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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 used to be a Republican, but I am ashamed at how petty, narrow-minded, and uninformed the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower has become--no longer serving the needs of the American people. The current Republican party must choose to move into the twenty-first century and remember the rights of children, women, the old, the poor, and those who have no deep pockets to buy political favors. Have all of our Republican representatives, senators, and Supreme Court justices lost their minds? GOP rantings and tantrums made our country weaker. Deal with real governing and fiscal matters and leave religion and social issues up to individual citizens

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jeffrey gurski
jeffrey gurski
Potomac Falls, VA

If you could structure a democratic society from the ground up--but without knowing what your socioeconomic place would be within it and without knowing what your health status or mental ability would be--what kind of society would you construct so that you and your family would have the greatest chance of being socially, economically, and spiritually secure?

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Tom Hinchcliffe
2026
Oakford, PA

Why does your party want to so much dismantle public education as we know it? Why do you think you can run a school like a blueberry factory? When the blueberry is rotten, they have to be disposed of. You can't do that with children, but yet your party is so data driven, that you can't see the forest for the trees. Most of the legislators and mayors and governors were public school educated. Did you all have a bad experience with your teachers? You keep diverting public money to charter schools that have to this day yet to prove their worthiness. But you still allow a hemorrhaging of the funding for public schools so that one day you can say?

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Vincent Newman
Broward Teachers Union
Hollywood, FL

Why are Republicans intent on continuing this repulsive and ill-advised war on women? Especially women workers. Are you trying to turn back the clock and pretend women can just stay home playing housewife, as in the late 40s and 50s?. Mr.Romney? Are you planning a return of the inquisition, Mr. Santorum? Do you think it an example of virtuous 'family values' to not only have serial wives, but hand a wife coming out of breast cancer surgery divorce papers, Mr. Gingrich? Do you really consider it 'consistent Libertarian principles' to have the government interfere in women's control of their own bodies?

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A. Zide
CCCTU
Fish Creek, WI

If we are 'the land of the free and home of the brave' why are you trying to take away many of our freedoms and afraid of people who are different than you? Imigrants, gays, educators, firefighters, police...

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Nance Sucharski
VTO
New Smyrna Beach, FL

do you support social security fairness so teachers that have paid into two retirement plans can receive both. Do you agree that teachers should not be penalized for choosing to be a teacher by having to effectively forfeit their social security?

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susan bremner
tft, killeen
georgetown, TX

How do you plan to fix the housing industry? If the housing market were fixed, then a rebound in the economy would follow since this industry influences so many jobs.

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Dawn Stanovich
943
Palos Park, IL

Republican presidential candidates often speak ill of unions in America, but are careful to separate the members from their "union bosses." In your opinion what has the labor movement contributed to America in the past and what has gone wrong?

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Paul Wolski
Herricks Teachers' Assn.
New Hyde Park , NY

Please make me understand your stance on TAXES. Am I wrong to believe you don't care about American's who earn less than 200,000 per year.I've heard nothing about Taxes cuts for people who earn less than 50,000 per year. What is your plan for the middle, to low income working families. We need help to remain above water.

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Cornelia Dockins
COWINS
Denver, CO

In all administrations, republican or democratic, there is always the promise of the protection of education. However, when it comes time to visit the budget one of the first items considered and cut is education. Why is it so hard to do something so simple such as protecting education and those who provide it for our children?

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Deborah Wood
Goose Creek Federation of Teachers
Baytown, TX

Why do Republicans feel it is appropriate to disrespect the office of the president at this time. Is it because there is a black man in the chair? They are not focusing on any real issues. They are only intent on making sure Obama does not have another term despite the cost. The last Bush was a far worse president than any we have ever had, yet no one disrespected the office while he was in it.

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Jearline Epperson
NYSUFT
Hempstead, NY

What are you going to the with the No Child Lrft Behind Bill? It is having a very adverse efect on the State of Alabama?

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della white
Mobile Alabama
sasuma, AL

A "yes" or "no" answer. please. Do you believe in separation of church and state?

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Eileen Horany
Plano, TX

What are you going to do to reduce oil prices? We do not have a shortage of oil even though you use drilling as a catch all response. Oil and gas consumption is going down. I want to know why speculators and oil refinaray closings which create higher prices and a greed fed shortage are not addressed. I want to know why you drag your feet on clean renewable energy such as wind, and wave power?

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Lorraine Moran
woodlynne, NJ

The majority of reform leaders identify with the Republican party, I have yet to hear from any of the GOP candidates for president their plan to address the needs for public education. What is the GOP plan for public education?

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rick mangone
local 2
atlantic beach, NY

If you are successful in restricting birth control, in republican controlled states, continuing to erode women's rights to choose for themselves on all health issues, (which all men have), aren't you concerned that your biggest wedge issue, abortion, will finally motivate the 70% majority who believe in a women's right to choose, to nationwide civil disobedience, the likes of which this country has never experienced?

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Jim Wilcox
U.S.E.P. 3600
Port Richey, FL

Are you going to repel the First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution which is part of the Bill of Rights and written by the founders of the United States of America? The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion and provides for the separation of Church and State. The Republican candidates for President are directing an enourmous amount of time to discussion of the religious state of this country.

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barbara vizoyan
UCPEA
Manchester, CT

What changes to the real estate, insurance and stock market industries would you support as president to end the illegal CDO and SWAP trading now extorting billions of dollars from pension funds, 401K plans and the American people? Do you support "Forgiving" inflated mortgage loans that the Big Investment Banks such as Bank of America, JP Morgan, Chase, etc. created and sold American families since We bailed them out of the scam they created so Americans can afford to own their homes again? Will you replace the 18929 stock market rules that made it illegal for a single company to be a banker and insurance company all at once?

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Jay Zaccone
1049
Nashua, NH

If you are in favor of permanently extending the Bush era tax cuts, how do you reconcile this position with the atrocious ten-year economic & jobs record reaped by this policy?

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Tim O'Neill
MSCF
Rochester, MN

Is there anything that unions, and especially teachers' unions, do, that you actually support?

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Orkunt Dalgic
New Paltz
New Paltz, NY

What will you do to insure that the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Federal Government have the same Medicare and health insurance their constituents have rather than their own private insurance and pension plans for life? Teachers contributed (in Illinois) 10% of their own money toward pensions as well as additional monies for retired teachers' health insurance. Will you work to make government employees subject to the same conditions?

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Carole Ingeson
West Suburban Teachers' Union #571
ELMHURST, IL

How can Republicans continue to take huge donations from "big oil" and allow for speculators to "forecast" the costs of gasoline and also blame the current administration for the rising costs of fuel?

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Bryan D.
780
Peoria, IL

Why is it necessary during your campaign to discredit President Obama, when many, I mean many of the issues President Obama is dealing with and faced was inherited by the previous president and those presidents before him when a positive supportive collaborative answer would be helpful in solving or creating a solution?

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Tina Heber
3922
Portland, OR

What is wrong with you Republicans??? Living in the century we live in and actually thinking that you should control what women do with their bodies is unconstitutional. Do you realize how many unwanted babies would be born in this world, with children giving birth to them? Most likely pushing them into poverty and keeping the cycle just growing. No one has that right to take a woman's choice of how to handle her health care. I am ashamed to think that there are people in this country that are trying to put women under their control! You should be ASHAMED!

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sarah walsh
Saunderstown, RI

Why is the Republican Party trying to dismantle the public education system and institute a for profit private education system institution?

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Herbert Belcher
Hillsborough County Classroom Teacher's Association
Seffner, FL

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