| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy|
Ben Carson: Stop tinkering around the edges & address the problem.
Bobby Jindal: Wanting to cut is easy; actually cutting is harder.
Bobby Jindal: Cut the government economy to grow the American economy.
Carly Fiorina: Combine zero-based budget with tax reform.
Carly Fiorina: Dodd-Frank bank regulation is how socialism starts.
Chris Christie: Hillary is coming for your wallet.
Chris Christie: The Fed should stop maintaining low interest rates.
Jeb Bush: Dodd-Frank increased costs of community banking.
Jeb Bush: Don't accept new norm of 2% growth; strategize for 4%.
Jeb Bush: 2% growth hurts the middle class.
John Kasich: Economic theory is fine, but people need help.
Marco Rubio: Raising the minimum wage is an economic disaster.
Rand Paul: Fiscal conservative on both domestic & military spending.
Rand Paul: The Fed is destroying the value of our currency.
Rick Santorum: Over-taxation and over-regulation shut down our economy.
Ted Cruz: Would I bail out the banks again? Absolutely not!
Ted Cruz: I would not bail out Bank of America.
Ted Cruz: 1.2% annual growth over last 8 years is a disaster.
Bobby Jindal: We all want to get rid of death tax & reduce power of IRS.
Donald Trump: Get U.S. money back into U.S.: address corporate inversion.
John Kasich: Never let depositors lose their bank deposits.
Marco Rubio: Regulations favor big banks because small ones can't keep up.
Mike Huckabee: Stop punishing manufacturing; stop punishing work.
Rick Santorum: No bailouts: I'm a capitalist, not a corporatist.
Ted Cruz: End sugar subsidies and corporate welfare.
Ben Carson: Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs.
Energy & Oil|
Jeb Bush: Economic growth pays for environmental clean-up.
John Kasich: 20,000 jobs from fracking plus 300,000 other jobs.
Rand Paul: Repeal energy regulations like Clean Power Act.
Jeb Bush: Repeal EPA restrictions on clean water and clean power.
Families & Children|
Marco Rubio: Pro-family tax code: increase child-care tax credit.
Marco Rubio: Most important job is being a parent.
Rick Santorum: This campaign is all about two words: "Working Families".
Carly Fiorina: Arm the Kurds, the Emiratis, and more.
Donald Trump: Let Russia bash ISIS; let Germany defend Ukraine.
Jeb Bush: Big difference between world's policeman and world's leader.
Jeb Bush: Syria & Iraq talk to Russia due to lack of U.S. leadership.
John Kasich: China doesn't own the South China Sea; show US Navy there.
Marco Rubio: Void in the Middle East, so gangster Putin steps in.
Ted Cruz: Under Hillary's leadership, every region of world is worse.
Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Several other candidates support EXIM Bank too.
Donald Trump: TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages.
John Kasich: TPP is a strategic alliance against China.
Rand Paul: Senate should be involved in trade deals, not just President.
Rick Santorum: Export financing to level playing field for US manufacturers.
Carly Fiorina: We've become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws.
Carly Fiorina: Problem is government growing bigger, crushing growth.
Chris Christie: There's nothing for free; federal programs mean taxes.
Jeb Bush: A powerful D.C. hurts economic growth.
Mike Huckabee: State budget basics: educate, medicate, and incarcerate.
Ted Cruz: Obama-era regulations hurt small business.
Ted Cruz: Eliminate IRS, HUD, and Departments of Commerce & Energy.
Bobby Jindal: My plan puts patients & doctors back in control.
Carly Fiorina: ObamaCare is failing; replace 10,000 pages with free market.
Carly Fiorina: Replace ObamaCare with state-managed high-risk pools.
Chris Christie: No single-payer system; no healthcare nationalization.
John Kasich: We reduced Medicaid funding by 7.5% with no benefit cuts.
Rick Santorum: Let veterans go to private hospitals instead of VA hospitals.
Ted Cruz: Don't exempt Congress from ObamaCare, or any law.
Ben Carson: Goal of global jihadists is to destroy our way of life.
Chris Christie: Yes, there is a crisis at the VA.
Donald Trump: We worry about Iranian nukes but why not North Korean nukes?
Jeb Bush: We don't need a divider-in-chief: rebuild the V.A.
Marco Rubio: World is safer when America is the strongest military power.
Rand Paul: How is it conservative to add $1T in military expenditures?
Rand Paul: We spoke to Russians throughout the Cold War; keep doing so.
Rand Paul: FactCheck: Yes, military spending as much as next 10 nations.
Rick Santorum: Commander-in-chief is not an entry-level position.
Donald Trump: Ship millions back to Mexico, like Eisenhower did.
Donald Trump: Walls on borders work; just ask Israel.
Donald Trump: We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically.
Jeb Bush: We need practical plan; not possible to deport 11M illegals.
John Kasich: It's a silly argument to ship 11M illegals back to Mexico.
Mike Huckabee: Take care of jobless Americans rather than save Syrians.
Ted Cruz: Illegals are an economic calamity for low-wage Americans.
Ben Carson: Raising the minimum wage increases unemployment.
Bobby Jindal: 60 months in a row of job growth in Louisiana.
Donald Trump: Don't raise minimum wage; it makes us non-competitive.
Donald Trump: I have relevant experience by creating jobs and assets.
John Kasich: I created jobs in Congress & in Ohio; let's make it thrice.
John Kasich: When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work.
Marco Rubio: Raising minimum wage would replace people with machines.
Mike Huckabee: Wages for bottom 90% of the economy stagnant for 40 years.
Rick Santorum: Jobs are open in manufacturing but no skilled workers.
Principles & Values|
Bobby Jindal: Republicans should embrace Republican principles.
Carly Fiorina: Take back government and restore security and prosperity.
John Kasich: Capitalism needs values to avoid unfettered greed.
John Kasich: Conservative government will rebuild American from bottom up.
Marco Rubio: This election is a generational choice about 21st century.
Marco Rubio: Each generation has left America better, until now.
Mike Huckabee: I want to give a chance for American dream.
Rick Santorum: I'm a real conservative who won in a blue state.
Ted Cruz: We the people can turn this nation around.
Marco Rubio: Child tax credit refundable against payroll tax.
Mike Huckabee: Entitlements are earned benefits, not welfare.
Rand Paul: Eliminate payroll tax for employees.
Ted Cruz: Personal accounts for young; no changes for elderly.
Ted Cruz: Eliminate payroll tax entirely. and IRS entirely.
Ben Carson: Cancel mortgage deduction and charitable deduction.
Bobby Jindal: 3-tiered tax rate: 25%/10%/2%, with 2% for even the poorest.
Chris Christie: Get rid of deductions except charitable & mortgage deduction.
Chris Christie: Get rid of all deductions; get government off our backs.
Mike Huckabee: 22% of cost of goods is embedded taxes; take that tax out.
Mike Huckabee: FairTax is better than punishing productivity.
Rand Paul: Refundable tax credits are same as welfare transfers.
Rand Paul: Penny Plan: cut 1% across the board; balance budget in 2020.
Rick Santorum: 20% flat tax on all income of all types.
Ted Cruz: There are more words in the tax code than in the Bible.
Carly Fiorina: The secret sauce of America is innovation.
Chris Christie: The Chinese don't take us seriously, and why should they?
Marco Rubio: Fast change: Candy Crush got 100 million people in 1 year.
Rick Santorum: Get federal government out of the infrastructure business.
War & Peace|
Carly Fiorina: Aggressive exercises in Baltic; more US troops in Germany.
Chris Christie: I'll fly Air Force One over China's artificial islands.
Donald Trump: Assad is a bad guy, but his replacement could be worse.
Jeb Bush: We should have a no fly zone in Syria.
John Kasich: Work with allies like Israel, Egypt, Jordan.
Marco Rubio: ISIS hates our way of life; either they win or we win.
Rand Paul: A no-fly zone in Iraq means shooting war with Russia.
Rand Paul: Arming al Qaeda let it become ISIS.
Welfare & Poverty|
Ben Carson: Give poor people opportunity to not be poor people.
Bobby Jindal: Cut government to reclaim American dream with good jobs.
Mike Huckabee: Poverty system was set up by poverty industry.
Rand Paul: Income inequality comes from Democrats & the Fed.
Rick Santorum: Going to work while on welfare loses money.