Florida Primary Issues

DEMOCRATS

_ Clinton and Obama both support the creation of a catastrophe
insurance fund to help states deal with the aftermath of a
disaster.
_ Clinton, Obama and Edwards oppose offshore oil drilling in the
eastern Gulf of Mexico.
_ The three candidates all support, in some way, funding for
alternative energy research and production, tougher fuel efficiency
standards and greenhouse gas reductions.
_ Clinton and Edwards both support maintaining the current
restrictions on trade, but Edwards wants to loosen restrictions on
family travel to and from the communist island nation. Obama wants
to do the same, but also supports lifting restrictions on how much
money family members in the U.S. can send home to their Cuban
relatives.
_ All three support tougher border security and some sort of
conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

REPUBLICANS

_ Giuliani, McCain, Huckabee and Romney all have either said
they support or would consider supporting the creation of national
catastrophe insurance.

_ All have hedged in their positions on oil drilling off Florida's coast. Giuliani says everything must be considered if the U.S. wants to break its dependence on foreign oil, but he supports the current 125-mile buffer zone off Florida's Panhandle. McCain says oil drilling off the coast should be left up to the states, but also notes there "are potentially valuable offshore drilling opportunities.'' Romney says he supports "reasonable approaches to offshore drilling,'' but notes the federal government should work with the states "to balance American energy production and independence with environmental protection.'' Huckabee supports the current no-drilling zone out 125 miles as "a good compromise,'' but notes he would work with states to ``find a way both to be good stewards and to take advantage of the natural resources.''

_ Giuliani and Huckabee have questioned how much human activity
is causing climate change, but say energy independence is the best
way to offset global warming. McCain was chief co-sponsor of a bill
that sought mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions and a plan
to require emissions to return to 2004 levels by 2012 and to 1990
levels by 2020. Romney says energy independence is the way to deal
with global warming.

_ All support the current U.S. policy with Cuba.

_ Giuliani, Huckabee and McCain all would consider a conditional
path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, while Romney opposes
policy that offers any special pathway.


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