On the Issues

Where do the candidates stand on the issues?

This is the first question the informed voter asks, but the answer is often hard to find. This page is your portal to the issues at play in the 2012 election. Select a topic below, or if you don't see what you're looking for, ask us.


In few areas does the president have more discretion or power than in his duties as commander-in-chief. In this election, voters will have to decide between the views of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on American foreign policy, and particularly on the United States’ future involvement in Afghanistan.
Republicans and Democrats agree that the U.S. healthcare system needs reform.
Since the first settlers landed in New England, the United States has been a nation of immigrants from myriad nations across the globe.
The debate over the national debt is one of the biggest, yet least understood, issues of the 2012 election cycle. The mechanisms behind the debt are numerous and complex, and economists do not agree on the terms of the total. The media suggests estimates from $11 trillion to $16 trillion.
Since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the federal budget and the taxes that fund it have been the most consistently debated topic in politics.