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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?

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I believe that Mitt Romney is not going to be the front runner and that Rick Santorium will in the end carry the day. I think that all of these candidates are so far removed from the rest of the population in this country and their values and needs that it is almost that they represent an island community offshore. And as far as I am concerned that is where they can stay. Just one more reason why Pres. Obama will win.

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Pat Evans
Northeast ISD San Antonio Tx
Fredericksburg, TX

JOBS/ ECONOMY-------Not MORE tax cuts/breaks for the rich !!!

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james miller
seymour, TX

I would like Republican candidates to address the issue of merit pay for teachers. Here is my question: "As U.S. president, you will make an annual salary of $400,000. If you were told that should you reduce unemployment to 5%, you would receive an additional bonus of $250,000, do you think you would work harder to make it happen?" The fact is, if all we had to do was give our president and congress merit-pay bonuses to solve our problems, we would do it! It's clearly not that simple. The same goes for teaching.

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Emmy Thevanesan
Spencerport Teachers Association (NYS)
Rochester, NY

I totally agree that the republican candidates DO NOT support union people. You know what, neither does the democratic party. There is no "hard working family party'. so what do we unionized [and proud to be so] people do when the party we are told to elect raised my income tax, increased the cost of my health care by 60%, and crashed what little I had in a 403b into the toilet? I am now paying $550/month for family coverage and when my kid was sick I had a $100 co pay and the medicaid pay mom there to treat a fever paid nothing. What is wrong with the picture? My husband is unemployed and on my 66k a year for a family of 4 we are hurting.

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michele lopez
5047
Wingdale , NY

I just think those Republican men are showing how stupid they are. Having President Obama is really showing how stupid the republicans are, I can and will not ever support them. The things that come out of the mouth like Rick Santoriom. (?) What they think of everyday working people and poor people. They all show signs of racism. Plus I can not see any of their wives being the First Lady.I'm working hard for my President who is for all Americans and who is progressive and not living in the past.Thank you, My dad told me years ago(in the 1960's)not to ever vote republican and now I truly understand why.I've been a Union worker for 44 years.

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Joycelyn Thomas
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
pittsburgh, PA

I am a Ron Paul supporter! We need to audit the Fed and keep our noses out of other countries' business!

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jeanne DeVincent
morgantown
morgantown, WV

I think that the Republican Party has made it their goal to turn America into a theocracy. The over reaching religious based platform is not congruent with the Constitution. Over the top Libertarian views are mean-spirited and unrealistic in the real world. The Republican party will never ever have my vote. I have heard enough of their scare tactics, hybperbole, lack of facts and all out lies to know that this party is hopeless. The actions of this party is to carry out the demands of their Superpacs, aka the Koch brothers and corporations.

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colette clancy
montauk teachers association
montauk, NY

I have been a state employee for 23 years,and a rep. for my local for 20 of them. I do understand that the Republican candidates are not frendly to unions, but at least they are letting us know that up front. My State is controlled by Democrates from the State house to the House and Senete, and the IFT has back most, if not all of them for election. These same Democrates, that claimed to our freinds when they were running for office, are now going after everthing that we have worked for in the last 35 years. I think that the AFT-IFT should stop trying to build the Democrat party, and worry more about who is in office now.

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Tony Mileur
IFPE Local 4408
Murphysboro, IL

I believe that just about any of the Republican candidates would do a better job than Barack Obama. He has bowed down to the unions at the expense of the regular working class. I am sickened that I have to give my hard earned money to you so you may use it in a way that I disapprove of. We need to take our country back! We need people in office who are not afraid to say "NO" to the union lobbyists who are getting rich on the backs of people like me who work hard to make ends meet!! I will vote for whomever gets the nomination with hopes that that person can unseat Obama.

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Linda Caputa
hpae
Millville, NE

This isn't exactly an answer to your question, but I feel that the leadership of President Obama has been very damaging to our country. He seems to be one of the most ineffective presidents in my memory. I am not excited about any of the Republican candidates or their message, but I feel that it is vital that President Obama is not elected to another term. I would be thrilled if the Democrat Party were to select a different candidate for the November election.

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Allan Liedke
EAFA
Fredonia, NY

I could care less about what the Repub candidates say. I'm more interested in what Obama has done. I wonder how AFT can support him after all his education policies. Ron Paul is interesting but I can't lose my Medicare!

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Ted Metscher
OKC-AFT 2309
Norman, OK

The Iowa Caucus shows the republican party cannot get behind a candidate they believe will win the presidential election of 2012. Republicans have not said anything about how they would put people back to work or shrink unemployment. The get out of our way answer doesn't cut it, we have been out of the way for the last twenty years and look what it got us. How would republicans deduce the debt without generating revenue? If they are going to let wall street off the hook,what legislation do republicans propose that will safeguard the investing public and make wall street contribute to the financial well being of the country at large?

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John Langley
Baltimore Teachers Union
Red Lion, PA

It doesn't matter who wins and whoever is finally nominated, they are so out of touch and rediculously anti middle class, union and government that if they should ever win, it will be the end of the country I love and cherish. Therefore whoever votes against their own self interest is an idiot. We have seen a few of them in Iowa.

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Daniel Rizzi, Ed. D.
IFT-RIFA
Tarrytown, NY

I would like them to be questioned on their blatant lying and hypocrisy that they have demonstrated throughout the debates. I would also like to remind them that talking about all of America being on food stamps and welfare is just "code" talk for racism. I would also like them questioned on how they actually come up with these "solutions" to America's problems that are all based on lies and fear...that making people fear the government is what's behind most of their "big ideas." Why don't the reporters and moderators of debates scratch below the surface when they ask their questions.

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Joan Paul
Joan Paul
Davie, FL

As Obama said, I do believe that we need change. I think we need to change our entire school structure. I support changing our leadership, and putting in some republicans that can actually make some positive changes.

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Cammy Greenman
Kerrville, TX

The decision made by the Supreme Court to allow Corporations and Unions to donate unlimited amounts of money to politicians became the worst nightmare for Democracy. Clarence Thomas and his wife have connections to David Koch and therefore Thomas has become Koch's puppet. The Americans for Prosperity, supported by Koch, single aim is to ship jobs overseas. Koch is against unions, Medicare and minimum wage. After the law became effective, the Republicans owned by Corporate America set out to destroy all opposition from the Unions. The attack on teachers was actually an attempt to destroy the unions.It doesn't matter which Republican wins.

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Janet Reynolds
TALC
Cape Coral, FL

They're all a bunch of "keystone cops", and I wouldn't vote for even one of them for dog catcher!! They not only lie to the public about everything. They lie to each other. They only care about themselves and lining their own pockets. Just look at how Rick Perry has done it by selling the state of Texas to the highest bidder in whatever issue was at stake.

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Robin Krause
Houston, TX

All of my retired teacher friends, which number over 40, male or female, will NEVER vote for any Republican, whom believes, in restricting a woman's right to choose. We also, will never vote for a Republican, whom refuses to fund, stem cell resaearch, and brags about defunding Planned Parenthood, a wonderful organization, for inner city teenagers.

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Marilyn Grossman
NYC UFT local 2
Jensen Beach, FL

I believe we have a whole bunch of rich republicans trying to destroy what the commonors have put in place to help them get ahead socially, financially and humanely. The republicans don't have nothing to offer to the lower and middle working classes. They are wolves in sheep clothing. I guess if they want a revolution; I mean a real one, they will get it. If the rich feel they can crush the least fortunate in society, I guess we can always return the 1700s. I hope they and the rich learn from the monarchs and the church for their own sake. Enough is enough. They make the money, they control the money and they play with the money.!

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Luis Vargas
Chicago Heights , IL

Unions are not a constitutional right...we all know that. However, certain programs have been legislated as Medicare, etc, and people are dependent on them as there is no other alternative; those programs shuld not be eliminated nor services decreased. I was in a professional Union but need to agree janitorial staff did only what contract required and were the first to make demands for increases in wages,benfits, etc. I am a busy RN who has had to empty my clinic and office wastebaskets because it was not in their contract!! Unions do protect poor employees and do not reconize those who work hard...all get the same wage...not good!!

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Diana Schneider
contract ended 12/31/11
beaver Dam, WI

I would like to ask all the Republican candidates how exactly public employees would negotiate for their salaries, benefits, etc. Each person negotiate separately with the governmental unit? The burden on individuals and on the governmental unit would be totally unworkable. And if the salary or benefit package was unsatisfactory, what would be the governmental unit or the individuals recoure?

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Don Berghuis
1018 (Retirees Chapter
South Windsor, CT

I don't see how any middle class American could suupport any one of the Republicans. They are all just pawns of big corporations and the 1% with truly high incomes. The issue I would like to see discussed by them is: if the present policies favoring the 1% in this country are so great, where are the jobs? Also, how can Mr Romney present himself as presidential after so many policy flip-flops?

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Maxine Silver
APSTA
Albany, NY

The unanimity among the Republican candidates is clear in the notion that all of our public resources must be designated to protect corporate interests and the ever-increasing military might required for the protection of the corporate bottom line. That sentence sums up the Republican party philosophy. Any thinking individual should have the common sense to vote against this and for a democratic, not an oligarchic, society. All of the candidates are a ridiculous side show and a national embarrassment.

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Richard Howard
Schaumburg, IL

Please let me express something to AFT's members who are Republicans or who are eligible to vote in Republican primaries: Help nominate the candidate who will be best, among the Republicans, for education. /////// Although the preference of the union leadership is the incumbent Democrat, the possibility that the Republican nominee may win in November underscores the significance of the Republican delegate-selection process now. /////// Avert the allurement to place all the eggs in one basket.

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David Ramsey
Southeastern
HAMMOND, LA

These Republican presidential candidates do not stand with us on the issues that are important to AFT members and our families." I am a proud Public School Teacher - I am not so proud of my union with comments that are blank statements, is this union going to continual its proselytizing?

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Travis Voels
2209
Maple Grove, MN

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