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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)

Book Reviews

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Fact-checking on the presidential candidate campaign promises

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Budget & Economy
    Heather Wilson: Strongly in favor of a balanced-budget amendment.
    Paul Ryan: FactCheck: S&P downgraded U.S. due to Congress, not Obama.
    Ted Cruz: FactCheck: Yes, gross federal debt now exceeds GDP.
    Paul Ryan: FactCheck: Hometown SUV plant closed in '08,not due to Obama.
    George Allen: FactCheck: Vvoted against the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere.
    Jon Bruning: FactCheck: Doubled AG budget included inflation & new duties.
    Jon Bruning: FactCheck: Praised stimulus spending only for police.
Civil Rights
    Claire McCaskill: FactCheck: Akin's female staff are not paid as much as men.
    Todd Akin: No policy to pay female staff less than men (but he does).
    Republican Party: FactCheck: Obama didn't say "you didn't build that".
    Tim Kaine: FactCheck: Cut college funding & led to 30% tuition increase.
Energy & Oil
    Martin Heinrich: Supports cap-and-trade; it causes no big energy costs.
    Richard Mourdock: FactCheck: No, ethanol additive lowers gasoline price.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Oil dependence low; but gas prices highest ever.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Promised for 3 years to end oil industry subsidy.
Free Trade
    Tammy Baldwin: FactCheck: Tried but failed to require US-made ship engines.
    Josh Mandel: FactCheck: Brown voted against China trade & moving jobs.
    Sherrod Brown: One of Senate's most ardent critics of foreign trade.
    Josh Mandel: Criticizes opponent for helping move jobs to China.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Chinese tire import ban replaced by other imports.
Government Reform
    Jamie Radtke: FactCheck: Yes, George Allen voted for 52,000 earmarks.
Health Care
    Tammy Baldwin: Supports single payer, public option, and Medicare for all.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: ObamaCare covers only 1/2 of 30 million uninsured.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Fewer border crossings mostly due to economy.
    Heather Wilson: Sequestration would cut 20,000 jobs at N.M. national labs.
    Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Unemployment down while governor, but not 2.1%.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Jobs increasing, but still lower than in 2008.
    Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Principles & Values
    Tammy Baldwin: FactCheck: Only 3 bills out of 105 sponsorships became law.
    Democratic Party: FactCheck: "God" removed from DNC platform.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: 24 of "100 Ideas" now law; 10 partially enacted.
Tax Reform
    Paul Ryan: FactCheck: JFK cut rates by 20%, but from twice today's rate.
    Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Tax cuts would save top 1% $87,000 each.
    Chris Christie: FactCheck: NJ taxes raised 115 times? Only if fees count too.
War & Peace
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Taliban may control countryside after US leaves.
Welfare & Poverty
    Tommy Thompson: Converted welfare into work-required benefit.
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Obama waived workfare? No, he leaves it to states.
    Newt Gingrich: FactCheck: Poverty rate has fallen under War on Poverty.

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