Noor Salahuddin Discusses the Republican Presidential Candidates’ Political Positions

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Communications Intern, Noor Salahuddin discusses GOP Republican candidates’ political positions.

 

*Note: Herman Cain dropped out a week after this vlog was made

ISLAM AND MUSLIMS:

Romney:
• Not comfortable with Muslims serving in his cabinet

Perry:
• In 2008 Perry helped expand “Muslim Histories and Culture Project,” a teacher’s training program in Texas

Bachmann:
• “Not all cultures are equal. Not all values are equal.”—About French Muslims

Santorum:
• Sharia law is an “existential threat to America”

Cain:
• Believes Muslims are not loyal enough to serve in his cabinet
• Claims to have been told that most Muslims are extremists
• Relieved that his doctor is an Arab Christian instead of a Muslim

Paul:
• Believes Islam is not responsible for terrorism
• Supported Islamic Cultural Center near ground zero

Gingrich:
• Wants to ban Sharia law in courts in any jurisdiction in the United States

FOREIGN POLICY:

Romney:
• Wants to cut funding by $500 million annually in aid to Palestine
• Believes the U.S. should re-evaluate its relationship with countries voting for Palestinian recognition

Perry:
• Believes that the land given to Israel is “ordained by God”

Bachmann:
• Calls herself a staunch ally and friend of Israel
• Believes that the continued threat of Islamic terrorism justified the continued American military presence in Iraq

Santorum:
• “Islamic fascism rooted in Iran is behind much of the country’s conflict”
• Opposed to military action against Iran
• Defended the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay
• Against allowing Palestine access to the U.N.

Cain:
• Doesn’t agree with Obama that the starting point for talks between Palestine and Israel should be the 1967 mutually agreed upon land swaps

Gingrich:
• Calls for a stronger foreign policy
• Critical of recent administration policies
• Calls Obama’s response to terrorism as “particularly problematic”

*Additional Gingrich slide
• Describes Palestinians as an “invented” people and “terrorists.”

Paul:
• Calls for the withdrawal from the United Nations and NATO
• Endorses free trade
• Calls Israel a “close friend” and advises the country not to meddle in Israel’s affairs
• Pledged to never raise taxes

IMMIGRATION:

Romney:
• Does not support in-state college tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
• Supports E-verify
• Supports a border fence between America and Mexico
• Wants illegal immigrants to register with the government, pay taxes, and apply for citizenship

Perry:
• Against border fence
• Opposed to the DREAM Act
• Supports in-state tuition for undocumented college students

Bachmann:
• Against the DREAM Act
• Against amnesty for illegal immigrants

Santorum:
• Against amnesty for undocumented immigrants.
• Supports a border barrier, more border patrol, and stationing National Guard troops
• Believes that undocumented immigrants should be deported immediately for crimes
• Believes that undocumented immigrants should not receive government benefits
• English should be established as a national language in the United States

Cain:
• Against amnesty

Paul:
• Endorses increased border security.
• Opposes amnesty, and birthright citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Gingrich:
• Tighter border control
• Opposed to the mass deportation of illegal immigrants
• Objects to some parts of the DREAM Act
• English should be the national language in the United States.

HEALTH CARE:

Romney:
• Wants health care “to work like a market”
• Would issue wavers for all 50 states to opt-out of health care reform

Perry:
• Suspicion surrounds Perry on his handling of Texas’ public pension funds.

Bachmann:
• Opposes government-run health care

Santorum:
• Against federal healthcare

Cain:
• Wants to privatize Medicare

Paul:
• Wants to eliminate federal involvement in healthcare

Gingrich:
• Proposed an overhaul of the U.S. medical research system

OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES:

Romney:
• Abortion should be illegal
• For gun ownership
• Against gay marriage
• Supports DADT
• Against tax increases

Perry:
• Against gay marriage
• Doesn’t believe in global warming
• Called social security “unconstitutional”
• For DADT
• Against tax increases

Bachmann:
• Skeptical of global warming
• Opposes Wall Street bailout bill
• Supports teaching creationism in schools
• Opposes minimum wage increases in Minnesota
• Doesn’t want America to be a part of a global economy

Santorum:
• Against DADT repeal
• Against gay marriage
• Pro-life

Cain:
• Calls social security a scam
• Pro-life; anti-abortion
• Criticized welfare
• Opposes No Child Left Behind

Paul:
• Opposes welfare
• Wants to revise DADT
• Opposes the death penalty
• Pledged to never raise taxes

Gingrich:
• Supports rigorous math and science instruction in public schools
• Supports public school prayer
• Supports prison reform
• Favors keeping federal and state taxes low
• Believes entitlement programs (Medicaid, Social Security…etc.) are fiscally unsustainable

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