CANDIDATE COMPARISON SHEET

BAILOUTS

Mitt Romney
Romney supported the $700 billion bailout, and in 2010 said that “It was the right thing to do.”

Ron Paul
Paul strongly opposed the bailouts and the stimulus, voting against both. Paul argued that the bailout was immoral and unconstitutional.

Newt Gingrich
Gingrich supported the bank bailout. Pushed to add $27 billion to the “stimulus” that benefited his clients. He also supported the prior bailout of Savings & Loans under Clinton. Supported the 1995 Clinton bailout of Mexican bonds, that benefited Goldman Sachs, through the Fed. Gingrich went against his own party and over 80% of the public who opposed the bailout.

Rick Santorum
Santorum said he would have opposed the bank bailout. However, voted in favor of bailouts of the Airline and Steel industries.

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FEDERAL RESERVE

Supports the Fed policy of artificially manipulating interest rates that has been implicated in the housing crisis of 2008, and in the crash of 1929 that commenced the Great Depression.

Paul has been the Fed’s most outspoken opponent for 30 years. A partial audit that Paul pushed for revealed the Fed gave out $16 TRILLION in secret loans to U.S. and foreign banks.

Supports Romney’s position on the Fed, but wants to narrow the Fed’s goals, while still letting them operate without transparency or oversight.

GUN RIGHTS

GRADED BY GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA

In 1994, said D"I don't line up with the NRA.” Signed the nation's first ban on assault weapons and steeply increased fees on gun owners by 400%.

GOA says Paul A+ has been one of the most consistent defenders of the 2nd Amendment in Congress. Received an endorsement from the National Association for Gun Rights. Paul accurately predicted the housing bubble in a speech before Congress in 2001. He warned that government-backed loans, such as those from Freddie Mac, would cause a housing bubble. Consistently pro-life, Paul has repeatedly introduced bills to overturn Roe v. Wade in Congress. Never voted to fund Planned Parenthood.

Supported C several anti-gun measures including the infamous Lautenberg gun ban and ‘safe zone’ laws. Supported a national biometric thumbprint database for gun owners. Hired by the head of Freddie Mac's lobbying operations and was paid $1.8 million between 2000 and 2008. Just after his contract ended, Freddie Mac received a $170 billion taxpayerfunded bailout. Although Gingrich has a pro-life voting record, he worked against the RNC and was in favor of funding candidates who supported Partial Birth Abortion.

Supported the BLautenberg gun ban. Supported antigun Arlen Specter over pro-gun Republican Pat Toomey in the 2004 Pennsylvania Senate race.

HOUSING BUBBLE

Aggressively promoted policies that were contributing to the bad assets on the books of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Provided $350 million in subsides for high risk borrowers.

Pushed the mortgage giants to take on more subprime debt. Santorum tried to “orient” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to accomplish Democrats’ affordable-housing goals in 2005.

ABORTION

In 1994, said “I believe abortion should be safe and legal.” And in 2004 attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Now claims to oppose abortions.

Has consistently spoken out against abortion, but voted in favor of funding Planned Parenthood 9 times. Endorsed pro-choice candidate Arlen Spector.

Mitt Romney
PERSONAL LIBERTY

Ron Paul
Voted against the Patriot Act and has vehemently condemned Obama's signing of the NDAA. Says that you can still provide security without sacrificing our Bill of Rights. Says no more nationbuilding overseas. Stated that overseas bases and troops benefit foreign economies at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. Wants to restore domestic bases and provide increased security for our borders.
Paul's top contributors are active duty personnel of the U.S. Army, Navy,

Newt Gingrich
Fully supports the Patriot Act, which violates the 4th Amendment by allowing illegal secret surveillance of U.S. citizens. Has said he would further strengthen it.

Rick Santorum
Voted in favor of the Patriot Act and its reauthorization. Indicated support for the NDAA, which gives the President the power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without trial.

Supports the Patriot Act, which violates the 4th Amendment by allowing unwarranted surveillance of U.S. citizens. Supported the NDAA, which gave the President the power to indefinitely detain U.S. Citizens without trial. Has expressed no intention of stopping overseas nationbuilding. Said he would expand the military by 100,000 troops, but has not explained how he would pay for these expenditures.

FOREIGN POLICY

Voted numerous times in Congress to increase and expand unconstitutional foreign aid. Gingrich supported an act of war against Libya without Congressional approval, violating the Constitution’s War Powers Clause.

Said he’d start a war with Iran unless they dismantle their nuclear energy program. Santorum has said he would continue to send billions of dollars in unconstitutional foreign aid to countries such as Pakistan.
Santorum’s top contributors are Universal Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Achristavest. The largest contributor to his Super PAC is Foster Friess, a wealthy mutual fund manager.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Romney's top contributors are Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bank of America. Receives millions of dollars from anonymous donors through his Super PACs.

and Air Force.
Received nearly 7 times more than every other candidate combined in military donations.

Gingrich's top contributors are Rock-Tenn Co, Poet LLC, and First Fiscal Fund. Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson has contributed over $10 million to his campaign though his Super PAC.

ELECTABILITY
Romney 45% Obama 43%

Rasmussen National Poll 2/25/2012
Paul 43% Obama 41% Gingrich 39% Obama 49% Santorum 43% Obama 45%

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ADDITIONAL NOTES

+2% • Will eliminate five federal government bureaucracies. •Only candidate to serve in the U.S Military. • Has vowed to honor Social Security and Medicare. • Has the only plan to cut $1 trillion his first year, and balance the budget in his first term. • Has opposed every tax increase in Congress.

-10% • Gingrich supported Obama's individual mandate as well as Clinton's universal health care proposal. • Had 84 ethics charges brought against him while serving as Speaker of the House; was fined $300,000. • Promoted the idea of a “Cap-and-Trade” carbon tax scheme.

-2% • Took the most money in Congress from lobbyists in 2006. • Voted for No Child Left Behind, doubling the size of the Department of Education. • Voted for the biggest entitlement expansion since the 1960s, adding a $16 trillion unfunded liability to the debt. • Voted to raise the debt ceiling 5 times, increasing the debt by $3.5 trillion.

• Passed “Romneycare” into Massachusetts law, providing the blueprint for Obamacare. • In 2006, supported amnesty for illegal immigrants. Now he claims to be against it. • Romney supported “Cap-and-Trade,” a carbon tax scheme which increases energy prices. • Refused to sign a "no new taxes" pledge; raised taxes/fees seven times

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