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Foreign Policy

1. Should the U.S. intervene in the affairs of other countries?

Barack Obama: Only in the matter of national security, human rights violations, or specifically asked by the international community.

Mitt Romney: Only if there is a direct threat to our national security.

2.Should the US end the war in Afghanistan?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: No, not until all US military leaders are confident the mission has been accomplished.

3. How should the US deal with Iran?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: Isolate through trade embargoes.

4. How should the US handle the genocide in Sudan?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: Support a NATO effort to contain the Sudanese military.

5. Should the US maintain a presence at the United Nations?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: Scale back our current involvement.

6. Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?

Barack Obama: No, they should be tried in military tribunals but not subject to torture.

Mitt Romney: No, they are not US citizens and should be subject to enhanced interrogation methods.

Domestic Policy

7. Do you support the Patriot Act?

Barack Obama: Yes, but limit the scope of the government’s powers.

Mitt Romney: Yes

8. Do you support affirmative action programs?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: No

9. Do you support increased gun control?

Barack Obama: No, only for assault weapons.

Mitt Romney: No

10. Are you in favor of decriminalizing all drugs?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: No

11. Should the federal government regulate the internet to deter online piracy?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: No, they government should prosecute copyright violators but not regulate the internet.

12. Should corporations and unions be permitted to fund broadcast advertisements backing political candidates through political action committees?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: Yes

The Economy

13. Should the federal government subsidize US farmers?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: Yes.

14. Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?

Barack Obama: No

Mitt Romney: Leave it up to the states to decide.

15. Should able-bodied, mentally capable adults who receive welfare be required to work?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: Yes, adults who receive government benefits should be required to work.

Social

16. Should the federal government allow the death penalty?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: Yes.

Healthcare

17. Do you support Obamacare?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: Yes,I support a majority of the plan but not all aspects.

18. Should marijuana be legalized in the US?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: No

The Environment

19. Should we expand our offshore drilling?

They agree on this issue. Their answers: Yes.

Immigration

20. Should illegal immigrants be given access to government-subsidized healthcare?

Barack Obama: No, but their children should have access.

Mitt Romney: No

Science

21. Should the federal government fund stem cell research?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: No

 

 

The previous questions involved issues that Obama and Romney sided on or had similar opinions. The following questions are issues that they do not side on.

22. Should the US end its trade embargo and travel ban on China?

Barack Obama: Yes, lift the travel ban but keep some provisions of the embargo in place.

Mitt Romney: No

23. Do you believe the theory of Evolution?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: Yes, and I believe it is a part of Creationism.

24. Should the US increase our space exploration efforts and budget?

Barack Obama: No

Mitt Romney: Yes

25. Should children of illegal immigrants be granted citizenship?

Barack Obama: Yes, but it should not grant their parents citizenship.

Mitt Romney: No

26. Should illegal immigrants working in the US be granted temporary amnesty?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: No

27. Should we limit federal funds to public schools that do not meet performance standards?

Barack Obama: No

Mitt Romney: Yes

28. Is Global Warming a threat to the environment?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: No, global warming and cooling are natural cycles beyond our control.

29. Should US National Parks and Forests continue to be preserved and protected by the federal government?

Barack Obama: Yes, and expand the government’s domain to protect more land.

Mitt Romney: No

30. Should the federal government continue to give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?

Barack Obama: Yes, the wind power industry is an important alternative to coal and natural gas.

Mitt Romney: No, traditional energy sources including oil, coal, and nuclear power will be reliable energy sources for many years to come.

31. What is your stance on abortion?

Barack Obama: Pro-choice

Mitt Romney: Pro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child’s health.

32. Should gay marriage be allowed in the US?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: No, marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman.

33. Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control?

Barack Obama: Yes, but exempt religious organizations or charities.

Mitt Romney: No

34. Should we expand or dismantle our Social Security program?

Barack Obama: Expand and increase the payroll tax on individuals making more than $250K to make up for budget shortfall.

Mitt Romney: Reform and raise the retirement age to account for people living longer.

35. Do you agree with President Obama’s 2009 Stimulus Plan?

Barack Obama: Yes

Mitt Romney: No

36. Do you believe the 2001 and 2003 George W Bush tax cuts should be extended?

Barack Obama: Extend only for those making less than $250,000

Mitt Romney:Yes

37. Should Congress raise the debt ceiling?

Barack Obama: Offset the debt by raising taxes on the rich and reduced spending.

Mitt Romney: No

38. Should the US have bailed out major banks during the financial crisis of 2008?

Barack Obama: Yes, but with more restrictions.

Mitt Romney: No

39. Should we expand or dismantle our Medicare program?

Barack Obama: Expand

Mitt Romney: Reform

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