Platform Comparison

Social Issues

Mitt Romney

Barack Obama

Partial-Birth Abortion: No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion
Stem Cells: Stem cell research lofty goals don’t justify destroying life Stem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases
Judicial Activism: Firmly pro-life; including Court nominations No litmus test; nominate to Court based on their fairness
Welfare State: Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiative Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help
Welfare-to-Work: Would require welfare recipients to work Welfare recipients know how to succeed but need help
Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell: Don’t ask, don’t tell sounds silly, but it’s effective Repeal Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell
Defense of Marriage MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage Decisions about marriage should be left to the states
Affirmative Action: Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issue Include class-based affirmative action with race-based
College Loans: China & India graduate more science & engineering PhDs $10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service
No Child Left Behind: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB
School Vouchers: Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schools Vouchers don’t solve the problems of our schools
the Fathers In Families: Child development enhanced by having a mother & father I know what it means to have an absent father
Personal Faith: My faith would inform my presidency I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith
Religious Values: Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom Listening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line

Domestic Issues

Mitt Romney

Barack Obama

Alternative Sentencing: One Strike, You’re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking Supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation
Death Penalty: Supports death penalty in heinous murders Battled legislatively against the death penalty
Gun Rights: Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok
Drugs in Society: Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse
Marijuana Legalization: Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it
Nuclear Waste: Compensate Nevada for nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain Opposes Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage
Environmental Philosophy: Clean environment will be a campaign theme Genesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future
Emissions Standards: States should be able to have their own emissions standards Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards
Energy Efficient Cars: $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology Let’s build a fuel-efficient car in America, not abroad
Infrastructure Investment: Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxes National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank: $60B in 10 years
Outer Space Policy: Mining the moon costs too much Cancel moon program; develop human mission to Mars
R&D Spending: National R&D spending OK; picking winners not OK Space-race-level investment in R&D; biotech; & green tech
Health Mandate: Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates Zero fines & no mandate for small business
Medicare: Reform Medicare, but don’t cancel prescription program Medicare is major driver of our long-term liabilities
ObamaCare: I stand by what I did in Massachusetts; but not ObamaCare Repealing healthcare reform would cost $250B
Corporation Policy: Corporations are people I will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it
Financial Bailout: Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankrupt We all hated the bank bailout; but it was necessary
Wall Street Reform: I was CEO at mainstream businesses, not Wall St. Pay attention to Main Street, not just Wall Street
Economic Stimulus: Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff $1T avoided Depression; but I took office with $8T debt
Trickle-Down Economics: Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economy Not enough to help those at the top: it doesn’t trickle down
National Debt: The “Party of No” is ok when it comes to spending Freeze annual domestic spending for next five years
Balanced Budget: Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDP Appoint bipartisan fiscal commission and re-establish PAYGO
Campaign Finance Reform: McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment Public campaign financing with free television & radio time
Card Check: “Card check” is a massive imposition on worker freedom FactCheck: Yes, wants to limit secret balloting for unions
Unemployment: Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts $4,000 tax credit for companies who hire unemployed workers
Social Security Privatization: Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely bold What do we do with the losers of privatizing?
Trust Fund: Congress taking money from Trust Fund is criminal Must capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission
Entitlement Policy: Rein in the excessive growth in entitlement programs Good health care and tax reform will save entitlements
Tax-and-Spend Policies: Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families We need a tax code where everybody pays their fair share
Death Tax: Death tax just doesn’t make sense 2011 budget proposed to raise Death Tax to 45%

International Issues

Mitt Romney

Barack Obama

Climate Change: They don’t call it “America warming” but “global warming” Aggressively address accelerating climate change
Oil Drilling: Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil
Nuclear Power: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal Nuclear power ok if we safeguard against waste & terrorism
China Trade: China doesn’t want to have a trade war; so push hard China is a competitor but not an enemy
Immigrant Benefits: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants Pathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it
Guest Workers: I like legal immigration; let business determine visas Anti-immigrant bitterness stems from joblessness
American Exceptionalism: American Exceptionalism means America need not decline American exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism
Iranian Sanctions: Unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nation Iran is more isolated and will face growing consequences
International Diplomacy: Encourage others to welcome democracy, without military The UN has succeeded in avoiding a Third World War
the Patriot Act: FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OK The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties
Defense spending: Increase defense spending to at least 4% of GDP Reduce defense spending 1% in 2013; add 2% per year after
Sources of Terrorism: To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim world Battling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation
Torture Policy: Best to not say whether waterboarding is torture or not No torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear
Guantanamo Prison: Closing Gitmo leaves America vulnerable to another 9/11 OpEd: Promised to close Guantanamo but it’s still open
Afghanistan War: Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leave Troops will begin to exit Afghanistan in July 2011

Compiled by the American Family Association

 

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