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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 don't have any ideas to help wage earners, seniors, the unemployed, disabled, & young people who want an education. Their economic & tax policies only help the top 1%, & kill workers' rights to unionize and collectively bargain for fair wages, benefits, & working conditions. Their social policies divide us by race, class, religion, & sexuality, & undermine the fundamental principles upon which our constitution & laws are based: "to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for common defence, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...

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Karen Mainor
Phila. Federation of Teachers
Philadelphia, PA

Can you please tell me why American tax payers should suffer the consequences for the banking business's malpractice and illegal activities,compounded by our government's lack of accountability in the matter?

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Carl Wanzung
AFT
Chicago, IL

I find it incredible that Gingrich beat Romney by such a wide margin. Gingrich has heavy negative baggage: Washington insider, womanizer, kicked out of the Speakership and fined, etc... What were those conservative, bible-belting South Carolina-ineons thinking? It is as if there is a new electability dynamic-money, connections, a strong election organization (Romney) no longer guarantees success, rather, how one succeeds in the many, many republican debates is more important. I really don't think that any republican candidate will support my political positions, so this seems like an extercise in futility.

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Allan Fluharty
CTU Local 1
Oak Park, IL

I would like to know why the republicans want to dump our money into an oil pipeline which will create minimal jobs and destroy the environment compared to the construction of a new energy infrastructure wrapped around renewable sources. The creation of solar fields connected to trunk lines that would bring the suns radiant energy to every city in the United States. For storage of this energy we could use the natural gas caverns where they exist and build new caverns where they do not. These caverns will contain super-heated air that when released power turbines that generate power. Wind farms construction in the plains and off shore also

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Christopher Brink
Farmingville, NY

I am disheartened at the extreme right direction the Republican Party is taking. It is scary, and I hope they continue to battle for position, so that the overall strategy to defeat a fine, intelligent President is weakened.

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cheryl wright
highlands elementary school, lagrange, illinois
chicago, IL

As I listen to these Republican candidates and their supposed job creating skills, I wonder what type of jobs would they create. Dickensian janitorial jobs for kids. jobs without good medical benefits, a valid retirement option, protection from all forms of job inequality that we have worked so hard to correct? Any bad government can promote these . And do they have as their base people who are swayed by truth- twisting, hate anf fear mongering - racism, mysogyny, homophobia, intoleranceof the "others' ? I sincerely believe it is the party of Freedom and Justice for Some.

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rande spengler
Connetquot Retired TA
Bohemia, NY

When the republican candidates became involved with the power of money, they soon forgot what made this great country of ours, the working class of America. How much the unions have done for this nation in the labor and education fields is in the history books. Look at our educational system, we are not broken we are underfunded. Jobs are the foundation of the nation, and without a strong foundation we are crumbling. Those two things need to be address first and foremost.

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karen smith
OSEA/AFT
Prineville, OR

I would like to see public education(secondary/elementary) receive more funding and less cuts. Support the President's Healthcare Reform. Design a Commission to monitor/investigate Insurance Companies on all levels(auto/home and health). Create tax penalties for companies that outsource there jobs to other countries.

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paula jones
Dallas, TX

I would like to see the Republican candidates address the platform and priority issue of LunchpailRepublicans.com, RTW legislation. I want to see a moderator ask why the candidates all support the RTW for less legislation, particularly since it runs contrary to GOP principles of limited government, the fact that regression analysis indicates RTW amounts to $1500 less annual income for both union and non-union workers, less health coverage, less retirement, and zero correlation to attracting/dissuading businesses to relocate. "Forced unionism" is already disallwed under Federal law, as are "forced dues". Shouldn't we race to the top instead

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John Monroe
Potomac, MD

As a teacher who used to manage special education programs in a Baltimore Middle School, I can tell you that the kids drop out frequently. The unique idea of giving them a job and a paycheck when they come to school is a darn good idea. These boys don't understand the value of earning a dollar and it's a good way for them to get started. It would also keep them in school. Obama does NOTHING for inner city youth!! Way to go Newt! Let's get some new ideas for REAL change.

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Alice Barr
Pasco county schools
Zephyrhills, FL

After watching the Republicans, I clearly know why I am not voting for anyone of them. I just hope President Obama can keep it together and improve the jobs issue before the next election. I do get tired of the Democrats calling and asking for money. It seems you no sooner send them a check and they are calling again. After living in MAss. when Romney was Gov.. I cannot imagine him as President.

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irene karas
Boston
PAlm Harbor, FL

I would like to see comments on the increase of the top tax rates for those in the top 20% of the earnings in this country and the elimination of the cap on social security taxes and medicare deductions.

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Frank Mazuca
Lakeland, FL

We cannot be divided as Republicans/Dems, we are all Americans. Obama is pushing Socialism. America was built on hard work, not entitlements or taking from the successful to give to the undeserving. Address people on unemployment and food stamps for 99 weeks while refusing to work b/c they want a preferred job- GO TO WORK! Address illegals who pay no taxes yet receive free medical care and education. Get off the working man's back and put more taxpaying people to work, stop handouts to the undeserving.

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Ken Augenstein
Lake Charles, LA

The Republic an candidates have to explain how they will make tax cuts and supply side economics work for the 99% when experience under Reagan and Bush show clearly that they don't. They have to explain how they will create meaningful jobs and build a robust economy where the US is making things and not merely serving as a money transfer center. They have to explain how they will ensure that the gap in income between the richest one percent and the rest of us will be narrowed.

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Marc Korashan
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

I'll never earn points for mindlessly endorsing the AFT's positions on any number of subjects, but since you asked, I will answer: One cannot offer up a broad, all-encompassing answer to the Republican candidates' positions, because they are all over the map. However, I strongly endorse Ron Paul's common sense-driven non-interventionist foreign policy, and the focus on deficit reduction ("spending" is the real problem, folks). I also support the most restrictive and punitive of solutions to illegal immigration: If you jumped the fence or swam the river to get here, you have no rights to be here -period. Leave - or be deported.

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James Close
Public Employees Federation
Mechanicville, NY

The endorsement of the Right to Work Republican candidates should really be called the Right to Work FOR LESS PAY. Know any state where union membership is optional (Discouraged) and the pay is better than in Union states? Unions not only benefit the worker, but also the consumer - because union workers produce a better product. A product made mith pride. I'm a union member in a Right to Work FOR LESS PAY State (FL). Benefits cut, pay cut, work load increased. God protect us from the greed of the short-sighted Right to Work (FOR LESS) Union Busters!

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David Barcena
MEA
Bradenton, FL

As a Veteran, a nurse and a 30 year union member, I clearly see that belonging to a union improves the lives of it's members. The Republican party and the current candidates clearly side with CEO's of corporations, not the employees that work there. I would ask the candidate to define the difference between "employment at will" and a employee with a contract. I would ask them why they think executives at the head of a corporation should have a contract but the common employees shouldn't.

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Leah Coiteux
OFNHP
Camas, WA

I am an independent, but I see things I don't like on both sides. The right to work is the right to work for less. It really is working against capitolism that the republicans are always complaining about. I do think some people who are paid 30 dollars an hour don't deserve it. I have watched the daily progress on street work in the city of saint louis and notice the guys always standing around doing nothing from day to day. There is a lot of wasted time. We should all be for fairness in any workplace.

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Carol Lawrence
Missouri Local 420
Saint Ann, MO

I am afraid of the Republican agenda. I fear for middle to lower income people being taken completely out of the governmental process. Taking away the right of laborers to protest or make choices that are better for themselves and their families is frightening. The wealthy elite appears to want the 1% to have IT all.

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Sandra Bradley
San Felipe, TX

I believe that there are a majority of the candidates that have their own personal agenda for running, as opposed to keeping issues that affect the entire country in mind. I have yet to be impressed much by any one candidate. Considering not only Republican candidates, but also the Democratic side of the campaign, it's a shame that this is the best our great states have to offer in the way of potential presidential hopefuls. Where is a "Thomas Jefferson" or "George Washington" when you need one?

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Vicki Clements
PEGTX
Houston, TX

Right-to-work naturally and easily becomes right-to-BE-worked. Funding-first thinkers present right-to-work as an issue of free choice about union membership - sounds right at first. In reality, it's the freedom to rely on the goodness of the employer in all issues - work conditions, schedules, benefits, evaluation, due process. In reality, it means a take-it-or-leave-it contract with every expectation that the next hired will have a different deal. No strong, united voice means no assurances. Question: What better idea does any Republican candidate have for working-family security than validating the workers' voice in the work place?

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Elizabeth Weight
AFT Granite 4429
West Valley City, UT

The majority of Middle Class workers, do not support the Right-To-Work Legislation. This Legislation has traditionally lowered overall worker wages and has been used to break unions. If you are asking for my vote, this type of Legislation will not help you get it!

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Gary Trahan
06047
Lake Charles, LA

I would like at least one of them to be brave enough to admit he is anti-union instead of confusing people with the misguided term "right to work."

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Laura Huddleston
Spring Branch AFT
Houston, TX

I live in a "Right to Work" for less state and find the positions of the Republican Candidates REPREHENSIBLE. It is amazing that these so called intelligent men can make such irresponsible statements when they themselves have obviously never lived in an environment that the blue collar of Utah are placed in. These candidates are from the 1%. Romney is a multimillionaire. Huntsman is the son of a billionaire. These two men have never wanted for anything. Never gone to bed hungry. They are 100% out of touch with working America.

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Cal Udy
8042
Kaysville, UT

"Right to work" is a phrase that really means take any power away from the working class & put more money in the pockets of the wealthy-is it a surprise that the Republican candidates race to effect that?

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Phil Micocci
Aldine AFT
The Woodlands, TX

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