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General: If you could ask the Republican presidential candidates one question they haven’t answered so far, what would it be?

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I am confused how the candidates tout "Christian values" and yet advocate for policies that only make rich corporate America richer. It has already been proven that the wealthy are most careful to not let any of it trickle down to the middle or lower classes. Do they believe that Christ would not want the poor to receive healthcare and housing and education? How can they read the Bible and not see that Jesus was a bit of a social reformer and not a conservative?

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Dale Katzen
William Floyd United Teachers
Manorville, NY

Why do you think it's terrible for government to interfere with the control of dangerous weapons or to regulate traders on Wall Street who caused our economic disaster, but insist on government intrusion into private matters like a woman's right to make choices for herself and her family?

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Flo Brodley
UFT
Somers, NY

How can the government advocate "No Child Left Behind" when so many teachers are being pushed out because we ARE advocates for our students and families? The school districts don't want to pay for the services these families so DESPERATELY need, so they require us to "resign" rather than be terminated from our 'probationary' teaching positions. How does the US government profess that all children should receive a FREE and EQUAL education when they are getting rid of experienced, certified teachers in leiu of those who are not experienced and/or not certified in the area of expertise (i.e.: Deaf Education) so they can save a few dollars??

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Debbie Brackett Grimaldi
Corpus Christi AFT
Corpus Christi, TX

After arguing against everything that Obama has put forward, when are you finally going to come forward with real answers to real problems instead of brushing it off with "We can do better."? - - - How? How? How?--- And be specific.

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Tom Kaptor
Clark AFT
Rehoboth Beach, DE

What will you do to work cooperatively with educators, parents, and students to help with the education of all children in our great nation? Why is the United States "stadardized testing" as the only to measure achievment, when other nataions with great education systems do not? Why are we not looking at countries like Finland to help all our students and teachers?

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Anne Harris
Polk Education Association
Haines City, FL

I will give all the Republican candidates credit for realizing that the biggest problem is Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. What I haven't heard is ONE real honest positive solution from any of them that will put the middle class back to work and able to take care of their families.

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Marilyn Higgins
HPAE/AFT 8071R
Manasquan, NJ

Would you privatise Medicare and social security? Or change them?

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Andre Cadet
Belle Harbor, NY

Why do you continue to support and advocate tax and economic policies that for 30 years have failed to improve the economy, have decimated the middle class and increased the national debt? How can you promise to further reduce investing in our children and infrastructure while advocating for yet another war, this time with Iran?

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Sue Harney
Sleepy Hollow, IL

How do you reconcile your position on smaller government and greater personal freedom and responsibility with your position on women's health issues?

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Roger Boudreau
RI AFT/R 8037
Wakefield, RI

When in this campaign, do you plan to start addressing the problems of our country, instead of constantly tearing down and maligning your opponents or President Obama? So far I have heard not one constructive solution to any of the problems, just more REPUBLICAN rhetoric as we heard for the EIGHT years your party was in office!!!!!! President Clinton left office with a surplus in the budget, eight years of REPUBLICAN rule and we slid into the worst recession since the GREAT DEPRESSION. I can see why you offer no solutions to problems, you are the problems.

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leodell biering
lytle, TX

Would you be able to focus more on internal economy, jobs and US citizen needs? Are you capable to cut down on ($) foreign spending and bring army troops back to their country?

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Aziz elmrini
CUNY
Astoria, NY

Why perpetuate the practice of lower income tax for the rich than for the middle classes? Shouldn't simple fairness dictate that the higher the income, the higher the tax RATE (% of income! Likewise, why not mandate lower taxes for SMALL, locally owned & operated businesses (especially the new, struggling enterprizes) while drastically RAISING that of the giants--those multi-diversified generators of billions in income. This will solve ALL shortages of funds for education, public works, VETERANS who are jobless, infirm, and/or homeless, plus support benefits for the needy (those who are are incapable supporting themselves & their families).

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JOANNA OUDIN
Danielson, CT

My Question would be; The President has transgressed the 1st amendment by forcing religious groups to provide insurance coverage for abortions to those they employee. If elected, would you correct this horrific injustice and violation of our constitution? If so, how Quickly would you correct it? If they answer yes my only other question would be, "Where do I send my donation to their campaign.

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John Shackelford
UUP
Rocky Point, NY

How could you create such opposition to unions when the real problems of this country exist because of issues with banks, wall street, pharmaceutical companies etc. You are using unions as scapegoats. The union workers are not the ones getting rich by hurting other Americans. You should be addressing the real problems. How about cleaning up all the fraud that exists in this country. You seem to want to attack the middle class union workers who are doing everything they are being asked to do to be good citizens. Your behavior toward each other is so viscious and telling, that it would be shameful to have any of you represent this country.

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Jo poio
west babylon
Babylon, NY

Do you accept evolution as a valid scientific explanation of life on earth?

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William Smith
PSC
Ridgewood, NY

All of them want to take down "Obama Care". Where do they get their health care? Who pays for it and @what rate? Are there preexisting clauses in their contracts? If not when were they dropped?

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nancy hiller
PEF
troy, NY

How can you still say the bailout of Ford, one of our nations's premier companies, was not worth it in light of their performance today?

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Elizabeth Krieger
St. Tammany Federation of teachers and school employees
Covington, LA

Why do you refuse to acknowledge the great diversity of America, especially in terms of religion, but also in terms of ethnicity and social status (as if we are all evangelical Christian zealots)? How can you possibly believe that catering solely to the extreme elements of your party by emphasizing social wedge isues at the expense of jobs and the economy (the issues that most people care about) will somehow position you as a viable candidate capable of winning the general election in November? Are you aware of the great delusions by which you run your campaign and the degree to which you are alienating vast segments of the electorate?

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Richard Larkin
Providence Teacher's Union
North Kingstown, RI

I am a teacher asking what you will do to remedy our broken educational system. Currently, teachers are being used as the scape goats for our failing system, but we all know that is not the case. The whole system needs to be revamped and no one will admit it. How will you make our educational system the success it once was?

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Paula Lombardo
Teacher's Union
zephyrhills, FL

Why do you preach less government but want MORE government concerning morals and values? In other words, you want LESS government when it comes to helping the poor, elderly and children in poverty but MORE government in regulating women's behavior.

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Martha Morris
NFT
Stratford, CT

The Set-up: Anyone can make a test so difficult that many kids will fail it. Anyone can then blame it on a Teacher/Principal/School District. Anyone can make up laws to punish those Teachers/Principals/School Districts by taking away their voice, jobs and power.Anyone can push a "SENSE OF URGENCY" to review all employees and use the Media to create an illusion of panacea and "claim" to have all the answers. In the Political world you call that "Good Politics". In the Real World we call that "Bullying". My questions is: If you are elected President, will you follow "good politics", or will you be just another Bully?

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Susan Harden
Dearborn Federation of Teachers
Canton, MI

Republicans have voted against President Obama's Jobs Bill. Please tell me exactly in specifics how you plan on creating jobs, the timeline to see improvement, and how the bill will make life better for the middle class. How do you plan on bringing jobs back from China? Please tell me why I should believe you.

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Janet Reynolds
NEA
Cape Coral, FL

What do you think a fair living wage for a High School graduate should be? Most Americans don't have multi-million dollar pension like you and your friends. Do you think all workers should have a defined pension and not a 401k after 30 years of dignified work?

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Mike Spost
New York Mills
New York Mills, NY

I want to know their position on the US Postal Service. Do you support the US Postal Service? Do you support the USPS remaining in place or should it be privatized? Did you support the 2006 Congressional vote to place a 5.5 billion dollar burden/retainer on the US Postal Service? If yes, why? Would you support reversing this action?

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Lisa Caldwell
Kelleytown , GA

With all the noise of repealing the health care act, I haven't heard of any vialbe alternative. The only thing I heard was Slick Rick mentioning health savings accounts which might work for people with his income level. Besides that, what is their alternative for health care?

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Jack Prendergast
Local 204
Joliet, IL

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