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Florida Senate debate: Mel Martinez (R) vs. Betty Castor (D), Oct. 18, 2004

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    from FL Senate debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Betty Castor (17)
  • Mel Martinez (13)
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   Betty Castor: Abortion is a personal matter that should not be interfered.
   Mel Martinez: Opposed to abortion--life begins at conception.
   Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
Budget & Economy
   Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits.
   Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit.
Civil Rights
   Betty Castor: Support basic protections for gay couples, but not marriage.
   Mel Martinez: Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
Energy & Oil
   Betty Castor: We won't solve this problem with more drilling.
   Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling.
Foreign Policy
   Betty Castor: Bush's travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Health Care
   Betty Castor: Fight for a meaningful prescription drug plan.
   Mel Martinez: Support Bush's plan to provide prescription drug benefits.
   Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Homeland Security
   Betty Castor: Support the all volunteer military, not a military draft.
   Mel Martinez: Volunteers for military service make a draft unnecessary.
   Betty Castor: Expedite citizenship for legal immigrants on active duty.
   Mel Martinez: Strongly oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.
Social Security
   Betty Castor: Oppose privatizing Social Security and retirement age change.
   Mel Martinez: Social Security is a sacred promise but plan future solvency.
   Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
   Betty Castor: Oppose investing Social Security in the stock market.
   Mel Martinez: Allow people to invest in a private account.
Tax Reform
   Betty Castor: Tax cuts must reward people who work hard for a living.
   Mel Martinez: Make Bush's tax cuts permanent for strong economic growth.
War & Peace
   Betty Castor: Would have let Bush use force in Iraq with given information.
   Mel Martinez: The decision to use force in Iraq was necessary.
   Betty Castor: Finish the job in Iraq, repair relations with other nations.
   Mel Martinez: Iraq was the right decision with or without WMD.
Welfare & Poverty
   Betty Castor: Raising minimum wage will help.
   Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.

The above quotations are from Florida Senate debate: Mel Martinez (R) vs. Betty Castor (D), Oct. 18, 2004.

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