It is not the easiest thing in the world to find out where all the GOP candidates stand on the issues of the day. Heck, for that matter it’s not entirely easy to find out where any one candidate in particular stands on an issue, what with all the last minute conversions to far right ideology taking place. Since I believe it would be absolutely the worst possible thing for this country to elect as President who believes the way George W. Bush believes, I decided to compile a one-stop shopping list for all those interested in finding out just how the GOP candidates feel about certain issues.
Rudy Giuliani: Says he is pro-choice, but has been inching toward stricter regulations.
John McCain: Tough to tell. Definitely pro-life, but has publicly committed on various occasions to a willingness to overturn Roe v. Wade except in cases of incest or rape, while at other times has said he has no desire to see Roe v. Wade repealed. On the other hand, he has said he would make abortion a litmus test for judicial appointments. Gotta figure if you are a woman, you don’t want to trust him to keep his hands off your body.
Mitt Romney: Used to be fervently pro-choice until he had a change of heart. Now says he opposes abortion, but won’t try to repeal Roe v. Wade. Unless, of course, he has another change of heart.
Fred Dalton Thompson: As a Senator he voted to ban partial birth abortions, and voted to maintain a ban on allowing abortions on military bases.
Conclusion: A vote for any of these men would be like a vote for a third term in office for Bush.
Rudy Giuliani: Gun owners should be required to take a written test. No word yet on what the test would entail. Has expressed little interest in banning the most dangerous types of weapons.
John McCain: Voted against the Brady Bill. Voted against requiring a background check to purchase a gun at a gun show. Voted against a bill that would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against gun manufacturers. Is on record as saying that guns are no more dangerous than violent web sites and video games.
Mitt Romney: Supports ban on assault weapons and the Brady Bill.
Fred Dalton Thompson: A real law & order guy. Voted against making background checks and license laws tougher. Voted against increasing penalties for those who use guns during a crime.
Conclusion: If you vote for these guys, we might just enjoy the spectacle of another Vice-President shooting a man in the face while in office.
Rudy Giuliani: Considers the answer to our pressing energy needs and the inescapable truth that there will continue to be less oil can be found by dipping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
John McCain: All over the place. While he voted against drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Preserve in Alaska, he voted against a mandatory reduction in oil drilling by 45% by 2025. He says he is for strengthening clean air and water regulations, but sides with Bush in opposing the Kyoto Protocol. In his defense, McCain voted against Bush’s thoroughly inane and pointless Energy Policy.
Mitt Romney: Wants to get into pristine Alaskan wilderness and turn it into a gigantic oily mess. His answer to the energy crisis is to stick with what we know: increasing profits for Exxon and the rest.
Fred Dalton Thompson: For some bizarre reason justifies destroying the beauty of the Alaskan preserve as a means of increasing security against terrorists. If you can get your head around that one, more power to you. Dalton Thompson is also one of the few candidates Republican or otherwise who still puts his faith in nuclear power plants.
Conclusion: Visit Alaska now because if these guys get in, it will be good only for enjoying a Starbucks size mug of Texas Tea.
Rudy Giuliani: Posits the novel notion that while terrorism had been building for many years before it exploded on 9/11, US policy had nothing to do with the festering anger of Islamic radicals. Apparently, terrorism is formed in a vacuum. Is almost as committed to the Patriot Act as Pres. Bush. Has delivered no real plan on how to protect Americans other than to say that Democrats can’t do it as well as Republicans. The key thing to remember about Rudy Giuliani as he relates to homeland security is that one of his first acts as Mayor was to centralize all emergency services in New York City to the same World Trade Center that had been attacked by terrorists shortly before he was elected. Not only did he move the headquarters of emergency response to the only building that had ever been successfully targeted by foreign terrorists, but he also refused to upgrade the equipment that had failed during the response to the first attack on the World Trade Center; equipment that failed once again. Rudy has staked his claim on being a hero of 9/11 when, in fact, his irresponsible policy decisions contributed to their being more deaths than necessary.
John McCain: Voted in favor of Patriot Act and all its reauthorizations. Voted yes on all illegal wiretapping provisions of the Patriot Act. Has supported Pres. Bush unquestioningly every time it is revealed he has violated the rights of Americans.
Mitt Romney: On record as supporting eavesdropping on all Muslim immigrants whether they have been found to have any ties to terrorism or not. Supports Patriot Act and the illegal spying programs of Pres. Bush. Infamously made his support of torture known.
Fred Dalton Thompson: Sadly, he still believes that Reagan’s Star Wars program is the answer to our homeland security problems.
Conclusion: Be careful about what you rent, which web sites you visit, and what you say on your cell phone should these guys get into the Oval Office. Bush III here we go.
Rudy Giuliani: Believes that the real obstacle to educating our children isn’t lack of funding or not paying teachers well enough to attract the best and the brightest, but is instead…unions and special interests. Not really sure what he means by that, exactly, but there it is. The fact that Pres. Bush cut funding for his own precious No Child Left Behind program (remember, now, that when he first arrived in office, Bush touted himself as the Education President) as well as every other education program apparently isn’t nearly as important as the fact that these unnamed special interest groups are taking over our schools. Also approves the school voucher concept.
John McCain: Famous for his sound bite that good teachers should be paid more than bad lawyers, but has done nothing to make this a reality. Believes that local school boards should decide on whether evolution is taught. (Wow!) Believes that virtues should be taught in school; has defined whose virtues should be taught.
Mitt Romney: Believes the Department of Education should be abolished. Believes religion and prayer should be kept out of school, but morals should be taught. Like McCain, is fuzzy on whose morals should be taught. Big proponent of replacing underperforming schools with charter schools.
Fred Dalton Thompson: Approve the spending of 75 million dollars to each abstinence in schools. Wonder how that’s working out. Voting against class reduction bill. Primary answer to nation’s education problem lies in implementing voucher programs and Education Savings Accounts.
Conclusion: 1 plus 1 equals status quo.
Rudy Giuliani: Still waiting. We do know he absolutely opposes mandatory guaranteed health coverage for all Americans, an idea supported by the vast majority of Americans.
John McCain: Supports expanding health insurance to cover 11 million children. Voted to increase Medicare rebate for producing generic drugs. Supports increasing taxes on cigarettes to fund health care programs. Believes that patients should have the right to choose any doctor they want if they are willing to pay more for that right.
Mitt Romney: One of the few Republicans who seem to understand that we are the only country in the world that doesn’t believe the government has a stake in keeping its citizens healthy. Good for him.
Fred Dalton Thompson: Opposes the rights of Americans to save considerable money by purchasing medication from Canada. Also voted to restrict the rights of Americans to sue HMOs for making medical mistakes that ruined their lives. And, finally, this Senator who enjoyed one of the most enviable prescription drug programs in the world voted against including prescription drugs under Medicare.
Conclusion: Only Romney gets it.
Rudy Giuliani: Still waiting.,
John McCain: Voted in favor of lockbox. Voted in favor of allowing deductions of Social Security on income taxes. Believes people should be allowed to invest privately.
Mitt Romney: Still waiting.
Fred Dalton Thompson: Pretty much a clone of McCain.
Conclusion: If you are a young voter, don’t get your hopes of ever seeing a Social Security check.
The Most Important Quotes You Need to Know.
Rudy Giuliani: “Thank God that George Bush is our president, and thank God that Dick Cheney, a man with his experience and his knowledge and his strength and his background, is our vice president.”
John McCain: “While Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences, he deserves Americans’ respect and gratitude for his many years of public service.” (He amended this view slightly a little later when decided that this man who deserves your respect will go down in history as the worst Secretary of Defense ever.)
Mitt Romney: “We wouldn’t be in the conflict we’re in if Saddam Hussein had opened up his country to IAEA inspectors and they’d come in and they’d found that there were no weapons of mass destruction.” Saddam did, the inspected, and told Bush and Cheney there weren’t any WMDs.
Fred Dalton Thompson: “NASA says the Martian South Pole’s ice cap has been shrinking for three summers in a row. Maybe Mars got its fever from earth. If so, I guess Jupiter’s caught the same cold, because it’s warming up too, like Pluto.”