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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

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

President Obama doesn't seem to be on our side either. It's extremely important for teachers to have their own plan. For example, if teachers are to be evaluated on the basis of student progress, then an individually administered achievement test must be given to EACH child in the fall and again in the spring. The test must be secure and administered by a trained professional. Also, each test must be geared to the child's level of achievement so that if a sixth grade child is reading on a first grade level, the test must be sensitive to that fact.

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Linda Johnson
NEA Retired
Long Beach, CA

IOWA was not surprising. What the candidates need to address are the facts about how the economy works and what really creates jobs. Santorum can't be allowed to say "I believe" without being challenged to explain the reasons for his belief. Lower taxes don't create jobs on their own and no one can find a small business owner who is willing to publicly say that they make job creation decisions based on tax rates. Romney can't claim that his experience in the private sector created jobs when Bain was in the layoff business to blster stock prices so Romeny and his investors could reap short term profits.

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Marc Korashan
UFT
Brooklyn, NY

Ron Paul is the only Rep. candidate I would consider voting for over the incumbent. He intends to give control of Education "back to parents and teachers on the local level."

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J Aaron
PFT, AFT Local 3
Philadelphia, PA

Since there is not one candidate running on the Democratic side or the Republican, I think we need to be realistic about finding the best among those who are running. ' My priority would be to help all of the candidates understand that AFT members want to be part of the process of making our schools better. We actually have a better handle on the individual student, and their needs, than do the politicians. As a Republican, I do not like being told none of the GOP candidates stand with us. I read the quotes, and found I agreed with much of it.

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Albert Notter
OSEA 7632
Oregon City, OR

Why are most Republican Leaders union busters? Also, why does Socialism continue to be a them with them? I lived under a social system in Munich, Germany from 1975 to 1981, and even as a foreigner, was able after passing a touch language test to get a MA of Architectural (Diplom Ingenier Architekt) Degree from the Technische Universitaet in Munich for virtually nothing. Health insurance was not a problem, either. Why are Republicans trying to scare American citizens into believing that Health Care Reform is something bad for the United States? And I still want to know why the war in Iraq is not pointed out a a major reason for US debt.

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Robert A Schaefer Jr
ACT/UAW, Local 7902
New York, NY

The only candidate who addresses the real issues is Newt Gingrich. I do not agree with all he supports, but the truth is this nation is in serious trouble. Over 15 trillion in debt and yet we send hard earned tax dollars to other countries and finance programs in the U.S. that kill the incentive to work. Cut the unemployment after 1 year and people will go to work SOMEPLACE. Support 1 child with WICK & food stamps, any after that they should be responsible for. Get off the worker's back and stop entitlements for the unworthy. Provide job training in middle & high schools!! America was built by responsible people!!

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Ken Augenstein
Lake Charles, LA

I live smack dab in the Central Valley in California. If anyone has a job here, they are counted among the most fortunate. Everyone's home here is underwater. Many of us who are considered middle class do not qualify for any of the home loan modification programs due to the fact that we still have a job. What are these Republican candidates concrete plans to help alleviate the economic and housing crisis in this region? If they can make me a believer, they have my vote. Otherwise, I'll vote for my President, Barack OBAMA!!!!

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Cecilia Chaves
Local 2424A
Ceres, CA

I have never voted Republican. I have never known a republican that was on the side of educators, students, or the middle class.It is time for the 99% to take a stand against those that would destroy public education.

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Sandra Bradley
San Felipe, TX

It is hard to weed them out when you only have a field of thistles. Bring on the Obama Round-Up

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Steven Lesan
Kansas City, MO

Is this what we what to teach our future children about leadership???? Well then maybe our present leaders need to be re taught how to act and respresent our country. It is a shame that we pay these people for being in their offices. They do not work for us, just want to gain more fortune for themselves and to embarass our country more and more each day.

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Richard Burkowicz
Polandcentral
Whitesboro, NY

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