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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)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

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Speeches at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte NC, Sept. 4-6, 2012

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  • Antonio Villaraigosa (1) California Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Barack Obama (14) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Bev Perdue (3) North Carolina Former Democratic Governor (2009-2013)
  • Bill Clinton (8) Democrat
  • Cory Booker (4) New Jersey Mayor of Newark
  • Deval Patrick (4) Massachusetts Democratic Governor
  • Elizabeth Warren (2) Democratic Challenger Massachusetts
  • Joe Biden (3) Democrat
  • John Kerry (2) Cabinet
  • Lincoln Chafee (3) Rhode Island Independent Governor
  • Martin O`Malley (2) Maryland Democratic Governor
  • Rahm Emanuel (1) Cabinet
  • Ted Strickland (1) Ohio Former Democratic Governor (2006-2010)
  • Tim Kaine (8) Virginia Former Democrat Governor (2006-2009); chair of DNC
  • Tom Menino (3) Massachusetts Mayor of Boston
  • Tom Vilsack (2) Iowa Former Democratic Governor (1994-2002); Cabinet Sec'y (USDA)
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    Lincoln Chafee: A woman should make her own reproductive decisions.
    Bev Perdue: Guarantee women access to birth control & Planned Parenthood.
    Tim Kaine: Don't deny privacy to women making health care decisions.
Budget & Economy
    Barack Obama: You elected me to tell the truth: The path ahead is hard.
    Bill Clinton: No one could fix mess in 4 years; but policies are working.
    Bill Clinton: How to balance budgets? Arithmetic; which GOP ignores.
    Tom Menino: Don't go back to trickle-down philosophies.
    Tom Menino: Boston is seeing progress because of Recovery Act dollars.
    Bev Perdue: Old failed GOP plans brought about economic crisis.
    Cory Booker: Paying your fair share isn't class warfare, it's patriotism.
    Deval Patrick: Trickle-down fantasies got us into recession to begin with.
    Martin O`Malley: Obama inherited worst economy since the Great Depression.
    Rahm Emanuel: Economy was in freefall in 2008; we're still recovering.
Civil Rights
    Tom Menino: You know what we call "same sex couples"? Our friends.
    Bev Perdue: Help women fight for equal pay for equal work.
    Deval Patrick: Today in Massachusetts, you can marry whomever you love.
    Tim Kaine: Obama fought for equal pay for women.
    Tim Kaine: Obama fought for fair treatment for LGBT Americans.
    Barack Obama: End tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas.
    Joe Biden: Auto bailout saved a million American jobs.
    Bill Clinton: Republicans cut taxes for the rich & deregulate banks.
    Elizabeth Warren: People feel like the system is rigged, because it is.
    Cory Booker: Predatory lending & unchecked avarice destabilized economy.
    Ted Strickland: Auto industry slogging back, but we've got a long way to go.
    Tim Kaine: Auto industry is back; manufacturers are hiring again.
    Barack Obama: Michelle: We were so young, so in love, and so in debt.
Energy & Oil
    Barack Obama: Doubled use of renewable energy; doubled car fuel efficiency.
    Barack Obama: Develop 100-year natural gas supply; it's beneath our feet.
    Lincoln Chafee: We believe in environmental stewardship.
    Bill Clinton: If you double your gas mileage, it cuts cost & reduces CO2.
    Tom Vilsack: More investment in production of bio-fuels & bio-materials.
Families & Children
    Elizabeth Warren: I grew up in a family on the ragged edge of the middle class.
    Barack Obama: Family's unconditional love more important than money.
Foreign Policy
    John Kerry: Freed Libya by rejecting false choice of force vs. diplomacy.
    Lincoln Chafee: End prevailing attitude of arrogant reckless war.
Free Trade
    Barack Obama: Trade agreements mean we sell "Made in America" to millions.
Health Care
    Bill Clinton: ObamaCare has already insured millions and reduced costs.
    Barack Obama: Ignored advice to postpone reform, because it was needed.
Homeland Security
    Cory Booker: Incentives to train & hire troops returning home.
    Joe Biden: A job is about more than a paycheck; it's about dignity.
    Bill Clinton: Democratic presidents have created more jobs than Republican.
    Tim Kaine: VA had low unemployment rates during worst of recession.
Principles & Values
    Antonio Villaraigosa: Reinsert "God" into DNC platform despite vote against it.
    Barack Obama: This election about vision of restoring middle class values.
    John Kerry: American exceptionalism is about what we do, not what we say.
    Bill Clinton: Conflict makes good politics, but cooperation works.
    Barack Obama: Fundamental American promise: work hard & build better life.
    Barack Obama: Being president doesn't change you--it reveals who you are.
    Barack Obama: Letters from Americans: This is who we are fighting for.
    Martin O`Malley: American dream requires modern investments in middle class.
Tax Reform
    Barack Obama: No tax breaks for millionaires; GOP always wants tax cuts.
    Tom Vilsack: GOP tax cuts & deregulation hurt middle-class families.
    Tim Kaine: No budget-busting tax cuts; we can't afford to try it again!
    Cory Booker: Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment.
    Deval Patrick: Don't just talk about it; invest in life sciences & biotech.
    Tim Kaine: Invest in communities--infrastructure makes us competitive.
War & Peace
    Barack Obama: End our longest war: out of Afghanistan in 2014.
    Deval Patrick: Obama ended war in Iraq & is ending war in Afghanistan.
    Tim Kaine: We ended war in Iraq and are ending Afghan war now.
Welfare & Poverty
    Joe Biden: It's not "culture of dependency"; it's acquiring skills.
    Bill Clinton: "We're in this together" better than "You're on your own".

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