Compare the Candidates – Biographical Profiles and Positions on the Issues

2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

Mitt Romney - R
www.mittromney.comwww.mittromney.com
P.O. Box 149756Boston, MA 02114
(857) 288-6400
68
Ron Paul - R
www.ronpaul.comwww.ronpaul.com
8000 Forbes Place, Suite 200Springfield, VA 22151
703-248-9115
79
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 was strong and markets were surging. A lot has changed since then. But Washington hasn't. As President, I will bring conservative change to Washington as I did as Governor; cutting taxes, cutting spending, defending life, promoting traditional marriage, reforming health care, and enforcing our immigration laws. The challenges we face seem daunting, but Americans always rise to the occasion - we will overcome these as we have many others before. But for our children to inherit from us the great and hopeful America that was bequeathed to us by our parents, we must change Washington. I am optimistic about America's future. I have seen the goodness and resolve of the American people. Challenges make us strong. If I am elected President, I will draw on my experience, my values, and this vision of American strength to keep America the hope of the world, and the promise of a bright future for our children.

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. As a medical doctor, I delivered more than 4,000 babies and advocate a health care system where patients have choices including alternative care and where competition will drive costs down. I want to stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars overseas and use those funds to pay down our burgeoning debt, reduce taxes, shore up Social Security and strengthen Veterans' benefits. I would immediately bring the troops home from Iraq. My six point immigration plan is to: (1) Physically secure our borders; (2) Enforce visa rules; (3) Not allow amnesty; (4) Provide no welfare for those here illegally; (5) End birthright citizenship; and (6) Create true reform that is fair for all. I will continue to oppose a North American Union. I favor repeal of the Patriot Act, would stop the national ID card, and would end the erosion of our privacy rights and civil liberties. I will stop corporate polluters and end corporate welfare. I would also move immediately to return to sound monetary policy, to end the "inflation tax," and to protect our dollar. I will act to end irresponsible government spending which is threatening our future. I am committed to ending the personal income tax and the IRS.

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.

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.

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 Pizza, and The Sports Authority. As Bain Capital was growing in prominence, Mitt returned to his old consulting firm, Bain & Company, as CEO. In a time of financial turmoil at the company, he led a successful turnaround.

Ron Paul

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

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 Democrats, Mitt cast more than 800 vetoes as he brought conservative principles to state government. He cut red tape for small businesses, signed into law job-creating incentives, and fought hard to bring new businesses to the state. He eliminated a $3 billion deficit without borrowing or raising taxes. By 2007, at the end of Mitt's term, the state had accumulated a $2 billion rainy day fund in its coffers. This stringent fiscal discipline provided an essential backdrop for economic recovery. When Mitt came into office, the state was losing jobs every month. When he left office, the economy was generating new jobs by the thousands.

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 of the Federal Reserve's inflationary measures. In 1984, he voluntarily relinquished his House seat and returned to his medical practice.

Dr. Paul returned to Congress in 1997 to represent the 14th Congressional district of Texas. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the International Relations committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. On the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Paul serves as the vice-chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

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. Mitt was asked to take over. The event had been bogged down in a bid-rigging scandal, sponsors were fleeing, and the budget was bleeding red ink. The attacks of September 11, 2001, just months before the start date, created a security nightmare. Some were contemplating scaling back the competition or even moving it out of the country. In a remarkably short period, he revamped the organization's leadership, trimmed the budget, and restored public confidence. He oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization to assure the safety of the athletes and millions of international visitors, staging one of the most successful games ever held on U.S. soil.

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 Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology. He continues to advocate a dramatic reduction in the size of the federal government and a return to constitutional principles.

Dr. Paul is the author of several books, including Challenge to Liberty; The Case for Gold; and A Republic, If You Can Keep It. He has been a distinguished counselor to the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and is widely quoted by scholars and writers in the fields of monetary policy, banking, and political economy. He has received many awards and honors during his career in Congress, from organizations such as the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the Council for a Competitive Economy, Young Americans for Freedom, and countless others.

He has been on the National Taxpayers Union's "Taxpayers' Best Friend" list for the last ten years and has been named a "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business. Taxpayers for Common Sense named him a "Treasury Guardian" for his work against environmentally-harmful government spending and corporate welfare.

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.

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.

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

No response

Ron Paul

Protestant.

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 the most powerful nation in the history of the world. But today, under President Obama's leadership, Washington is smothering these values at home and sapping our influence abroad. The federal government has grown too large. And President Obama has presided over one of the worst economies in modern history--millions of jobs have been lost, record numbers of Americans are in danger of losing their homes, and personal bankruptcies have skyrocketed. He has failed the American people.

Mitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprise have led to prosperity and strength before and will do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation's strength.

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, and our personal liberties are threatened. We have strayed from the free society the Founders secured for us in our Constitution. The other candidates only wish to address symptoms of the overall problem. I believe that the solution to our societal woes can be found in allowing people to be as free and prosperous as possible. In other words, we need a president who will hold the federal government to abiding by the rule of law - the Constitution.

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 the country on the path to a balanced budget. And he will ensure we have a military so strong that no adversary would want to test it.

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 his consistent voting record. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution.

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 with unemployment above 8 percent.

If I'm president I will create -- help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes.

If the president's reelected, Obamacare will be fully installed. In my view that's going to mean a whole different way of life for people who counted on the insurance plan they had in the past. Many will lose it. You're going to see health premiums go up by some $2,500 per family.

If I'm elected we won't have Obama. We'll put in place the kind of principles that I put in place in my own state and allow each state to craft their own programs to get people insured and we'll focus on getting the cost of health care down.

If the president were to be reelected you're going to see a $716 billion cut to Medicare. You'll have 4 million people who will lose Medicare Advantage. You'll have hospital and providers that'll no longer accept Medicare patients.

I'll restore that $716 billion to Medicare.

And finally, military. The president's reelected you'll see dramatic cuts to our military. The secretary of defense has said these would be even devastating.

I will not cut our commitment to our military. I will keep America strong and get America's middle class working again.

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)

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 grandparents.We have national wealth. And most important, we have the heart and passion of the American people - always the greatest source of our strength as a nation.

Building on the Goldwater-Nichols military reforms of the 1980s, we need to ensure that our civilian instruments of national power have the ability to build joint efforts among our civilian agencies and empower Regional Deputies with clear lines of authority, sufficient budgets and the responsibility to develop and execute regional plans and strategies. We must also constantly challenge bureaucratic "group think" and revitalize our national security structures so we have the capabilities needed to meet 21st century challenges.

Many of our civilian national security and foreign policy structures were created decades ago. Today we need strengthened capabilities to strategically integrate all elements of national power. National Security Council staff must be empowered and accountable for reaching out to divergent viewpoints and challenging policies and proposals.

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 civil liberties to worry about", but don't forget... the most important civil liberty I expect from my government is my right to be kept alive.

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 elements of national power under a new force with leadership drawn from a core group of our Army Special Forces trained to work with civilian governments and intelligence personnel to form a new capability that is:

Focused on locally-targeted efforts to win support in the community while identifying, isolating and eliminating terrorist elements.

Highly integrated and able to mobilize all elements of national power, including humanitarian and development assistance and rule of law capacity building.

Closely coordinated in partnership with local governments.

Intelligence driven.

Agile and flexible in its operations.

A sustainable effort in contested areas and sanctuaries of Jihadist groups.

While there has been much emphasis on protecting facilities and responding to attacks, a key priority must be prevention. Today, protecting the homeland must begin far from home. Intelligence and law enforcement efforts able to address threats before they reach our shores must be a priority for U.S. and international action. This will demand new U.S. capabilities, stronger international alliances and integration of our federal actions with international, state and local efforts.

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 its validity.

They professed that what our military does abroad has no effect on how the citizens of the world feel towards us. Rudy Giuliani in particular believed that the 9/11 terrorists hated our wealth and freedom so intensely that they sacrificed their lives to prove it. (Of course, our government bombing their countries, propping up their dictators and supplying their enemies with money and weapons had nothing to do with it.)

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 remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.

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.

America first. That is what Ron Paul's national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, hunt down the 9/11 terrorist planners (who are still at large), safely withdraw our troops from Iraq and other countries around the world, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.

Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.

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 by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet, the consequences of ignoring this threat -- such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons -- are simply unacceptable.

Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam.

Merely closing our eyes and hoping that Jihadism will go away is not an acceptable solution. U.S. military action alone cannot change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. In the end, only Muslims themselves can defeat the violent radicals. But we must work with them.

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 terrorism needs to be a top Presidential priority.

We should appoint a new Ambassador-at-Large to prevent nuclear terror. He or she would have the authority and resources needed to work across government agencies and departments to ensure that our strategies both here and abroad are coordinated.

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 policy of interventionism overseas increased or decreased the threats to our security? When we interfere in a foreign election or foment unrest abroad, are the people more or less likely to harbor ill-feelings toward the United States and the American people?

As president, I would re-focus the efforts of our military and intelligence services on locating those individuals who planned the terrorist attacks on the U.S. and who remain at large. It must be made clear that the United States cannot be attacked with impunity. When I voted for the authorization to use force against those who attacked us in 2001, I did not imagine that we would be getting bogged down for years in a nation-building exercise in Afghanistan while the perpetrators remain at large. Efforts in that part of the world should be exclusively focused on apprehending those responsible for the attacks against the United States.

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. There's no question that in a setting like that, where you have the ticking bomb, that the President of the United States, not the CIA interrogator, has to make the call and enhanced interrogation techniques have to be used, not torture, but enhanced interrogation techniques yes.

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 and I am not. I am not going to specify the specific means of what is and what is not torture so that the people we capture will know the things we are able to do and the things we are not able to do.

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

Ron Paul

No response

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 Americans' faith in the rule of law.

We are a nation of immigrants, and they have contributed a great deal to our culture of hard work, entrepreneurship, faith in God, love of family, and respect for human life.

End illegal immigration, but encourage legal immigration and streamline the system to recruit and retain highly-skilled workers and welcome the best and the brightest from around the world to our universities.

I was at the San Diego border and met with our Border Patrol agents. They told me that more than a half of those that try and come across those fences are able to do so. They said there's no way to stop them at the border, unless you close down the magnets. And the magnets are sanctuary cities and having employers sign people up that have come here illegally to do work here. You have to end sanctuary cities. You have to cut back on federal funding to cities that continue to call themselves sanctuary cities and welcome people in, as New York has done. And you have to say to employers that hire people illegally, 'That's also going to be sanctioned.' This is the way we're going to have to finally end it. And the other key point is this, which is having amnesty and saying to individuals, as the mayor has said, if you come here and you're willing to work here and pay taxes, we'll sign you up. That's not the right message. We've got to enforce the law, welcoming legal immigration but ending illegal immigration.

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 anything.

If these policies are not reversed, the future is grim. A poor, dependent and divided population is much easier to rule than a nation of self-confident individuals who can make a living on their own and who share the traditions and values that this country was founded upon.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Pass true immigration reform. The current system is incoherent and unfair. But current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods.

Every day that passes makes it more difficult to reverse the damage that has already been done.

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 apart. Currently, legal immigrants in America often have to wait years to be with husbands, wives, and young children.

The current system puts up a concrete wall to the best and brightest, yet those without skill or education are able to walk across the border. We must reform the current immigration laws so we can secure our borders, implement a mandatory biometrically-enabled and tamperproof documentation and employment-verification system, and increase legal immigration into America.

Streamline the system to recruit and retain skilled workers and welcome the best and the brightest from around the world to our universities.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Pass true immigration reform. The current system is incoherent and unfair. But current reform proposals would allow up to 60 million more immigrants into our country, according to the Heritage Foundation. This is insanity. Legal immigrants from all countries should face the same rules and waiting periods.

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 that fence and to make sure that people are coming over are caught…

If we want to secure the border, we have to make sure we have a fence, technologically, determining where people are, enough agents to oversee it, and turn off that magnet. We can't talk about amnesty, we cannot give amnesty to those who have come here illegally.”

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. They came here for opportunity and freedom. And that's what we represent. And that's why we'll win collecting support from Latinos across the country. With regards to illegal immigration, of course we build a fence and of course we do not give instate tuition credits to people who come here illegally. That only attracts people to come here and take advantage of America's great beneficence."

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 the country based upon the needs of our employment sector and create jobs by bringing technology and innovation that comes from people around the world.

Look, we -- we are a nation of immigrants. We love legal immigration. But for legal immigration to work, we have to secure the border, and we also have to crack down on employers that hire people who are here illegally.

I like legal immigration. I'd have the number of visas that we give to people here that come here legally, determined in part by the needs of our employment community. But we have to secure our border and crack down on those that bring folks here and hire here illegally."

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, and compromised our national security as our ability to secure our border is questioned around the world. This tide of illegal immigration has made a mockery of our legal immigration system and been fundamentally unfair to those legal immigrants who play by the rules as they wait patiently to pursue the American dream. Sanctuary cities, in particular, attract more illegal immigrants and increase the pressure on federal law enforcement and border control.

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 the country to send billions of dollars into these safe haven and sanctuary cities while they continue to flaunt the American law. I suggest that we are going to cut back on money we send to these sanctuary cities so they support the law.

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 companies, create jobs, and drive innovation at a high rate. While lawful immigrants comprise about 8 percent of the population, immigrants start 16 percent of our top-performing, high-technology companies, hold the position of CEO or lead engineer in 25 percent of high-tech firms, and produce over 25 percent of all patent applications filed from the United States.

*The United States is projected to face a shortage of 230,000 science and technology workers by 2018. At the same time, we have set the caps on high-skill visas so low that, for some countries, an entire year's quota has been filled in an hour. Mitt Romney will ask Congress to raise the caps on visas for highly skilled immigrants.

*Many country caps--or limits on immigrants from specific countries--are so low, that America is losing some of the best and brightest to our international competitors. Mitt Romney will work with Congress to raise the country caps.

*Every foreign student who obtains an advanced degree in math, science, or engineering at a U.S. university should be granted permanent residency.

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 should speed the processing of applications.

Mitt Romney will work with Congress, states, and employers to properly set the cap on non-agricultural temporary worker visas. Many tourist-oriented businesses in the United States rely on these workers and would have to cut back or cease operations if there are not enough visas.

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 of advancing that goal.

According to the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, Border Patrol lacks control of over half of our southwest border. And some estimates indicate that over 40% of illegal immigrants in America entered the country legally, but then overstayed their visas.

*Mitt Romney will complete a high-tech fence to enhance border security.

*Governor Romney will ensure that we have the officers on the ground we need to gain control of the border.

*A Romney Administration will work to develop an efficient, effective system of exit verification to ensure people do not overstay their visas.

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 opposes all "magnets" that entice illegal immigrants to come to our country. As governor, he vetoed in-state tuition benefits for illegal immigrants and opposed driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

As president, Mitt Romney will foster a legal immigration system that works. This will offer an alternative to those who would otherwise enter illegally. For instance, reforming our current temporary worker program will offer employers who need such staff a legal option to find employees.

Mitt Romney believes in the rule of law and will fully enforce federal immigration law. As governor, he authorized state police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.

As president, Mitt Romney will ensure that husbands, wives, and their minor children are brought together on a timely basis.

Mitt Romney will speed the processing of applications by eliminating the red tape that is keeping immediate families apart.

Mitt Romney will work with Congress to give legal permanent residents the same priority as citizens when applying to bring husbands, wives, and minor children to the United States.

Mitt Romney will reallocate green cards to family of citizens and legal permanent residents.

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)

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 got involved mostly for health reasons 100 years or so ago. But this should be a religious matter. All voluntary associations, whether they're economic or social, should be protected by the law. But to amend the Constitution is totally unnecessary to define something that's already in the dictionary. We do know what marriage is about. We don't need a new definition or argue over a definition and have an Amendment. To me, it just seems so unnecessary to do that. There's no need for the federal government to be involved in this.

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 drive that collected a record 170,000 signatures for a citizen ballot initiative to protect marriage.

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 strength. When America is strong, the world is safer. It is only American power--conceived in the broadest terms--that can provide the foundation for an international system that ensures the security and prosperity of the United States and our friends and allies.

A Romney foreign policy will proceed with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies will not have doubts about where we stand and what we will do to safeguard our interests and theirs. Neither will our rivals, competitors, and adversaries. The best ally world peace has ever known is a strong America. The "last best hope of earth" was what Abraham Lincoln called our country. Mitt Romney believes in fulfilling the promise of Lincoln's words and will defend America abroad in word and in deed.

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 its validity. 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 remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.

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.

America first. That is what Ron Paul's national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, hunt down the 9/11 terrorist planners (who are still at large), safely withdraw our troops from Iraq and other countries around the world, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.

Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.

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 changing the strategic map of the world. While the potential for conflict with an authoritarian China could rise as its power grows, the United States must pursue policies designed to encourage Beijing to embark on a course that makes conflict less likely. China must be discouraged from attempting to intimidate or dominate neighboring states. If the present Chinese regime is permitted to establish itself as the preponderant power in the Western Pacific it could close off large parts of the region to cooperative relations with the United States and the West and dim hope that economic opportunity and democratic freedom will continue to flourish across East Asia. Mitt Romney will implement a strategy that makes the path of regional hegemony for China far more costly than the alternative path of becoming a responsible partner in the international system.

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 on economic and political freedom. While it is obvious that any lasting democratic reform in China cannot be imposed from the outside, it is equally obvious that the Chinese people currently do not yet enjoy the requisite civil and political rights to turn internal dissent into effective reform. The United States has an important role to play in encouraging the evolution of China toward a more politically open and democratic order.

If the United States fails to support dissidents out of fear of offending the Chinese government, we will merely embolden China's leaders. We certainly should not have relegated the future of freedom to second or third place, as Secretary of State Clinton did in 2009 when she publicly declared that the Obama administration would not let U.S. concerns about China's human rights record interfere with cooperation "on the global economic crisis [and] the global climate change crisis." A Romney administration will vigorously support and engage civil society groups within China that are promoting democratic reform, anti-corruption efforts, religious freedom, and women's and minority rights. It will look to provide these groups and the Chinese people with greater access to information and communication through a stronger Internet freedom initiative. Mitt Romney will seek to engage China, but will always stand up for those fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.

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 be no accommodation, no appeasement. There will be no end to our insistence that political prisoners are set free, and that Cubans themselves are finally given the privileges that today are enjoyed only by Castro's cronies, and by foreign tourists. After 50 years, with so much suffering, so much sacrifice, we will not relent until the day when the Castro brothers meet their ignominious end and their history is written among the world's most reviled despots, tyrants and frauds.

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 Paul. I'll use every resource we can to make sure that when Fidel Castro finally leaves this planet, that we are able to help the people of Cuba enjoy freedom."

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 us. In spite of great progress over the last few decades, tens of millions in the Western Hemisphere still live in poverty. United States aid and investment programs promote transparency and the economic and political reforms needed to spur development.

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 in the Pacific is not an invitation to conflict. Quite the contrary; it is a guarantor of a region where trade routes are open and East Asia's community of nations remains secure and prosperous.

Toward that end, the United States should maintain and expand its naval presence in the Western Pacific. We should be assisting partners that require help to enhance their defensive capabilities. The Department of Defense should reconsider recent decisions not to sell top-of-the-line equipment to our closest Asian allies. We should be coordinating with Taiwan to determine its military needs and supplying them with adequate aircraft and other military platforms. We should be assisting Pacific nations to enhance maritime domain awareness, i.e., the ability to employ radar and other detection networks to monitor aggressive behavior in disputed waters. This would minimize the chance of surprise confrontations and prevent military miscalculations that can escalate into larger conflicts.

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 Peninsula and elsewhere in East Asia, threatens our close allies South Korea and Japan, destabilizes the entire Pacific region, and could lead to the illicit transfer of a nuclear device to another rogue nation or a terrorist group. As president, Mitt Romney will commit to eliminating North Korea's nuclear weapons and its nuclear-weapons infrastructure. A key mistake in U.S. policy toward North Korea has been to grant it a series of carrots in return for only illusory cooperation. Each step the world has taken toward North Korea has been met with further provocations and expansion of its nuclear program. Over the years, North Korea has found that its pursuit of a nuclear weapon reaps it material and diplomatic rewards, taking away any incentive for it to end its program.

Mitt Romney will reverse that dynamic. The United States will make it unequivocally clear to Pyongyang that continued advancement of its nuclear program and any aggression will be punished instead of rewarded. Mitt will work with allies to institute harsher sanctions on North Korea, such as cracking down on financial institutions that service the North Korean regime and sanctioning companies that conduct commercial shipping in and out of North Korea. He will also step up enforcement of the Proliferation Security Initiative to constrain North Korean illicit exports by increasing the frequency of inspections of North Korean ships and discouraging foreign ports from permitting entry to North Korean ships. Such measures would significantly block the trade revenue that props up the North Korean regime and shut off routes by which the regime supplies its nuclear program.

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 work with one another as they have begun to do. Our objective is not to build an anti-China coalition. Rather it is to strengthen cooperation among countries with which we share a concern about China's growing power and increasing assertiveness and with whom we also share an interest in maintaining freedom of navigation and ensuring that disputes over resources are resolved by peaceful means. It is yet another way of closing off China's option of expanding its influence through coercion.

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 seeks to undermine institutions of democratic governance and economic opportunity. The Bolivarian movement threatens U.S. allies such as Colombia, has interfered with regional cooperation on key issues such as illicit drugs and counterterrorism, has provided safe haven for drug traffickers, has encouraged regional terrorist organizations, and has even invited Iran and foreign terrorist organizations like Hezbollah into the region. The region is also witnessing an epidemic of violent criminal gangs and drug cartels, which have wrought death and mayhem across much of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

In his first 100 days in office, Mitt will launch a vigorous public diplomacy and trade promotion effort in the region -- the Campaign for Economic Opportunity in Latin America (CEOLA) -- to extol the virtues of democracy and free trade and build on the benefits conferred by the free trade agreements reached with Panama and Colombia, as well as those already in force with Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the members of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Through old and new media and through numerous public events conducted in conjunction with our regional partners, CEOLA will draw a stark contrast between free enterprise and the ills of the authoritarian socialist model offered by Cuba and Venezuela. The campaign will also seek to involve both the U.S. and Latin American private sectors in efforts to expand trade throughout the region with initiatives that not only help American companies do business in Latin America, but also help Latin American companies invest and create jobs in the American market.

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 States and Mexico currently cooperate through the Merida Initiative, a program run by the U.S. Department of State to improve Mexico's law enforcement capabilities. However, in light of the severity of the cartel problem and the sheer firepower and sophistication of the criminal networks we are facing, the United States and Mexico should explore the need for enhanced military-to-military training cooperation and intelligence sharing similar to practices that were successful in combating cartels and narco-terrorist networks in Colombia. Mitt will use the full powers of the presidency to complete an impermeable border fence protecting our southern frontier from infiltration by illegal migrants, trans-national criminal networks, and terrorists.

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, increased trade, and good governance, a Romney administration will encourage and assist African nations to adopt policies that create business-friendly environments and combat governmental corruption. Such policies will lift those nations and their people, boost economic ties to the United States, and provide greater certainty to U.S. and international investors. Greater market access across the continent for U.S. businesses will bolster job creation in Africa as well as in the United States.

Mitt Romney will also provide the leadership required to help resolve Africa's long-running conflicts, pressure the remaining despots who abuse their own people, and weaken terrorist groups that threaten U.S. interests and those of our partners. He will pursue strong cooperative military and diplomatic relationships to ensure security interests on the continent and in the seafaring trade routes off its shores. These relationships will help strengthen the capacity of African nations and regional organizations to foster stability, engage in peacekeeping, and confront terror.

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 a history of violence and genocide, Khartoum has committed a range of atrocities in border regions since the independence of the Republic of South Sudan. It has incited and armed rebel groups with the apparent objective of undermining the new country. It has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in oil, which is Sudan's chief source of income. In both Darfur and in the border areas, Khartoum has too often been an impediment to the flow of humanitarian assistance. Governor Romney is committed to protecting innocents from war crimes and other atrocities, ensuring that humanitarian aid reaches those desperately in need, holding accountable those leaders who perpetrate atrocities, and achieving a sustainable peace for all who live in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

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 often lacking. Consequently, countries can ignore their obligations under the NPT with little fear of sanction or penalty. Given the unstable political and economic situation in many of these counties, there is the real possibility that these nuclear technologies, fissile materials, or even fully assembled nuclear weapons, could find their way to terrorists. Moreover, the September 11th Commission reported that al-Qaeda had been trying to acquire or build nuclear weapons for well over a decade. Former CIA Director George Tenet said that Osama bin Laden sees the acquisition of WMD as a "religious obligation."

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 has focused on creating a new, expanded and duplicative bureaucracy in the Directorate of National Intelligence.

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 the U.S. again go to war as the result of a resolution that comes from an unelected, foreign body, such as the United Nations.

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 to democracy itself.We should all be particularly troubled by the government's hostility towards a free press and actions to take Radio Caracas Television off the air. In addition, developments in Bolivia and elsewhere show the potential of Chavez's malignant form of tyranny to spread to other countries.

We should use our world renowned media and communications savvy to spread the truth about American freedom, and Castro tyranny. New strong-men ('caudillos') must not reverse the Hemisphere's hardfought economic and political freedoms. The United States and our partners in the region must continue to reject the policies of leaders such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez that move to consolidate power, limit dissent and revert to failed socialist policies.

Through the Internet, TV, Radio Marti and other Miami radio stations that broadcast into Cuba we know that word of news and events here in the U.S. gets back to Cuba. To this daily flow of truth I would like to add my message to your own. America will never back down to the Castro brothers. There will be no accommodation, no appeasement. There will be no end to our insistence that political prisoners are set free, and that Cubans themselves are finally given the privileges that today are enjoyed only by Castro's cronies, and by foreign tourists.

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, because there's nothing better for getting us to a balanced budget than having more people working, earning more money, paying more taxes. That's by far the most effective and efficient way to get this budget balanced.

My priority is putting people back to work in America. They're suffering in this country. And we talk about evidence. Look at the evidence of the last four years. It's absolutely extraordinary. We've got 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work in this country. It's just -- it's -- we've got -- when the president took office, 32 million people on food stamps; 47 million on food stamps today; economic growth this year slower than last year, and last year slower than the year before.

Going forward with the status quo is not going to cut it for the American people who are struggling today.

I agree: 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 to the states and go to the workers so they can create their own pathways to get in the training they need for jobs that will really help them.

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. It's tempting to want to protect our markets and stay closed. But at some point it all comes crashing down and you're hopelessly left behind. Then you are Russia."

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, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to the states instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.

Any American living through this economic crisis will immediately recognize the severity of the break that Mitt Romney proposes from our current course. He is calling for a fundamental change in Washington's view of how economic growth and prosperity are achieved, how jobs are created, and how government can support these endeavors. It is at once a deeply conservative return to policies that have served our nation well and a highly ambitious departure from the policies of our current leadership. In short, it is a plan to get America back to work.

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 that has existed in this country for a long, long time and has produced the best health records in the world.

The right answer for government is say, How do we make the private sector become more efficient and more effective? 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

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, or invest. When taxes are reduced on companies, they have more money to hire new employees, increase wages, or pay dividends to investors. Since all economic growth depends on private capital, the goal of any economic stimulus plan must be to leave more private capital in the hands of investors. When too much American wealth is tied up in government coffers, investment and job growth suffer.

My plan to revitalize the economy for the long-term can be found here: http://www.ronpaul2008.com/prosperity/ It involves four points: tax reform, spending reform, monetary policy reform, and regulatory reform.

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 ensuring Americans receive education and training for today’s jobs. His plan will also get spending under control to prevent a debt crisis.

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 of patchwork decisions that came into being with no systematic thought for their implications for job creation or economic growth. Every year, individual taxpayers are forced to confront a Rube Goldberg contraption of bewildering complexity that leads to a range of undesirable outcomes, including the fact that millions of Americans have to pay hundreds of dollars to have their tax returns prepared by a professional who understands the rules. Corporations, for their part, are subject to rules and regulations that all too often encourage tax gamesmanship while discouraging reinvestment in the American economy.

Reducing and stabilizing federal spending is essential, but breathing life into the present anemic recovery will also require fixing the nation's tax code to focus on jobs and growth. To repair the nation's tax code, marginal rates must be brought down to stimulate entrepreneurship, job creation, and investment, while still raising the revenue needed to fund a smaller, smarter, simpler government. The principle of fairness must be preserved in federal tax and spending policy.

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 ratified on February 3, 1913.

An income tax is the most degrading and totalitarian of all possible taxes. Its implementation wrongly suggests that the government owns the lives and labor of the citizens it is supposed to represent. Tellingly, "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax" is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and first published in 1848.

To provide funding for the federal government, Ron Paul supports excise taxes, non-protectionist tariffs, massive cuts in spending.

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, individual rates also define the incentives for job-creating businesses. Lower marginal tax rates secure for all Americans the economic gains from tax reform.

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

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

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

*Eliminate the Death Tax

*Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

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 ratified on February 3, 1913.

An income tax is the most degrading and totalitarian of all possible taxes. Its implementation wrongly suggests that the government owns the lives and labor of the citizens it is supposed to represent. Tellingly, "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax" is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and first published in 1848.

To provide funding for the federal government, Ron Paul supports excise taxes, non-protectionist tariffs, massive cuts in spending.

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 be to have a single number. Make up a number, $25,000, $50,000. Anybody can have deductions up to that amount. And then that number disappears for high-income people. That's one way one could do it. One could follow Bowles-Simpson as a model and take deduction by deduction and make differences that way. There are alternatives to accomplish the objective I have, which is to bring down rates, broaden the base, simplify the code, and create incentives for growth. And with regards to health care, you had remarkable details with regards to my pre-existing condition plan. You obviously studied up on -- on my plan. In fact, I do have a plan that deals with people with pre-existing conditions. That's part of my health care plan. And what we did in Massachusetts is a model for the nation state by state. And I said that at that time.

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 ratified on February 3, 1913.

An income tax is the most degrading and totalitarian of all possible taxes. Its implementation wrongly suggests that the government owns the lives and labor of the citizens it is supposed to represent. Tellingly, "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax" is Plank #2 of the Communist Manifesto, which was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and first published in 1848.

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 capital gains

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

- Eliminate the death tax

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 high rate of corporate tax also hurts U.S. wages.

*Cut the corporate rate to 25 percent

*Strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit

*Switch to a territorial tax system

*Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

We will champion SMALL businesses, America's engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them.

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 he described were a tax plan I was asked to support, I'd say absolutely not. I'm not looking for a $5 trillion tax cut. What I've said is I won't put in place a tax cut that adds to the deficit. That's part one. So there's no economist that can say Mitt Romney's tax plan adds $5 trillion if I say I will not add to the deficit with my tax plan.

Number two, I will not reduce the share paid by high-income individuals. I know that you and your running mate keep saying that and I know it's a popular thing to say with a lot of people, but it's just not the case. Look, I've got five boys. I'm used to people saying something that's not always true, but just keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping I'll believe it. But that -- that is not the case. All right? I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans.

And number three, I will not under any circumstances raise taxes on middle-income families. I will lower taxes on middle-income families. Now, you cite a study. There are six other studies that looked at the study you describe and say it's completely wrong. I saw a study that came out today that said you're going to raise taxes by $3,000 to $4,000 on middle-income families.

There are all these studies out there. But let's get at the bottom line. That is, I want to bring down rates. I want to bring the rates down, at the same time lower deductions and exemptions and credits and so forth, so we keep getting the revenue we need. And you'd think, well, then why lower the rates?

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 ratified on February 3, 1913. To provide funding for the federal government, Ron Paul supports excise taxes, non-protectionist tariffs, massive cuts in spending.

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 student achievement, and when students are empowered to select a school or education program that meets their needs. Americans have long been known for their creativity, ingenuity, and bold vision for our country, and this attitude must apply to our education system.

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 deem appropriate for their children.

On November 14, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times interview:

"First, the Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating those education policies.

Second, it is a huge bureaucracy that squanders our money. We send billions of dollars to Washington and get back less than we sent. The money would be much better off left in states and local communities rather than being squandered in Washington.

Finally, I think that the smallest level of government possible best performs education. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats.

The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind, massive unfunded mandates, indoctrination, and in some cases, forced medication of our children with psychotropic drugs. We should get rid of all of that and get those choices back in the hands of the people."

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 NCLB by giving states that meet or exceed testing requirements additional flexibility in measuring student performance. He will also improve the law by focusing more attention on individual student progress, rather than the overall progress of schools.

"Former president George W. Bush was right to champion the No Child Left Behind legislation, which requires states to test student progress and to evaluate school performance – it was the only way to ensure that critical information reached the public. Only the federal government had the clout to force testing through the barricade mounted by the national teachers’ unions."

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 he designed the creation. And I believe he used the process of evolution to create the human body.

In my opinion, the science class is where to teach evolution, or if there are other scientific thoughts that need to be discussed. If we’re going to talk about more philosophical matters, like why it was created, and was there an intelligent designer behind it, that’s for the religion class or philosophy class or social studies class

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. This plan also would support high quality charter schools in scaling up and reward states that recruit and retain the best teachers.

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 to the Top, not all of them, but some of them I agree with and -- and congratulate him for pursuing that. The federal government can get local and -- and state schools to do a better job.

My own view, by the way, is I've added to that. I happen to believe, I want the kids that are getting federal dollars from IDEA or Title I -- these are disabled kids or -- or -- or poor kids or -- or lower-income kids, rather, I want them to be able to go to the school of their choice.

So all federal funds, instead of going to the -- to the state or to the school district, I'd have go, if you will, follow the child and let the parent and the child decide where to send their -- their -- their student.

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 allowed to move to a new school, and (4) students must bring funding with them so that new schools can afford to serve them...

Make Title I and IDEA funds portable so that eligible students can choose which school to attend and bring funding with them. This plan will allow the student to choose from any district or public charter school, or a private school where permitted by state law, or to use funds toward a tutoring provider or digital course...

Require states to adopt open-enrollment policies for students receiving Title I and IDEA funds, and to eliminate caps on charter and digital schools."

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 school and that increased choice translates into better outcomes for all students. He also realizes that teacher quality is integral to student success. States should recruit the best and brightest into the classroom and reward them for a job well done.

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 they are meeting the standards that need to be met, and make sure that you put the parents in charge.”

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 not be working with children…

Teachers’ unions do their very best to secure these insulations from performance for their members, and the results are lack of accountability, rising pay as a simple function of years on the job, and near-absolute job security. These have a deadening impact on student achievement.”

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 cut our commitment to education. I wanted to make it more effective and efficient. And by the way, I've had that experience. I don't just talk about it. I've been there. Massachusetts schools are ranked number one in the nation. This is not because I didn't have commitment to education. It's because I care about education for all of our kids.

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 for the few; instead, all students should have the opportunity to attend a college that best suits their needs. Whether it is public or private, traditional or online, college must be available and affordable.

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 of attendance at an elementary and/or secondary school. This includes private, parochial, religious, and home schools.

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 to the states and go to the workers so they can create their own pathways to get in the training they need for jobs that will really help them.

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.

On November 14, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times interview:

"First, the Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating those education policies.

Second, it is a huge bureaucracy that squanders our money. We send billions of dollars to Washington and get back less than we sent. The money would be much better off left in states and local communities rather than being squandered in Washington.

Finally, I think that the smallest level of government possible best performs education. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats.

The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind, massive unfunded mandates, indoctrination, and in some cases, forced medication of our children with psychotropic drugs. We should get rid of all of that and get those choices back in the hands of the people."

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 make that decision on their own. The role of government: Look behind us. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The role of government is to promote and protect the principles of those documents.

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 schools, or home schooling -- makes traditional public schools better and improves the quality of education for all of America's kids. Governor Romney believes that it is especially important that students in failing schools be able to exercise school choice so that they can get access to the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.

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. To help them, he will provide a tax credit to help defray the educational expenses of parents who home school their kids.

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 those in state-run schools.

Returning control of education to parents is the centerpiece of my education agenda. As President I will advance tax credits through the Family Education Freedom Act, which reduces taxes to make it easier for parents to home school by allowing them to devote more of their own funds to their children's education.

I am committed to guaranteeing parity for home school diplomas and advancing equal scholarship consideration for students entering college from a home school environment.

We must have permanency in the Department of Defense Home School Tier 1 Pilot Program, providing recruitment status parity for home school graduates. I will use my authority to prevent the Department of Education from regulating home school activities.

I will veto any legislation that creates national standards or national testing for home school parents or students. I also believe that, as long as No Child Left Behind remains law, it must include the protections for home schoolers included in sec. 9506 (enshrining home schoolers' rights) and 9527 (guaranteeing no national curriculum).

Federal monies must never be used to undermine the rights of homeschooling parents. I will use the bully pulpit of the Presidency to encourage a culture of educational freedom throughout the nation.

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 in Massachusetts high schools by adding 1,000 new math and science teachers, requiring math and science Advanced Placement classes, and providing laptop computers to all middle and high school students.

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 saying, 'wait a second, here is what the law says, here is what the constitution says, if you don't like that you'd better change those things,' but you can't say that some corporations, unions for instance, can make political contributions, but other corporations can't, I think their decision was a correct decision. I support their decision.

I wish we could find a way to get money out of politics. I have not found out a way to do that. I think the best way, by the way, is to let people make whatever contributions they want and have it instantly reported and know what conflicts exist, so we know where the money is coming from. I think the current system on campaign finance reform is a mess."

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 so that we can know that they are not voting multiple times. I mean, that's the purpose here of course. We don't want people voting multiple times and you can get a photo ID free from your state. You can get it at the time you register to vote...

That's one more lawsuit I'd end if I were president of the United States."

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 how we can get America's economy going again. Tea Party people like that. So if the Tea Party is for keeping government small and spending down, and helping us create jobs, then, hey, I'm for the Tea Party

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 the best solution is swift and full disclosure of all donations to candidates. This allows the American people to hold politicians accountable.

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 able to vote, even upon coming out of office.

In my state, I had a state that — that said that they did not favor my position. I’m not letting felons who had committed violent crimes vote. I think it’s a — a position that’s reasonable, and that’s the position I’ve got."

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 to help.

The key to sound environmental policy is respect for private property rights. The strict enforcement of property rights corrects environmental wrongs while increasing the cost of polluting.

In a free market, no one is allowed to pollute his neighbor's land, air, or water. If your property is being damaged, you have every right to sue the polluter, and government should protect that right. After paying damages, the polluter's production and sale costs rise, making it unprofitable to continue doing business the same way. Currently, preemptive regulations and pay-to-pollute schemes favor those wealthy enough to perform the regulatory tap dance, while those who own the polluted land rarely receive a quick or just resolution to their problems.

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 is attributable to factors out of our control... Internationally, we should work to limit the increase in emissions in global greenhouse gases, but in doing so we shouldn't put ourselves in a disadvantageous position that penalizes American jobs and economic growth.

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 many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on [...] global warming." - Ron Paul on Fox Business, Nov. 4, 2009

"[The Copenhagen treaty on climate change] can't help the economy. It has to hurt the economy and it can't possibly help the environment because they're totally off track on that. It might turn out to be one of the biggest hoaxes of all history, this whole global warming terrorism that they've been using, but we'll have to just wait and see, but it cannot be helpful. It's going to hurt everybody." - Ron Paul on the Alex Jones Show, Nov. 5, 2009

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 my feet on exploration and development of major prospects onshore and offshore as this Administration has.

In a Romney Administration, you will find permitting reform that will help Alaska unlock its potential, statewide. The federal government should be an ally in the effort to develop more of our nation's resources, not an obstacle. We will respect the rights Alaska gained with Statehood -- including control of Alaska lands, waters, and wildlife."

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 assessment of their costs.

Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process

Provide multi-year lead times before companies must come into compliance with onerous new environmental regulations

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 mistake is what I believe, in saying that the EPA should regulate carbon emissions. I don’t think that was the intent of the original legislation [Clean Air Act], and I don’t think carbon is a pollutant in the sense of harming our bodies. We can agree to disagree...

My view is that the EPA getting into carbon and regulating carbon has gone beyond the original intent of the legislation. I do believe we should reduce the pollutants that harm our health."

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 strength. When America is strong, the world is safer. It is only American power--conceived in the broadest terms--that can provide the foundation for an international system that ensures the security and prosperity of the United States and our friends and allies.

A Romney foreign policy will proceed with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies will not have doubts about where we stand and what we will do to safeguard our interests and theirs. Neither will our rivals, competitors, and adversaries. The best ally world peace has ever known is a strong America. The "last best hope of earth" was what Abraham Lincoln called our country. Mitt Romney believes in fulfilling the promise of Lincoln's words and will defend America abroad in word and in deed.

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 its validity. 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 remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.

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.

America first. That is what Ron Paul's national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, hunt down the 9/11 terrorist planners (who are still at large), safely withdraw our troops from Iraq and other countries around the world, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.

Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.

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 from Russia, President Obama early in his term scrapped President Bush's plan to deploy ground-based interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic. He instead favored a plan that featured a longer development timeline based upon technologies that have not yet been developed. He has since partially reversed course to reassure our allies who were alarmed by his abrupt about-face and subsequently clarified that his new program will also feature interceptors in Poland along with interceptors in Romania and a radar system in Turkey, all to be built in stages through 2020. As president, Mitt Romney is willing to commit to deploying missile defenses in Europe along that timeline, but he will do so with the following two qualifications.

First, Mitt would reserve the option of reverting to President Bush's original plan of deploying proven interceptor technology in Poland if it becomes clear that Iran is making faster progress on developing long range missiles than the Obama plan assumes or if the new technologies on which the plan relies fail to materialize in a timely fashion. If Iran is going to deploy intercontinental missiles sooner than 2020, the United States should retain the option of defending against them.

Second, Mitt would make clear that while he is willing to cooperate with Russia on missile defense in ways that will enhance the overall effectiveness of the missile-defense system, he will not compromise the capability of the system or yield operational control of it. Russia must abandon any backdoor scheme to constrain our missile defenses. The United States should never give Russia a veto over our security and that of our allies.

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 billion annually over the next several years to modernize our military, fill gaps in troop levels, ease the strain on our National Guard and Reserves, and support our wounded soldiers. The next president should commit to spending a minimum of four percent of GDP on national defense.

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 its validity. 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 remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.

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.

America first. That is what Ron Paul's national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, hunt down the 9/11 terrorist planners (who are still at large), safely withdraw our troops from Iraq and other countries around the world, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.

Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.

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 remain involved in dangerous power plays that unnecessarily put the lives of our soldiers at risk. And we brazenly squandered the wealth of our nation as if there were no tomorrow.

America first. That is what Ron Paul's national defense proposal is all about. And with America he means all Americans, not just the elite. If elected President, Ron Paul will continue his efforts to secure our borders, hunt down the 9/11 terrorist planners (who are still at large), safely withdraw our troops from Iraq and other countries around the world, and finally overhaul the intelligence apparatus in cooperation with intelligence professionals rather than political opportunists.

Ron Paul loves America. He is one of the very few true patriots left in Washington who are actively working on protecting our freedoms, our lives and our dignity.

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, personnel and health care efforts. However, as we invest in our military, we must ensure that funds are used to address critical needs of the men and women of our Armed Forces, not political or contractor interests.

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 Regan eloquently expressed the moral case against the draft in the publication Human Events in 1979: "...[conscription] rests on the assumption that your kids belong to the state. If we buy that assumption then it is for the state--not for parents, the community, the religious institutions or teachers--to decide who shall have what values and who shall do what work, when, where and how in our society. That assumption isn't a new one. The Nazis thought it was a great idea."

I believe wholeheartedly that an all-volunteer military is not only sufficient for national defense, but also preferable. It is time to abolish the Selective Service System and resign military conscription to the dustbin of American history.

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 that threatened Islamic states have public schools, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic health care, and competitive economic policies. Resources would be drawn from public and private institutions, and from volunteers and NGOs.

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 of a foreign power, say the Russians. What would we then think if that same power patrolling the Gulf built air bases in Texas and Florida with our government's complicity with the argument that this was necessary to protect "their" oil? This would anger many Americans and this anger would be directed to both the foreign occupiers of our territorial waters and our own government that permitted it. Yet this is exactly what has been happening in the Persian Gulf region. For religious, historic and sovereignty reasons, the Muslim people harbor great resentment toward us.

With American forces either occupying, threatening, or subsidizing nearly every country in the Middle East, we have unintentionally made it easier for Islamic terrorists to recruit followers to their radical ideologies.

Our long term goal should be trade and diplomacy with all Middle Eastern nations, along with a complete cessation of any interference in their internal affairs.

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. It has deteriorating relationships with Turkey and Egypt. It faces longstanding dangers from Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, a violent and highly unstable Syria, and a nuclear-aspiring Iran whose leadership is openly calling for Israel's annihilation.

To ensure Israel's security, Mitt Romney will work closely with Israel to maintain its strategic military edge. The United States will work intensively with Turkey and Egypt to shore up the now fraying relationships with Israel that have underpinned peace in the Middle East for decades. The United States must forcefully resist the emergence of anti-Israel policies in Turkey and Egypt, and work to make clear that their interests are not served by isolating Israel.

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 are doing more harm than good to those we profess to support. Our foreign military aid to Israel is actually more like corporate welfare to the U.S. military industrial complex, as Israel is forced to purchase only U.S. products with this assistance. We send almost twice as much aid to other countries in the Middle East, which only insures increased militarization and the drive toward war.

We have adopted a foreign policy that has left Israel surrounded by militaristic nations while undermining Israel's sovereignty by demanding that its foreign and defense policies be essentially pre-approved in Washington. That is a bad deal for Israel, as sovereign nations must determine on their own what is a most appropriate national defense. On foreign policy as well, the U.S. steps in to prevent Israel from engaging in dialogue with nations of which the U.S. administration disapproves -- even though achieving a lasting peace in the region is the best guarantor of Israel's safety. The United States should take care of its own sovereignty while at the same time respecting the sovereignty of nations like Israel. That is the best way to preserve security and prosperity for all.

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 crackdown on pro-democracy protestors. It even labeled him a "reformer" while he was turning heavy weapons on his own people. Mitt Romney holds no illusions about Assad's character or about Iran's interest in maintaining a client regime in Damascus.

Mitt Romney believes the United States should pursue a strategy of isolating and pressuring the Assad regime to increase the likelihood of a peaceful transition to a legitimate government. We should redouble our push for the U.N. Security Council to live up to its responsibilities and impose sanctions that cut off funding sources that serve to maintain the regime's grip on power. We should work with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to call on Syria's military to protect civilians rather than attack them. This effort would aim to drive a wedge between Assad and his military, minimize violence, and increase the possibility that the ruling minority Alawites will be able to reconcile with the majority Sunni population in a post-Assad Syria. And we should make clear that the United States and our allies will support the Syrian opposition when the time comes for them to forge a post-Assad government.

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 opportunity for profoundly positive change. History may show that the individual who moved the Arab world from autocracy to the path of freedom was not a head of state, but a humble Tunisian street vendor.

But the ongoing revolution is doubled edged. The region is riven by tensions, and Iran and Islamist extremists are seeking to influence events and expand their control. The future of democratic institutions in the region -- and the security of the United States and its allies -- hangs in the balance. Mitt Romney believes that the United States cannot be neutral about the outcome.

To protect our enduring national interests and to promote our ideals, a Romney administration will pursue a strategy of supporting groups and governments across the Middle East to advance the values of representative government, economic opportunity, and human rights, and opposing any extension of Iranian or jihadist influence. The Romney administration will strive to ensure that the Arab Spring is not followed by an Arab Winter.

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 than their democratic counterparts, are seeking to exploit the upheaval to make political inroads. A Romney administration will support those individuals and groups that are seeking to instill lasting democratic values and build sturdy democratic institutions that will sustain open societies in countries that have been closed for too long. Mitt will make available technical assistance to governments and transitional bodies to promote democracy, good governance, and sound financial management. He will convene a summit that brings together world leaders, donor organizations, and young leaders of groups that espouse the principles of representative government, religious pluralism, economic opportunity, women's and minority rights, and freedom of expression and conscience in the Arab world. And in his first 100 days, Mitt will engage Congress and relevant executive branch agencies and begin organizing all diplomatic and assistance efforts in the greater Middle East under one regional director. Unlike recent "special envoys" or regional "czars," this official will possess unified budgetary and directive authority, and therefore real ability to create results. One official with responsibility and accountability will be able to set regional priorities, craft a unified regional strategic plan, and properly direct our soft power toward ensuring the Arab Spring realizes its promise.

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 has been in the grip of several illusions. One is that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is the central problem in the region. This has been disproved repeatedly by events, most recently and most dramatically by the eruption of the Arab Spring. But it nonetheless led the administration to believe that distancing the United States from Israel was a smart move that would earn us credits in the Arab world and somehow bring peace closer. The record proves otherwise. The key to negotiating a lasting peace is an Israel that knows it will be secure.

The administration's errors extend in other directions as well. President Obama has repeatedly and unilaterally created new preconditions for restarting peace talks. The result has been to encourage Palestinians simply to hold out and wait for Washington to deliver more Israeli concessions on a silver platter. Why, after all, should the Palestinians even negotiate with Israel if the White House is pressuring Israel without extracting any price from the Palestinians in return?

With regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Mitt's policy will differ sharply from President Obama's. As president, Mitt will reject any measure that would frustrate direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He will make clear to the Palestinians that the unilateral attempt to decide issues that are designated for final negotiations by the Oslo Accords is unacceptable. The United States will reduce assistance to the Palestinians if they continue to pursue United Nations recognition or form a unity government that includes Hamas, a terrorist group dedicated to Israel's destruction.

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 against us from the other side of the world. That is why so many of our best and bravest young men and women are risking their lives in Afghanistan. Our mission in Afghanistan is to eliminate al Qaeda from the region and degrade the Taliban and other insurgent groups to the point where they are not existential threats to the Afghan government and do not destabilize Pakistan, with its stock of nuclear weapons. Our objective is to ensure that Afghanistan will never again become a launching pad for terror and to send a message to any other nation that would harbor terrorists with designs on the American homeland.

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 the Taliban and other insurgent groups. Mitt Romney will work with both the Afghan government and Pakistan to ensure that those nations are fully contributing to success in Afghanistan. But we will only persuade Afghanistan and Pakistan to be resolute if they are convinced that the United States will itself be resolute. Only an America that appears fully committed to success will eliminate the incentives for them to hedge their bets by aligning with opposing forces.

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, our diplomatic corps, and our coalition partners to establish institutions of governance. This placed the goal of a democratic Iraq allied with the United States within reach. The Obama administration, however, has made decisions that threaten to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. President Obama's astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq and his decision to pull out all U.S. troops by the end of 2011 have unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women. The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. Reports indicate that our commanders in the field recommended a 14,000 to 18,000-strong residual force as the minimum necessary to carry out our transition mission. In light of these developments, it is impossible to forecast what conditions in Iraq will confront the next American president in January 2013. Mitt Romney will enter office seeking to use the broad array of our foreign-policy tools -- diplomatic, economic, and military -- to establish a lasting relationship with Iraq and guarantee that Baghdad remains a solid partner in a volatile and strategically vital region.

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, President Obama has repeatedly frustrated and imperiled the American mission through a series of unwise decisions. After a protracted deliberation process, President Obama in December 2009 announced he would support a "surge" that would entail introducing an additional 30,000 troops into Afghanistan. But in the very same speech announcing the surge, he put forward a timetable for withdrawal. The mixed message left our Afghan allies in doubt about our resolve and encouraged the Taliban to believe that they could wait us out. This past June, President Obama disregarded the counsel of his top military commanders, including General David Petraeus, and announced a full withdrawal of those 30,000 surge troops by September 2012. That date falls short of the commanders' reported recommendation that the troops remain through the end of 2012 and the Afghan "fighting season" to solidify our gains. That date also happens to be just weeks before a U.S. presidential election. There is no military rationale for it. It raises questions about whether the timing is politically inspired. Whatever the motivation behind the decision, it means that our military will be compelled to begin moving troops and equipment out of Afghanistan in the middle of the fighting season, taking away forces and resources it needs to combat the enemy.

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 of our military and assistance presence in Afghanistan to determine the level required to secure our gains and to train Afghan forces to the point where they can protect the sovereignty of Afghanistan from the tyranny of the Taliban. Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan under a Romney administration will be based on conditions on the ground as assessed by our military commanders.

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 fair elections as required by the Afghan constitution, and coordinate with the United States on fighting the narcotics trade that fuels the insurgency. Pakistan should understand that any connection between insurgent forces and Pakistan's security and intelligence forces must be severed. The United States enjoys significant leverage over both of these nations. We should not be shy about using it.

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 followed, it was not well -- we were undermanaged, underprepared, underplanned, understaffed, and then we come into the phase that we have now. The plan that President Bush and General Petraeus put together is working. It's changing lives there. And perhaps most importantly, it's making sure that al Qaeda and no other group like them is becoming a superpower, if you will, in the communities, and having a safe haven from which they launch attacks against us."

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 threat to Israel, whose security is a vital U.S. national interest. As Iran's ballistic missile capacity improves, it will endanger Europe and eventually the continental United States. It will provoke an arms race in which the Arab nations themselves forge ahead with nuclear programs of their own. The result will be a nightmarish cascade of nuclear tensions in the world's most volatile region. Iran's sponsorship of international terrorism would take on a new and terrifying dimension.

As president, Mitt Romney's strategy will be to end Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapon, eliminate the threat of Iranian nuclear terrorism against the United States and our allies, and prevent nuclear proliferation across the Middle East.

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 us. Our policies toward Iran have been more provocative than those towards Iraq.

In 1953 our CIA, with help of the British, participated in overthrowing the democratically elected leader, Mohammad Mossadegh. We placed the Shah in power. He ruled ruthlessly but protected our oil interests, and for that we protected him - until 1979. We even provided him with Iran's first nuclear reactor. Evidently we didn't buy the argument that his oil supplies precluded a need for civilian nuclear energy. From 1953 to 1979 his authoritarian rule served to incite a radical Muslim opposition led by the Ayatollah Khomeini, who overthrew the Shah and took our hostages in 1979. The hostage crisis and overthrow of the Shah by the Ayatollah was a major victory for the radical Islamists. Most Americans either never knew about or easily forgot our unwise meddling in the internal affairs of Iran in 1953.

During the 1980s we further antagonized Iran by supporting the Iraqis in their invasion of Iran. This made our relationship with Iran worse, while sending a message to Saddam Hussein that invading a neighboring country is not all that bad. When Hussein got the message from our State Department that his plan to invade Kuwait was not of much concern to the U.S. he immediately proceeded to do so. Of course, this time our reaction was quite different, and all of a sudden our friendly ally Saddam Hussein became our arch-enemy. The American people may forget this flip-flop, but those who suffered from it never forget. Labeling the Iranians part of the axis of evil further alienated them and contributed to the animosity directed toward us.

There is no evidence that Iran is a threat, and no reason to plan and initiate a confrontation with her.

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 economic sanctions against Iran, isolate Iran diplomatically, and make it clear to the Iranian people that while nuclear capabilities may be a source of pride, it can also be a source of peril.

Have Arab States Join This Effort To Prevent A Nuclear Iran.

The Iranian regime threatens not only Israel, but also every other nation in the region, and ultimately the world. And that threat would take on an entirely new dimension if Iran were allowed to become a nuclear power. And just think of the signal a nuclear Iran would send to other rogue regimes with nuclear ambitions - this could be the tipping point in the development and proliferation of nuclear regimes.

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. With a policy of containment, we stood down and won the Cold War against the Soviets and their 30,000 nuclear weapons and missiles. If you're looking for a real kook with a bomb to worry about, North Korea would be high on the list. Yet we negotiate with Kim Jong Il. Pakistan has nukes and was a close ally of the Taliban up until 9/11. Pakistan was never inspected by the IAEA as to their military capability. Yet we not only talk to her, we provide economic assistance-- though someday Musharraf may well be overthrown and a pro-al Qaeda government put in place. We have been nearly obsessed with talking about regime change in Iran, while ignoring Pakistan and North Korea. It makes no sense and it's a very costly and dangerous policy.

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 restore the regular presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf region simultaneously. The United States should repair relations with Israel, increase military coordination and assistance, and enhance intelligence sharing to ensure that our allied capabilities are robust and ready to deal with Iran. The United States should also increase military coordination with our Arab allies in the region and conduct more naval exercises as a demonstration of strength and resolve. Only if Iran understands that the United States is utterly determined when we say that their nuclear-weapons program is unacceptable is there a possibility that they will give up their nuclear aspirations peacefully.

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 him President Bush deserved credit for the three previous rounds. But time has shown that existing sanctions have not led the ayatollahs to abandon their nuclear aspirations. We therefore need to ratchet up our pressure on Iran with a fifth round of sanctions targeted at the financial resources that underpin the Iranian regime and its Revolutionary Guard Corps, focusing on restrictions on the Central Bank of Iran, as well as other financial institutions. We should place sanctions on all business activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which include much of Iran's petroleum industry. To stanch the flow of the petroleum commerce that supports the Iranian regime, we should pursue sanctions on firms that transport such products to and from Iran.

Ideally, these sanctions would be implemented through the U.N. Security Council, but persuading Russia and China to go along might prove impossible. In the absence of a U.N. imprimatur, the United States should be ready to take action in conjunction with as many willing governments as possible. And if necessary, we should be prepared to act on our own. To that end, Mitt Romney will step up enforcement of existing U.S. laws that bar commerce with Iran, such as the exportation of refined petroleum products to Iran.

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 not want to "meddle" in Iranian affairs, fearing that his unconditional outreach to the Iranian regime would be endangered if he did so. This was a disgraceful abdication of American moral authority.

Mitt Romney would make plain that the United States supports the emergence of a democratic alternative to the current repressive and reckless regime in Tehran. He would work to improve the flow of information to the Iranian population about its own government's repressive activities. He would recognize the strong national interest we have in the success of the Arab Spring in Syria and the removal of the Bashar al-Assad regime, Iran's closest ally. And Mitt will not stand silent while the Iranian regime ruthlessly terrorizes its own people.

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 moderate and eager for dialogue. We have already spent hundreds of billions of dollars on a war in the Middle East. We cannot afford to continue on the path of conflict over dialogue and peaceful resolution. Unnecessarily threatening Iran is not in the US interest and is not in the interest of world peace.

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. He should not be invited to foreign capitals or feted by foreign leaders. Quite the opposite. Given his calls for Israel to be wiped off the map, Ahmadinejad should be indicted for incitement to genocide under Article III of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

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 at how our Cuba policy has allowed Fidel Castro to maintain his hold on power for decades. Sanctions do not hurt political leaders, as we know most recently from our sanctions against Iraq, but rather sow misery among the poorest and most vulnerable segments of society. Dictators do not go hungry when sanctions are imposed.

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. 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 and property.

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 manufacture and sell firearms and ammunition. He also recognizes the extraordinary number of jobs and other economic benefits that are produced by hunting, recreational shooting, and the firearms and ammunition industry, not the least of which is to fund wildlife and habitat conservation.

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 License Reform Act of 1993, two invasive and unconstitutional bills.

H.R. 1897 would end the ban on carrying a firearm in the National Park System, restoring Americans' ability to protect themselves in potentially hazardous situations.

H.R. 3305 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.

H.R. 1146 would end our membership in the United Nations, protecting us from their attempts to tax our guns or disarm us entirely.

You have the right to protect your life, liberty, and property. As President, I will continue to guard the liberties stated in the Second Amendment.

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 manufacture and sell firearms and ammunition. He also recognizes the extraordinary number of jobs and other economic benefits that are produced by hunting, recreational shooting, and the firearms and ammunition industry, not the least of which is to fund wildlife and habitat conservation.

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 of unconstitutional legislation that prevents law-abiding Americans from exercising this right.

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 properly. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all federal approach to gun ownership because people keep and use firearms for different reasons. Law-abiding citizens have a right to protect their homes and their families and as President, I will vigorously defend that right."

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 and property...

...Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt, shoot, and protect their families, homes and property, and he will fight the battle on all fronts to protect and promote the Second Amendment."

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 federal army.

Today, gun control makes people demonstrably less safe-- as any honest examination of criminal statistics reveals. In his book "More Guns, Less Crime," scholar John Lott demolishes the myth that gun control reduces crime. On the contrary, Lott shows that cities with strict gun control--like Washington DC--experience higher rates of murder and violent crime. It is no coincidence that violent crime flourishes in the nation's capital, where the individual's right to defend himself has been most severely curtailed.

Understand that residents of DC can be convicted of a felony and put in prison simply for having a gun in their home, even if they live in a very dangerous neighborhood. The DC gun ban is no joke, and the legal challenges to the ban are not simply academic exercises. People's lives and safety are at stake.

Gun control historically serves as a gateway to tyranny. Tyrants from Hitler to Mao to Stalin have sought to disarm their own citizens, for the simple reason that unarmed people are easier to control. Our Founders, having just expelled the British army, knew that the right to bear arms serves as the guardian of every other right. This is the principle so often ignored by both sides in the gun control debate. Only armed citizens can resist tyrannical government.

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 products and services to them is the next great frontier for economic growth. The fewer the barriers to cross-border commerce, the more economic growth we enjoy and the greater the number of American jobs brought into being.

Of course, opening markets must be a two-way street. For America truly to benefit in global commerce, we need to ensure that our entrepreneurs can sell their high-quality products and services around the world. This means that agreements must create a level playing field for competition.

American workers and businesses have unparalleled strengths. If we open new markets to what they produce and ensure that they are treated fairly, we can foster an environment for rapid economic growth and job creation.

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), stating that "free-trade agreements are really managed trade" and serve special interests and big business, not citizens.

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. He has also 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)

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 better future. Economists estimate that the agreements have led to the creation of 5.4 million new American jobs and support a total of nearly 18 million jobs. Looking beyond just our FTA partners, our total exports support nearly 10 million American jobs. These are not just jobs; they're good jobs, paying significantly above average, and more than one-third are in manufacturing."

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), stating that "free-trade agreements are really managed trade" and serve special interests and big business, not citizens.

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), stating that "free-trade agreements are really managed trade" and serve special interests and big business, not citizens.

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. He has also 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)

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 competitors coming from Asia than we've ever faced before. Asia is tough. There are a lot of Asians. They are hard working people. And they're going to give us a run for our money in terms of our economic vitality.

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 agreements with nine countries and pursued negotiations with sixteen others. China, for its part, has signed agreements with four countries and pursued negotiations with fifteen others. In August 2011, a group of Asian nations - including many with whom President Obama has stalled progress on trade - announced their goal to create an economic bloc that would include China but not the United States.

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. The Chinese government facilitates this behavior by forcing American companies to share proprietary technology as a condition of their doing business in China. Instead of responding forcefully, the Obama administration has acted like a supplicant. Having borrowed hundreds of billions of dollars from Beijing to pay for its agenda, it has placed America in a weak position at the very moment when we need to stand tall.

China presents a broad set of problems that cry out urgently for solutions. It is time to end the Obama administration's acquiescence to the one-way arrangements the Chinese have come to enjoy. We need a fresh and fearless approach to that trade relationship. Our first priority must be to put on the table all unilateral actions within our power to ensure that the Chinese adhere to existing agreements. Anyone with business experience knows that you can succeed in a negotiation only if you are willing to walk away. If we want the Chinese to play by the rules, we must be willing to say "no more" to a relationship that too often benefits them and harms us.

Increase CBP resources to prevent the illegal entry of goods into our market

Increase USTR resources to pursue and support litigation against unfair trade practices

Use unilateral and multilateral punitive measures to deter unfair Chinese practices

Designate China a currency manipulator and impose countervailing duties

Discontinue U.S. government procurement from China until China commits to GPA

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 negotiations with a number of allies around the Pacific Rim to expand significantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership. All told, these agreements have enabled people across the world to come together and build a better future. Economists estimate that the agreements have led to the creation of 5.4 million new American jobs and support a total of nearly 18 million jobs. Looking beyond just our FTA partners, our total exports support nearly 10 million American jobs. These are not just jobs; they're good jobs, paying significantly above average, and more than one-third are in manufacturing.

Reinstate the president's Trade Promotion Authority

Complete negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pursue new trade agreements with nations committed to free enterprise and open markets

Create the Reagan Economic Zone

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 face trade wars. Today, France is threatening to have U.S. goods taxed throughout Europe. If anything, the WTO makes trade relations worse by giving foreign competitors a new way to attack U.S. jobs.

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 Romney will also promote and increase awareness of available parental control filtering products for existing computers.

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 about every federal program: is it so important, so critical, that it is worth borrowing money from China to pay for it?

Excessive government spending is also harming the economy by skewing the market place and creating high levels of uncertainty. As federal funds slosh through the economy, they lift up some enterprises at the expense of others. In an environment where the government is picking winners and investing huge sums in projects of questionable value, private entrepreneurs across the economy cannot have confidence that their own investments will pay off. Aware that such spending cannot continue indefinitely, business owners also have a difficult time predicting how demand will shift from year to year and how to invest accordingly. The only recipe for fiscal health and a thriving private economy is a government that spends within its means.

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 our best interests.

Inflation is a very simple concept to understand: More money = less value. The money is officially a loan (credit), but they know they never have to pay it back… they just "roll it over", i.e. take up even more debt. With all that easy money in their accounts, and after hearing on TV that stocks only go up and that real estate prices will continue to rise forever, they tend to get a bit lightheaded and start making bad investment decisions. They know that if anything happens to their investments they will be bailed out by the government, so they do not hesitate to take huge risks with their new found "wealth".

Well, that's inflation at work. Who benefits from inflation? Only those who are at the top of the pyramid and receive all that new money directly from the source. As you might have guessed by now, the source is the Federal Reserve, and its recipients include the government which "borrows" a lot of new money each year, without any intention of ever paying it back.

What, then, is fiat money? It's exactly what we just talked about: money that can be inflated or increased at the push of a button at the say-so of a powerful person or organization. Nowadays most dollars are just blips on a computer screen and it's extremely easy for the Federal Reserve to create money out of thin air whenever they want to.

Ron Paul believes that the first step towards monetary freedom is to allow open competition in currencies. Ron Paul has been an advocate of the gold standard and open competition in currencies for many years. He is the Federal Reserve's most outspoken opponent in Congress and has frequently questioned Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke about the Fed's actions.

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 hour and 59th minute. While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama's lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal.”

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 can get the job done that way.

The presidents would -- president would prefer raising taxes. I understand. The problem with raising taxes is that it slows down the rate of growth. And you could never quite get the job done. I want to lower spending and encourage economic growth at the same time.

What things would I cut from spending? Well, first of all, I will eliminate all programs by this test, if they don't pass it: Is the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if not, I'll get rid of it. Obamacare's on my list.

I'm sorry, Jim, I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too. But I'm not going to -- I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for. That's number one.

Number two, I'll take programs that are currently good programs but I think could be run more efficiently at the state level and send them to the state.

Number three, I'll make government more efficient and to cut back the number of employees, combine some agencies and departments. My cutbacks will be done through attrition, by the way.

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 and economic disaster will be in their future -- and yours.

Worse, our economy and our very independence as a nation is increasingly in the hands of foreign governments such as China and Saudi Arabia, because their central banks also finance our runaway spending.

We cannot continue to allow private banks, wasteful agencies, lobbyists, corporations on welfare, and governments collecting foreign aid to dictate the size of our ballooning budget. We need a new method to prioritize our spending. It's called the Constitution of the United States.

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 next decade. This sharp rise has been entirely a matter of choice. Even as federal spending remains wholly within our control, Washington is spending money in an out-of-control fashion.

One traditional yardstick for gauging whether government is living within its means is spending as a percentage of GDP. Since the 1950s, federal spending as a percentage of GDP has hovered around 20 percent. When President Obama took office, it shot up to 25 percent, a level not seen since World War II. Before the recession, the federal government spent $25,000 per household. That number has now soared past $30,000 and is on track to hit $35,000 within the next decade.

Our untenable spending habits were at the root of this past summer's crisis over the debt ceiling. President Obama's insistence on a "balanced approach"--by which he meant a combination of spending cuts and tax increases--would have put a seal of congressional approval on a baseline level of spending significantly higher than when he took office. That is precisely why the President's approach had to be soundly rejected. He wanted to move the country in the wrong direction of more taxes and more spending at a time when both are smothering the economy.

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 so either to monetize federal debt, or in the process of economic planning through interest rate manipulation. This Fed intervention in our economy, though rarely even acknowledged by Congress, is more destructive than Members can imagine. The Fed's great power over the money supply, interest rates, the business cycle, unemployment, and inflation is wielded with essentially no Congressional oversight or understanding. The process of inflating our currency to pay for government debt indeed imposes a tax without legislative authority.

My message to my colleagues is simple: If you claim to support smaller government, don't introduce budgets that increase spending over the previous year. Can any fiscal conservative honestly believe that overall federal spending cannot be cut 25%?

When government borrows money, the actual borrowers- big spending administrations and politicians- never have to pay it back. Administrations come and go, members of congress become highly-paid lobbyists, and bureaucrats retire with fat pensions. The benefits of deficit spending are enjoyed immediately by the politicians, who trade pork for votes and enjoy adulation for promising to cure every social ill. The bills always come due later. For government, the federal budget is essentially a credit card with no spending limit, billed to somebody else. By contrast, responsible people restrain their borrowing because they will someday have to repay the money. It's time for American taxpayers to understand that every dollar will have to be repaid. We should have the courage to face our grandchildren knowing that we have done all we can to end the government spending spree.

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 large parts of the federal budget. Mitt Romney’s plan to reform these programs will not only protect the benefits and services of current seniors and those nearing retirement, but will strengthen the programs so they are available for future generations.

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 by Congress was simply wrong because even with the gold standard someone has to decide what is the conversion rate between the gold and the dollar...

And Congress can inflate the dollar simply by changing the exchange rate, as was done in the past. So I don't think there's any, if you will, magic bullet substitute for economic restraint, for not spending more money than you take in, for having the nation that's the most productive in the entire world. That's how you get wealth for the middle class is making America a more productive nation with high savings rates and a government that only spends what it takes in."

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 Federal Employee Compensation With The Private Sector -- Savings: $47 Billion. Federal compensation exceeds private sector levels by as much as 30 to 40 percent when benefits are taken into account. This must be corrected.

*Repeal The Davis-Bacon Act -- Savings: $11 Billion. Davis-Bacon forces the government to pay above-market wages, insulating labor unions from competition and driving up project costs by approximately 10 percent.

*Reduce The Federal Workforce By 10 Percent Via Attrition -- Savings: $4 Billion. Despite widespread layoffs in the private sector, President Obama has continued to grow the federal payrolls. The federal workforce can be reduced by 10 percent through a "1-for-2" system of attrition, thereby reducing the number of federal employees while allowing the introduction of new talent into the federal service.

*Consolidate agencies and streamline processes to cut costs and improve results in everything from energy permitting to worker retraining to trade negotiation.

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 from 24.3 percent last year; in line with the historical trend between 18 and 20 percent

*Close to the tax revenue generated by the economy when healthy

*Requires spending cuts of approximately $500 billion per year in 2016 assuming robust economic recovery with 4% annual growth, and reversal of irresponsible Obama-era defense cuts.

*Send Congress a bill on Day One that cuts non-security discretionary spending by 5 percent across the board

*Pass the House Republican Budget proposal, rolling back President Obama's government expansion by capping non-security discretionary spending below 2008 levels

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 place of Obamacare, Mitt will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government's role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.

Mitt will begin by returning states to their proper place in charge of regulating local insurance markets and caring for the poor, uninsured, and chronically ill. States will have both the incentive and the flexibility to experiment, learn from one another, and craft the approaches best suited to their own citizens.

*Block grant Medicaid and other payments to states

*Limit federal standards and requirements on both private insurance and Medicaid coverage

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

*Ensure flexibility to help the chronically ill, including high-risk pools, reinsurance, and risk adjustment

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

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 are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.

* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.

* 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.

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

* Make all Americans eligible for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and remove government-imposed barriers to obtaining HSAs.

* Stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from interfering with Americans' knowledge of and access to dietary supplements and alternative treatments.

* Prevent federal bureaucrats from tracking every citizen's medical history from cradle to grave by prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for a national database of personal health information.

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, and rule-setting boards to give the federal government extraordinary control over every corner of the health care system. The costs are commensurate: Obamacare added a trillion dollars in new health care spending. To pay for it, the law raised taxes by $500 billion on everyone from middle-class families to innovative medical device makers, and then slashed $500 billion from Medicare.

Obamacare was unpopular when passed, and remains unpopular today, because the American people recognize that a government takeover is the wrong approach. While Obamacare may create a new health insurance entitlement, it will only worsen the system's existing problems. When was the last time a massive government program lowered cost, improved efficiency, or raised the consistency of service? Obamacare will violate that crucial first principle of medicine: "do no harm." It will make America a less attractive place to practice medicine, discourage innovators from investing in life-saving technology, and restrict consumer choice.

In short, President Obama's trillion dollar federal takeover of the U.S. health care system is a disaster for the federal budget, a disaster for the constitutional principles of federalism, and a disaster for the American people.

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 a client of insurance companies, even those who don't want to or need to participate.

Why should anyone be forced to subsidize the medical care of others? Very few individuals would personally assault their neighbors at gunpoint and steal thousands of dollars to pay for their own medical needs. How could any freedom loving person agree to delegate such criminal acts to the government by supporting a compulsory health insurance system?

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 and lower benefits for high income people. We're going to make it more means tested.' I think if we do that, we'll make sure to preserve Medicare into the indefinite future.

Pelley: The idea under your plan for future seniors would be that the federal government would write that senior a check, essentially, and say, 'Now, you can go buy a private insurance plan or you can buy Medicare from the federal government.' Is that essentially it?

Romney: Yeah. That's essentially it. People would have a choice of either traditional, government-run, fee-for-service Medicare; or a private plan, which has to offer the same benefits."

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 from people who are free riders. We said, you know what? We're going to insist that those people who can afford to pay for themselves do so. We believe in personal responsibility. And if the people aren't willing to do that, then they're going to help the government pay for them. That was our conclusion.”

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 a client of insurance companies, even those who don't want to or need to participate.

Why should anyone be forced to subsidize the medical care of others? Very few individuals would personally assault their neighbors at gunpoint and steal thousands of dollars to pay for their own medical needs. How could any freedom loving person agree to delegate such criminal acts to the government by supporting a compulsory health insurance system?

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 government's role will be to help future seniors pay for an insurance option that provides coverage at least as good as today's Medicare, and to offer traditional Medicare as one of the insurance options that seniors can choose. With insurers competing against each other to provide the best value to customers, efficiency and quality will improve and costs will decline. Seniors will be allowed to keep the savings from less expensive options or choose to pay more for costlier plans.

*Nothing changes for current seniors or those nearing retirement

*Medicare is reformed as a premium support system, meaning that existing spending is repackaged as a fixed-amount benefit to each senior that he or she can use to purchase an insurance plan

*All insurance plans must offer coverage at least comparable to what Medicare provides today

*If seniors choose more expensive plans, they will have to pay the difference between the support amount and the premium price; if they choose less expensive plans, they can use any leftover support to pay other medical expenses like co-pays and deductibles

*"Traditional" fee-for-service Medicare will be offered by the government as an insurance plan, meaning that seniors can purchase that form of coverage if they prefer it; however, if it costs the government more to provide that service than it costs private plans to offer their versions, then the premiums charged by the government will have to be higher and seniors will have to pay the difference to enroll in the traditional Medicare option

*Lower income seniors will receive more generous support to ensure that they can afford coverage; wealthier seniors will receive less support

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 is, in my opinion, a mistake.

And with regards to young people coming along, I've got proposals to make sure Medicare and Social Security are there for them without any question.

Number two is for people coming along that are young, what I do to make sure that we can keep Medicare in place for them is to allow them either to choose the current Medicare program or a private plan. Their choice.

They get to choose -- and they'll have at least two plans that will be entirely at no cost to them. So they don't have to pay additional money, no additional $6,000. That's not going to happen. They'll have at least two plans.

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 were admitted to hospitals at the same rate they are now, and received good care. Before those programs came into existence, every physician understood that he or she had a responsibility towards the less fortunate and free medical care was the norm. Hardly anyone is aware of this today, since it doesn't fit into the typical, by the script story of government rescuing us from a predatory private sector.

Illegal aliens already receive de-facto free health care. Why can't poor Americans have the same… not as a right, but as a charitable benefit provided by doctors who feel a personal responsibility for their fellow citizens?

As a medical doctor, Ron Paul swore the Hippocratic Oath many decades ago. His entire person and career is a monument to the beauty and sanctity of human life. Ron Paul knows that life without health can be very difficult and is not what it was meant to be. He has personally cared for the poor for many years, without asking anything in return.

The government's original role is to protect our freedoms and restrain itself from causing too much harm. Ron Paul is working to prevent greedy bureaucrats, opportunist politicians and corrupt pharmaceutical companies from having any sort of unhealthy influence over our bodies and minds.

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 the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.

* Stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from interfering with Americans' knowledge of and access to dietary supplements and alternative treatments.

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 insurance company. But people make their own choice.

The other thing we have to do to save Medicare? We have to have the benefits high for those that are low income, but for higher income people, we're going to have to lower some of the benefits. We have to make sure this program is there for the long term. That's the plan that I've put forward.

This is an idea that's been around a long time, which is saying, hey, let's see if we can't get competition into the Medicare world so that people can get the choice of different plans at lower cost, better quality. I believe in competition.

This is the private market. These are small -- these are enterprises competing with each other, learning how to do better and better jobs. I used to consult to businesses -- excuse me, to hospitals and to health care providers. I was astonished at the creativity and innovation that exists in the American people.

In order to bring the cost of health care down, we don't need to have a board of 15 people telling us what kinds of treatments we should have. We instead need to put insurance plans, providers, hospitals, doctors on target such that they have an incentive, as you say, performance pay, for doing an excellent job, for keeping costs down, and that's happening. Innermountain Healthcare does it superbly well, Mayo Clinic is doing it superbly well, Cleveland Clinic, others.

But the right answer is not to have the federal government take over health care and start mandating to the providers across America, telling a patient and a doctor what kind of treatment they can have.

That's the wrong way to go. The private market and individual responsibility always work best.

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 business. Additionally, Ron Paul wants to change the tax code to allow individual Americans to fully deduct all health care costs from their taxes.

Through these measures and the elimination of government-sponsored health care monopolies a much larger number of people will be able to finally access affordable health care, either by paying for medical insurance or by covering their medical expenses, which are now much lower, out of their own pocket.

Under a liberated health care system prices would come down and additional options would become available, thereby making health care much more affordable. Moral corruption would give way to true compassion, and many doctors would remember their implicit obligation to provide free medical care to those in need, just like they did in the past.

As a medical doctor, Ron Paul swore the Hippocratic Oath many decades ago. His entire person and career is a monument to the beauty and sanctity of human life. Ron Paul knows that life without health can be very difficult and is not what it was meant to be. He has personally cared for the poor for many years, without asking anything in return.

The government's original role is to protect our freedoms and restrain itself from causing too much harm. Ron Paul is working to prevent greedy bureaucrats, opportunist politicians and corrupt pharmaceutical companies from having any sort of unhealthy influence over our bodies and minds.

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 are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.

* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.

* 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.

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

* Make all Americans eligible for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and remove government-imposed barriers to obtaining HSAs.

* Stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from interfering with Americans' knowledge of and access to dietary supplements and alternative treatments.

* Prevent federal bureaucrats from tracking every citizen's medical history from cradle to grave by prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for a national database of personal health information.

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 going to manage your care for your poor in the way you think best.

And I remember, as a governor, when this idea was floated by Tommy Thompson, the governors -- Republican and Democrats -- said, please let us do that. We can care for our own poor in so much better and more effective a way than having the federal government tell us how to care for our poor.

So -- so let's state -- one of the magnificent things about this country is the whole idea that states are the laboratories of democracy. Don't have the federal government tell everybody what kind of training programs they have to have and what kind of Medicaid they have to have. Let states do this.

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 drugs that have many side effects, thereby requiring additional drugs to suppress those side effects. Many doctors are afraid to speak up and question the system for fear of being ostracized by their peers or even losing their license.

Under a liberated health care system prices would come down and additional options would become available, thereby making health care much more affordable. Moral corruption would give way to true compassion, and many doctors would remember their implicit obligation to provide free medical care to those in need, just like they did in the past.

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 so divided over abortion, I believe that the states, through the democratic process, should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.

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 be squared with the good heart of America.

Mitt believes that life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view. But while the nation remains so divided, he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade – a case of blatant judicial activism that took a decision that should be left to the people and placed it in the hands of unelected judges. With Roe overturned, states will be empowered through the democratic process to determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.

Mitt supports the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. As president, he will end federal funding for abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood. He will protect the right of health care workers to follow their conscience in their work. And he will nominate judges who know the difference between personal opinion and the law...

Americans have a moral duty to uphold the sanctity of life and protect the weakest, most vulnerable and most innocent among us. As president, Mitt will ensure that American laws reflect America’s values of preserving life at home and abroad."

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 take place - under unsanitary conditions that would endanger additional lives.

However, a rational evaluation of abortion must be built upon one single question: When exactly does human life begin? At conception, at birth or somewhere in between?

Not even the most radical feminist would find it okay to tear apart a recently-born baby just because it is not wanted by its mother. All other considerations aside, the only reason many individuals can support abortion with a good conscience is because they believe it's not murder… and that unborn babies do not count as human beings.

Ron Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. He believes that human life starts at conception, and that casual elimination of the unborn leads to a careless attitude towards all life.

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)

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 then destroyed.

I don't believe that somatic cell nuclear transfer or cloning and embryo farming are appropriate and would not pursue federal funding of those forms of stem cell research.

If you create them in the laboratory, you're creating new life. And I wouldn't do that for the purpose of research, but there are fortunately much better ways of doing it, which has now been proven by scientists across the country.

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 regard, they let the campaign finance lobby take away First Amendment rights. If I'm President, I will fight to repeal McCain-Feingold.

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 who will take seriously their oath to discharge their duties impartially in accordance with the Constitution and laws -- not their own personal policy preferences.

As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. These justices hold dear what the great Chief Justice John Marshall called "the basis on which the whole American fabric has been erected": a written Constitution, with real and determinate meaning. The judges that Mitt nominates will exhibit a genuine appreciation for the text, structure, and history of our Constitution and interpret the Constitution and the laws as they are written. And his nominees will possess a demonstrated record of adherence to these core principles.

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 is to enforce the Constitution's restraints on government and, where the Constitution does not speak, to leave the governance of the nation to elected representatives.

At times over the past hundred years, some justices of the Supreme Court did not carry out that duty. There were occasions when the Supreme Court declined to enforce the restrictions on power the Framers had so carefully enumerated. At other points, the Court created entirely new constitutional rights out of "penumbras" and "emanations" of the Constitution, abandoning serious analysis of the Constitution's text, structure, and history.

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 the purpose of eminent domain, to make sure that when roads need to be built, or public purposes are involved, that private property can be taken when there's fair compensation. But to basically say a mall developer could get eminent domain to take away peoples' homes, that is not a good idea. The liberals on the Court made a mistake on this, and we're going to have to get a Court that's willing to stand by the rights of property owners

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 superhighway through the United States from Mexico to Canada.

We also face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation, governments deprive property owners of significant value and use of their properties -- all without paying "just compensation."

Property rights are the foundation of all rights in a free society. Without the right to own a printing press, for example, freedom of the press becomes meaningless. The next president must get federal agencies out of these schemes to deny property owners their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property.

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 "medical privacy protection" rules, insurance companies and other entities have access to your personal medical information.

Financial privacy-- Right now depositing $10,000 or more in cash in your local bank account will generate a federally-mandated report to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network at the United States Department of the Treasury.

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 and Congressional interference. Eviscerating our core freedoms and Constitutional rights in the name of amorphous principles sets a dangerous precedent.

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 that has existed in this country for a long, long time and has produced the best health records in the world.

The right answer for government is say, How do we make the private sector become more efficient and more effective? 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

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 time and patience to grasp the reality of what earmarks really are.

To be sure, if earmarks were the driving force behind explosive government spending as some have been led to believe, that would be a good reason for all the fuss. The misconception seems to be that members of Congress put together a bunch of requests for project funding, add them all together and come up with a budget. The truth is, it is not done that way. The total level of spending is determined by the Congressional leadership and the appropriators before any Member has a chance to offer any amendments. To eliminate all earmarks would be to further consolidate power in the already dominant executive branch and not save a penny.

Furthermore, designating how money is spent provides a level of transparency and accountability over taxpayer dollars that we don't have with general funds. I argue that all spending should be decided by Congress so that we at least know where the money goes. This has been a major problem with TARP funding. The public and Congress are now trying to find out where all that money went.

The real issue is that the overall budget is too big, by far, which is why I always vote against it. But attacking the 1% that was earmarked solves nothing. The noise over "earmarks" is a red herring and a distraction from the real issue of uncommitted spending.

It is time to attack the entirety of government spending. We especially need a full account of the activities of the Federal Reserve that spends and creates trillions of dollars with no meaningful oversight. This is a huge problem that needs immediate attention.

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 look across the landscape shows that federal agencies today have near plenary power to issue whatever regulations they see fit. Though most are nominally controlled by the president, in actual practice agencies are frequently able to act autonomously with little or no presidential oversight. The end result is an economy subject to the whims of unaccountable bureaucrats pursuing their own agendas. A new regulation can suddenly transform a profitable investment into an unprofitable one or render employees unproductive. This produces uncertainty with all its attendant economic ills.

Mitt Romney will treat regulatory costs like other costs: he will establish firm limits for them. A Romney administration will act swiftly to tear down the vast edifice of regulations the Obama administration has imposed on the economy. It will also seek to make structural changes to the federal bureaucracy that ensure economic growth remains front and center when regulatory decisions are made.

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 time and patience to grasp the reality of what earmarks really are.

To be sure, if earmarks were the driving force behind explosive government spending as some have been led to believe, that would be a good reason for all the fuss. The misconception seems to be that members of Congress put together a bunch of requests for project funding, add them all together and come up with a budget. The truth is, it is not done that way. The total level of spending is determined by the Congressional leadership and the appropriators before any Member has a chance to offer any amendments. To eliminate all earmarks would be to further consolidate power in the already dominant executive branch and not save a penny.

Furthermore, designating how money is spent provides a level of transparency and accountability over taxpayer dollars that we don't have with general funds. I argue that all spending should be decided by Congress so that we at least know where the money goes. This has been a major problem with TARP funding. The public and Congress are now trying to find out where all that money went.

The real issue is that the overall budget is too big, by far, which is why I always vote against it. But attacking the 1% that was earmarked solves nothing. The noise over "earmarks" is a red herring and a distraction from the real issue of uncommitted spending.

It is time to attack the entirety of government spending. We especially need a full account of the activities of the Federal Reserve that spends and creates trillions of dollars with no meaningful oversight. This is a huge problem that needs immediate attention.

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, no matter what the social benefits, has a similar effect to raising taxes by $100 billion. Regulatory costs need to be treated like the very real costs they are.

Impose a regulatory cap of zero dollars on all federal agencies

Require congressional approval of all new "major" regulations

Reform legal liability system to prevent spurious litigation

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 making loans. I mean, you have to have regulations so that you can have an economy work. Every free economy has good regulation. At the same time, regulation can become excessive.

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 spending should be capped and increased each year by CPI + 1%. Department of Labor retraining spending should be capped and will increase in future years. These funds should then be given to the states to spend on their own residents. States will be free from Washington micromanagement, allowing them to develop innovative approaches that improve quality and reduce cost.

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 or endorse current officeholders and candidates.

I have not spent a career in politics, but I know enough about the laws of this country, and the way Washington works, to understand that the McCain- Feingold law is riddled with shortcomings. Let's start with something basic: the American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations. Political speech is at the heart of the First Amendment. The American people must be allowed to advocate for their candidates and their positions without the burdensome limitations of McCain-Feingold. Grassroots activities are protected by the First Amendment and play a crucial role in elections. Rather than encourage debate on issues of public importance, McCain-Feingold has silenced some of these groups, empowered special interest groups, and protected incumbents in federal office. McCain- Feingold has driven money into secret corners and given more power to hidden special interests. Governor Romney believes we must have more transparency and disclosure in the process, rather than more restrictions and censorship of political speech.

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 time and patience to grasp the reality of what earmarks really are.

To be sure, if earmarks were the driving force behind explosive government spending as some have been led to believe, that would be a good reason for all the fuss. The misconception seems to be that members of Congress put together a bunch of requests for project funding, add them all together and come up with a budget. The truth is, it is not done that way. The total level of spending is determined by the Congressional leadership and the appropriators before any Member has a chance to offer any amendments. To eliminate all earmarks would be to further consolidate power in the already dominant executive branch and not save a penny.

Furthermore, designating how money is spent provides a level of transparency and accountability over taxpayer dollars that we don't have with general funds. I argue that all spending should be decided by Congress so that we at least know where the money goes. This has been a major problem with TARP funding. The public and Congress are now trying to find out where all that money went.

The real issue is that the overall budget is too big, by far, which is why I always vote against it. But attacking the 1% that was earmarked solves nothing. The noise over "earmarks" is a red herring and a distraction from the real issue of uncommitted spending.

It is time to attack the entirety of government spending. We especially need a full account of the activities of the Federal Reserve that spends and creates trillions of dollars with no meaningful oversight. This is a huge problem that needs immediate attention.

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 a legislature 87 percent Democrat, we worked together; 200 legislators in my legislature, only two voted against the plan by the time we were finished. What were some differences? We didn't raise taxes. You've raised them by $1 trillion under Obamacare. We didn't cut Medicare. Of course, we don't have Medicare, but we didn't cut Medicare by $716 billion.

We didn't put in place a board that can tell people ultimately what treatments they're going to receive. We didn't also do something that I think a number of people across this country recognize, which is put -- put people in a position where they're going to lose the insurance they had and they wanted.

Right now, the CBO says up to 20 million people will lose their insurance as Obamacare goes into effect next year. And likewise, a study by McKinsey and Company of American businesses said 30 percent of them are anticipating dropping people from coverage.

So for those reasons, for the tax, for Medicare, for this board, and for people losing their insurance, this is why the American people don't want Medicare -- don't want Obamacare. It's why Republicans said, do not do this, and the Republicans had -- had the plan. They put a plan out. They put out a plan, a bipartisan plan. It was swept aside.

I think something this big, this important has to be done on a bipartisan basis. And we have to have a president who can reach across the aisle and fashion important legislation with the input from both parties.

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 efficient medical care is the doctor-patient relationship. Yet, federal bureaucrats continue to believe that their one-size-fits-all policies will lower costs, increase access, and cure an ailing industry.

Instead, excessive regulation, immoral mandates, and short-sighted incentives have created a system where no one is happy, doctors pass quickly from one patient to the next, insurance is expensive to get and difficult to maintain, and politicians place corporate interests ahead of their constituents.

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 place of Obamacare, Mitt will pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government's role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.

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 are incurring significant medical costs associated with their conditions.

* Give a payroll deduction to any worker who is the primary caregiver for a spouse, parent, or child with a terminal illness.

* 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.

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

* Make all Americans eligible for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and remove government-imposed barriers to obtaining HSAs.

* Stop the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from interfering with Americans' knowledge of and access to dietary supplements and alternative treatments.

* Prevent federal bureaucrats from tracking every citizen's medical history from cradle to grave by prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds for a national database of personal health information.

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 to their proper place in charge of regulating local insurance markets and caring for the poor, uninsured, and chronically ill. States will have both the incentive and the flexibility to experiment, learn from one another, and craft the approaches best suited to their own citizens.

Empower individuals and small businesses to form purchasing pools.

For markets to work, consumers must have the information and the power to make decisions about their own care. Placing the patient at the center of the process will drive quality up and cost down while ensuring that services are designed to provide what Americans actually want.

*End tax discrimination against the individual purchase of insurance

*Allow consumers to purchase insurance across state lines

*Unshackle HSAs by allowing funds to be used for insurance premiums

*Promote "co-insurance" products

*Promote alternatives to "fee for service"

*Encourage "Consumer Reports"-type ratings of alternative insurance plans

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 business. Additionally, Ron Paul wants to change the tax code to allow individual Americans to fully deduct all health care costs from their taxes.

Through these measures and the elimination of government-sponsored health care monopolies a much larger number of people will be able to finally access affordable health care, either by paying for medical insurance or by covering their medical expenses, which are now much lower, out of their own pocket.

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 people. For me, this is about jobs. This is about getting jobs for the American people.

Well, President, you're -- Mr. President, you're absolutely right, which is that, with regards to 97 percent of the businesses are not -- not taxed at the 35 percent tax rate, they're taxed at a lower rate. But those businesses that are in the last 3 percent of businesses happen to employ half -- half of all the people who work in small business. Those are the businesses that employ one-quarter of all the workers in America. And your plan is to take their tax rate from 35 percent to 40 percent.

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 people. For me, this is about jobs. This is about getting jobs for the American people.

Well, President, you're -- Mr. President, you're absolutely right, which is that, with regards to 97 percent of the businesses are not -- not taxed at the 35 percent tax rate, they're taxed at a lower rate. But those businesses that are in the last 3 percent of businesses happen to employ half -- half of all the people who work in small business. Those are the businesses that employ one-quarter of all the workers in America. And your plan is to take their tax rate from 35 percent to 40 percent.

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 growth. Tort claims, excessive tort claims. Look, normal application of the legal process is essential and necessary for an effective economy. But excessive tort claims and runaway liability rewards retard the growth of our entire economy and slow down the success that all of our citizens enjoy.

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 process, they are a small fraction of the full workforce that benefits. For instance, before the first barrel of oil is pumped out of the ground, entire industries are hard at work creating the equipment and providing the services used in drilling, production, and the long chain of supporting industries that brings energy from inside the earth to the consumer.

The ripple effects into the non-energy sectors of the economy are commensurately important. If instead of sending hundreds of billions of dollars overseas we can send them to our own energy-rich centers, the nation as a whole will experience the economic benefits that we currently see other countries enjoying at our expense.

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 subsidies are hidden in your tax bill so the government can silently withhold them from your wallet with each paycheck.

As president, I will work to restore a free-market in energy. In particular, I will work with Congress to repeal federal regulations and taxes that impede the development of new energy sources. Such policies give government bureaucrats the power to pick winners and losers, and cause resources to be devoted to those producers with the most political clout rather than to the producers who are best able to meet the needs of consumers. Alternative sources should prove their viability in the free market. Any source that truly is cheaper and cleaner, yet still reliable, will not need government help to develop or sell.

Returning to a free market in energy will encourage conservation as well as the development of new forms of energy. In a free market, conservation occurs naturally when property rights are strictly enforced to prevent pollution and because resources become more costly as they become scarcer.

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 America's energy reserves for development

Expand opportunities for U.S. resource developers to forge partnerships with neighboring countries

Support construction of pipelines to bring Canadian oil to the United States

Prevent overregulation of shale gas development and extraction

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 moderate and not have to be dependent upon the oil cartel is to drill in the gulf, drill in the outer continent shelf, drill in ANWR, drill in North Dakota, South Dakota, drill in Oklahoma and Texas."

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 construction of pipelines to bring Canadian oil to the United States.

When someone says we want to bring in a pipeline that's going to create tens of thousands of jobs to bring oil in from Canada, how in the world could you say no?

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, cleaner, and reliable energy mix.

Allow for further investment in nuclear power.

"As president, Mitt Romney will make every effort to safeguard the environment, but he will be mindful at every step of also protecting the jobs of American workers...

The first step will be a rational and streamlined approach to regulation, which would facilitate rapid progress in the development of our domestic reserves of oil and natural gas and allow for further investment in nuclear power...

[Mitt Romney would like to] [e]xpand NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] capabilities for approval of additional nuclear reactor designs."

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 companies, to drilling operators and so forth. But, you know, if we get that tax rate from 35 percent down to 25 percent, why that $2.8 billion is on the table. Of course it's on the table. That's probably not going to survive you get that rate down to 25 percent.

But don't forget, you put $90 billion, like 50 years' worth of breaks, into -- into solar and wind, to Solyndra and Fisker and Tester and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said you don't just pick the winners and losers, you pick the losers, all right? So this -- this is not -- this is not the kind of policy you want to have if you want to get America energy secure.

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. The "green" technologies are typically far too expensive to compete in the marketplace, and studies have shown that for every "green" job created there are actually more jobs destroyed. Unsurprisingly, this costly government investment has failed to create an economic boom.

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 under his control have taken measures to limit energy exploration and restrict development in ways that sap economic performance, curtail growth, and kill jobs.

The first step will be a rational and streamlined approach to regulation, which would facilitate rapid progress in the development of our domestic reserves of oil and natural gas and allow for further investment in nuclear power.

*Establish fixed timetables for all resource development approvals

*Create one-stop shop to streamline permitting process for approval of common activities

*Implement fast-track procedures for companies with established safety records to conduct pre-approved activities in pre-approved areas

*Ensure that environmental laws properly account for cost in regulatory process

*Amend Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide from its purview

*Expand NRC capabilities for approval of additional nuclear reactor designs

*Streamline NRC processes to ensure that licensing decisions for reactors on or adjacent to approved sites, using approved designs, are complete within two years

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 of steering investment toward particular politically favored approaches. That is a recipe for both time and money wasted on projects that do not bring us dividends. The failure of windmills and solar plants to become economically viable or make a significant contribution to our energy supply is a prime example.

Concentrate alternative energy funding on basic research

Utilize long-term, apolitical funding mechanisms like ARPA-E for basic research

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, not on government land. On government land, your administration has cut the number of permits and licenses in half. If I'm president, I'll double them, and also get the -- the oil from offshore and Alaska. And I'll bring that pipeline in from Canada.

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 debt to labor leaders who have funneled union funds to the coffers of the Democratic Party and who are vital to his reelection bid, is willing and eager to press forward with Big Labor's agenda.

He pursued "Card Check" legislation that would have stripped workers of the right to vote by secret ballot on whether to unionize. He issued an order requiring workers on stimulus projects to become union members. He appointed Big Labor cronies to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where they have wreaked havoc on the law. Perhaps the best known example is the agency's decision to bring charges against Boeing--the nation's largest exporter--for opening a billion-dollar manufacturing facility and hiring over 1,000 new workers in a Right-to-Work state.

Far from contributing to economic recovery, the Obama administration's highly politicized labor policies have instead dampened business investment and made the employment climate worse. Overall, it is a familiar story from the annals of American politics: favors were given and favors were repaid, and the American people lost out in the transaction.

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 growth. Compare the economic performance of states that have embraced Right-to- Work laws, under which workers cannot be compelled to pay union dues, with states that have retained more union-friendly policies. Over the past ten years, Right-to-Work states have added more than three million jobs, while the others have lost nearly a million... In the midst of an economic crisis, with 25 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."

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 the potential benefits and from management about potential costs. This also means being able to act on that decision in the privacy of the ballot booth.

*Amend NLRA to guarantee the secret ballot in every union certification election

*Amend NLRA to guarantee that all pre-election campaigns last at least one month

*Support states in pursuing Right-to-Work laws

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 but to watch their money go toward such expenditures, even if they do not support the union and its political agenda. The result is the creation of an enormously powerful interest group whose influence is disproportionate to its actual support and whose priorities are fundamentally misaligned with those of businesses and workers--and thus with the needs of the economy.

*Prohibit the use for political purposes of funds automatically deducted from worker paychecks

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 agency will rewrite the rules of the employment game without warning and without regard for the law.

*Appoint to the NLRB experienced individuals with respect for the rule of law

*Amend NLRA to explicitly protect the right of business owners to allocate their capital as they see fit

*Reverse executive orders issued by President Obama that tilt the playing field toward organized labor

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 states and the private sector. The sprawling federal network of redundant bureaucracies should be dismantled and the funds used for better purposes. One particularly promising approach that Romney supports and believes states should be encouraged to pursue is a system of Personal Reemployment Accounts for unemployed individuals. These accounts would facilitate programs that place individuals directly into companies that provide on-the-job training--as governor of Massachusetts, Romney helped create just such a program.

*Eliminate redundancy in federal retraining programs by consolidating programs and funding streams, centering as much activity as possible in a single agency

*Give states authority to manage retraining programs by block granting federal funds

*Facilitate the creation of Personal Reemployment Accounts

*Encourage greater private sector involvement in retraining programs

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 creators from wherever they come. Foreign-born residents with advanced degrees start companies, create jobs, and drive innovation at an especially high rate. While lawful immigrants comprise about 8 percent of the population, immigrants start 16 percent of our top-performing, high-technology companies, hold the position of CEO or lead engineer in 25 percent of high-tech firms, and produce over 25 percent of all patent applications filed from the United States.

*Raise visa caps for highly skilled workers

*Grant permanent residency to eligible graduates with advanced degrees in math, science, and engineering

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 can repeal gravity by passing a law saying humans shall have the ability to fly.

Economic principles dictate that when government imposes a minimum wage rate above the market wage rate, it creates a surplus `wedge' between the supply of labor and the demand for labor, leading to an increase in unemployment. Employers cannot simply begin paying more to workers whose marginal productivity does not meet or exceed the law-imposed wage. The only course of action available to the employer is to mechanize operations or employ a higher-skilled worker whose output meets or exceeds the `minimum wage.'

Furthermore, interfering in the voluntary transactions of employers and employees in the name of making things better for low wage earners violates citizens' rights of association and freedom of contract as if to say to citizens `you are incapable of making employment decisions for yourself in the marketplace.'

While it may make us feel good to raise the federal minimum wage, the real life consequences will be vested upon those who can least afford to be deprived of work opportunities. Therefore, rather than pretending that Congress can repeal the economic principles, I support embracing a program of tax cuts and regulatory reform to strengthen the greatest producer of jobs and prosperity in human history: the free market.

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 swimming. I'd like to keep pornography from coming up on their computers. I'd like to keep drugs off the streets. I'd like to see less violence and sex on TV and in video games and in movies. And if we get serious about this, we can actually do a great deal to clean up the water in which our kids and our grandkids are swimming.

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 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 innovation, all these things desired out of the American heart to provide the pursuit of happiness for our citizens.

But we also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we're seeing right now is, in my view, a -- a trickle-down government approach, which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it's not working.

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 the most powerful nation in the history of the world. But today, under President Obama's leadership, Washington is smothering these values at home and sapping our influence abroad. The federal government has grown too large. And President Obama has presided over one of the worst economies in modern history--millions of jobs have been lost, record numbers of Americans are in danger of losing their homes, and personal bankruptcies have skyrocketed. He has failed the American people.

Mitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprise have led to prosperity and strength before and will do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation's strength.

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 funds services mostly duplicative of those already offered by states, localities, bar associations and private organizations.

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" of a specific religion or prohibits the free exercise thereof. Essentially it can be defined in this simple summation: "Government is not to prohibit or prefer a particular religion or faith." It is not the government's role, responsibility, or its right to prohibit the expression of one's faith.

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. There are some particular doctrines, some theological concepts, that we don't need to go into, no matter what faith it is.

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 groups can play an important role in the positive mental, physical, and spiritual development of a child's life.

The Bush Administration deserves tremendous credit for promoting volunteer initiatives. These efforts should be continued and strengthened. For instance, the Corporation for National and Community Service aims to expand the number of Americans who currently volunteer from 65.4 million in 2005 to 75 million by 2010. Governor Romney believes this is a worthwhile goal that can be met through leveraging both public and private charitable efforts.

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 seen the tremendous outpouring of support when tragedy strikes, but the number of people engaging in regular volunteer activities seems to be stagnant. According to 2006 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteer rates fell two percent from the previous year and were slightly lower than 2002, when data was first collected. This is a trend we cannot afford to continue.

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 to provide adequately for the men and women who carry out the most important constitutional function: national defense.

Any nation willing to ask its men and women to risk their lives serving overseas must also be willing to fulfill the promises that were made to them when they enlisted in our country's service. We cannot provide adequate care with a VA that is run like the IRS.

Having served in the U.S. Air Force for five years, I feel an obligation to our veterans and current armed forces. As a congressman, I have fought hard to make sure veterans receive the care and respect they deserve. I will continue that fight as president.

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 civil liberties to worry about", but don't forget... the most important civil liberty I expect from my government is my right to be kept alive.

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 contract, which are the bedrocks of free society. The federal government has no legitimate authority to infringe on the rights of private property owners to use their property as they please and to form (or not form) contracts with terms mutually agreeable to all parties. The rights of all private property owners, even those whose actions decent people find abhorrent, must be respected if we are to maintain a free society.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 not only violated the Constitution and reduced individual liberty; it also failed to achieve its stated goals of promoting racial harmony and a color-blind society. Federal bureaucrats and judges cannot read minds to see if actions are motivated by racism. Therefore, the only way the federal government could ensure an employer was not violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was to ensure that the racial composition of a business's workforce matched the racial composition of a bureaucrat or judge's defined body of potential employees. Thus, bureaucrats began forcing employers to hire by racial quota. Racial quotas have not contributed to racial harmony or advanced the goal of a color-blind society. Instead, these quotas encouraged racial balkanization, and fostered racial strife.

Of course, America has made great strides in race relations over the past forty years. However, this progress is due to changes in public attitudes and private efforts. Relations between the races have improved despite, not because of, the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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 out before they got us, and No. 2, when al-Qaida was calling America, he made sure someone here was listening.

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), search our homes and offices without our knowledge, and force libraries and bookstores to turn over our reading records.

There is no financial privacy left in this country. Banks have become a one stop shop for overzealous government snoops and other privacy violators, and we've been working overtime to impose our paranoid "Know Your Customer" standards on the rest of the world.

Medical privacy has deteriorated in a similar manner. Our medical records are being transcribed in India and insurance companies and other entities have the right to access our medical history any time they choose. Ron Paul is one of the nation's foremost defenders of our privacy. He keeps fighting against misguided Know Your Customer rules and the misnamed "Patriot" Act.

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

Remember the media's hysterical outcry when Obama's passport details were illegally accessed during the Democratic primaries in 2008? The fact that the privacy of regular citizens is routinely subjected to much more serious abuse was conveniently ignored.

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), search our homes and offices without our knowledge, and force libraries and bookstores to turn over our reading records.

There is no financial privacy left in this country. Banks have become a one stop shop for overzealous government snoops and other privacy violators, and we've been working overtime to impose our paranoid "Know Your Customer" standards on the rest of the world.

Medical privacy has deteriorated in a similar manner. Our medical records are being transcribed in India and insurance companies and other entities have the right to access our medical history any time they choose. Ron Paul is one of the nation's foremost defenders of our privacy.

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 having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence - not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

In a free society, every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.

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. Bigotry at its essence is a problem of the heart, and we cannot change people's hearts by passing more laws and regulations.

It is the federal government that most divides us by race, class, religion, and gender. Through its taxes, restrictive regulations, corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, government plays far too large a role in determining who succeeds and who fails. Government "benevolence" crowds out genuine goodwill by institutionalizing group thinking, thus making each group suspicious that others are receiving more of the government loot. This leads to resentment and hostility among us.

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than as individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called "diversity" actually perpetuate racism.

The true antidote to racism is liberty. Liberty means having a limited, constitutional government devoted to the protection of individual rights rather than group claims. Liberty means free-market capitalism, which rewards individual achievement and competence - not skin color, gender, or ethnicity.

In a free society, every citizen gains a sense of himself as an individual, rather than developing a group or victim mentality. This leads to a sense of individual responsibility and personal pride, making skin color irrelevant. Racism will endure until we stop thinking in terms of groups and begin thinking in terms of individual liberty.

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 programs, guaranteeing their continued vitality for future generations. Mitt's proposals will not raise taxes and will not affect today's seniors or those nearing retirement. He proposes that Social Security should be adjusted in a couple of commonsense ways that will put it on the path of solvency and ensure that it is preserved for future generations.

*First, for future generations of seniors, Mitt believes that the retirement age should be slowly increased to account for increases in longevity.

*Second, for future generations of seniors, Mitt believes that benefits should continue to grow but that the growth rate should be lower for those with higher incomes.

With just those two simple steps, and no change in benefits for those at or near retirement, America can guarantee the preservation of the Social Security system for the foreseeable future.

Mitt is committed to saving Social Security. He will ensure that America honors all of its commitments to today's seniors and strengthens the program so that it is financially secure for future generations.

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 system are seeing their benefits dwindle due to higher taxes, increasing inflation, and irresponsible public spending. The proposed solutions, ranging from lower benefits to higher taxes to increasing the age of eligibility, are NOT solutions; they are betrayals.

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 insolvency crisis in Social Security. We must significantly reduce spending so that our nation can keep its promise to our seniors.

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 the need of Social Security. I will make sure that we keep the program and we make it financially secure. We save Social Security. And under no circumstances would I ever say by any measure it's a failure. It is working for millions of Americans, and I'll keep it working for millions of Americans. And we've got to do that as a party.

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, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way -- through local laws, communities, churches, and families -- to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy."

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 government has ignored the Constitution and run roughshod over state sovereignty. As a result, the centralizers of both parties in Washington cannot imagine a society not dominated by the federal government.

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 concerned about people who are suffering pain, and there are various means of providing pain management. And those that have had loved ones that have gone through an end of life with cancer know the nature of real pain. I watched my wife's mom and dad, both in our home, both going through cancer treatment, suffering a great deal of pain. But they didn't have marijuana, and they didn't need marijuana because there were other sources of pain management that worked entirely effectively. I'm told there is even a synthetic marijuana as well that is available. But having legalized marijuana, in my view, is an effort by a very committed few to try and get marijuana out into the public and ultimately legalize marijuana. It's a long way to go. We need less drugs in this society, not more drugs, and I would oppose the legalization of marijuana in the country or legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes because pain management is available from other sources."

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, you are accused of being pro-drug. That is preposterous. As a physician, father, and grandfather, I abhor drugs. I just know that there is a better way -- through local laws, communities, churches, and families -- to combat the very serious problem of drug abuse than a massive federal-government bureaucracy."

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 innovation, all these things desired out of the American heart to provide the pursuit of happiness for our citizens.

But we also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we're seeing right now is, in my view, a -- a trickle-down government approach, which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it's not working.

And the proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is 1 out of 6 people in poverty. The proof of that is we've gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is that 50 percent of college graduates this year can't find work.

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 the needs of America's children. Private efforts are much better at providing effective and compassionate care for children than any government bureaucracy.

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 avoid displeasing their new federal paymaster. This will occur in large part because people who currently voluntarily support religious organizations will assume they ``gave at the (tax) office'' and thus will reduce their level of private giving. Thus, religious charities will become increasingly dependent on federal funds for support. Since ``he who pays the piper calls the tune'' federal bureaucrats and Congress will then control the content of "faith-based" programs.

The better approach is to abide by constitutional restrictions and get the federal government completely out of the business of providing social services. Private charities and religious organizations will flourish in this country if we simply get government out of the way. First and foremost, we must exempt such organizations from regulations which constantly thwart their efforts. Second, we must endorse the proposal by President Bush to allow all Americans a deduction for charitable contributions, regardless of whether they itemize deductions or not. The majority of taxpayers apply the standard deduction, and they should enjoy a tax benefit for giving to charity even in small amounts. We should allow a 100% deduction for all contributions, regardless of whether they are made to a standard charity, a charitable foundation or trust, or a religious organization. Finally, we must massively reduce government spending, so that income taxes can be lowered drastically. Americans are charitable by nature, but they rightfully resent losing nearly half their incomes to various levels of government. American charities would see huge increases in their budgets for providing social services if taxes were reduced to sane levels.

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 we can’t find greater opportunities for young people to serve. Wouldn’t it be great if larger and larger numbers of the kids in this country, when I say kids, young adults in this country, were able to spend a year or two in service. I didn’t have that experience in serving my country, but I had the chance to serve my church. I was in France for two and a half years. What’s interesting is it was a great maturing time for me, where I gained perspective on some of the benefits of being an American, on some of the values that are most important to me.”

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 history shows that federal regulatory agencies are susceptible to "capture," where the regulators end up serving the interest of the business they are supposed to control. In the case of labeling, federal agencies could redefine the meaning of "modified" to allow genetically-engineered food on the market without fully-informing consumers of the presence of genetically-engineered ingredients.

Instead of federal regulation, consumers should demand that manufactures provide full information and refuse to buy those products that are not fully labeled. Once producers see there is a demand for non-genetically-engineered products they will act to fulfill that demand. Of course, makers of genetically-engineered food should be held legally responsible if they fraudulently market their products or harm anyone.

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 care providers to restrict your right to choose the manner in which you manage your health and nutritional needs.

I oppose legislation that increases the FDA's legal powers. FDA has consistently failed to protect the public from dangerous drugs, genetically modified foods, dangerous pesticides and other chemicals in the food supply. Meanwhile they waste public funds attacking safe, healthy foods and dietary supplements

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, human capital, and labor flexibility. It relinquishes power to the states instead of claiming to have the solution to every problem.

Any American living through this economic crisis will immediately recognize the severity of the break that Mitt Romney proposes from our current course. He is calling for a fundamental change in Washington's view of how economic growth and prosperity are achieved, how jobs are created, and how government can support these endeavors. It is at once a deeply conservative return to policies that have served our nation well and a highly ambitious departure from the policies of our current leadership. In short, it is a plan to get America back to work.

The mission to restore America begins with getting our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. Spending is out of control. Yearly deficits are massive. And unless we curb Washington's appetite for spending, the national debt will grow to the size of our entire economy this year.

As President, Mitt Romney will cut federal spending and bring much-needed reforms to entitlement programs. Mitt will work toward balancing the budget, reducing the size and reach of the federal government, and returning power to states and the people.

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 system… The TARP program was designed to keep the financial system going, to keep money circulating in the economy, without which the entire economy stops and you would really have an economic collapse."

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 bad news is that all the defects in President Obama's management of the American economy are evident in what he did...

This was crony capitalism on a grand scale. The president tells us that without his intervention things in Detroit would be worse. I believe that without his intervention things there would be better...

Managed bankruptcy may sound like a death knell. But in fact, it is a way for a troubled company to restructure itself rapidly, entering and leaving the courtroom sometimes in weeks or months instead of years, and then returning to profitable operation.

Ultimately, that is what happened. The course I recommended was eventually followed. GM entered managed bankruptcy in June 2009 and exited it a month later in July.

The Chrysler timeline was similarly swift. But something else happened along the way that was truly egregious. Before the companies were allowed to enter and exit bankruptcy, the U.S. government swept in with an $85 billion sweetheart deal disguised as a rescue plan."

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 empty, depressing the value of entire neighborhoods. The government owns about 200,000 of these homes, or almost half of all of the foreclosed homes in the country. Mitt Romney will responsibly get the government out of the homeownership business and return these vacant homes to productive uses that will increase neighboring home values...

Any serious plan for ending the housing crisis must address its root cause. Two government-sponsored companies known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were at the center of the housing crisis. Mitt Romney will reform these government-sponsored companies to protect taxpayers from additional risk in the future by ensuring taxpayer dollars in the housing market are replaced with private dollars."

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

Ron Paul

No response

We Need Your Help
l