I read throught the NumbersUSA web page.
Bachmann by far looks the best right now. Palin has not commented, according to NumbersUSA, on 8 out of 12 of their questions, the highest of any candidate or potential candidate.
If Palin gets in the race, and on the 8 out 12 remaining questions they put up, she does not improve, then she can be eliminated like Perry.
This is one web page and this is what they said about Perry’s comments:
End Birthright Citizenship
Gov. Perry has made no statements regarding the ending of Birthright Citizenship.
Perry has commented on “Ending Birthright Citizenship”, and Perry said it was divisive.
So, when NumbersUsa finally gets those comments by Perry, he will have a guaranteed “F”, along with Ron Paul.
Perry is elimintated from GOP Contention because of what we know about him, and his comments, and in-state tuitions law passed and signed by him.
Palin is a question mark right now, on illegal immigration.
Actually, he has several entries where he hasn’t made comments yet, just like Palin. And there’s no indication that they would move him to an F given that they already know he spoke unsympathetically about that one issue.
And yes, Palin isn’t actually running for office yet, so we can’t expect she’d have given a speech on all their issues. But it seems odd to presume she will be right on all the issues, when she clearly COULD have answered all those questions if she wanted to, as she has multiple outlets for expressing her opinion.
I believe that she isn’t as hard on illegal immigration as a good number of people here are. Maybe because she hasn’t dealt with the problems like some of us have seen in our states, or maybe it’s her compassionate christian outlook which makes it hard for her to say “throw them all out”.
She never did anything about Alaska’s sancturary cities. She didn’t create them, and I don’t fault her for them, but if she really was a tough-as-nails anti-illegal, you’d think she would have taken on the sanctuary cities. At least Perry has taken some action against the cities in Texas, and he pushed a real bill in the last session.
I certainly don’t think Perry’s positions in texas are right for the next President. However, I don’t know yet if he would try at the federal level what he did at the state level. Given Perry’s clear belief in state’s rights and the 10th amendment, I believe he would never sign a federal dream act, leaving that to the states, and he would provide border enforcement but not force the states to accept a fence over the entire border if the state showed why it wasn’t necessary.
I also think he’d support the 287G program, and he’d enforce existing laws against illegals, and would start deporting them again, as he did all this in Texas, and that is the federal government’s job.
I think it’s time we really dig down deeper, and move on from the attempts to pick the hot-button words that conservatives hate and try to stick them on candidates as if they are one-dimensional characters.
We aren’t going to reject a candidate for a bad former act; if we did, we wouldn’t have a candidate(notwithstanding the belief of at least one freeper that Sarah Palin never ever makes any mistakes or does anything we don’t like).