| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Scott Walker: I'm proudly pro-life, but focus on fiscal issues.
Rick Perry: More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit.
Rand Paul: Personhood at conception, including embryonic stem cells.
Budget & Economy|
Paul Ryan: Tea Party helps keep the taxpayer in the game.
Paul Ryan: My budget deal got Democrats to agree to long-term sequester.
Paul Ryan: When Fed "tapers", interest rates rise & hurts us fiscally.
Rand Paul: The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it.
Paul Ryan: Sequester on discretionary spending yes; no on $1.2T savings.
Mike Huckabee: Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust.
Colin Powell: We have not yet fully accomplished MLK's dream.
Rand Paul: Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it.
Rob Portman: Change of heart: give gays the joy & stability of marriage.
Scott Walker: Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government.
Mike Huckabee: Axis of evil exists between Washington and Wall Street.
Rick Perry: I think our justice system is color blind.
Rand Paul: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals.
Jeb Bush: No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms.
Jeb Bush: Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom.
Jeb Bush: We test too much; focus on accountability instead.
Rand Paul: Federal student loans are ok, if within spending limits.
Energy & Oil|
Jeb Bush: A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue.
Rand Paul: Hurricane Sandy relief ads were conflict of interest.
Rand Paul: Hurricane recovery money is bankrupting the government.
Mike Bloomberg: Smoking ban has spread from NYC to every big city.
Chris Christie: America should be clear to world about what we stand for.
Colin Powell: Voter ID laws unnecessarily make minority voting harder.
Marco Rubio: Has a concealed weapon permit, but does not carry a weapon.
Marco Rubio: New gun laws are ineffective, so don't pass them.
Mike Bloomberg: 80% of NRA members support background checks.
Mike Bloomberg: Background checks do work, and should be highest priority.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn.
Mike Huckabee: TEFRA model: subsidize extraordinary medical expenses.
Scott Walker: Didn't accept additional Medicaid money from ObamaCare.
Chris Christie: Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange.
Chris Christie: ObamaCare was a mistake; a failed policy from the start.
Rand Paul: ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four.
Jeb Bush: Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction.
Ben Carson: ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery.
Rob Portman: Repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Rand Paul: It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare.
Jon Huntsman: Politics aside, let's see if ObamaCare works or not.
Bill Richardson: ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done.
Paul Ryan: Strategize to delay ObamaCare; don't try for repeal yet.
Mike Bloomberg: Obesity kills more people than smoking; limit portion size.
Paul Ryan: Call for repealing ObamaCare despite lack of votes to do so.
Mike Bloomberg: Large sugary drink rule is portion control, not a ban.
Paul Ryan: Don't expand Medicare & Medicaid; they don't work.
Paul Ryan: Medicare premium support harnesses the power of competition.
Peter King: NSA needs secrecy, and has had no abuses.
Rand Paul: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court.
Peter King: N.S.A. spying has saved thousands of lives.
Peter King: Problem with Snowden leak is lack of presidential leadership.
Paul Ryan: Restrict NSA and surveillance, but don't scrap PATRIOT Act.
Rand Paul: Give trials to Guantanamo detainees.
Rudy Giuliani: It's not ethnic profiling to focus on Muslims.
Rand Paul: Filibuster to establish no drones on citizens in America.
Newt Gingrich: Train women for combat, even if not formally in combat.
Marco Rubio: FactCheck: No MarcoPhones, and no executive DREAMers either.
Marco Rubio: Give kids of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.
Chris Christie: Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system.
Paul Ryan: Step-by-step approach, not a big massive immigration bill.
Rick Perry: Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?
Jeb Bush: FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile.
Marco Rubio: Compare reform to existing situation of 11 million illegals.
Marco Rubio: Green cards after 10 years; secure border; & e-Verify.
Marco Rubio: Border control: 90% apprehension and 100% surveillance.
Marco Rubio: Not amnesty: 15-year wait, plus fee, minus federal benefits.
Rand Paul: Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants.
Jeb Bush: Reform must make it easier to come legally than illegally.
Jeb Bush: People come illegally because there's no legal path to come.
Jeb Bush: My plan is legalization, not self-deportation.
Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
Paul Ryan: Earned legalization while respecting the rule of law.
Paul Ryan: No more unemployment extension after 13th time since 2008.
Rand Paul: Extending unemployment benefits does disservice to workers.
Rand Paul: National Right-to-Work Act: no forced unionization.
Principles & Values|
Chris Christie: Parties should become pragmatic when they are out of power.
Rand Paul: We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have.
Jeb Bush: Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives.
Bobby Jindal: We've got to stop being the stupid party.
Jon Huntsman: No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing.
Mike Bloomberg: To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements.
Paul Ryan: Federal employees pension contributions like private sector.
Rob Portman: Payroll taxes don't pay for the benefits going out.
Paul Ryan: 60% of Americans get more benefits than they pay in taxes.
Jeb Bush: Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package.
Paul Ryan: Are we for more revenues? No, we're not.
Chris Christie: Bridgegate: Staff made some significant mistakes in judgment.
Chris Christie: Fired aides for Bridgegate: traffic jam as retribution.
Rand Paul: Bridgegate is unsettling; government should not bully people.
Rand Paul: 4th Amendment bans NSA from collecting everyone's phone data.
War & Peace|
Chris Christie: Governors shouldn't offer opinions about Syria.
Peter King: Stop being so defensive about drones.
Rand Paul: No involvement in Syria, even if gas attack proven.
Rand Paul: No US interests in either side of Syrian war.
Marco Rubio: Syria: arm rebels last year; now just work with some.
Marco Rubio: New Iranian leader is more moderate but still supports nukes.
Peter King: Assad is evil, but arming rebels brings another dictator.
Rudy Giuliani: Al Qaeda isn't on the run; be more proactive.
Marco Rubio: Goal for Korea: denuclearize the peninsula and to unify it.
Jon Huntsman: North Korea manipulates world to get concessions.
Jeb Bush: Over time, people will respect our resolve in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
Chris Christie: Focus on income inequality drives America toward mediocrity.
Marco Rubio: Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it.
Rand Paul: Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities.