This is the real meat of any election, the substance that's left after you strip away a politician's charisma, baby kissing, and whether or not you'd like to have a beer with him. This is the brass tacks of what's going to be different, hopefully better, for you and your family if a given presidential candidate gets elected. This is the issues.
There are a lot of them. And while polling shows that the economy and the way government operates consistently lead the pack in Americans' estimations of importance, it's safe to say that you could find groups for whom each and every imaginable individual issue takes the forefront. Give some people 99% agreement on everything else, and still there are those who simply will not vote for a presidential hopeful if he or she is pro-choice on abortion. You say you've got a candidate for the Oval Office who champions Second Amendment rights and opposes firearms registration? Sorry, but she's out of luck with the gun control crowd, even if most of them like nearly all of her other positions. Meanwhile, it's all about taxes for some: Cut 'em low if you expect to get our votes, and leave us be if you aren't going to. The list goes on.
Fortunately, candidates tend to realize this, and rare is the presidential contender who doesn't let his or her feelings on the issues be known (at least eventually). That's where we come in. The aim of this page is to first explain the issues in clear, simple English, and then to relate the positions of the main presidential candidates on each one. All of this – and this part is important – is to be done fairly and without bias. We don't care what someone believes on a given issue; we just care that they have a belief, so that we can share it with you.
We also take the ethics of accuracy very seriously. Everything written here about the issues has been researched, and every position attributed to a particular candidate is taken from actual statements they have made – with links provided to video of them saying it. We aren't putting words in anyone's mouth.
We believe this information is important, because an informed voter makes better choices at the ballot box – for themselves, and for the nation. That's the power of facts, and that's why this page is here.