Let’s get behind the sniping. What’s Clinton going to do about Iraq? Where’s Romney on immigration?

With so many candidates (currently nine predominent) vying for presidential nominations, trying to learn about them can come down to digesting snapshots and sound bites, instead of an immersion in their policies and principles.

To help distinguish them, we offer these capsules on five important issues, collected, excerpted or synthesized from their own public statements, interviews and campaign materials.

The capsules are not meant to sum each candidate. They are just starting points for Maine voters to begin their own investigations.

Maine Republicans caucus from Feb. 1-3; Democrats caucus on Feb. 10: For more information on the caucuses, and the 2008 presidential campaign, please visit sunjournal.com.

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