Monday, March 12, 2007

2008 Presidential Rat Race: Starting Positions

Some candidates have issues. Others stand on issues. A few avoid issues altogether.

I've been doing a little homework. Here's what I've learned about some of these candidates and their positions with regard to three current hotbutton issues that should matter to every conscientious Catholic voter.







Candidate

Abortion

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Same-Sex Marriage

Biden
D

Pro-abortion; 100% Planned Parenthood score in most recent ratings. Source

Supports

Supports

Brownback
R

Pro-Life."Abortion ends a human life...I believe we should strive to fully embrace a culture of life through our national politics. I will continue to fight to protect life at every stage." Source

Has support of Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.

Opposes. Source

"Marriage is the union of one man and one woman." Source

Clark
D

Pro-abortion.Source.

Supports. Source.

Supports gay domestic partnership benefits. Source.

Clinton
D

Pro-Abortion

Supports..

Voted against constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. Supports gay domestic partnership benefits.

Dodd
D

Pro-Abortion. Supported the interests of the Planned Parenthood 100% in 2006. Source

Supports Source

Opposes constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Edwards
D

Pro-Abortion. Supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2003

Supports

Supports civil unions, but not same sex marriages

Gingrich
R

Moderately pro-life. Favors abortion only for cases of incest, rape, or when the life of the mother is endangered. Source


Supports domestic partner benefits, "unsure" about same-sex mariage.

Giuliani
R

Pro-Choice. Supports public funding of abortion as a "constitutional right"

Supports

Supports Domestic Partnerships

Hagel
R

Moderately Pro-Life: Supports abortion when the life of the mother is endangered

Opposes Federal support. Source

Voted for an amendment to the Constitution to define a marriage as a union between only a man and a woman

Huckabee
R

Moderately pro-life. Supports abortion when the life of the mother is endangered. Opposes public funding for abortions organizations that advocate or perform abortions Source


Opposes same-sex marriage. Says we should “support gay couples”

Hunter
R

Pro-life. National Right to Life Committee gives Hunter a 100% score.

Opposes

Opposes civil unions

Kucinich
D

Pro-Abortion

Supports

Supports gay marriage (Opposes marriage amendment.)

McCain
R

Moderately Pro Choice. 75% rating from NRLC.

Supports on existing lines, opposes on new.

Supports civil unions, opposes gay marriage.

McManigal
L

Pro-choice. Opposes restrictions. Opposes federal funding of abortion.

Opposes federal funding. Supports private.

Supports gay marriage

Obama
D

Pro-Choice. 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood and NARAL

Supports

Opposes gay marriage, supports civil unions.

Paul
R

Pro-Life

Opposes expansion

Supports Civil Unions

Richardson
D

Pro-Abortion. Opposed Partial Birth Abortion ban.

Supports

Opposes same sex marriage, suppots civil unions

Romney
R

Pro-abortion as Mass. Governor. Flipped to Pro-life when running for President.

Vetoed a Mass. Stem cell research bill.

Supports domestic partnerships, opposes marriage and civil unions. Supports homosexual adoption.

Tancredo
R

Pro-Life

Opposes funding.

Opposes same-sex marriage




The information here was taken from SelectSmart.com.
Their source references are duplicated here, where possible. Such sources include public statements by candidates, satisfaction ratings from organizations, and public voting records. They also link to candidate websites.

4 comments:

Tito said...

Good work! Beat me to the punch.

Hey, I heard that Tancredo is anti-Catholic? Is that true or have you heard anything along those lines?

Christina said...

Haven't heard anything like that yet, but I'm sure any dirty laundry will come out as the campaign goes on.

In any case, the support Brownback has from Priests for Life is a pretty weighty endorsement.

Christina said...

Did a quick google search. Tancredo is a lapsed Catholic, now Evangelical Presbyterian. He is critical of the Church, as well as other denominations on their attitudes toward immigration issues.

One blog post I found says that, while a guest on a radio program, he gave some credence to some bigoted anti-catholic remarks made by a caller, who alleged that the Church supports illegal immigration in order to have Catholics take over the country. The post did not cite what show, however.

If this is true, it means that he gives credit to one of the oldest anti-catholic lies in this country, that goes back to prejudice against LEGAL Italian and Irish immigrants during the 19th century. I'll have to dig up some of the old political cartoons and blog them.

Tito said...

Christina,

Thanks. I'm going to post this bit of information about Tancredo if he is still in the race a month from now. That is simply unacceptable.