This is a very general listing of stands. We encourage people to look up each individual politician's website to see where they stand on any particular issue. Candidates do not always follow all issues by strict party line.
ISSUE SOC DEM MOD DEM MOD REP TEA PARTY
Taxes Higher for Rich More if Needed Always Less Low as possible
Deficit OK to have some OK ONLY if Needed Decrease Spending Balance Budget Law
Defense Spending Big Decrease Decrease Increase Big Increase
Infrastructure Yes - Lots Yes Fix & Upgrade Yes to Fix As Little As Possible
Social Security Big Increase Mod Increase Keep As Is End Program
Medicare Universal -low OOP Mod Increase Keep As Is End Program
Medicaid Universal -low OOP Mod Increase Mod Decrease End Program
ACA/Obamacare Universal -low OOP Strengthen ACA End Program End Program
Minimum Wage $15/hr $12/hr $7.25/hr End
Gun Control High Regulation Increase Regulation Keep as is No Regulation
Abortion Keep Legal Keep Legal Make Illegal Make Illegal
Gay Marriage Allow Allow Don't Allow Don't Allow
Immigration Path to Citizen Path to Citizen Deport Deport
Climate Change Real & Urgent Real & Urgent Not Real Not Real
Gerrymandering Stop It Stop It Keep It Keep It
Campaign Reform Yes! Yes No No
SOC DEM = Social Democrats, MOD DEM = Moderate Democrats, MOD REP = Moderate Republicans
TEA PARTY = Conservative Republicans
ACA = Affordable Care Act, OOP = Out of Pocket Costs, hr = hour
Note: Some issues are frequently lied about by certain parties. Politicians will say one thing to get elected, but then consistently vote for the opposite. Please check voting records on issues regarding taxes, the deficit, Medicare, and Social Security to confirm how your candidate, and their party members in general, actually vote when in office.
For a good site to check out the pros and cons of most issues, check out ProCon.org.