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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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ABC This Week interviews during 2015
(George Stephanopoulous interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races)



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    from ABC This Week interviews during 2015 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Carson (20) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Ben Sasse (2) Republican Challenger
  • Bernie Sanders (11) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Bobby Jindal (3) Louisiana Republican Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (4) Republican Presidential Challenger
  • Chris Christie (3) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (19) Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (5) Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Lawrence Lessig (3) Massachusetts Democrat for President
  • Marco Rubio (2) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Martin O`Malley (4) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Mia Love (1) Republican House Member U.S. Rep Utah- 4
  • Mike Huckabee (5) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rick Perry (2) Texas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Scott Walker (5) Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (2) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Thom Tillis (1) Republican Challenger North 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)
Abortion
    Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood historically targets black communities.
Budget & Economy
    Ben Carson: Raise debt limit on condition of making cuts.
    Rick Perry: Texas is primarily responsible for national job creation.
    Bernie Sanders: Economic issues take a larger toll on minority groups.
    Ted Cruz: Top 1% under Obama got fat & happy while workers are hurting.
    Ben Sasse: Dysfunctional Congress hasn't passed budget in 6 years.
    Ben Sasse: Raising debt ceiling ok if part of long-term reform.
Civil Rights
    John Kasich: Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling.
    Mike Huckabee: The court's ruling on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
    Donald Trump: I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction.
    Donald Trump: Obama's presidency has done nothing for African Americans.
Corporations
    Ben Carson: Smart bank regulation necessary to protect people.
    Lawrence Lessig: We need a new law to take on Wall Street.
    Carly Fiorina: US should uplift small businesses, not crony capitalism.
Crime
    Martin O`Malley: I was re-elected as Baltimore mayor because I made progress.
    John Kasich: My policies worked to integrate police and community in Ohio.
Drugs
    Donald Trump: Study legalization, but don't legalize now.
Education
    Ben Carson: Free medical care to fix primary care deficit.
    Chris Christie: Free college is ludicrous, but we can reduce the cost.
    Scott Walker: High school football is ok if practiced responsibly.
Energy & Oil
    Thom Tillis: Passing Keystone XL pipeline is one key to winning in 2016.
Families & Children
    Bernie Sanders: Increase payroll tax to guarantee paid family leave.
    Mike Huckabee: Don't allow kids to listen to toxic music like Beyonce.
Foreign Policy
    Ben Carson: Trust experts to decide rules of engagement for ISIS.
    Donald Trump: Too risky to take in Syrian refugees.
    Martin O`Malley: Need to move towards 'networked intelligence'.
    Ben Carson: Continue to confront China in South China Sea.
    Ben Carson: Corner Putin by arming Ukraine & reducing oil dependence.
    Carly Fiorina: Special ops in Syria are too little too late.
    Chris Christie: Push Russia out of Middle East; establish US dominance.
    Ben Carson: Take a stronger stance against Chinese cyber-attacks.
    John Kasich: Refugee crisis is on Europe, but US also has responsibility.
    Bernie Sanders: US should be more selective about using drone strikes.
    Carly Fiorina: I would have walked away from Iran talks & imposed sanctions.
Government Reform
    Mike Huckabee: South Carolina was right to remove the confederate flag.
Gun Control
    Donald Trump: Keep enemies of the state away from guns.
    Chris Christie: Gun laws ineffective; focus on mental health.
    Donald Trump: Gun violence is inevitable; regulations won't help.
    Bernie Sanders: Gun legislation must work for both rural & urban Americans.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: Replace Obamacare with Health Savings Accounts.
    Ben Carson: Health Savings Accounts make insurance companies irrelevant.
    Ben Carson: Health Savings Accounts make Medicaid less relevant.
    Lawrence Lessig: ObamaCare public option was compromised to special interests.
    Mia Love: Get decision-making back in the hands of the American people.
Homeland Security
    Ben Carson: Doesn't want ISIS to know if he condones torture or not.
    Ben Carson: Beef up intelligence gathering, including in mosques.
    Ben Carson: Keep 2nd amendment rights for people on terror watchlist.
    Donald Trump: Bring back waterboarding and other interrogation methods.
    Donald Trump: Surveil mosques but don't close mosques.
    Donald Trump: New Jersey Muslims cheered on 9/11.
    Ben Carson: Religion not sufficient probable cause to track.
    Bobby Jindal: Hillary should not be above the law in her email scandal.
    Donald Trump: Enhanced interrogation a non-issue, compared to terrorism.
Immigration
    Donald Trump: Need to keep database of Muslim refugees.
    Ben Carson: Guest worker program; no citizenship for illegals.
    Donald Trump: Syrian refugee crisis partly our fault; but don't take any.
    Ben Carson: Many immigrants are criminals from Iraq, Somalia and Russia.
    Ben Carson: Taking in Middle Eastern refugees could be dangerous.
    Donald Trump: The border wall will be well-managed and built correctly.
    Rick Perry: I secured the border & reduced apprehensions as Texas Gov.
    Scott Walker: No amnesty, but no mass deportation either.
Principles & Values
    Ben Carson: Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution.
    Lawrence Lessig: Acknowledge elephant in the room: partisanship doesn't work.
    Donald Trump: My old liberal political views evolved like Reagan's did.
    Bernie Sanders: What's wrong with modeling U.S. on socialist Scandinavia?
    Martin O`Malley: Look at my actions as governor, not my approval rating.
    Scott Walker: Even if people disagree, they want politicians who lead.
    Mike Huckabee: Chivalry is respect for women, not sexism.
    Mike Huckabee: Cultural bubbles of NY, DC, and LA divide them from us.
Social Security
    Bernie Sanders: Criminal to not have COLA increases for seniors.
Tax Reform
    Bernie Sanders: Tax increases may affect more than top 1%.
    Donald Trump: Estate tax is unfair double taxation.
    Donald Trump: Do away with carried interest; it's unfair.
War & Peace
    John Kasich: No-fly zone 1st priority, but ok with more aid for refugees.
    John Kasich: Invading force but no occupying force in Syria.
    Marco Rubio: Civilian causalities unfortunate but inevitable.
    Marco Rubio: Declare war on ISIS, fight via Sunni tribes and Kurds.
    Bernie Sanders: Form Muslim-led coalition to defeat ISIS.
    Donald Trump: Let Russia make moves in Syria; it's a quagmire.
    Ben Carson: Counter countries propping up Assad: Russia and Iran.
    Ben Carson: Maintain U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
    Bernie Sanders: Diplomacy and coalition-building before unilateral action.
    Bernie Sanders: Keep U.S. troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
    Bobby Jindal: No-fly zone in Syria, to support Syrian rebels.
    Bobby Jindal: U.S. ground troops to wipe out ISIS.
    Donald Trump: Good that Russia has entered Syrian conflict.
    Bernie Sanders: Middle Eastern countries must contribute to fight ISIS.
    Carly Fiorina: US must provide resources & leadership in fight against ISIS.
    Martin O`Malley: Radical terrorism and nuclear Iran are interconnected.
    Ted Cruz: Focused, direct military objective of destroying ISIS.
    Scott Walker: ISIS will attack on American soil; so take fight abroad.
    Scott Walker: Don't rule out US boots on the ground in Syria.


The above quotations are from ABC This Week interviews during 2015
(George Stephanopoulous interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races).

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