Election 101: Where the GOP candidates stand on immigration, abortion and other social issues
Social policies are a defining issue in this, or any, Republican race. With the GOP electorate increasingly focused on social issues in recent decades, their leaders' views have shifted in kind. At stake: the support of the powerful evangelical conservatives, so-called values voters for whom social issues like abortion are deciding factors. While they have their differences, all the main candidates espouse conservative social values. Take a look at where each of them stands.
1. Newt Gingrich
Champions securing the US-Mexican border, making English the official language, mandating E-Verify, empowering local â€ścitizen boardsâ€ť to determine which immigrants stay. Says US should modernize legal visa system.
Has worked with Al Sharpton and Arne Duncan to promote education reform. Supports charter schools, prayer in school, vouchers, merit-based teacher pay, even financial incentives for good student performance.
Signed GOP antiabortion pledge, wants to end federal funding for abortion and groups like Planned Parenthood and â€śnominate conservative judges who are committed to upholding Constitution as written.â€ť
Proposes repealing Obamaâ€™s law for a multipronged approach: allow sale of health insurance across state lines, reduce Medicare and Medicaid benefits, provide tax deductions for insurance premiums, pass medical malpractice reform, promote Health Savings Accounts.
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