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The Race for President: John McCain Analyzed

With the recent anointing of John McCain by the drive by media as the Republican front runner, I thought I better do an analysis of his record and rhetoric. This is the sixth in my series of analysis of presidential hopefuls. If you missed my grading criteria, you can refer back to it here at my previous post.

About the candidate: John McCain is the senior US Senator from Arizona. McCain became a naval aviator flying attack aircraft from carriers. In the Vietnam War, on his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam in 1967, he was shot down and badly injured. He endured five and a half years as a prisoner of war. In 1982 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s 1st congressional district. After serving two terms there, he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona in 1986. He was re-elected Senator in 1992, 1998, and 2004. McCain was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2000 presidential election, but was defeated by George W. Bush.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From McCain’s Official Website:
-“T
he role of the family (is) in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.”
“McCain will seek ways to promote adoption as a first option for women struggling with a crisis
pregnancy.”
John McCain opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment. This amendment would mandate that marriage in the United States can only exist between a man and a woman.
From Wikipedia: McCain’s views about abortion have also fluctuated; in 1999, he said of Roe v. Wade, “in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade,”[198] but in 2007 McCain stated “It should be overturned.”
B
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From McCain’s Official Website:
“John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench. ”
-“John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes.”
B
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From McCain’s Official Website:
-“The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children”
C
2. Defending Our Country From McCain’s Official Website:
-He believes “the most sacred responsibility vested in a president – the commander in chief – is to “preserve and protect” American citizens.”
-Referring to conflict int he Middle East, he says, “success is essential to creating peace in the region, and failure would expose the United States to national security threats for generations.”
-Whereas a “defeat in the war would lead to much more violence in Iraq, greatly embolden Iran, undermine U.S. allies such as Israel, likely lead to wider conflict, result in a terrorist safe haven in the heart of the Middle East”
-McCain says he wants energy independence for America but has voted against drilling in ANWR and the Gulf of Mexico
From Wikipedia: After the September 11, 2001 attacks, McCain became a supporter of Bush and an advocate for strong military measures against those responsible.
-From the beginning McCain strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007
-In 2005, working with Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, McCain was a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, which would involve granting amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants.
-Again in June 2007, President Bush, McCain and others made the strongest push yet for the amnesty bill, but twice failed to gain cloture in the Senate and thus failed.
B
2A. Defeating Terrorists From McCain’s Official Website:
-McCain believes in “victory in Iraq”
-And that “a greater military commitment now is necessary if we are to achieve long-term success”
-He wants to “implement a new counterinsurgency strategy”
-Which strategy “is to give Iraqis the capabilities to govern and secure their own country.”
A
2B. Protecting Our Borders From McCain’s Official Website:
-McCain has “always believed that our border must be secure and that the federal government has utterly failed in its responsibility”
-“As president, I will secure the border.”
-McCain also says he “recognizes the importance of assimilation of our immigrant population”
D
3. Free Market Economic Policy From McCain’s Official Website:
-Sen McCain believes “markets should be free to produce the means” to find solutions to issues such as energy independence and health-care reform.
From Wikipedia: McCain voted against the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Bush’s $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years, which became known as “the Bush tax cuts”. He was one of only two Republicans to do so. He later voted against a second round of Bush Tax cuts in 2003.
-McCain was the co-sponsor for legislation increases the scope of government and one of the biggest restrictions of free speech in my lifetime (and thus expansion of the power of government): The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002.
When campaigning in Michigan,”McCain said he would be ashamed to tell voters that the lost jobs would return to Michigan”
-McCain says “he has been a leader on the issue of global warming with the courage to call the nation to action on an issue we can no longer afford to ignore.” He, therefore, created “the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. The bill, which lost 43 to 55 on Oct. 30, 2003, was typical leftist legislation, complete with Kyoto-style goals and a cap-and-trade scheme.”
B
3A. Lower Taxes From McCain’s Official Website:
-He wants to “cut the Corporate Tax rate from 35 to 25 percent.”
-“McCain believes taxes should be low, simple, and fair”
-“McCain will permanently repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax” and “make it harder to raise taxes” by requiring a 3/5 majority vote.
-McCain also wants to “ban Internet taxes”
C
3B. Smaller Government From McCain’s Official Website:
-He wants to “eliminate wasteful spending”
-He says he will “stop earmarks, pork-barrel spending, And veto every pork-laden spending bill”
-He says he wants to “eliminate broken government programs” which he says is 1 out of every 5 programs.
C

John McCain’s score comes out to a 2.56 grade point average; that puts him in the C+ range on my scale…significantly better than most of the Democrats, but more than a full grade point below my preferred Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. McCain got major deductions for his opposition to the Marraige Amendment, his attempt to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and for his opposition to the Bush Tax cuts. On many issues dear to me as a conservative, McCain takes the liberal Democrat perspective, which is why I hope and pray he does not get the Republican party nomination.

The Race for President: Barack Obama Analyzed

Next in our series of analytics on presidential hopefuls we have Barack Obama. Please refer to my previous post documenting the criteria on which all the candidates are graded to get more detail on the standard of performance expected in these areas.

About the Candidate: Democrat Barack Obama is the junior Senator from Illinois. He lived for most of his childhood in Hawaii and Jakarta, Indonesia. Obama worked as a university lecturer, and civil rights lawyer (an associate attorney with Miner, Barnhill & Galland from 1993 to 1996) before running for public office. He served in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004, before launching his campaign for U.S. Senate in 2003.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From Obama’s website
“Strong families raise successful children and keep communities together. While Senator Obama does not believe that we can simply legislate healthy families, good parenting skills or economic success, he does believe we can eliminate roadblocks that parents face and provide tools to help them succeed.”
From Obama’s website
“Obama worked with churches, Chicago residents and local government to set up job training programs for the unemployed and after school programs for kids.”
From the Washington Post
-Obama voted against a bill to add an amendment to the Constitution of the United States defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
From Project Vote Smart
-Senator Obama did not vote on a bill that would have prohibited the government from funding organizations that perform abortions
-He voted to authorize additional grants for sexual education programs in schools
-He voted against a bill that criminalizes the transportation of pregnant minors across state lines to get an abortion.
C
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From a Speech posted on his website
-“I also think that we should give them (poor girls and boys) the information about contraception that can prevent unwanted pregnancies, lower abortion rates, and help assure that that every child is loved and cherished.”
-Obama does not oppose abortion because he cannot “explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.”
D
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From His Website
-“Obama also believes we need to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act” which mandates that the Federal Government may not recognize same-sex marriages
-“Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman”
F
2. Defending Our Country From Obama’s website
-“Senator Obama has fought to strengthen America’s position in the world.”
-He “
supported efforts to base homeland security spending on risk rather than pork-barrel politics. He has also introduced legislation to strengthen chemical plant and drinking water security and to enhance disaster preparedness.
From Wikipedia.org
Obama introduced the “Iraq War De-Escalation Act,” a bill proposing to cap troop levels in Iraq, begin phased redeployment, and remove all combat brigades from Iraq
From the Washington Post
-Obama supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 which would have provided a path to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens
-Obama was one of 14 Senators that voted
against a bill funding the troops in Iraq in May of 2007 .
-Obama voted for the non-binding resolution (that was ultimately defeated) that would have revised U.S. policy on Iraq and directed the president to begin a phased redeployment (i.e. surrender) of U.S. forces
From Project Vote Smart
-Senator Obama voted to give terrorists detained in Guantanamo Habeus Corpus rights.
-He voted against a bill that would deny legal status to undocumented immigrants convicted of felonies
D
2A. Defeating Terrorists From Obama’s website
-Obama, in theory, opposes “the spread of weapons of mass destruction,” though he “said that [the Iraq War] was wrong in its conception…[and that] Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the United States.”
F
2B. Protecting Our Borders From Obama’s website
-“Barack Obama has played a leading role in crafting comprehensive immigration reform. ”
-He believes the recent immigration debate “has allowed the illegal immigration problem to worsen, with borders that are less secure than ever and an economy that depends on millions of workers living in the shadows.”
F
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Remarks on Tax Fairness
Obama seems to want to eliminate economic risk and have the government guarantee “that if you work hard, your work will be rewarded.”
-“we should be insisting that everyone pays their fair share [of taxes], and when I’m
President, they will.”
From Wikipedia.org
-As a state legislator, Obama sponsored a law enhancing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for child care.
From the Washington Post
-Obama voted against a bill that would have cut nearly $40 billion in waste from the federal budget by imposing substantial changes on welfare, child support and student lending programs.
-He voted against establishing a free trade zone between the United States and several Central American countries
From Project Vote Smart
-Obama voted against repealing the estate tax (or death tax) because, he says, it only benefits the wealthiest Americans
-He voted for the SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) bill which would have provide government health care to children up to age 25 and poor families up to $80,000 in yearly income.
F
3A. Lower Taxes From Remarks on Tax Fairness
-Obama believes that the current tax system “disproportionately benefits the wealthiest
Americans” (even though the wealthier you are the higher tax rate you pay).
-Obama opposes “the Bush tax cuts” because it “gave the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans a tax cut that was twice as large as the middle class.”
-yet he says he would “reward work by providing an income tax cut of up to $500 per person” which sounds awfully similiar to the Bush tax cuts.
-Obama supports “cutting taxes for working people, homeowners, and seniors”
D
3B. Smaller Government From Obama’s website
-Finding a right in the constitution that I have never seen, Obama says “every American has the right to affordable health care,” and proposes a massive “new national health plan.”
-Obama opposes any legislation he considers “threats to Social Security and Medicare.”
From Wikipedia.org
-“I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.”
F

Now this a bit of a surprise to me, but Barack Obama comes out with a grade point average of 0.56, even lower than Hillary Clinton. It turns out that Barack and Hillary score exactly the same (dismally low) on Strengthening the Family and Economic issues. But Barack’s record on defense and national security issues is far worse than Hillary’s (and her’s is not very good either).

The Race for President: Hillary Clinton Analyzed

Next, in my analysis of presidential candidates, I thought I should take an in-depth look at the current Democrat front-runner, Hillary Clinton. As with the other candidates, I have analyzed what she has said on the issues (her stance) and what she has done (her record) and graded her against my previously documented criteria.

About the candidate: Hillary Rodham Clinton is currently the junior US Senator from New York, elected in 2000 and now serving her second term. She is married to Bill Clinton—the 42nd President of the United States—and was the First Lady from 1993 to 2001. In 1979, she was named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm. She has served on the board of several corporations including Wal-Mart.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From Hillary’s website
-“Helping children has been at the center of Hillary’s public life.”
-“It takes a village to raise a child.”
From Wikipedia.org
In 1992, Hillary made culturally dismissive remarks about Tammy Wynette standing by her man and other women who choose to be stay-at-home mothers. (She told Ted Koppel “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession.”)
-She has served as staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund
-She co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, an organization that encourages public policy that will benefit children and their families
-Clinton voted in against the confirmation of John Roberts as Chief Justice, and in 2006 against the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court
-She introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games
-In 2004 and 2006, Clinton voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment that sought to prohibit same-sex marriage.
C
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From Hillary’s website
-“Let us unite around a common goal of reducing the amount of abortions, not by making them illegal as many are attempting to do or overturning Roe v. Wade.”
From a Press Release
Hillary does not consider the morning after pill an abortion, saying, “emergency contraception does not cause abortion.”
From a Press Release
Hillary supports partial birth abortions (a late-term abortion where the fetus is birthed and then terminated) and was displeased by the Supreme Court’s decision which upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.
D
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From Hillary’s Steering Committee
Hillary has made great “efforts to defeat the Federal Marriage Amendment,” which would define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.
F
2. Defending Our Country From Hillary’s website
-She wants to “end the war (in Iraq) before the next president takes the oath of office. But if the Bush administration won’t end the war, as president and commander in chief, Hillary will.”
-She wants to “start phased redeployment within Hillary’s first days in office” including “drawing up a clear, viable plan to bring our troops home starting with the first 60 days of her Administration.”
-“Working with the U.N.” Hillary wants “to convince Iraq’s neighbors to refrain from getting involved in the civil war.”
-She also wants to “attempt to mediate among the different sectarian groups in Iraq with the goal of attaining compromises on fundamental points of disputes. ”
-“She would devote the resources we need to fight terrorism and will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region.”
From Wikipedia.org
-She voted for the Iraq War Resolution of 2002, which authorized President Bush to use military force against Iraq
-But she voted against the Iraq War funding bill of 2007
-Clinton voted for the Patriot Act in 2001, as did all but one senator, and also voted for its renewal in 2006.
-Clinton said that Bush’s pledge to stay in Iraq ‘until the job is done’ is misguided
-Clinton opposed the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and supported a non-binding Senate resolution against it, which failed.
-Clinton call Iraq General David Petraeus’s a lier in 2007 in regards to his Report to Congress on the Situation in Iraq by saying, “I think that the reports that you provide to us really require a willing suspension of disbelief.”
-Clinton cast a number of votes in support of the 2007 Amnesty bill, which eventually failed

C
2A. Defeating Terrorists D
2B. Protecting Our Borders From Hillary’s website
“Our immigration system is in crisis. The laws we currently have on the books are inadequate and no longer serve our best interests…Hillary has consistently called for comprehensive immigration reform that respects our immigrant heritage and honors the rule of law.”
F
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Hillary’s website
Referring to expansion of government programs, “As president, Hillary will:
-Make health care affordable and accessible to every American.
-Expand access to affordable, high-quality child care.
-Increase the minimum wage.
-Balance the federal budget so we don’t pass today’s massive debts to the next generation.”
From Hillary’s website
-Referring to her 1994 failed attempt of government takeover of the health care system, she says, “This is a battle Hillary has fought before — and she has the scars to prove it.”
From Wikipedia.org
Her 1994 health care “plan did not receive enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate, although both chambers were controlled by Democrats.”
-Regarding big government, “she was the major force behind the State Children’s Health Insurance Program in 1997, a federal effort that provided state support for children whose parents were unable to provide them with health coverage.”
-Senator Clinton voted against the tax cuts introduced by President Bush, including the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
D
3A. Lower Taxes From Hillary’s website
“Hillary has consistently supported tax relief for middle-class families. She has supported permanently ending the marriage penalty, extending the lower-income tax rates, providing a deduction for college tuition, and providing a refundable child tax credit and adoption tax credit.”
From Wikipedia.org
In her 2000 Senate run, “she called for personal tax cuts for college tuition and long-term care.”
F
3B. Smaller Government From Hillary’s website
-Referring to her desire for government run health care, she says, “America is ready for universal health care. Hillary has the vision and the experience to make it a reality.”
F

Clinton’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be a dismal 0.78 on a 4 point scale. She scored an F in 4 of the 9 categories. She just barely missed a failing grade in the Strengthening the Family category; her record on abortion, traditional marriage and strengthening the family are very poor. The only thing that saved her from failing was her work with public organizations to help children and her desire to reduce the number of abortions in America. Similarly, with national defense, she just barely missed a failing grade. She voted for the Iraq war when it was popular, but has since tried to distance herself from it. As the Iraq war’s popularity diminished, she voted to de-fund the very war she voted to start. She supports amnesty, but, at least in theory, supports enforcing the rule of law. Her economic record is her weakest point. She supports higher taxes and bigger government, of course in the name of helping the children and the middle class. But all her social policies would do is hurt the economy and restrict freedom.

The Race for President: Mike Huckabee Analyzed

Next in this exercise of analyzing the presidential candidates we have Republican Mike Huckabee, who has been surging in popularity of late, though still a long-shot to win the nomination.

About the candidate: Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas, having served from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Prior to his political career, Huckabee was pastor of several Southern Baptist churches. He served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1989 to 1991 and as president of a religion-oriented television station.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From Huckabee’s website
My faith is my life – it defines me. My faith doesn’t influence my decisions, it drives them. I don’t separate my faith from my personal and professional lives.
From Wikipedia.org
-While Governor, Huckabee signed the “Covenant Marriage Act”, which compels the couple to seek counseling if problems develop during the marriage, provides limited grounds for divorce or separation, and restricts lawsuits against spouses. Huckabee said the law, “offers couples a chance to be held to a higher level of marital commitment.”
-Huckabee opposes abortions, same-sex marriages, and civil unions
From Right Wing News
-Huckabee has a superb record on right to life issues, and supports an amendment to protect marriage
A
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion From Huckabee’s website
I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional amendment to protect the right to life. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or wavering. I believe that Roe v. Wade should be over-turned.
A
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From Huckabee’s website
I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
A
2. Defending Our Country From Huckabee’s website
-Our Founding Fathers wanted to guarantee our God-given liberties. They wanted us to be able to defend ourselves, and that’s why they gave us the Second Amendment.
-A nation must provide its citizens freedom and security. A nation must be able to defend itself and feed itself. We have learned how disastrous it is to be dependent on other countries for our energy needs.
From Wikipedia.org
-Huckabee supported a 2005 bill to make some illegal aliens eligible for scholarships and in-state college tuition
-Regarding his position to give public benefits to children of illegal immigrants, he said, “I have always said you don’t punish a child for the crime of a parent”
-Huckabee supports the War in Iraq, the troop surge and the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp
-He believes the United States’ number one priority should be to secure America’s borders. However, Huckabee supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
A
2A. Defeating Terrorists From Huckabee’s website
I believe that we are currently engaged in a world war. Radical Islamic fascists have declared war on our country and our way of life. This war is not a conventional war, and these terrorists are not a conventional enemy. I will fight the war on terror with the intensity and single-mindedness that it deserves.
A
2B. Protecting Our Borders From Huckabee’s website
My number one priority is to secure America’s border. I opposed the amnesty bill that was defeated by the Senate in June.
B
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Huckabee’s website
-I believe in free trade, but it has to be fair trade.
-Globalization, done right, done fairly, can be the equivalent of a big pay raise by allowing us to buy things more cheaply.
-We don’t need universal health care mandated by federal edict or funded through ever-higher taxes.
From Wikipedia.org
-As Governor, Huckabee signed into law a 3 cent per gallon increase in tax on gasoline
-He led a campaign to funnel 100 percent of the state’s tobacco settlement revenues into the health care system, rather than the general fund.
-He signed a tax on private nursing homes for $5.25 per day per non-Medicare patient
-He was named “Friend of a Taxpayer” by American for Tax Reform (ATR) for his cut in statewide spending
-Huckabee publicly opposed the repeal of a sales tax on groceries and medicine in 2002

From Huckabee’s website

As Governor of Arkansas:
– I pushed through a $90 million tax relief package
– I doubled the standard deduction for taxpayers
-I eliminated the marriage penalty and capital gains tax on home sales
– I cut taxes and fees nearly 100 times, saving the people of Arkansas almost $380 million.
– When I left office, AR had a nearly $850 million state surplus
B
3A. Lower Taxes From Huckabee’s website
-I am running to completely eliminate all federal income and payroll taxes.
-I support the FairTax, a consumption tax, like the taxes on retail sales
B
3B. Smaller Government From Huckabee’s website
-To control spending, I believe the President should have the line-item veto.
-Government deficits are is not due to Americans’ being under-taxed, but to the government’s over-spending.
B

Mike Huckabee’s grade point average comes out to 3.56 on a 4 point scale, which is lower than I expected. I was surprised at Huckabee’s poor economic record relating to his support for tax increases. Also hurting Huckabee was his weak stance on illegal immigration. On the plus side, Huckabee is the first candidate I have examined to get a perfect score on the Strengthening the Family category.

The Race for President: Rudy Giuliani Analyzed

Next, in my analysis of presidential candidates, I thought I should take an in-depth look at the current Republican front-runner, Rudy Giuliani. As with the other candidates, I have analyzed what he has said on the issues (his stance) and what he has done (his record) and then graded him against my previously documented criteria.

About the candidate: Giuliani served in the US Attorney’s Office of New York, eventually becoming US Attorney. Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City (1994–2001). In 2001, after gaining international attention in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Time magazine named him “Person of the Year.” After leaving office as mayor, Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners, a security consulting business and joined the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family From Wikipedia.org
In 1999, Giuliani said, “I’m pro-choice. I’m pro-gay rights.”
From Rudy’s website
-Giuliani supports reasonable restrictions on abortion such as parental notification and a ban on partial birth abortion— except when the life of the mother is at stake.
Giuliani feels abortion is a deeply personal moral issue, and people of good conscience can disagree respectfully.
From the LA Times
-Giuliani said, “We need judges who embrace originalism…We believe in the Constitution as it was written.”
-Giuliani cited Scalia, Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito as the kind of judges he would choose if he were president.
From Rudy’s website
Adoptions increased 66% while abortions decreased over 16% in New York City when he was Mayor.

From NYC.gov
When Mayor Giuliani took office, one out of every seven New Yorkers was on welfare. Mayor Giuliani has returned the work ethic to the center of City life by implementing the largest and most successful welfare-to-work initiative in the country, cutting welfare rolls in half while moving over 640,000 individuals from dependency on the government to the dignity of self-sufficiency.

B
1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion B
1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
From Rudy’s website
Rudy Giuliani believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He does not—and has never—supported gay marriage. But he believes in equal rights under law for all Americans. That’s why he supports domestic partnerships that provide stability for committed partners in important legal and personal matters.
B
2. Defending Our Country From Rudy’s website
Rudy Giuliani believes winning the war on terror is the great responsibility of our generation. America cannot afford to go back to the days of playing defense, with inconsistent responses to terrorist attacks, because weakness only encourages aggression. Americans want peace. We’re at war not because we want to be, but because the terrorists declared war on us—well before the attacks of September 11th. Rudy understands that freedom is going to win this war of ideas. America will win the war on terror.
From Wikipedia.org
In 1986, Giuliani indicted eleven organized crime figures. Time magazine called this possibly “the most significant assault on the infrastructure of organized crime since 1943.” Eight defendants were found guilty on all counts and sentenced to hundreds of years in prison.

From NYC.gov
Under Rudy’s leadership, overall crime dropped 57%, murder was reduced 65%, and New York City – once infamous around the world for its dangerous streets – was recognized by the F.B.I. as the safest large city in America.

From ABC News
When Mayor of NY, Giuliani said “If you come here and you work hard and you happen to be in an undocumented status, you’re one of the people who we want in this city.”

A
2A. Defeating Terrorists A
2B. Protecting Our Borders From FoxNews
-Giuliani has called on Congress to prohibit states from giving driver’s licenses or similar forms of identification to illegal immigrants.
-“The idea is the federal government is supposed to secure the borders, the federal government is supposed to regulate immigration.”
B
3. Free Market Economic Policy From Rudy’s website
Rudy Giuliani believes in supply-side economics, because he did it (in New York City) and he saw it work.
From Rudy’s website
-He cut the size of city-funded government bureaucracy by nearly 20% (excluding cops and teachers).
-He cut taxes 23 times in New York
-He turned a $2.3 billion budget deficit into a multi-billion dollar surplus, while balancing the city’s budget

From the Club for Growth
“Giuliani successfully cut taxes; kept spending below the growth of inflation and population; instituted sweeping welfare reform; and deregulated many aspects of the city’s bulky bureaucracy.”

A
3A. Lower Taxes From Rudy’s Website
Giuliani told voters worried about job losses and outsourcing that burdensome taxes and regulations are to blame. “I think outsourcing is a function of being anticompetitive…If we right now lowered the corporate tax from 35 to 28 percent you’d stop a lot of outsourcing.”
A
3B. Smaller Government From Rudy’s website
Rudy believes in fiscal discipline by controlling spending and cutting wasteful programs
B

Giuliani’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be 3.44 on a 4 point scale. Not a bad score. Giuliani was hurt most by his positions on Strengthening the Family issues such as abortion and gay marriage. Overall, I like his fiscal policy and record, I think he has been tough on crime and I think he would do well in prosecuting the war on terror. I do, though, worry about his stance on some of the social issues.

The Race for President: Mitt Romney Analyzed

I thought I would start my analysis of presidential candidates with an in-depth look at my current preferred candidate, Mitt Romney. As you can see below, I have analyzed what the candidate has said on the issues (his stance) and what he has done (his record). I really enjoyed this exercise (a sign of a true political junkie) and look forward to going through this exercise for the other major candidates.

About the candidate: Mitt Romney (Republican) is the former governor of Massachusetts (serving 2003 through 2007). He is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm. He also served as president and CEO of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Issue/Voting Criteria Candidate’s Stance Candidate’s Record Grade
1. Strengthening the Family “America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.” Gov Romney, Feb 26, 2005
From Wikipedia.org
-Faced with the dilemma of choosing between same-sex marriage or civil unions after the MA Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriages, Romney reluctantly backed a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage but still allowing civil unions
-Romney endorsed a petition effort led by the Coalition for Marriage & Family that would have banned same-sex marriage and made no provisions for civil unions

From OnTheIssues.org
-Romney vetoed legislation to expand stem cell research because it allowed the cloning of human embryos for use in stem cell experiments–a practice Romney said amounts to creating life in order to destroy it.
-Romney vetoed legislation that would have made the Abortion pill available without a prescription

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1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion Though running as pro-choice in a 1994 senate race, Romney has more recently said, “I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother… I believe that the states… should determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.” Gov Romney, Boston Globe, July 26, 2005
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1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
“We respect hard work … We are self reliant, we respect human life, we are a religious people… We are a purpose-driven people founded on the family unit. I think every child deserves to have a mother and a father.” Gov Romney, March 19, 2006
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2. Defending Our Country “We need to increase our investment in national defense. This means adding at least 100,000 troops and making a long-overdue investment in equipment, armament, weapons systems, and strategic defense…We are going to need at least an additional $30-$40 billion annually over the next several years to modernize our military, fill gaps in troop levels, ease the strain on our National Guard and Reserves.” (Gov Romney, “Rising To A New Generation Of Global Challenges,” July/August 2007)
From a Mitt Romney Press Release
-In December 2006, Romney signed a memorandum of agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputizing state troopers to enforce immigration laws.
-Romney vetoed a Massachusetts bill to provide in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

According to Tim Cruz of National Review Online
-Romney provided an influx of $700,000 in state aid to faith-based and community groups working to solve the crime problem
-He established an $11 million statewide gang prevention program in 2005
-Under Romney’s leadership, the total number of MA State Police grew by nearly 200 Troopers to the highest in the agency’s history.
-He championed “Melanie’s Law,” the toughest drunk driving law in the state’s history

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2A. Defeating Terrorists “Today, as we stare at the face of radical violent Jihad and at the prospect of nuclear epidemic, our military might should not be subject to the whims of ever-changing political agendas. The best ally of peace is a strong America.” Gov Romney, Dearborn, MI, 2/13/07
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2B. Protecting Our Borders “We need to make America more attractive for legal immigrants — for citizens — and less attractive for illegal immigrants. I want to see more immigration in our country, but more legal immigration and less illegal immigration.” Gov Romney, June 23, 2006
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3. Free Market Economic Policy CNBC’s Larry Kudlow: “I think [Romney’s] a real capitalist. I think he’s a free market capitalist. I think he’s a supply-sider. He talked to me a lot about keeping the Bush tax cuts in place and lowering the corporate income tax” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 8/30/07)
From Wikipedia.org
-Upon entering office in 2003, Romney faced a $1.2 billion deficit

-Through spending cuts and lower taxes, and removal of tax loopholes the State had a $700 million surplus by 2006

-Romney increased the state gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon

-The state legislature with Romney’s support also cut spending by $1.6 billion

-Romney sought additional cuts in his last year as Massachusetts governor by vetoing nearly 250 items in the state budget.

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3A. Lower Taxes “I want to lower taxes. I want to lower marginal rates across the board. I want to lower taxes for corporations – we’re high relative to our competition around the world.” (CNBC’s “Kudlow & Company,” 8/28/07)
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3B. Smaller Government Gov. Romney “imposed some much-needed fiscal discipline on a very liberal Massachusetts legislature.” (The Club For Growth, Press Release, 8/21/07)

“I don’t want to add entitlements. I want to find ways to reform our entitlement programs.” Gov Romney, Boston Globe, Jan 27, 2006

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Romney’s grade point average, therefore, comes out to be 3.78 on a 4 point scale. He got a perfect score in 7 of the 9 categories. The two issues on which he was penalized were Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion (for his pro-choice stance in the 1990s) and Lower Taxes (for supporting a gasoline tax increase). Overall, not a bad showing for Romney.