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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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Republicans are locked into their version of tax and spend. What should be done is an increase or return to regulation. Deregulation caused this historic economic disaster. We should break up the to big to fail companies. We should regulate and enforce unfair trade practices. We should discourage the practice of union busting. Corporate America is the government.

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joe battista
pef
poughquag, 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

I'm quite HAPPY with the outcome of the Florida primary! I wish I weren't receiving the "stacked" e-mails from AFT regarding Obama. He's worthless, a disgrace to this country, and I pray that he will be SOUNDLY DEFEATED this fall! Democrats and Obama have accomplished NOTHING positive the past three years EXCEPT to destroy this country! Enough said!!

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Vicki Squires
WVSSPA
Mineral Wells, WV

America does not need or want a presidential candidate that believes that the most vulnerable,do not need assistance.Conservatives hate unions,therefore they loathe public schools and any thing that unions build.

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david chaffee
support staff
collinsville , IL

I have more interest in Obama than I do the Republicans. Why (in the State of the Union) does he encourage teachers to NOT teach to the test when his RTTT, SIG, and NCLB waiver processes all double down on the use of test scores to evaluate teachers and play a role in personnel decisions? A teacher who does not teach to the test has a significant chance of losing employment. He is either clueless or fabricating answers. It would be nice if AFT could point these contradictions out. AFT may be at the table in DC, but it is the rights of the members that are on the menu.

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Gary Ravani
Petaluma, CA

They all want to tell us how they will change the economy. BUT! they must get all the powers that dwell on the HILL to agree. SO! "How will they increase jobs and stablize our economy in the REAL world we live in today?" No changes just deal with what we have in hand? We the people know what has to be done. We have cut our spending and will not buy on credit. We are learning to do without. NOW "can the politician do without?" talk all you want "What can you really do?" Our president delievers a great speech but he can't unite the HILL. CHANGE has been made by the people. Our next president must work for the PEOPLE. not the $

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Paula O'Bannion
Dallas, TX

While I sympathize with many of your concerns about the Republicans, lets be fair. In large part, the state of our failing economy is currently driven by Demopcratic will to spend everyone's money on anything they want without regard for frugality, wisdom, or even right and wrong. Further, it is not the responsibility of government to secure employment for people. Government in business will always fail. Let's quit asking our president to find jobs for us and let him/her concentrate on upholding the Constitution, which is the only thing that ever made this country great.

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David Manning
UVU
Orem, UT

Unions express care only about member jobs, wages, and benefits. They will take the resources of others for union gains. Any source of wealth is a target for redistribution to the union. Conservatives care about preserving resources in a way that allows the investments to create the jobs in the first place. Liberals call the accumulation of resources greed. Conservatives call it preservation of the economic potential to build the national and local economies. Of course, greed exists on all sides, liberal and conservative, union and non-union. I'm disappointed that the AFT blog is so myopic.

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Greg Loberg
Sublimity, OR

The candidates must address immigration reform. We have young people who were brought to the United States as children without any documentation. This was not their choice. These children have grown up in our schools. They need appopriate documents to go on with their lives and achieve their dreams. This is why the candidates must address the DREAM Act. Start immigration reform by helping the undocumented young people who want to live and work in the United States as Americans.

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Rita L Fischer
Elba Central School
Elba, NY

I am very distressed that both parties aren't supporting the poor. But the Republicans especially. I am upset by the influence of money in every sector of the economy, and also the stance the Republicans have taken on immigration.

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wendy dannett
new york, NY

The Republican Agenda at this time.....is simply to protect the 1 % of Americans that have the majority of the wealth in our country...this includes the Large Corporations......the nature of the beast ..since time in memorium is protect the Empowered/Wealthy in any society.......it has moved from the 1950's and 1960's when the Wealthy paid their fair share..........Beginning with the Johnson Administration..Nixon.....Reagan.. Bush 1...Bush 11.......Corporations.....Wealthy were given Welfare...tax breaks.... At the end of the Clinton Administration our country had a surplus of monies...no problems... Bush destroyed that from 2000-2008

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Lee Hayes
Bisbee, AZ

For me, addressing the miserable job market would be high on my list of priorities for either the Republicans or the Democrats. Unfortunately, judging from the opinion(s) of other union brethren, the Republicans are singularly obstinate in their steadfast refusal to create jobs. Really? What (or whom) caused the Keystone Pipeline to fizzle? How about that proposed Boeing plant in South Carolina? Before you start with the chant of the perils of the right-to-work states and so on, please consider the injustices suffered by the potential numbers of people who will REMAIN unemployed when Boeing moves to China.

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Karl Reger
AFT @ Assabet Valley Technical H.S.
Marlborough, MA

I feel that the comments of each of the Republican candidates demonstrate how far they are removed from the average American working individual. Each of the candidates are very wealthy people, Mitt earning over 400,000 each week, with no conern whatsoever for the average Joe. If this is the best that the Republican party has to offer it is a sad statement on the state of affairs in America.

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Barbra Johnson
AFT 2121
San Francisco, CA

Which is further away from the reality of an ordinary working person on planet earth? Jupiter or the Republican candidates? Tough call. As an Adjunct Professor at a community college in a state where we have suffered 5.2 Billion in public education cuts, the Republican policies are truly from outer space. They do not address the need for decent paying jobs, they don't talk about making college affordable for the average family, and they ignore the need for affordable health care. Way out of touch!

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Richard Croxdale
Austin Community College Federation of Teachers and staff
AUSTIN, TX

I do not believe that the Republican candidates have any policy positions that would assist, cater, represent my interest. Mr. Romney to too wealthy to understand any issues that I have. Mr. Gingrich is an embarrassment to the political system. What happened to the days when if you had been divorced you were not eligible for the presidency? Mr. Paul and his son are out of touch. Rep. Santorium is the most sensible one but he has some extremely out of touch Republican views. I don't believe the Republicans have any interest in the middle class working individual.

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Martha Graham
AFT & SRP, local 691
Kansas City, MO

When is the federal government going to get out of the education business? ESEA, and Race to the Top are killing my poor students with unrealistic expectations for yearly growth. The worst thing NYS state did was put in for Race to the Top funding. The 4 models for school improvement are inflexible and basic unworkable in a district with multiple schools on a PLA list, especially when they raced the bar when our schools started to meet the bar. Neither party has come up with a workable education plan. This testing the kids to death is hurting true learning. The only one benefiting right now is the test creation business. It is not the kids.

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Lynn Garcia
BTF
Buffalo, NY

Why on earth would I or any other Democrat want Republicans to focus on anything worthwhile? As long as they are in the present state of idiotic disarray, they are harmless--unless the American public is less mentally able than I believe it is.

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Dorothy N Fowler
Sherman, TX

The candidates have no concern about the american people and their struggles! They spend their time making Obama a one-term President instead of telling us what they would do differently! Obama has experience in the job and the Republican Candidates do not! I want to know what their plans are to put American's back to work and how they're going to regulate Wall Street. I want them to stop lining their pockets with special interest's money! I want less government, but understand that our people need their help. I want them to know when to step away! The attack ads do nothing but create more doubt about their capabilities. I'm voting Obama!

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Christine Jordan
Jensen Beach, FL

This election is not going to be won or lost on what the Republican candidate says. Republicans will continue to batter him with sound bites, the media will not challenge their distortions, super-PACs will fill the air with lies and distortions. The President has to begin now to campaign. He ahs to reach out with commercials attacking the Republican positions. He has to explain why supply side economics doesn't work and he has to get working Americans to understand the that incresing taxes on the richest 1% doesn't hurt them and doesn't stop job creation. He has to take the offensive and educate the public so that they vote their interest

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Marc Korashan
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

The only Republican candidate I would consider is Ron Paul. His views have remained steady over his political life. He doesn't "fit" well with his party. He KNOWS we have to tackle the deficit and would make it PRIORITY #1. However, he doesn't appear "serious" about winning! Neither Party will ever make a real effort toward deficit reduction. I feel THERE ARE NO VIABLE CANDIDATES! It will just be more broken campaign promises. TERM LIMITS will be the only way to address our many problems. Being on a "lifetime money train" doesn't encourage politicians to give up their "privileged" lives!

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Linda Ray
Oregon School Employees Assoc.
Gresham, OR

This is a question that doesn't need to be asked. The Republicans are nothing but a bunch of vicious, humanity-hating clowns. They are almost the only thing that Obama has going for him.

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Bill Michtom
Portland, OR

What are the candidates' thoughts on the role of money in political campaigns?//// Money from all directions is legally corrupting American democracy. Fundraising has become effectively little different from influence-peddling. Lobbying has been redefined as a game of dropping tons of money into campaign accounts.//// Many lobbyists make donations to candidates on both sides, including incumbents and challengers to the incumbents--a procedure known as "hedging your bets."//// Maybe there's some public benefit to the situation. Perhaps the candidates (including the Democratic incumbent) can elucidate what it is.

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David Ramsey
Southeastern Louisiana University
HAMMOND, LA

They should focus on confiscating the assets of those who have made successes of themselves. These assets should then be redistributed to those people the government bureaucrats deem worthy. They should focus on making taxpayers foot the bill for people who took out mortgages they could not afford. Finally, they should focus on policies that would make as many people as possible dependent on government handouts. A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury.

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Robert Schwaber
UFT Local 2
Seaford, NY

President Obama needs only to do two things to win re-election: (1) Speak about his record of accomplishments on every occasion in a "bullet list format" (so voters who are not political "junkies" can remember them), (2) specify the problems that remain for the US and his proposals for solving them.

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Arthur Melanson
1019
Denton, TX

I would like to see the president pass a law for school vouchers so the students would have a CHOICE instead of being stuck in a monopoly of a deadbeat public school system run by politics

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Richard Tamplin
Jim Thorpe, PA

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