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    Fred DuVal: Criticized anti-abortion legislation.
    Joe Dorman: Pro-life legislative voting history.
    Richard Carmona: Championed women's health and pre-natal health services.
    Richard Carmona: Give every woman access & choice in reproductive healthcare.
    Mitt Romney: Church employee birth control violates religious conscience.
    Mitt Romney: MA churches can choose to not provide morning-after pills.
    Newt Gingrich: Opposing contraception isn't extreme; legal infanticide is.
    Ron Paul: Morning-after pill same as birth control pill; not immoral.
    Jim Pederson: Kyl proposed an abortion amendment with zero exceptions.
    Jon Kyl: I have never voted to make abortion illegal.
    George W. Bush: No litmus test except interpretation of the Constitution.
    John Kerry: No undoing Constitutional rights, including right of choice.
    Gabby Giffords: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Jan Brewer: Fixed $3B deficit & replenished Rainy Day Fund.
    Richard Carmona: Supply-side economics is valid.
    David Ruben: Wealth has become concentrated in the hands of a few.
    Rick Santorum: I opposed the Wall Street bailouts and the auto bailout.
    John McCain: Obama's new spending is committing generational theft.
    Jan Brewer: $5B budget deficit is wrong; right is doing the hard things.
    Janet Napolitano: Balance budget even during recession.
    Jan Brewer: Update antiquated laws and remove publication requirements.
    George W. Bush: Pay-as-you-go means you pay, he goes and spends.
    George W. Bush: The middle class will have to fill the Kerry tax gap.
    John Kerry: Restore pay-as-you-go for fiscal discipline.
    John Kerry: Shown exactly how to pay for every plan I’ve laid out.
    Janet Napolitano: Provides funding for the priorities without raising taxes.
    George W. Bush: Guarantees future surpluses with his tax plan.
    Steve Forbes: Fed’s bizarre theory: prosperity causes inflation.
Civil Rights
    Jan Brewer: Arnold v. Sarn deal: mentally ill participate in society.
    Janet Napolitano: Not gay; just a straight, single workaholic.
    Kyrsten Sinema: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws.
    Kyrsten Sinema: Apply Affirmative Action to all state decisions.
    Janet Napolitano: Marriage is 1-man-1-woman, but oppose Prop.107 defining it.
    George W. Bush: Help minority business by unbundling government contracts.
    John Kerry: Help minority business by small business set-aside programs.
    Gabby Giffords: Civil unions ok; marriage definition not ok.
    Fred DuVal: Competitiveness Impact Statement before any new laws.
    Jan Brewer: Lower barriers to business growth: keep regulations lean.
    David Ruben: Take corporate money out of politics.
    Richard Carmona: Tax cuts for corporations are wrong & unconscionable.
    Mitt Romney: We should have forced automakers into managed bankruptcies.
    Ron Paul: Auto bailout was bad because all bailouts are bad.
    Rudy Garcia: Decentralize wealth and curtail corporate subsidies.
    Frank Riggs: Endorsed as former cop & prosecutor.
    Jan Brewer: Reduce crime by punishing criminals.
    Jan Brewer: In State Legislature, pushed truth in sentencing.
    Joe Dorman: Death penalty for repeat sex offenders, but not if retarded.
    Jane Dee Hull: $1.1M to collect DNA samples from all prisoners.
    Gabby Giffords: Support alternative sentencing; provide inmates job skills.
    Kyrsten Sinema: Decriminalize marijuana possession.
    Fred DuVal: Invest early in education; start with all-day kindergarten.
    Jan Brewer: Performance-based funding plan, instead of attendance-based.
    Richard Carmona: Reinvest $1 billion cut from our schools.
    Jan Brewer: We lead in school choice: district, private, or charter.
    Janet Napolitano: Added voluntary full-day kindergarten as a new grade level.
    Janet Napolitano: Implement school choice via public charter schools.
    Joe Dorman: Let students express religious viewpoints in schools.
    Janet Napolitano: Recommend funding for voluntary full-day kindergarten.
    Janet Napolitano: Emphasize the importance of reading literacy.
    Janet Napolitano: Scholarship program for early childhood education teachers.
    Janet Napolitano: Help teachers undergo the necessary training.
    Janet Napolitano: No cut in higher education funding.
    Jane Dee Hull: Students FIRST: Build more schools; maintain existing ones.
    Jane Dee Hull: Supports Prop. 301, raising taxes for use in schools.
    Alan Keyes: Use bully pulpit to advocate prayer, not coerce it.
    Alan Keyes: Money should follow parents’ education choices.
    George W. Bush: If poor kids don’t learn, give school funds to parents.
    George W. Bush: Develop tests locally - no national tests.
    John McCain: Tax breaks for charters - not from public school funds.
    John McCain: Good teachers & bad senators don’t need $140,000 a year.
    John McCain: Teach virtues in all schools.
    Orrin Hatch: Vouchers will cover costs under most circumstances.
    Orrin Hatch: Let parents walk away from failing schools.
Energy & Oil
    Fred DuVal: Capitalize on the growth of solar energy.
    Jeff Flake: Opposes EPA coal plant emission rule changes.
    Richard Carmona: Make Arizona the solar energy capital of the world.
    Ann Marie Buerkle: Cap-and-trade is a national energy tax & destroys jobs.
    Jan Brewer: Bring top solar manufacturers to Arizona with tax incentives.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Drill on public lands; drill offshore; keep oil in US.
    Jane Dee Hull: Supports cleaner burning fuels.
    George W. Bush: Encourage oil exploration and more natural gas.
    George W. Bush: Wean from oil, via electric deregulation & natural gas.
    Fred DuVal: Preserve and promote state parks.
    Jan Brewer: Natural Resources Review Council: AZ knows BEST, not Feds.
    Jeff Flake: Water is the lifeblood of AZ; and CA is the biggest threat.
    Jeff Flake: Uranium mining OK; it won't threaten Grand Canyon.
    Jeff Flake: Skeptical on Proposition 120; cooperate with Forest Service.
    Richard Carmona: No uranium mining in Arizona Strip watershed area.
    Janet Napolitano: Limit our greenhouse gas emissions & focus on solar energy.
    Jan Brewer: Negotiated to put thousands of acres into county parks.
    Rudy Garcia: Make food instead of bio-fuel and instead of GMOs.
    Janet Napolitano: Bring together all stake-holders in forest management.
Families & Children
    Fred DuVal: Close "Age Loophole": hard time for soliciting a minor.
    Jan Brewer: Office of Child Welfare Investigations is first step.
    Jan Brewer: Arizona's abused and neglected children need help.
    Rick Santorum: Contraception for teens helps fix fracturing families.
    Janet Napolitano: Reform and additional funds for Child Protective Services.
    Janet Napolitano: Investment for fewer abuse and neglect cases.
    Janet Napolitano: Establish a quality childcare rating system.
    Janet Napolitano: Resources to childcare assistance for low-income families.
    Gary Bauer: Nazi salutes indicated problem at Columbine.
    Steve Forbes: Don’t raid unemployment funds for family leave.
Foreign Policy
    Jeff Flake: Push to end the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba.
    George W. Bush: Kerry wants a global test while I will be resolute.
    John Kerry: No nation will ever have a veto over us.
    George W. Bush: China’s taste of freedom encourages capitalism’s growth.
Free Trade
    Fred DuVal: More export trade with Mexico; border is a strategic asset.
    Jeff Flake: It's out of whack to get sued by Brazil over cotton subsidy.
    Jim Pederson: Vote against making it easier to ship jobs overseas.
    Janet Napolitano: Expedite transport of goods to and from Arizona.
    Jane Dee Hull: Proud of all-time record trade levels with Mexico.
    Alan Keyes: WTO is not representative; hence unconstitutional.
    Gary Bauer: WTO bureaucrats are out of control.
    Gary Bauer: Apply Reagan’s USSR policy: No MFN; insist on human rights.
    Gary Bauer: Nazi atrocities precluded trade. When will China’s?
    Gary Bauer: Seattle protestors were right that WTO isn’t representative.
    George W. Bush: Work with China, but as a competitor, not a partner.
    George W. Bush: WTO for both China & Taiwan; maintain Taiwan relations law.
    Orrin Hatch: China’s WTO admission will undermine police state.
Government Reform
    Fred DuVal: Ban on legislator gifts from lobbyists or companies.
    Fred DuVal: Toll-free phone number to report unnecessary regulations.
    Richard Carmona: All earmarks are not pork.
    Jeff Flake: Opposes Open Government initiative for non-partisan primary.
    Richard Carmona: Supports Open Government initiative for non-partisan primary.
    Richard Carmona: Require financial analysts to disclose contacts in Congress.
    Mitt Romney: Earmark system is broken; ban them with line-item veto.
    Rick Santorum: Line-item veto needed; spending transparency until then.
    Rick Santorum: Endorsed Arlen Specter to assure conservative Supreme Court.
    Ron Paul: If Congress doesn't earmark, the Executive Branch decides.
    John McCain: Hayworth was unethical lobbyist hawking infomercials.
    Joe Dorman: Require photo ID to vote, but extend early voting.
    Janet Napolitano: We'll be remembered for what we did, not for how we budgeted.
    Jan Brewer: Make it easier for our overseas military soldiers to vote.
    Jan Brewer: Replace punch card voting with touch-screen devices.
    Joe Dorman: No campaign contributions to legislators while in session.
    Kyrsten Sinema: Contribution & spending limits on political campaigns.
    Jane Dee Hull: Pay state employees more, to ensure quality staff.
    Gabby Giffords: Supports public funding for political campaigns.
    Alan Keyes: Campaign reforms: unconstitutional “incumbency protection”.
    Alan Keyes: Unlimited contributions, but only by people, & publicized.
    Gary Bauer: Large donations buy access and are “corrupting”.
    John McCain: Drain the big money swamp to kill lobbyist mosquitoes.
    Orrin Hatch: McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform is unconstitutional.
    Steve Forbes: Drain the tax code swamp to kill lobbyist mosquitoes.
Gun Control
    Joe Dorman: Ok for school employees to carry handguns in school.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Strongly supports the Second Amendment.
    Joe Dorman: Co-sponsored "Stand Your Ground Law".
    Kyrsten Sinema: Supports background checks, gun licenses, and enforcement.
    Gabby Giffords: Ban semi-automatics; but allow concealed carry.
    Gary Bauer: Problem of the heart & soul, not of guns.
Health Care
    Fred DuVal: Expand Medicaid to 133% of the federal poverty level.
    Richard Carmona: Repealing ObamaCare means public pays for the uninsured.
    Richard Carmona: Would not have voted for ObamaCare.
    Richard Carmona: Eliminate waste, fraud, & abuse--then prevention.
    David Ruben: Stop restricting how doctors can prescribe pain medication.
    Richard Carmona: Helped open the first trauma center in southern Arizona.
    Richard Carmona: Indignity of being poor patient in hospital sensitizes me.
    Jeff Flake: ObamaCare is a heavy anchor to drag around.
    Richard Carmona: Preserve Medicare benefits, but modernize it.
    Newt Gingrich: Government healthcare looks into abyss & moves to tyranny.
    Phil Gordon: Mayor Gordon to work for growing healthcare organization.
    John McCain: Repeal and replace the massive federal health-care law.
    Jan Brewer: We don't want federal help; sue to remain independent.
    Janet Napolitano: Expanded access to KidsCare and AHCCCS.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Work toward access to quality affordable health care for all.
    George W. Bush: Kerry’s health care plan is an empty promise.
    George W. Bush: I haven’t gotten a flu shot, and I don’t intend to.
    George W. Bush: Flu vaccine shortage from litigation worries.
    John Kerry: Flu vaccine failure means system is failing US families.
    John Kerry: Health care plan is not an empty promise and provide choice.
    John Kerry: Bush has turned his back on the wellness of America.
    Janet Napolitano: Better health care policies for seniors.
    Janet Napolitano: Ensure children are immunized & screened for health problems.
    Jane Dee Hull: Supports Kidscare; publicize it via schools.
Homeland Security
    Fred DuVal: Incent veterans' businesses in competitive bidding process.
    Richard Carmona: Remain vigilant about terrorism; it still threatens US.
    Rick Santorum: There are good earmarks, like Osprey military program.
    Jan Brewer: Name Arizona as training site for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
    Rudy Garcia: Demilitarize by stopping nukes & reducing bases.
    Janet Napolitano: Emergency calling system for health and safety information.
    Steve Forbes: Haiti & Somalia interventions were mistakes.
    Alan Keyes: Keep some forces abroad, but avoid globalism.
    Alan Keyes: Defend human rights & self-govt within national interests.
    Frank Riggs: Invest in fencing and additional border resources.
    Fred DuVal: Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
    JL Mealer: Charge illegal immigrants with state crimes.
    Fred DuVal: Comprehensive immigration reform will benefit economy.
    Jeff Flake: Revamp guest-worker programs; it fails our needs.
    Richard Carmona: Comprehensive immigration reform ties into the economy.
    Richard Carmona: More visas for day-workers to enhance commerce.
    Jeff Flake: Replicate operational security from Yuma Sector.
    Richard Carmona: Dynamic interdiction plus prevention.
    Jeff Flake: Secure the border; then comprehensive reform.
    Jeff Flake: SB1070 was imprudent & unconstitutional, but let it stand.
    Marco Rubio: GOP DREAM Act: visas for going to college or military.
    Richard Carmona: Vitriolic 'deport everybody' message loses Hispanics.
    Richard Carmona: Secure the border AND pass the DREAM Act.
    Newt Gingrich: By 2014, finish job of constructing a double border fence.
    John McCain: Campaign ad: "Complete the danged fence!".
    John McCain: TV ad: Obama makes protecting AZ border incredibly difficult.
    John McCain: 10-point plan to secure border; then try legal-worker deal.
    Rodney Glassman: Path to citizenship, including fine & back-of-the-line.
    Jim Huffman: More resources focused on securing our borders.
    Jan Brewer: Feds refuse to pay for costs of illegal immigration.
    Joe Dorman: Constitutional amendment for English as official language.
    Janet Napolitano: Keep up intense pressure on border criminals.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Greatly strengthen border security; install a Smart Fence.
    Joe Dorman: Criminalize assisting or employing illegal aliens.
    Jim Pederson: The borders are broken; #1 priority for AZ.
    Jim Pederson: Aliens volunteering for “Mandatory Departure” is impractical.
    Jon Kyl: $13B for Border Patrol and border fencing.
    Jon Kyl: My amendments and “Mandatory Departure” are now law.
    George W. Bush: Temporary workers ok, but no amnesty.
    John Kerry: Temporary workers ok, and earned amnesty ok.
    Howard Dean: Concerned about immigrants dying in desert crossings.
    Jeff Flake: ObamaCare inhibits small business hiring.
    Jeff Flake: Stifling regulations are the biggest job killers.
    Richard Carmona: Farm Bill should offer support to struggling farmers.
    Mitt Romney: Mistake to give automakers to unions as part of auto bailout.
    Newt Gingrich: Auto bailout was unprecedented capitulation to unions.
    Jan Brewer: Governor's Jobs Cabinet: un-shackle job creators.
    George W. Bush: Education is the best way to create jobs.
    John Kerry: Bush could make an impact on the loss of jobs.
    John Kerry: Bush cut job training money and ignored the unemployed.
Local Issues
    Jan Brewer: Mitigate property encroachment on military land use.
Principles & Values
    Jan Brewer: Add "competition" to copper; cattle; cotton; citrus; climate.
    Jeff Flake: Vowed not to serve more than 3 terms in Congress; broke vow.
    Richard Carmona: 1999: shot and mortally wounded a deranged murderer.
    Richard Carmona: Classified as disabled veteran from Vietnam wounds.
    Richard Carmona: Of Puerto Rican descent; grew up poor in Harlem.
    Richard Carmona: Seeks to earn the respect of disenfranchised populations.
    Mitt Romney: My job was to ask Congress for earmarks for Olympics.
    J.D. Hayworth: Twice informally ranked among dumbest members of Congress.
    Rodney Glassman: McCain missed key votes when running for President.
    Rodney Glassman: Cooperation instead of partisan battering ram.
    J.D. Hayworth: McCain has been reduced to a political shape-shifter.
    Rudy Garcia: Born, raised, and worked in Arizona.
    Rudy Garcia: Recalled entire Bell Gardens City Council then became Mayor.
    Rudy Garcia: Priorities on grassroots democracy & social justice.
    Rudy Garcia: Priorities on grassroots democracy & social justice.
    Rudy Garcia: Democracy is not a spectator sport.
    Jim Pederson: I’m unhappy with Washington today; Kyl’s OK with it.
    Jon Kyl: My opponent is out of mainstream on judges & terrorism.
    Orrin Hatch: 23 years of experience fighting for you.
Social Security
    Joe Dorman: NO on public employee choice of contributions vs. benefits.
    Jeff Flake: Nobody's talking privatization; ensure solvency after 2026.
    Richard Carmona: Raise retirement age; raise payroll tax ceiling above $106K.
    Richard Carmona: No privatization; no Trust Fund as slush fund.
    George W. Bush: Let young people use personal retirement savings accounts.
    John Kerry: Personal retirement accounts are an invitation to disaster.
    George W. Bush: Consider raising retirement age.
    Orrin Hatch: Consider raising retirement age.
    Alan Keyes: Keep our promises on Social Security benefits, guaranteed.
    Alan Keyes: Let people who earn their money invest their own money.
Tax Reform
    Fred DuVal: We need low, competitive taxes, and simplified sales tax.
    Jan Brewer: Proposition 100: sales tax expires; now economy is growing.
    Jeff Flake: I have not and will not sign Americans for Tax Reform pledge.
    Jeff Flake: Full extension of Bush tax cuts.
    Richard Carmona: Extend Bush tax cuts as part of comprehensive reform.
    John McCain: Tap unused stimulus funds to declare a payroll tax holiday.
    Jan Brewer: Increase tax revenue now; pro-growth tax cuts later.
    Jim Pederson: AZ needs good schools & safety, not just low taxes.
    Jon Kyl: Reduce taxes to grow economy & get more tax revenue.
    Jane Dee Hull: $80 million in tax cuts, to make it 10 years in a row.
    Gabby Giffords: No flat tax; no rebate of budget surplus.
    Alan Keyes: Forbes’ plan leaves IRS, and an invasive tax, intact.
    Alan Keyes: Forbes’ plan still requires people to beg for tax cuts.
    Alan Keyes: Sales tax gives control back to people.
    Alan Keyes: Wrong to pay income taxes before basic necessities.
    Gary Bauer: Estate tax is double taxation - remove it.
    John McCain: 1st step to simplify taxes: close special interest loopholes.
    Steve Forbes: Flat-tax IRS exists, but is smaller and less powerful.
    Steve Forbes: Sales tax better than current IRS; but we’d end up with both.
    Steve Forbes: McCain agrees with Forbes’ flat tax goal, but not 1st step.
    Jan Brewer: Boost AZ's business competitiveness in technology sector.
    Fred DuVal: Sales tax application across Internet.
    Richard Carmona: Criticized Bush for placing politics ahead of science.
    Janet Napolitano: Invest in infrastructure: highways and school buildings.
    Janet Napolitano: New research facilities drive the high-tech economy.
    Jane Dee Hull: Targeted tax cuts to attract high-tech companies.
    John McCain: Make Internet tax moratorium permanent.
    Orrin Hatch: Keep government’s mitts off the Internet.
War & Peace
    Richard Carmona: Whatever means necessary to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Richard Carmona: Consider all options in preventing Iranian nukes.
    John McCain: Obama "an uncertain trumpet" for Afghan & Iraqi withdrawal.
    Ann Kirkpatrick: Withdrawing from Iraq and focus on Bin Laden.
    Jim Pederson: We’re going backwards in Iraq; time for end-game.
    Jon Kyl: Iraq is the central front in the war on terror.
    George W. Bush: War on Terror is not about intelligence and law enforcement.
    John Kerry: Focus on the real war on terror and find bin Laden.
    Alan Keyes: Respond to facts, not Serb intentions.
    Gary Bauer: No vital US interests in Kosovo.
    John McCain: Kosovo an example of feckless photo-op foreign policy.
    Steve Forbes: Arming intended victims would have avoided Bosnia & Kosovo.
    John McCain: Fighting was based on polls and photo-ops.
Welfare & Poverty
    Richard Carmona: Experienced poverty and homelessness as child in Harlem.
    Kyrsten Sinema: Marriage promotion for welfare recipients is offensive.

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