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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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CBS "Face the Nation" interviews during 2014
(Bob Schieffer interviewing candidates for 2014 and 2016 races)

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    from CBS "Face the Nation" interviews during 2014 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Franken (1) Democrat/DFL Jr Senator Minnesota
  • Bruce Braley (1) Democratic Challenger Iowa
  • Greg Orman (1) Independent Senate Challenger Kansas
  • Jack Reed (2) Democratic Sr Senator Rhode Island
  • Jeff Sessions (1) Republican Sr Senator Alabama
  • John Cornyn (2) Republican Sr Senator Texas
  • Kay Hagan (2) Democratic Jr Senator North Carolina
  • Lindsey Graham (4) South Carolina Republican Senator (S.C.)
  • Mark Udall (1) Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative Colorado
  • Mark Warner (1) Virginia Former Democratic Governor (2002-2006); elected Senator 2008
  • Mike McFadden (4) Republican Challenger Minnesota
  • Mitch McConnell (2) Republican Sr Senator Kentucky
  • Pat Roberts (1) Republican Sr Senator Kansas
  • Paul LePage (1) Maine Republican Governor
  • Richard Durbin (2) Democratic Sr Senator Illinois
  • Steve Daines (1) Republican Senate challenger Montana
  • Thom Tillis (2) Republican Challenger North Carolina
  • Tim Scott (3) Republican Senator-Appointee South Carolina
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
    A long-standing political tradition is the Sunday morning talk show, beginning with "Meet the Press" in 1947. Currently, five separate "talking head" programs appear on five different TV stations every Sunday morning.

    Making an appearance on all five talk shows on one Sunday is known as a Full Ginsburg, because it was first accomplished by William Ginsburg (Monica Lewinsky's attorney) in 1998.

    In 2013, both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio accomplished a Full Ginsburg, fueling speculation that both are planning a presidential run in 2016.

    In 2014, John Kerry was the only person to accomplish a Full Ginsburg, but no one thinks he is planning a presidential run in 2016.

    In 2015 so far, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough accomplished a Full Ginsburg in the follow-up to the January 2015 State of the Union speech.

    OnTheIssues.org excerpts all five of the shows, listed below, with their respective interviewing pundits and each pundit's political affiliation:

  • ABC This Week: (George Stephanopoulos; liberal; from Bill Clinton's staff)
  • CNN "State of the Union": (Candy Crowley; moderate liberal)
  • Fox News Sunday: (Chris Wallace; conservative)
  • Meet the Press: (Chuck Todd; moderate)
  • CBS Face the Nation: (Bob Schieffer; moderate; ran briefly as Democrat for governor of Texas in 2009)

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Mark Warner: Sequester was stupidest way to cut; shutdown cost even more.
    John Cornyn: We've had 17 federal shutdowns since 1976; Obama is AWOL.
    Tim Scott: Address fiscal cliff with sequestration & tax cut extension.
Energy & Oil
    Steve Daines: War on American energy is part of war on middle class.
Government Reform
    Bruce Braley: AdWatch: Opponent never made a peep about wasteful spending.
    Mitch McConnell: Federal shutdown was just a 2-week paid vacation: bad policy.
Gun Control
    Mike McFadden: Expand background checks; close gun show loophole.
    Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings.
Health Care
    Pat Roberts: Ebola: suspend air travel between the U.S. and West Africa.
    Lindsey Graham: Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle.
    Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare is a train wreck; do what we can to repeal it.
    John Cornyn: End Congress' carve-out exemption from ObamaCare penalties.
Homeland Security
    Mark Udall: NSA should not collect bulk data; go through FISA court.
    Richard Durbin: Benghazi was a tragedy, but not a cover-up.
    Lindsey Graham: Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force.
    Jack Reed: Don't over-react to Benghazi; situation was confused.
    Lindsey Graham: President did not do enough to protect Benghazi embassy.
    Greg Orman: Tough, practical, fair policy: no amnesty but no deportation.
    Kay Hagan: Inaction is not an option; comprehensive reform is best.
    Thom Tillis: Bipartian failure to secure the border.
    Mike McFadden: Secure the borders & then find way to grant citizenship.
    Jeff Sessions: Opposes amnesty first; finish fencing and enforcement first.
    Paul LePage: Vetoed incrementally raising the state's minimum wage.
Principles & Values
    Richard Durbin: Bipartisan dialogue instead of gridlock.
    Tim Scott: Served in public office for 18 years, with 2 terms in House.
Tax Reform
    Mike McFadden: Wouldn't vote for tax increases.
War & Peace
    Kay Hagan: US should have more quickly armed the moderate Syrian rebels.
    Thom Tillis: US should have more quickly armed the moderate Syrian rebels.
    Jack Reed: Coalition to stop Syrian WMDs, but nothing more militarily.
    Lindsey Graham: Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran.
Welfare & Poverty
    Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing.
    Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds.

The above quotations are from CBS "Face the Nation" interviews during 2014
(Bob Schieffer interviewing candidates for 2014 and 2016 races).

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