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General: What are your thoughts on the Republican presidential candidates’ policy positions? Which issues would you like the Republican candidates to address as this nominating process continues?

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I want to hear the candidates' views on education and employment. As a teacher I want to know how these candidates will do better than did previous officials to prepare our young people for meaningful careers. Given that many of the parents of the children whom I teach have been caught in the web of poverty WITHOUT any safety nets, I want to see what the Republican candidates (or Dems for that matter) will do to improve the economy so that my students will flourish and teachers will be able to do their jobs without feeling unappreciated or even "bashed" by society.

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Maryann McCabe
uft
Bronx, NY

I am continually disappointed in the Republican candidate's stands on Unions and Right-to-Work. I feel like I am not valued as an educator. I would like to pose the question to each of the candidated, "If unions go away or right-to-work is put in place, how do they propose that I bargain for myself when I don't feel I have a supportive superintendent, and how would I continue to provide for my family without legal support provided by my union should I have some legal issue arise?" Just because I work for the public doesn't mean the public knows me and could determine what I deserve as an educator.

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Amy Paulzine
Education Minnesota - Worthington
Wilmont, MN

I am a very disolusioned libral who no longer believes Obama can lead our country. We are not even close to making enough jobs for the people. The republicans need a chance to talk about job creation. Mitt Romeny has been a business man. I want him to have a chance at putting our government in order. However, i know that strings are being putted in the background and that is such a shame. We need an overhaul! It isn't Obama who can do it ,at this rate.

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Cathy Mclaughlin
port charlotte, FL

Any candidate that attacks workers rights to form a union is against the working class and only pro-business. I believe businesses need support but who makes any business viable, it's the employees. All unions need to continue to push all candidates on their views of unions.

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Seth Cohen
Troy Teachers Association NYSUT
Troy, NY

I want the Republican candidates to answer questions about right to work legislation in relation to unions that exist in particular sectors. How would this legislation effect particular groups' rights and protect or risk those rights? If one is in a teachers' union and right to work legislation limits the bargaining power of that union - how will the individual worker benefit? How are the jobs that are to be added as a result of right to work laws actually going to come about? A cause and effect relationship is hinted at by this law but what is the proof? Unions don't equal less jobs but is that the implication?

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Linda Wiley
Lawrence, KS

I would like at least one of them to be brave enough to admit he is anti-union instead of confusing people with the misguided term "right to work."

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Laura Huddleston
Spring Branch AFT
Houston, TX

The majority of Middle Class workers, do not support the Right-To-Work Legislation. This Legislation has traditionally lowered overall worker wages and has been used to break unions. If you are asking for my vote, this type of Legislation will not help you get it!

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Gary Trahan
06047
Lake Charles, LA

Right-to-work naturally and easily becomes right-to-BE-worked. Funding-first thinkers present right-to-work as an issue of free choice about union membership - sounds right at first. In reality, it's the freedom to rely on the goodness of the employer in all issues - work conditions, schedules, benefits, evaluation, due process. In reality, it means a take-it-or-leave-it contract with every expectation that the next hired will have a different deal. No strong, united voice means no assurances. Question: What better idea does any Republican candidate have for working-family security than validating the workers' voice in the work place?

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Elizabeth Weight
AFT Granite 4429
West Valley City, UT

I believe that there are a majority of the candidates that have their own personal agenda for running, as opposed to keeping issues that affect the entire country in mind. I have yet to be impressed much by any one candidate. Considering not only Republican candidates, but also the Democratic side of the campaign, it's a shame that this is the best our great states have to offer in the way of potential presidential hopefuls. Where is a "Thomas Jefferson" or "George Washington" when you need one?

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Vicki Clements
PEGTX
Houston, TX

I am afraid of the Republican agenda. I fear for middle to lower income people being taken completely out of the governmental process. Taking away the right of laborers to protest or make choices that are better for themselves and their families is frightening. The wealthy elite appears to want the 1% to have IT all.

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Sandra Bradley
San Felipe, TX

"Right to work" is a phrase that really means take any power away from the working class & put more money in the pockets of the wealthy-is it a surprise that the Republican candidates race to effect that?

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Phil Micocci
Aldine AFT
The Woodlands, TX

As a teacher who used to manage special education programs in a Baltimore Middle School, I can tell you that the kids drop out frequently. The unique idea of giving them a job and a paycheck when they come to school is a darn good idea. These boys don't understand the value of earning a dollar and it's a good way for them to get started. It would also keep them in school. Obama does NOTHING for inner city youth!! Way to go Newt! Let's get some new ideas for REAL change.

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Alice Barr
Pasco county schools
Zephyrhills, FL

As I listen to these Republican candidates and their supposed job creating skills, I wonder what type of jobs would they create. Dickensian janitorial jobs for kids. jobs without good medical benefits, a valid retirement option, protection from all forms of job inequality that we have worked so hard to correct? Any bad government can promote these . And do they have as their base people who are swayed by truth- twisting, hate anf fear mongering - racism, mysogyny, homophobia, intoleranceof the "others' ? I sincerely believe it is the party of Freedom and Justice for Some.

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rande spengler
Connetquot Retired TA
Bohemia, NY

I am disheartened at the extreme right direction the Republican Party is taking. It is scary, and I hope they continue to battle for position, so that the overall strategy to defeat a fine, intelligent President is weakened.

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cheryl wright
highlands elementary school, lagrange, illinois
chicago, IL

I would like to know why the republicans want to dump our money into an oil pipeline which will create minimal jobs and destroy the environment compared to the construction of a new energy infrastructure wrapped around renewable sources. The creation of solar fields connected to trunk lines that would bring the suns radiant energy to every city in the United States. For storage of this energy we could use the natural gas caverns where they exist and build new caverns where they do not. These caverns will contain super-heated air that when released power turbines that generate power. Wind farms construction in the plains and off shore also

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Christopher Brink
Farmingville, NY

I don't see any hope for our future in either one of the candidates. Please, please, please, for the sake of us all, stop taking money from Education!!!!! I don't really care who is in office, just, please, make that happen! They are our future. From where I stand right now, as an Educator, you all have some serious work to do. Come into the classrooms. I challenge all of you. Pick a school and stay there for a week. See what we do, what we need, what we give, what we strive to keep together. With "very" little these days! How do we allow our own throat being cut? Shooting ourselves in the foot, you might say? I say! Wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Laura Lovelady
Mendocino County Federation of Teachers
Ukiah, CA

Two years ago I and my colleagues were fired from Central Falls High School, Central Falls, Rhode Island. On March 2, 2010 Obama and Arne Duncan came out and agreed that we should have been fired. This was done illegally and without any justification. How can AFT support a someone that supports this behavior? Last I looked No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the other punative reforms were still in place.

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Robert Scappini
AFT/Central Falls RI
Central Falls, RI

AFT supports Obama carte blanche based on "race to the top"? He stands for nothing and has appeased the very corporate machine responsible for eroding the public perception of a profession that should be respected and not constantly "reformed". "Race to the top" reduces the institution of education to the realm of business with it's attempt to quantify educational success to a test score and 'declarations" of effective teaching. Great teachers like myself know what success is and feels like but of course now we have to yet again feel worse about ourselves if the God almighty DATA defines our success. With education, numbers CAN lie.

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R. Smith
West IslipTA
Holtsville, NY

I feel whoever is the President - dem or rep -- entitlements, debt, jobs and dependency on oil should be addressed -- I don't believe in the fairness act (socialism) If you can't afford your house get out - I paid my mortgage I did not live above my means

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sanford strum
WSBFA
northport, NY

As a Roman Catholic, I am most interested in the positions any of the candidates hold on abortion. I am opposed to abortion in any form and for whatever reason, and I feel that this issue is the most important because it involves morals and taking a human life. What issue could be more important than that?

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Susan McLaughlin
Bayonne, NJ

Can you please tell me why American tax payers should suffer the consequences for the banking business's malpractice and illegal activities,compounded by our government's lack of accountability in the matter?

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Carl Wanzung
AFT
Chicago, IL

Republicans don't have any ideas to help wage earners, seniors, the unemployed, disabled, & young people who want an education. Their economic & tax policies only help the top 1%, & kill workers' rights to unionize and collectively bargain for fair wages, benefits, & working conditions. Their social policies divide us by race, class, religion, & sexuality, & undermine the fundamental principles upon which our constitution & laws are based: "to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for common defence, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...

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Karen Mainor
Phila. Federation of Teachers
Philadelphia, PA

I think the AFT needs a Republican in the executive branch to ensure we fight against things that are wrong. When we have a Democratic executive officer, unions give, leaders take and we all suffer. With a conservative at the helm, unions seem to stand up and fight.

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Paul Diamond
Yonkers Federation of Teachers local 860
Bedford, NY

It appears that the republicans want to go back to the 1950's where men were men, women were like Donna Reed & blacks had Jim Crow laws. And the South had the stars & bars. Oh, wait. In South Carolina they still do.

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James Kerner
Bergenfield, NJ

Please check out CTJ. Citizens for Tax Justice. Check out the income tax plan by the Republican candidates. Not only do they plan to extend the Bush tax cuts. But, they plan to cut taxes for the top 1%. It is truly scary when you couple the fact the by the end of 2012, this nation will be in 16 trillion dollars of debt. Where will the money come from to run this great nation?

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susan hess
psea
mohnton, PA

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