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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.
Abortion
Death penalty
Drug policy
Gun control
Education reform
Supreme Court
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Sought death penalty moratorium; voted not to limit appeals
Has backed more funding for treatment, penalties for sales
Co-sponsored bill to prohibit concealed weapons
Backs rebuilding crumbling schools, raising federal funding
Opposes judges who are 'hostages' to right-wing ideology
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Re-evaluate every death row case; states have right to impose
Against decriminalizing marijuana
Close gun show loophole; ban assault weapons; use gun-buying data
Universal preschool; invest in teachers, facilities; tuition grants
Lauds Breyer; says he would appoint moderate justices
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Apply only for extreme crimes; calls for inquiry into system
Do not decriminalize drugs, but drug use public health issue
Keep federal laws; improve enforcement; give states leeway
Calls NCLB Act a "huge unfunded mandate"
Appoint judges based on experience and merit, not litmus tests
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Supports death penalty
Expand treatment for at-risk youth; improve drug sentencing
Favors gun show background checks, assault weapons ban
Voted for NCLB; proposes federal aid to hire more teachers
No public position; member of Senate Judiciary Committee
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Supports death penalty and reforms assuring accused's rights
Beef up border patrols to curb drug imports into U.S.
Ban assault weapons; test backgrounds; fix gun show loophole
Create ROTC-modeled teacher corps, preschool at all schools
Pledges diversity, center-left beliefs in judge ap- pointments
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Supports death penalty; pushed executing drug chiefs
Supported tougher ecstasy penalties; backs drug-control efforts
Supports gun control measures; would close gun show loophole
Would boost college aid, fund NCLB, ensure local flexibility
Would promote gender, racial, ethnic diversity in courts
Supports a woman's right to an abortion; planning resources
Opposes death penalty
More police; aggressively target traffickers; fund treatment
Close gun show loophole; require child safety locks
Bar vouchers; fully fund NCLB, special ed., school building
Appoint judges committed to law, civil and abortion rights
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Opposes death penalty
Treat addiction as health issue; allow medical marijuana
Co- sponsored bills on gun safety, Gun control enforcement
Boost funding; grant incentives for poor to pursue education
Open to nominating GLBT, pro-abortion individuals
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Supports death penalty
Record favoring tougher approach to drug offenses
Co-sponsor Gun Show Loophole Closing and Gun Law Enforcement Act
Criticized Bush administration for not fully funding NCLB
Name justices who will "protect the rights of all Americans"
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Opposes death penalty
No public position available
Supports licensing and registration of handguns
Would fully fund NCLB act
No public position available
Opposes except cases of rape, incest or to save woman's life
Supports death penalty
Reduce illegal drug usage by 10 percent over two years
Protect gunmakers from lawsuits
Signed NCLB; federal budget has not fully funded legislation
Has cited Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia as model justices
Abortion
Death penalty
Drug policy
Gun control
Education reform
Supreme Court
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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.
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