Charles "Buddy" Elson Roemer III was born and raised outside Shreveport, Louisiana, a state with a long political tradition of radical reconstruction. At the age of 16, he graduated high school top in his class, earning a spot in the freshman class at Harvard College where he earned a BS in Economics
I am running for President because I want future generations to live in an America that is safe and prosperous and free. Ten years ago, there wasn't much question about that: we had won the Cold War, our "new economy" was outpacing our rivals, the dollar
Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January of 1995. During that time, he has served as a champion for Pennsylvanians either through his accomplishments in the United States Senate or through his leadership position as Republican
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.
America is at a crossroads. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. The nation's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time in history. Millions of Americans are struggling to avoid foreclosure or to just make ends meet.
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Newt and his wife, Callista, reside in McLean, Virginia. Their family includes two daughters and two grandchildren.
He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Scarlett, and is the father of three children.
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.
Senator Santorum, born on May 10, 1958, in Winchester, VA, and his wife, Karen Garver Santorum, are the parents of six wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, and Patrick.
Ron Paul 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.
James Richard "Rick" Perry was born on March 4, 1950.
A fifth generation Texan, Perry grew up the son of tenant farmers in the tiny West Texas town of Paint Creek. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry’s two children, he was active in scouting and earned
He and his wife Mary Kaye have seven children, including two adopted girls from China and India.
Before his election to Congress in 1978, Newt taught History and Environmental Studies at West Georgia College for eight years.
Buddy left public office in 1992, and has pursued a variety of business ventures, most recently as the founder, CEO, and President of Business First Bank, a community bank with approximately $650 million in assets. With a focus on small business lending,
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
Attorney, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart, 1986-1989
Administrative Assistant, State Senator J. Doyle Corman, 1981-1986
As a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Perry was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Captain, and he returned home to the family farm, where they grew dryland cotton, milo and wheat.
In the private sector, Jon is a successful businessman with hands-on job creation experience. He served as an executive in his family's business, which built hundreds of products and employed thousands of people. Using his international experience and language skills, Jon has helped the company compete and expand globally.
In 2003, Newt founded the Center for Health Transformation to develop free market healthcare reforms to foster a 21st Century System of health and healthcare that is centered on the individual, prevention focused, knowledge intense and innovation rich.
Member, Italian Heritage Society
Member, Italian Sons and Daughters of America
Board Member, Mount Lebanon Extended Day Program
Member, Pennsylvania State Bar Association
Founder, FREE and the National Endowment for Liberty
Founder/Honorary Chairman, The Liberty Committee.
He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75.
Asked by President Obama in 2009 to serve his country once again, Jon was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to China. He turned heads by shunning motorcades, preferring instead to ride his bicycle and interact with the Chinese people.
He represented Georgia in Congress for twenty years, including four years as Speaker of the House.
Newt served on the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush, which provided strategic counsel to the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense on how
Roemer also became a delegate to the constitutional convention in his state where he helped write the Louisiana Constitution. Buddy then served four terms as U.S. Congressman (1981-1988) as a Conservative Democrat, often breaking ranks with his party.
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
In 1990, at the age of 32, Senator Santorum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and made his mark in Congress as a champion of government accountability and welfare reform.
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
Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, he served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.
Perry won a close election to become the first Republican Lieutenant Governor in more
As governor of one of the most conservative states in the country, Jon built a strong executive record by cutting taxes, reducing waste and growing Utah's economy. Thanks to the free-market policies implemented by Gov. Huntsman, Utah weathered the economic
They are members of Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin.
Newt Gingrich is the architect of the "Contract with America" that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House for the first time in forty years.
Under Newt's leadership, Congress passed the first balanced
In one chapter of his distinguished career, he reversed the decline of a state mired in recession. In another chapter, he salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympic Games from certain disaster.
In 1999, the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics was on the verge of collapse.
Ron Paul 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
He is the author of a best-selling reflection on Boy Scout values titled “On My Honor: Why The American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.”
Shortly after becoming governor in 2004, Jon began implementing his 10-point plan for jumpstarting Utah's economy -- including historic tax reform. He simplified the tax structure and cut taxes by more than $400 million.
He maintained his fiscal responsibility
Realizing the importance of understanding the past in order to protect the future, he immersed himself in the study of history, receiving his Bachelor's degree from Emory University and Master's and Doctorate in Modern European History from Tulane University.
MBA in Finance at the Harvard Business School.
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.
Senator Santorum was raised in Butler County, Pennsylvania and attended college at Penn State University. It was during his undergraduate career that he became actively involved in the political process as a campaign volunteer for the late Senator John
Ron 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.
Perry was among the first generation in his family to attend college, enrolling at Texas A&M University in the fall of 1968. He joined the Fightin' Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets and was elected twice to serve as an Aggie Yell Leader. Perry graduated in August 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science.
Jon Huntsman, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ron served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s.
Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the U.S. Air Force flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in the Europe and the Middle East. He is a lifetime member of American Legion Post #75. He returned to Texas with the rank of captain.
The foundations of our nation's strength are a love of liberty and a pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity. These values--inherited from our Founders and embodied by all who came to our shores seeking opportunity--have made the United States
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues (10/29/2011)
My concerns for the future of this country are deeply held. The Republican Party has not fulfilled its promise to shrink the size of government and restore our Constitutional Republic. Instead, deficits have exploded, entitlements are out of control,
Source: Ron Paul (02/25/2008)
Source: www.rickperry.org/issues (10/29/2011)
The first priority of a Romney Administration will be to create 12 million new jobs and get our economy going again. We must get our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. As president, Mitt Romney will set
Source: www.vote411.org (10/14/2012)
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. He is known among his congressional colleagues and his constituents for
Source: www.ronpaul2008.com (12/02/2007)
Rick Perry will get America working again.
As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry has helped build the nation's strongest economy. Since June 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been created in Texas. Thanks to his fiscally conservative
There's no question in my mind that if the president were to be reelected you'll continue to see a middle-class squeeze with incomes going down and prices going up.
I'll get incomes up again.
You'll see chronic unemployment. We've had 43 straight months
Source: abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/presidential-debate-transcript-denver-colo-oct (10/08/2012)
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)
The principles that have guided Rick Perry's leadership in Texas are the same principles that will guide him as President: Don't spend all the money. Keep taxes low and regulations fair. And invest aggressively
Immigrants play a vital role in our economy, bringing skills and hard work to jobs that can at times be thankless. At the same time, we have a responsibility to seal our borders and ensure that those who come to this country do so legally.
Source: www.buddyroemer.com/issues (01/09/2012)
The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. We must secure the border, implement an enforceable employer verification system, punish sanctuary cities and reject amnesty if we are to restore
Source: www.mittromney.com (12/04/2007)
We need immigration; but we need respect of the law
Q: [to Santorum]:We heard from Gov. Romney, that self-deportation, or illegal immigrants leaving the country voluntarily, is a possible solution.
SANTORUM: I actually agree with Governor Romney. The
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Immigration.htm (07/09/2015)
A nation without borders is no nation at all. After decades of misguided policies America has now become a free-for-all. Our leaders betrayed the middle class which is forced to compete with welfare-receiving illegal immigrants who will work for almost
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/border-security (10/31/2011)
Rick Perry will finally force Washington to fulfill its constitutional duty to secure our international borders. As Governor, Perry has directed hundreds of millions of dollars, manpower and resources to drastically reduce criminal activity along the
A porous border allows illegal immigrants to enter the United States, violent cartel members and terrorists possibly among them. And many visitors ignore the terms of their visas and stay in the U.S. illegally.
The current system is keeping nuclear families
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/immigration (08/10/2012)
Ron Paul'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.
Well, here's what I think is very important for Washington to understand: You're not going to have comprehensive immigration reform until the border is secure. The American people do not trust Washington to do these two things at the same time. They expect
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Immigration.htm (07/10/2015)
No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants
Q: Gov. Perry signed the Texas Dream Act, arguing that it's better to get illegal alien kids an education and to get them jobs than to consign them just to being a burden on the state.
PERRY: If you say that
I'm not for the DREAM Act that they are talking about in D.C.; that is amnesty. What we did in the state of Texas was clearly a states right issue. We were clearly sending a message to young people, that we believe in you. That if you want to live in Texas, that we're going to allow you the opportunity to be contributing members.
Well, first, we ought to have a fence, the whole fence, 2,600 miles. We got to have a fence, or the technologically approved system to make sure that we know who's coming into the country, number one. Number two, we ought to have enough agents to secure
Source: Republican presidential debate held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA (10/12/2012)
Finish the border fence; make English the official language
Q: What would you do about illegal immigrants?
SANTORUM: I'm the son of an Italian immigrant. I believe in immigration, as an important part of the lifeblood of this country. But what we have
Texas border "surge" reduced influx of unaccompanied kids
Q: On the issue of immigration. The administration now says the numbers show that the influx of those unaccompanied children who are coming across the border illegally has dropped significantly.
"The question began by saying how do we attract Latino voters. And the answer is by telling them what they know in their heart, which is they or their ancestors did not come here for a handout. If they came here for a handout, they'd be voting for Democrats.
Source: CNN and Tea Party Express Republican debate in Tampa, FL (10/12/2012)
No promises & no government benefits to immigrants
SANTORUM: My solution is very similar to Newt Gingrich's. We should not have a debate talking about how we don't want people to come to this country, but we want them to come here like my grandfather
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.
If you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become
“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)
"We're not looking to bring people in and -- in jobs that can be done by Americans... We let people come across our border illegally or stay here and overstay their visa. They get to stay in the country. I want the best and brightest to be metered into
Source: Republican presidential debate held at Iowa State University in Ames (10/12/2012)
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,
There's not anybody on this stage that's had to deal with the issue of border security more than I have, with 1,200 miles of border with Mexico. And our federal government has been an abject failure at securing our border. We've had to spend some $400
"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)
We have Texas Rangers patrolling the border
Q: To date, it appears that you have not tried to stop the illegals from coming. How do you feel being criticized by a number of these other candidates on the stage for being too soft on immigration?
There is a practice in this country that I find hard to understand, which is practice that some cities saying they are going to give safe haven or sanctuary to those who come here illegally. In my view it doesn't make a lot of sense for taxpayers across
Source: blogs.cfr.org/campaign2008/category/immigration/ (01/08/2008)
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.
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
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
Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship.
This amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act would prohibit H-2C nonimmigrants ("Guest Workers") from adjusting to lawful permanent resident status. Voting YEA on the motion to table
Import farm workers from Mexico.
Perry signed the Southern Governors' Association resolution:
Whereas, agriculture, which has critical importance in the South not only to our economy, but to our regional and cultural identify and way of life, is facing
Secure the border to prevent terrorist organizations from sneaking agents and weapons into the United States.
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/tell-truth-about-national-security (10/31/2011)
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
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.
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.
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.
Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation.
Perry adopted the National Governors Association policy:
[Regarding illegal immigration], the Governors continue to call on the federal government to negotiate and renegotiate prisoner transfer
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)
We basically had a decision to make. Are we going to give people an incentive to be contributing members of this society or are we going to tell them no, we're going to put you on the government dole? In the state of Texas, and this is a states right
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.
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.
Provide resources to enforce immigration laws throughout the nation, and crackdown on employers who continue to hire illegals with stiffer fines and penalties.
Reject Amnesty. Do not give amnesty or any special pathway to those who have come to this country illegally.
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.
Illegal immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides
Q: Your take on the border crisis?
PERRY: What we are concerned about are the 80%-plus of individuals who don't get talked about enough that are coming into the US illegally, and committing substantial
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.
I warned of crisis of Central American kids in 2012
Q: Tens of thousands of Central American children are crossing the border illegally into the US. You have called the federal response to this crisis inept. Do you mean the President's inept or is Congress
Keeping Americans safe is the most important duty of government. That is why the confusion and incoherence of the Obama Administration's response to the threats facing America is so troubling. Newt advocates sound policies to keep Americans safe based
Military preparedness is paramount to maintaining America's role in the world, and ensuring that America has the most advanced technology and best trained troops to be ready for any situation that might necessitate their involvement.
Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home.We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion.We have all that we need.We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our
Source: www.mittromney.com (12/03/2007)
Rick Santorum understands that the events of September 11, 2001 brought to our front door the uncomfortable truth that attacks on our soil are not merely a distant possibility, but a harsh reality.
To combat this threat, Rick refused to back down from
Source: www.ricksantorum.com/believer-american-exceptionalism (11/06/2011)
Rick Perry believes in American exceptionalism, and rejects the notion our president should apologize for our country but instead believes allies and adversaries alike must know that America seeks peace from a position of strength. We must strengthen
If it means we have to go into a mosque to wiretap or a church, then that's exactly where we are gonna go, because we are going to do whatever it takes to protect the American people. And I hear from time to time people say, 'Hey, wait a sec, we have
Source: www.usatoday.com/news/topstories/2007-07-20-3000222386_x.htm (07/20/2007)
Perry balked when the moderator, Associated Press reporter Ken Dilanian tried to clarify that he was supporting the NSA collecting everyone's phone records.
"You just put a whole bunch of words in my mouth that I didn't say," Perry said. "What I said
Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/kathie-obradovich (07/10/2015)
Confront virulent threat of radical Islam
HUNTSMAN: So how long do you want to wait, Rick? How long do you want to wait to get out of Afghanistan?
SANTORUM: Until the security of our country is ensured. That's what the job of the commander-in-chief
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/09/2015)
Speaking on the dangers of radical Islam, Governor Perry chose not to follow the form of U.S. President Barack Obama or UK Prime Minister David Cameron by insisting that Islamic terrorists are “not Muslim,” a convenient dodge recently described as a “reassuring
Source: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com (07/10/2015)
Privacy is in 4th amendment, but Patriot Act is ok
Q: [to Paul] Sen. Santorum believes that the Supreme Court was wrong when it decided that a right to privacy was embedded in the Constitution.
SANTORUM: No, let's be clear. We're talking about the 10th
On the Patriot Act, he drew applause when he said, "I would tend to agree more with the Senate approach than with the House approach from the standpoint of that we must protect this country and protect its citizens."
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
If you hit someone and kill their family, they will hate you and probably hit you back in the future.
That's what blowback is all about. It seems like such a simple concept, but many of Ron Paul's former opponents for the Presidency vehemently denied
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/national-defense (10/31/2011)
Understand our enemies and tell the truth about them. We are engaged in a long war against radical Islamism, a belief system adhered to by a small minority of Muslims but nonetheless a powerful and organized ideology within Islamic thought that is totally
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
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
Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess
Q: [To Santorum]: In his book, "Fed Up," Governor Perry says that it was "unprincipled" for Republicans to vote in favor of creating the Department of Homeland Security. You were one of those Republicans
Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security
In his book, "Fed Up," Gov. Perry says that it was "unprincipled" for Republicans to vote in favor of creating the Department of Homeland Security.
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)
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.
Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders.
Amendment intended to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by restoring $565 million in cuts to vital first-responder programs in the Department of Homeland Security,
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.
Terrorism is an asymmetric threat; we need worldwide bases
Q: We're in debt up to our eyeballs. We have nation building going on around the world. We're the world's police force. World War II is over. The Korean War is over. But we still have military
Source: www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (11/06/2011)
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
Deal with terrorism as a joint federal-state responsibility.
Include states in anti-terrorism planning.
Study terrorist threats against nuclear waste repositories.
Handling Information Needs.
Many of the operational, programmatic, and funding activities associated with terrorism consequence management
I want them in Guantanamo where they don't get the access to lawyers they get when they're on our soil. I don't want them in our prisons. I want them there. Some people have said we ought to close Guantanamo. My view is we ought to double Guantanamo.
Source: 2007 Republican Debate in South Carolina (05/15/2007)
Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees.
Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it
Let me just say something about the president of the United States. He's taken lots of slings and arrows here today. But one thing that I want to say that he did do that I agree with is that
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
Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden
Q: Would you support a resumption of waterboarding under any circumstances?
SANTORUM: Under certain circumstances or any circumstances?
Q: Under any circumstances that you could imagine.
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Homeland_Security.htm (07/10/2015)
When activist judges took it upon themselves to redefine marriage, and with it the underpinnings of the traditional American family and our First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion, Rick spearheaded the debate in favor of Federal Marriage Amendment
Source: www.ricksantorum.com/champion-faith-families (11/06/2011)
In San Francisco, home to one of the largest and best known gay communities in the country, Texas Governor Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism, saying that orientation is a choice.
Perry made his comments during an appearance at The Commonwealth
“I believe we should have a federal amendment in the constitution that defines marriage as a relationship between a man and woman, because I believe the ideal place to raise a child is in a home with a mom and a dad.”
Source: Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, IA (10/12/2012)
Rick Santorum opposed same-sex marriage and compared legalizing same-sex marriage to legalizing polygamy. “Asked by a college student why he opposed the right of same-sex couples to wed, he responded that there was no compelling reason to allow it and
Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (11/06/2011)
If you believe in federalism, it's better that we allow these things to be left to the state. My personal belief is that marriage is a religious ceremony. And it should be dealt with religiously. The [government] really shouldn't be involved. The government
Source: GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida (10/21/2007)
Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens. The 10th Amendment guarantees Texas
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/27/rick-perry-gay-marriage_n_4866510.html (07/10/2015)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) claimed during a radio interview this week that anti-gay marriage business owners are being sent to “re-education camps” for refusing to serve gay customers.
“You now see situations with bakers and florists and photographers
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/25 (07/10/2015)
Removing Don't-Ask injects social experiment into military
Q: Do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?
SANTORUM: Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And
Same-sex marriages cannot be recognized in Texas under legislation that Gov. Rick Perry signed Tuesday. With the new law, labeled the Defense of Marriage Act by its supporters, Texas will be prevented from legally recognizing same-sex unions that are
Source: http://www.advocate.com/news/2003/05/28/ (07/10/2015)
Rick Santorum cited the Westboro Baptist Church's "God Hates Fags" slogan while defending Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act this weekend.
"Tolerance is a two-way street," Santorum said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "If you’re a print shop
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06 (07/09/2015)
Republican Rick Santorum has claimed that homosexual behaviour is a choice.
The failed Republican presidential candidate made the comments while defending Texas Governor Rick Perry’s statement that people can ‘choose’ to be gay in the same way you can
Source: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/06/14/rick-santorum-homosexual-behaviour-is-a-choice/ (07/09/2015)
Source: http://www.diversityinc.com/news/rick-perry-ability-decide-gay/ (07/10/2015)
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
All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. While he does not support gay marriage, Mitt Romney believes domestic partnership status should be recognized in a way that includes the potential for health benefits and rights of survivorship.
Source: www.romney2002.com (09/17/2002)
Rick Santorum said that same-sex adoptions hurt children and are unnatural. “Instead, this week he told a New Hampshire audience that children are better off with two heterosexual parents—even if one of the parents is in prison. ‘Even fathers in jail
Source: http://correctrecord.org/hillary-vs-gop/#santorum (07/10/2015)
America cannot, and should not, be the world's policemen. However, Buddy Roemer is committed to assisting countries who choose freedom to become stronger.
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
Rick Perry believes in American exceptionalism, and rejects the notion our president should apologize for our country but instead believes allies and adversaries alike must know that America seeks peace from a position of strength. We must strengthen our diplomatic relationships, and stand firm with our allies against our common enemies.
The world is a better place when America leads. Our own interests are best served when we lead. American exceptionalism is not only about who we are as a people - but it also speaks to how the United States alone is positioned in the world to promote
Source: jon2012.com/issues/foreign-policy-core (11/05/2011)
Voted YES on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo.
Majority Leader Trent Lott motioned to kill the resolution that would have authorized the president to "use all necessary forces and other means," in cooperation with U.S. allies to accomplish objectives
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (07/09/2015)
In 2010, after 30 years of dramatic growth, China surpassed Japan to become the world's second largest economy after ours. China's size in land and in population, its rapid economic growth, and its sharply increasing military expenditures are dramatically
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/china-east-asia (08/07/2012)
I'm for making US more competitive than China
SANTORUM: You know, I don't want to go to a trade war. I want to beat China. I want to go war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business, and we need to do that with the agenda that I've outlined.
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)
China: We will increasingly compete with China as we go forward; the United States should have a policy with the appropriate mix of engagement and hedging. This includes:
Engaging China from a position of strength - both core strength at home, and the
"[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)
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
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
Rick Santorum opposed normalizing relations with Cuba, calling it “reckless and not in our nation’s best interest.” “Former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, said he opposed normalizing trade with Cuba and was ‘extremely concerned with how his
"The right course for Cuba is to continue to honor Helms-Burton [a 1996 law which strengthened the US embargo against Cuba]. And if I'm president of the United States, I will use every resource we have, short of invasion and military action, Congressman
Source: CNN Republican debate held in Jacksonville, FL (10/11/2012)
Reduce Foreign Aid -- Savings: $100 Million. Stop borrowing money from countries that oppose America's interests in order to give it back to them in the form of foreign aid.
Foreign aid and foreign investments must be focused on those who stand alongside
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/spending (08/07/2012)
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
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
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
India: The United States should make the relationship a priority and ensure our strategic partnership reaches its full potential. This includes
Launching negotiations to conclude a bilateral Free Trade Agreement with India
Supporting India's bid to be
Decades of remarkable progress in Latin America toward security, democracy, and increased economic ties with America are currently under threat. Venezuela and Cuba are leading a virulently anti-American "Bolivarian" movement across Latin America that
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/latin-america (08/07/2012)
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
The United States must regard Africa not as a problem to be contained, but as an opportunity to be embraced by us and our partners on the continent. Recognizing that Africa's road to stability and prosperity lies through a robust private sector economy,
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/africa (08/09/2012)
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
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
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)
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
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.
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 ICC wants to try our soldiers as war criminals.
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.
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
America only works when Americans are working. Newt has a pro-growth strategy similar to the proven policies used when he was Speaker to balance the budget, pay down the debt, and create jobs. The plan includes:
Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/jobs-economy (10/31/2011)
America is suffering, with 20 percent of its workforce -25 million people - out of work, underemployed, or no longer even holding on to the hope of finding a job. We have a million fewer jobs than we did 12 years ago and the jobs we have, pay less. "Made
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,
Rick Santorum supported cutting unemployment benefits for workers. “For the people at the bottom of the economic ladder, Santorum the ‘populist’ proposes cutting off government aid to the unemployed and putting faith in unchecked bootstrap-ism. The social
No other candidate for President - Republican or Democrat - can match Rick Perry's record on job creation.
Rick Perry's leadership has helped build the nation's top economy. Since June 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been
"I'm not happy exporting jobs but we must move ahead in technology and patents. I don't like losing any jobs but we'll see new opportunities created selling products there. We'll have a net increase in economic activity, just as we did with free trade.
Source: Forrester Research executive strategy summit in Boston, MA, (10/12/2012)
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)
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,
One of my top priorities is ensuring that Pennsylvania's economy remains strong and continues to grow. I have worked hard to enact meaningful tax relief that has stimulated economic recovery and created an atmosphere of opportunity and personal ownership
Source: Candidate Website (10/07/2006)
Rick Perry believes that our nation is most secure when we have the strongest economy in the world. His first priority will be to get America's economic engine running at full speed to restore our global economic leadership, and to ensure America has
Nation building at home:Rather than focusing on nation-building abroad, we need to rebuild our core here at home. Our nation's core is weak. And America cannot project power abroad, and inspire the world as a beacon of freedom, democracy and prosperity,
During a speech at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday Rick Santorum said income inequality is part of the American system, and it should stay that way.
"There is income inequality in America. There always has been and hopefully, and I do say that,
Source: http://nation.foxnews.com/rick-santorum/2012/02/16/santorum-praises-income-inequality (07/09/2015)
Despite a significant rise in income inequality in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) is arguing that it's not something the state ought to be worried about.
“We don’t grapple with that here," Perry told The Washington Post in a recent interview, while acknowledging
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/10/rick-perry-income-inequality_n_6301406.html (07/10/2015)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) discouraged Iowa Republicans from using the term "middle class" on Thursday, lambasting the term as "Marxism talk" used by liberals and claiming that the United States has no social classes.
While speaking at a GOP fundraiser
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/12/rick-santorum-middle-class_n_3745283.html (07/09/2015)
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
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,
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
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."
Stop the 2013 tax increases to promote stability in the economy. Job creation improved after Congress extended tax relief for two years in December. We should make the rates permanent.
Make the United States the most desirable location for new business
Special interests have also taken their toll on the tax code, which is unfair, unreadable, written by lobbyists, and crammed with the loopholes.
Tax policy shapes almost everything individuals and enterprises do as they participate in the economy. With bad design, tax policy can discourage economic activity. With good design, it can encourage it. Yet our current tax system is an accretion of decades
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/tax (08/07/2012)
I firmly believe that we need to reform and simplify the tax code to allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money. The recently passed tax cuts lowered taxes for millions of Americans, increased the child tax credit, and phased out the unfair
Ron Paul supports the elimination of the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He asserts that Congress had no power to impose a direct income tax and has introduced legislation to repeal of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/taxes (10/31/2011)
He cut taxes, including a historic property tax cut and a tax cut for small businesses. He established incentive funds to encourage employers to create thousands of jobs and invest in new technology. Rick Perry's support for low taxes, reasonable regulations,
Governor Huntsman supports comprehensive reform to make America's tax code flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth.
Over the last 25 years, our tax system has devolved into a maze of credits, deductions, loopholes and temporary provisions,
Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-tax-reform (11/05/2011)
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,
The former conservative senator from Pennsylvania would reduce the number of income tax brackets from six to two (10% and 28%) and triple what his campaign identifies as the personal deduction that parents can claim for their children.
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)
Governor Rick Perry has proposed major changes to the federal tax code as part of his recently released budget plan, "Cut, Balance, and Grow." The Perry plan would temporarily retain the existing structure of the current individual income tax, but allow
Source: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Perry-plan.cfm (07/10/2015)
Simplify the Personal Income Tax Code and Lower Rates
Eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax
Reduce the Corporate Rate from 35% to 25%
Shift from a Worldwide System of Taxation to a Territorial System
Implement a Tax Holiday
Those are my principles. I want to bring down the tax burden on middle-income families. And I'm going to work together with Congress to say, OK, what -- what are the various ways we could bring down deductions, for instance? One way, for instance, would
Source: money.cnn.com/2012/01/05/news/economy/santorum_taxes/ (07/09/2015)
Move toward an optional flat tax of 15% that would allow Americans the freedom to choose to file their taxes on a postcard, saving hundreds of billions in unnecessary costs each year. This optional flat tax system will preserve deductions on charitable
*Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates.
*Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
Reducing individual income taxes.
Source: http://taxpolicycenter.org/taxtopics/Santorum-plan.cfm (07/09/2015)
Seven percent flat tax. Simple. Keep it simple.
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Tax_Reform.htm (07/10/2015)
Gov. Huntsman supports a version of the plan crafted by the Fiscal Commission, headed by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, commonly known as the "zero plan". Rather than nibble around the edges of the existing tax code, he will introduce a revenue-neutral
Mitt Romney believes in the conservative principle that Americans, to the maximum extent possible, should be able to keep the money they earn...
- Maintain current tax rates on personal income
- Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and
Source: www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)
Dramatically reducing the corporate income tax (among highest in the world) to 12.5%.
The U.S. economy's 35 percent corporate tax rate is among the highest in the industrial world, reducing the ability of our nation's businesses to compete in the global economy and to invest and create jobs at home. By limiting investment and growth, the
Source: www.npr.org (10/12/2012)
Santorum advocates cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent for all corporations except for manufacturers, for which he proposed a zero tax rate.
Source: http://www.taxjusticeblog.org/archive/2015/05 (07/09/2015)
At the corporate level, the Perry plan would make four major changes: 1) reduce the corporate income tax rate from 35 to 20 percent; 2) allow for immediate expensing of all investment purchases; 3) fully exempt foreign-source income of U.S. based corporations;
The United States cannot compete while burdened with the second-highest corporate tax rate in the developed world; American companies and our workers deserve a level playing field. Governor Huntsman will lower
*Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
He would reduce the capital gains rate from 15% to 12%.
Long-term capital gains, qualified dividends, and social security benefits would not be taxable.
Ending the death tax permanently.
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.
He would eliminate the estate tax.
*Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
He would eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Governor Perry’s individual “flat tax” proposal would create an optional alternative tax system with a single 20 percent tax rate, which effectively operates as an “alternative maximum tax.” The tax would apply to an income base similar to that in current law.
Under the new simplified plan, Governor Huntsman will eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which is not indexed for inflation and is penalizing an increasing number of families and small businesses. This tax is especially burdensome on the majority of small business owners who file as individuals.
Rick fought to ensure that all Americans kept more of their hard-earned tax dollars. He spearheaded the passage of President Bush's tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, because he believes that reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals is the key to spurring economic growth.
Source: www.ricksantorum.com/defender-taxpayer (11/06/2011)
Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending
Today I have proposed a budget that invests in healthcare and higher education, a budget that cuts property taxes and eliminates accounting gimmicks, and that grows the Rainy Day Fund to more than
Source: www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Tax_Reform.htm (07/10/2015)
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
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.
Governor Perry’s individual “flat tax” proposal would create an optional alternative tax system with a single 20 percent tax rate, which effectively operates as an “alternative maximum tax.”
Santorum would also eliminate the so-called marriage penalty, which often causes two-earner couples to owe more in federal income taxes than if they filed as single individuals.
I am opposed to the marriage penalty.
I oppose any income taxes on seniors.
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.
Level the playing field by making all health care expenses tax deductible, eliminating the special treatment afforded employer-provided health plans.
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.
Taxpayers could claim a standard exemption of $12,500 for each individual and dependent.
He established incentive funds to encourage employers to create thousands of jobs and invest in new technology.
Eliminating the capital gains tax to make American entrepreneurs more competitive against those in other countries; Allowing for 100% expensing of new equipment to spur innovation and American manufacturing.
He cut taxes, including a historic property tax cut.
Eliminating taxes on capital gains and dividends would lower the cost of capital and encourage investment in the American economy to create jobs. Additionally, these taxes amount to a double- taxation on most individuals who choose to invest since they
I favor abolishing the IRS and ending the income tax once and for all by repealing the Sixteenth Amendment.
The continued growth of American jobs and American prosperity in a knowledge-based, internet-connected, globally-competitive world will be determined by quality of America's schools. If America is going to remain competitive with China and India in the
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (11/05/2011)
In order to remain competitive and viable, America needs to focus on providing its youth with world-class education.
Improving education in America is a priority for Mitt. He knows what can be accomplished when governors are empowered to reform their education systems, when education entrepreneurs are given the freedom to innovate, when teachers are rewarded for boosting
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/education (08/10/2012)
I expect excellence from our public schools - every child deserves a sound educational foundation to help them achieve their goals. For this reason, I strongly supported the No Child Left Behind Act, which provides more flexibility for local communities,
Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/education (10/31/2011)
Governor Romney Will Improve Upon And Enhance No Child Left Behind (NCLB). He believes that No Child Left Behind has played an important role in stressing the role of accountability and high standards in improving our schools. Governor Romney will improve
Source: 2010 book No Apology (10/12/2012)
"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)
I believe that God designed the universe and created the universe, and I believe evolution is most likely the process he used to create the human body…
I’m not exactly sure what is meant by intelligent design. But I believe God is intelligent and I believe
Source: nytimes.com (10/12/2012)
Welcome business talent in our communities into the classroom. Every state should open their systems up to part-time teachers so that retired physicists, neighborhood pharmacists, or local accountants could teach one or two hours a day and bring knowledge
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.
Encourage states to think outside outdated boundaries of education. States have developed very innovative models:
Students who graduate early should get the cost of the years they skip as an automatic scholarship, following the model of Governor Daniels's
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
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.
Howard Zinn, "an anti-American Marxist," wrote "the most popular textbook that's taught in our high schools in America.
Source: http://www.politifact.com/personalities/rick-santorum/statements/ (05/31/2015)
"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
Implement a "no limits" charter system.
All of the money allocated for student education goes directly to the school.
The school manages its own staff, whereby it is exempt from laws regarding tenure, and need not unionize.
The school defines its own
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/21st-century-learning-system (10/31/2011)
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
“We looked at what drives good education in our state, what we found is the best thing for education is great teachers, hire the very best and brightest to be teachers, pay them properly, make sure that you have school choice, test your kids to see if
Source: Republican presidential debate held in Orlando, FL (10/12/2012)
“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
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
Rick Santorum called the idea of public schools run by state or federal governments “anachronistic.” “With his candidacy surging, Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned the legitimacy of state-run public education systems and suggested that President Obama’s
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
Institute a Pell Grant-style system for Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Per-pupil school district funding should go into each child's backpack, and follow them to the school their parents wish to attend. Parents who home school their children should receive a tax credit or be allowed to keep the Pell Grant.
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
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
Empower parents to pick the right school for their child. Parents had the right to choose the school that is best for their child, and should never be trapped in a failing school against their will.
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.
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.
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.
Establish a pay for performance system. States and school governing boards should lift all existing prohibitions that prevent a principal from evaluating teachers based in part on student achievement.
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
Require transparency and accountability about achievement. Each state must set a rigorous standard that allows every student everywhere to master the skills they will need to be competitive, and develop a process for grading the effectiveness of every school.
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.
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
Protect the rights of home-schooled children by ensuring they have the same access to taxpayer funded, extra-curricular educational opportunities as any public school student.
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.
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
Incentivize math and science education in America to ensure our Armed Forces always have the most advanced and powerful weapons in the world.
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
Rick Santorum expressed support for voter ID laws, calling them “crucial electoral reforms.” “Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum made the following statement in reaction to the Obama Administration blocking a new Texas voter identification
"Let's take the decision that the [Supreme] court had that said that corporations could make political contributions [Citizens United]. I'm not wild about the idea of corporations making political contributions... as a concept, but I think the court was
Source: interview with the Portsmouth Herald (10/12/2012)
"I find it extraordinary that [US Attorney General] Eric Holder is, one more time, making a very serious error [in challenging a South Carolina law that requires a photo ID to vote]... The idea that people should not be able to be identified as they vote
Source: press conference in Londonderry, NH (10/12/2012)
I believe in a lot of what the Tea Party believes in. The Tea Party believes that government's too big, taxing too much, and that we ought to get -- get to the work of getting Americans to work. So I put together a plan with a whole series of points of
Source: NYTimes.com (10/12/2012)
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
"I think people who committed violent crimes should not be allowed to vote again…
As governor of Massachusetts, I had an 85 percent Democratic legislature. This is something we discussed. My view was people who committed violent crimes should not be
Source: Republican presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, SC (10/11/2012)
Replace the Environmental Protection Agency, which has become a job-killing regulatory engine of higher energy prices, with an Environmental Solutions Agency that would use incentives and work cooperatively with local government and industry to achieve
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/american-energy-plan (10/31/2011)
I have supported numerous initiatives that help right the environmental wrongs of the past and preserve our natural environment. Among these initiatives is the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, which grants federal funds to help mining states like Pennsylvania
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
End the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Gross Regulatory Overreach
The EPA has overplayed its hand. While the nation struggles to recover from economic turmoil, the EPA has imposed vast new rules on the nation's energy producers, crippling one
Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-regulatory-reform (11/05/2011)
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
Rick Santorum called the idea that humans are causing climate change “patently absurd.” “Appearing Wednesday on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, the former Pennsylvania GOP senator jumped at the chance to distinguish himself from his Massachusetts rival by
After additional consideration and analysis and shortly before the release of the Climategate emails in late 2009, Ron Paul identified the artificial panic around Global Warming as an elaborate hoax:
"The greatest hoax I think that has been around for
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/global-warming (10/31/2011)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his position on man-made global warming this weekend, telling New Hampshire voters that he's "not afraid" to call himself a climate change skeptic.
"For us to take a snapshot in time and to say that what is going on in
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/01 (07/10/2015)
Santorum at Monday's debate called for the approval of the Keystone XL, the controversial oil pipeline that would import crude oil from tar sands in Canada and has been the topic of dozens of protests outside the White House.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23 (07/10/2015)
If elected president, former Texas Governor Rick Perry said that he would immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline, authorize natural gas exports, and freeze the Obama administration’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide.
“On my first day of office
Source: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/04/3666212/rick-perry-keystone-xl-day-one/ (07/10/2015)
"I understand the Alaska pipeline is running less than one-third full. As president, I would push to open new opportunities for America’s energy security, onshore and offshore, especially in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I would not have dragged
Source: mittromney.com (10/12/2012)
The former Pennsylvania senator has long called for more offshore drilling, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and beyond.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today that if elected president, he would issue executive orders opening federal lands nationwide to energy exploration, including Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. State input on which lands to drill would be considered, he said.
Source: http://www.adn.com/article/20111014/perry-calls-oil-and-gas-exploration-anwr (07/10/2015)
As president, Mitt Romney will eliminate the regulations promulgated in pursuit of the Obama administration's costly and ineffective anti-carbon agenda. Romney will also press Congress to reform our environmental laws to ensure that they allow for a proper
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/regulation (08/07/2012)
"I believe we should keep our air and our water clean. And that we don’t want to have pollutants that are interfering with our health and damaging the ability of our children to enjoy good health...
I think we may have made a mistake, we have made a
Source: town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire (10/12/2012)
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.
I consistently vote against using tax dollars to subsidize logging in National Forests.
America has always led in expanding freedom and democracy across the world. I believe that we need a foreign policy that is firmly rooted in this proud tradition and ready to confront the new challenges of the 21st century. We need a President who is free to lead our friends and allies with clear conviction and unparalled strength.
Source: www.mittromney.com/collection/foreign-policy (08/07/2012)
I am extremely grateful for every man and woman who accepts the awesome responsibility of serving in our Armed Forces and National Guard. I believe it is essential that we provide our nation's military with the most up-to-date equipment and resources
US should be strongest nation by insurmountable magnitude
In 2026, I see a great nation. I see a federal government that focuses on the few things for which it is empowered and well-suited--such as national defense, border enforcement, and foreign commerce--and
Sustaining America's leadership position in the world requires we continue to maintain the world's most capable military. But being the best will not simply be a function of spending the most. Staying on top will increasingly depend on our willingness
Cut waste in DOD, but don't cut defense budget
Q: How do you weigh the cost of fighting the war on terror against the exploding debt crisis?
Gingrich: The exploding debt crisis is because of exploding politician spending in Washington, not because of
Invest in force structure appropriate for the future: We must equip our military, intelligence community and special forces for counter-terrorism, and for fighting the nation's wars when our core interests are at stake.
Prepare to fight determined foes
Don't cut one penny out of defense spending
Q: [to Paul]: You proposed a 15% cut to the Defense Department. Can you guarantee national security will not be hurt by that?
PAUL: I think it would be enhanced. I don't want to cut any defense. There's a
Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because “our spending on defense has declined 21 percent over four years.” But that includes war funding, which has sharply declined now that U.S. combat troops are out of Iraq and leaving Afghanistan.
The base defense
Source: http://www.factcheck.org/2014/11/rick-perrys-talking-point-on-defense-cuts/ (07/10/2015)
The United States and our European and Middle Eastern allies have a vital interest in establishing a fully operational and effective missile defense system in Eastern Europe to create a protective umbrella against Iranian nuclear weapons. Under pressure
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/iran (08/07/2012)
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
I would absolutely not cut one penny out of military spending. The only thing the federal government can do that no other level of government can do is protect us. It is the first duty of the president. And we should have all the resources in place to
Military force must be used judiciously and with clear, obtainable objectives understood by Congress.
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
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.
2004: DoD only unofficially supports Boy Scout Jamboree
For 70 years the Boy Scouts have had a Jamboree. Every 4 years, Scouts and their adult leaders gather on the red soil of the US Army's Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia for a 10-day gathering of events
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,
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.
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
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
In 2003, Rick authored and successfully fought for the passage of the "Syria Accountability Act" to combat the terrorist threat posed by Syria. By 2005, Rick was one of our nation's first leaders to understand the threat posed by Iran, so he authored
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
Israel is the United States' closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy and freedom in the region. The tumult in the Middle East has heightened Israel's security problems. Indeed, this is an especially dangerous moment for the Jewish state.
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/israel (08/07/2012)
Let me give our president a primer: Iran, enemy. Israel, friend.
Source: http://www.timesofisrael.com/santorum-to-obama-iran-enemy-israel-friend/ (07/10/2015)
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
It’s difficult to imagine the terror that the people of Israel must live with every day. For Israelis, at any given moment a missile might be detected, rocketing toward a residential neighborhood; a bomber might detonate him or herself in a crowded public
Source: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08 (07/10/2015)
“ISIS didn't come about because of ... the arms that America left behind. ISIS came about because they hate everything that we believe in and we stand for,” Santorum added. “I think the idea that we accept now that this tripe from the left that it’s our
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rick-santorum-slams-rand-paul-isis-id-expect (07/10/2015)
Regarding foreign policy, Perry point blank stated that Obama has refused to acknowledge and call the rise of groups like ISIS, the Taliban and Boko Haram, for what they are. “This is a radical, fanatical, religious-based effort and we’ve got to eliminate
Source: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/12/ (07/10/2015)
The United States must recognize Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for what he is: an unscrupulous dictator, a killer, and a proxy for Iran. For far too long, the Obama administration held out hope that it could negotiate with Assad to stop his violent
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/middle-east (08/07/2012)
GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Friday bashed President Obama's strategy against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as feckless and called to "double or triple" American boots on the ground fighting the terrorist group. "This is a
Source: http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2015/05 (07/10/2015)
The Obama Administration's call for Syrian President Assad to step down is long overdue. President Assad threatens the safety and security not only of the Syrian people, but the entire Middle East. He also supports terrorist organizations Hezbollah and
Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=97144 (07/10/2015)
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
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
No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong
Q: [to Bachmann]: You opposed the US intervention in Libya. If Pres. Obama had taken the same view, Gadhafi would still be in power today.
BACHMANN: I believe that it was wrong for the president to go
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
To begin, anyone tempted to suggest Israel has used a disproportionate amount of force to defend itself needs to remember the origins of this latest round of violence. It’s Hamas that continued to launch rockets, despite Israel’s willingness to discuss
Tell the Palestinians to drop their terror campaign and recognize Israel's right to exist.
Stop the financial and weapons flows to Hamas and Hezbollah
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
We're tying one hand behind our backs; change Afghan rules
HUNTSMAN: [to Santorum] We're at a critical juncture in our country. Our core, our economy, is broken. We're 25% of the world's GDP. The world is a better place when the US is strong. So guiding
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.
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
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,
We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victory
Q: If the security situation were to fall apart in Iraq in 2012 would you support sending US troops back to the region to stabilize the gains made?
SANTORUM: I'm not for taking them out of the
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.
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,
Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007.
Voting YEA on this amendment would establish a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Voting NAY would keep the current situation without a timetable. The amendment states:
The President shall redeploy,
I favor an immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq.
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
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
Afghanistan victory means Taliban is neutered, not wiped out
Q: Would you define victory in Afghanistan?
Santorum: Victory against the Taliban in Afghanistan is that the Taliban is a neutered force. They are no longer a security threat to the Afghan
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_War_+_Peace.htm (11/06/2011)
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.
"It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now. It was not well managed in the -- after the takedown of Saddam Hussein and his military. That was done brilliantly, an extraordinary success. But in the years that
Source: Republican presidential debate in Boca Raton, FL (10/12/2012)
I believe that the Iraqi people must make the decision to do this or not.
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.
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.
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
Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough
Q: How do you prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon?
Gingrich: Every possible aspect short of war of breaking the regime .
Q: Is it worth going to war to prevent that?
Romney: If there's nothing else
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
Texas Governor Rick Perry hasn't yet said whether he's running for president, yet he will announce Monday that if he wins the White House he intends to trash President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran as one of his first official acts.
Source: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-06/ (07/10/2015)
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
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.
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
Work with Israel to take out Iranian nukes by force
Gingrich [to Santorum]: [To avoid Iran gaining a nuclear weapon, we need] first, maximum covert operations, to block and disrupt the Iranian program, including taking out their scientists, including
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
Sanctions against Iran, despite Administration disagreement
Q: Should we launch a military attack against Iran?
SANTORUM: No, we have an opportunity to go after them by using pro-democracy forces outside and within Iran, and to crack down with additional
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
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.
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
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.
Iran is at the heart of the Iraq war
Q: Our ambassador to Iraq has said the principal problem is not foreign terrorists, it’s sectarian violence, Sunni vs. Shiite. This is Shiite vs. Sunni, Iraqi vs. Iraqi. What do you do about that, stay the course?
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.
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
As the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed, the Second Amendment protects one of the American people's most basic and fundamental individual rights: "the Right to Keep and Bear Arms." The Second Amendment is essential to the functioning of our free society.
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/gun-rights (08/10/2012)
Lifetime A+ rating with the NRA; despite trigger lock vote
Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers
Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence
Voted NO on background checks at gun shows
Voted YES on
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2012/Rick_Santorum_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)
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
Individual right to keep and bear arms
Look at state involvement in our individual right to keep and bear arms. At least 40 states have laws on the books allowing their citizens to carry a weapon in some form or another, and many of those have reciprocity
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Gun_Control.htm (07/10/2015)
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
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
"I believe we need to focus on enforcing our current laws rather than creating new laws that burden lawful gun owners. I believe in safe and responsible gun ownership and that anyone who exercises the right to keep and bear arms must do so lawfully and
Source: www.washingtonpost.com (10/12/2012)
Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows
Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks
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.
Opposes restrictions on the right to bear arms.
Perry opposes the CC survey question on right to bear arms
The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This
"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
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.
Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks.
Vote to table [kill] an amendment to make it unlawful for gun dealers to sell handguns without providing trigger locks. Violation of the law would result in civil penalties, such as suspension or revocation of the dealer's license, or a fine.
Q: You voted in support of requiring trigger locks on handguns. You also voted for background checks on firearm purchases made at gun shows. How can you reassure gun owners?
SANTORUM: Both of
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
Voted NO on background checks at gun shows.
Require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)50; N)50; VP decided YES
Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows.
Vote to table or kill a motion
I believe that manufactures and dealers should not be held liable for criminal misuse of firearms by others.
Open markets have helped make America powerful and prosperous. Indeed, they have been one of the keys to our economic success since the country was founded. Approximately 95 percent of the world's consumers live beyond our borders, and selling our world-class
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/trade (08/07/2012)
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record
Ron Paul is a proponent of free trade and rejects protectionism, advocating "conducting open trade, travel, communication, and diplomacy with other nations." He opposes many free trade agreements (FTAs), like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/free-trade (10/31/2011)
Welcome market of united Europe & ever-growing China & India
I see an America where the innovation and hard work of the American people creates still more opportunities, jobs, and wealth. I see a nation that is not cowering to the prospect of a united
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Free_Trade.htm (07/10/2015)
Free trade supports nearly 18 million American jobs, and establishing new lines of trade with international partners represents an enormous well of untapped economic and political goodwill.
95 percent of the world's customers live outside our borders,
Source: jon2012.com/issues/jobs-economy-trade (11/05/2011)
Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority.
Vote to proceed to the bill which establishes negotiating objectives for trade agreements, and renews 'fast track' trade authority for the President, which allows Congress to adopt or to reject a proposed trade agreement, but not to amend it.
"George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton both worked to negotiate and implement the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which went into effect in 1994... All told, these agreements have enabled people across the world to come together and build a
Source: "Mitt Romney's Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth," www.mittromney.com (10/12/2012)
1993: Voted against NAFTA because it hurt PA industries
In perhaps the most important free trade vote of the last generation, Santorum voted against NAFTA in 1993. Days before the vote, he said, "NAFTA will produce pockets of winners and losers across
NAFTA is largest job stimulus of the decade
Rick Perry has a long record of public statements in support of free trade. "NAFTA is the largest job stimulus packet to come along this decade," said then-Agriculture Secretary Perry in 1993, "Instead of building
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.
Pursue New Trade Opportunities, Particularly Across the Pacific
It is in the strategic interest of the United States to reach trade agreements with the world's largest economies that share our values.
Thus, the United States should take the lead in initiating
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
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
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.
SANTORUM: You know, I don't want to go to a trade war. I want to beat China. I want to go war with China and make America the most attractive place in the world to do business, and we need to do that with
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
Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman.
Voted YES on establishing free trade between US & Singapore.
Voted YES on establishing free trade between the US and Chile
Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations
Voted YES on granting normal
Designate China a currency manipulator and impose countervailing duties
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.
Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market.
Resolution supporting sanctions on Japanese products if car parts markets don't open up; and seeking sharp reductions in the trade imbalances in car sales and parts through elimination of restrictive Japanese market-closing practices.
Enforce trade law against subsidized Canadian lumber imports.
Whereas, the US Department of Commerce has determined that the Canadian provinces subsidize lumber production by selling timber
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
Support the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization Negotiations
Although discussions have stalled, the United States should urge completion of the multi-lateral negotiations aimed at promoting free trade between nations of varying prosperity, which will benefit both developed and developing nations.
Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade.
Approves the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States-Free Trade Agreement entered into on August 5, 2005, with the governments of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
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.
Bound under state commitment to CAFTA.
Perry is profiled in ALIPAC report on Governors
States' commitments under CAFTA:
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) compiled a list of the status of each of the 50 states with regards to CAFTA procurement.
I oppose any attempts to create a North American Union and have been working in Congress to stop these plans.
Conclude outstanding Free Trade Agreements: Congress should immediately approve the bilateral free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, which could boost exports by more than $10 billion and create tens of thousands of jobs.
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.
Thus, the United States should take the lead in
Activists and tech companies, and Obama more recently, have pushed for the FCC to regulate ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, which would define ISPs as public utilities.
But ISPs and free market advocates maintain that more competition,
Source: http://watchdog.org/183002/perry-net-neutrality/ (07/10/2015)
ISPs are now regulated under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which allowed phone and cable companies to compete, paving the way for the investment and innovation that made the modern Internet possible.
Activists and tech companies, and Obama more
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
"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).
Balance the budget by growing the economy, controlling spending, implementing money saving reforms, and replacing destructive policies and regulatory agencies with new approaches.
Fundamental reform of entitlement programs with the advice and help of the American people.
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
Two of the first bills Rick sponsored were the "Balanced Budget Amendment" and the "Line Item Veto," because Rick knew the importance of reigning in a government drunk on spending.
Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our
Bankers and politicians have worked hand in hand for many decades to obscure their activities from the public. They hide behind elaborate structures designed to inflate the money supply while creating the false impression that they are looking out for
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/fiat-money-inflation-federal-reserve-2 (10/31/2011)
Supports the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.
Perry signed the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge to limit government
[The Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge is sponsored by a coalition of several hundred Tea Party, limited-government, and conservative organizations].
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Rick_Perry_Budget_+_Economy.htm (07/10/2015)
“I came to the House as a real deficit hawk, but I am no longer a deficit hawk,” said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). “I’ll tell you why. I had to spend the surpluses. Deficits make it easier to say no.”
Source: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/origins-of-the-deficit-2/?_r=0 (07/10/2015)
Balance our budget without raising taxes
We just can't forget that dollars do far more to create jobs and prosperity in the people's hands, than they can in the government's. Taking more money away from Texas families and employers is not the answer
"As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table. President Obama's leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh
Source: "Romney Comes Out in Opposition to Debt-Ceiling-Hike Deal," www.nationalreview.com: (10/11/2012)
Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement upon the conclusion of Sunday evening's meeting between President Obama and Congressional Leadership regarding the nation's debt limit.
"I urge Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell
Source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=98105 (07/10/2015)
No debt-ceiling increase without spending cuts & caps
Holding government accountable and breaking the spend-and-borrow cycle is why I worked with Texas governor Rick Perry to recruit other governors to support the "cut, cap and balance" plan in the debt-ceiling
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
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
For the first time in history, America's credit rating has been downgraded - a direct result of Washington's insatiable appetite for debt and the President's refusal to control spending.
Rick Perry's vision and record stands in stark contrast to that
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
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
Rick Perry is the first Texas governor since World War II to reduce
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
Rick Santorum knew that reforming Congress was a great start, but our nation's entitlement programs were the cancer to the long-term fiscal health of our nation. This is why he was one of the lead sponsors of the landmark 1996 Welfare Reform law that
Entitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them
Q: What programs would you cut for long-term deficit reduction?
PERRY: It's the entitlement programs that are eating up this huge amount of money. When you look at Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security,
"You know, I'm happy to look at a whole range of ideas on how to have greater stability in our currency and in our monetary policies. I know that in the past when we had a gold standard, the idea that somehow it was detached from or free from any interference
Source: The Kudlow Report, available at www.cnbc.com (10/11/2012)
*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.
We must win the battle to control federal spending. At 25 percent of GDP, federal spending is excessive by any standards, unsustainable under any hypothesis, and erodes confidence in the financial management of our nation's government.
Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night
Q: At the previous debate, everyone on stage raised their hand to say they would not have accepted a debt deal that included $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. Would you take
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.
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:
As president, I will veto any unbalanced budget.
Make health insurance more affordable and portable by giving Americans the choice of a generous tax credit or the ability to deduct the value of their health insurance up to a certain amount and by allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines, increasing price competition in the industry.
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/healthcare (10/31/2011)
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.
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/09/2012)
* Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.
* Provide tax credits and deductions for all medical expenses.
* Exempt those with terminal illnesses from the employee portion of payroll taxes while they are suffering from such illnesses or
Source: www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/health-care (10/29/2011)
Repeal and replace Obamacare with a pro-jobs, pro-responsibility health plan that puts doctors and patients in charge of health decisions instead of bureaucrats.
Unfortunately, the transformation in American health care set in motion by Obamacare will take us in precisely the wrong direction. The bill, itself more than 2,400 pages long, relies on a dense web of regulations, fees, subsidies, excise taxes, exchanges,
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/health-care (08/07/2012)
Polls show Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to Obamacare, especially the individual mandate.
The current system is most definitely broken, and it must eventually be abolished if we want to regain both our health and our freedom.
But Obamacare is the worst possible answer. All it does is perpetuate a flawed system by forcing everyone to become
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/health-care (10/31/2011)
If elected, Perry will repeal Obamacare - a misguided, unconstitutional and unsustainable government takeover of our health care that will undermine patient quality, increase red tape and send costs skyrocketing for taxpayers, patients and healthcare providers.
Gov. Huntsman opposes the President's health care overhaul, which includes $1 trillion in new spending and an onslaught of mandates on small businesses. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Obamacare includes "more than 40 provisions
"Romney: Well, I don't want any change to Medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement...
...So what I do in my Medicare plan for younger people coming along is say this, 'We're going to have higher benefits for low income people
Source: interview with Scott Pelley on CBS's 60 Minutes (10/12/2012)
“What we did in our state was this. We said, look, we're finding people that can afford insurance, health insurance, that are going to the hospital and getting the state to pay for them. Taxpayers are picking up hundreds of millions of dollars of costs
Source: Republican Party of Iowa presidential candidate debate in Ames, IA (10/12/2012)
Create more choices in Medicare by giving seniors the option to choose, on a voluntary basis, a more personal system in the private sector with greater options for better care. This would create price competition to lower costs.
Reward quality care by
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
Rick Santorum called for privatizing Medicare without including a public option, as well as abolishing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Santorum has positioned himself to the right of Mitt Romney on Medicare reform. Whereas both Romney
Guarantee that what is taken from taxpayers to pay for Medicare and Medicaid is not raided for other purposes.
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
Cover the sickest with a High Risk Pool set up by each state to cover the uninsured who have become too sick to buy health insurance.
Ensure flexibility to help the uninsured, including public-private partnerships, exchanges, and subsidies.
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
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.
* 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
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
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
Allow purchase of health insurance across state lines.
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.
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.
Reform Medicaid by giving states more freedom and flexibility to customize their programs to suit their needs with a block-grant program similar to the successful welfare reform of 1996. With that block grant, each state can focus on providing the assistance
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
Protect consumers by reinforcing laws which prohibit insurers from cancelling or charging discriminatory rate increases to those who become sick while insured.
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
Encourage states to eliminate the cumbersome insurance regulations that drive costs up and providers out of the market.
Few people realize that Congress forced Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) on us. HMOs rose to prominence through federal legislation, incentives, and coercion.
"I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time my mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a US Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice."
Source: www.mittromney.com (10/11/2012)
Rick Santorum opposed abortion even in cases of rape, saying women should “make the best out of a bad situation.” “GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that
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.
End taxpayer subsidies for abortion by repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" which banned funding to organizations that promote and/or perform abortions overseas. Protect religious expression in the public square such as crosses, crèches and menorahs.
Source: www.newt.org/solutions/protecting-life-and-religious-liberty (11/05/2011)
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
During his time in elected office, Rick Santorum fought for the protection of the most vulnerable in our society. Rick was the author of legislation outlawing the heinous act known as partial-birth abortion and he championed the fight to pass the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act" and the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act."
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.
"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
Rick Santorum signed the Personhood USA pledge. “Santorum, along with Paul, signed the Personhood USA pledge which declares opposition to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger. Even in that instance, the pledge says ‘every
The heated debate about abortion is filled with emotional arguments that usually center on secondary considerations such as sexual morality, religious beliefs, women's rights, or purely on pragmatic reasons: if abortion were made illegal it would still
Source: www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion (10/31/2011)
What became clear during the cloning debate is how the harsh logic of an absolute right to abortion had cheapened the value of human life to the point that rational people saw a human embryo as nothing more than mere research material to be used, and
Source: Associated Press article titled "Romney Wraps Self in Reagan Lingo": (10/12/2012)
He authored legislation to advance adult stem cell research, so that ethical research could take place to fight debilitating diseases without the moral implications associated with embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
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.
"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)
In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, HR 1094.
Rick Santorum opposed the use of contraceptives and wanted to “get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage” as government policy. “Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to
I have also authored HR 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called "population control."
Rick was the author of legislation outlawing the heinous act known as partial-birth abortion and championed the fight to pass the "Born Alive Infant Protection Act."
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."
End taxpayer subsidies for abortion by repealing Obamacare, defunding Planned Parenthood, and reinstating the "Mexico City Policy" which banned funding to organizations that promote and/or perform abortions overseas.
I am opposed to federal abortion funding.
Rick championed the fight to pass the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act."
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)
I am opposed to any federal funds for any form of cloning.
Rick Santorum voted to expand the use of mandatory minimum sentences. “Mandatory minimum sentences in drug crimes have proven to be ineffective and costly. They undermine the very concept of an independent judiciary by forcing judges to give predetermined
We should eradicate all these hate laws. They indicate that some people would receive a different penalty on others.
Reduce frivolous lawsuits that hold up energy production by enacting loser pays laws to force the losers in an environmental lawsuit to pay all legal costs for the other side.
Stop junk lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine with medical malpractice
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
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.
Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray
The American people are fed up with bureaucrats telling them how to live their lives calling the shots on the healthcare insurance they must buy and unspooling more red tape than anyone can
Source: http://www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Principles_+_Values.htm (07/10/2015)
Mitt believes in the rule of law, and he understands that the next president will make nominations that will shape the Supreme Court and the whole of the judiciary for decades to come. He will therefore appoint wise, experienced, and restrained judges
Source: www.mittromney.com/issues/courts-constitution (08/09/2012)
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
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)
"Governor Romney has been a consistent supporter and advocate of the death penalty for convicted killers."
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
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
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
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.
Combat judicial activism by utilizing checks on judicial power Constitutionally available to the elected branches of government.
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
Nominate conservative judges who are committed to upholding Constitutional limited government and understand that the role of the judges is to interpret the law, not legislate from the bench.
Legal reform is an important issue that I place high on the agenda in the 109th Congress, as it is crucial to curb lawsuit abuse. Patients across America are being denied critical health care as doctors and hospitals are closing their doors due to skyrocketing
Stop junk lawsuits that drive up the cost of medicine with medical malpractice reform.
Implement National Tort Reform. End the frivolous lawsuits and excessive non-economic damages that burden American companies with excessive tort costs.
Earmarks seem to be the hot topic this week, and as a fiscal conservative I am dismayed so many people deliberately distort the earmarking process and grandstand to make political points. It is an easy thing to do with earmarks. It takes a little more
Source: www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-16/more-earmarks-less-government (10/31/2011)
Route to success is lower taxes & smaller government
I am proud of what Texas has done in the face of the economic challenges that have gripped our nation in recent years. We know that the route to success is lower taxes, smaller government, and freedom
Source: www.ontheissues.org/2016/Rick_Perry_Principles_+_Values.htm (05/31/2015)
Dodd-Frank created several new "independent" entities, and vested them with effectively unlimited power. Furthermore, it called on new and existing agencies to undertake 243 new rulemakings - something too complicated for them to handle.
Buddy Roemer is committed to fighting the corrupting influences in Wall Street and Washington, ending favors to big donors and the misuse of federal funds to benefit major corporations that take jobs overseas while they evade taxes in America. Campaign
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
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.
The current Administration has overseen an unprecedented expansion of regulatory regimes which are creating uncertainty, choking off investment and hindering our ability to compete in the 21st Century economy.
Governor Huntsman's regulatory reform consists
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.
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,
Dodd-Frank created several new "independent" entities, and vested them with effectively unlimited power. After Dodd-Frank's first anniversary, the agencies had failed to satisfy 80 percent of the law's deadlines. The vast majority of
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
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