| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Jerry Brown: Fiscal discipline is fundamental to a free society.
James Webb: Evolution on gay marriage has been good for the country.
Carly Fiorina: Women professionals are not treated the same as men.
Jerry Brown: 40 years ago, wording didn't exist to talk about gay rights.
Marco Rubio: Balance gay anti-discrimination with religious rights.
Rand Paul: Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden.
Cory Booker: MLK's dream still demands work to do, after 50 years.
Scott Walker: Put power into hands of job creators, and job growth results.
James Webb: If you've got capital, you're feeling pretty good.
Bernie Sanders: Americans want change: corporations get rich & people don't.
Ben Carson: Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common.
Ben Carson: Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness.
Deval Patrick: Police & black people often don't understand each other.
Rand Paul: Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them.
Rand Paul: Let convicted felons regain the right to vote.
Rick Perry: Death penalty is appropriate for those who kill cops or kids.
Rick Perry: Don't apply one-size-fits-all to state's death penalties.
Cory Booker: Bipartisan solution to reduce recidivism.
Bill Clinton: Medical marijuana ok; leave recreational pot to the states.
Energy & Oil|
Carly Fiorina: Pass the Keystone Pipeline even if Obama vetoes it.
Families & Children|
Rand Paul: Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala.
Mitt Romney: Impact of same-sex marriage on kids won't be known for years.
Marco Rubio: Cuba embargo was designed to protect American companies.
James Webb: We need a clearly articulated doctrine for the Mideast.
James Webb: Arab Spring: stay out if no Americans at risk.
Ben Carson: US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world.
Marco Rubio: Putin wants to reconstitute Russian power & Russian prestige.
Marco Rubio: The Russian government is a government of liars,.
Mitt Romney: Russia & China waster $50B on Olympics; should be $3B.
Jack Reed: Suspend aid to Egypt while military crushes protestors.
Howard Schultz: Bring manufacturing back, even at cost to bottom line.
Mike Rounds: America is not broken, but Washington is.
Bernie Sanders: Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy.
Deval Patrick: ObamaCare is interconnected with debt and other problems.
Carly Fiorina: Repeal ObamaCare; it's vast legislative overreach.
Carly Fiorina: Competitive insurance market instead of crony capitalism.
Mike Rounds: Remove medical devices tax & payment advisory board.
Scott Walker: No Medicaid expansion means no waiting list for poor.
Ben Carson: ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life.
Howard Schultz: Imagine if politicians lived by "Honor, country, and duty".
Howard Schultz: Volunteer army means 98% of us have no skin in the game.
Bill Clinton: On Benghazi: No outrage when 10 were killed under Bush.
Rand Paul: Multiple requests for security at Benghazi were ignored.
Rand Paul: Benghazi disqualifies Hillary from the presidency.
Newt Gingrich: Snowden should be tried as a felon for releasing secrets.
Richard Durbin: $48M to protect US Embassies around the world.
Carly Fiorina: Pass immigration reform in a series of bills.
Paul Ryan: Send illegal immigrant kids back to Central America.
Rand Paul: Status quo is untenable; we must do some sort of reform.
Rand Paul: Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship.
Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome.
Richard Durbin: Immigration reform bill makes America safer.
Rick Perry: Focus on maximizing wages, not the minimum wage.
Rob Portman: Opposed unemployment extension as unpaid-for, & needs reform.
Cory Booker: 1/3 of all NJ development is in Newark, where only 3% live.
Principles & Values|
Gwen Graham: The North Florida way: compromise when you don't agree.
Scott Walker: I won with independents' and young people's votes.
Bill Clinton: Clintons were millions in debt when leaving White House.
James Inhofe: Flying is his passion, but lost his son in plane accident.
Richard Durbin: Simpson-Bowles got it right. put everything on the table.
Mitch McConnell: Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral.
John Hickenlooper: $5 trillion of tax cuts to the wealthy is not the answer.
Rand Paul: 5% tax on overseas profits & put it all into infrastructure.
War & Peace|
James Webb: Iraq invasion empowered Iran & led to sectarian violence.
James Webb: Anti-ISIS alliances are fluid; we've trained some ISIS.
Bill Clinton: ISIS would not be in Iraq if we had not invaded.
Rand Paul: ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest.
Rand Paul: Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos.
Mitt Romney: ISIS: bad things happen as a result of inaction.
Mitt Romney: Leave 20,000 US troops in Iraq as an ongoing presence.
Peter King: ISIS creates a privileged sanctuary from which to attack US.
Rick Santorum: Obama left Iraq because it was politically popular to do so.
Tom Udall: Chemical weapons are despicable, but avoid Syrian civil war.
Lindsey Graham: Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it.
Tom Cotton: Jihadists attack us for who we are.
Welfare & Poverty|
Paul Ryan: Switch from poverty management to get people out of poverty.
Paul Ryan: Customize benefits for each person, run by the states.
Paul Ryan: End dependency culture; end disincentives to work.