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Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

The candidate menu appears after every 10 questions, and topics appear in alphabetical order.

ProCon.org will continue to update this chart until the Nov. 4, 2008 election.

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A. Total % of Pro and Con responses (out of our 72 posted questions)
67% 67%

B. Total % of NC and ? responses (out of our 72 posted questions)
33% 33%

C. Total # of position changes
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# Topic ProCon.org's Questions Responses
1 Abortion Should abortion remain a legal option in America? Pro Now Con
2 Abortion Should parental consent be required for pregnant minors to have abortions? NC Pro
3 Character Is competence more important than honesty in a President? NC NC
4 China Is China a threat to the US? NC NC
5 China Should the US impose economic sanctions on China as an incentive to improve its human rights policies? NC NC
6 Criminal Justice Should felons, who have completed their jail time and probation and paid all their fines, be allowed to vote in elections?
Pro NC
7 Criminal Justice Should the US develop programs that focus more on rehabilitation than punishment in order to reduce its rate of incarceration? Pro ?
8 Cuba Should the US continue to support an embargo against Cuba? Pro Pro
9 Darfur Should the US send any American forces, with or without the UN, to the Darfur region of Sudan to stop the genocide? Con NC
10 Death Penalty Should the death penalty remain a legal option in America? Pro Pro
More questions and positions below

Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

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ProCon.org will continue to update this chart until the Nov. 4, 2008 election.
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11 Defense Should the US build its missile defense shield in former Soviet states despite objections from Russia? Pro NC
12 District of Columbia Should the District of Columbia become the 51st US state? NC NC
13 Economy Is outsourcing jobs to other countries good for America? NC Pro
14 Economy Should the US include mandatory regulations for labor rights in free trade agreements? Pro NC
15 Economy Has the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) had an overall benefit for the US? Con Pro
16 Economy Should the federal government bail out failing US private corporations like it did with Bear Stearns or Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac at taxpayers expense? Pro Pro
17 Education Has the No Child Left Behind Act been effective at improving public education? Con Pro
18 Education Is the increasing cost of college and university tuition pricing America's middle class out of higher education? Pro Pro
19 Education Should the federal government fund school voucher programs? Now NC Pro
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Education Should sex education in our schools be based on abstinence only? Con Pro
More questions and positions below

Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

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# Topic ProCon.org's Questions Responses
21 Election Reform Should voter verified paper audit trails (VVPAT) be mandatory in elections? Pro ?
22 Election Reform Should there be restrictions on campaign contributions? Pro Pro
23 Election Reform Should the election campaigns of candidates for public office be publicly financed? Pro Pro
24 Eminent Domain Should federal or state government be allowed to use eminent domain laws to take private property for non-public use? ? Con
25 Energy Should drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) be allowed? Con Con
26 Energy Should the US tap into its emergency oil reserves to help bring down the price of gasoline? NC Pro
27 Energy Should the US permit more offshore drilling to increase domestic energy supplies? Now NC Now Pro
28 Energy Should the US build additional nuclear plants? NC Pro
29 Energy Should the private ethanol industry be subsidized by the federal government? Pro Con
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Environment Should the US ratify an international environmental agreement (such as the Kyoto Protocol) that mandates reductions in carbon emissions? Pro NC
More questions and positions below

Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

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Environment Should the federal government mandate an increase in fuel efficiency standards for automobiles? Pro Pro
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Environment Are humans substantially responsible for global climate change today? Pro NC
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Gun Control Are more federal regulations on guns and ammunition needed? Pro Con
34 Health Care Should all Americans have a right to government or employer subsidized basic health care? Pro Con
35 Health Care Should Americans be allowed to purchase their prescription drugs from other countries? Pro Pro
36 Health Care Are fast food companies responsible in any way for America's obesity problems? NC NC
37 Immigration Are illegal immigrants a net gain to the US economy? NC NC
38 Immigration Should illegal aliens receive any of the rights or benefits that lawful permanent residents enjoy? Pro Pro
39 Immigration Should the US build a physical barrier, such as a fence, along the US-Mexico border? Pro Now Con
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Iran Should the US use military force against Iran if Iran does not dismantle its nuclear program? Now Con NC
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Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

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Iran Should the US be involved in direct negotiations with Iran? Pro Now
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Iraq Was it a mistake to attack Iraq in 2003? Pro Con
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Iraq Has the war in Iraq made America safer?
Con NC
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Iraq Should the US set a timetable for troop withdrawal in Iraq? Pro Con
45 Israel Should Israel continue to receive the current level of military and economic aid from the US? Pro Pro
46 Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict
Should the US allow Hamas to join future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations? NC NC
47 Israeli-
Palestinian Conflict
Should there be an independent Palestinian state? Pro NC
48 Kosovo Should the US have supported Kosovo's independence? NC Pro
49 Marriage Should there be a Constitutional amendment or federal law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman? Con Con
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Marriage Should an affair outside of marriage disqualify a candidate for public office? NC NC
More questions and positions below

Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

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# Topic ProCon.org's Questions Responses
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Media Should journalists be shielded from prosecution for protecting their sources? NC Pro
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Medical Marijuana Should marijuana be a medical option? Now Pro Con
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Medical Marijuana Should the federal government stop raids against people for using medical marijuana in states where medical marijuana use is legal? Pro Pro
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National ID Should there be a national identification card? ? NC
55 National Service Should the US institute a military draft? Con Con
56 National Service Should openly gay people be allowed to serve in the US military? Pro Con
57 National Service Should the US mandate military service or civil service like the Peace Corps? NC Con
58 Presidential Power Should the US President's powers be expanded to include a line item veto? ? Pro
59 Presidential Power Should the unitary executive theory apply to the US President? NC NC
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Presidential Power
Should the Vice-President of the US be considered part of the Executive Branch and thus be subject to the laws and rules governing that branch? The candidates' position on this issue will be posted by Oct. 31, 2008
More questions and positions below

Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

The candidate menu appears after every 10 questions, and topics appear in alphabetical order.

ProCon.org will continue to update this chart until the Nov. 4, 2008 election.
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# Topic ProCon.org's Questions Responses
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Religion Should federal funds be given to faith-based (religious) organizations and initiatives? NC NC
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Religion Should a candidate's religion matter to voters? NC Pro
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Science Should the government continue to fund the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)? Pro Pro
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Science Should Intelligent Design be taught as science in schools? The candidates' position on this issue will be posted by Oct. 31, 2008
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Social Security Should Social Security be privatized?
Con Pro
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Stem Cells Should the federal government fund embryonic stem cell research? Pro Now Con
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Taxes Should the Bush tax cuts be made permanent Con Now Pro
68 Taxes Should any federal taxes be increased? Pro Con
69 Turkey Should Turkey be able to enter Iraq or other countries unilaterally in search of its enemies? Con Con
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US Constitution Should the US Constitution and Bill of Rights be altered or updated in any way? Pro Pro
More questions and positions below

Positions are categorized as Pro (Yes), Con (No), Not Clearly Pro or Con (NC), or None Found (?). Candidates who have changed positions are listed as Now their most recent position.

Candidates are added when they meet our criteria, and they are removed when they withdraw from the presidential race or no longer meet our criteria.

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ProCon.org will continue to update this chart until the Nov. 4, 2008 election.
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# Topic ProCon.org's Questions Responses
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War on Terror Should interrogation techniques that some consider torture, such as waterboarding, be a legal option? Con Con
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War on Terror Should the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay be closed? Pro Pro
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War on Terror Has the USA PATRIOT Act had an overall benefit for the US? Now NC NC
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War on Terror Should telecommunication companies receive immunity for allowing the government to conduct past warrantless wiretaps? Con NC

A. Total % of Pro and Con responses (out of our 72 posted questions)
67% 67%

B. Total % of NC and ? responses (out of our 72 posted questions)
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C. Total # of position changes 5
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Last updated on: 10/17/2008 12:42:00 PM