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)

Border Security
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Social Services to Undocumented Immigrants
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

E-Verify System
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Undocumented Immigrants Impact on US Economy
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Enforcement of Immigration Laws
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)

Ron Paul

No response

State Enforcement of Federal Immigration Laws
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws
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)

Ron Paul

No response

State and Local Immigration Laws
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)

Ron Paul

No response

High-Skilled Worker Immigration
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Guest Worker Program
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Securing Our Borders
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Visa Enforcement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Citizenship through Military Service
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Deportation
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Real ID Act
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Employers Who Hire Illegals
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Immigrant Birthright Citizenship
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

National Security & Terrorism
Homeland Security, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

NSA Surveillance of Citizens
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Making Our Homeland More Secure
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

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

Radical Fundamentalism
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Weapons of Mass Destruction
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Intelligence
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Air Security
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

War on Terror, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

No response

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)

Guantanamo Bay Prison (GITMO)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Torture of Terrorists
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Gay & Lesbian
Gay Marriage
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)

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)

Federal Constitutional Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Domestic Partner Health Benefits Act
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy, a General Statement
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)

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)

China, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

China as a Threat
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)

Ron Paul

No response

China's Human Rights
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Cuba, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Embargo of Cuba
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Foreign Aid
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Asia
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)

Ron Paul

No response

North Korea
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)

Ron Paul

No response

India
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Latin America (South & Central)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Mexico
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Africa
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Sudan & Darfur
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Nuclear Weapons & Non-Proliferation Treaty
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Promotion of Democracy Around World
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

CIA
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)

Ron Paul

No response

United Nations (UN)
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)

Ron Paul

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

Under no circumstances should

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

International Criminal Court (ICC)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

The ICC wants to try our soldiers as war criminals.

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

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Foreign Job Outsourcing
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Affirmative Action
Mitt Romney

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)

Economy
Economy, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Stimulating the Economy
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Recession
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Reserve
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Taxes
Taxes, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Tax Code
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Tax Reform
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Income Tax Rates
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Taxing the the Wealthiest 1%
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Corporate Income Taxes
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Taxes on Interest, Dividends, and Capital Gains
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Estate Taxes (Death / Birth Tax)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
Mitt Romney

*Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

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

Ron Paul

No response

Taxes Policy
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

National Sales Tax
Mitt Romney

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)

Marriage Penalty
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I am opposed to the marriage penalty.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Income Tax on Seniors
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I oppose any income taxes on seniors.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

2001 Tax Cuts
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Tax Credits for College
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Tax Credits for Health Care
Mitt Romney

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)

Internal Revenu Service (IRS)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Education
Education, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

No Child Left Behind Act, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Sex Education and Birth Control Options
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Evolution and Intelligent Design Education
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Public Schools K-12
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Local Control Over Education
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)

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)

Private School Vouchers
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Charter Schools
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Standardized Testing
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Teacher Tenure
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Improving Education
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Higher Education
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Education Tax Credits
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Department of Education
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

High Schools
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Parental Involvement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Teacher Pay
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Teacher Standards
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)

Ron Paul

No response

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

School Choice
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Home Schooling
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Math and Science
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Elections & Politics
Campaign Contribution Limits (Citizens United)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Voter Photo ID and Other Requirements
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Tea Party Movement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Political Expenditures Disclosure
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Voting Right of Felons & Ex-Prisoners
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Environment
Environment, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Global Warming, Climate Change
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)

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)

ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) Oil Drilling
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Environmental Regulation
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Clean Air Act & Clear Skies Initiative
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Clean Air Technologies
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)

Ron Paul

No response

National Forests and Healthy Forests Initiative
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Military & Defense
Military, a General Statement
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)

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)

Missile Defense System
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Defense and Military Budget
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

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

Military Policy
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Department of Defense and Pentagon
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Military Adequacy
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Military Industrial Establishment
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Re-instituting the Draft
Mitt Romney

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)

Middle East
Middle East Policy, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Israel
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)

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)

Syria
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Arab Spring
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Israeli and Palestinian Conflict
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Recognition of a Palestinian State
Mitt Romney

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

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

Ron Paul

No response

Hizbullah and Hamas
Mitt Romney

Stop the financial and weapons flows to Hamas and Hezbollah

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

Ron Paul

No response

Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
Afghanistan, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Pakistan, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Iraq, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Timetable for Withdrawal
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)

Ron Paul

I favor an immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

US Military Presence in Afghanistan
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)

Ron Paul

No response

President Hamid Karzai
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Iraq Policy
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Iraq War
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Federalizing Iraq into Kurd, Shiite and Sunni States
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Continued US Military Presence in Iraq
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Loss of American Lives in Iraq
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Iran
Iran, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Iran Nuclear Deal
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Military Strike
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Sanctions
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Iranian Opposition
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Iran Diplomacy
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

President Ahmadinejad
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Economic Sanctions Against Iran
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)

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Guns
Guns, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

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

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Gun Control Legislation
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases
Mitt Romney

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)

DC Gun Ban
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Gun Manufacturer Law Suits
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Trade
Trade, a General Statement
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)

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)

North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Trade Policy Priorities
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)

Ron Paul

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

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

Globalization
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Free Market Vision
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Trade with China
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
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)

Ron Paul

No response

China Currency Manipulation
Mitt Romney

Designate China a currency manipulator and impose countervailing duties

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

Ron Paul

No response

Incentives to Move Offshore
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)

Ron Paul

No response

World Trade Organization / General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (WTO/GATT)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

North American Union
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Other Trade Agreements
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

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

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

Internet, Media & Communications
Internet Pornography
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Internet Sexual Assault of Children
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Fiscal Policy, a General Statement
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)

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)

Debt Limit
Mitt Romney

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

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

Ron Paul

No response

Federal Budget & Debt
Mitt Romney

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

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

Ron Paul

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

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

Deficit Spending
Mitt Romney

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

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

Ron Paul

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

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Entitlements
Mitt Romney

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

Entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are

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

Ron Paul

No response

Gold Standard
Mitt Romney

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

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

Ron Paul

No response

Government Efficiency
Mitt Romney

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

*Align

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

Ron Paul

No response

Presidential Line-item Veto Power
Mitt Romney

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

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

Ron Paul

No response

Spending Limits
Mitt Romney

Any turnaround must begin with clear and realistic goals. Optimistic projections cannot wish a problem away, they can only make it worse. As president, Mitt's goal will be to bring federal spending below 20 percent of GDP by the end of his first term:

*Reduced

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

Ron Paul

As president, I will veto any unbalanced budget.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

In

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)
Mitt Romney

Unfortunately, the transformation in American health care set in motion by Obamacare will take us in precisely the wrong direction. The bill, itself more than 2,400 pages long, relies on a dense web of regulations, fees, subsidies, excise taxes, exchanges,

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/07/2012)

Ron Paul

The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.

But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become

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

Medicare Vouchers
Mitt Romney

"Romney: Well, I don't want any change to Medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement...

...So what I do in my Medicare plan for younger people coming along is say this, 'We're going to have higher benefits for low income people

Source: interview with Scott Pelley on CBS's 60 Minutes (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Universal Medical Care / Insurance
Mitt Romney

“What we did in our state was this. We said, look, we're finding people that can afford insurance, health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them. Taxpayers are picking up hundreds of millions of dollars of costs

Source: Republican Party of Iowa presidential candidate debate in Ames, IA (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.

But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become

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

Medicare
Mitt Romney

Mitt's plan honors commitments to current seniors while giving the next generation an improved program that offers the freedom to choose what their coverage under Medicare should look like. Instead of paying providers directly for medical services, the

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other purposes.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Fixing Medicare
Mitt Romney

I want to take that $716 billion you've cut and put it back into Medicare. By the way, we can include a prescription program if we need to improve it.

But the idea of cutting $716 billion from Medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of Obamacare

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

Ron Paul

No response

Medically Uninsured or Underinsured
Mitt Romney

Ensure flexibility to help the uninsured, including public-private partnerships, exchanges, and subsidies.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

As for the poor and the severely ill who can neither obtain insurance nor pay for the medical care they need, Ron Paul offers the following solution in his book "The Revolution: A Manifesto":

In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, the poor and elderly

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

Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitations
Mitt Romney

Reform The Medical Liability System. Institute federal caps on non-economic and punitive damage awards to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and bring an end to the practice of defensive medicine.

Offer innovation grants to explore non-litigation alternatives to dispute resolution.

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Employers' Medical Insurance
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.

* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Free Market Health Care
Mitt Romney

I know my own view is I'd rather have a private plan. I'd just assume not have the government telling me what kind of health care I get. I'd rather be able to have an insurance company. If I don't like them, I can get rid of them and find a different

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

Ron Paul

There is only one solution that will lead to true health and true freedom: making health care more affordable. Ron Paul believes that only true free market competition will put pressure on the providers and force them to lower their costs to remain in

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

Portable Medical Insurance
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Make every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HSA), and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HSA.

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

Market-Based Medical Insurance
Mitt Romney

Bring Health Care Into The 21st Century. Improve quality and enhance transparency by introducing the same competitive forces that drive innovation in other sectors of the economy.

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

Ron Paul

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Medicaid
Mitt Romney

Medicaid to states? I'm not quite sure where that came in, except this, which is, I would like to take the Medicaid dollars that go to states and say to a state, you're going to get what you got last year, plus inflation, plus 1 percent, and then you're

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

Ron Paul

Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other purposes.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Medical Insurance Discrimination
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Unfortunately, the current medical monopoly corrupts many doctors by rewarding practices that are not in the patients' best interest. Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in not curing people, but getting them permanently addicted to expensive

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

Uniform Billing and Claims
Mitt Romney

Encourage states to eliminate the cumbersome insurance regulations that drive costs up and providers out of the market.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Few people realize that Congress forced Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) on us. HMOs rose to prominence through federal legislation, incentives, and coercion.

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

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Legality of Abortion - Roe v. Wade
Mitt Romney

"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice."

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

I am also the prime sponsor of HR 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn.

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

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice
Mitt Romney

I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that view. But while the nation remains

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

Ron Paul

I am an unwavering advocate of pro-life values. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideals of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Abortion, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

"Mitt Romney is pro-life. He believes it speaks well of the country that almost all Americans recognize that abortion is a problem. And in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

The heated debate about abortion is filled with emotional arguments that usually center on secondary considerations such as sexual morality, religious beliefs, women's rights, or purely on pragmatic reasons: if abortion were made illegal it would still

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

Stem Cell Research, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

What became clear during the cloning debate is how the harsh logic of an absolute right to abortion had cheapened the value of human life to the point that rational people saw a human embryo as nothing more than mere research material to be used, and

Source: Associated Press article titled "Romney Wraps Self in Reagan Lingo": (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

I do not believe that the federal government should fund stem cell research of any variety. Under the Constitution, this issue is left to states, private businesses, and individuals.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Parental Notification
Mitt Romney

"I pledged that I would not change our abortion laws either to restrict abortion or to facilitate it. What's more, this particular bill does not require parental consent even for young teenagers. It disregards not only the seriousness of abortion but the importance of parental involvement and so would weaken a protection I am committed to uphold."

Source: "Why I Vetoed Contraception Bill," published in the Boston Globe (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Life Beginning at Conception
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094.

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

The Morning After Pill (Plan B)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I have also authored HR 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called "population control."

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

Partial-birth Abortions
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Recalling his personal observation of a late-term abortion performed by one of his instructors during his medical residency, Ron Paul stated, "It was pretty dramatic for me to see a two-and-a-half-pound baby taken out crying and breathing and put in a bucket."

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

Federal Funding for Abortion
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I am opposed to federal abortion funding.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Cloning, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

Two years ago, as a result of the debate we had, the conclusion I reached was that cloning and creating new embryos was wrong, and that we should, therefore, allow our state to become a pro-life state. I believe states should have the right to make this decision, and that's a position I indicated in an op-ed in the Boston Globe 2 years ago.

Source: GOP primary debate, at Reagan library, hosted by MSNBC (05/03/2007)

Ron Paul

I am opposed to any federal funds for any form of cloning.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Crime
Hate Crime
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

We should eradicate all these hate laws. They indicate that some people would receive a different penalty on others.

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

Courts, Laws & Justice
Courts, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

To me, a fundamental principle of democracy is at stake. It is the people who are sovereign in America, not a few folks in black robes. Judges add things that aren't in the Constitution, and they take away things that are in the Constitution. In that

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

Ron Paul

Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for "negative outcomes" insurance purchased before medical treatment.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Supreme Court
Mitt Romney

Mitt believes in the rule of law, and he understands that the next president will make nominations that will shape the Supreme Court and the whole of the judiciary for decades to come. He will therefore appoint wise, experienced, and restrained judges

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/courts-constitution (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Constitution
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney's view of the Constitution is straightforward: its words have meaning. The founding generation adopted a written constitution for a reason. They intended to limit the powers of government according to enduring principles. The job of the judge

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/courts-constitution (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

America's Criminal Justice System, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

I want justices who will follow the Constitution & will not add to it, not subtract from it but instead look to the Constitution & the values of the Founders to set the course for the nation.

Source: "A Mormon in the White House", by Hugh Hewitt, p.101-102 (07/25/2007)

Ron Paul

No response

Death Penalty
Mitt Romney

"Governor Romney has been a consistent supporter and advocate of the death penalty for convicted killers."

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Property Rights and Eminent Domain
Mitt Romney

Governor Romney Strongly Opposes The Taking Of Private Property For Private Development. Governor Romney believes that the Kelo property rights case was wrongly decided. You know, the Supreme Court made an error in judgment on this one. You know, I understand

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

Ron Paul

We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.

Today, we face a new threat of widespread eminent domain actions as a result of powerful interests who want to build a NAFTA

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

Privacy Rights
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

The biggest threat to your privacy is the government. We must drastically limit the ability of government to collect and store data regarding citizens' personal matters.

We must also protect medical privacy. Right now, you're vulnerable. Under so-called

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

Obscenity Laws
Mitt Romney

Enforce Our Nation's Obscenity Laws. To protect our children, Governor Romney will require the Department of Justice to enforce our existing federal obscenity laws. Even though the interstate trafficking of obscenity is illegal, federal obscenity laws have not been adequately enforced.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Activist Judges Legislating from the Bench
Mitt Romney

Governor Romney will appoint judges who respect the Constitution and the rule of law, and will not legislate from the bench.

America's basic freedoms -- including those guaranteed by the Bill of Rights -- are under constant assault from activist judges

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

Ron Paul

No response

Legal Reform, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for "negative outcomes" insurance purchased before medical treatment.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Tort Reform and Frivolous Suits
Mitt Romney

Implement National Tort Reform. End the frivolous lawsuits and excessive non-economic damages that burden American companies with excessive tort costs.

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

Ron Paul

Ensure that those harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while reducing the burden of costly malpractice litigation on the health care system by providing a tax credit for "negative outcomes" insurance purchased before medical treatment.

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Government
Government, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more

Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)

Regulations
Mitt Romney

Regulations function as a hidden tax on Americans, with the federal government's own Small Business Administration placing the price tag at $1.75 trillion annually--much higher than the entire burden of individual and corporate income taxes combined.

A

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

Ron Paul

No response

Government Reform
Mitt Romney

I had occasions to be in the turnaround business-- And I'd like to get my hands on Washington. It needs to be taken completely apart, with every program and agency evaluated for effectiveness and efficiency. Every business does that or goes bankrupt. But Washington seems to get larger and larger every year.

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

Ron Paul

Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more

Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)

Government Agencies
Mitt Romney

An agency may be able to conceive of ten different regulations, each imposing costs of $10 billion while producing at least as much in social benefit. Moving forward might sound like a great idea to the typical regulator. But imposing those regulations,

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

Ron Paul

No response

Bureaucracy & Regulations
Mitt Romney

Regulation is essential. You can't have a free market work if you don't have regulation. As a businessperson, I had to have -- I need to know the regulations. I needed them there. You couldn't have people opening up banks in their -- in their garage and

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

Ron Paul

No response

State Block Grants
Mitt Romney

Empower States To Innovate -- Savings: >$100 billion

Block grants have huge potential to generate both superior results and cost savings by establishing local control and promoting innovation in areas such as Medicaid and Worker Retraining. Medicaid

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

Ron Paul

No response

Influence of Special Interests
Mitt Romney

Governor Romney believes that McCain-Feingold should be repealed because it restricts our First Amendment rights. He believes we should enact reforms that promote transparency and disclosure, preserve grassroots activism and protect the ability to criticize

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

Ron Paul

No response

Earmarks
Mitt Romney

The competition for pork barrel spending and the prevailing practice of out of control earmarking has contributed greatly to a culture of corruption in Washington that has tarnished both parties and led to a lack of faith and trust in America's elected representatives.

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

Ron Paul

Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more

Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)

Health & Medical
Health & Medical Care, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

Entirely on a partisan basis, instead of bringing America together and having a discussion on this important topic, you pushed through something that you and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought was the best answer and drove it through.

What we did in

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

Ron Paul

Dr. Ron Paul spent his entire career in the medical profession working to uphold this simple principle by ensuring his patients received the best care he could give them, even if they could not afford it.

Dr. Paul understands the key to effective and

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Improving Health & Medical Care
Mitt Romney

On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all fifty states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.

In

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/07/2012)

Ron Paul

* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.

* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.

* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or

Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)

Reducing Health Care Costs
Mitt Romney

Competition drives improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, offering consumers higher quality goods and services at lower cost. It can have the same effect in the health care system, if given the chance to work.

Mitt will begin by returning states

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

There is only one solution that will lead to true health and true freedom: making health care more affordable. Ron Paul believes that only true free market competition will put pressure on the providers and force them to lower their costs to remain in

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

Immunizations and Vaccinations
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I also opposed the Homeland Security Bill, H.R. 5005, which, in section 304, authorizes the forced vaccination of American citizens against small pox. The government should never have the power to require immunizations or vaccinations.

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

Alternative Medicine
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I have introduced the Health Freedom Protection Act, HR 2117, to ensure Americans can receive truthful health information about supplements and natural remedies.

I support the Access to Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 2717, which expands the ability of Americans to use alternative medicine and new treatments.

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

Business
Business, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America's workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate. And if we lower that rate, they will be able to hire more

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

Ron Paul

No response

Small Business
Mitt Romney

And the reason is because small business pays that individual rate; 54 percent of America's workers work in businesses that are taxed not at the corporate tax rate, but at the individual tax rate. And if we lower that rate, they will be able to hire more

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

Ron Paul

No response

Dodd-Frank Act
Mitt Romney

Repeal Dodd-Frank and replace with streamlined, modern regulatory framework

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

Ron Paul

No response

Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Mitt Romney

Amend Sarbanes-Oxley to relieve mid-size companies from onerous requirements

Regulations, over regulation, things like Sarbanes-Oxley. Let's apply millions of dollars of penalty to every company in America thinking about being public. That slows down

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

Ron Paul

No response

Energy, Gas, Oil & Autos
Energy, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

Producing more domestic energy would create good jobs and bolster local economies in a wide variety of energy-producing regions that effectively "export" their product to the rest of the country. While countless jobs are engaged in the actual energy-production

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

Ron Paul

Government regulations, taxes, and corporate subsidies have distorted the energy market, causing some prices to rise above what they would be in the free market, while artificially lowering other prices and discouraging conservation. The costs of energy

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Energy Independence from Foreign Oil
Mitt Romney

The United States is blessed with a cornucopia of carbon-based energy resources. Developing them has been a pathway to prosperity for the nation in the past and offers similar promise for the future.

Conduct comprehensive survey of America's energy reserves

Open

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

Ron Paul

No response

Oil Drilling
Mitt Romney

The Obama administration's energy policy has been simply incoherent. For instance, it has blocked off-shore drilling in U.S. waters while applauding increased drilling off the coast of Brazil.

"The best thing we can do to get the price of gas to be more

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

Ron Paul

No response

Oil Company Profits
Mitt Romney

"...I do not want to raise taxes on oil companies."

Source: town hall meeting in Wilmington, DE, available at www.c-spanvideo.org (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Canadian Oil (Keystone) Pipeline
Mitt Romney

The Obama administration's energy policy has been simply incoherent. It has blocked construction of a pipeline that would bring Canadian oil to the United States, knowing full well that the result would be Canadian oil flowing to China instead.

Support

Source: campaign stop in North Dakota by the Canadian Press in the huffingtonpost (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Nuclear Power
Mitt Romney

Bring clean energy technology to market through commercialization of large-scale renewables and advanced nuclear technologies.

Accelerate construction of new nuclear power plants in order to ensure that nuclear power continues to be a part of a robust,

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

Ron Paul

Nuclear energy can also provide the American people with a reliable and environmentally sound alternative. Therefore, I will repeal federal regulations that hinder the development of nuclear energy. However, I will also repeal all federal subsidies and privileges granted the nuclear industry. Nuclear power should prove its worth in the free-market.

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Renewable Energy, Solar, Biomass and Wind
Mitt Romney

And in one year, you provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world.

Now, I like green energy as well, but that's about 50 years' worth of what oil and gas receives. And you say Exxon and Mobil. Actually, this $2.8 billion goes largely to small

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

Ron Paul

I have cosponsored legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.

Source: Ron Paul (02/27/2008)

Coal
Mitt Romney

As the Obama administration wages war against oil and coal, it has been spending billions of dollars on alternative energy forms and touting its creation of "green" jobs. But it seems to be operating more on faith than on fact-based economic calculation.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Shale Gas Development
Mitt Romney

Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction

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

Ron Paul

No response

Regulation of Energy Companies
Mitt Romney

Unfortunately, the first three years of the Obama administration have witnessed energy and environmental policies that have stifled the domestic energy sector. In thrall to the environmentalist lobby and its dogmas, the President and the regulatory bodies

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

Ron Paul

No response

Energy Research and Development
Mitt Romney

Government has a role to play in innovation in the energy industry. History shows that the United States has moved forward in astonishing ways thanks to national investment in basic research and advanced technology. However, we should not be in the business

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

Ron Paul

I am a co-sponsor of legislation designed to encourage the development of alternative and sustainable energy. H.R. 550 extends the investment tax credit to solar energy property and qualified fuel cell property, and H.R. 1772 provides tax credits for the installation of wind energy property.

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

Gas & Oil, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

Energy is critical, and the president pointed out correctly that production of oil and gas in the U.S. is up. But not due to his policies. In spite of his policies. Mr. President, all of the increase in natural gas and oil has happened on private land,

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

Ron Paul

No response

Labor Wages & Unions
Labor, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

In the midst of an economic crisis, with 24 million people needing work, policies that strengthen the hand of labor unions at the expense of both businesses and workers are probably the last thing the country has needed. But President Obama, in political

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

Ron Paul

No response

Unions, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

"Too often, unions drive up costs and introduce rigidities that harm competitiveness and frustrate innovation. The statistics tell an unkind story. Studies conducted by non-partisan scholars have shown that labor unions reduce investment and slow job

Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Employee Free Choice Act
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney believes in the right of workers to join a union or to not join a union. To exercise that right freely, workers must have access to all the relevant facts they need to make an informed decision. This means hearing from both the union about

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

Ron Paul

No response

Right-to-Work Laws
Mitt Romney

As matters currently stand, unions can take money directly from the paychecks of American workers and spend it on politicking--each election cycle, unions spend hundreds of millions of dollars. In non-Right-to-Work states, employees have little choice

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

Ron Paul

No response

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Mitt Romney

As president, Mitt Romney's first step in improving labor policy will be to ensure that our labor laws create a stable and level playing field on which businesses can operate. As they hire, businesses should not have to worry that a politicized federal

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

Ron Paul

No response

Worker Retraining
Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney will approach retraining policy with a conservative mindset that recognizes it as an area where the federal government is particularly ill-equipped to succeed. Retraining efforts must be founded upon a partnership that brings together the

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/human-capital (08/07/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Immigration of Highly Skilled Workers
Mitt Romney

To ensure that America continues to lead the world in innovation and economic dynamism, a Romney administration would press for an immigration policy designed to maximize America's economic potential. The United States needs to attract and retain job

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/human-capital (08/07/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Minimum Wage
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Raising living standards for all Americans is an admirable goal; however, to believe that Congress can raise the standard of living for working Americans by simply forcing employers to pay their employees a higher wage is equivalent to claiming that Congress

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Davis Bacon Act
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I support the repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Values, Religion & Family
Family, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.

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

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is an unwavering advocate of pro-family values.

Source: Candidate Website (01/05/2008)

Family Values
Mitt Romney

I stood at the center of the battlefield on every major social issue. I fought to preserve our traditional values and to protect the sanctity of human life. I vetoed bills. I filed new bills.

I'd like to see us clean up the water in which our kids are

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

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is an unwavering advocate of pro-family values.

Source: Candidate Website (01/05/2008)

American Values
Mitt Romney

That statement also says that we are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose. I interpret that as, one, making sure that those people who are less fortunate and can't care for themselves are cared by -- by one another.

We're

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

Ron Paul

No response

Sexual Misconduct of Politicians
Mitt Romney

I think people should be able to do what they want to do. And express their own views when they get into the ... voting booth. I'm not gonna tell them how to ... do that. And I know that people will, again, take their own counsel

Source: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Religion, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Values, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

If you want to change people, you change them through persuasion, through family values and church values, but you can't do it through legislation because force doesn't work.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Mitt Romney

*Reduce Subsidies For The National Endowments For The Arts And Humanities, The Corporation For Public Broadcasting, And The Legal Services Corporation -- Savings: $600 Million. NEA, NEH, and CPB provide grants to supplement other sources of funding. LSC

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

Ron Paul

No response

Family Planning Funding (Title X)
Mitt Romney

Eliminate Title X Family Planning Funding -- Savings: $300 Million. Title X subsidizes family planning programs that benefit abortion groups like Planned Parenthood.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Religion & State - First Amendment
Mitt Romney

The First Amendment is often used illegitimately as a way to shut out the voice of faith in the public square when it was in fact intended to do the opposite. The first Amendment declares that "Congress shall pass no law which respects the establishment"

Source: Hope to Higher Ground, by Mike Huckabee, p.154 (07/25/2007)

Ron Paul

No response

Religious Tolerance
Mitt Romney

Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me. And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion--rather, we welcome our nation's symphony of faith.

Source: Newsweek, "A New American Holy War", Speech at George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, TX, p30 (12/17/2007)

Ron Paul

No response

A Candidate's Religious Beliefs
Mitt Romney

My view is that when a person of faith is running for office--particularly a person of a faith you may not be familiar with--there are some questions that are legitimate. Those are real issues, and people have a right to hear a candidate address them.

Source: Newsweek, "A New American Holy War", Speech at George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, TX, p30 (12/17/2007)

Ron Paul

No response

Atheists and Agnostics
Mitt Romney

People who don't have a particular faith have a personal conviction including a sense of right and wrong and any host of beliefs someone might have. Obviously in this nation our religious liberty includes the ability to believe or not believe.

Source: Newsweek, "A New American Holy War", Speech at George H. W. Bush Library, College Station, TX, p30 (12/17/2007)

Ron Paul

No response

Faith-Based Volunteer Efforts
Mitt Romney

Support And Strengthen Community And Faith-Based Volunteer Efforts. Strong families need strong communities to help support their efforts to keep children safe from dangerous outside influences. Organizations like United Way, Little League and faithbased

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

Ron Paul

No response

Teen Pregnancy
Mitt Romney

Federal programs to combat teen pregnancy are obviously not working real well.

Source: Des Moines Register Republican debate (12/12/2007)

Ron Paul

No response

Indecency in the Media
Mitt Romney

At the same time that our children are being exposed to adult material at an alarming pace on television, through the Internet and on the radio, many communities have fewer and fewer people and places where parents and children can find refuge. We've

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

Ron Paul

No response

Media Violence and Sex
Mitt Romney

I'm concerned about the drug culture, concerned about the pornography, the violence, the sex, the perversions that they [children] see day-in day-out.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Transportation
Amtrak
Mitt Romney

Privatize Amtrak -- Savings: $1.6 Billion. Despite requirement that Amtrak operate on a for-profit basis, it continues to receive about $1.6 billion in taxpayer funds each year. Forty-one of Amtrak's 44 routes lost money in 2008 with losses ranging from $5 to $462 per passenger.

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

Ron Paul

No response

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Many politicians talk about honoring our veterans and their sacrifices. Yet so often the rhetoric obscures the reality that the federal government treats veterans badly. Congress wastes billions of dollars on countless unconstitutional programs, but fails

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Veterans' Health and Medical Care
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I support restoring health care coverage to retired service members and reducing their out-of-pocket costs, and I also support fully investigating the causes of Gulf War illnesses and providing all necessary treatments to veterans suffering from those illnesses.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Disabled Veterans Health Care
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I support immediately ending the requirement that disabled veterans give up their military retirement pay in order to receive VA disability benefits.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Civil Rights
Civil Rights, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave the federal government unprecedented power over the hiring, employee relations, and customer service practices of every business in the country. The result was a massive violation of the rights of private property and

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

USA Patriot Act
Mitt Romney

Our president, for all the criticism he receives, has kept America safe these last six years, and he has done it by: One pursuing the Patriot Act, which has given us the intelligence information we needed to find out who the bad guys were and get them

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

Ron Paul

The "Patriot" Act, which was supposed to fight terrorism, allows the government to snoop on average citizens, obtain nationwide search warrants without local judicial oversight, monitor private Internet usage (that includes our emails and surfing habits),

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

Privacy
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

We must stop the move toward a national ID card system. All states are preparing to issue new driver's licenses embedded with "standard identifier" data - a national ID. A national ID with new tracking technologies means we're heading into an Orwellian

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

Anti-semitism
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

African, Latino & Native Americans
Racism
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

A nation that once prided itself on a sense of rugged individualism has become uncomfortably obsessed with racial group identities.

The collectivist mindset is at the heart of racism.

Government as an institution is particularly ill-suited to combat bigotry.

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

Social Security & Pensions
Social Security, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

President Obama has had three years in office, during which time he has attacked every serious proposal to preserve and strengthen America's entitlement programs. Mitt Romney has laid out the approach he would take to modernizing America's entitlement

Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/social-security (08/09/2012)

Ron Paul

Our nation's promise to its seniors, once considered a sacred trust, has become little more than a tool for politicians to scare retirees while robbing them of their promised benefits. Today, the Social Security system is broke and broken. Those in the

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

Long Term Viability of Social Security
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Solvency is the key to keeping our promise to our seniors, and I have introduced the Social Security Preservation Act (H.R. 219) to ensure that money paid into the system is only used for Social Security.

Excessive government spending has created the

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

Privatizing Social Security
Mitt Romney

Our nominee has to be someone who isn't committed to abolishing Social Security, but who is committed to saving Social Security. We have always had, at the heart of our party, a recognition that we want to care for those in need, and our seniors have

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

Ron Paul

We must also address the desire of younger workers to save and invest on their own. We should cut payroll taxes and give workers the opportunity to seek better returns in the private market.

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

Social Security Trust Fund
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I have never voted to spend a single penny from the Social Security Trust Fund on anything other than Social Security and believe that Trust Fund money should only be spent on Social Security.

Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)

Tax on Social Security Benefits
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Imposing any tax on Social Security benefits is unfair and illogical. In Congress, I have introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 191), which repeals ALL taxes on Social Security benefits, to eliminate political theft of our seniors' income and raise their standard of living.

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

Consumers
Credit Cards
Mitt Romney

"The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 produced federal restrictions on credit card companies that have already led to higher interest rates, higher annual fees, and lower credit limits, especially for middle-class borrowers."

Source: mittromney.com (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Illegal Drugs & Marijuana
Illegal Drugs, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

"[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy,

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

Medical Use of Marijuana
Mitt Romney

"I don't do any arresting. In my view, marijuana should not be made legal either for medicinal purposes or recreational purposes. It's the opening way to drug use for many, many people in our country and I'm opposed to medical marijuana."

Source: town hall event in Exeter, NH (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

The issue is not whether one supports medical marijuana or not. The issue is whether Washington decides or local voters decide. For most issues, the Constitution leaves decision-making to the states. For most of the 20th century, however, the federal

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Legalization of Marijuana
Mitt Romney

"I believe marijuana should be illegal in our country. It is the pathway to drug usage by our society, which is a great scourge -- which is one of the great causes of crime in our cities. And I believe that we are at a state where, of course, we are very

Source: Town hall event in Manchester, New Hampshire (10/12/2012)

Ron Paul

I believe that this issue needs to be resolved at the state and local level, and that the federal government has no constitutional authority to intervene in these decisions.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

War on Drugs
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Ron Paul opposes the War on Drugs.

On November 20, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times / Freakonomics interview:

"[...] the federal war on drugs has proven costly and ineffective, while creating terrible violent crime. But if you question policy,

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

Poverty & Welfare
Poverty, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

We're a nation that believes that we're all children of the same god and we care for those that have difficulties, those that are elderly and have problems and challenges, those that are disabled. We care for them. And we -- we look for discovery and

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

Ron Paul

No response

Poor Children
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

I will work to reduce taxes on the American family. In addition, my goals of restoring a sound monetary policy and stopping the government from wasting trillions on an overseas empire will enable the American people to devote their own resources to meeting

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Faith-based Initiative Funding
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

If religious organizations receive taxpayer monies, they will have an incentive to make obedience to the dictates of federal bureaucrats their number-one priority. Religious entities may even change the religious character of their programs in order to

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Public Service
Mandate Public Service
Mitt Romney

“I like the idea of providing opportunities for young people to serve… I love the opportunity to see voluntary service. But I’m not ready to lay out what that will look like. I will continue to support the programs that have been effective and see if

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

Ron Paul

No response

Food & Agriculture
Genetically Engineered Food
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

The federal government lacks constitutional authority to mandate labeling of products containing genetically-modified food. Furthermore, those who do not wish to consume genetically-modified products should be leery of federally-mandated labeling because

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in order to comply with standards dictated by supra-national organizations such as the UN's World Food Code (CODEX), NAFTA, and CAFTA, has been assuming greater control over nutrients, vitamins and natural health

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

Alcohol, Cigarettes & Gambling
Cigarettes, a General Statement
Mitt Romney

No response

Ron Paul

Any policies on this issue must, under the Constitution, be settled at the state and local levels.

Source: Ron Paul (02/26/2008)

Financial Crisis
Financial Crisis, a General Statement
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)

Ron Paul

No response

Bailout of Banks and Financial Corporations
Mitt Romney

"The TARP program, while not transparent and not having been used as wisely it should have been, was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures. You cannot have a free economy and free market if there is not a financial

Source: reuters.com article, "Did Romney Flip-Flop on TARP?" (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Bail Outs of General Motors and Chrysler
Mitt Romney

"Three years ago, in the midst of an economic crisis, a newly elected President Barack Obama stepped in with a bailout for the auto industry. The indisputable good news is that Chrysler and General Motors are still in business. The equally indisputable

Source: "US Autos Bailout 'Was Crony Capitalism on a Grand Scale'," published Detroit News (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Mitt Romney

"Right now taxpayers are on the hook for almost 90 percent of all new mortgages. The two government-sponsored government housing corporations (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) fueled a predictable disaster...

In towns across the nation, foreclosed homes sit

Source: www.mittromney. (10/11/2012)

Ron Paul

No response

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