The candidates and their views on job creation strategies, tax cuts, government spending and more.
Mitt Romney As befitting a front-runner, Mitt Romney has one of the most detailed economic plans of any of the candidates, a 149-page document, “Believe in America,” that tackles everything from labor law to nuclear reactor permitting. Many of his proposals are standard Republican fare: He’d cut taxes for corporations (to 25 percent), extend Bush-era tax rates, and eliminate the estate tax. He would relax or repeal a number of regulations, push to bolster domestic energy production and has even proposed a multilateral free-trade agreement that he dubs the “Reagan Economic Zone.” In a few places, however, Romney has stood apart from his rivals. He has argued that targeted tariffs and economic sanctions against China may be appropriate in some cases, though he has insisted that he doesn’t want to start a trade war. And he has put forward a proposal for reforming unemployment insurance by giving jobless workers their own accounts that they could use for a variety of purposes. He has also been outspoken about the need to raise visa limits for highly skilled workers. Steven Senne/AP Buy Photo