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.

Guns/ Second Amendment

Has supported banning sale or transfer of semi automatic firearms, increasing state restrictions on purchase of firearms.

Sponsored a 2000 bill limiting handgun purchases to one per month. Rated "F" ("true enemy of gun owners’ rights") by National Rifle Association (NRA).
Believes right of citizens to bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution is "fundamental".

Opposes gun manufacturer liability for crimes, restrictions on assault weapons and banning ammunition.