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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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It hardly matters what they say! No modern republican has spoken for the working class and/or for most Americans since the 19th century...and it was to preserve the Union, not average people, even then. Democrats have done the better work!

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Connie Lobur
UUP
Peekskill, NY

None of the Republican wannabes are acceptable on any level to me. They all are part of the social and fiscal reactionary element of the party and stand against everything I think is needed and good for the society. From our perspective they are fronts for the most reactionary elements in the society and I think would turn this country further towards the 19th Century with all the benefits for the richest people and only exploitation and misery for the economically insecure. I think that the media is doing us a big disservice in focusing so exclusively on these so-called races.

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Dr Paul G Shane
Rutgers University
Philadelphia, PA

Right to work laws really means right to work for less for everyone. These new laws are really awful. They will make the rich-richer and the poor-poorer. Republican's should check out the facts and stop lying about these laws. They are misleading people. They should concentrate on how they can help out the unemployed. They should also concentrate on bringing back our jobs to the US.

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mary Yonkers
NYSUT
St. Petersburg, FL

Explain exactly why you have consistently supported policies, such as right to work laws, that are specifically designed to undermine workers' rights to unionize?

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Harold Buttitta
AFT
Boynton Beach, FL

What's the recommendation of AFT's leadership for members registered as Republicans or who live in states without permanent party registration (where all voters can vote in Republican primaries). /// Four choices: // 1. Vote for the Republican who comes closest to what you like or stands most likelihood of listening. // 2. Vote for the Republican who stands the least likelihood of winning the general election. // 3. Change registration to Democrat (and thus, in some jurisdictions, disenfranchise oneself from the only local elections that matter). // 4. Don't vote. /// Which choice does the leadership recommend?

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David Ramsey
Southeastern
HAMMOND, LA

If we want the candidates to address the jobs issue, they don't have to look any farther than this item gleaned from wikipedia: Some of the most compelling arguments come from analysis of the data. Northwestern University economist Thomas Holmes, now at University of Minnesota, "compared counties close to the border between states with and without right-to-work laws (thereby holding constant an array of factors related to geography and climate). He found that the cumulative growth of employment in manufacturing in the right-to-work states was 26 percentage points greater than that in the non-right-to-work states." [6]

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Paul Killian
Rocky Point T. A.
Holbrook, NY

- Right to Work - is WRONG! - Why aren't you mentioning Children and Education Equity in our United States.

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Cynthia DeNardis
Hamtramck Federation of Teachers - AFT Local 1052
Sterling Heights, MI

I am a former Republiban that has become completely disgusted with the tenor and direction of the GOP in the last 12 years. I voted for Obama, and will again. The GOP is out of touch with the middle class, the people whose labor has built this country, and the corruption of money has accelerated the detachment. In FL, the legislators should by now, realize that we as voters are fed up and willing to get active in getting rid of them. As for Congress, my member, Connie Mack has been a joke. Now he wants to run for the Senate. A clown still riding daddy's coatails. He is not alone, and that's got to change.

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Steve Pricer
Collier Co Ed Assn
Naples, FL

I wonder if they would be as supportive if they had to work under the right to work that they so embrace. Gentlemen, I support the right to VOTE OUT Congresspersons and candidates that support not creating jobs and who support protecting their rich friends at the cost of the middle class.

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S Rod
EPFT&SP
El Paso, TX

All of the Republican presidential candidates' policy positions on jobs is an oxymoron. They say that they are going to create all of these good jobs for Americans, yet they endorse "right to work" which lowers the income structures for public employees. I wonder if they would endorse lowering the minimum wage so that "businesses can better afford to hire new workers?" My other big issue is affordable healthcare for ALL. One of the things that they spout against the Obama Healthcare legislation is that people "won't get to choose their own doctors." On current healthcare plans you are limited to the doctors on the plan.

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Anna Marie Garrett
Hillsborough CTA
Tampa, FL

What will you do to shorten the electoral process to avoid the excess of spending and the spewing of negative ads so that even the winner looks like a loser? Until the process changes,some outstanding candidates won't run for office.

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Marilyn Disbrow
Dearborn AFT
Plymouth, MI

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