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General: What are your thoughts on the Iowa Republican Caucus results, and which issues would you like the Republican candidates to address as this nominating process continues?

Comments: 86

The Republicans have the only solution on getting this country back to fiscal responsibility and curb the uncontrolled spending. Under Obama we have high unemployment, record deficit spending, Obomacare which has already caused premiums to rise needs to be repealed. We need real change and organize and defeat Obama!

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Bruce Durham
St Tammany Federation of School Employees
Carriere, MS

I love the AFT even with its many warts and flaws but you are dead wrong to support Obama. I thought the AFT had more class than that. That's bad news for everybody. My candidate is ANYBODY BUT OBAMA.

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William Van Dusen
Local 3391
Williamstown, NJ

Would a Republican president endorse the firing of AFT Teachers like Obama did in 2010? In March of 2010 Obama and Arne Duncan endorsed the firing of 90 AFT members from Central Falls High School, Rhode Island. This is in spite of the fat that neither had ever visited Central Falls. His support for the firings led to a loss of credibility at the bargining table and a general lack of respect for teachers from that district.

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Robert Scappini
AFT/Central Falls RI
Central Fall, RI

Are we all so brainwashed that we can't imagine the only real solution to this election dilemma....a Democratic Primary? None of the candidates are fit to be president including our current president. It is not too late. Calling for the impeachment of Obama would open up a whole new dialogue about a future where young people have real work to do building up our country instead of becoming a lost generation. How can the AFT even consider endorsing Obama, after he has continued NCLB and insisted on teacher evaluations being tied to student tests as well as rewarding states that increase the number of charter schools with Race to the Top funds?

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Dawn Hoagland
Highland Mills, NY

There is no relevant discussion in these debates. In fact, right now is not a time for "issues," it's a time for a program for survival. We need to cancel the debt with Glass-Steagall, so we can fund projects to drive the real economy, like NAWAPA, (North American Water and Power Alliance) to create productive jobs and drive scientific advancement. The impeachment of Obama, or threatened impeachment, as required by his long list of Constitutional violations, would allow us to adopt the policies needed.

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Rachel Brown
Quincy, MA

I cannot support a government that grows the national debt to the size of the universe, that shrinks the public sector, affecting the size of the tax base. Nor can I support a government that attempts to assume responsibility for everyone's health care OR denies it to the working or unemployed. There cannot be a free ride for everyone, BUT there must be a safety net for those who are contributing, or who are attempting to contribute to the tax base. Government cannot be responsible for everyone's well-being. Whatever takes away your responsibility can also take away your freedom.

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Sheila Robinson
AFT
Fairfax, VA

The Republicans/TP have shown themselves to be concerned only with winning at any cost--even if their unpatriotic, unconstitutional,immoral behavior destroys the country. They have completely forgotten the common good and the social contract. In the end,however,they are cutting off their own noses to spite their sneering faces. No jobs = no customers = no taxes to pave roads that their vehicles need too, or to fix collapsing bridges, etc. The greedy oligarchical 1% cannot see why they need to contribute in any way. They are small-minded and without much honor. Ron Paul is a phony libertarian when it comes to women being free of govt control.

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A. Zide
CCCTU
Chicago, IL

There is no issue that is as important as the recent votes by congress and signatures by Obama to end our civil liberties and trash our constitution, renewal of the Patriot Act and NDAA. We need to demand that our civil liberties be restored immediately. For the first time, I will not vote for any presidential candidate from either major party. They do not represent us.

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Sue Addison
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA

As I read through the majority of the comments from my union brethren regarding the upcoming election, I noticed that they are decidedly in Obama's camp. It does provoke some thoughts on my part. Why does the union(s) consistently (and blindly) support the Democratic agenda? Does not the union desire "job creation?" (Who among us can forget the "summer of recovery" and other similar Obama axioms regarding ending the recession?) Just a thought!

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Karl Reger
Marlborough, MA

the republicans are allways saying that president obama is taking away americas liberty and freedom.the republicans even want to make contraception illegal,these people are to be feared and stopped.

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david chaffee
support staff
collinsville, IL

Anyone who would replace the inept, incompetent, wasteful, un-American current president would have my vote. So you are afraid that the powerful unions won't have enough money to fill the coffers of greedy, hypocritical Democratic politicians. Seems like that is your only line of criticism towards the Republicans. Never mind, that we are trillions of dollars in debt. Never mind that the unemployment hovers at 9.1%. Never mind that our prestige, and standing in the world have tanked. All you are concerned about is that your money is safe. Well, I want my country to be safe, my family and friends to be safe, and yes, my money to be safe.

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Viviane Franco
East Northport, NY

Iwould like to see these candidates work for a non union wages & benefits. they should revise their salaries as government employees. I do not want to pay their salaries or benefits for the poor job that they do. What about a failing legislature that represents less than 25% of the population Have they been unemployed, without benefits or had to utilize government food programs? I or my family have experienced all of these. Show me a canditate who has had these experiences.Also I have only been a union employee for 8 years. I am a widow, My pension plan began at age 52. I could no longer have survived on a non union wage & benefits.

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Michele Ventura
Pgh. Public Schools
Gibsonia , PA

I can not imagine voting for any Republican because they have always stood for the Rich and big business. Most of the people in Iowa are middle class and they want to let the Rich continue to add wealth on the backs of the middle class. Wake up! Republicans are only for themselves because there are no poor ones. Lets cut spending on congress with pensions for only the years worked in congress and health care that teachers receive.

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Gayle Schneider
St. Tammany Federation of Teachers
Covinton, LA

Like them or not, the Tea Party is a force within the Republican Party because its members joined the GOP and pushed an agenda. We in the AFT should do likewise. We should encourage our conservative members to become active within the GOP in order to shape the Republican agenda. Simply siding with the Democrats has not been a successful strategy.

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Michael Maguire
Boston Teachers Union
West Roxbury, MA

It has now become common knowledge that we have an economic gap "problem" between the "haves" and "have-nots" here in the US. Why aren't any of the Republican candidates addressing this important issue? It's obvious to me that all the Republican candidates want to continue with the current status quo where this economic gap situation continuous to increase. Doesn't anybody realize that this is just going to cause the US to become another Third World country?

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Abel P. Ochoa
AFT #4632
McAllen, TX

The current crop of Republicans seems to be preoccupied with appealing to the extremes of the right wing than coming up with ideas that might actually work. Cutting spending without raising taxes may sound good to a few, but most people realize this won't work. A more balanced approach is needed, while remembering the needs of those who need support the most. Focusing on items like gay marriage and abortion also do nothing to help Americans in need now.

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Michael Schmitz
Owens Support Staff Union Local #6325
Waterville, OH

I THINK ALL OF THESE CANDIDATES ARE SO ANTI-UNIONS, ANTI-EQUAL RIGHTS, PROGRAMS TO HELP THE ELDERLY, UNEMPLOYED, MINORITIES, ETC, ETC. THEY ARE ONLY FOR THE RICH AMERICANS AND HAVE NO CONCERN FOR OTHERS BUT TO LINE THEIR OWN POCKETS AND THEIR BUDDIES. I AM PRAYING THAT OBAMA BEATS THEM NO MATTER WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY. IT WAS MUCH WORSE WITH BUSH FOR THOSE 8 YEARS. HE GOT INTO THIS MESS AND OBAMA HAS NO COOPERATION TO GET OUT OF THIS MESS.

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DIANE holmes
diane holmes
beacon, NY

It has become alarmingly obvious that the Republican agenda is focused on cutting costs, instantly and dramatically, with little or no regard for the impact in the lives of working families. These candidates aren't listening to economic experts, and they accuse one recent leader for the missteps of many over decades. We can be better, broader thinkers for our families and communities. Good spin does not make good leadership.

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Elizabeth Weight
AFT Granite 4429
West Valley City, UT

1. Why would we follow the examples of Great Britain, Greece, and other countries who have used the austerity model to throw tens of thousands out of work and are now facing further downturns in their economies? 2. How can you have energy security by pumping finite energy resources as fast as possible? Aren't we more dependent on external energy sources if we deplete ours? 3. What are your goals regarding energy conservation and renewable energy? Why not use these to create American jobs? 4. What are we doing to create truly "fair" international trade to help our workers?

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Dale N. Kindred
KCFT & SRP 691
Kansas City, KS

Ron PAUL IS the only hope for America . It is hard to believe that so many teachers think that government can keep spending money without disastrous consequences.

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David Craig
Castleton, NY

When the members of the House and the Senate are prevented from setting their own salaries, receiving lifetime pensions for even one term,have tbe same insurance choices as the other cirizens of this country, and accepting monies or other contributions from any organization, including corporations, I might consider their union breaking tactics to be somewhat fair. We need our right to unionize as a protection from those who are currently over- spending tax payer's monies on their own pet projcts, as well as to insure their own financial gain. We must protect our livlihood from further decimation at the hands of the favored One Percent!

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Joy Internicola
Lewiston Porter United Teachers
North Tonawanda, NY

If all of these guys know how to fix the economy and to fix the country, where the hell were they when Bush was running the country into the ground? Also what would they do discourage their big business friends from sending American jobs offshore and importing cheap inferior products to sell to the American consumer?

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Albert Seon
Brooklyn, NY

I am really concerned about the size and growth of the national debt. I am also concerned about deep reductions in US military preparedness. I am also concerned about my neighbors who have lost their private sector jobs.

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Arthur Melanson
1019
Denton, TX

I am not amazed that any comment to do with Ron Paul or the Libertarian Party did not get ANY stars. It is about the same treatment as the media has given him. He is the only truthful, honest, and capable candidate running, including B.O. If people only listened to Ron Paul speak and follow his ideas they would understand that he has the best plan for this nation and his voting record in Congress supports his positions. People should start to make up their own minds, instead of the having the media's "sound bites" do it for them. GO RON PAUL!!!!!!!! P.S. Do I get a star?

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Scott Kickbush
Naples CSD
Naples, NY

Romney won in Iowa because the goal of the Republicans is to defeat Obama and Romney is viewed as the most electable. In politics it's not who you're for, but who you're against! The primary issues that all the candidates should address are JOBS and the DEFICIT and how they can do better than Obama at tackling those concerns. The Left will always vote Democrat and the Right will always vote Republican. The outcome will be determined by who makes a better case to the independents in the battleground states like Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida. May the beter candidate win!

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Paul Killian
rocky point
Holbrook, NY

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