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General: What are your thoughts on the Iowa Republican Caucus results, and which issues would you like the Republican candidates to address as this nominating process continues?

Comments: 86

Like them or not, the Tea Party is a force within the Republican Party because its members joined the GOP and pushed an agenda. We in the AFT should do likewise. We should encourage our conservative members to become active within the GOP in order to shape the Republican agenda. Simply siding with the Democrats has not been a successful strategy.

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Michael Maguire
Boston Teachers Union
West Roxbury, MA

The current crop of Republicans seems to be preoccupied with appealing to the extremes of the right wing than coming up with ideas that might actually work. Cutting spending without raising taxes may sound good to a few, but most people realize this won't work. A more balanced approach is needed, while remembering the needs of those who need support the most. Focusing on items like gay marriage and abortion also do nothing to help Americans in need now.

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Michael Schmitz
Owens Support Staff Union Local #6325
Waterville, OH

I THINK ALL OF THESE CANDIDATES ARE SO ANTI-UNIONS, ANTI-EQUAL RIGHTS, PROGRAMS TO HELP THE ELDERLY, UNEMPLOYED, MINORITIES, ETC, ETC. THEY ARE ONLY FOR THE RICH AMERICANS AND HAVE NO CONCERN FOR OTHERS BUT TO LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS AND THEIR BUDDIES. I AM PRAYING THAT OBAMA BEATS THEM NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY. IT WAS MUCH WORSE WITH BUSH FOR THOSE 8 YEARS. HE GOT INTO THIS MESS AND OBAMA HAS NO COOPERATION TO GET OUT OF THIS MESS.

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DIANE holmes
diane holmes
beacon, NY

Ron PAUL IS the only hope for America . It is hard to believe that so many teachers think that government can keep spending money without disastrous consequences.

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David Craig
Castleton, NY

When the members of the House and the Senate are prevented from setting their own salaries, receiving lifetime pensions for even one term,have tbe same insurance choices as the other cirizens of this country, and accepting monies or other contributions from any organization, including corporations, I might consider their union breaking tactics to be somewhat fair. We need our right to unionize as a protection from those who are currently over- spending tax payer's monies on their own pet projcts, as well as to insure their own financial gain. We must protect our livlihood from further decimation at the hands of the favored One Percent!

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Joy Internicola
Lewiston Porter United Teachers
North Tonawanda, NY

If all of these guys know how to fix the economy and to fix the country, where the hell were they when Bush was running the country into the ground? Also what would they do discourage their big business friends from sending American jobs offshore and importing cheap inferior products to sell to the American consumer?

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Albert Seon
Brooklyn, NY

I am really concerned about the size and growth of the national debt. I am also concerned about deep reductions in US military preparedness. I am also concerned about my neighbors who have lost their private sector jobs.

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Arthur Melanson
1019
Denton, TX

I am not amazed that any comment to do with Ron Paul or the Libertarian Party did not get ANY stars. It is about the same treatment as the media has given him. He is the only truthful, honest, and capable candidate running, including B.O. If people only listened to Ron Paul speak and follow his ideas they would understand that he has the best plan for this nation and his voting record in Congress supports his positions. People should start to make up their own minds, instead of the having the media's "sound bites" do it for them. GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!! P.S. Do I get a star?

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Scott Kickbush
Naples CSD
Naples, NY

Romney won in Iowa because the goal of the Republicans is to defeat Obama and Romney is viewed as the most electable. In politics it's not who you're for, but who you're against! The primary issues that all the candidates should address are JOBS and the DEFICIT and how they can do better than Obama at tackling those concerns. The Left will always vote Democrat and the Right will always vote Republican. The outcome will be determined by who makes a better case to the independents in the battleground states like Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. May the beter candidate win!

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Paul Killian
rocky point
Holbrook, NY

I don't understand why there isn't more public outrage over the ideas and policies being presented by our Republican candidates. The platforms are racist, exclusive, and beneficial only to a small group of the rich.

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Terry Sheppard
Alliance Dallas
Dallas, TX

Executive experience and actual accomplishments not rhetoric are essential. Many of us have had superintendents who have all the credentials and the "velvet tongue" but didn't have a clue as to meeting the needs of the children and the communities that we serve. So, the horrible "Dem vs. Rep." rhetoric divides us and a nation divided ... Let's look at the deeds and the issues and decide ... isn't that the educated way to approach this 2012 election from our councilpersons all the way up to our Presidential choice?

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Marie Amoruso
Retired Irvington Faculty Association (NYSUT/AFT)
Pleasantville, NY

What Mitt Romney has spent, and will spend, on his presidential campaign could significantly help with the national debt. The man is a plastic figure, in all senses of the word. Unfortunately, he is going to lose, just like the rest of them, with their cartoonish and racist behavior. I just got back from Iowa where those evangelistic people truly live in their own world. Nice, but clueless. We are all Americans and the tax code must reflect that we all pay our fair share. The very rich and powerful are keeping the lower classes from voting and spending gazillions to win. I'ts totally shameless. The media needs to call them out!

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Joan Paul
Joan Paul
Davie, FL

All republicans say they want smaller Gov. and reduced spending. When are they going to talk about how they will eliminate all the redundant Gov. entities that are no longer relevant.

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Ann Tiss
UFT
Freeport, NY

I'm for anyone who can beat Obama...the most disgusting president of modern times!! The Republican candidate who is the forerunner needs to cut taxes, balance the budget, deport all illegals, keep us out of war, mandate the drilling for oil and gas in this country and do NOT allow any company to sell OUR oil and gas interests to foreigners. Also, no more bailouts until salaries are cut and CEO's and others lose all bonuses and raises for 3+ years. There are too many self-centered, egotistical thieves in our federal and state governments, as in many businesses. Shame on our President and Congress! God save us this next election!

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Vicki Squires
wvsspa
Mineral Wells, WV

I have for the past years refused to vote Republican since they seem to be against the middle class and poor of this county. Their focus is the protection of the rich and powerful who fuel their campaign, instead of doing their job to watch out and work FOR the public welfare. I voted for Obama and will do so again reason ??? NOT ONE of the Republican candidates are fit to lick Obama's boots.

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Lourdes Arenas
Retired
Hialeah, FL

I think Bill Maher was correct when he said that if the American public were intelligent and informed, only 2 percent would vote Republican and 98 percent would vote Democratic. It is completely mind boggling that people would vote against their own interests. God forbid that the Republican party wins in 2012.

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ALAN McBrien
SCARSDALE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
Lagrangeville, NY

I regret to say that both parties have failed to help teachers with providing a good health care system and secure financial retirement, even here in Texas. I also vote the Bible in that I don't want anyone interfering with my religious beliefs.So at this point, I may or may not vote this election year 2012.

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Becky Shires
AFT
San Antonio, TX

At least Mitt Romney is a better choice than any of the other Iowa Caucus runner-ups!

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Richard Wackett
NEA,NYSUT, FA-SCCC
Sayville, NY

I'm SO sick of hearing about the "job creators" and the viscious attacks on women, blacks, and latinos. This waiting for some millionaire to toss me a few bucks is insulting. I'd like to see a realistic view on education AND added revenue that includes EVERYBODY. If we really COULD abolish poverty by everyone getting married wouldn't that be nice? The Republicans need to take a trip down "Reality Lane" and face the facts. The wealthy are not the job creators or our unemployment would be "nil".

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Martha Morris
NFT
Stratford, CT

We know that the Republicans will spew bile at us and there is little point asking them questions. The surprise however, is when the bile comes from Democrats whom we worked hard to get elected. There is growing anger in the schools I represent with the president’s policies regarding education and his lack of support of labor. Pointed questions should be given to the president concerning the failure of Race to the Top and Arne Duncan. He should not assume those in labor support him automatically.

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Troy Sill
UFT
New Rochelle, NY

One thing that "caught my eye" was a comment that Mitt Romney made: He suggested that trying to fix the economy by taxing the rich, therefore "taking money away" from the people that work hard and giving it to the rest of the people that make less money, never worked: perhaps he should take a trip to one of these countries: England, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, France, Sweden, Italy, Finland and then come back and give us a report.

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augusto sandroni
AFT Local 1931
sandiego, CA

Thank you for your email attempting to persuade me that the Republicans do not have my best interests at heart. As a Libertarian i can tell you that they are thinking far more about my interests and the interests of the nation than you are. I will be voting for Gingrich.

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Thomas Hall
UFT
beacon, NY

The idea that government should have little or no role in Social Services, as put forth by some Republican hopefuls, is frightening. Just as frightening is the anti-union sentiment of many conservatives. These idea can only be the opinion of those who have no need for such services, namely the very wealthy and "corporations". Without safety net services the standard of living for most citizens would regress by a century. How would the unemployed and elderly survive? Who would stop corporations and government from eliminating healthcare and decimating wages in the name of dividends, profit, and lower taxes? For the people, by the people?

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Craig Lamoreaux
Lake Shore Central Teachers Association
Cheektowaga, NY

Is it rational to try to communicate with these idiots...?? a waste of time?? How many issues do I disagree with them on?? Just about everything...

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Jon Anderholm
United Educators of San Francisco
Cazadero, CA

Each of the Republicans seems to be anti-union on principle. But I would like to hear their views on card check and federal support for education

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Richard Currie
PSC/CUNY
STATEN ISAND, NY

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