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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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Perry vs. Romney On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org



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BOOK SUMMARY by OnTheIssues.org:

This book puts OnTheIssues' web content into book form -- a direct comparison of issue stances -- not personal biographies, not political horserace analysis, not scandal histories. Each headline below is backed up with a referenced citation, in context, so you can compare for yourself what each candidate says. The comparisons are made convenient in a side-by-side layout, with book reviews and a VoteMatch issue summary at the end.


Domestic Issues

Mitt Romney

Rick Perry

On same-sex marriage: MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriage Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so
On gays in the Boy Scouts: 1994: Gays ok in Boy Scouts Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys
On Mandatory Sentencing:One Strike, You’re Ours: lifetime GPS tracking Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders
On Capital Punishment:Supports death penalty in heinous murders Death penalty for aggravated rape
On Gun Control: Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten police Individual right to keep and bear arms
On the War on Drugs: Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in Colombia Drug trade causes soaring violence on southern border
On medical marijuana:Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuana Medical marijuana OK for California, but not Texas
On environment:Clean environment will be a campaign themeStop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs
On pollution permits:States should be able to have their own emissions standards Flexible permitting: cap emissions for entire facility
On highway infrastructure: Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxesTrans-Texas corridor: 4000 miles of highway & utilities
On technology education: To compete globally, invest in education and technology$40M for 5,500 students in Texas Technology Grants
On insurance mandates: Personal responsibility instead of employer mandates Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states
On RomneyCare: RomneyCare intended as state plan; never as national model RomneyCare OK for Mass., but not for Texas nor US
On federal vs. state health laws: I stand by what I did in Massachusetts; but not ObamaCareStates innovate on healthcare; feds are one-size-fits-all


Economic Issues

Mitt Romney

Rick Perry

On fiscal policy: Avoid recession with immediate middle-income tax cutsBalance our budget without raising taxes
On small business: TARP should not be used for auto company bailouts Reduce business’ tax burden & regulatory climate
On corporate regulation: Corporations are people Texas is the land of freedom from over-regulation
On government spending: The “Party of No” is ok when it comes to spendingRoute to success is lower taxes & smaller government
On capping government spending: Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDPDon’t trade tax increases for spending cuts; BBA instead
On growth of government: Liberals replace opportunity with dependency on governmentAmerica is great; Washington is broken
On job growth:Built long-term pipeline for MA jobs; so job growth is slow We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M
On job losses:FactCheck: Fewer US unemployed than Canadians employed FactCheck: Texas job growth is strong, but pre-dated Perry
On fixing Social Security: Will try to fix Social Security without raising taxesTrust Fund is an unsustainable Ponzi scheme
On Social Security recipients: Honor expectations of recipients, but take action for futureSolemn oath to people approaching retirement age
On Social Security entitlements: Entitlements: focus on future beyond next electionEntitlement programs are $115 trillion; we must cut them
On tax relief: Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economyTax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending
On taxing the rich: Reduce the tax burden on middle-income familiesTaxation is not the solution; live within our means instead


Social Issues

Mitt Romney

Rick Perry

On Supreme Court and abortion: Firmly pro-life; including Court nominationsabortion only for rape, incest, or maternal health
On prenatal policy: Was effectively pro-choice until cloning changed his opinionProtect the unborn via sonogram requirement
On legality of abortion: No punishment for women who have partial birth AbortionsThe right to privacy is fictitious
On federal abortion laws: Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all AbortionsOpposes federal abortion funding
On stem cell research: Stem cell research lofty goals don’t justify destroying lifeSupports prohibiting human embryonic stem cell research
On school prayer: Schools can teach family values, but not religion or PrayerSupports voluntary Prayer in public schools
On school choice: School choice over fat-cat CEOs of teachers’ unionsChoose from mix of public, charter & private schools
On education vouchers: Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schoolsStart a pilot voucher program in Texas
On Department of Education: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLBDo away with the Department of Education
On a family values: Child development enhanced by having a mother & fatherFree speech for “Coming Out Day” but not “Family Values"?
On family strength: Strong military, strong economy, and strong familiesWe gravitate to bad behavior unless we revere authority
On religious independence: Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedomSupreme Court shouldn’t choose how & where we may pray
On religious freedom: Freedom requires religion in society, not in individualsIt’s about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion
On religious faith: Americans want person of faith as president, whatever brandSecular humanism emanates out of man’s sin of pride
On homelessness vs. dependency:Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiative Many homelessness chose their lifestyle; take a hard approach


International Issues

Mitt Romney

Rick Perry

On energy efficient cars: $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology$5,000 incentive for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
On climate costs: Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planetFlexible permitting: cap emissions for entire facility
On global warming: They don’t call it “America warming” but “global warming”Manmade global warming: “It’s-All-Our-Fault” theory
On nuclear energy: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coalUse federal funds for nuclear cleanup, with state input
On free trade: Re-negotiate trade deals with China and other countries Welcome market of united Europe & growing China & India
On China policy: China doesn’t want to have a trade war; so push hard Focus on bringing jobs back from China like we did in Texas
On border security: Priorities: secure border, employer verification, no amnestySecure the Mexican border against drug cartels
On illegal immigration:I like legal immigration; let business determine visasIllegal immigration cost Texas $928M in one year
On immigrant benefits:Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants Free in-state tuition regardless of immigration status
On foreign policy:Unless US changes course, we’ll no longer be superpower America shouldn’t be in the business of adventurism
On the War on Terror: To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim worldIraq: combat terror on their turf, not ours
On Guantanamo: Closing Gitmo leaves America vulnerable to another 9/11Unsettled policy on Guantanamo signals weakness to enemies
On Afghanistan War: Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leaveSecure freedom for oppressed people in Iraq and Afghanistan
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Corporations
    Mitt Romney: Rick Perry's corporate policy stances compared to Romney's.
Education
    Mitt Romney: Gov. Perry's education policy stances compared to Romney's.
Foreign Policy
    Rick Perry: Mitt Romney's foreign policy stances compared to Perry's.
Health Care
    Rick Perry: Mitt Romney healthcare stances compared to Perry.


The above quotations are from Perry vs. Romney On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.



VoteMatch Social Issues


Romney

vs.

Perry
Abortion is a woman’s rightOpposes Strongly Opposes
Require companies to hire more women & minoritiesStrongly Favors Neutral
Same-sex domestic partnership benefitsOpposes Strongly Opposes
Teacher-led prayer in public schoolsStrongly Favors Strongly Favors
Parents choose schools via vouchersStrongly Favors Favors

VoteMatch Domestic Issues


Romney

vs.

Perry
More federal funding for health coverageFavors Strongly Opposes
Death Penalty Strongly Favors Strongly Favors
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing lawsStrongly Favors Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Strongly Favors
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against itStrongly Favors Favors

VoteMatch Economic Issues


Romney

vs.

Perry
Privatize Social SecurityStrongly Favors Favors
Make taxes more progressiveStrongly Opposes Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign fundsOpposes Opposes
Allow churches to provide welfare servicesFavors Favors
Replace coal & oil with alternativesOpposes Opposes

VoteMatch International Issues


Romney

vs.

Perry
Illegal immigrants earn citizenshipOpposes Neutral
Support & expand free trade Neutral Favors
The Patriot Act harms civil libertiesStrongly Opposes Strongly Opposes
Expand the armed forces Strongly Favors Strongly Favors
US out of Iraq & AfghanistanStrongly Opposes Strongly Opposes


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