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The Republican candidates on the issues

Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012

Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 17:08

  The Candidates        
 
The Issues Rick Santorum Rick Perry Newt Gingrich Mitt Romney Ron Paul
Gay Rights Strong supporter of "Defense of Marriage Act," against same-sex marriages. Strong supporter of "Defense of Marriage Act" and against same-sex marriage. Against same-sex marriage. Against same-sex marriage; promoted gay rights until 2004. States decide on same-sex marriage, personally believes in traditional marriage.
Education Repeal No Child Left Behind, strong supporter of voucher, states-rights system. Repeal No Child Left Behind, strong supporter of voucher, states-rights system. Pell-grant style system for K-12 students, pay-performance for teachers, shrink Federal Department of Education and reform it to be a research organization, let states manage system. Wants to give U.S. vouchers for public and private schools to families. Eliminate Department of Education, switch to an entirely state-managed system.
Health Care Repeal Obamacare. Medical liability reform, block funding to states for Medicare, "free marketplace" of insurers across state lines. Repeal Obamacare. Medical liability reform, block funding to states for Medicare, "free marketplace" of insurers across state lines. Repeal Obamacare. Vouchers for Americans to purchase private healthcare, medical malpractice lawsuit reform. Repeal Obamacare, Reform Medicaid into a federal block grant administered by the states. Repeal Obamacare, insurance sales should be legalized across state lines, tort reform, 100% tax credit for medical expenses for Americans, against national database of personal healthcare information.
Taxes/Economy Reduce income tax into two brackets: 10% and 28%, eliminate death tax, lower capital gains tax to 12%, cut corporate income tax to 17.5%, eliminate corporate income tax for American manufacturers, increase Research & Development Tax credit to 20%. "Balanced budget" amendment to cap spending at 18% of G.D.P. Wants to pass a 20% flat rate for all taxpayers, with an option to either pay 20% or remain under the current system. Eliminate social security benefits tax, death tax, and "corporate and special interest" tax loopholes. Wants to reduce corporate income tax to 20%, "Balanced Budget" amendment for Congress. Eliminate capital gains tax, death tax, and reduce corporate income tax to 12.5%. Supports 15% flat tax for all Americans. Repeal Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Act. Eliminate taxes on interest, dividends, capital gains, and the estate tax. Wants a "lower and flatter" tax rate that would include more low-income participation while reducing the maximum contributions for the middle class and wealthy. Cap spending at 20% of G.D.P., cut non-security spending by 5%, "Balanced Budget" amendment for Congress. Wants to pass a 20% flat rate for all taxpayers, with an option to either pay 20% or remain under the current system. Eliminate social security benefits tax, death tax, and "corporate and special interest" tax loopholes. Wants to reduce corporate income tax to 20%, "Balanced Budget" amendment for Congress. Eliminate Department of Commerce.
Immigration Supports increased border security, border fence construction, etc. Supports increased border security, border fence construction, etc. Increase resources and security for border enforcement, wants to expand visas for foreign college graduates in U.S., especially in the math, science, or engineering fields. Raise number of visas for those with degrees in math, science, or engineering; Give green cards to foreign math, science, and engineering grads in the U.S. Supports strong border controls, no amnesty, and an end to birthright citizenship.

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