SOPA: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand

Will the Stop Online Privacy Act kill the Internet? Do you believe the government regulating the Internet and blocking access to websites will shut down startups, end innovation and curtail our First Amendment right to free speech?  

That's why the ACLU is fighting this dangerous and misguided legislation. Here’s where the presidential candidates stand on SOPA:

  • Mitt Romney said he believes legislation like SOPA is designed to “kill the private sector.” However, Romney did not specifically say he would veto SOPA if he was president.
  • Gary Johnson opposes SOPA, saying “the Internet must be free from government efforts to regulate, police and/or tax it.”
  • Barack Obama is against SOPA as it is currently written. He says he “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber-security risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”
  • Ron Paul opposes SOPA, saying it’s an attempt by legislators and corporations to “take over the Internet.”
  • Buddy Roemer participated in the Jan. 18 web blackout and called SOPA an over-reach into the “realm of censorship.”
  • Rick Santorum, who has made disregarding constitutional freedoms something of a cottage industry, believes SOPA is justified because he says there are limits to freedom of speech, including on the Internet. Yet, he also believes the Internet can be a “powerful force of good.” Glad we got that straightened out.
  • Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry have yet to make any statements on SOPA. Given their stances on many other constitutional issues, perhaps just as well.