Consider this a survey, not a debate. Just to see where we're all coming from...
What are your top 3-5 issues in choosing a candidate? I'm thinking more state/national level issues here. Define your issues as broadly or as narrowly as you want, but try to keep it brief.
Mine would be:
• economic/tax policy
• church/state separation (b/c religious-based interference guides a number of social issues - I'm against school vouchers and "faith-based initiatives," in favor of a woman's right to choose, gay marriage)