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Newton Leory Gingrich, Ph.D.

*June 17th, 1943 – Harrisburg, PA


Congressmen for Georgia (1979 - 1999)

Speaker of the House of Representatives (1995 – 1999)



ABORTION

Pro-Life

against Planned Parenthood

→ should be defunded

→ no tax money for „the leading abortion provider in America“

no righteous cases for an abortion “righteous” sounds very odd to me; I don’t think it can be used with nouns other than woman, man, god, etc.: Is there an actual quote on this? I would say “abortion is not justified under any circumstances”.



AFGHANISTAN

criticized Obama's Afghanistan withdrawal, however, no comment about his plans



ECONOMY

claims to be able to balance budget within five years

deficit reduction and surplus possible

lower corporate tax to 12.5%

limit unemployment benefits to max. 4 weeks



TORTURE

only in “extraordinary circumstances”, if authorized by president

→ waterboarding not torture but shouldn't be done

“enhanced interrogation techniques” against high-level terrorists



LG-ISSUES

opposes domestic partnership benefits for same-sex couples

constitutional amendment to protect the “traditional family”

→ sanctity of marriage (he married 3 times, cheated on his wives)

→ but: legal rights (visit in hospital, leave estates to partners...)

homosexuality = sin

no right to adopt children



OBAMA

need to “save America” from Obama's “secular socialist machine”

The secular socialist machine represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did.”






Willard Mitt Romney

*March 12th, 1947 – Detroit, MI



governor of MA (2003 - 2007)




ABORTION

pro-life (except: cases of incest, rape, to save the life of the mother)

→ overturn Roe v. Wade to create new pro-life legislation



AFGHANISTAN

should be decided by military



ECONOMY

reduce corporate income tax to 25%

eliminateto Obama regulations “that burden the economy of job creation”

cut spending and taxes to lower deficit



TORTURE

supports “enhanced interrogation techniques”

You said they’re gonna be at Guantanamo? I’m glad they’re at Guantanamo. I don’t want them on our soil. I want them at Guantanamo where they don’t get the access to lawyers that they’d get when they’re on our soil. I don’t want them in our prisons, I want them there. Some people say that we should close Guantanamo, my view is we outta double Guantanamo.”



LG-ISSUES

reinstate “Don't ask, don't tell”

modify constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage

→ would destroy the culture of America and irreparably damage education system and children

doesn't support civil unions




known for “flip-flopping”

→ once pro-choice, now pro-life

→ “Romneycare” in MA similar to Obamacare but he opposes Obamacare

Mormon

not liked by GOP basis → seen as too moderate



Richard John Santorum

*May 10th, 1958



Representative for PA (1991 – 1995)

Senator for PA (1995 – 2007)



ABORTION

pro-life

criminalization of abortion for doctors, not mothers

federal ban on abortions

defund Planned Parenthood

This is an organization that was founded on the eugenics movement, founded on racism”

wants to make all forms of contraception illegal

→ sex only for reproductive purposes inside marriage

““Would we allow the police to search the sacred precincts of marital bedrooms for telltale signs of the use of contraceptives? The very idea is repulsive to the notions of privacy surrounding the marriage relationship.” Rick Santorum disagrees. He thinks, using the currently popular states’ rights parlance, that “the state has a right to do that, I have never questioned that the state has a right to do that. It is not a constitutional right, the state has the right to pass whatever statues they have.””



AFGHANISTAN

against withdrawal

→ abandoning the gains made so far



ECONOMY

lower top corporate tax to 17.5%

eliminate corporate income tax for manufacturers

repeal Obama regulations

widen tax benefits → less taxpayers



TORTURE

supports “enhanced interrogation techniques”




known for anti-gay policies

→ gay-rights activist spread the word “santorum” as “The frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the by-product of anal sex.”




candidates that already dropped out:

Michele Bachmann

Herman Cain

Joe Huntsman


other (known) candidates:

Ron Paul







further information:

2012.republican-candidates.org (comprehensive overview of candidates with background info and standpoints, quotes and media)

spiegel.de/thema/praesidentschaftswahl_usa_2012 (news articles and short profiles)

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012 (results from primaries)



candidates’ sites:

newt.org

mittromney.com

ricksantorum.com

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