foreign policy Ultimately the independence and security of Afghanistan will have to be secured and maintained by the Afghans themselves - we're not gonna stay there forever.
immigration For me the central issue is that people who are here illegally should be able to apply for citizenship, that should not be prohibited.
gun control I think we have to have more jails, more police. But we also have to say if someone is carrying a gun in the commission a crime, we will give them a stiff mandatory sentence.
civil rights I've always been in favor of preventing discrimination against people whether they are homosexual or straight... at the same time I said marriage is between one man and one woman, and that position has not changed. I read now in that I've changed my position on gay rights. I believe in gay rights, but I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.
healthcare Well, Jim, our seniors depend on these programs. And I know any time we talk about entitlements, people become concerned that something's going to happen that's going to change their life for the worst, and the answer is, neither the president nor I are proposing any changes for any current retirees or near retirees, either to Social Security or Medicare. So if you're 60 or around 60 or older, you don't need to listen any further.
abortion With regards to my views with regards to protecting a woman's right to choose, and I've been very clear on that. I will preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, and I am devoted and dedicated to honoring my word in that regard.
environment I believe the world is getting warmer, I can't prove that, but I believe based off what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two I believe humans contribute to that. I don't know how much our contribution is to that because there have been periods of greater heat and warmth than the past, but I believe we contribute to that, and so I think it's important to reduce our emissions of polutants and emissions of greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors to the climate change.
economy I frankly wish the last Congress would have dealt with the stimulus issue and that the President can assign that before leaving office. I think there is a need for economic stimulus. Americans have lost about 11 trillion dollars in net worth, that translates into about $400 billion less a year less spending they will be doing, and that's net of additional government programs like medicaid and unemployment insurance, and government can help make that up in a very difficult time and that's one of the reasons why I think a stimulus program is needed.
tax reform We can raise taxes on the people that are under the age of 55, that's one way we can do it. And one is to say we're gonna raise the retirement age, well that alone would… well I said we could raise taxes.
education I fully support the effort to extend the low interest rate on student loans. There is some concern that would expire halfway through the year, and I support extending the temporary relief on interest rates for students.
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