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SelectSmart.com2012 Presidential Candidate Selector
You may select a position for every issue, or just select issues important to you. The positions of Barack Obama, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Kent Mesplay, Mitt Romney, Robby Wells, Rocky Anderson, Ron Paul, etc. are based upon their voting records, special interest group ratings and their statements in the public record. In cases where there is no known public record or statement, these politicos are not given a score on that issue. We add candidates, revise their views and include new issues as they become known or change. Check back for updates.


1. What would be your ideal candidate's position on the STIMULUS PLAN initiated by President Obama? (The Economic Stimulus Act "provides for tax rebates to low- and middle-income U.S. taxpayers, tax incentives to stimulate business investment, and an increase in the limits imposed on mortgages eligible for purchase by government-sponsored enterprises (e.g., Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)." More at Wikipedia)
Would support the Stimulus Plan
Would scrap the Stimulus Plan
Neither
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2. What would be your ideal candidate's position on TAXES & GOVERNMENT SERVICES? There are two basic schools of thought on this topic. One side says, "a society is judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members". The other side says, "reduce taxes so people can keep their money to solve their own problems".
Would advocate increasing income taxes on the wealthiest one or two percent of Americans. Would favor the "government should help people" positions of groups such as the Children's Defense Fund and the Alliance for Retired Americans.
Would embrace the philosophy that any increase of any taxes of any income strata hurts the economy. Would tend to favor the anti-tax positions of the National Taxpayers Union.
Neither   Prioritize this issue: High    Medium    Low  


3. Which statement regarding GOVERNMENT JOBS--which are taxpayer supported--would your ideal candidate say?
"Congress should pass a bill to help states put thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers back on the job."
America needs fewer fire fighters, fewer police officers, fewer teachers. "Itís time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."
Neither
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4. Would your ideal candidate advocate MILITARY FORCE, including pre-emptive attacks, if intelligence confirmed that Iran had obtained and/or was obtaining a nuclear weapon?
Yes.
No.
Neither
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5. What would be your ideal candidate's position on the WATERBOARDING of terrorism suspects?
They would favor it, viewing it as "enhanced interrogation" and a valuable tool in the war on terror.
They would oppose it, viewing it as "torture" and counterproductive, illegal and/or immoral.
Neither
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6. What would be your ideal candidate's position on BALANCING CIVIL LIBERTIES & SECURITY?
Would lean toward preserving civil liberties even though it might risk our security.
Would lean toward preserving our security even though it might risk our civil liberties, for example advocating an expansion of the PATRIOT ACT.
Neither
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7. What would be your ideal candidate's position on BUSINESS & LABOR?
Would favor the pro-business positions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and similar groups.
Would favor the pro-labor positions of the AFL-CIO and similar groups.
Neither
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8. What would be your ideal candidate's position on the MINIMUM WAGE?
Would have a history of supporting increases in the minimum wage.
Would have a history of opposing increases in the minimum wage.
Neither
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9. What would be your ideal candidate's position on SOCIAL SECURITY?
Would keep it a governmental program, a non-private entity, possibly adjusting the earnings ceiling and/or the retirement age, etc.
Would consider other options, including and especially privatization.
Neither
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10. What would be your ideal candidate's position on TRADE ISSUES?
Would tend to support free trade policies. (Free trade is a system in which the trade of goods and services between or within countries flows unhindered by government-imposed restrictions [such as] taxes and tariffs, non-tariff barriers, quotas. etc. More at Wikipedia)
Would tend to support fair trade policies. (Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards... More at Wikipedia)
Neither
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11. What would be your ideal candidate's position on EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH?
Would support federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
Would oppose federal expansion of embryonic stem cell research.
Neither
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12. What would be your ideal candidate's position on ABORTION?
Would support the pro-choice positions of organizations like NARAL.
Would support the pro-life positions of organizations like National Right to Life Committee.
Neither
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13. What would be your ideal candidate's position on CAPITAL PUNISHMENT?
Would support the death penalty.
Would oppose the death penalty.
Neither
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14. What would be your ideal candidate's position on GUN CONTROL?
Would support gun control legislation recommended by groups such as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Would oppose gun control legislation, agreeing with groups such as the NRA and the Gun Owners of America.
Neither
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15. What would be your ideal candidate's position on MARIJUANA laws?
Would not advocate any sort of legalization of marijuana.
Would support legalization for doctor prescribed medical use of marijuana.
Would support a general decriminalization of marijuana.
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16. What would be your ideal candidate's position on HEALTH CARE?
Would "repeal and replace" the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
Would support the health insurance reform bill signed by Obama (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act).
Neither
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17. What would be your ideal candidate's position on the ENVIRONMENT & PROPERTY RIGHTS when they conflict?
Would favor positions of environmental groups like the League of Conservation Voters.
Would support positions of property rights advocating groups like the American Land Rights Association.
Neither
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18. What would be your ideal candidate's position regarding CLIMATE CHANGE?
Anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change is real, a real concern and requires concerted action by governments and citizens.
Climate change is not real and/or doesn't require action.
Neither
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19. What would be your ideal candidate's position on ARIZONA'S IMMIGRATION LAW? Arizona SB 1070 is the broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measure in decades. Some see it as a necessity to stop crime and illegal immigration. Others are concerned about racial profiling and constitutional issues.
Would oppose Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
Would support Arizona's new illegal immigration law.
Neither
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20. What would be your ideal candidate's position on GAY & LESBIAN ISSUES?
Would oppose both marriage and civil unions for same sex couples.
Would support marriage for same sex couples.
Would support civil unions for same sex couples.
Neither
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21. What would be your ideal candidate's preferred philosophy regarding JOB CREATION?
The Keynesian economic theory which states that while government should be the spender of last resort, government spending can spur a stalled economy.
Supply Side (aka Reaganomics or Trickle Down) Economics which states that tax breaks or other economic benefits provided by government to businesses and the wealthy will benefit all of society by improving the economy as a whole.
Austrian School of Economics which advocates laissez faire policies. It states that any government involvement tends to stifle the economy and thus cause unemployment.
Neither
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22. What would be your ideal candidate's position on UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE in times of high unemployment?
Extend it during a recession as it helps the job seekers and their families plus it infuses money into the economy.
Reduce it as it is a disincentive to finding work, plus it adds to the deficit.
Neither
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23. What would be your ideal candidate's position on VOTER REGISTRATION?
Would favor voter ID laws as a way to stop voter fraud. After all, people need photo ID to drink, drive or a board a plane.
Would oppose voter ID laws as the real intent is voter suppression. Voting is a constitutional right and not everyone drinks, drives or flies.
Neither
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24. How TRUTHFUL do you expect your ideal candidate to be? The scoring on this issue is based on Poltifact.com's "Truth-O-Meter" research and analysis to which we link from the individual candidate position summaries on your results page. It's not always knowable if a candidate is intentionally lying or merely factually mistaken. Politifact does not analyze every statement a politician makes--just the questionable ones.
I prefer a candidate who mostly tells the truth...duh!
I expect my elected officials to tell falsehoods. That way I'm not disappointed.
I don't trust Poltifact.com's "Truth-O-Meter", so I reject this question.
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25. Do you want to give extra weight to politicians who ACTUALLY ARE CANDIDATES?
Yes, push toward the top of my list the names of presidential candidates who are currently running.
No, I want to see which politicians I best align with regardless if they are still running or not.

   

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