Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for President (used twice)
John McCain, Republican candidate for President (used twice)
Bob Barr, Libertarian candidate for President
Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party candidate for President
Bev Perdue, Democratic Candidate for Governor of NC
Michael Munger, Libertarian Candidate for Governor of NC
Dale Cardwell, Democratic Candidate for Senate in GA
Allen Buckley, Libertarian Candidate for Senate in GA
I would support legislation that allows legal civil unions between same sex couples, under the same conditions that this contract is offered to female/male couples.
The point is this: no one can dictate the personal life of our citizens.
The state cannot tell churches or spiritual groups to award or withhold a sacrament or ritual of marriage. But neither can churches require that the state deny the economic benefits of the civil union contract to citizens.
While remaining the strongest country in the world militarily, the U.S. needs to retract from its tremendous involvement and, in many cases, meddling, in foreign affairs. History shows us that empires don’t last. The U.S. is a quasi empire. We need to substantially reduce our number of foreign military bases - we now have approximately 700 bases in more than 130 countries. Most of the bases should be closed. The CIA prisons and “Gitmo” must be eliminated. Habeas corpus must be restored. The Patriot Act needs to be changed so that it applies only to persons reasonably suspected of terrorism. Much of our current actions serve certain private interests while causing expansion of terrorism and creation of new enemies. On Iraq, let’s offer this alternative: We will either help split Iraq into three (3) countries or we will leave.
Less than 10 percent of new ethanol production today is from farmer-owned refineries. New ethanol refineries help jumpstart rural economies. [candidate] will create a number of incentives for local communities to invest in their biofuels refineries.
[Candidate] Proposes A Cap-And-Trade System That Would Set Limits On Greenhouse Gas Emissions While Encouraging The Development Of Low-Cost Compliance Options. A climate cap-and-trade mechanism would set a limit on greenhouse gas emissions and allow entities to buy and sell rights to emit, similar to the successful acid rain trading program of the early 1990s.
Employers in America who knowingly hire illegal aliens are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In plain language: any employer who consciously hires illegal aliens would go to jail. They would not pass Go; they would not collect $200; they would go straight to jail.
Our National Defense policy must renew a commitment to non-intervention. We are not the world's police force and our long, yet recently tarnished, tradition of respecting the sovereignty of other nations is necessary, not from only a moral standpoint, but to regain the respect of the world as a principled and peaceful nation.
We have learned from Iraq that our military needs more men and women in uniform to reduce the strain on our active force. [Candidate] will increase the size of ground forces, adding 65,000 soldiers to the Army and 27,000 Marines.
[Candidate] Is Proposing A New "HOME Plan" To Provide Robust, Timely And Targeted Help To Those Hurt By The Housing Crisis. Under his HOME Plan, every deserving American family or homeowner will be afforded the opportunity to trade a burdensome mortgage for a manageable loan that reflects their home's market value.
I oppose Gay marriage. I believe the word “marriage” was created and implemented as an instrument to join a man and woman together in matrimony.
I support Civil Unions. As all Americans, Gays and Lesbians should be able to exercise their full constitutional rights and receive the protections therein.
This sad state of affairs at the federal level makes one fact perfectly clear. States cannot depend on health care leadership from Washington. We have been waiting too long for renewed action on health policy in Washington. We must take bold steps at the state level. It is the morally right and economically smart thing to do.
Maybe in some far-off utopia, someone can simply draw up a plan for universal coverage on paper and expect it to somehow just happen. But [this State] is the real world. If we want to improve the health and lives of our people, it’s up to us to craft a workable plan and make it happen. In the end, we can get it done and we can do it right. But nobody should expect to avoid the gnashing of teeth, the locking of horns, and the knocking of heads that will be necessary along the way.