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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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Fox News-Google Presidential debate, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Orlando Convention Center


The Fox News-Google GOP Presidential debate took place on September 22, 2011 at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. It was sponsored by Fox News and Google in conjunction with the Florida Republican Party. It aired on the Fox News Channel, streamed on YouTube.com/FoxNews, and broadcast on Fox News Radio.

The debate was in anticipation of the Florida Straw Poll which took place the next day, with the following results:

Candidate     Straw Poll Result  
Herman Cain37%
Gov. Rick Perry15%
Gov. Mitt Romney14%
Sen. Rick Santorum11%
Rep. Ron Paul10.5%
Speaker Newt Gingrich8.5%
Gov. Jon Huntsman2%
Rep. Michele Bachmann   1%

According to Fox News, Romney and Bachmann had both left Florida before the voting began and their campaigns discounted the straw poll's role in the campaign. Previous straw polls have predicted the GOP nominee. Ronald Reagan won in 1979, George H.W. Bush in 1987 and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole in 1995. The Republican Party of Florida, however, has not organized the test vote in recent years.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Ron Paul: More laws don't solve problems on abortion.
Budget & Economy
    Mitt Romney: Obama economy hurt middle class the most, so help them first.
    Newt Gingrich: Only leadership can balance the budget.
Corporations
    Gary Johnson: Started a one-man handyman business; grew it to 1,000 people.
    Jon Huntsman: Phase out all of the corporate welfare subsidies.
    Rick Perry: Reduce business' tax burden & regulatory climate.
Education
    Gary Johnson: Education Dept. takes 16 cents for every 11 cents it gives.
    Herman Cain: Get the federal government out of educating our kids.
    Jon Huntsman: I signed the second voucher bill in the US.
    Michele Bachmann: Mother of all repeal bills for federal Dept. of Education.
    Mitt Romney: Smaller classroom size only matters to teachers' unions.
    Mitt Romney: We should insist that teachers get evaluated.
    Newt Gingrich: Dramatically shrink the federal Department of Education.
    Rick Perry: Promote school choice all across this country.
    Rick Santorum: Our education system doesn't serve the customer.
    Ron Paul: Stop enforcing No Child Left Behind; allow opt-out of system.
Energy & Oil
    Jon Huntsman: Energy subsidies don't work & we can no longer afford them.
Environment
    Herman Cain: EPA should not start regulating dust, as scheduled in 2012.
Foreign Policy
    Gary Johnson: Flights to Cuba ok; trade promotes friendship.
    Herman Cain: If you mess with Israel, you're messing with the US.
    Jon Huntsman: We need diplomatic corps to exhibit democracy abroad.
    Michele Bachmann: No foreign aid to state sponsors of terror.
    Mitt Romney: Unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nation.
    Newt Gingrich: Corruption from our bureaucrats giving bureaucrats money.
    Rick Perry: F-16s to India; they are our allies, not Pakistan.
    Rick Santorum: Deal with Musharraf in Pakistan in advance of trouble.
Government Reform
    Gary Johnson: Vetoed more bills than all other governors combined.
    Mitt Romney: I didn't inhale while governor; government is too big.
    Ron Paul: Veto every single bill that violates the 10th amendment.
Health Care
    Herman Cain: If ObamaCare were in effect in 2006, I'd be dead of cancer.
    Jon Huntsman: Stripped-down bare-bones catastrophic health insurance.
    Michele Bachmann: Decisions about STD vaccines should be made by parents.
    Mitt Romney: RomneyCare intended as state plan; never as national model.
    Mitt Romney: In MA, we addressed only the 8% who were uninsured.
    Rick Perry: I will always err on the side of life.
    Rick Perry: We're proud of Texas health system; let Texas decide rules.
Homeland Security
    Gary Johnson: 43% reduction in military spending; cut foreign aid too.
    Newt Gingrich: Real danger of Iran getting nukes from Pakistan.
    Rick Santorum: Removing Don't-Ask injects social experiment into military.
Immigration
    Michele Bachmann: Build a fence on every inch of our southern border.
    Mitt Romney: Vetoed in-state tuition; turn off the magnet.
    Newt Gingrich: Employers should use e-verify for all hires.
    Rick Perry: We have Texas Rangers patrolling the border.
    Rick Perry: You don't have a heart if you don't educate immigrant kids.
    Rick Perry: A 2000-mile fence makes no sense; need boots on the ground.
    Rick Santorum: No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
    Ron Paul: Data banks for illegal aliens keep track of us too.
Jobs
    Jon Huntsman: High unemployment is a human tragedy.
    Michele Bachmann: #1 reason why employers aren't hiring is ObamaCare.
    Newt Gingrich: Fundamentally wrong to give unemployment pay for 99 weeks.
    Rick Perry: Texas has been the #1 state for relocation for last 5 years.
    Rick Perry: Pull back on job-killing regulations.
    Rick Santorum: Public employee unions have bankrupted states.
    Ron Paul: Government destroys jobs; the market creates jobs.
Principles & Values
    Herman Cain: We've slid down the side of that shining city on the hill.
    Michele Bachmann: Obama has ushered in socialism.
    Michele Bachmann: Separation of church and state is a myth.
    Mitt Romney: Obama takes political inspiration from socialist Europe.
    Newt Gingrich: Is Obama a socialist? "Sure, of course he is".
    Rick Perry: Obama is "hell bent" on taking America towards socialism.
    Rick Santorum: Obama is the new King George III, dictating from on high.
Social Security
    Herman Cain: Chilean personal retirement model has worked for 30 years.
    Mitt Romney: System is federal responsibility, not state governments.
    Rick Perry: Solemn oath to people approaching Social Security age.
    Rick Perry: Let state employees opt out of Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Gary Johnson: FairTax would absolutely reboot the American economy.
    Gary Johnson: Replace tax system with a FairTax.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 plan eliminates several taxes while creating 1 new tax.
    Michele Bachmann: What you earn is your money, not the government's.
    Mitt Romney: $200,000 income threshold for no interest & dividend tax.
War & Peace
    Jon Huntsman: After 10 years, Americans are ready to exit Afghanistan.
    Rick Santorum: We need 20,000 troops to stay in Iraq to achieve victory.
    Rick Santorum: We're tying one hand behind our backs; change Afghan rules.


The above quotations are from Fox News-Google Presidential debate, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Orlando Convention Center.

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