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General: What are your thoughts on the Republican presidential candidates’ policy positions? Which issues would you like the Republican candidates to address as this nominating process continues?

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There is not a Republican candidate running that I could ever support as a possible president so it doesn't matter what their platform is-it won't be serving my needs because I am a struggling, hard-working,lower middle class teacher.

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Terry Sheppard
Dallas Alliance
Dallas, TX

Why do you think Romney is against education? Besides raising the US debt, what has Obama done to lower it? Don't go after the top 1%, but go after the crooks (and we know who they are - it's documented) who are in high positions in both parties. Look very carefully at Obama who has elevated the men behind our housing and financial crisis to positions of power within his administration. If these men had had reins put on them, we would not need to see cutbacks in our unions or our pay checks. Please look beyond just being an educator and our incomes, and look at what is best for our entire country. No, I've not chosen a candidate yet.

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Marilyn Disbrow
Dearborn
Plymouth, MI

The Republicans should continue their debates. The debates expose the true character of the candidate. It is unfortunate that Governor"Oops" dropped out and came back to Texas. He did add enjoyment to the viewing of the debates. In all seriousness, it is apparent that education is not an important issue for the candidates, except for putting children from poor families to work as janitors in the schools. Serioue health care for our country is only a one liner for the candidates,"I will abolish the Obama Health Care Plan," no discussion as to what they propose in its place. "Union"is a bad word. I do not expect any good policy discussions.

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Kim KMoran
AFT Stff retired
Georgetown, TX

I would like to see the Republican Candidates stop trashing or bullying each other and set a more respectable image for Americans. I am tired of hearing what needs to change, but want to hear what their brillant ideas are to make this economic recovery better than the Obama administration. For Example, we all know we need more jobs. I want to know an exact plan of how this is to going to happen so I can stop supporting my college graduate that has gotten caught in this horrible economy.

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Karen Bergren
1642
Woodstock, IL

The Republican party is the party of Reagan's voodoo economics. Make the rich richer and let the middle class pay the bills with higher tax percentages on less income. A choice between a silver spoon and a philanderer is not much of a choice. How are they going to realistically solve the economic problems of our country is what they should focus on. I still in good conscience and being a teacher cannot vote for a Republican.

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Richard Torres
El Paso AFT
El Paso, TX

What I can say about the Repugs is that they are truly honest. They hate people of color; they despise independent women; they revile workers. They love the superwealthy and make no bones about wanting a totally uninhibited, uncontrolled corporate America. The only word they won't use is Fascism--and that is what they believe. Gingrich is credited with the Republican political playbook based on Nasty and that is what we see in his approach. He milks the uninformed, the frustrated, the racists and the sexists with his hate speech. Romney, may sling mud from a loftier seat, but mud it still is. So much for their respect for the public.

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tanya marquette
new paltz, NY

None of the canidates are saying much about what they can do. When President Obama was elected he said it would take 10 years or more the ecomony to get back to normal. He didn't create the mess the Republicans did. We need someone who will stand up for average americans!

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Pakitta Wells-Felix
Avon Park, FL

Well since you asked!I am not very happy with any candidate we have running totally, either Democratic or Republican.I am so tired of all the talk about unemployment and Obama when clearly we have more than ever overall.Gas prices have almost doubled in four years, small businesses are SUFFERING mine included.We were promised solutions and have not had any.I don't see any new candidates addressing the real needs either. We need help now for our small business as we employ minorities and keep them working even when we don't get paid.This is the real issues at hand the small business man.There are 130 small businesses in our area all hurting.

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Rebecca Noone
Spring, TX

I think that some one should address why President Obama wou't sign off on the construction of the Keystone pipeline. Not only will the pipeline reduce our dependency on middle east oil, it will produce 100's of UNION jobs. Why aren't the unions supporting this project? This is shovel ready and it won't cost the tax payers any money.

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Steve Cormack
Baltimore, MD

Republicans in general, and particularly their Presidential Candidates are totally out of touch with the 99% in this country. How can a man worth a quarter of a billion dollars be in touch with the common American? This candidate spent 16 million dollars on negative advertising to win the Floriday Primary. Can you imagine that money being spent for a good cause? This candidate continues to agree wholeheartedly that we need to reduce entitlements. Could you please explain Mr. Romney? Give seniors specifics on how you will reduce their Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, so they can all make sure they do not vote for you in November.

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Renee King
Shorewood, IL

Jobs, the deficit, and the overall economy. They need to stop the concentration on 'conservative' issues and focus on bringing strength back to the American economy. The focus also must be on leadership by the US in the global economy.As a strong friend of AFT once said- 'It's the economy, stupid'.

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William Lipkin
United Adjunct Faculty of NJ
Parsippany, NJ

I am amazed at how one candidate wants to lead this great nation, but hides his money abroad and will not support this country. The other candidate speaks about values, but does not exemplify any - with three different wives and cheating on each one with the other. Is this the best this country has to hope for? I'll stick with President Barack Obama, a true family man with values and love for his wife,family, and country. First priority for President Obama is to fix the broken tax system, and have everyone paying their fair share!

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Shirley Williams
Dallas, TX

If Mr. Romney's version of the safety net for the very poor is to stand in a food line or homeless shelter, then I fear for my children's future.

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Cecilia Chaves
2424 A
Ceres, CA

Although I have not warmed-up to any of the Republican candidates yet... even the worst of the bunch is a better choice than the current occupant of the White House... any of them could do a better job with recovering our economy!

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Alan Kent
HCEA
Sebring, FL

The Republicans haven't been asked about education to any extent that they could comment on anything of substance. It doesn't matter though, when business becomes more stifled by the health care bill and less able to pay the taxes that support our jobs, then the industrial and corporate base that we depend on will become smaller, generating less revenue with fewer businesses availble to pay the taxes that fund education. Furthermore, quit admitting illegals into our schools, that would save in fuel, classroom and teacher expenses, breakfast and lunch programs, and improve the rate of textbook availability. We need legal money not more $.

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Traycin Colson
houston aft
houston, TX

The length of the process needs to be less than a year. Each candidate needs to be fully vetted before formally entering the race. A corporation is NOT a person and that ruling needs to be removed. Any candidate telling a proven lie, must disqualify him/herself from the race. In the debates, a fact checker must be present and an alarm sounded when there needs to be clarification. Each debate needs to deal with a single issue so it can be debated in depth to learn the truth and allow taxpayers to become educated voters. Until these changes are made, we will continue to get the "same old, same old."

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Marilyn Disbrow
Dearborn
Plymouth, MI

These super rich people are telling us how little we matter to them, and what they will do to us if they get in office. It's all about self, sex, power, money, and ousting the current president. Some of these same people vowed to get him out of office before he even took the oath. We as a nation, need to be very careful whom we vote for. There is no way I will vote for any of them. As a retired educator, I find it necessary to work in retirement. I will maintain my membership in AFT. I do not believe that people with high incomes should have so much power.

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Doris Davis
Greenville, MS

The most important issue is the loss of our Constitutional rights. Congress unanimously passed the renewal of the Patriot Act and Obama signed it. Congress passed NDAA allowing the military to indefinitely detain Americans without a trial and Obama signed it. None of these candidates, including Obama, have any good ideas about education. Obama and his mean-spirited clueless Education Secretary have led the effort to weaken the image of teachers instead of supporting them. It doesn't matter who wins. The multinational corporations own our country. We need to stand up to them before it is too late.

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Sue Addison
Santa Cruz, CA

Stand up for the 99%. Help our country to find more jobs. Please continue to fight for social security and medicare. Eliminate low paying wages and help people get better middle class pay. Continue to help people be able to keep and build their savings and their pensions and 401k's. Prosecute the big banks and make them pay back the money they owe. Continue to fight rising health care costs and every person should be able to obtain health care and choose the doctor they want. If medicare is cut, doctors will cut those medicare patients. Also, continue to committ to high education standards. Continue to fight the WEP for full social s.

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Marilyn Chappell
Houston, TX

I have watched every debate possible and I can not understand why no one is dicussing Education or Labor. I have heard one question from Facebook regarding the reform of NCLB and answered with a "blah Blah" answer from Newt. Are they afraid of this topic or just not think it is important? Jean Underhill Reading Teacher and Classified Employee (Para)

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Georgene Underhill
OSEA
Lake Oswego, OR

Please check out CTJ. Citizens for Tax Justice. Check out the income tax plan by the Republican candidates. Not only do they plan to extend the Bush tax cuts. But, they plan to cut taxes for the top 1%. It is truly scary when you couple the fact the by the end of 2012, this nation will be in 16 trillion dollars of debt. Where will the money come from to run this great nation?

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susan hess
psea
mohnton, PA

It appears that the republicans want to go back to the 1950's where men were men, women were like Donna Reed & blacks had Jim Crow laws. And the South had the stars & bars. Oh, wait. In South Carolina they still do.

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James Kerner
Bergenfield, NJ

IMHO, the whole electoral process is a cynical charade meant to distract the populace from what is really going on--corporate rule.

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janet maker
los angeles
los angeles, CA

I would like to know why Mitt Romney shelters his money in the Cayman Islands and what he will do to ensure that hedge-fund managers pay their fair share in taxes, not the 15% he says he pays. Also, I'd like to know from all of them what they would do to promote "Right To Work IN THE UNITED STATES" legislation.

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Henry Owen
Univ. Prof. Illinois, local 401
Charleston, IL

I think the AFT needs a Republican in the executive branch to ensure we fight against things that are wrong. When we have a Democratic executive officer, unions give, leaders take and we all suffer. With a conservative at the helm, unions seem to stand up and fight.

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Paul Diamond
Yonkers Federation of Teachers local 860
Bedford, NY

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