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Romney stand on the issues
Obama: Supports legal recognition of same sex marriage, a matter decided by states. Opposed that recognition in 2008 presidential campaign and in 2004 Senate campaign, while supporting the extension of legal rights and benefits to same sex couples in civil unions. Achieved repeal of the military ban on openly gay members. Has not achieved Palladium Boots Pampa Hi Cuff Leather repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal recognition of same sex marriages and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages. Administration has ceased defending the law in court but it remains on the books.
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Romney: Promises to work for repeal of the law modeled largely after his universal health care achievement in Massachusetts because he says states, not Washington, should drive policy on the uninsured. Says he would protect people with pre existing conditions, though his plan only does so for those who maintain continuous coverage, not a major change from federal protections in effect before Obama health care overhaul. Prada Black Suede Wedge Ankle Boots
Romney: Opposes stricter gun control laws. Suggested after the Colorado theater shooting that he favors tougher enforcement of existing gun laws. As Massachusetts governor, vowed in 2002 to protect the state gun laws, and in 2004 signed a Massachusetts ban on assault weapons.
Romney: Lower taxes, less regulation, balanced budget, more trade deals to spur growth. Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. Proposes replacing certain provisions of the law toughening financial industry regulations after the meltdown in that sector. to the Top grant competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for pursuing education policies Obama supports. Won approval from Congress for a $10,000 college tax credit over four years and increases in Pell Grants and other financial aid.
Would expand individual tax advantaged medical savings accounts and let savings be used for insurance premiums as well as personal medical costs. Prada Shoes For Men Sneaker
WASHINGTON (AP) A look at where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues, in brief:
Romney: Supported federal accountability standards of No Child Left Behind law. Has said the student testing, charter school incentives and teacher evaluation standards of Obama to the Top competition sense although the federal government should have less control of education. Says increases in federal student aid encourage tuition to go up, too. Wants to see private lenders return to the federal student loan program. produced more oil in 2010 than it has since 2003 and all forms of energy production have increased under Obama. Achieved historic increases in fuel economy standards that will save money at the pump while raising the cost of new vehicles. Achieved first ever regulations on heat trapping gases blamed for global warming and on toxic mercury pollution from power plants. Spent heavily on green energy and has embraced nuclear power as a clean source. Failed to persuade a Democratic Congress to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions. Set goal of cutting oil imports by half by 2020. will become independent of energy sources outside of North America by 2020, through more aggressive exploitation of domestic oil, gas, coal and other resources and quick approval of Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. Supports opening Atlantic and Pacific outer continental shelves to drilling, as well as Western lands, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and offshore Alaska. Declined to repeat the Libya air power commitment for Syrian opposition, instead seeks international pressure against Syrian government. Chastised Israel for continuing to build housing settlements in disputed areas and pressed both sides to begin a new round of peace talks based on land borders established after 1967 Arab Israeli conflict. Signed law to expand military and civilian cooperation with Israel. Sought penalties against China for unfair trade but opposes branding China a currency manipulator. military action against Iran would be last resort. allies to they obtain the arms they need to defeat Syrian government. military action for now. Associates himself more closely with hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pledges more military assistance to Israel. and threatened to label China a currency manipulator in a move that could lead to broad trade sanctions.
Romney: Opposes legal recognition of same sex marriage and says it should be banned with a constitutional amendment, not left to states. is not an activity that goes on within the walls of a state. Also opposes civil unions they are identical to marriage other than by name, but says states should be left to decide what rights and benefits should be allowed under those unions. Says certain domestic partnership benefits largely unspecified as well as hospital visitation rights are appropriate but are not. Signed laws letting people carry concealed weapons in national parks and in checked bags on Amtrak trains. Favors steps, within existing law to address gun issues, White House says. Voices support for renewed ban on assault type weapons but has not tried to get that done. Previously backed stronger gun controls.
abortion except in cases of rape, incest or risk to the woman life. Previously supported abortion access. Says state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court ruling. Failed in first term pledge to cut deficit he inherited by half; recently completed budget year marked fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar plus red ink. economy and to balance it by 2020, but vital specifics are lacking. At same time would increase military spending, reverse $716 billion in Medicare cuts and cut taxes. Businesses have added jobs for more than two years straight while public sector jobs have lagged. Responded to recession with a roughly $800 billion stimulus plan, expanded auto industry bailout begun under George W. Bush, inherited and carried forward Wall Street bailout.
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