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Budget & Economy|
Barack Obama: Regulate financial instruments to protect home mortgages.
Bill Richardson: Mortgage industry needs more liquidity & more transparency.
Chris Dodd: Mortgage market has seized up; provide more market liquidity.
Dennis Kucinich: Bailing out mortgage lenders just postpones crisis.
Hillary Clinton: Help people facing foreclosure; donít just bail-out banks.
Joe Biden: More transparency for hedge funds and private equity funds.
John Edwards: Need home rescue fund for those worried about losing homes.
Chris Dodd: We need Justice Department to deal with antitrust issues.
Barack Obama: We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind.
Barack Obama: Pay ďmaster teachersĒ extra, but with buy-in from teachers.
Bill Richardson: Minimum wage for our teachers: $40,000 per year.
Bill Richardson: One-point plan on No Child Left Behind: Scrap it.
Chris Dodd: Incentive pay for tougher schools, but not performance pay.
Dennis Kucinich: Fund universal pre-K with 15% cut in Pentagon budget.
Hillary Clinton: Incentive pay for school wide performance.
Hillary Clinton: Universal pre-kindergarten; and make family the best school.
Joe Biden: There needs to be performance-based pay for teachers.
Mike Gravel: Supports merit pay for teachers; make education top priority.
Barack Obama: No ďstrategic ambiguityĒ on foreign policy issues.
Chris Dodd: No time to get new Pres. ready; need experience in advance.
Hillary Clinton: Should not telegraph our adversaries about preconditions.
Joe Biden: Pakistan is potentially most dangerous country in the world.
Barack Obama: Congress subsidizes megafarms & hurts family farmers.
Hillary Clinton: Export from big agribusiness, but also from small farmers.
John Edwards: Trade agreements now focus on profits for big multinationals.
Barack Obama: Prayer canít prevent disasters; good policy can handle them.
Chris Dodd: Itís not who funds you, but how you vote that matters.
Hillary Clinton: Move to public election financing, not banning lobbyists.
John Edwards: Letís all pledge not another dime from Washington lobbyists.
Mike Gravel: Asks candidates to pledge to use existing public finance law.
Dennis Kucinich: Challenge system of premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
Bill Richardson: No first use of nukes; but keep options on table.
Chris Dodd: Should have filibustered vote to abandon habeas corpus.
John Edwards: No hypothetical nuke talk in Pakistan; eliminate all nukes.
Mike Gravel: We are STILL expanding our nuclear capability.
Bill Richardson: Focus our farm policy on renewable fuels.
Principles & Values|
Barack Obama: Most decisive moment: transition from high school to college.
Bill Richardson: With me, you get both change AND experience.
Bill Richardson: My sense of social justice comes from being a Roman Catholic.
Bill Richardson: Decisive political moment: wife agreeing to marry him.
Chris Dodd: Decisive moments: joining Peace Corps; & loss of father.
Dennis Kucinich: Decisive moment: living as child out of family car.
Hillary Clinton: Rove is obsessed with me because I take them on & beat them.
Hillary Clinton: I believe in prayer; Iím dependent on my faith.
Hillary Clinton: Owes opportunity for presidency to generations of women.
Joe Biden: Prayer gives you strength, but doesnít prevent crises.
Joe Biden: Most decisive moment: engaging in civil rights movement.
John Edwards: We canít negotiate change; must take from those in power.
John Edwards: Prays daily; but prayer doesnít prevent bad things.
John Edwards: Decisive moment: father self-educating by watching public TV.
Mike Gravel: I believe in the power of love over the power of prayer.
Mike Gravel: Decisive moment: realizing representative govít is broken.
Chris Dodd: Extend broadband access to our rural communities.
War & Peace|
Barack Obama: Deal with al Qaeda on Pakistan border, but not with nukes.
Bill Richardson: Tri-partite entity within Iraq; reconcile three groups.
Bill Richardson: Move out troops, through Turkey & Kuwait, in 6-8 months.
Hillary Clinton: Rule out nukes against Iran.
Hillary Clinton: Push Pentagon to start planning for Iraq withdrawal.
Joe Biden: Leaving Iraq will cause generation-long regional war.
John Edwards: GOP candidates are Bush on steroids; Dems would all end war.
Mike Gravel: Bush cooking books on Iran; resolve against invading Iran.
Mike Gravel: Blaming Iraqis for war problems is American imperialism.
Welfare & Poverty|
Dennis Kucinich: Separate state from church, not from spiritual values.