Born: July 3, 1940, Maryville, Tenn.
Background: Former governor of Tennessee and president of the University of Tennessee. He also was education secretary under President Bush
Says: Individual states should have more say in decisions.
Born: Nov. 2, 1938, Washington, D.C.
Background: TV commentator, newspaper columnist, former White House aide to presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan
Says: American workers have been sold out by corporate America.
Born: July 22, 1923, Russell, Kan.
Background: U.S. senator from Kansas, currently Senate Majority Leader
Says: His lifetime of public service proves he is the best qualified to be president.
Born: April 3, 1933, New York City
Background: U.S. representative from California
Says: America is in "cultural meltdown" that must be saved with a new moral order.
Born: July 18, 1947, Morristown, N.J.
Background: President and CEO, Forbes Inc., editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine
Says: Americans need a "flat tax" _ the same tax rate for everybody _ of 17 percent to give many people more money to spend.
Born: July 8, 1942, Fort Benning, Ga.
Background: U.S. senator from Texas
Says: Affirmative action should end, prisons should be tougher, the budget must be balanced.
Born: Aug. 7, 1950, New York City
Background: Former career diplomat, former assistant secretary of state, talk show host
Says: America's problems come from the drift away from its moral foundation and the two-parent, marriage-based family.
Born: April 4, 1932, Indianapolis, Ind.
Background: Former mayor of Indianapolis, now U.S. senator from Indiana
Says: America needs a president who knows a lot about the rest of the world.
Born: Aug. 28, 1944, Detroit
Background: Owner of a company called Titan Wheel International
Says: He will lay off one-third of all federal workers.