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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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Abortion
    Gail Lightfoot: Oppose embryonic stem cell research.
    Carly Fiorina: Exceptions for rape, incest, and maternal endangerment.
    Barbara Boxer: Don't go back to criminalizing women and doctors.
    Carly Fiorina: Overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
    Carly Fiorina: Embryonic stem cell research ok if not created for purpose.
    Peter Camejo: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Dianne Feinstein: I'm a prudent voice for deficit reduction.
    Elizabeth Emken: Robust growth produces more revenue; reduce spending now.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic growth: stop picking winners & losers.
    Michele Bachmann: Problem is $1 in tax increases for each $3 in spending.
    Mitt Romney: I understand how the economy works because I lived in it.
    Mitt Romney: Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free.
    Mitt Romney: QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth.
    Newt Gingrich: The Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society.
    Newt Gingrich: Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes.
    Rick Perry: Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America.
    Rick Perry: Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night.
    Ron Paul: 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's message.
    Carly Fiorina: Stimulus package is a failure; more tax cuts instead.
    Carly Fiorina: Key to recovery is less government, taxation, & regulation.
Civil Rights
    Barbara Boxer: Full equality only with same-sex marriage.
    Carly Fiorina: Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok.
    Carly Fiorina: No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT.
Corporations
    Rick Santorum: Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs.
Crime
    Rick Perry: If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice.
Drugs
    Ron Paul: Our drug war is driving our immigration policy.
Education
    Gail Lightfoot: STEM education is important for science advancement.
    Newt Gingrich: I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top.
    Rick Perry: We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates.
    Barbara Boxer: $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 California teachers.
    Bill Simon: Donít allow children to be trapped in failing schools.
    Gray Davis: CA schools are bad, but headed in the right direction.
    Peter Camejo: Pay teachers more than prison guards.
Energy & Oil
    Jon Huntsman: Gas is $13/gal if we count cost of troop deployments.
    Michele Bachmann: Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallon.
    Rick Perry: Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science.
    Ron Paul: I can get you a gallon of gas for a silver dime.
    Barbara Boxer: Prop. 23: California clean energy policy creates jobs here.
    Carly Fiorina: Examine the science; US can't act alone on global warming.
Environment
    Michele Bachmann: EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science.
    Rick Perry: We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating.
Families & Children
    Michele Bachmann: Best results when family involved; worst with government.
Foreign Policy
    Michele Bachmann: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran.
    Rick Perry: America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism.
    Tom Campbell: Unwaveringly pro-Israel, despite votes against aid.
Government Reform
    Ron Paul: I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation.
    Ron Paul: Everything government does is a mandate.
    Ron Paul: Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws.
    Ron Paul: FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't.
    Carly Fiorina: American dream is perishable, if government keeps growing.
    Bill Simon: Voters are turned off by negative campaigns.
    Bill Simon: Davisí pursuit of contributions are an obsession.
    Gray Davis: Campaign contributions let regular people run for office.
    Gray Davis: Your vote is your voice-legislate open process.
    Peter Camejo: Encourage volunteerism and political activism.
    Peter Camejo: Greenís contributions for message; Dem-Repís for investments.
Gun Control
    Dianne Feinstein: Gun lobby has too much power in Washington.
    Carly Fiorina: Opposed 1994 assault weapon ban; opposes no-fly list gun ban.
    Carly Fiorina: Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed.
    Barbara Boxer: Assault weapon ban has kept people safe.
    Carly Fiorina: Assault weapon ban is arbitrary about which weapons qualify.
Health Care
    Gail Lightfoot: Everyone benefits from health research, but not by gov't.
    Gail Lightfoot: Repeal ObamaCare & replace it with private sector.
    Elizabeth Emken: Government-run health care is not the solution.
    Elizabeth Emken: ObamaCare is poorly written and it needs to repealed.
    Jon Huntsman: We reformed UT healthcare without mandates.
    Michele Bachmann: ObamaCare is killing jobs.
    Mitt Romney: On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states.
    Rick Perry: Individual mandate just won't work.
    Rick Perry: Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states.
    Rick Perry: TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse.
    Rick Perry: HillaryCare did not address agricultural needs.
    Rick Perry: I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV.
    Ron Paul: Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws.
    Ron Paul: Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine.
Homeland Security
    Herman Cain: Fix FEMA; don't abolish FEMA.
    Jon Huntsman: We need a DHS that doesn't make us feel like a shakedown.
    Jon Huntsman: 9-11 shattered our innocence and lost our confidence.
    Newt Gingrich: We have enemies that want disasters on an enormous scale.
    Rick Perry: Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security.
    Rick Perry: Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it.
    Rick Santorum: Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess.
    Ron Paul: Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security.
    Carly Fiorina: Campaign donations from jihadists should be returned.
    Carly Fiorina: Guantanamo Bay isn't broken, so don't fix it.
    Tom Campbell: 2000 campaign donor later convicted of terrorism.
    Tom Campbell: Execute terrorists without trial nor Miranda rights.
Immigration
    Elizabeth Emken: Comprehensive solution that starts by securing our borders.
    Herman Cain: Secure the border with more boots on the ground.
    Jon Huntsman: Focus on fixing legal immigration as well as illegal.
    Michele Bachmann: Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s.
    Michele Bachmann: Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty.
    Mitt Romney: Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it.
    Mitt Romney: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants.
    Newt Gingrich: Require official English plus American history.
    Newt Gingrich: I voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program.
    Rick Perry: El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground.
    Rick Santorum: No tricks like 1986; secure the border first.
    Rick Santorum: No promises & no government benefits to immigrants.
    Ron Paul: ID cards and border fences are not the American way.
    Barbara Boxer: Cosponsored DREAM Act: legal status from college or military.
    Carly Fiorina: No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act.
    Karen Bass: Human services for immigrants and their children.
    Bill Simon: Immigration system needs fundamental reform.
    Gray Davis: Diversity is our strength; welcome all good citizens.
    Peter Camejo: Immigrants are necessary to keeping the economy strong.
Jobs
    Elizabeth Emken: Public unions have too much political influence.
    Mitt Romney: Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there.
    Mitt Romney: America is an extraordinary jobs machine.
    Rick Perry: We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M.
    Barbara Boxer: TV ad: Fiorina fired thousands and moved their jobs to China.
Principles & Values
    Dianne Feinstein: OpEd: Feinstein refusing to debate is a democracy dodge.
    Elizabeth Emken: Feinstein is arrogant and dismissive for not debating.
    Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
    Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
    Dianne Feinstein: Offers three televised Senate debates, but no Fox News.
    Orly Taitz: Sen. Feinstein offers three debates, without birther issue.
    Mitt Romney: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending.
    Carly Fiorina: I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein.
    Bill Simon: Successful businessman, charity contributor, family man.
    Gray Davis: Proud of record on education, healthcare, guns, environment.
    Peter Camejo: His candidacy broadened the debate and gave people choices.
    George W. Bush: Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform.
    John McCain: Reagan Republican: simplify taxes, stop waste, pay down debt.
Social Security
    Herman Cain: Chilean model: they fixed the same broken system as US.
    Mitt Romney: Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works.
    Rick Perry: It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits.
    Rick Perry: Cannot keep the Social Security status quo.
Tax Reform
    Elizabeth Emken: Protect the social safety net and entitlement programs.
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic plan: 9% income tax + 9% sales tax.
    Jon Huntsman: Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes.
    Carly Fiorina: Tax burden is already too high.
    Carly Fiorina: I will vote against every tax increase; cut waste instead.
    Tom Campbell: $600 billion to cut in Obama's budget; don't increase taxes.
    Tom Campbell: Won't sign taxpayer protection pledge; we need flexibility.
Technology
    Gail Lightfoot: Not up to government to provide R&D for business & industry.
    Jon Huntsman: For GOP to win, we can't run from science.
    Carly Fiorina: Taxation on the internet would be disastrous.
    Tom Campbell: Equalize internet sales taxes with bricks-and-mortar.
War & Peace
    Jon Huntsman: Bring troops home from Afghanistan.
    Michele Bachmann: It was wrong for US to go into Libya.
    Rick Santorum: No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong.
    Ron Paul: Cut $20B in Green Zone air conditioning to force troops home.
    Carly Fiorina: Impose crippling sanctions against Iran.
    Carly Fiorina: Impose sanctions on Iran: no refined petroleum imports.
    Carly Fiorina: Two-state solution with Jerusalem as undivided capital.
    Tom Campbell: Stand by Israel if they attack Iranian nukes.
    Tom Campbell: Consider but don't insist on Jerusalem as undivided capital.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ron Paul: Welfare state isn't in the Constitution.


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