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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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Ad-Watch: Candidate television advertisement texts, and analysis

EXPLANATORY NOTE by OnTheIssues.org:

FactCheck.org analyses the veracity of statements made during political races. OnTheIssues.org summarizes two sets of analyses:
1. From debates and public speeches
2. From TV & radio advertisements

Following is the self-description of how FactCheck.org works:

    [FactCheck.org is] a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

    The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994 to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

    The APPC accepts NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. It is funded primarily by the Annenberg Foundation.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    George W. Bush: Kerry’s abortion stance shows the wrong priorities.
    John Edwards: Ad: compassion, truth, and hope over fear-mongering.
    Amy Klobuchar: I helped avoid closing 28 profitable MN car dealerships.
    Howard Dean: AdWatch: “Hold corporations accountable”-but gave incentives.
    John Kerry: Opposes death penalty except for post 9-11 terrorists.
Energy & Oil
    John McCain: AdWatch: Obama is the “Dr. No” of energy security.
    John McCain: AdWatch: Realistic climate plan that clashes with GOP.
Government Reform
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: I opt out of broken public campaign finance system.
Health Care
    Dick Gephardt: AdWatch: Criticizes Dean for 11-year-old outdated stances.
    John Kerry: 2.7M manufacturing jobs lost under Bush.
    Dick Gephardt: AdWatch: claims Bush did worst on jobs-but Reagan did worse.
Principles & Values
    John Kerry: Urban Legend: Kerry did not disparage Reagan at funeral.
    Ralph Nader: Ad: Nader helped by Republican donors.
    George W. Bush: Ad: Kerry missed votes in the Senate by campaigning.
    Joseph Lieberman: AdWatch: Fighting extremes of both parties.
Tax Reform
    George W. Bush: Ad: The largest tax relief in history.
    John Edwards: AdWatch: claims millionaires pay more than cops-not really.
War & Peace
    John Kerry: Swift Boat Vets attack Kerry’s medals.
    Howard Dean: AdWatch: “My opponents voted for war”-negative but true.
    Howard Dean: AdWatch: blames Gephardt for $87B-but Dean’s view evolved.
Welfare & Poverty
    Barack Obama: AdWatch: Fought for workers from college thru Senate.

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