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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Survey of 2006 House campaign websites


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Abortion
    Bruce Braley: Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research.
    Bruce Braley: Uphold Roe v. Wade; no criminalization of medical decisions.
    David Davis: Life begins at conception.
    Dennis Kucinich: Women’s right-to-choose is essential to gender equality.
    Ed Perlmutter: Women’s right to reproductive freedom is in jeopardy.
    Harry Mitchell: Fundamental right to choose when to have children.
    Harry Mitchell: Invest in Stem Cell Research.
    Heath Shuler: Pro-life; all life is sacred.
    Jerry McNerney: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Jerry McNerney: I support a woman’s right to choose.
    Jim Jordan: Unwavering commitment to protect sanctity of human life.
    Joe Donnelly: Pro-life from conception until natural death.
    Joe Sestak: Supports Roe v. Wade.
    John Hall: Safe, legal abortion regardless of income.
    John Sarbanes: Stand firm in support of a woman’s right to choose.
    Keith Ellison: I am pro choice.
    Mary Fallin: I have always been pro-life.
    Michael Arcuri: Woman’s right to choose is Constitutionally protected.
    Michael Arcuri: Support stem cell research.
    Michele Bachmann: Respect the sanctity of life.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: Roe vs. Wade has been settled law for 30 years.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: Full federal funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research.
    Peter Welch: Abortion decision should be between a woman and her doctor.
    Steve Cohen: Keep pregnancy termination a woman’s decision.
    Tim Walberg: Strongly pro-life.
    Vern Buchanan: Defend the sanctity of life.
    Zack Space: Supports embryonic stem cell research, but regulated.
Budget & Economy
    Joe Donnelly: $8 trillion deficit is a hidden tax on all of us.
    Peter Roskam: 4-part plan to make Congress live within its means.
Civil Rights
    Betty Sutton: Supports pay equity and opposes glass ceiling.
    David Loebsack: Vigilance against restricting civil liberties.
    David Loebsack: Guarantee full civil rights for GLBT people.
    Ed Perlmutter: Endorses Domestic Partnerships and full equal GLBT benefits.
    Michele Bachmann: Authored constitutional amendment defining marriage.
    Steve Cohen: Covenant with Black America: fight discriminatory practices.
    Tim Walberg: Supports the Federal Marriage Amendment.
    Yvette Clarke: Keep vigilant to guarantee equal opportunities for all.
    Yvette Clarke: SONDA is 1st step to equality of gender preference.
    Carol Shea-Porter: Founding fathers didn’t yield to fear, and neither should we.
Corporations
    Brad Ellsworth: Bad trade agreements are sweetheart deals for corporations.
    Cynthia McKinney: Require reporting of outsourced jobs.
Crime
    Brad Ellsworth: Meth labs & coarse culture threaten our communities.
    Keith Ellison: No simplistic axioms like “tough on crime”.
Drugs
    Steve Cohen: Constant attention on meth, cocaine and crack.
Education
    David Davis: Break the strangle-hold of the education bureaucracy.
    Dennis Kucinich: Quality education is a core American right.
    Doug Lamborn: Daily opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Doug Lamborn: Vouchers & charters push public schools to do better.
    Gus Bilirakis: Unnecessary bureaucracy hampers localeducation system.
    Harry Mitchell: More funding for NCLD and IDEA.
    Jason Altmire: Strongly supports stregthening our public schools.
    Jerry McNerney: Public education played integral part in US power.
    Joe Courtney: No public funds diverted to private schools.
    Joe Sestak: Invest more in our public schools, and demand more.
    John Yarmuth: Moral obligation to maintain high-quality public schools.
    Keith Ellison: Strong and comprehensive public education policy.
    Mary Fallin: Keep activist judges from banning school prayer.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: Unfunded mandates drain our public schools.
    Tim Walberg: Allow choice among public, private, and alternative school.
    Vern Buchanan: Give parents more choices and less bureaucracy.
    Vern Buchanan: Supports right of our children to pray.
    Gabby Giffords: Improve our public schools.
    Scott Kleeb: Don’t punish struggling schools.
    Carol Shea-Porter: Vouchers fool us into abandoning our public school system.
Energy & Oil
    Bruce Braley: Make Iowa the world’s renewable energy leader.
    David Davis: Utilize our untapped oil and coal reserves.
    David Loebsack: Energy policy that benefits the Midwest, not the Mideast.
    Ed Perlmutter: Our energy policy keeps us addicted to oil regimes.
    Hank Johnson: Gasoline is an energy source of the past.
    Harry Mitchell: Oil dependence threatens long-term national security.
    Heath Shuler: Supports domestic renewable energy.
    Jerry McNerney: US needs a “sustainable energy” plan.
    Joe Donnelly: Incentives for hydrogen, ethanol and bio-diesel.
    Joe Sestak: Create an advanced alternative energy research project.
    John Hall: Replace oil incentives with forward looking energy policy.
    John Sarbanes: Long-term energy policy inclding alternative energy.
    Keith Ellison: Energy independence through renewable energy.
    Mary Fallin: Fewer regulations on our plentiful hydrocarbon reserves.
    Michael Arcuri: Incentives to develop alernatives, not for oil refineries.
    Nancy Boyda: Overhaul national energy policy within next 24 months.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: Harness renewable energy and make American industry greener.
    Peter Welch: Global warming is real, is accelerating, & is human-caused.
    Steve Cohen: Invest in ethanol, solar, wind, and hybrid cars.
    Tim Mahoney: Invest in alternative energy technologies.
    Tim Walberg: Drill for oil in Alaska.
    Tim Walz: Reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
    Yvette Clarke: Block ANWR drilling; develop hybrid cars.
    Gabby Giffords: Invest in renewable energy.
    Charlie Wilson: Invest in clean coal technology.
    Carol Shea-Porter: Substantial tax credits for energy saving cars & homes.
Environment
    Bill Sali: Opposes breaching Lower Snake River Dams.
    Cynthia McKinney: Assess toxic contaminants in aftermath of Katrina & Rita.
Families & Children
    Mary Fallin: Efforts to redefine marriage hurt families & society.
    Michele Bachmann: Support traditional family life.
Foreign Policy
    Yvette Clarke: Strongly supports Israel’s right to self-defense.
    Cynthia McKinney: No military assistance to Nigeria.
Free Trade
    Bruce Braley: Fight for Fair Trade laws; not NAFTA & CAFTA.
    David Davis: Expand our markets abroad with an aggressive trade policy.
    David Loebsack: Fair trade agreements should help open markets.
    Dennis Kucinich: Withdraw from NAFTA and WTO.
    Heath Shuler: Fair trade laws protect American jobs.
    Jason Altmire: Oppose any trade policy that ships jobs overseas.
    Joe Donnelly: Oppose CAFTA; support fair international trade.
    Keith Ellison: Opposed to NAFTA and CAFTA; they cost MN jobs.
    Mary Fallin: Fair trade means don’t fight with one arm behind our back.
    Nancy Boyda: Encourage Fair Trade agreements.
    Phil Hare: Race to the bottom must be stopped.
    Tim Mahoney: Do not lowre our standards in international trade agreements.
    Scott Kleeb: Expand markets abroad for specialty agricultural products.
    Charlie Wilson: So called “free trade” is not fair to Ohio workers.
Government Reform
    Betty Sutton: Six Principles to Fight Corruption in Washington.
    Brad Ellsworth: Pass new ethics laws, but must also replace the lawbreakers.
    David Loebsack: Public campaign financing to end politics-as-usual.
    Joe Donnelly: Fight for real campaign finance reform & more transparency.
    Steve Cohen: Lower monetary limits on campaign contributions.
    Tim Mahoney: Clean up corruption: No gifts. No meals. No trips.
    Tim Walz: Ban all privately funded congressional trips.
    Yvette Clarke: Supports public financing of congressional campaigns.
    Cynthia McKinney: Proposed proportional or instant runoff voting for Congress.
Gun Control
    Doug Lamborn: 2nd Amendment is a vital protection.
    Jason Altmire: Strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.
    Joe Donnelly: Support the Second Amendment.
    Mary Fallin: Right to bear arms is in Constitution for a good reason.
    Michael Arcuri: We need better enforcement, not more gun laws.
    Michele Bachmann: Fight to uphold our 2nd Amendment rights.
    Peter Welch: 100 percent National Rife Association record.
    Tim Walberg: Second Amendment is a constitutional guarantee.
    Vern Buchanan: Defend the Second Amendment.
    Zack Space: Second Amendment is a cornerstone of the Bill of Rights.
Health Care
    Betty Sutton: Health care should be available to every person.
    Bruce Braley: Expand access to healthcare to all Americans.
    David Loebsack: Work towards truly universal coverage.
    Dennis Kucinich: Streamlined national health insurance as Enhanced Medicare.
    Doug Lamborn: Supports Association Health Plans over Hillary-Care.
    Ed Perlmutter: Broken healthcare system needs a major overhaul.
    Gus Bilirakis: Tax incentives for Health Savings Accounts.
    Hank Johnson: Healthcare is a right, not a privilege.
    Harry Mitchell: Allow negotiations for lower Medicare prices.
    Jason Altmire: Make health care more affordable & accessible for everyone.
    Jerry McNerney: Medicare Part D mostly helps insurance industry.
    Joe Courtney: Every American should have access to affordable health care.
    Joe Donnelly: Expand the availability of health insurance.
    Joe Donnelly: Medicare Part D plan is huge giveaway to drug companies.
    John Hall: Ensure that every American has access to the healthcare.
    John Sarbanes: Supports “Enhance and Expand” health care reform.
    John Yarmuth: Moral obligation that every citizen has access to healthcare.
    Keith Ellison: Time for universal single payer health care.
    Nancy Boyda: Reduce healthcare inefficiencies; take on lobbysists.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: Access to quality health care is a basic human right.
    Peter Roskam: Supports HSAs; opposes Medicare waste.
    Peter Welch: Everyone deserves access to health care.
    Phil Hare: Health Care should be a right and not a privilege.
    Steve Cohen: Adequate health care is a fundamental right.
    Tim Mahoney: Prescription Drug plan for seniors, not drug manufacturers.
    Yvette Clarke: Health care is the fundamental right of every American.
    Gabby Giffords: Expand access to affordable health care.
    Charlie Wilson: An outrage that 46 million Americans are uninsured.
    Carol Shea-Porter: Medicare for all.
Homeland Security
    David Davis: We live in a dangerous world; never let our guard down.
    David Loebsack: Bush ignoring FISA courts may constitute impeachable offense.
    Dennis Kucinich: Repeal the Patriot Act.
    Gus Bilirakis: More funding for Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Hank Johnson: Disallow warrantless searches.
    Jason Altmire: Strong national defense to keep America safe from terrorism.
    Jerry McNerney: Pre-emptive war should never be necessary.
    Joe Donnelly: Develop America’s defense and intelligence for 21st century.
    Michael Arcuri: Liberty and security are not mutually exclusive.
    Michele Bachmann: Remain vigilant and ready, including military action.
    Vern Buchanan: Supported “National Strategy for Homeland Security”.
    Cynthia McKinney: Suspend use of depleted uranium munitions.
Immigration
    Bill Sali: Secure our borders; make English official.
    Brad Ellsworth: Tighten our borders & enforce the laws.
    Bruce Braley: Secure our borders; enforce the law; no amnesty.
    David Davis: Stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
    Doug Lamborn: Secure borders first; fence the Mexican border.
    Gus Bilirakis: No amnesty for those that have broken the law.
    Harry Mitchell: No amnesty; secure our border.
    Heath Shuler: No amnesty; secure borders are a national security issue.
    Jason Altmire: No taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal immigrants.
    Jerry McNerney: US needs a federal immigration policy; currently lacking.
    Joe Donnelly: I do not support amnesty.
    John Sarbanes: Fair path to citizenship instead of criminalization.
    John Yarmuth: Enforce current immigration laws; secure our borders.
    Mary Fallin: National Guard and fences on the border.
    Michele Bachmann: Secure our borders and enforce current laws.
    Nancy Boyda: Crack Down on Illegal Immigration.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: No amnesty; no benefits for illegal immigrants.
    Peter Roskam: Secure our borders and oppose amnesty.
    Peter Welch: Path for earned citizenship plus guest worker program.
    Tim Mahoney: Secure our borders & enforce immigration laws.
    Tim Walberg: Secure our borders; temporary work permits but no amnesty.
    Tim Walz: Supports path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
    Vern Buchanan: Crack down on illegal immigrants.
    Yvette Clarke: Humane immigration policy without criminalization.
    Zack Space: Crack down on the illegal immigration.
    Charlie Wilson: More border security to protect our country.
Jobs
    Joe Donnelly: Existing trade policies export jobs.
    Phil Hare: Farm Bill helps farmers AND weans us off Mideast oil.
    Zack Space: Loss of jobs overseas is serious, long term threat.
    Cynthia McKinney: Debt relief for black farmers who were cheated in ‘80s loans.
Principles & Values
    Betty Sutton: 3 E’s of New Economy: Ethics; Entrepreneurialism; Education.
    Brad Ellsworth: The church helps all of us decide who we are.
Social Security
    Brad Ellsworth: Privatization removes the guarantee and reduces the benefit.
    Bruce Braley: Protect Social Security from risky privatization.
    David Loebsack: I will never vote to privatize Social Security.
    Ed Perlmutter: No private accounts.
    Harry Mitchell: Serious overhaul like privatization is unneeded.
    Heath Shuler: No privatizing nor dismantling.
    Jason Altmire: Strongly oppose privatizing Social Security.
    Jerry McNerney: $712 billion for private accounts puts future in danger.
    Joe Courtney: Oppose any plan that jeopardizes or privatizes the system.
    Joe Donnelly: Opposes any plan that tries to privatize & recklessly gamble.
    John Hall: We must preserve Social Security, not dismantle it.
    John Yarmuth: I oppose privatizing Social Security.
    Peter Welch: Fight the ideological agenda of privatization.
    Phil Hare: Total opposition to any type of privatizing.
    Steve Cohen: Oppose the Bush “private accounts” Wall Street windfall.
    Tim Mahoney: Preserve Social Security.
    Tim Walberg: Allow younger workers’ personal investment accounts.
    Ron Klein: No personal accounts, no privatization.
Tax Reform
    Bill Sali: Make Bush tax cuts permanent; eliminate death tax.
    Bruce Braley: Roll Back the Bush Tax Cut for Millionaires.
    David Davis: Reduce federal spending and lower taxes.
    Gus Bilirakis: Make tax cuts permanent; eliminate the Death Tax.
    Jim Jordan: Defend taxpayers by leading the fight against higher taxes.
    Joe Sestak: Bush tax oplicies shift burden to middle class & future.
    John Hall: No tax breaks to multi-millionaires.
    Mary Fallin: Shore up economy by making President’s tax cuts permanent.
    Michael Arcuri: Tax cuts should be aimed at the working middle class.
    Michele Bachmann: Put hard earned money back in taxpayers’ pockets.
    Peter Roskam: Eliminate marriage penalty & Death Tax.
    Peter Welch: Tax cuts to wealthiest 1% are irresponsible.
    Tim Walberg: Tax relief increases economic growth.
    Tim Walz: The wealthy are not the engine of our economy.
    Vern Buchanan: Completely repeal the death tax.
    Carol Shea-Porter: GOP votes for the very wealthy top 1%.
War & Peace
    Betty Sutton: Demand a timetable so we can bring our brave troops home.
    Bruce Braley: Investigate fraud and no-bid contracts in Iraq.
    Bruce Braley: Develop an exit strategy & a new direction for Iraq.
    David Loebsack: Iraq war did not need to happen; disengage immediately.
    Dennis Kucinich: International Cooperation: US out of Iraq, UN in.
    Ed Perlmutter: We rushed into Iraq war.
    Hank Johnson: Leave Iraq as soon as possible, sensible, and ethical.
    Harry Mitchell: We need an exit plan; “stay the course” is just a slogan.
    Heath Shuler: Change course in Iraq but do not leave a political vacuum.
    Jason Altmire: Congress must ask for realistic goals in Iraq.
    Joe Courtney: Iraq war is biggest foreign policy disaster in a generation.
    Joe Donnelly: Conclude the Iraq mission and bring our soldiers home.
    Joe Sestak: We’ve achieved our goals; withdraw from Iraq by end of 2007.
    John Hall: Extricate from Iraq by transferring to multinational force.
    John Sarbanes: Start planning Iraq disengagement immediately.
    John Yarmuth: Immediately begin to remove its military footprints in Iraq.
    Keith Ellison: Immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.
    Mary Fallin: Timeline for withdrawal sends wrong signal to insurgents.
    Michael Arcuri: We need a strategy for bringing the troops home from Iraq.
    Nancy Boyda: Establish a realistic plan and a timeline for Iraq.
    Nick Lampson: WMD info was incorrect; Iraq vote based on faulty intel.
    Patrick Joseph Murphy: Responsible exit strategy, with benchmarks and a timeline.
    Peter Welch: Withdraw US troops from Iraq in 2007.
    Steve Cohen: Bush lied toget us into Iraq; focus on Afghanistan instead.
    Tim Mahoney: Win the peace in Iraq.
    Tim Walberg: Finish mission in Iraq to assure the victory of freedom.
    Tim Walz: Change the currnet course of action; need Iraq exit plan.
    Yvette Clarke: Invading Iraq was one of greatest foreign policy mistakes.
    Zack Space: Transition Iraq to Special Forces to give faith in democracy.
    Gabby Giffords: Strategic redeployment to bring our troops home.
    Scott Kleeb: Iraq was a mistake, but don’t destabilize further by leaving.
    Charlie Wilson: Ask tough questions to end serious mistakes in Iraq.
    Carol Shea-Porter: Leave Iraq & abandon our “lone wolf” approach.
Welfare & Poverty
    Mary Fallin: Partner with faith institutions to help those in need.


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