Political positions of Republican candidates, 2008

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The Following is a table which gives a basic overview of the beliefs of a selection of the Republican presidential candidates (including undeclared candidates and candidates with exploratory committees.)

Color Coding[edit]

= Declared Candidates

= Candidates with Exploratory Committees

= Potential candidates (undeclared)

Candidate Breakdown[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Note: The NARAL Rating is a tool used by the "Pro-Choice" camp that gauges how "Pro-Choice" or "Pro-Life" currently elected officials are (logically, the most current ratings would not apply to candidates not currently in office). This measure is taken by a partisan organization and its limitations should be acknowledged as such.

Candidate Basic Beliefs Voting Record/Qualifications NARAL
Rating
Quotes
Sam Brownback official portrait 2 headshot.jpg Sam
Brownback
Is pro-life, and supports a "consistent life ethic." SPONSORED the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1999
0% (Pro-Life)
"Life is worthy of respect and protection from the moment of conception...I believe every life has meaning and purpose, and that the termination of life is taken too lightly in our country today. Abortion ends a human life. It destroys an individual who could have lived, worked, and contributed to our society. And has wiped out nearly an entire generation... I will continue to fight to protect life at every stage. I hope that one day America will remember the value we once placed on human life."[1]
NewtGingrich.jpg Newt
Gingrich
Is pro-life, but is unsure how a ban on abortion should be put into effect.
"I think that abortion should not be legal, and I think that how you would implement that I’m not sure." [2]
Giuliani closeup.jpg Rudy
Giuliani

Beliefs
Is personally against abortion. However, a woman has the right to choose.

Believes that only the Supreme Court can overturn Roe v. Wade

Supports public funding for abortion.[3]

"I hate [abortion] ... However, I believe in a woman's right to choose."[4]

"There must be public funding for abortions for poor women.... We cannot deny any woman the right to make her own decisions about abortion." [3]

Huckabee-SF-CC-024.jpg Mike
Huckabee
Reportedly supports a constitutional amendment banning abortion, but has said he would leave it to the states.
"First of all, it should be left to the states."[5]

"My convictions regarding the sanctity of human life are clear and consistent. They have been articulated as well as formulated into public policy without equivocation or wavering. I often say I did not become pro-life because of politics but rather I became involved in politics in large measure because of my strong pro-life convictions."[6]

DuncanHunter.jpg Duncan
Hunter
Hunter is adamantly pro-life, and believes that abortion should be banned through a Constitutional amendment. Has sought to implement the 14th amendment to humans in all states of life.
0% (Pro-life)
"Our greatest obligation as elected leaders is to protect the American people, especially those who are incapable of protecting themselves." [7]
John McCain official photo portrait-cropped.JPG John
McCain
Is pro-life, with rape and incest exceptions.
0% (Pro-life)
"I don't think a constitutional amendment is probably going to take place.... Just as I believe that the issue of gay marriage should be decided by the states, so do I believe that we would be better off by having Roe v. Wade return to the states." [8]
Romney1.JPG Mitt
Romney
While originally supporting abortion, Romney became pro-life in 2004. Opposes constitutional amendment banning abortion. Says to let the states decide.
"My own view is that abortion is not right. But states should be able to make their own decisions rather than have a single pronouncement by the federal government."[9]

"Life, from a scientific standpoint, begins at conception. I don’t know when the soul, if you’re religious, when the soul enters the body. My church doesn’t teach that by the way, doesn’t have an opinion on it. So I don’t know when it does."[10]

"I believe women should have the right to make their own choice." [11]

Tom Tancredo, official Congressional photo cropped.jpg Tom
Tancredo
Believes in passing a constitutional amendment banning abortion, while pulling in the power of the judiciary. Is in favor of legislation requiring parental notification when a minor seeks an abortion. VOTED FOR the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.
Voted AGAINST human embryonic stem cell research.[12]
0% (Pro-Life)
"As a devout Christian, father, and grandfather, I am a strong believer in the right to life for the unborn child. For years, activist judges have undermined life. As president, I would stop this by appointing strict constructionists as judges, reining in the power of the judiciary, and supporting constitutional amendments that respect life."[13]
Fred Thompson-cropped.jpg Fred
Thompson
Opposes a human life amendment.[14] Believes that Roe v. Wade should be addressed by good judges.[15] VOTED FOR the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1999.
"The Roe v. Wade decision is bad law and bad medical science."[15]

"I believe that government should not interfere with individual convictions and actions in this area." [16]

"I do not believe that the federal government ought to be involved in that process....I think when you get right down to the question that you’ve posed, should the government come in and criminalize, let’s say, a young girl and her parents and her doctor--which, as aiders and abettors, that would be involved--I think not."[17]

  • Ron Paul supports life and opposes abortion. He believes the states should be allowed to pass laws governing abortion.

Immigration[edit]

The ABI rating is a rating given by an organization called Americans For Better Immigration, that "lobbies Congress for reductions in immigration numbers." and gauges how politicians currently in office have voted in accordance with their position. This measure is taken by a partisan organization and its limitations should be acknowledged as such.

Candidate Basic Beliefs Voting Record/Qualifications ABI rating Quotes
Sam Brownback official portrait 2 headshot.jpg Sam
Brownback
D (23%)
NewtGingrich.jpg Newt
Gingrich
Believes that America should secure her borders, and opposes amnesty. Also believes that business who hire illegal aliens should be punished by a fine.
"Along with total border control, we must make it easier for people who enter the United States legally, to work for a set period of time, obey the law, and return home. The requirements for participation in a worker visa program should be tough and uncompromising. The first is essential: Everyone currently working in the United States illegal must return to their home country to apply for the worker visa program. Anything less than requiring those who are here illegally to return home to apply for legal status is amnesty, plain and simple."
Giuliani closeup.jpg Rudy
Giuliani

Beliefs
New York City is currently a "sanctuary city".
Huckabee-SF-CC-024.jpg Mike
Huckabee
Huckabee opposes amnesty to immigrants and supports the construction of a fence between the United States and Mexico. He says that law-abiding and tax-paying illegal immigrants should be allowed to choose between deportation and a rigorous citizenship process.."[18]
"We need to know who is coming into our country, where they are going, and why they are here. We need to create a process to allow people to come here to do the jobs - plucking chickens, tarring roofs, picking fruits - that are going unfilled by our citizens. Besides stopping terrorists, we must weed out those with a criminal background or a communicable disease. We have to build a fence along our border with Mexico, parts of which will be electronic. We need more well-trained border agents and cooperation agreements with local and state law enforcement officials, so that we have a clear and consistent approach by all jurisdictions.".."[18]
DuncanHunter.jpg Duncan
Hunter
As a Representative from California, Hunter has taken strong positions on border security and is against illegal immigration. Strong advocate of the double fence along the border parallel to San Diego, which drastically reduced crime in San Diego.
A+ (97%)
John McCain official photo portrait-cropped.JPG John
McCain
Believes in giving illegal aliens a 'path to citizenship'. However, after being grilled with questions about immigration during campaign stops, is considering a "new position". Is currently writing the Kennedy-McCain Bill which would provide illegal aliens a 'path to citizenship'. Critics have called this bill an 'amnesty bill'.
D (24%)
Romney1.JPG Mitt
Romney
Supports Border Fence and stationing of National Guard troops there. Would penalize employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
Tom Tancredo, official Congressional photo cropped.jpg Tom
Tancredo
Tom Tancredo adamantly opposes immigration reform and supports immigration inforcement. He is against amnesty for illegal aliens, believing that amnesty is a "slap in the face" to legal immigrants who go through the immigration process legally. Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should be fined. He also believes that securing our border will secure America and her sovereignty. WROTE H.R. 946, which would place severe restrictions on immigration until the number of illegal immigration is less than 10,000.

WROTE , H.CON.RES.37 calling for the pardon of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean.

A+ (97%)
Fred Thompson-cropped.jpg Fred
Thompson
Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)

Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

  • Ron Paul believes we must secure our borders now and that a nation without secure borders is no nation at all. He thinks it is senseless to fight terrorists abroad when our own front door is left unlocked.

War on Terror[edit]

Candidate Basic Beliefs Voting Record/Qualifications
Quotes
Sam Brownback official portrait 2 headshot.jpg Sam
Brownback
NewtGingrich.jpg Newt
Gingrich
Believes that the War on Terror is part of a larger conflict with an "irreconcilable wing of Islam"[19]
Believes that the size of intelligence operations are at least 1/3 of what they should be.[20]
"This wing of Islam, and its adherents and recruits, are irreconcilable because they cannot peacefully coexist with the civilized world"
"The sobering reality is that terrorist leaders are determined to kill Americans and destroy our government and culture."[20]
Giuliani closeup.jpg Rudy
Giuliani

Beliefs
As Mayor, personally oversaw and coordinated New York City's handling and response to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, widely considered the first major battle in America's War on Terror.
Huckabee-SF-CC-024.jpg Mike
Huckabee
Huckabee believes that the War in Iraq is an "ideological war on terror". He supports troop surges as opposed to troop withdrawal.[21]
"I am focused on winning. Withdrawal would have serious strategic consequences for us and horrific humanitarian consequences for the Iraqis. If we leave, Iraq’s neighbors on all sides will face a refugee crisis and be drawn into the war"[21]

"[Those who support withdrawal] are Monday morning quarterbacking when it’s only halftime."

DuncanHunter.jpg Duncan
Hunter
Believes that intelligence agencies must be given the proper resources to protect America.[22] Was the Charmain of the House Committee of the Armed forces from 2003-2007
John McCain official photo portrait-cropped.JPG John
McCain
Former Vietnam P.O.W.
Romney1.JPG Mitt
Romney
Supportive of decision to invade Iraq. Critical of the handling of the war. Has recently said he will back a classified timeline of troop withdrawal.
Tom Tancredo, official Congressional photo cropped.jpg Tom
Tancredo
The War on Terror is a war of ideology between Western Civilization and Islamism.
"We are, I believe, in a clash of civilizations"[23]
"The clash of civilizations is not with the religion of Islam, but with the Islamic religion that has been married to a political philosophy that says that all nonbelievers must be annihilated, abolished, eliminated. It is with people who have openly and repeatedly stated that their desire is to kill you and your children, me and my children, to eradicate us from the planet because we do not accept their political and religious ideaologies."[24]
Fred Thompson-cropped.jpg Fred
Thompson
Studies national security and intelligence (China, North Korea, and Russia) for the American Enterprise Institute.[25]
  • Ron Paul opposes the continued occupation of Iraq. He believe the military actions were not approved by Congress as a declaration of war and are unconstitutional.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Issues". Brownback.com. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Exclusive "American View" Interview: Newt Gingrich On Abortion, Homosexuality, Biblical Government; Rejects "Narrow" View Of Our Founders". The American View. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "CNN.com - CNN Political Ticker". CNN. 
  4. ^ "A Rudy Awakening", Time, February 19, 2007, pp. 42-43.
  5. ^ An Interview With Governor Mike Huckabee Of Arkansas - Right Wing News (Conservative News and Views)
  6. ^ "Mike Huckabee On The Issues- Sanctity of Life". ExploreHuckabee.com. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  7. ^ Hunter Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Unborn - Press release, January 22, 2007
  8. ^ McCain: Homosexuality not a 'defect' or 'sin'
  9. ^ Sacramento Bee, March 15, 2007
  10. ^ Governor Mitt Romney, speaking in Washington, January 26, 2006
  11. ^ Fox News: Transcript: Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney on 'FNS', February 27, 2006.
  12. ^ Tom Tancredo on the Issues
  13. ^ http://teamtancredo.org/issues.php#socialissues
  14. ^ From the Courthouse
    to the White House
  15. ^ a b "Transcript:' Former Sen. Fred Thompson on 'FOX News Sunday". Fox News. March 11, 2007. 
  16. ^ National Review, July 06, 2000
  17. ^ WEDF-TV debate, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  18. ^ a b Mike Huckabee for President
  19. ^ http://newt.org/backpage.asp?art=2645
  20. ^ a b Gingrich, Newt (2005). Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract With America. Regnery Publishing. p. 271. 
  21. ^ a b Mike Huckabee for President
  22. ^ The Official Site of Duncan Hunter for US President in 2008 | The War On Terror
  23. ^ http://teamtancredo.org/issues.php#defense
  24. ^ Tancredo, Tom (2006). In Mortal Danger. pg. 66: WND Books. p. 224. 
  25. ^ "AEI - Scholars & Fellows". American Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 2007-03-24.