Issues Comparison of Republican Candidates for President, 2012
And also Obama. Source is OnTheIssues.org unless otherwise linked.

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1(total opposition) to 5(total support)

Candidate (sort alphabetical)
Daniels
Paul
Romney
Cain   X
Gingrich
Johnson
Huckabee
Trump
Palin
Karger   X
Martin
Pawlenty
Christie
Santorum
Roemer
Bachmann
Huntsman
Giuliani
Bolton
Obama
Running For Office 1 5 5 1 5 1 1 1 1 5 5 1 1 5 4 1 1 1 2 5
Social
Gun Control 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 3 1 2 4 1 5 1 1 3 1 4
Net Neutrality - 1 - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - 1 - - - 5
Mandated Health Insurance - 1 4 1 1 1 2 5 1 - 4 2 - 1 - 1 4 1 1 5
Legal Abortion 2 1 2 1 4 4 1 1 1 5 4 2 2 1 4 1 1 5 - 5
Stem Cell Research 1 1 1 - - 1 3 - 1 - - - 1 1 1 1 - 4 - 5
Gay Marriage/Unions 3 3 2 1 3 4 2 4 2 5 - 2 4 2 3 1 3 4 5 4
Don't Ask Don't Tell 3 2 3 3 4 1 4 1 3 1 - 5 - 5 - - - 3 1 1
Affirmative Action 1 1 2 2 2 - 1 - - - - - - 4 5 - - 3 - 5
Death Penalty 5 1 4 - 4 - 5 5 4 - - - - 5 4 - 4 5 - 3
Hate Crime distinction - 1 2 - - - 1 5 1 - - - - 2 - 1 - - - 5
Ex-Con Rehabilitation 4 3 - - - - 3 - - - - 2 - 2 - 4 - - - 4
Gender Equal Pay - 2 - - - - - - 5 - - - - - - - - - - 5
War on Drugs - 1 4 - 5 1 4 - 5 - 1 4 5 4 3 1 4 - - 4
Legal Marijuana - 5 2 1 - 5 5 - 2 4 5 - 4 - 4 - 2 - - -
School Vouchers 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 1 - - - 4 5 - 4 5 5 - 2
Alternative Schools 5 4 5 3 5 - 5 - 5 - - - - 5 - - 5 5 - 5
No Child Left Behind - - 5 1 - - - - 3 - - - - - 5 1 1 1 - 3
Foreign
War on Terror - 1 5 2 5 2 5 3 5 2 3 - - 5 - 4 2 5 - 2
Trade with China - 5 4 2 3 - 2 2 3 - - 5 - 4 3 - 4 - - 4
Free Trade Agreements - 1 4 3 3 - 5 2 3 - - 5 - 5 4 4 5 5 - 4
US Support for Israel - 1 5 5 - - - - 5 5 - - - 5 - - - - 4 4
Libyan No-Fly Zone - 1 4 1 - 1 - - - 5 - - - 5 5 - 2 - - 5
Money
Stimulus Spending - 1 2 1 1 1 3 - 1 - - 2 - 1 - 4 2 2 - 5
Fossil Fuel Subsidies - 2 5 2 2 - 5 - 5 - - - 5 5 - 5 1 5 - 1
Green Energy Subsidies - 2 5 - 2 4 5 - 5 5 - 4 4 2 2 5 1 5 - 5
Green Regulation Generally - 1 3 1 2 - 5 - 1 - 2 1 2 1 4 1 - - - 4
Tax Cuts Generally 5 5 5 5 5 - 3 3 5 - - 5 5 4 2 5 5 - - 1
Gas Taxes 1 1 2 - 2 - 5 - - - - 2 - - - - - - - -
Internet Sales Tax 5 - - - - 1 5 - - - - - - 1 - - - 1 - -
Income/Payroll Tax Cuts 5 5 5 5 4 - 5 3 - - - 5 5 5 3 5 3 - - 1
Corporate Taxes 1 - 1 1 - - - - - - - 1 - 1 - - 3 1 - 5
Corporate Bailouts - 1 1 - 1 - - - 4 - - - - - 1 1 1 - 1 5
Higher Minimum Wage - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - 1 - - - 5
Social Security Cost Cuts - 5 4 - 4 3 4 - - - - - - 4 3 - 3 4 - 1
Weflare Programs Generally - 1 1 - 1 1 - 2 3 - - - 2 1 - 1 - 3 - 5
Civics
Earmarks - 1 - - - 1 2 - 2 - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
Campaign Finance Limits 1 1 1 - 1 - 4 3 4 - - - - 1 5 - - 5 - 5
Require ID to Vote - 4 - - - - - - - - - - - 5 - - - - - -
Official Language: English - 5 5 - - - - - - - - - - 5 - 5 - 4 - 1
Amnesty for Illegals - 1 1 1 2 4 1 1 2 3 - - 4 1 - 1 3 2 - 4
Border Fence/Wall - 4 5 - - 1 5 - - - - - - 5 - - 1 5 - 5
Foiler
Creationism in Schools - 4 - - - - - - 4 - - - - 4 2 - - - - -
Federal Reserve Illegal - 5 1 - - 3 - - - - - - - 3 - - - - - -
USA Complicit in 9/11 - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1 - -
Obama Birth Doubt - 1 - - - - - 5 - - 5 - - - - 2 - - - 1
Osama Death Doubt - 4 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Confederate Sympathies - 5 - - - - 5 - - - - - - - - - - - - 1
Belief in ETs in UFOs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Completeness of Data (%) 3291592251426336592016322848405328511283
Area of Expertise
Corporate Executive
Medical (OB/GYN)
Venture Capitalism
CEO, Radio Host
History (Ph.D.)
Construction
Baptist Theology
Real Estate, Celebrity
Hunting, the Outdoors
Gay (GLBTQ) Activist
Middle East Politics
Lawyer, Tech Business
Criminal Prosecutor
Firm Lawyer
Philosophy Professor
Pro-Life Activist, IRS
International Trade
Crime, WTC bombing
Lawyer, Diplomat
Taught Constitutional Law

There are 28 other possible or rumored candidates: Sharon Angle X, Joe Arpaio X, Haley Barbour X, Micheal Bloomberg X, Scott Brown X, Jeb Bush X, Eric Cantor X, Dick Cheney X, Bob Corker X, John Cornyn, Charlie Crist X, Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint X, John Ensign X, Luis Fortuno X, Tim Gay, Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg X, Charles Harvey , Bobby Jindal X, Steve King X, Stanley McChrystal, Thad McCotter X, Bob McDonnall X, Jimmy McMillan X, Tom Miller X, Roy Moore X, Carl Paladino, George Pataki X, Rand Paul X, Mike Pence X, Rick Perry X, David Petraeus X, Bob Riley X, Wayne Allyn Root X, Marco Rubio X, Becky Rusher X, Paul Ryan X, Mark Sanford X, Joe Scarborough, Gary Sinise, Clarence Thomas, John Thune X, Allen West X, Meg Whitman, Vern Wuensche X


^ Even the Draft Cheney 2012 website says "He is not running for President or any other office."  X
^ Andy Martin calls himself "a strong supporter of the War on Terror" X but wants to bring US troops home from Iraq. X Whether his score is a 2 or a 5 depends on whether or not Iraq is part of the War on Terror, itself a point of political contention. I split the difference and gave him a 3.
^ Obama supports the 2nd Amendment at the federal level, but supports the rights of state and local governments to pass local gun bansX.
^ Ron Paul said, "I think we’re much better off talking to the Chinese and trading with the Chinese, and they have an interest in staying peaceful with us, as we have an interest on them". I think that says it all. X
^ Ron Paul supports free trade, but opposes massively international free trade agreements such as the WTO or NAFTA on the basis that the mandate that we provide free trade removes the freedom of our choice and, thus, erodes our sovereignty. X He wants to reform that system and establish direct free trade agreements with specific countries on a one-on-one basis, but the political issue of free trade agreements as is typically meant by the term means the kinds of international bureaucracies Paul opposes. His position is a little too nuanced for my 1-5 rating system, but he does oppose the kinds of free trade agreements we actually make these days so he gets a 1 (strongly opposed).
^ Mitt Romney advocated for a health care mandate for Massachusetts while he was governor, but he opposes a nation-wide system on the basis of states' rights.
^ Mitt Romney opposed the 50˘ per gallon gas tax increase attached to a McCain-Lieberman billX, but he effectively raised gas taxes by 2˘ per gallon during his governorship and keeps them on the table during bipartisan negotiationsX.
^ Mitt Romney has consistently supported some action in Libya and just as consistently criticized Obama's specific choices X. His principles for how Obama should have preceded have been less consistent X.
^ Rick Santorum opposes abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and even considers Plan-B (the morning-after pill) to be immoral abortion. He does support an exception to save the mother's life. He also supports the mandatory notification of the parents of minors who cross state lines for an abortion.X He would probably consider embryonic stem cell research to be unethical human experimentation.
^ Rick Santorum voted against a proposed ban on affirmative action in 1995 X.
^ Rick Santorum actually favors the repeal of Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell to be replaced with a policy of punishing homosexual sexual behavior by soldiers X. He considers tolerance of homosexuality among soldiers to be a social experiment at the expense of national security and soldiers' safety X.
^ Rick Santorum twice voted against expanding the definition of a hate crime, once in 2000 X and once in 2002 X.
^ Rick Santorum considers school vouchers to be giving the poor the same education options the rich already enjoy X. He has voted in support of charter schools and school vouchers X.

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