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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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Meet the Press interviews during 2015
(David Gregory interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races)



    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from Meet the Press interviews during 2015 (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Carson (10) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Bernie Sanders (13) Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Bobby Jindal (4) Louisiana Republican Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (2) Republican Presidential Challenger
  • Chris Christie (4) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (15) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush (10) Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (9) Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Lindsey Graham (6) South Carolina S.C. Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (2) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Martin O`Malley (1) Maryland Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee (4) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul (4) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Santorum (2) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (5) 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
    Jeb Bush: No conservative litmus test for judicial appointments.
    Jeb Bush: Abortion ok when LIFE of mother at risk, not just her HEALTH.
    Ben Carson: I would love to see Roe v. Wade overturned.
    Ben Carson: Maybe exceptions for life of mother, not for rape or incest.
    Carly Fiorina: Planned Parenthood is about character, not condoms.
    Carly Fiorina: 2010: Roe v. Wade is a decided issue; 2015: Overturn it.
    Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood is important, but abortions must stop.
    Marco Rubio: Abortion is complex issue; we must reduce the number of them.
Budget & Economy
    Ted Cruz: Use debt limit as leverage for policy change.
    Donald Trump: Grow the economy at 6% annually by ending inversions.
    Donald Trump: Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education.
    Chris Christie: Cut taxes and reduce spending, while creating new jobs.
    John Kasich: Wall Street is vital for the US, but often times too greedy.
Civil Rights
    Ben Carson: Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement.
    Bernie Sanders: Black Lives Matter: deal with institutional racism.
    Ted Cruz: Supreme Court gay rights ruling undermines the Constitution.
    Lindsey Graham: Respect Supreme Court decision & fight for religious liberty.
    Rick Santorum: Fight gay marriage ruling, but not with civil disobedience.
    Bobby Jindal: Ok to deny services to gays based on religious beliefs.
    Bobby Jindal: Let's have religious liberty without anti-gay discrimination.
Crime
    Jeb Bush: Conflicted about death penalty; needs reform.
    Donald Trump: Black lives matter, but we need strong police presence.
    John Kasich: Death penalty is consistent with justice & Christian values.
    Martin O`Malley: I reduced both violent crime and incarceration rates.
Drugs
    Marco Rubio: Medical marijuana could be OK, but not recreational use.
Education
    Mike Huckabee: I'm against Common Core; it differs from its original intent.
Energy & Oil
    Bernie Sanders: Opposed Keystone Pipeline from day one.
    John Kasich: Climate change is a real issue, but the extent is unproven.
Environment
    Mike Huckabee: Climate change is questionable; address other issues instead.
Families & Children
    Bernie Sanders: 1972: wrote fictional "satire" about men oppressing women.
Foreign Policy
    Ben Carson: Political solution must accompany military solution in Syria.
    Jeb Bush: America needs to lead in fight against Assad and ISIS.
    Jeb Bush: Syrian refugee camps in Jordan are really quite nice.
    Ted Cruz: Fighting ISIS is more important than fighting Assad.
    Ted Cruz: If Mideast strongmen still in power, better for US interests.
    Ted Cruz: US should not engage in nation building in Afghanistan.
    Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar should take charge in Syria.
    Donald Trump: US should not train rebels it does not know or control.
    Donald Trump: Better to have Mideast strongmen than Mideast chaos.
    Donald Trump: Good that Russia is involved in Syria.
    Donald Trump: Diplomacy & respect crucial to our relationship with Russia.
    Bernie Sanders: Address humanitarian crisis in Syria with allies in region.
    John Kasich: Fight ISIS with a coalition including US ground troops.
    Rand Paul: Boycott countries that demonize women, like Saudi Arabia.
Free Trade
    Bernie Sanders: Does not support ANY free trade agreements.
Government Reform
    Chris Christie: Congress must work together for progress to happen.
    Chris Christie: As president, I will enforce law and transparency.
    Mike Huckabee: Banning confederate flag is an issue for the states.
Gun Control
    John Kasich: Registering mentally ill is first priority in gun control.
    Ben Carson: No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity.
    Bernie Sanders: Common sense, incremental gun control plan.
    Donald Trump: Mental health more important than gun control.
    Donald Trump: Laws are ineffective in preventing gun violence.
    Bernie Sanders: Instant background checks: no guns for criminals or unstable.
Health Care
    Ben Carson: Replace need for Medicare with HSAs & catastrophic insurance.
Homeland Security
    Donald Trump: New Jersey Muslims celebrated after 9/11.
    Jeb Bush: Syrian refugees already in US can stay.
    Bernie Sanders: Continue using drones and special forces.
    Bernie Sanders: Worried about invasion of privacy from NSA corporate America.
    Rick Santorum: The Patriot Act did not cause any invasions of privacy.
    Rand Paul: Focus NSA surveillance on threats, not innocent Americans.
    Lindsey Graham: The next stage of the fight against terrorism is in Africa.
Immigration
    Donald Trump: Mexico will pay for wall, but not through tariffs.
    John Kasich: Latino immigrants will continue to play critical role in US.
    John Kasich: Seal the border with Mexico, support legal immigrants.
    Mike Huckabee: Let illegal immigrant kids in college despite parents' crime.
Jobs
    Chris Christie: I fought greedy unions and irresponsible spending in N.J.
    Donald Trump: Don't raise minimum wage, but create more opportunities.
    Donald Trump: Take jobs back from foreign countries to lower unemployment.
Principles & Values
    John Kasich: Need to promote Western values to win war of ideas.
    Jeb Bush: Negotiate with Dems to get things done.
    Bernie Sanders: Social change cannot occur without mass participation.
    Bernie Sanders: I'm not a capitalist; I'm a democratic socialist.
    Ben Carson: A Muslim president would not stay true to American values.
    John Kasich: For the presidency. qualifications trump personal religion.
    Bobby Jindal: Uncompromising GOP leadership in DC to make real change.
    Bobby Jindal: We must stop viewing ourselves as being separated by race.
    Lindsey Graham: Supported removal of battle flag following shooting.
    Ben Carson: Personal religion important, but it's not the law.
War & Peace
    Jeb Bush: Declare a war in Syria, take out ISIS and Assad.
    Jeb Bush: Best way to defeat terrorist ideology is to destroy ISIS.
    Jeb Bush: War is the only option in Syria, to take out Caliphate.
    Ben Carson: Don't get involved in Syria, but push ISIS in that direction.
    Donald Trump: Radical violent Islam that must be feared, not Islam itself.
    Bernie Sanders: Voted for Afghan War, to capture Osama bin Laden.
    Rand Paul: Fight Iran with diplomacy and military strength, not war.
    Rand Paul: I brought fighting ISIS to the forefront of discussion.
    Ben Carson: Eradicate ISIS as quickly and efficiently as possible.
    Lindsey Graham: Returning from Iraq prematurely was a mistake.
    Lindsey Graham: Form regional coalition to enforce no-fly zone in Syria.
    Lindsey Graham: Ok to hold off Iranian sanctions but only while negotiating.


The above quotations are from Meet the Press interviews during 2015
(David Gregory interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races).

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