The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.By Grace Nasri NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With five viable candidates still in the running just nine months before election day on Nov. 6, many voters are still weighing whether to support the Democratic incumbent President
Gingrich acknowledges the impracticality of deporting the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and considers temporary worker program. Obama advocates increasing border security, upholding the DREAM Act. He supports immigrant amnesty. Paul wants to alter 14th Amendment of Constitution to eradicate alien's birthright citizenship. He opposes immigrant amnesty. Romney opposes resident college tuition and driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, wants to eliminate chain reaction of families immigrating to join their family member who is a citizen, and opposes immigrant amnesty. Favors U.S.-Mexico boarder fence. Santorum wants to build fence along the Mexican border to increase security and opposes immigrant amnesty. Jobs and the Economy Gingrich's plan calls for a series of tax cuts, including a move "towards an optional flat tax of 15%," a repeal of regulations on the financial industry, and the replacement of the Environmental Protection Agency "with an Environmental Solutions Agency that works collaboratively with local government and industry to achieve better results." Obama emphasizes a track record that includes the creation of 3.7 million private sector jobs over the past 23 months, trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, which are increasing exports, and a focus on incentives for small business and entrepreneurs, such as investments in clean energy technologies to increase high-tech manufacturing. Paul advocates the elimination of almost all federal regulation and getting rid of the Federal Reserve. He also calls for a return to the gold standard. Romney's plan calls for tax cuts, less regulation, a balanced budget, and more trade deals with other nations. Romney proposes replacing jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts. He wants to change the labor laws so that they no longer "tilt the playing field toward organized labor." Santorum's plan emphasizes the reduction of regulations, the elimination of corporate taxes for manufacturers, and an increase in drilling for oil and gas. Same-Sex Marriage Approve Same-Sex Marriage: Obama Ban Same-Sex Marriage: Gingrich, Romney, Santorum Let States Decide: Paul Stem-Cell Research Gingrich: Supports stem cell research but is against using cells harvested from aborted fetuses. Obama: Supports stem cell research. Paul: Thinks states should decide. Romney: Supports stem cell research but is against cloning or embryo farming. Santorum: Against stem cell research. For those still undecided voters, compare all five presidential candidates on the issues.