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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, by Condoleezza Rice

63 Documents, by Gov. Jesse Ventura

Known and Unknown, by Donald Rumsfeld

Decision Points, by George W. Bush

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My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me, by Condoleezza Rice

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American Conspiracies, by Gov. Jesse Ventura

The Test of our Times, by Gov. Tom Ridge

Doonesbury.com: The War in Quotes, by G.B. Trudeau

America: Our Next Chapter, by Sen. Chuck Hagel

On My Honor, by Rick Perry

Surrender Is Not an Option, by Ambassador John Bolton

The Blair Years, by Alastair Campbell

The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore

State of Denial, by Bob Woodward

The Truth, (with jokes), by Al Franken

Reports on Abu Ghraib

Iraq Survey Group Report

Where the Right Went Wrong, by Pat Buchanan

Rise of the Vulcans, by James Mann

A Matter of Character, by Ronald Kessler

Against All Enemies, by Richard Clarke

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Donald Rumsfeld on Abortion
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Donald Rumsfeld on Budget & Economy
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Donald Rumsfeld on Civil Rights
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  • In 1960s Congress, supported LBJ in ending segregation. (Jan 2012)
  • The time has come to let gays serve openly in military. (Sep 2011)
  • 1972: favor diversity but no racial quotas. (Feb 2011)
  • Did not agree with Nixon’s or Agnew’s racism on 1971 tape. (Jan 2001)
Donald Rumsfeld on Corporations
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Donald Rumsfeld on Crime
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Donald Rumsfeld on Drugs
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Donald Rumsfeld on Education
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  • 1969: Experiment with school vouchers. (Feb 2011)
  • 1970: First suggestion of tuition tax credit (school choice). (Sep 2004)
Donald Rumsfeld on Energy & Oil
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  • If Saddam were in power, he'd be rolling in petrodollars. (Sep 2006)
Donald Rumsfeld on Environment
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Donald Rumsfeld on Families & Children
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Donald Rumsfeld on Foreign Policy
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  • 2003: France & Germany are Old Europe; allies are New Europe. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: New Europe takes orders from US; Old Europe disagrees. (Jun 2010)
  • Rumsfeld’s job: military solutions & disagree with Powell. (Aug 2004)
  • Sometimes leaders have to act without public consensus. (Jan 2001)
  • Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity. (Jun 1997)
Donald Rumsfeld on Free Trade
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Donald Rumsfeld on Government Reform
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Donald Rumsfeld on Gun Control
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Donald Rumsfeld on Health Care
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  • Big Pharma's R&D investment is underappreciated. (Feb 2011)
Donald Rumsfeld on Homeland Security
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  • June'01: Secretary must authorize lethal force in hijackings. (Apr 2011)
  • 1972: All-volunteer military by paying competitive salary. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: Falsely claimed no intel warning of 9/11. (Mar 2010)
  • 2004 "snowflake": keep terrorism alive as an issue. (Sep 2009)
  • 2002: Requiring prisoners to stand 8-10 hours is not torture. (Oct 2008)
  • Differentiate known's from unknown's. (Oct 2008)
  • 9/11: First response was to look for Iraq link. (Jul 2008)
  • Reduce nuclear warheads; Russia no longer a strategic threat. (Nov 2007)
  • Abu Ghraib guards had insufficient training and policies. (Aug 2004)
  • Abandon the “two major war” basis for size of military. (May 2001)
  • Boost defense spending by $200B over next 6 years. (Apr 2001)
  • Missile defense is a moral imperative. (Feb 2001)
  • MAD deterred in Cold War; now deter with missile defense. (Feb 2001)
  • North Korea & Iran could threaten US with nukes soon. (Jan 2001)
  • Deploy missile defense at home and for allies abroad. (Jan 2001)
  • Involve Russia in negotiations about SDI & nukes. (Jan 2001)
  • Agrees with Bush on 21st century military reforms. (Jan 2001)

    Abu Ghraib Reports

  • 2004: Offered to resign over Abu Ghraib. (Nov 2010)
  • No policy of abuse, but Abu Ghraib shows high-level failure. (Aug 2004)
  • Report: Rumsfeld doubled allowable interrogation methods. (Aug 2004)
  • Abu Ghraib interrogators followed inconsistent orders. (Aug 2004)
  • Abu Ghraib report: Need more definitions and reform. (Aug 2004)
  • Fay report: Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse was physical & sexual. (Aug 2004)
  • Abu Ghraib MPs told by interrogators to “set the conditions”. (Aug 2004)
  • Fay Report: relieve from command officers at Abu Ghraib. (Aug 2004)
  • Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities. (Jun 1997)
Donald Rumsfeld on Immigration
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  • Privatize & outsource as solution to immigration problem. (Aug 2009)
Donald Rumsfeld on Jobs
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Donald Rumsfeld on Principles & Values
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  • OpEd: Worldview is black-and-white; decisionmaking secretive. (Nov 2011)
  • Rumsfeld's Rules: for business and government. (Feb 2011)
  • Scouting builds perseverance despite distractions. (Feb 2008)
  • 1973-4: Advised Nixon politically during Watergate scandal. (Sep 2004)
Donald Rumsfeld on Social Security
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Donald Rumsfeld on Tax Reform
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  • 1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy. (Feb 2011)
Donald Rumsfeld on Technology
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Donald Rumsfeld on War & Peace
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  • 1965: voted for additional $700M for Vietnam War. (Feb 2011)
  • 2001: Counseled attacking Iraq at same time as Afghanistan. (Nov 2010)
  • US & USSR invasions differed: we don't covet their land. (Nov 2010)
  • 2004: Remaining violence is thugs & pockets of dead-enders. (Oct 2008)
  • 2002: "Iraq has WMDs"; 2003: We never said Iraq had nukes. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: Several hundred thousand troops is far off the mark. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: We know where WMDs are, around Tikrit & Baghdad. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: American troops will be welcomed by Iraqis. (Oct 2008)
  • 2002: Iraq occupation will last 5 weeks or 5 months at most. (Oct 2008)
  • Ridiculed Shinseki for saying Iraq needed greater manpower. (Mar 2008)
  • Garner: key mistakes were disbanding army & deBaathification. (Oct 2006)
  • Replaced Powell’s “Overwhelming Force” with “Less is More”. (Oct 2006)
  • Briefed on risks & dangers before war; but shut down dissent. (Oct 2006)
  • 1983: friendly talks with Saddam during his war with Iran. (Oct 2005)
  • Rumsfeld says there are ties between Iraq & Al-Qaida. (Oct 2004)
  • 1971: Anti-war advocate: get out of Vietnam quickly. (Sep 2004)
  • 1971: Focus on post-war Indochina peace & reconstruction. (Sep 2004)
  • 1998: Encouraged overthrowing Saddam as US policy. (Aug 2004)
  • 9/12/01: Urged focus on Iraq, not Al Qaeda. (Aug 2004)
  • Clarke: Rumsfeld took advantage of 9-11 to push Iraq agenda. (Mar 2004)
  • No decent targets in Afghanistan, so bomb Iraq. (Mar 2004)
  • Problem with UN in Iraq is its open-endedness. (Jan 2003)
  • Legal ban on assassinations limits pursuit of bin Laden. (Nov 2001)
  • Expect terrorists to get bio, chem, & nuke weapons. (Oct 2001)
  • Balkans shows that NATO needs to upgrade. (Feb 2001)

    Iraq Survey Group Report

  • Saddam’s goal was to end sanctions then restart WMD program. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam’s focus for WMDs was tactical use on Iran & Israel. (Oct 2004)
  • UN sanctions hurt Saddam militarily and politically. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam used Oil For Food program to bank $11 billion. (Oct 2004)
  • 1991 Desert Storm & UN sanctions destroyed Saddam’s missiles. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam’s nuclear program decayed after Desert Storm. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam wanted chemical weapons but industry was destroyed. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam had biological weapons capability but no weapons. (Oct 2004)
  • Extend international order friendly to our security. (Jun 1997)
Donald Rumsfeld on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 1969: "Justice for the poor" as head of anti-poverty agency. (Sep 2004)


VoteMatch Responses
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Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
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Legally require hiring women & minorities
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In 1960s Congress, supported LBJ in ending segregation: Strongly Favors topic 2
1972: favor diversity but no racial quotas: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Did not agree with Nixon’s or Agnew’s racism on 1971 tape: Neutral on topic 2
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Comfortable with same-sex marriage
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The time has come to let gays serve openly in military: Favors topic 3
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Keep God in the public sphere
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Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
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Big Pharma's R&D investment is underappreciated: Strongly Opposes topic 5
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Privatize Social Security
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Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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1969: Experiment with school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
1970: First suggestion of tuition tax credit (school choice): Strongly Favors topic 7
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No 'rights' to clean air and water
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Stricter punishment reduces crime
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Absolute right to gun ownership
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Higher taxes on the wealthy
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1995: 15% across-the-board tax cut to stimulate economy: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
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Privatize & outsource as solution to immigration problem: Opposes topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
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Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
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UN sanctions hurt Saddam militarily and politically: Opposes topic 14
1991 Desert Storm & UN sanctions destroyed Saddam’s missiles: Opposes topic 14
Role in the world: military strength and moral clarity: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
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Reduce nuclear warheads; Russia no longer a strategic threat: Opposes topic 15
Boost defense spending by $200B over next 6 years: Strongly Favors topic 15
Increase defense spending to meet global responsibilities: Strongly Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
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Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
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1971: Anti-war advocate: get out of Vietnam quickly: Strongly Favors topic 17
1971: Focus on post-war Indochina peace & reconstruction: Favors topic 17
1998: Encouraged overthrowing Saddam as US policy: Strongly Opposes topic 17
9/12/01: Urged focus on Iraq, not Al Qaeda: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Problem with UN in Iraq is its open-endedness: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Extend international order friendly to our security: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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If Saddam were in power, he'd be rolling in petrodollars: Opposes topic 18
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
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No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Donald Rumsfeld is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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