About Al Sharpton: The Rev. Al Sharpton entered the presidential race on January 22, 2003, by filing papers to form an exploratory committee. The head of the National Action Network, a civil rights group, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1994 and New York City mayor in 1997. He conceded the presidential nomination to Sen. John Kerry on March 15, 2004, but said he would continue to campaign for his "urban agenda." Read full candidate profile >
Editor's note: This chart features brief summaries of candidates' viewpoints on some issues, based on their statements and records. Most candidates have offered more comprehensive explanations of their positions on these and other issues. More information may be found on their campaign Web sites.
Greater economic growth will keep Social Security solvent
State fiscal crisis
No public position available
Would repeal Bush tax cuts
Reduce deficit by repealing Bush tax cuts
Proposes $250 billion infrastructure improvement plan
NOTE AG: Attorney General; ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; CAFÉ:
Standards that provide tax and other incentives for consumers to purchase
and alternative fuel vehicles; COPS: Community Oriented Policing Program;
DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act; GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered;
NCLB: No Child Left Behind; NMD: National Missile Defense.