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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

Book Reviews

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Media coverage of IA political races in The Des Moines Register


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Abortion
    Carly Fiorina: Liberals believe in protecting flies, but not human life.
    Joni Ernst: Affordable access to contraception.
    Mitt Romney: Was pro-choice, now proudly pro-life.
    Rudy Giuliani: Personally oppose abortion, but let the woman decide.
Budget & Economy
    Chet Culver: 2009: across-the-board cuts of 10%, to balance budget.
    Barack Obama: Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need years to dig out.
    Barack Obama: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them.
    Bill Richardson: Balanced 5 state budgets; priority to balance federal budget.
    Bill Richardson: Supports restricted Constitutional balanced budget amendment.
    Bill Richardson: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them.
    Chris Dodd: Federal budget much more complicated & diverse than statesí.
    Hillary Clinton: Look back to 1990s to see how Iíd be fiscally responsible.
    Joe Biden: Balancing budget is about priorities; GOP made wrong choices.
    Joe Biden: Save Pentagon spending by getting the troops out of Iraq.
    John Edwards: Get rid of structural deficiencies in American economy.
    Duncan Hunter: Budget deficit & trade deficit to China create security risk.
    Fred Thompson: $9 trillion debt affects our national security.
    Fred Thompson: Deficit spending ok for military, infrastructure, and R&D.
    John McCain: Loss of economic strength leads to losing military strength.
    Mike Huckabee: Do things differently so people need not sacrifice.
    Mitt Romney: Economic strength comes from people, not from Washington.
    Mitt Romney: Cut deficit via waste, like 342 different economic programs.
    Ron Paul: Give up American empire; that reduces debt without sacrifice.
    Ron Paul: We spend too much, tax too much, & print too much money.
    Rudy Giuliani: Retire 42% of federal employees in next decade, to save $20B.
    Rudy Giuliani: Restrain Congressí spending; donít ask people to sacrifice.
    Rudy Giuliani: 10% across-the-board cut; people can get services other ways.
    Tom Tancredo: End womb-to-tomb protections; stick to Constitutional limits.
Corporations
    Rick Santorum: Pro-worker Republican; only 10% of Americans own businesses.
    Ted Cruz: Get senseless obstacles from Washington out of the way.
    Barack Obama: Cap the farm subsidies for Fortune 500 companies.
    Bill Richardson: Eliminate $73 billion in corporate welfare.
    Joe Biden: Weíve yielded to corporate America on trade.
    Rudy Giuliani: Reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, to increase revenue.
    Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Corporate tax cut would reduce revenue by half.
Education
    Mike Huckabee: Common Core morphed into a frankenstandard that I oppose.
    Rick Santorum: Reform education; only 30% get college degrees.
    Michele Bachmann: Don't censor intelligent design, but it's a state issue.
    Barack Obama: Get parents re-engaged in educating the children.
    Bill Richardson: Make education a top priority and scrap No Child Left Behind.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM teacher salary only moved from 44th to 36th.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: NM test scores have not made ďenormous progressĒ.
    Chris Dodd: Parents are the first teachers.
    Hillary Clinton: Fully fund special education & 21st century classrooms.
    Joe Biden: Hire more teachers and pay them for smaller classes.
    John Edwards: Provide continual education for those in the work force.
    John Edwards: A comprehensive plan to improve education.
    Alan Keyes: We allowed the judges to drive God out of our schools.
    Duncan Hunter: Unions and status quo run good teachers out of teaching.
    Fred Thompson: The NEA opposes school choice; we must stop them.
    John McCain: We need more choice and competition in education.
    Mike Huckabee: Education is a state issue, not a federal issue.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: AR improved test scores, but still below-average.
    Mitt Romney: Education is not just the teachersí union.
    Mitt Romney: Bush was right on No Child Left Behind.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: US scores at 50% internationally, not 10%-25%.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: MA 1st in test scores, but was 1st before Romney.
    Ron Paul: Encourage homeschooling & private school via tax writeoff.
    Rudy Giuliani: Let parents be the deciders on their childrenís education.
    Tom Tancredo: We donít need the Department of Education.
Energy & Oil
    Rob Hogg: Address climate change with solutions that work for economy.
    Bob Krause: 1978: Supported bipartisan gas tax increase.
    Bill Richardson: 30% renewable sources in our electricity by 2020.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Reducing GHGs by 90% costs households $800/yr.
    Joe Biden: The energy challenge take sacrifice and is a moral crusade.
    Duncan Hunter: Give incentives in R&D to find new energy sources.
    John McCain: Climate change is real and must be addressed.
    John McCain: FactCheck: Oil independence will take 25 years, not 5 years.
    Mike Huckabee: Biofuel mandates are not necessary.
    Mitt Romney: Invest in new technologies to get us off of foreign oil.
    Tom Tancredo: Give incentives in R&D to find new energy sources.
Environment
    George Pataki: Opposed to RFS: no ethanol mandate in gasoline.
    Barack Obama: Promote green technologies and fuel efficiency standards.
    Chris Dodd: Advocate a corporate carbon tax.
    Hillary Clinton: Advocate a cap and trade system.
    John Edwards: Deal with energy independence in a serious way.
Families & Children
    Ted Cruz: Opposes the unrelenting assault on traditional marriage.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005.
    Mitt Romney: Strong military, strong economy, and strong families.
Foreign Policy
    Carly Fiorina: I've accomplished something by traveling around the world.
    Mike Huckabee: Islamic terrorism is the country's most pressing issue.
    Barack Obama: Obama Doctrine: ideology has overridden facts and reality.
    Barack Obama: China is a competitor but not an enemy.
    Chris Dodd: Stay engaged; US has been AWOL on Israel for 6 years.
    Chris Dodd: Human rights and security are not opposing interests.
    Chris Dodd: FactCheck: No, Chinese government prosecutes slavery.
    Hillary Clinton: Establish coherent diplomatic approach toward China.
    Hillary Clinton: Establish leadership & moral authority via multilateralism.
    Joe Biden: Doctrine of crisis prevention, not preemption.
    John Edwards: US has ignored China because of obsession with terrorism.
    John Edwards: Edwards Doctrine: long term vision over ad hoc policy.
    Ron Paul: Focus on the Iraq war and foreign policy.
Free Trade
    Patty Judge: Oppose TPP: I don't know that free trade is good for Iowa.
    Bob Krause: Emergency legislation emphasizing fair trade.
    Barack Obama: Enforce existing safety laws against Chinese products.
    Barack Obama: NAFTA needs to be amended.
    Bill Richardson: Ban contaminated toys and food from China.
    Chris Dodd: China gains advantage by slavery & currency manipulation.
    Chris Dodd: We need to get fair with China.
    Dennis Kucinich: We need a policy of constructive engagement with China.
    Dennis Kucinich: Either buy America or bye-bye America.
    Joe Biden: No to tariffs; just enforce the law.
    Joe Biden: Built environmental and labor standards in trade agreements.
    John Edwards: Enforce country-of-origin labeling laws to deal with China.
    John Edwards: Human rights should be central to the US trade policy.
    Duncan Hunter: NAFTA is a bad business deal.
    Fred Thompson: Free and fair trade is the backbone of our economy.
    John McCain: Consider subsidies a mistake, and oppose them.
    Mike Huckabee: A free country must feed, fuel, & fight for itself.
    Mitt Romney: Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries.
    Ron Paul: Look at the monetary system and deal with the trade issues.
    Rudy Giuliani: NAFTA has been a good thing and should be enforced.
    Tom Tancredo: Oil trade imbalance is a national security risk.
    Tom Tancredo: NAFTA has been a disaster for many places, especially Mexico.
    Lamar Alexander: Fast-track helps farm exports.
Government Reform
    Rob Hogg: Repeal the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.
    Ben Carson: 5-year federal hiring freeze, to decrease size of government.
    Terry Branstad: 2010: No fees for government records; 2011: imposed fees.
    Bill Richardson: Focus on Iraq, energy reform, and restoring the Constitution.
    Hillary Clinton: Never abuse the purpose of signing statements.
    Joe Biden: Radical change to preserve family farmers.
    John Edwards: Use signing statements as in the past, unlike Bush.
    Alan Keyes: Focus on moral sovereignty, tax reform, & sealing the border.
    Duncan Hunter: Focus on the military, immigration, & the industrial base.
    Fred Thompson: Focus on the budget, social policy, and bipartisanship.
    John McCain: Focus on homeland safety, restoring trust, and fiscal policy.
    Mike Huckabee: Focus on uniting the country.
    Mitt Romney: Focus on global Jihad, immigration, tax cut, and healthcare.
    Rudy Giuliani: Focus on terrorism, immigration, tax cut, & small government.
    Tom Tancredo: Focus on immigration and a war against radical Islam.
Gun Control
    Orrin Hatch: Mental health check as part of background check.
    Orrin Hatch: Gun violence problems can be solved by more enforcement.
Health Care
    Donald Trump: Save Medicare & Medicaid without cutting them to the bone.
    Ted Cruz: Support nuns' battle for religious liberty against ObamaCare.
    Bruce Braley: Repealing ObamaCare would deprive millions of insurance.
    Joni Ernst: FactCheck: False claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits.
    Barack Obama: Reforms in prevention and drug price negotiation save money.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T.
    Bill Richardson: Universal health care is a right for every American.
    Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Between 7% and 31% of costs are administrative.
Homeland Security
    Carly Fiorina: On Benghazi: I'm familiar with America's allies and enemies.
    Donald Trump: Defeat ISIS and stop Islamic terrorists.
    Newt Gingrich: Threat of militant Islam is comparable to pre-WWII Nazis.
    Sarah Palin: Muslim jihadists threaten our way of life.
    Joe Biden: Cut $350B in military programs, from Star Wars to F-22ís.
    Fred Thompson: Intelligence and parts of our military were neglected.
Immigration
    Lindsey Graham: Legal status for undocumented workers.
    Ben Carson: Common-sense solutions: guest workers plus harsher penalties.
    Rick Perry: If Washington refuses to enforce the border, Texas will.
    Chet Culver: Feds should deal with immigration, not state police.
    Terry Branstad: Cops should check citizenship status during traffic stops.
Jobs
    Barack Obama: Paying more at Wal-Mart is worth it for having US jobs.
    Chris Dodd: Preserve and protect the farms in Iowa.
    Mike Huckabee: Excessive taxes, red tape, and litigation cause job losses.
Principles & Values
    Jack Hatch: Iowans are ready for a fresh start.
    Barack Obama: Focus on Iraq, revising presidential power, and healthcare.
    Chris Dodd: Focus on the Constitution, Iraq, and the Middle East.
    Hillary Clinton: Focus on foreign policy and revising executive orders.
    Joe Biden: Focus on Iraq, ending torture, healthcare, and education.
    John Edwards: Focus on the Iraq War, healthcare, and global warming.
    Alan Keyes: Be authentic about who you are.
    John McCain: Able to work with others with own set of principles.
    Mike Huckabee: Treat others as you wish to be treated.
    Mitt Romney: Draw upon the strengths of the conservative principles.
    Ron Paul: All political actionís goal should be to preserve liberty.
    Ron Paul: The term ďrevolutionĒ was coined by the supporters.
    Elizabeth Dole: Economic health masks serious societal problems.
Social Security
    Fred Thompson: Reform entitlements now so our grandkids donít have to.
Tax Reform
    Rick Perry: Lower taxes & less regulation made Texas a job leader.
    Bill Richardson: End unfair & unequal tax structure for wealthiest 2%.
    Hillary Clinton: Want to restore the tax rates we had in the Ď90s.
    Joe Biden: Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who donít need them.
    John Edwards: Get rid of the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.
    Alan Keyes: FairTax turns off spigot that funds political ambitions.
    Duncan Hunter: The IRS and current tax system cost too much.
    Duncan Hunter: FactCheck: Cost of IRS compliance is $150B,not $250B.
    Fred Thompson: Preserve the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003.
    John McCain: Reform the tax code that nobody trusts and believes in.
    Mike Huckabee: Support FairTax with a tax credit for the poor.
    Mitt Romney: Reduce the tax burden on middle-income families.
    Ron Paul: The most sinister of all taxes is the inflation tax.
    Rudy Giuliani: Support a flatter and simpler tax and less corporate tax.
    Tom Tancredo: Believe in a fair tax system.
    Art Small: Tax cuts have short-term benefit and long-term costs.
War & Peace
    Barack Obama: Iran: Bush does not let facts get in the way of ideology.
    Chris Dodd: Exercise caution but pursuing diplomacy with Iran.
    Chris Dodd: Keep all options on the table for Iran.
    Dennis Kucinich: I was right the first time; now no evidence of nukes in Iran.
    Dennis Kucinich: US role: security for Israel and a state for Palestine.
    Hillary Clinton: Continue diplomatic engagement with Iran.
    Hillary Clinton: Believed, with others, that Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon.
    Joe Biden: Accept NIE conclusion that Iran stopped nukes in 2003.
    Joe Biden: Muslims donít like us because they do not trust us.
    John Edwards: Stop the neocons march to war with Iran.
    John Edwards: Muslim dislike from Bushís bullying abusive behavior.
    Mike Gravel: Iranís not a problem, never has been, never will be.
    Tom Tancredo: Stop policing Iraq, but cannot leave.
    Art Small: Neocons still believe there are WMDs in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Michele Bachmann: Liability shield to allow charities to provide healthcare.
    Chris Dodd: Help lift people out of poverty and give them opportunities.


The above quotations are from Media coverage of IA political races in The Des Moines Register.

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