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 Women are concerned about the glass ceiling. Women that I have seen in organizations have not had the opportunity they deserve to have in getting ahead in organizations. If we're gonna compete as a nation, we've got to draw upon the skills of women, and minorities. And I see organizations ranging from the Federal Government to Corporations that are not drawing on the skills and abilities of women and minorities.
healthcare I want to take that $716 billion you've cut and put it back into Medicare. By the way, we can include a prescription program if we need to improve it, but the idea of cutting $716 billion from Medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of "Obamacare" is, in my opinion, a mistake.
abortion No I want the voters to know exactly where I'm gonna stand as governor and that is I'm not gonna change our pro-choice laws in Massachusetts in any way. I will preserve them, I will protect them, I will enforce them, and therefore I'm not gonna make any changes which would make it more difficult for a woman to make that choice herself.
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 that the last Congress would have dealt with the stimulus issue and that the President could have signed that before leaving office. I think there is need for economic stimulus.
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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