Hunger Games first Republican presidential debate takes place tonight (Aug. 6) in Cleveland and now that we know which 10 candidates made the cut, it's time to look at where they stand on the issues that matter most to us.
Let's get ready to rumble!
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Marriage Equality: Believes in "traditional marriage" between a man and a woman, but said his views are "evolving."
Immigration: Wants to build a "great wall" wall across Mexican border, against citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Reproductive Rights: Was pro-choice, but switched to pro-life a few years ago except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother.
Gun Control: Has said he's against gun control and strong proponent of Second Amendment.
Environment: Thinks global warming is "bulls--t."
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Marriage Equality: Supports "traditional" marriage, but would not fight the Supreme Court's ruling if elected.
Immigration: Believes the 11 million undocumented immigrants here now deserve a path to legal status, but also in favor of tougher enforcement of current law.
Reproductive Rights: Called himself "probably the most pro-life governor of modern times" in 2003 and intervened in high-profile cases to prevent a mentally disabled rape victim and a 13-year-old girl from having abortions while he was Florida's governor.
Gun Control: Doesn't think more gun control would prevent mass shootings, thinks states should deal with the issue.
Drugs: Admits to smoking pot in college and is in favor of letting states decide about legalizing weed, though he thinks it's not a good idea.
Environment: One of few Republican candidates who acknowledges that humans are contributing to climate change and wants to reduce carbon emissions while also protecting U.S. economy.
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Marriage Equality: Supports Constitutional Amendment to overturn Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, which he called "a grave mistake."
Reproductive Rights: Worked to defund Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin and would ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks, but not in cases of incest or rape.
Gun Control: Has a 100-percent rating from the NRA; signed a bill removing the 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases in June, legalized carrying of concealed weapons in 2011.
Drugs: Opposed to marijuana legalization, believes it should be up to the states.
Environment: Isn't sure if climate change is real, but wants to halt more EPA regulations.
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Marriage Equality: "I may stand alone, but I am absolutely faithful to the issue of marriage. Not because it’s politically expedient, but because it’s the Biblical position, the historical position and the right position. We must defend, protect and preserve traditional marriage."
Immigration: Believes children of immigrants who were brought into the country illegally shouldn't be deported, but rejected Pres. Obama's executive order shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Reproductive Rights: Adamantly pro-life, promoted and signed bills as Arkansas Gov. for waiting periods, parental notification and prosecution of mothers who brought newborns to hospitals or fire stations on child abandonment grounds.
Gun Control: Vows as president to: oppose new gun control laws, oppose new gun restrictions and protect the rights of gun owners.
Drugs: In 2014 the former Baptist minister, who is adamantly against legalizing weed for both medical and recreational purposes, was impressed with the tax revenue generated by legal pot sales in Colorado, but worried "what is a younger person supposed to think when the state says, 'don't do drugs... even though everyone around you is.'"
Environment: Said he believed in climate change in 2007, but now is more focused on warning about the potential economic threat of "cap and trade" regulations to minimize carbon emissions.
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Marriage Equality: Argues that only the four states named in the Supreme Court's decision should follow the ruling and that the other 46 should ignore it.
Immigration: Wants to block all efforts to allow undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the U.S. and has strongly come out against Obama's executive actions on immigration, including waivers for young people brought here as children.
Reproductive Rights: Wants strict limits on abortion, and in 2013 called the Roe V. Wade decision legalizing the procedure a "dark anniversary."
Gun Control: Big Second Amendment booster (A+ rating from the NRA) who voted in 2013 against the banning of magazines over 10 bullets and an effort to expand background checks.
Drugs: A spokesperson said Cruz "foolishly experimented with marijuana" as a teen, but it was a mistake and he never did it again. Opposes legalization.
Environment: Compared the "global warming alarmists" to "flat-Earthers" in an interview earlier this year and said data shows that there has been "no significant warming whatsoever for 17 years." In fact, despite 2014 being the hottest year on record, he said "we are in a major cooling period."
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Marriage Equality: Is both against discrimination against gays and lesbians and same-sex marriage. Believes that "the institution of marriage is defined as the union of one man and one woman," but is also against a Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Immigration: The son of Cuban immigrants believes in a path to citizenship and in 2013 sponsored legislation to that effect, but has focused more on border security after getting heat from some fellow Republicans on his stance.
Reproductive Rights: Co-sponsored a 2013 Senate bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks.
Gun Control: Had his NRA rating bumped from a B+ to an A recently when he introduced the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, which included a provision that would make it easier for residents and tourists to carry concealed weapons in the city. Also voted against strengthening background checks in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
Drugs: Strongly opposes legalization and decriminalization of pot, might leave the door open for some medical marijuana, but only if it didn't have that whole getting you high bit. Is cagey about whether or not he's ever enjoyed a puff.
Environment: Is mostly against laws aimed at curbing climate change and does not believe human activity causes it, but doesn't really know because, well, "I'm not a scientist, man."
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Marriage Equality: Says same-sex marriage "offends" him, but happy to leave it up to the states. Thinks same-sex couples should have some kind of legal contract short of marriage.
Immigration: No to amnesty or a path to citizenship, but yes to a legal immigration process. Yes to securing the border immediately, but no to issuing any visas until the border is secured.
Reproductive Rights: Adamantly pro-life and in favor of giving states right to pass their own anti-abortion laws. As president would strongly support legislation restricting federal courts from hearing cases like Roe V. Wade.
Gun Control: A rating from NRA, said there was a "sickness" in our country after the Charleston shooting; voted against 2013 background-check legislation.
Drugs: Longtime advocate of reviewing the war on drugs and harsh jail sentences for possession and sale. Introduced a bill in July that would shield states with legal medical pot laws from federal prosecution. "Let's just say I wasn't a choir boy in college," he said, to which one of his pals clarified "Randy smoked pot."
Environment: Recently said he believes human might be contributing to climate change, but wary of economic impact of too many environmental regulations.
Dr. Ben Carson
Marriage Equality: The retired pediatric neurosurgeon, author and first-time office seeker said in 2013 that marriage should be "between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality." He later apologized for his choice of examples, but doubled down earlier this year when he said that homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice, using straight prisoners who come out gay as his example; he later apologized for that comment as well. Carson has also claimed he has long supported civil unions for gay couples.
Immigration: It's hard to say. His position seems to support stronger borders, but also compassion for those families and children here illegally. He favors a guest-worker program, but would deport those already here and then have them apply for the program. They would still not be citizens, but at least they would be taking jobs that "are vacant as a result of a lack of interest by American citizens."
Reproductive Rights: Has compared abortion "for the sake of convenience" to the biblical act of human sacrifice and gets mad when the "PC police" equate being pro-life with "anti-woman."
Gun Control: Said in 2013 that semi-automatic weapons should be better regulated in high-crime areas, those places full of "criminal elements and insane people." But the Second Amendment booster has also said he thinks Americans should be able to own any weapon they want.
Drugs: Against the legalization of recreational pot, as he sees it as a "gateway" drug that leads to "hedonistic activity."
Environment: Thinks temperature changes are "cyclical" and global warming is "irrelevant." Then again... he does think we have a responsibility to protect the environment, so...
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Marriage Equality: Against same-sex marriage, vetoed 2012 state bill that would have allowed it, then dropped state court challenge in 2013 saying it was "futile."
Immigration: Unlike some of his rivals, tough-talking Christie knows "walls can be gotten over," so he isn't as focused on amped-up border security and is about busting businesses that hire undocumented workers. Signed a bill in 2014 allowing undocumented immigrants pay in-state college tuition if they lived in Jersey for three years and graduated high school in the state.
Reproductive Rights: Was pretty openly pro-choice from 1993-1995 (even saying he'd donated to Planned Parenthood), then says he flipped to pro-life after he heard his daughter's heartbeat during a doctor's visit in 1995.
Gun Control: Again, he said in 2009 that his state had a "handgun problem" and more than a decade earlier called his opponents "crazy" for supporting the repeal of an assault rifle ban. But in December he said maybe the state's gun laws were "a little too strict" after vetoing a gun control bill promoted by some of the families of Sandy Hook victims.
Drugs: Said he would repeal marijuana legalization laws in Washington and Colorado if elected; NJ has a medical marijuana program.
Environment: "I think global warming is real... and I do think human activity contributes to it," he said. He did, however, withdraw from the nine-state cap-and-trade Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2011, calling it "useless."
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Marriage Equality: The two-term Ohio Gov. and nine-term Congressman believes in "traditional marriage" but said it was "time to move on" after the Supreme Court's ruling.
Reproductive Rights: Strongly pro-life, signed a bill in Ohio state budget earlier this year that could close abortion clinics that don't meet standards expected of medical centers, which pro-choice groups have labeled potentially "apocalyptic."
Gun Control: The NRA didn't love JK when he joined 215 other House members in 1995 in voting for a bill banning production and sale of 19 semi-automatic assault weapons. But as he prepped his White House bid, his rating jumped from that F to an A (and he said that his vote back then was "superfluous") and the proud gun owner now says the right to bear arms is "an inviolate part of our Constitution."
Drugs: "Totally" against legalizing weed (which he compared to heroin), but won't fight states that have already legalized it.
Environment: Thinks climate change is a real problem, but has serious issues with what he considers the over-regulation of coal, a huge Ohio industry, BTW. Especially since "China and India are belching and putting us in a noncompetitive position."