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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 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada, Feb. 21, 2007

   Joe Biden: NCLB needs more resources, but also is fundamentally flawed.
   Mike Gravel: US schools fail because weíre yoked by military.
Energy & Oil
   Bill Richardson: Mandatory emissions reductions to make US energy-independent.
Foreign Policy
   Bill Richardson: Bad guys like Richardson; he can make peace with enemies.
Free Trade
   Bill Richardson: We need fair trade, not just unabashed free trade.
   Dennis Kucinich: NAFTA and GATT intentionally limit workers rights.
   John Edwards: We need smart trade, not fair trade vs. free trade.
   John Edwards: Globalization means more education needed for success.
Government Reform
   Hillary Clinton: Cut govít contractors and end privatization of government.
   Mike Gravel: Iíve got no money; of course Iím for campaign finance reform.
   Mike Gravel: You can be empowered to vote on issues that affect your life.
Health Care
   Bill Richardson: State flexibility creates universal coverage without taxes.
   Dennis Kucinich: Key to reform: end role for for-profit insurance companies.
   Hillary Clinton: Universal health care coverage by the end of my second term.
   Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from 1990s reform, but now doing it better.
   John Edwards: Silence is betrayal about universal healthcare-we canít wait.
   Tom Vilsack: Focus on curing incurable diseases that drive up health cost.
   Tom Vilsack: Focus on wellness to improve healthcare without tax increase.
   Tom Vilsack: Help Medicare by sharing data & providing long-term homecare.
Homeland Security
   Bill Richardson: We should not be known for Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.
   Dennis Kucinich: Give teeth to the National Labor Relations Act.
   John Edwards: Make joining unions easier; ban firing strikers.
Principles & Values
   Bill Richardson: Pledges to not engage in negative campaigning on Dems.
   Chris Dodd: We canít survive as a nation 51-49; end partisanship.
   Dennis Kucinich: I can move this country because I have no strings.
   Hillary Clinton: Proud of Bill Clintonís record as president.
   Mike Gravel: Achieved much in Senate, but prefers governors for president.
Social Security
   Tom Vilsack: If US govít were a business, balance sheet looks mismanaged.
   Tom Vilsack: Index by prices instead of wages, to maintain stability.
Tax Reform
   Chris Dodd: Moderate but keep the estate tax; incentivize middle class.
   Mike Gravel: Wipe out the income tax! -- itís regressive.
   Mike Gravel: National sales tax; no exceptions; prebates for essentials.
War & Peace
   Bill Richardson: Congress authorized this war; now de-authorize it.
   Bill Richardson: Find ways to withdraw from Iraq, but with diplomacy.
   Chris Dodd: Re-deploy out of refereeing a civil war.
   Chris Dodd: I made mistake in authorizing war; do not continue mistake.
   Chris Dodd: How much more chaos could we be creating in Baghdad?.
   Dennis Kucinich: I voted against war because I saw no proof from Bush.
   Dennis Kucinich: Cut off the funds; end the occupation of Iraq.
   Dennis Kucinich: Reparations to Iraq for 650,000 innocent civilians killed.
   Hillary Clinton: Require Bush to redeploy or seek additional authority.
   Hillary Clinton: Takes responsibility for Iraq war vote, but not a mistake.
   Joe Biden: Decentralize Iraq to give people control over daily lives.
   Joe Biden: Vote for Iraq War was mistake; assumed Bush competence.
   Joe Biden: If Iraq metastasizes into regional war, itíll take decades.
   John Edwards: Draw down 40,000 to 50,000 troops right now.
   John Edwards: Wrong on Iraq war vote about WMDs and about Bushís lead-up.
   Mike Gravel: 2008 election will be decided by how Democrats handle war.
   Mike Gravel: Bush can sign bill to end war, or he can believe in God.
   Tom Vilsack: National Guard too busy in Iraq handle natural disasters.
   Tom Vilsack: The war needs to be ended now, not in 6 months or 6 years.
   Tom Vilsack: Congress should remove funding for the war.

The above quotations are from 2007 AFSCME Democratic primary debate in Carson City Nevada, Feb. 21, 2007.

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