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Republican candidates on the issues

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 6:38 a.m.

    An interesting analysis. Simplistic, but probably the best you can expect in the space allotted.
    And it is a daunting task, given the fact that the candidates are not prone to giving too much quotable material on some subjects. There is no technical reason why candidates cannot post lengthy position papers on the top 20 issues of the day. But they prefer sound-bites and non-binding comments.
    I suppose it makes waffling after the convention an easier task.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    It should be noted that these are the positions the various candidates are taking in their attempt to win the Republican nomination for president. It is not clear what positions the winner of the nomination will assert, since that candiate will have to appeal to more than the far right wingers of the Republican Party if s/he has any hope at all of winning the general election for president.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Nov. 7, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    @Furry1993
    Although I agree that the candidates rush to the middle between the convention and the general election, you may be giving too much credit to the far right. There are still plenty of RINOs out there and they have checkbooks.
    Candidates are placing their bets and folks like Bachmann seem to be fading. The old money still goes to Romney (sigh) and Cain is funding $50 at a time.
    The far right wins when it comes to shoe leather, but they have to trip Ron Paul supporters before they reach the doorstep.
    My point: The far right doesn't own the process.