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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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CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2015
(Candy Crowley interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races)



    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2015 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Carson (3) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Bernie Sanders (5) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (2) Republican Presidential Challenger
  • Chris Christie (17) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (11) Republican Presidential candidate
  • George Pataki (1) New York Republican presidential candidate
  • James Webb (3) Former Virginia Senator; Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush (7) Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (14) Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Lincoln Chafee (3) Rhode Island Independent Rhode Island Governor
  • Lindsey Graham (5) South Carolina S.C. Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (4) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee (7) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul (5) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Perry (3) Texas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rick Santorum (4) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Scott Walker (5) Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (3) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
    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
    Mike Huckabee: Pro-life rhetoric not to blame in clinic shootout.
    Mike Huckabee: Abortion should be illegal but not criminal.
    Chris Christie: Put defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president's desk.
    Scott Walker: We defunded Planned Parenthood in a blue state.
    Ben Carson: Was personally against abortion; but what others do matters.
    John Kasich: Reasonable exceptions, but respect other opinions.
    Mike Huckabee: Taking innocent life does not solve problem of rape.
    Rand Paul: Fund community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood.
Budget & Economy
    Lincoln Chafee: Widening disparity of wealth hurts the middle class.
Civil Rights
    Scott Walker: Prohibit discrimination in the workplace, but no equal pay.
    Bernie Sanders: Right to love each other, regardless of sexual orientation.
    Rand Paul: Marriage for heterosexuals; contracts for same-sex couples.
Corporations
    Bernie Sanders: Wall Street business model is a fraud & led us to recession.
Crime
    Scott Walker: Independent investigation for any death in police custody.
    John Kasich: Save money by converting prisoners to taxpayers.
    John Kasich: Community must understand challenge of police & deadly force.
    Chris Christie: Community policing will avoid African-American police deaths.
Education
    Chris Christie: Teachers unions are not for education of our children.
Energy & Oil
    Donald Trump: Maybe some climate change is manmade, but not all.
    Rick Santorum: Nothing the US could do will affect global warming.
Environment
    Chris Christie: Ethanol in gasoline is the law; and that's just the minimum.
    Jeb Bush: Let the market decide on RFS' ethanol in gasoline.
    Mike Huckabee: Ethanol mandate is a matter of national security.
    Rick Perry: Ethanol waiver in Texas but not in Iowa: let states decide.
    Rick Santorum: Ethanol mandate brings jobs & energy independence.
    Scott Walker: Keep ethanol mandate until oil companies allow free market.
    Ted Cruz: Don't pick winners & losers like RFS' ethanol in gasoline.
Foreign Policy
    Mike Huckabee: Muslim nations must fight ISIS; sanction those that don't.
    Jeb Bush: Islamic terrorism has co-opted Islamic religion.
    Lindsey Graham: Create safe haven for refugees, not bring them to US.
    Chris Christie: No relations with Cuba until they stop harboring fugitives.
    Ben Carson: Leave no doubt that we will stand with South Korea.
    James Webb: Prepare for unpredictable actions by North Korea.
    Mike Huckabee: Iranian nuclear deal arms & equips a terrorist state.
    Chris Christie: Arm Emiratis, Jordanians, & others before sending US troops.
    Chris Christie: Tourism money won't end up with the people of Cuba.
    Marco Rubio: Pre-conditions for Iran: end enrichment & ballistic missiles.
    Marco Rubio: End relations with anti-American communist tyranny in Cuba.
    Lindsey Graham: Destroy Iran's nuclear program, & also its air force & navy.
    Rand Paul: U.S. intervention in Libya strengthened Islamic State.
    Rick Santorum: Successfully pushed bipartisan national security legislation.
Free Trade
    Donald Trump: Disastrous deals because we don't have smart negotiators.
Government Reform
    John Kasich: Move power, money and influence out of Washington.
Gun Control
    Chris Christie: Gun restrictions based on terror watchlists is a state issue.
    Donald Trump: Protect the Second Amendment, but address mental health.
    Bernie Sanders: Ban semiautomatic guns & gun show loophole.
    Chris Christie: Vetoed gun laws that were not about public safety.
    Donald Trump: Take guns from good people & bad people have target practice.
    Rick Perry: Laws are in place; it's enforcement that's lacking.
    Bernie Sanders: Guns in Vermont are for hunting; but in L.A. are for killing.
    Jeb Bush: Reduce gun violence and protect 2nd Amendment.
Health Care
    Carly Fiorina: Pre-existing conditions is good goal but ObamaCare will fail.
    Carly Fiorina: Companies should offer maternity leave, but not mandated.
    Donald Trump: We didn't have a free market before ObamaCare.
Homeland Security
    Chris Christie: Syrian refugees cannot be vetted; don't allow any into US.
    Chris Christie: Re-start metadata collection; boost morale of intel officers.
    Chris Christie: Obama created refugee crisis; now burdens Americans with it.
    Jeb Bush: Let military experts determine troop count.
    Donald Trump: We have a problem with radical Muslims.
    Donald Trump: Fix veteran's hospitals, and pay private doctors for them.
    John Kasich: Expand voucher program for veterans' healthcare.
    James Webb: I opened up more billets to Navy women than anyone.
    John Kasich: Make a coalition to fight ISIS in Syria.
    John Kasich: Run drone program out of Pentagon, not the CIA.
    Rand Paul: 2010: decrease DOD budget by $164B; 2015: increase by $190B.
Immigration
    John Kasich: Focus of immigration should be to keep families together.
    Ben Carson: Use drones to destroy smuggler hide-outs on Mexican border.
    John Kasich: 1993: end birthright citizenship; 2015: not part of approach.
    Chris Christie: E-verify instead of building a physical wall.
    Donald Trump: Building a wall will save money because it stops bad dudes.
    Marco Rubio: No green card for 10 years for current illegal immigrants.
    Donald Trump: OpEd: businesses & Republicans condemn anti-Mexico terms.
    George Pataki: Practical policy: legal residency after 200 hours of service.
    Donald Trump: Make Mexico pay for wall with severe economics.
    Jeb Bush: Immigrants are an engine of economic vitality.
    Rick Santorum: Focus on skilled immigrants; now most are unskilled.
Principles & Values
    Chris Christie: No federal department to promote Judeo-Christian values.
    Lincoln Chafee: The Republican Party changed and I never changed.
Social Security
    Jeb Bush: Allow diverting over 10% to private savings accounts.
    John Kasich: Fix Social Security by lowering benefits.
    Bernie Sanders: Raise the Social Security cap on taxable income.
Tax Reform
    Chris Christie: I vetoed more tax increases than any governor in history.
War & Peace
    Mike Huckabee: We are at war with radical Islam.
    Chris Christie: Change rules of engagement to more effectively fight ISIS.
    Jeb Bush: NATO should consider declaring war on ISIS.
    Lindsey Graham: American troops should partner with regional army.
    Lindsey Graham: Russia will back down if US provokes it in deposing Assad.
    Lindsey Graham: If France invokes Article V, NATO should declare war on ISIS.
    John Kasich: Destroy ISIS, with US troops as part of coalition.
    John Kasich: Constitution requires Congress' approval of Iran nuke deal.
    Scott Walker: Lift political restrictions on 3,000 troops in Syria.
    John Kasich: Fight ISIS by supporting Kurds and educating Iraqis.
    Chris Christie: We need anytime/anywhere inspections for Iran nukes.
    Rick Perry: Coalition against ISIS but include US troops.
    Marco Rubio: Keep sanctions against Iran instead of Obama's nuke deal.
    Donald Trump: Bomb the oil fields in Iraq to take on ISIS.
    John Kasich: Iran nuke deal: verify, verify, verify, without the trust.
    James Webb: Iran deal requires Congressional approval.
    Lincoln Chafee: Until Iraq War, there was lasting peace ahead of us.
    Rand Paul: Oppose bombing Assad in Syria because it strengthens ISIS.
    Ted Cruz: Provide defensive weapons for Ukraine against Russia.
    Ted Cruz: Arm the Kurds to fight ISIS, with US air support.


    Click for quotations from other sources by:
  • Ben Carson Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Bernie Sanders Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina Republican Presidential Challenger
  • Chris Christie New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump Republican Presidential candidate
  • George Pataki New York Republican presidential candidate
  • James Webb Former Virginia Senator; Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Lincoln Chafee Rhode Island Independent Rhode Island Governor
  • Lindsey Graham South Carolina S.C. Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Perry Texas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rick Santorum Republican Presidential candidate
  • Scott Walker Wisconsin WI Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz Republican 2016 Primary Challenger

The above quotations are from CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2015
(Candy Crowley interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races).

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