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Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney

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2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum, August 8, 2007

   Hillary Clinton: Stop bankruptcies to get rid of pension responsibilities.
   Hillary Clinton: Total change in No Child Left Behind.
Energy & Oil
   Chris Dodd: 80% reduction in CO2 by the year 2080.
   Chris Dodd: Tax polluters & invest funds in alternative tech.
   Hillary Clinton: Invest in alternative energy; jobs that wonít be outsourced.
   Hillary Clinton: Support green-collar job training.
   Hillary Clinton: Put someone in charge of Katrina recovery who actually cares.
Foreign Policy
   Barack Obama: My critics engineered our biggest foreign policy disaster.
   Barack Obama: China is a competitor, but not an enemy.
   Bill Richardson: Be tougher on China; itís a strategic competitor.
   Chris Dodd: Pakistanís dictator is only thing preventing fundamentalism.
   Chris Dodd: China is a competitor, but getting close to adversary.
   Dennis Kucinich: My most favored nation is America; no MFN for China.
   Hillary Clinton: Our fiscal responsibility undercuts Chinese power over us.
   Joe Biden: China holds the mortgage on our house, to pay for war.
   John Edwards: We need country-of-origin labeling for China trade safety.
Free Trade
   Barack Obama: People donít want cheaper T-shirts if it costs their job.
   Barack Obama: Amend NAFTA to add labor agreements.
   Bill Richardson: Enforce labor & environmental standards & job safety.
   Chris Dodd: Include labor, environmental & health in trade deals.
   Dennis Kucinich: Manufacturing policy: trade based on workers right.
   Dennis Kucinich: Base trade on worker rights, human rights & environment.
   Hillary Clinton: Smart, pro-American trade: NAFTA has hurt workers.
   Hillary Clinton: No fast-track authority for this president.
   Hillary Clinton: Better approach: real trade adjustment assistance.
   Joe Biden: Presidentís job is to create jobs, not to export jobs.
   John Edwards: NAFTA is perfect example of bigger need for change.
   John Edwards: FactCheck: NAFTA did not cost US a million jobs.
Government Reform
   Barack Obama: No ďbundledĒ money from federal-registered lobbyists.
   Barack Obama: Campaigns last too long & cost too much.
   Chris Dodd: Creation of DHS was not a good idea; itís far too large.
   Hillary Clinton: End no-bid contracts, end revolving door in government.
   Joe Biden: Would consider a Republican for head of DHS or Pentagon.
   Joe Biden: Pledges to stop no-bid contracts.
   John Edwards: Money from trial lawyers OK because they donít push policy.
   John Edwards: Public campaign finance would reduce length of campaigns.
   John Edwards: Democrats should say no to all insider lobbyist money.
Health Care
   Joe Biden: Start with catastrophic insurance and insuring all kids.
Homeland Security
   Barack Obama: We are no safer now than we were after 9/11.
   Bill Richardson: Focus on international terrorism & fissionable material.
   Chris Dodd: Star Wars program is wrong priority for 21st century.
   Chris Dodd: Weíre not safer than after 9/11; weíre still vulnerable.
   Barack Obama: Pathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it.
   Barack Obama: Letís be a nation of laws AND a nation of immigrants.
   Dennis Kucinich: Restore right to organize; to collective bargain; to strike.
   Joe Biden: Implement current recommendations on job safety.
   John Edwards: Treat CEO pensions exactly as we treat every other worker.
   Barack Obama: Chicagoís Soldier Field stadium construction created jobs.
   Chris Dodd: Ban the outsourcing of jobs.
   Joe Biden: FactCheck: His AFL-CIO rating of 85% is not best of all Dems.
   Mike Gravel: Claims 100% rating with AFL-CIO for full legislative career.
Principles & Values
   Hillary Clinton: Bring your brooms & vacuum cleaners; we got to clean up DC.
   Joe Biden: Next president has no margin of error, post-Bush.
   Hillary Clinton: If you want a winner to take on right wing, Iím your girl.
   John Edwards: Donít change one group of insiders for different insiders.
Social Security
   Hillary Clinton: Make sure nobody ever tries to privatize Social Security.
   Chris Dodd: Each $1B invested in infrastructure creates 40,000 jobs.
   Hillary Clinton: Infrastructure investment creates jobs AND improves security.
   Bill Richardson: Partner on rail & smart growth; no privatized toll roads.
   Dennis Kucinich: Create a federal bank of infrastructure modernization.
   Joe Biden: Proposed $980M for tunnel repair; others have dropped ball.
War & Peace
   Barack Obama: Get al Qaeda hiding in hills between Afghanistan & Pakistan.
   Barack Obama: Military action in Pakistan if we have actionable intel.
   Barack Obama: No good options in Iraq--just bad options & worse options.
   Bill Richardson: Withdrawing from Iraq lets real peace & reconciliation begin.
   Chris Dodd: Any unilateral military action in Pakistan is a mistake.
   Dennis Kucinich: Use $97 billion of Iraq funding to bring troops home.
   Dennis Kucinich: November 2006 election meant Dems promised to exit Iraq.
   Hillary Clinton: Strategizing about Pakistan destabilizes a nuclear power.
   Hillary Clinton: Redeploy responsibly, with regional diplomatic effort.
   Joe Biden: Itís already US policy to go into Pakistan to get al Qaeda.
   Joe Biden: Bush has lied for 7 years; tell truth on Iraq.
   Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, Obama said invade Pakistan to get al Qaeda.

The above quotations are from 2007 AFL-CIO Democratic primary forum, August 8, 2007.

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