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Republican Party Chair, Cook County (IL)

2008 Republican nominees:
John McCain
(Arizona Senator).
Sarah Palin
(Alaska Governor).

2008 Democratic nominees:
Barack Obama
(IL Senator).
Joe Biden
(DE Senator).

3rd-Party presidential challengers:
Constitution Party:
Chuck Baldwin
(Radio talk-show host): Nominated, May 2008.
Libertarian:
Bob Barr
(former GA Rep.)
Independent:
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor)
Libertarian:
Mike Gravel
(former AK Senator)
Constitution Party:
Alan Keyes
(Maryland talk-show host): Lost nomination, May 2008.
PLS:
Gloria La Riva
(Liberation & Socialism)
Green Party:
Cynthia McKinney
(Former GA Representative).
NAIP Party:
Frank McEnulty
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Socialist Party:
Brian Moore
Independent:
Ralph Nader
(2000 & 2004 candidate).

2008 Republican presidential primary:
George Allen
(Former Virginia Senator) Never entered race.
Michael Bloomberg
(NYC Mayor).
Sam Brownback
(Kansas Senator) Withdrew Nov. 2007.
Jeb Bush
(Governor of Florida): Never entered race.
John Cox
(Chair of Cook County GOP, Chicago IL).
Bill Frist
(Tennessee Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Newt Gingrich
(former Speaker of the House): Opted out of race, Sept. 2007.
James Gilmore
(former Governor of Virginia): Withdrew July 2007.
Rudy Giuliani
(former NYC Mayor). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary
Chuck Hagel
(Nebraska Senator): Never entered race.
Mike Huckabee
(Governor of Arkansas).
Duncan Hunter
(California Representative). Withdrew after Nevada caucuses, Jan. 2008
George Pataki
(New York Governor): Never entered race.
Ron Paul
(Texas Representative).
Mitt Romney
(Massachusetts Governor).
Tom Tancredo
(Colorado Representative): Withdrew, Dec. 2007.
Fred Thompson
(former TN Senator). Withdrew Jan. 2008 after SC primary
Tommy Thompson
(former Wisconsin Governor and Secretary of HHS): Withdrew Aug. 2007.
Mark Sanford
(South Carolina Governor): Never entered race.

2008 Democratic presidential primary:
Evan Bayh
(IN Senator): Withdrew Dec. 2006.
Joe Biden
(DE Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
Wes Clark
(former NATO commander): Never entered race.
Hillary Clinton
(NY Senator).
Tom Daschle
(Former SD Senator): Never entered race.
Christopher Dodd
(CT Senator): Withdrew after Iowa Cuacus, Jan 2008.
John Edwards
(former NC Senator). Withdrew Jan. 30, 2008, after Florida primary.
Russ Feingold
(WI Senator): Withdrew Nov. 2006.
Al Gore
(former V.P.): Never entered race.
John Kerry
(MA Senator): Withdrew Jan. 2007.
Dennis Kucinich
(OH Representative); withdrew Jan. 2008 to defend House seat.
Bill Richardson
(NM Governor); withdrew after NH primary, Jan. 2008.
Al Sharpton
(Reverend): Never entered race.
Tom Vilsack
(IA Governor): Withdrew Feb. 2007.
Mark Warner
(VA Governor): Withdrew Oct. 2006.

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John Cox on Abortion
Click here for 7 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Christians & Jews believe in the right to life. (Sep 2007)
  • Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench. (Sep 2007)
  • Save "snowflake babies": no experiments on frozen embryos. (Sep 2007)
  • No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion. (Sep 2007)
  • Define unborn life as a fundamental right. (Jul 2007)
  • Personal history--conceived in rape--makes him anti-abortion. (May 2007)
  • There is no 'right of privacy' in the Constitution. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Budget & Economy
Click here for 6 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • One of the original members of the Club for Growth. (Sep 2007)
  • Anti-Hillary candidate cannot be a career politician. (Sep 2007)
  • Rein in out-of-control spending and balance the budget. (Sep 2007)
  • Veto every federal budget that is not balanced, period. (Jul 2007)
  • Republicans have been spending money like liberals. (Jun 2007)
  • Government runs deficit because they lack tough decisions. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Respect people's freedom but don't sanction gay behavior. (Sep 2007)
  • Stand up for proper behavior or we end up with bestiality. (Sep 2007)
  • Marriage about protecting children; not homosexual largesse. (Sep 2007)
  • Swift passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment. (Jul 2007)
  • Favors amendment to the Constitution to define marriage. (Mar 2007)
  • Affirmative action based on race is racist. (Mar 2007)
  • A flag burning Constitutional amendment is necessary. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Corporations
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  • Level playing field for family farms over corporate farms. (Jul 2007)
John Cox on Crime
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  • Opposes "hate crimes" legislation. (Sep 2007)
  • Prosecute all illegal adult porn, plus white collar porn. (Sep 2007)
  • Morally opposed to death penalty, even for Tim McVeigh. (Feb 2002)
John Cox on Drugs
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    No issue stance yet recorded by Massscorecard.org.
John Cox on Education
Click here for 9 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • School choice avoids transvestite teachers. (Sep 2007)
  • Impeach judges for barring legislature prayers to Jesus. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Schools forfeit funds if they expose kids to gay propaganda. (Sep 2007)
  • School monopoly is problem; competition is answer. (Jul 2007)
  • Students should not be forced to pray, but should be allowed. (Mar 2007)
  • Eliminate Department of Education; allow local school choice. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Energy & Oil
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  • Support domestic drilling; oppose Kyoto Treaty. (Jul 2007)
John Cox on Environment
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    No issue stance yet recorded by Massscorecard.org.
John Cox on Families & Children
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  • Government should be family friendly. (Jul 2007)
John Cox on Foreign Policy
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  • Don't pressure Israel to give up land for promise of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Monitor the eradication of legal slavery in Sudan. (Sep 2007)
  • Avoid ratifying Law of the Sea Treaty. (Sep 2007)
John Cox on Free Trade
Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Trade is a weapon of peace. (Sep 2007)
  • Never surrender the sovereignty of the United States. (Sep 2007)
  • Trade sanctions on Saudi Arabia for persecuting Christians. (Sep 2007)
  • China trade contingent on human rights & product safety. (Sep 2007)
  • No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico. (Sep 2007)
  • I support free but fair trade policies. (Jul 2007)
  • End discrimination against domestic manufacturers. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Government Reform
Click here for 6 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • Mixing money & politics causes corruption & partisanship. (Sep 2007)
  • Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
  • Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles. (Sep 2007)
  • Regulation should be governed by the free market. (Jul 2007)
  • Disclosure is best disinfectant for diseased campaign system. (Jul 2007)
  • Term limits for members of Congress. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Gun Control
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  • Gun control doesn't work. (Jul 2007)
  • Gun control is a waste of time. (Feb 2007)
John Cox on Health Care
Click here for 5 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect disabled and vulnerable people like Terri Schiavo. (Sep 2007)
  • Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007)
  • Competition brings down costs and improves efficiency. (Jul 2007)
  • Supply-and-demand will improve the health care crisis. (Jun 2007)
John Cox on Homeland Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Kill the bad guys, but also replace evil with good. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect military chaplains' right to pray in preferred faith. (Sep 2007)
  • Allow Christian symbols in national war memorials. (Sep 2007)
  • No student visas to citizens of terrorist states. (Sep 2007)
  • Nuclear shield to make nuclear weapons obsolete. (Jul 2007)
  • Increase the size of the military. (Jun 2007)
John Cox on Immigration
Click here for 8 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Excessive multiculturalism weakens American culture. (Sep 2007)
  • Rescind Bush's order allowing Mexican trucks on US roads. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose amnesty & guest workers until unemployment under 5%. (Sep 2007)
  • No guest worker program; it creates second class citizens. (Sep 2007)
  • Amnesty is not the answer, nor are guest workers. (Jul 2007)
  • We need to seal our borders, but don't bash immigrants. (May 2007)
  • 12 million illegal immigrants need to leave. (Mar 2007)
  • Don't reward illegal behavior with social programs. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Jobs
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  • No "sexual orientation" in Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Sep 2007)
  • No minimum wage; let free market set wages. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Principles & Values
Click here for 13 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • GOP needs an outsider businessman like me. (Sep 2007)
  • Reborn in Christ in 1979. (Sep 2007)
  • Ran for president because 4 congressmen resigned in disgrace. (Sep 2007)
  • CEO history is more important than celebrity. (Sep 2007)
  • Constitution does not require freedom FROM religion. (Jul 2007)
  • Served as president of the Cook County Republican Party. (Jun 2007)
  • A true conservative, not a libertarian. (Jun 2007)
  • Placing well in polls in NH, IA, & SC, but ignored by media. (May 2007)
  • Running for president as Reagan conservative. (May 2007)
  • Self-made man; made millions in potato chip industry. (May 2007)
  • Ran unsuccessfully for Congress, Senate, & county office. (May 2007)
  • His 220-page book, "Politic$, Inc.," sets out his ideas. (May 2007)
  • A lot of Republicans in DC are not acting like Republicans. (Feb 2007)
John Cox on Social Security
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  • Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one's future. (Sep 2007)
  • Private retirement accounts are best reform. (Jul 2007)
  • Social Security was an overreaction to the Great Depression. (Mar 2007)
John Cox on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Eliminate the IRS; support the Fair Tax. (Jul 2007)
  • Eliminate the Death Tax; veto all tax increases. (Jul 2007)
  • Scrap the Tax Code and get rid of the income tax. (Mar 2007)
  • National sales tax doesn't hit the poor. (Feb 2007)
John Cox on Technology
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  • No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable. (Sep 2007)
  • Apply broadcast indecency rules to cable networks. (Sep 2007)
John Cox on War & Peace
Click here for 9 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Saddam was a threat to US because he had oil. (Sep 2007)
  • Autonomy for Christians in Iraq's Nineveh region. (Sep 2007)
  • Must win in Iraq; fight terror over there, not over here. (Jul 2007)
  • Win war by making Iraq prosperous. (Jun 2007)
  • Supported war; but now a disaster since oil pumping so low. (May 2007)
  • Right to take the fight to the terrorists in Iraq. (Mar 2007)
  • Redeploy after Muslim forces replace Americans. (Mar 2007)
  • Success in Iraq means economy prospers & unemployment down. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposes troop surge in Iraq. (Feb 2007)
John Cox on Welfare & Poverty
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    No issue stance yet recorded by Massscorecard.org.


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Christians & Jews believe in the right to life: Opposes topic 1
Nominate only judges who refuse to legislate from the bench: Opposes topic 1
Save "snowflake babies": no experiments on frozen embryos: Opposes topic 1
No tax funding for organizations that promote abortion: Opposes topic 1
Define unborn life as a fundamental right: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Personal history--conceived in rape--makes him anti-abortion: Opposes topic 1
There is no 'right of privacy' in the Constitution: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Strongly Opposes topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Affirmative action based on race is racist: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Strongly Opposes topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(-5 points on Social scale)
Respect people's freedom but don't sanction gay behavior: Opposes topic 3
Stand up for proper behavior or we end up with bestiality: Opposes topic 3
Marriage about protecting children; not homosexual largesse: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes "hate crimes" legislation: Opposes topic 3
Schools forfeit funds if they expose kids to gay propaganda: Opposes topic 3
No "sexual orientation" in Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Opposes topic 3
Swift passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Favors amendment to the Constitution to define marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(-5 points on Social scale)
Impeach judges for barring legislature prayers to Jesus: Favors topic 4
Present scientific facts that support creationism: Favors topic 4
Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God: Strongly Favors topic 4
Protect military chaplains' right to pray in preferred faith: Favors topic 4
Allow Christian symbols in national war memorials: Favors topic 4
No Fairness Doctrine: no equal time if morally objectionable: Favors topic 4
Government should be family friendly: Favors topic 4
Constitution does not require freedom FROM religion: Favors topic 4
Students should not be forced to pray, but should be allowed: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Morally opposed to death penalty, even for Tim McVeigh: Strongly Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Gun control doesn't work: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun control is a waste of time: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Competition brings down costs and improves efficiency: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Supply-and-demand will improve the health care crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Personal retirement accounts allow investing in one's future: Favors topic 6
Private retirement accounts are best reform: Strongly Favors topic 6
Social Security was an overreaction to the Great Depression: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(+5 points on Economic scale)
School choice avoids transvestite teachers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
School monopoly is problem; competition is answer: Strongly Favors topic 7
Eliminate Department of Education; allow local school choice: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Support domestic drilling; oppose Kyoto Treaty: Strongly Opposes topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles: Favors topic 20
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Eliminate the IRS; support the Fair Tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Eliminate the Death Tax; veto all tax increases: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Scrap the Tax Code and get rid of the income tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
National sales tax doesn't hit the poor: Opposes topic 11
Strongly Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rescind Bush's order allowing Mexican trucks on US roads: Opposes topic 12
Oppose amnesty & guest workers until unemployment under 5%: Opposes topic 12
No guest worker program; it creates second class citizens: Opposes topic 12
Amnesty is not the answer, nor are guest workers: Strongly Opposes topic 12
We need to seal our borders, but don't bash immigrants: Opposes topic 12
12 million illegal immigrants need to leave: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Don't reward illegal behavior with social programs: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Trade is a weapon of peace: Favors topic 13
Never surrender the sovereignty of the United States: Opposes topic 13
Trade sanctions on Saudi Arabia for persecuting Christians: Opposes topic 13
China trade contingent on human rights & product safety: Opposes topic 13
No NAFTA Superhighway from Canada to Mexico: Opposes topic 13
Level playing field for family farms over corporate farms: Opposes topic 13
I support free but fair trade policies: Strongly Opposes topic 13
End discrimination against domestic manufacturers: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-5 points on Social scale)
Nuclear shield to make nuclear weapons obsolete: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increase the size of the military: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Disclosure is best disinfectant for diseased campaign system: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(-3 points on Social scale)
Saddam was a threat to US because he had oil: Opposes topic 17
Autonomy for Christians in Iraq's Nineveh region: Opposes topic 17
Must win in Iraq; fight terror over there, not over here: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Supported war; but now a disaster since oil pumping so low: Opposes topic 17
Right to take the fight to the terrorists in Iraq: Opposes topic 17
Redeploy after Muslim forces replace Americans: Opposes topic 17
Success in Iraq means economy prospers & unemployment down: Opposes topic 17
Opposes troop surge in Iraq: Favors topic 17

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