foreign policy America has a proud history of strong, confident, principled global leadership—a history that has been written by patriots of both parties.
immigration They should instead go at the back of the line and they should not be allowed to stay in this country and be given permanent residency or citizenship merely because they have come here illegally.
gun control We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts and I support them. I won't chip away at them, I believe they help protect us and provide us with safety.
civil rights There's every right for people in this country to form long-term committed relationships with one another. That doesn't mean they have to call it marriage, or that they have to receive approval from the state, get a marriage license and so forth for that to occur. There can be domestic partnership benefits or a contractual relationship between two people, which would include as Speaker Gingrich indicated hospital visitation rights and the like, we can decide what kind of benefits we might associate with people who engage in those kind of relationships, state by state. But to say that marriage is any kind of relationship between a man and a woman is a mistake.
healthcare On Medicare, that's the big monster there, we're going to have to reform our healthcare system.
abortion I believe that because Roe V Wade has been the law for 20 years, that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice.
environment I indicated my view, I don't speak for the scientific community, of course, but 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 for us to reduce our emissions of polutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming that you're seeing.
economy Well first of all, the money is being paid back which it is, we didn't waste a lot of money. That was an investment made to try and keep a collapse of our entire financial system from occuring. I think that's the case. I think had President Bush and Secretary Paulson and Ben Bernake not pushed for a TARP type program, we would have been in a free fall that would have caused not only the collapse of a few banks on Wall Street, but banks all over the country, killing not only a few jobs, but all the jobs in this country. That's what we were facing, and the TARP program prevented that from occuring. TARP got paid back and it kept the financial system from collapsing... it was the right thing to do.
tax reform And the answer is yes, we can help, but it's going to take a different path, not the one we've been on, not the one the president describes as a top-down, cut taxes for the rich. That's not what I'm going to do.
education What's happening to education, it's failing us. Look at our scores, look what's happening to our kids. We have subsidized a behavior, in many respects, killing education and killing our ability to compete.
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