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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)

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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Politicians: Archives


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    from State of Pennsylvania Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Arlen Specter (6) Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) Pennsylvania
  • Barack Obama (13) Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Betsy Summers (3) 2004 former Libertarian Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Bob Casey (12) Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer Pennsylvania
  • Ed Rendell (9) Pennsylvania Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010)
  • Hillary Clinton (14) Cabinet
  • Jim Clymer (2)
  • Joe Sestak (14) 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Hoeffel (4) 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative Pennsylvania
  • Marc Scaringi (9) Former Republican Challenger (2012) Pennsylvania
  • Pat Toomey (10) Republican Jr Senator Pennsylvania
  • Rick Santorum (10) Republican
  • Sam Rohrer (5) Former Republican Challenger (2012) Pennsylvania
  • Steve Welch (8) Former Republican Challenger (2012) Pennsylvania
  • Tom Ridge (11) Pennsylvania Former Republican Governor (1995-2001); DHS Cabinet Sec'y
  • Tom Smith (14) Republican Challenger Pennsylvania
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Abortion
    Tom Smith: Pro-life, period, but not for rape.
    Tom Smith: No abortion under all circumstances, including rape & incest.
    Marc Scaringi: Pro-life.
    Tom Ridge: Allow abortions, with limits; no partial-birth.
Budget & Economy
    Tom Smith: Stagnant economy due to over-regulation & complex taxes.
    Marc Scaringi: We need a balanced budget amendment.
    Joe Sestak: Auto & bank bailouts were to clean up Bush's mess.
    Pat Toomey: We can't borrow and spend our way to prosperity.
    Joe Sestak: Deregulation of banks led to the economic meltdown.
    Pat Toomey: Real threat to economy is billions on bailouts.
    Pat Toomey: Strengthen economy via lower taxes & less spending.
Civil Rights
    Bob Casey: Right ongoing wrongs in college admissions.
    Tom Smith: Equal pay for equal work.
    Barack Obama: Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants.
    Ed Rendell: Recognize civil unions.
    Ed Rendell: Affirmative action in state contracts and colleges.
    Arlen Specter: Oppose gay marriage but support civil union.
    Betsy Summers: Support gay marriage.
    Jim Clymer: Oppose gay marriage and also oppose civil union.
    Joseph Hoeffel: Oppose gay marriage but support civil union.
    Tom Ridge: Opposes Affirmative Action.
    Tom Ridge: No special gay laws; no gay marriage.
Corporations
    Tom Smith: Compliance with regulations is strangling business.
    Steve Welch: Current tax code punishes small businesses while GE pays 0%.
    Joe Sestak: The plaque says 'We the People,' not 'We the Corporations'.
    Hillary Clinton: Take back $55B in Bush’s industry give-aways.
Crime
    Arlen Specter: Toughen sentences for career criminals.
    Ed Rendell: Supports the death penalty.
    Ed Rendell: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Tom Ridge: More prisons; more death penalty.
    Tom Ridge: Stricter penalties; less parole.
Drugs
    Ed Rendell: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
Education
    Tom Smith: Get rid of the Department of Education.
    Hillary Clinton: End predatory student college loan rates over 20%.
    Joseph Hoeffel: Voted to increase funding for No Child Left Behind 4 times.
    Tom Ridge: Teacher-led voluntary prayer is OK.
    Tom Ridge: State-wide student testing; teacher re-certification.
    Tom Ridge: Vouchers for private & religious schools.
Energy & Oil
    Tom Smith: Fossil fuels are key to reasonable energy prices.
    Tom Smith: Former coal company executive; ease up on coal mining.
    Marc Scaringi: Make Pennsylvania energy independent via Marcellus Shale.
    Joe Sestak: Offshore drilling moratorium; oversight of Marcellus Shale.
    Joe Sestak: Championed cap-and-trade; market forces to reduce emissions.
    Joe Sestak: Global warming is principally man-made; regulate CO2.
    Pat Toomey: We need oil from deep water wells despite the Gulf spill.
    Pat Toomey: Increase domestic supply instead of cap-and-trade.
    Pat Toomey: Global warming exists, but not necessarily due to humans.
    Barack Obama: Raise fuel efficiency standards to reduce long-term demand.
    Hillary Clinton: Investigate gas price manipulation; add windfall profits tax.
    Ed Rendell: Promote alternative fuels & also traditional domestic fuels.
Environment
    Marc Scaringi: Our children will inherit debt from Cash for Clunkers.
    Sam Rohrer: Eliminate Department of Energy; scale back EPA.
    Tom Ridge: Let industries audit themselves & then clean up.
    Tom Ridge: More flexibility in environmental regulation.
Foreign Policy
    Joe Sestak: China is a threat by holding so much of our reserves.
Free Trade
    Joe Sestak: Tax companies who fire US workers & import goods from China.
Government Reform
    Steve Welch: Term limits instead of a road to riches.
    Ed Rendell: Limit campaign contributions but not campaign spending.
Gun Control
    Marc Scaringi: Pro-second amendment.
    Joe Sestak: Extend the ban on assault weapons.
    Barack Obama: Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws.
    Hillary Clinton: Balance lawful gun ownership & keeping guns from criminals.
    Hillary Clinton: Give local police access to federal gun tracking info.
    Hillary Clinton: Let states & cities determine local gun laws.
    Ed Rendell: Strengthen existing gun laws; add background checks.
Health Care
    Bob Casey: Shift $700B from Medicare to ObamaCare, but no senior funds.
    Marc Scaringi: ObamaCare is profoundly unconstitutional.
    Steve Welch: Lunacy that consumers don't know real prices.
    Sam Rohrer: ObamaCare is big government mentality.
    Joe Sestak: Ban denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
    Pat Toomey: Allow purchasing insurance across state lines.
    Joseph Hoeffel: Voted against a sweet deal for pharmaceutical companies.
    Tom Ridge: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
Homeland Security
    Pat Toomey: Economic viability is most important national security issue.
    Joe Sestak: 2005 Navy reassignment: personnel change or morale issue?
    Bob Casey: Keep the wiretaps and keep the intelligence programs.
    Rick Santorum: War against Islamic fascism will be won or lost in America.
Immigration
    Marc Scaringi: Secure America's borders.
    Steve Welch: Secure America's borders.
Jobs
    Sam Rohrer: Washington does not create jobs; but it can destroy jobs.
    Marc Scaringi: Lack of right-to-work harms the people of Pennsylvania.
    Steve Welch: National right-to-work make us globally competitive.
    Pat Toomey: Taxes & spending have a chilling effect on creating jobs.
Local Issues
    Ed Rendell: Use casino tax to reduce homeowners’ property taxes.
Principles & Values
    Bob Casey: Optimistic there will be debates; but won't say so on record.
    Tom Smith: Optimistic there will be a debate; but nothing finalized.
    Bob Casey: Declined to respond to League of Women Voters questionnaire.
    Tom Smith: Declined to respond to League of Women Voters questionnaire.
    Steve Welch: Voted Democratic in 2008; but renounced support of Obama.
    Tom Smith: Elected as Democrat as township supervisor for decades.
    Steve Welch: Switched party from Democrat to GOP in 2005.
    Joe Sestak: TV ad: Toomey's record is same as Sen. Rick Santorum's.
    Pat Toomey: TV ad: Sestak served well in Navy; but not on Congress.
    Arlen Specter: In 28 years in GOP, stood with Dems on their top priorities.
    Barack Obama: In hard times, people take refuge in traditions, God & guns.
    Barack Obama: I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith.
    Barack Obama: Blacks are angry; but I dissociate myself from Rev. Wright.
    Barack Obama: I revere the American flag; I don’t refuse to wear flag pins.
    Hillary Clinton: Faith is not just something to cling to in hard times.
    Hillary Clinton: Visited Bosnian war zone, but mistake to call it sniper fire.
    Bob Casey: We need an independent voice; not a rubber stamp for Bush.
    Rick Santorum: I agree with Bush 98% of the time, but I say when I don’t.
    Betsy Summers: Specter and Hoeffel are both big-government candidates.
    Jim Clymer: Both major parties are liberal on the major issues.
    Arlen Specter: I’m in the center in this campaign.
Social Security
    Bob Casey: Stop these crazy proposals to put benefits in stock market.
    Tom Smith: Let Social Security payroll tax reduction expire in January.
    Tom Smith: AdWatch: divert payroll tax into privately managed accounts.
    Barack Obama: Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K.
    Barack Obama: Must capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission.
    Hillary Clinton: No lifting cap on payroll tax; that taxes middle class.
    Hillary Clinton: Bipartisan commission, like in 1983, to address crisis.
    Arlen Specter: Considered Social Security privatization but saw it unwise.
Tax Reform
    Tom Smith: Supports flat tax; remove loopholes but keep exemptions.
    Sam Rohrer: High taxation comes from ignoring the Constitution.
    Joe Sestak: No flat tax; focus on the working family, not Wall Street.
    Barack Obama: No tax increase if earning under $250K; tax cuts under $75K.
    Barack Obama: Raise capital gains tax for fairness, not for revenue.
    Hillary Clinton: Absolutely no tax increase on people earning under $250K.
    Hillary Clinton: Perhaps raise capital gains tax, but at most to 20%.
War & Peace
    Marc Scaringi: Proceed with caution with Iran; they have no nukes.
    Sam Rohrer: Threats by Iran should not be taken lightly.
    Steve Welch: Everything needs to on the table with Iran, but not publicly.
    Arlen Specter: Unwise to ally with an untrustworthy Afghan President.
    Joe Sestak: Put pressure on al-Qaida safe havens in neighboring Pakistan.
    Barack Obama: President sets Iraq mission; give generals a new mission.
    Barack Obama: Take no options off the table if Iran attacks Israel.
    Hillary Clinton: Remove a brigade from Iraq every month, no matter what.
    Hillary Clinton: Massive retaliation from US if Iran attacks Israel.
    Bob Casey: Iraq: No deadline, no timeline, but replace Rumsfeld.
    Bob Casey: Would have voted for Iraq War, but based on false evidence.
    Bob Casey: No withdrawal deadline in Iraq; but we must change course.
    Bob Casey: We need more Special Forces and better body armor.
    Bob Casey: Sanctions against Iran, but in a tough and skilled way.
    Rick Santorum: Iraq: We have a great game plan, and Rumsfeld does fine job.
    Rick Santorum: War in Iraq is one front in war on Islamic fascism.
    Rick Santorum: Iran is at the heart of the Iraq war.
    Rick Santorum: Saddam had no new WMDs, but did have old WMDs.
    Rick Santorum: Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but still a necessary war.
    Rick Santorum: My Iraq plan, and my opponent’s plan, is same as Bush’s.
    Rick Santorum: Needed exit strategy & objective in Kosovo, but not in Iraq.
    Rick Santorum: Sanctions against Iran, despite Administration disagreement.
    Betsy Summers: Get soldiers out of Iraq as quickly as possible.
    Joseph Hoeffel: There was plenty of money for the troops in the pipeline.


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  • Arlen Specter Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican) Pennsylvania
  • Barack Obama Democratic President (elected 2008)
  • Betsy Summers 2004 former Libertarian Challenger Pennsylvania
  • Bob Casey Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer Pennsylvania
  • Ed Rendell Pennsylvania Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010)
  • Hillary Clinton Cabinet
  • Jim Clymer
  • Joe Sestak 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Hoeffel 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative Pennsylvania
  • Marc Scaringi Former Republican Challenger (2012) Pennsylvania
  • Pat Toomey Republican Jr Senator Pennsylvania
  • Rick Santorum Republican
  • Sam Rohrer Former Republican Challenger (2012) Pennsylvania
  • Steve Welch Former Republican Challenger (2012) Pennsylvania
  • Tom Ridge Pennsylvania Former Republican Governor (1995-2001); DHS Cabinet Sec'y
  • Tom Smith Republican Challenger Pennsylvania

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