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May 3, 2007

The Second String’s Positions on the Issues

UPDATED!!  Thanks for Feedback; I will add to the bios.

As promised I am listing the positions of the B List GOP Candidates for President. I expect tons of praise heaped upon me for providing this public service for you supporters of a “B List” candidate! IF you have information about these candidates PLEASE add them to the comments and I will update as I am able to do so. I always try to be fair.

I am not using the term as a perjurative, but any candidate at this point who is hovering near 1% in national polls may think they’re in the game, but unless things change radically, they aren’t.

Gov. Mike Huckabee I couldn’t find a Presidential site, opposes abortion rights, but respects rights as law, opposes same sex marriage, opposes Federal funding for medical care, favors privatization of Social Security, moderate towards school reform, strong anti-crime supporter, strongly supports gun ownership rights, favors path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, supports expanding free trade, no stated opinion on Patriot Act, favors strong military spending, supports anti-drug laws. Gov. Huckabee would be considered a Conservative/Centrist

Rep. Ron Paul (1988 Libertarian Party Candidate) favors lowering taxes, opposes free trade, opposes Iraq involvement, favors strong reform of immigration including fences, stronger enforcement of visa laws, no path to citizenship, no welfare for illegals, and end of birthright citizenship. opposes Patriot Act, opposes stem cell research funding, and is strongly anti-abortion, a fervent supporter of gun ownership rights, is opposed to drug laws, and is in favor of legalizing marijuana. Ron Paul would be considered a centrist/libertarian in the political view.

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Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) favors lowering taxes, favors Social Security Reform via partial privatization, favors change in energy policy (I would assume this is ethanol), opposes same sex marriage, very strong opponent of abortion, believes in human rights being placed to the forefront, strongly supports current Iraq policy, believes in strict constructionist judges, supports a new “Homestead Act” and agricultural reform, particularly towards ethanol production, stronger supporter of gun ownership rights, is strongly pro-business, supports tough drug laws, pro free trade, voted no on CFR, supports the Patriot Act, supports Guest Workers having a path to citizenship. Sam Brownback would be considered a Conservative/soft libertarian in the political spectrum.

Rep. Tom Tancredo Strongly supports “securing borders” and opposes “paths to citizenship”. Strongly supports gun ownership rights, Supports Iraq policy, supports flat tax, supports privatization of Social Security, supports school vouchers and opposes NCLB, supports market forces in agriculture with limited subsidies, supports limited spending of Federal government, strongly opposes abortion rights, opposes judicial activism, supports Federal Amendment to ban same sex marriage, supports The Patriot Act, supports business interests, supports current drug policy, has a mixed record regarding Free Trade. Rep. Tancredo would be considered a Conservative/Centrist.

Gov. Tommy Thompson Supports welfare reform, supports school choice, opposes partial birth abortion, supports stem cell research, fiscally Conservative – vetoed 255 spending bills as Gov. of Wisconsin, strong anti-crime record, supports war on drugs with treatment options, moderate on Energy policies, supports Free Trade, supports safe schools legislation, moderate supporter of gun ownership rights, moderate on public health issues, few statements regarding immigration. Thompson’s site has limited information, but based on his record as Governor he would be consdidered a Moderate/Centrist.

Rep. Duncan Hunter Strongly opposes abortion rights, opposes embryonic stem cell research, supports balanced budget amendments, concerned about eminent domain intrusions by SCOTUS, opposes same sex marriage, strongly supports gun ownership rights, supports “Conservative” justices, opposes hate crimes based on sexual orientation; feels current laws are sufficient, strongly supports war on drugs, supports moves to restrict gambling-particularly on internet, supports vouches and opposes NCLB, supports The Patriot Act, supports business, supports “Fair Trade” and generally opposed to “Free Trade”, strong pro-military voting record, strongly favors restriction towards immigration, favors some privatization of Social Security, supports Iraq policy. Rep. Hunter would be considered a Conservative/Centrist.

Gov. Jim Gilmore  Opposes abortion rights, opposes same sex marriage, strong anti-crime record, supports war on drugs, moderate on education issues, favors Social Security Reform, moderate support of Iraq policy, moderate on health issues, strong support of gun ownership rights, his statements had seemed to favor path to citizenship for illegal aliens, but recently has spoken strongly towards not allowing amnesty for illegal workers, supports increased military spending. Gov. Gilmore would be considered a Conservative/Populist.

 

By the way A Voice of Reason would be considered a Moderate/Centrist, but at times I do vary between Centrist/Populist.

IF you wish to take the quiz it is here.

Hint: If you are neutral I’d click no opinion.

8 Comments »

  1. Jim Gilmore does have a website: http://www.gilmoreforpresident.com

    He made his announcement last week via live webcast from his site.

    He also does not support a “path to citizenship,” as he does not support rewarding illegal behavior.

    Comment by tom — May 3, 2007 @ 4:39 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for the information on Gov. Gilmore.
    Here are his stated positions/votes on illegal immigration:
    Share costs of legal immigration between states & federal. (Feb 2001)
    Federal government should deal with criminal repatriation. (Feb 2001)
    Import farm workers from Mexico. (Sep 2001)

    Comment by avoiceofreason — May 3, 2007 @ 4:48 am | Reply

  3. Huckabee’s site is explorehuckabee.com… or maybe it’s .org

    Comment by thelonedrifter — May 3, 2007 @ 5:39 am | Reply

  4. wow u sure did your research on this one!

    Comment by Angel — May 3, 2007 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  5. If I had to pick a B-List candidate, I would pick Ron Paul. Some of his views could be called extreme, but he practices what he preaches. As a Doctor he didn’t accept gov’t insurance. He would either set up payment plans or not charge at all. He has never taken a gov’t funded junket and is not taking the congressional pension.

    Thanks voice for the great post!

    Comment by LLR — May 3, 2007 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

  6. Kudos to this list🙂 I will link to it today for sure.
    I thought Brownbeck was pro-flat-tax? But you would have to confirm that before posting it. I will do the quiz and post.

    View wise there are several of these I like. HOWEVER, 2 other important factors for a candidate are:
    1. leadership quality, and with most of these I know nothing. are they effective leaders?
    2. winnability. Because to me the worst thing that could happen was to lose to a socialist.

    Comment by mommyzabs — May 3, 2007 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  7. I think his immigration statements from 2001 were geared more toward *legal* immigration, which is a different ballgame. However, I don’t think he’s ever supported any kind of amnesty or “path to citizenship” for people here illegally.

    He’s something of an authority on homeland security issues and considers illegal immigration to be as much a national security issue as a cultural or economic one.

    Comment by tom — May 3, 2007 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  8. WOW! Thanks for all the great info!

    Comment by Jay — May 9, 2007 @ 7:34 pm | Reply


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