With every twist and turn in the prolonged "primary circus" grabbing media attention, critics have accused the 2008 campaign of being long on personality and short on policy debate. Here’s a look at the issues confronting the candidates and where they stand.


Proposes to send 2 additional brigades. Also proposes an additional $1 billion in nonmilitary assistance annually.

Maintains that he will press on Pakistan to crackdown on militancy in the tribal zones. "We must make it clear that if Pakistan cannot or will not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets."
Proposes to send 3 additional brigades. Pledges to work on supporting local tribes in the Afghan-Pakistan border regions to fight the Taliban insurgency.