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End the war in Afghanistan in 2014


"President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq and will end the war in Afghanistan in 2014."


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Create a Secretary of Business and consolidate nine goverment agencies on business into one

"I’ve said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA [the Small Business Administration] or helping companies with exports. There should be a one-stop shop. Now, the reason we haven’t done that is not because of some big ideological difference. It has to do with Congress talking a good game about wanting to streamline government, but being very protective about not giving up their jurisdiction over various pieces of government."


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Lead the world in college graduates by 2020

"He set a goal to lead the world in college graduates by 2020, and cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years, a goal that will save the typical student thousands of dollars a year, and proposed bringing together community colleges and businesses to train 2 million Americans for good jobs that actually exist now and are waiting to be filled."


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Cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years

"He set a goal to lead the world in college graduates by 2020, and cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years, a goal that will save the typical student thousands of dollars a year, and proposed bringing together community colleges and businesses to train 2 million Americans for good jobs that actually exist now and are waiting to be filled."


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Reduce federal aid to colleges that don't keep costs down

"I've told Congress, let's steer federal aid to schools that are doing a good job keeping tuition affordable and provide good value and serve their students well. If you're getting federal student loans -- colleges and universities -- you shouldn't just be loading up a whole bunch of debt on your students. You've got to figure out how are you working to make sure that they can afford their education."


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Help victims of superstorm Sandy 'rebuild their lives'


For victims of Superstorm Sandy: "We are going to be with them every step of the way in helping them to rebuild their lives."


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Make sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon

"But to the issue of Iran, as long as I'm president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon."


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Increase penalties against North Korea if it continues developing nuclear weapons


"President Obama will also continue to confront North Korea, another regime that ignores its international obligations by developing nuclear weapons and missile technology, with a stark choice: take verifiable steps toward denuclearization or face increasing isolation and costs from the United States and the international community."


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Oppose efforts to privatize Social Security

"And we will keep the promise of Social Security, strengthen it, but we won't turn it over to Wall Street."


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Enact the Buffett rule


"We need to have a tax code where secretaries aren't paying a (higher) tax rate than their bosses. "


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Overhaul the corporate tax code and reduce the rate for manufacturing companies

"Reforming the corporate tax code to bring down tax rates on domestic manufacturers by nearly a quarter -- while closing tax preferences and loopholes to pay for it."


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Create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs to the United States from overseas

"Ending tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas, and using the saving to create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs home."


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Create a new trade enforcement unit that will address China's trade practices

Standing up for American workers and businesses in the global marketplace, taking on China's unfair trade practices through a new trade enforcement unit to level the playing field.


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Create a veterans job corps

"I want to create a veterans job corps, so we can put our returning heroes back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them."


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Better enforce gun laws


"My belief is that we have to enforce the laws we've already got, make sure that we're keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, those who are mentally ill. We've done a much better job in terms of background checks, but we've got more to do when it comes to enforcement. But weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."


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Work to renew the assault weapons ban


"My belief is that we have to enforce the laws we've already got, make sure that we're keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, those who are mentally ill. We've done a much better job in terms of background checks, but we've got more to do when it comes to enforcement. But weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don't belong on our streets. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced."


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Fix problems of voter access such as long lines on Election Day and on early voting days


"I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that."


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