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The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi


Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin


A Woman in Charge, by Carl Bernstein


What Obama Means, by Jabari Asim


Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton


Barack Obama For Beginners, by Bob Neer


An American Son, by Senator Marco Rubio


The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Roig-Franzia


Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell


Madame Hillary, by R. Emmett Tyrell of The American Spectator


Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games


A Reason to Believe, by Deval Patrick


Reason to Believe, by Mario Cuomo


Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, by Judith Warner


Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson


The Faith of Condoleezza Rice, by Leslie Montgomery


America by Heart, by Sarah Palin


Mitt Romney: The Man, His Values and His Vision, by Lisa Ray Turner and Kimberly Field


A Bound Man, by Shelby Steele


Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story, by Gov. Nikki Haley


Her Way, by Jeff Gerth & Don Van Natta


God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life, by Paul Kengor


Do the Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee



The Contenders, by Laura Flanders et al.


America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson


Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!, by Jesse Ventura & Dick Russell


Newt! Leader of the Second American Revolution, by Dick Williams


The Mormon Faith of Mitt Romney, by Andrew Jackson


A Life of Trial and Redemption, by Jules Witcover


Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin


Change We Can Believe In


FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 primary debates


The Real Romney, by Kranish & Helman


Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, by Joe Biden


Guilty, by Ann Coulter


Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance


I Ain't Got Time To Bleed, by Gov. Jesse Ventura


The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by Joe McGinniss


Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics, by Joyce Purnick


Hopes and Dreams: The Story of Barack Obama, by Steve Dougherty


Mitt Romney: An Inside Look, by R.B. Scott


On My Honor, by Rick Perry


Fed Up!, by Rick Perry (Nov. 15, 2010)


The FAITH of Barack Obama, by Stephen Mansfield


Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race


The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama


The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul (Feb. 22, 2011)


Real Change, by Speaker Newt Gingrich


Jeb: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date


Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal


Friends in High Places, by Webb Hubbell


The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton, by Bay Buchanan


Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee


The Battle for America 2008, by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson


Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson


In the President`s Secret Service, by Ronald Kessler


Obama's Challenge, by Robert Kuttner


For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, by Sally Bedell Smith


Hillary's Choice, by Gail Sheehy


My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me, by Condoleezza Rice


Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to be Intentional about the Legacy You Leave, by Mike Huckabee


The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Re, by Naftali Bendavid


The Natural, by Joe Klein


Lessons Learned the Hard Way, by Newt Gingrich


Should Barack Obama Be President? by Fred Zimmerman, published Oct. 2006


To Renew America, by Newt Gingrich


Rediscovering God in America, by Newt Gingrich


Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success, by Donald Trump


A Nation Like No Other, by Newt Gingrich


A Mormon in the White House, by Hugh Hewitt


Trump: How to Get Rich, by Donald J. Trump and Meredith McIver


How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down


Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump


The Final Days, by Barbara Olson, published Oct. 2001


My Father, My President, by Doro Bush Koch


Do I Stand Alone, by Jesse Ventura


Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove


Washington Post, "The Fact Checker"


Young Guns, by Reps. Ryan, Cantor & McCarthy


What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe and Steve Kettman


The Obamians, by James Mann


2010: Take Back America, by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann


Saving Freedom, by Sen. Jim DeMint


Barack Obama in His Own Words, by Barack Obama, edited by Lisa Rogak


No Apology, by Gov. Mitt Romney


My Life, by Bill Clinton


Meet the Next President, by Bill Sammon


Kids Who Kill, by Mike Huckabee


Immigration Wars, by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick


Confidence Men, by Ron Suskind


Character IS the Issue, by Mike Huckabee


The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump


Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, by Amanda Carpenter


The Unique Voice of Hillary Clinton


To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, by Newt Gingrich


Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow


Governor Tim Pawlenty: The Sam's Club Republican, by J. A. McClure


Right Now: A 12-Step Program For Defeating The Obama Agenda, by Michael Steele


The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williams


Profiles in Character, by Jeb Bush & B.Yablonski, published January 1996


Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader by Joe Hilley


Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian: Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org


Obama-Biden vs. Romney-Ryan On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org


Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You, by Timothy P. Carney


Obamanomics, by John R. Talbott, published July 1, 2008


The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by Kitty Kelley


From Hope to Higher Ground, by Gov. Mike Huckabee


Slouching Towards Gomorrah, by Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork


The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin. by Stephen Mansfield


Do Not Ask What Good We Do, by Robert Draper


Crossroads: The Future of American Politics, by Andrew Cuomo


2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com, July 21, 2011


FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 campaign ads


FactCheck.org analysis of 2007 primary debates


FactCheck.org analysis of 2007 campaign ads


What Happened, by Scott McClellan


Third World America, by Arianna Huffington


The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter


The Plan, by Rahm Emanuel


How Bill Clinton Won, by Bob Woodward


The 100: Insight and Lessons from 100 of the Greatest Speeches Ever Delivered


Take the Risk, by Ben Carson


Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan


Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate, by Bob Woodward


Now Or Never, by Sen. Jim DeMint


Nine and Counting, by Catherine Whitney


Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork, by Mike Huckabee


Hopes and Prospects, by Noam Chomsky


Give Us Liberty, by Rep. Dick Armey


Fortunate Son, by J. H. Hatfield


The Dysfunctional President, by Paul Fick


Courage to Stand, by Tim Pawlenty (Jan. 11, 2011)


Core of Conviction, by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN)


"Bloomberg by Bloomberg," by Mike Bloomberg


And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since, by Charles Rangel


American Conspiracies, by Gov. Jesse Ventura


Jeb Bush: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert E. Crew


Agenda For America, by Gov. Haley Barbour (R, MS)


2014 Montana Senate race & debate coverage


Survey of Governor's campaign websites 2011-2014


Survey of 2012 Presidential contenders' campaign websites


Fact-checking on the 2012 Presidential and Senatorial races


Survey of 2012 House campaign websites


2011 FactCheck


Survey of 2009 and 2010 Senate campaign websites


Survey of 2010 Governor`s campaign websites


100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, by Marco Rubio

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Joe Biden on Principles & Values
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 43 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for 13 older headlines OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Paul Ryan. (Aug 2012)
  • Tea Party should learn compromise, but are not 'terrorists'. (Aug 2012)
  • Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. (Jan 2012)
  • 2010: Negotiated trades in bipartisan Senate bills. (Sep 2011)
  • 1973: Base Nixon's resignation on violations, not politics. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987: Clarion call: rekindle fires of idealism. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987: Anti-Bork most organized opposition to Court nominee. (Oct 2010)
  • Models his role on LBJ’s vice presidency. (Oct 2008)
  • 35-year track record of accomplishments. (Oct 2008)
  • Failure is at times inevitable but giving up is unforgivable. (Aug 2008)
  • Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 97.0% of 233 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: engaging in civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Politics is a noble calling. (Jul 2007)

    Barack Obama

  • 2008: I would not be anyone's V.P. nor Secretary of State. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Preferred Secretary of State role to Vice Presidency. (Jan 2010)
  • 2008 primary: Obama is "articulate & bright & clean". (Jan 2009)
  • As VP, I’ll be point person in Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • We need a wise leader like Obama, not just a good soldier. (Aug 2008)
  • We should embrace change just like the previous generations. (Aug 2008)
  • Apologized for saying Barack Obama was clean and articulate. (Apr 2007)

    Past Campaigns

  • 1987: Accused of plagiarizing Neil Kinnock's speech. (Oct 2010)
  • 1966: Required to retake law school course for plagiarism. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Lawsuits accused him of defrauding business partner. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Praised as poorest US Senator; but earns $248K. (Nov 2009)
  • Insulted Indian-Americans in attempt to compliment vibrancy. (Nov 2007)
  • MoveOn.org has not changed politics. (Sep 2007)
  • 1970: won first election, to County Council, in GOP district. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: beat GOP incumbent; 2nd youngest Senator ever elected. (Jul 2007)
  • His book “Promises to Keep” written before presidential race. (Jul 2007)
  • Knocked out of 1988 race due to plagiarizing a speech. (Oct 2005)

    Personal Background

  • Favorite movie: “Chariots of Fire”, for real heroism. (Oct 2008)
  • Childhood stuttering strengthened me. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: Wife & child killed in pre-inauguration auto accident. (Jul 2007)
  • Remarried in 1977, willing to give up Senate for Jill. (Jul 2007)
  • 1988: suffered aneurysm requiring brain surgery. (Jul 2007)

    Religion

  • 1973: Reconsidered priesthood after losing wife in car crash. (Oct 2010)
  • Prayer gives you strength, but doesn’t prevent crises. (Aug 2007)
  • Religion informs my values; my reason dictates outcomes. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Mike Bloomberg on Principles & Values
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Mike Bloomberg OR click here for Mike Bloomberg on other issues.
  • Self-made billionaire from financial information company. (Sep 2010)
  • 1940s: Raised in Medford, reached Eagle Scout at early age. (Sep 2010)
  • Childhood home included kosher kitchen, but mom bent rules. (Sep 2010)
  • Bill Clinton's sin was self-indulgence, not immorality. (Sep 2010)
  • Outsider to both Republican and Democratic establishment. (Sep 2010)
  • OpEd: Stiff in public; impatient with retail handshaking. (Sep 2010)
  • Candidates' religious beliefs should be kept private. (Sep 2010)
  • Impatient with government; executive ok; not legislative. (Sep 2010)
  • Offered independent ticket by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R, NE). (May 2007)
  • Will decide in early ‘08 on run as self-financed independent. (Mar 2007)
  • Acquisition of money inextricably tied to hard work. (Oct 2005)
  • Charitable giving based on “Where can I make a difference?”. (Oct 2005)
  • Started Bloomberg company after Salomon Bros. fired him. (Aug 2001)
John Bolton on Principles & Values
Click here for 2 full quotes by John Bolton OR click here for John Bolton on other issues.
  • Libertarian at home; but protected internationally. (Aug 2013)
  • Campaigns are about the horse race, & should be about policy. (Aug 2013)
Jeb Bush on Principles & Values
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 32 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • GOP must stop being the party of 'anti' everything. (Mar 2013)
  • We need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance. (Mar 2013)
  • Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives. (Mar 2013)
  • Reach out to Hispanics based on tone, policy, and religion. (Mar 2013)
  • America is different because identity derives from ideals. (Mar 2013)
  • Romney lost because of changing demographics. (Mar 2013)
  • Returned home to deal with 2000 post-election crisis. (Nov 2010)
  • Bush family name is a detriment that limits career choices. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Wealthy have high morals, until proven otherwise. (Feb 2007)
  • 1994 and 1998 campaign theme: Think outside the box. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Balanced mix of campaigning and governing. (Feb 2007)
  • Company handbook focused on doing what you are told. (Feb 2007)
  • 9/11/2001: after emergency meeting, went to church to pray. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd on 2016 Hillary: Which family dynasty do you want? (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Delivered FL in 2004, by robbing blacks of their votes. (Jan 2007)
  • Floridians bravely face the rigors of our paradise. (Nov 2006)
  • Named after Uncle Johnny Bush and Uncle Sandy Ellis. (Oct 2006)
  • Married at age 21 to Columba, age 19. (Oct 2006)
  • 2000: Duty to conduct recount in proper manner. (Oct 2006)
  • Bill Clinton is using my dad, to benefit his own character. (Oct 2006)
  • Poll: Jeb would lose to Hillary because of “Bush fatigue”. (May 2006)
  • Pres. Bush plugs Jeb for President; Jeb declines comment. (May 2006)
  • 1967: Repeated the 9th grade at Andover Prep School. (Sep 2004)
  • Married high school sweetheart, exchange student from Mexico. (Sep 2004)
  • 1994: Anti-abortion; anti-crime; anti-government; anti-taxes. (Aug 1999)
  • Priorities: public education & public safety. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on virtue & character, not values. (Nov 1995)
  • Pass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children. (Nov 1995)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Ben Carson on Principles & Values
Click here for 17 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • DIRECT: Deny, Ignore, Resist, Exempt, Conform, Transform. (Jan 2012)
  • Naively committed plagiarism in college psychology course. (Jan 2012)

    Personal Background

  • Raised in inner-city Detroit; poor student in grade school. (Mar 2013)
  • Neurosurgeon who specialized in separating conjoined twins. (Mar 2013)

    Political Philosophy

  • Raised a Democrat, but became a registered Independent. (Jan 2012)
  • Democracy was never intended as a spectator sport. (Jan 2012)
  • Wise voters look at their representatives' voting records. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Partiers & Independents reject spoon-fed biased media. (Jan 2012)
  • For eagle to fly straight, balance left wing & right wing. (Jan 2012)

    Religion

  • Bible study overcame youthful violence and anger. (Mar 2013)
  • Not running for office, but God may call on me. (Mar 2013)
  • End the "war on God". (Mar 2013)
  • 2010: Vetted for Lt. Gov., but decision to run "up to God". (Feb 2013)
  • All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable. (Jan 2012)
  • National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement. (Jan 2012)
  • God granted me a miracle in passing freshman chemistry. (Jan 2012)

    Risk

  • B/WA: Best/Worst Analysis for risk assessment. (Dec 2007)
Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 174 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 53 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Appointed by Obama as "team of rivals," like Lincoln. (Jun 2012)
  • 2005 advice to Sen. Obama: avoid limelight & do homework. (Jan 2010)
  • On V.P. prospect: "I've already done that job". (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Whitewater's crime was scamming the poor and gullible. (Nov 2009)
  • Lives by Wesleyan credo: Do all the good you can. (Aug 2009)
  • Confidence and optimism enable us to meet our challenges. (Aug 2008)
  • Enthusiastic when Rep. Rangel suggested NY Senate race. (Aug 2008)
  • My own crises are nothing compared to what people often face. (Feb 2008)
  • Democrats much more in step with America than GOP. (Feb 2008)
  • Being the president is much more than being a CEO. (Jan 2008)
  • Focus on foreign policy and revising executive orders. (Dec 2007)
  • Owes opportunity for presidency to generations of women. (Aug 2007)
  • Strong identification with Eleanor Roosevelt. (Jul 2007)
  • 1963: called Saul Alinsky “great seducer” of young minds. (Jul 2007)
  • DC home, “Whitehaven”, became center of “Hillaryland”. (Jun 2007)
  • 1974: Studied Nixon’s White House for impeachment committee. (Jun 2007)
  • Despite critics, fervent believer in public service. (Jun 2007)
  • Prefers role as knowledgeable expert to role of visionary. (May 2007)
  • Biggest mistakes: mishandling healthcare; believing in WMDs. (Apr 2007)
  • Comfortable in conservative agricultural settings. (Jan 2007)
  • Chair of powerful Steering and Coordinating Committee. (Feb 2004)
  • Polarize issues and then compromise on best terms possible. (Feb 2004)
  • Alinsky's Rules: focus on tactics & ongoing confrontation. (Feb 2004)
  • Alinsky Thesis: merge alien radicalism with US conditions. (Feb 2004)
  • Not happy with what Bill did, but impeachment isn't answer. (Nov 2003)
  • Bill talked about social change; I embodied it. (Nov 2003)
  • I liked headbands; but First Lady's appearance matters. (Nov 2003)
  • "Saint Hillary" pushes politics of meaning and spirituality. (Nov 2003)
  • Death of her father spurred questioning 'spiritual vacuum'. (Nov 2003)
  • Contract "On" America nationalized the House election. (Nov 2003)
  • Replaced entire staff of White House Travel Office. (Feb 2003)
  • $8M book advance not vetted by Senate ethics panel. (Oct 2001)
  • Claimed no role in Travelgate firings. (Oct 2001)
  • Accused of failing to disclose gifts as First Lady. (Oct 2001)
  • Felt she should have known Foster suicide was coming. (Jun 1999)
  • Empathized with Eleanor Roosevelt: criticized for outspoken. (Aug 1993)
  • First to participate as First Lady in policy decisions. (Aug 1993)
  • 1969: Humanness goes beyond acquisitiveness. (May 1969)

    Bill Clinton

  • 1995: Rumors that she would divorce Bill and run against him. (Jun 2009)
  • Bill’s role includes sounding board; but I make decisions. (Feb 2008)
  • Bill would be her adviser, and represent US around the world. (Feb 2008)
  • Key to Bill & Hillary’s marriage is shared love of politics. (Oct 2007)
  • Hillary and Bill made joint decisions during presidency. (Oct 2007)
  • Bill & I started a conversation 36 years ago & never stopped. (Sep 2007)
  • Judge me on my merits, not as Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton. (Jul 2007)
  • Endured Monicagate through faith and inward spirituality. (Jul 2007)
  • Secret “20-Year Project” with Bill to revolutionize Dems. (Jun 2007)
  • 1986: Attacked for accepting state fee with Bill as governor. (Jun 2007)
  • 1998: “Conspiracy” infuriated Starr; resonated with public. (Jun 2007)
  • Whitewater deal: the only “stupid dumb thing we ever did”. (Jun 2007)
  • Changed name from Rodham because many were offended. (Jun 2007)
  • 1978: “Name issue” of Rodham raised in Bill’s first race. (Jun 2007)
  • 1980: Synthesized basic principles into “New Dem” concept. (Jun 2007)
  • 1982 campaign: served as Bill’s de facto campaign director. (Jun 2007)
  • Whitewater deal: maybe conflict-of-interest; but not illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • In Arkansas and Washington, subject to unprecedented vitriol. (Jun 2007)
  • 1992: Attacks as radical feminist backfired into sympathy. (Jun 2007)
  • Travelgate: Office WAS sloppy; firings looked like cronyism. (Jun 2007)
  • Like Eleanor Roosevelt, pushed boundaries of First Lady role. (Jun 2007)
  • Replay of “2 for price of 1” has big pluses & big minuses. (May 2007)
  • Proud of Bill Clinton’s record as president. (Feb 2007)
  • Bill and I believe in obligation to give something back. (Nov 2005)
  • Role in Nixon’s impeachment prepared her for Bill’s ordeal. (Feb 2004)
  • OpEd: Hillary & Bill deeply influence all elements of Dems. (Feb 2004)
  • Case for Bill’s impeachment was unjustified constitutionally. (Nov 2003)
  • Monica investigation abused process to undermine presidency. (Nov 2003)
  • Loves Bill despite affairs; not just “Stand By Your Man”. (Nov 2003)
  • 1992: Meant “active partner” with “buy one get one free”. (Nov 2003)
  • Hillaryland meant active & influential First Lady staff. (Nov 2003)
  • Vince Foster’s suicide spurred conspiracy theories galore. (Nov 2003)
  • Appointed to chair AR commissions despite obvious issues. (Jun 2000)
  • “Vast right wing conspiracy”. (Dec 1999)
  • Stands by her man despite “pain in marriage”. (Dec 1999)
  • Hillary’s choice: Co-president or White House wife? (Dec 1999)
  • Never left Bill because they were a team. (Dec 1999)
  • 1992 RNC Convention was hate-fest against Hillary. (Aug 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Listening Tour: gracious in public; but events were staged. (Jun 2009)
  • I have the experience to be commander in chief. (Feb 2008)
  • Words matter, but actions speak louder than words. (Feb 2008)
  • The next president faces a stack of problems on day one. (Jan 2008)
  • Campaigning on the legacy that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • Right has no sex and truth has no color. (Jan 2008)
  • Running to continue work I’ve done for 35 years. (Dec 2007)
  • Cultivates grassroots groups & “grass-top” leaders. (Nov 2007)
  • Bring your brooms & vacuum cleaners; we got to clean up DC. (Aug 2007)
  • If you want a winner to take on right wing, I’m your girl. (Aug 2007)
  • I consider myself a modern American progressive. (Jul 2007)
  • Maybe, finally, break that hardest of all glass ceilings. (Jul 2007)
  • The politics of meaning: individuality is part of society. (Jul 2007)
  • New progressive vision for the 21st century. (Jun 2007)
  • A mind conservative and a heart liberal. (Jun 2007)
  • Already made change and will continue to make change. (Jan 2006)
  • Message of candidacy: hardworking experienced collaborator. (Oct 2005)
  • OpEd: Alinsky’s rule: tactics over principles. (Feb 2004)
  • OpEd: Hillary has mastered politics of self victimization. (Feb 2004)
  • New Democrat: individual responsibility and community. (Apr 2000)
  • Make a pact not to give in to cynicism or hate. (Aug 1993)

    Past Elections

  • 2004: Insisted on attending Obama Senate fundraiser. (Jan 2010)
  • Initially seemed inevitable nominee, even among blacks. (Aug 2009)
  • 2007: Portrayed as lobbyist-funded status quo candidate. (Aug 2009)
  • 1998: Unforeseen turning point when Moynihan resigned. (Oct 2007)
  • Stumble of “baking cookies” was moment of authenticity. (Oct 2007)
  • Rove is obsessed with me because I take them on & beat them. (Aug 2007)
  • 2000: campaigned heavily in African-American churches. (Jul 2007)
  • 1996: Enthusiastic crowd at DNC got her “bitten by the bug”. (Jun 2007)
  • Critics call it “extreme makeover” but admit its success. (May 2007)
  • HILLPAC donated to 30 Senate & Governor candidates. (Nov 2006)
  • HILLPAC focus: electing Congressional Democratic majority. (Nov 2006)
  • Fined $35,000 for under-reporting expenses in 2000. (Oct 2006)
  • House of Representatives has been run like a plantation. (Jan 2006)
  • 1979 commodities deal: profit is not evidence of corruption. (Jun 2004)
  • Timing was paramount to the Clintons’ success in ‘92. (Feb 2004)
  • Not vast conspiracy, but well-financed right-wing network. (Feb 2004)
  • Experience and choices as a woman will make me good senator. (Oct 2000)
  • Held both titles, First Lady and Senator, for 3-week overlap. (Jul 2000)
  • National experience & ability to get along will serve NY. (Feb 2000)
  • Hillary’s feminism a liability for Bill’s gubernatorial race. (Aug 1999)
  • 1989 speculation: Hillary would run for Arkansas governor. (Aug 1999)
  • 1990: Considered running for AR Governor instead of Bill. (Nov 1997)

    Personal Background

  • Vietnam converted her from conservative to liberal. (Jun 2012)
  • 1999: Paid $1.7M for personal home in Chappaqua. (Jun 2009)
  • 2007: I'm the most famous person you don't really know. (Dec 2007)
  • Born to a Democratic mother and Republican father. (Dec 2007)
  • An anti-agitator; never sought changing system from outside. (Nov 2007)
  • Early character development: standing up to a bully. (Jul 2007)
  • Pre-Wellesley, confident her conservatism wouldn’t change. (Jun 2007)
  • 1969: Entered law school as “vehicle for social change”. (Jun 2007)
  • As Goldwater Girl in 1960s, canvassed Chicago slums. (Jun 2007)
  • Childhood of parsimonious parents; favored equal opportunity. (Jun 2007)
  • Father a rock-ribbed Republican but ran for office as Dem. (Jun 2007)
  • Staff attorney on Watergate/Nixon impeachment investigation. (Jun 2007)
  • Taught at AR Law School using “all business” style. (Jun 2007)
  • Suffers from endometriosis; Chelsea’s conception difficult. (Jun 2007)
  • Family myth: named after Everest’s Sir Edmund Hillary. (May 2007)
  • OpEd: World-class worrier when it came to money. (Jan 2007)
  • 1980s: Earned more at Rose Law than Bill did as Governor. (Jun 2004)
  • My mom could not live my life; father could not imagine it. (Nov 2003)
  • AuH2O: Supported Goldwater on basis of individual rights. (Nov 2003)
  • 1976: Organized Indiana for Carter-Mondale campaign. (Nov 2003)
  • 1980: Bill practiced Lamaze, but Chelsea delivered Caesarian. (Nov 2003)
  • Hillary bred in conservative community. (Aug 1999)
  • Began college career as a conservative. (Aug 1999)
  • 1977: At Rose Law, her strength was one-on-one discussion. (Nov 1997)
  • 1976: Got Rose Law Firm job via Vince Foster. (Nov 1997)
  • Not aggressive, but not intimidated by anyone. (Nov 1997)
  • OpEd: "Politics of meaning" was 1960s student radicalism. (May 1996)
  • 1969: Criticized Senator's speech as lacking relevance. (Aug 1993)

    Religion

  • Have faith in God, in our country, and in each other. (Aug 2008)
  • Faith is not just something to cling to in hard times. (Apr 2008)
  • Faith sustains us in bitter times; faith isn’t bitterness. (Apr 2008)
  • I have always felt the presence of God in my life. (Apr 2008)
  • Favorite Bible story: Purim story of Esther. (Apr 2008)
  • Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age. (Feb 2008)
  • Gives guest church sermon: “What It Means to be a Methodist”. (Oct 2007)
  • I believe in prayer; I’m dependent on my faith. (Aug 2007)
  • Sought pastoral guidance on doubts about capital punishment. (Jul 2007)
  • Dealt with Bill’s infidelity via counseling & Book of Psalms. (Jul 2007)
  • Sincere Christian & lifelong member of religious left. (Jul 2007)
  • Old-fashioned Methodist; reads Book of Resolutions & Bible. (Jul 2007)
  • Tolerating Bill’s foibles echoes mom’s Methodist forgiveness. (Jun 2007)
  • Turned to prayer when father dying, & anytime under duress. (Jun 2007)
  • Has one Jewish step-grandfather. (Oct 2005)
  • Early family life steeped in Methodism. (Feb 2004)
  • Steeped in Methodist tradition of Social Gospel. (Feb 2004)
  • Methodist of straight-laced, moralizing, 19th-century type. (Feb 2003)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Ranked 16th most liberal in Senate. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.7% of 304 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Reaches out to conservatives but voting record is liberal. (May 2007)
  • Hillary’s paradox: she’s not as liberal as people think. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Ted Cruz on Principles & Values
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  • Great Awakening: response to mess from career politicians. (Aug 2012)
  • OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign. (Apr 2012)
  • Defend Ten Commandments and "under God" in the Pledge. (Jul 2011)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Andrew Cuomo on Principles & Values
Democratic Governor
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  • Five-point plan to build a New NY. (Nov 2010)
  • To win the argument, you must make one. (Oct 2003)
  • Aggressive progressives: social/economic/racial justice. (Oct 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Principles & Values
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee
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  • OpEd: Won 2002 House race with help of Chicago Daley Machine. (Nov 2009)
  • The Plan: new social contract for a changed world. (Jan 2009)
  • Political fundraiser & strategist, before running for House. (May 2007)
  • Ran the Dems' DCCC House campaign after 2004 electoral loss. (May 2007)
  • 2004: Planned four-year process to recapture House for Dems. (May 2007)
  • Three pre-teen children: Zachariah, Ilana, and Leah. (May 2007)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 92% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Newt Gingrich on Principles & Values
Former Republican Representative (GA-6) and Speaker of the House
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  • Is Obama a socialist? "Sure, of course he is". (Sep 2011)
  • Tea Party prevents mistake of electing conservative Dems. (Jul 2011)
  • If you're not loyal to U.S., you can't serve in my Cabinet. (Jun 2011)
  • Start speaking out in favor of American Exceptionalism. (Jun 2011)
  • American Exceptionalism is central to our nation's survival. (Jun 2011)
  • Declaration assumes God created man. (Jun 2011)
  • Five habits of liberty sustain American Exceptionalism. (Jun 2011)
  • America is now facing a mortal threat. (May 2010)
  • Saul Alinsky is clear: Left needs to be dishonest. (May 2010)
  • GOP regained majority after Watergate; and we'll do it again. (Jan 2010)
  • Reach out to blacks & Latinos in "blue" areas. (Jan 2010)
  • Red-blue split in America is 85% Americans and 15% fringe. (Dec 2007)
  • Red-vs.-Blue fails: propose Red-White-and-Blue solutions. (Dec 2007)
  • Creator as source of liberty is literally written in stone. (Dec 2006)
  • Media-academic-legal elite imposes radical secularist vision. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitution says freedom OF religion, not FROM religion. (Dec 2006)
  • Supreme Court hostile to religion, but building based on it. (Dec 2006)
  • Reform traditional instruments of gov’t for 21st century. (Dec 2006)
  • Focus on 5 major challenges for the 21st century. (Dec 2006)
  • Politics is war without blood. (Feb 2003)
  • Polls are biased left; GOP wins on the issues. (Jul 1998)
  • GOP represents people, but Dems communicate better. (Jul 1998)
  • Baby Boomers becoming Republicans while Dems become outdated. (Jul 1998)
  • Liberals exploit weakness; conservatives offer strength. (Jul 1998)
  • We must choose between a future of freedom or decline. (Jul 1996)
  • Leaders of the American Revolution were committed to God. (Apr 1996)
  • Culture of irresponsibility began in 1965. (Jul 1995)
  • Our civilization is a shared opportunity to pursue happiness. (Jul 1995)
  • Search for progress in successful lessons of the past. (Jun 1995)
  • Many newspaper editorial boards contain socialists. (Jun 1995)
  • If you're afraid or broke or uneducated, you're not free. (Jan 1995)

    Past Elections

  • 1998: Resigned after election loss of House seats. (Nov 2010)
  • 1994 goal of durable conservative majority lasted until 2008. (Aug 2009)
  • After 2000, Republicans failed to govern successfully. (Dec 2007)
  • 1979: wrote Art of Transformation; 1990s: implemented it. (Dec 2007)
  • 1998: Proceeded with unpopular impeachment "because we can". (Jun 2004)
  • 1972: State chair for CREEP, committee to re-elect Nixon. (Jun 1995)
  • 1960: first political activism: student volunteer for Nixon. (Jun 1995)
  • Cooperate on Contract, but no compromise. (Jun 1995)
  • Four House Ethics complaints against "Newt Inc." GOPAC. (Jun 1995)
  • Authored Conservative Opportunity Society manifesto. (Jun 1995)

    Personal Life

  • Parents married only a few months; named after stepfather. (Jun 1995)
  • Dated his geometry teacher in high-school; married her later. (Jun 1995)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Nikki Haley on Principles & Values
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  • Removing religion from public discourse is entirely wrong. (Apr 2012)
  • First Indian family in small town of Bamberg SC in 1960s. (Apr 2012)
  • My Sikh dad proudly wears turban over uncut hair. (Apr 2012)
  • Converted to Christianity to marry Michael & raise children. (Apr 2012)
  • 2005: Unseated longest-serving legislator in SC history. (Apr 2012)
  • RedState Moneybomb: $50,000 in four days. (Apr 2012)
  • First gubernatorial campaign TV ad: "Join the Movement". (Apr 2012)
  • OpEd: Accused of affair with Gov. Mark Sanford. (Apr 2012)
  • OpEd: Accused of affair with well-known state lobbyist. (Apr 2012)
  • Calling me a "raghead" reinforces S.C.'s worst stereotypes. (Apr 2012)
  • Not Republican government but conservative government. (Apr 2012)
  • Born in S.C. as Nimrata Randhawa, to Sikh parents. (Nov 2010)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
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  • Joked at NRA talk about Obama ducking gunshots. (Jan 2009)
  • Faux-cons (false conservatives) include libertarians. (Nov 2008)
  • Do The Right Thing to change America's future. (Nov 2008)
  • Underdog victory in IA caucus propelled campaign to top tier. (Nov 2008)
  • GOP puts faith in individual; Dems put faith in government. (Nov 2008)
  • Vertical solutions, not horizontal right-left nonsense. (Nov 2008)
  • Everyone deciding what's right & wrong is stupid. (Nov 2008)
  • Faith voters flocked to me because GOP left them. (Nov 2008)
  • Press misunderstands: support comes from non-religious to. (Nov 2008)
  • The Huckaboom: consensus candidate among Values Voters. (Nov 2008)
  • TV ad with Xmas cross was ad-libbed & completely accidental. (Nov 2008)
  • TV ad "Chuck Norris Approved" became Internet phenomenon. (Nov 2008)
  • I didn’t want to wait for the government to rescue me. (Sep 2008)
  • Competition breeds excellence, including in the GOP race. (Feb 2008)
  • Kenneth Copeland is a friend, innocent until proven guilty. (Feb 2008)
  • Hunted and ate fried squirrel in college days. (Feb 2008)
  • Without moral absolutes, we are lost and confused. (Feb 2008)
  • Childhood heroes in AR: Jesus, Elvis, and FDR. (Feb 2008)
  • American’s greatness is because we’re rooted in our faith. (Feb 2008)
  • Not exiting; I didn’t major in math; I majored in miracles. (Feb 2008)
  • Limbaugh is a great voice for conservatism, not infallible. (Jan 2008)
  • Presumptuous and arrogant to suggest Reagan would endorse me. (Jan 2008)
  • Only candidate who’s faced Clinton political machine before. (Jan 2008)
  • Ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith. (Jan 2008)
  • People should deal with the use of faith in my campaign. (Jan 2008)
  • Declined to answer Boston Globe questions on Executive Power. (Dec 2007)
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated. (Dec 2007)
  • I’m a conservative, but I’m not mean about it. (Nov 2007)
  • The social conservative’s candidate for president. (Oct 2007)
  • Even if GOP loses elections, we should not lose our honor. (Sep 2007)
  • N.H. strategy: stick with convictions & straight answers. (Aug 2007)
  • Not thinking about Vice Presidency despite heavy speculation. (Aug 2007)
  • Never forget that ordinary citizens are the President’s boss. (Aug 2007)
  • Valuing life is the country’s most pressing moral issue. (Jun 2007)
  • Character IS the issue; we DO legislate morality. (Jun 2007)
  • Our culture of life separates us from Islamic fascists. (May 2007)
  • America needs optimistic leadership to revive national soul. (Jan 2007)
  • George W. Bush has done a magnificent job. (Jan 2007)
  • Vertical lift-up politics rather than horizontal left-right. (Jan 2007)
  • Finished Little Rock marathon in 4:38 after 3 years training. (Jan 2007)
  • Thermometer leaders just read room; thermostats adjusts room. (Jan 2007)
  • Abstains from alcohol as part of Baptist religion. (May 2005)
  • Live beyond your lifetime by planting seeds in others. (Oct 2000)
  • Positive thinking works, if based on positive principles. (Oct 2000)
  • Dealt with Yellow Dog Democrats as governor. (Sep 1997)
  • I freely admit, I love the excitement of campaigning. (Sep 1997)
  • Governorship principles: leadership, family, & participation. (Sep 1997)
  • GOP lost 2006 election because they failed to do their job. (Jun 2007)

    Faith & Religion

  • Judge Romney, & any candidate, by record, not by faith. (Dec 2007)
  • Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office. (Nov 2007)
  • I believe the Bible is the word of revelation. (Nov 2007)
  • Plenty of choices for candidates who don’t believe in God. (Jun 2007)
  • One worldview will prevail: God-centered or human-centered. (Jun 2007)
  • Pastors & politicians have same skill set in common. (Jun 2007)
  • Ten Commandments are basis for appropriate behavior. (Jun 2007)
  • A “grace Christian”: dislikes “law Christians” AND liberals. (Jun 2007)
  • My faith does affect my decision process; it explains me. (May 2007)
  • We are a nation of faith, and we are stewards of God’s world. (Jan 2007)
  • Ordained Baptist minister; I make no apology for my faith. (Jan 2007)
  • People of faith feel responsible for God’s world. (Jan 2007)
  • 10 Commandments: principles to live by, not just pop culture. (Oct 2000)
  • The spiritual side of our lives really does matter. (Oct 2000)
  • Faith gives us a focus for the future. (Oct 2000)
  • American triad of values: faith, family, & work. (Jun 1998)
  • Faith reorients us away from sin & toward future & maturity. (Jun 1998)
  • Working in faith will restore our downgraded culture. (Jun 1998)

    Personal Background

  • Defining mistake: neglecting his health for decades. (Aug 2007)
  • Took office amid felony investigation of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. (Jun 2007)
  • Plays bass guitar in rock band “Capitol Offense”. (Jan 2007)
  • Published four books; completed Little Rock marathon in 4:38. (Dec 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Jon Huntsman on Principles & Values
Republican UT Governor
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  • No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing. (Jan 2013)
  • We need a unifying leader, not vilifying different groups. (Jan 2012)
  • If you love your country, you serve her. (Aug 2011)
  • Reach beyond traditional political boundaries for solutions. (Jan 2009)
Bobby Jindal on Principles & Values
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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  • Dems are for government expansion & economic contraction. (Mar 2013)
  • We've got to stop being the stupid party. (Jan 2013)
  • Traditional Hindu values mesh with Bible Belt beliefs. (Nov 2010)
  • Journey from Hinduism to Christianity began in high school. (Nov 2010)
  • Crisis principles: urgency; listening; informing public. (Nov 2010)
  • I'm a son of the Deep South. (Nov 2010)
  • Elite harbor condescending view of people of faith. (Nov 2010)
  • 2009 Obama response speech: I blew it. (Nov 2010)
  • Mother was pregnant with him when parents arrived from India. (Feb 2009)
  • Rated B by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted. (Sep 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Gary Johnson on Principles & Values
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
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  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Mitt Romney. (Aug 2012)
  • My desire to serve has been with me since childhood. (Aug 2012)
  • I view government in the same way as philosopher Ayn Rand. (Aug 2012)
  • Seven Principles of Good Government for work & life. (Aug 2012)
  • Graduated from UNM and married college sweetheart. (Aug 2012)
  • Gave fiancee "Atlas Shrugged" to explain his politics. (Aug 2012)
  • Let people drive 75 mph & buy beer on Sundays. (Nov 2011)
  • Favorite philosopher: Milton Friedman. (Aug 2011)
  • Tea Party insures that Republicans are part of the solution. (Jul 2011)
  • Calls himself classical liberal; others prefer libertarian. (Jun 2011)
  • Majority of America is fiscal conservative & social liberal. (Jun 2011)
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
Peter King on Principles & Values
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
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  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Principles & Values
Democrat
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  • American dream requires modern investments in middle class. (Sep 2012)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Principles & Values
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
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  • Put nation's interests before party. (Feb 2013)
  • If all Americans get opportunity, we're all better off. (Oct 2012)
  • Letters from Americans: This is who we are fighting for. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Offered a third way; but hid left-of-center agenda. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Many blacks voted for Obama only because he's black. (Jan 2012)
  • Compact in past decades: do your job & make it in America. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: seeks newer New Deals and greater Great Societies. (Feb 2011)
  • American exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism. (Nov 2010)
  • 92% of Tea Partiers: "Obama is moving US toward socialism". (Sep 2010)
  • Loyal opposition is not just valuable, but a necessity. (Jan 2010)
  • Hard times test us, like we have been tested in the past. (Jan 2010)
  • Despite setbacks, Americans don't quit; & I don't quit. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Comfortable with differences; downplays separations. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Master of values-laden over outcome-laden language. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Unflappability comes from Methodist grandparents. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: Combines clergy oratory with intellectual eloquence. (Jan 2009)
  • "Obama Messiah Watch": Keep eye on media gushing hyperbolic. (Jan 2009)
  • Ordinary people found the courage to keep the promise alive. (Aug 2008)
  • Measure progress by observing how ordinary people are doing. (Aug 2008)
  • Our government must keep the promise of America. (Aug 2008)
  • Fulfilling America’s promise means individual participation. (Aug 2008)
  • The American promise is our greatest inheritance. (Aug 2008)
  • Traditional conservatives value temperance & restraint. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Themes of "hope" and "change" has numerous antecedents. (Aug 2008)
  • We have to demand more from ourselves. (Jul 2008)
  • Michelle: My husband demands you move out of comfort zone. (Jul 2008)
  • The Clinton years were undeniably better than the Bush years. (Jan 2008)
  • Turn the page on the failed politics & policies of the past. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticizes voter cynicism from decades of disappointment. (Oct 2007)
  • Post-1960s politics more about moral attitude than issues. (Oct 2006)
  • Americans dislike partisanship--not solution like Dems think. (Oct 2006)
  • Enlist the American people in the process of self-government. (Jan 2006)
  • Guilt is a luxury that not everyone can afford. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Themes

  • Opportunity is who we are: let's restore that promise. (Jan 2014)
  • I want to build on our strengths; invest in America. (Oct 2012)
  • This election about vision of restoring middle class values. (Sep 2012)
  • Fundamental American promise: work hard & build better life. (Sep 2012)
  • Appointed Clinton & Biden as "team of rivals," like Lincoln. (Jun 2012)
  • Effective citizenship means listening to opposing views. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Transformative from individualism to collectivism. (Apr 2010)
  • Campaign slogan: "Yes, we can". (Mar 2010)
  • We've had lots of plans; but a shortage of hope. (Jan 2010)
  • We’re more decent & compassionate than last 8 years. (Aug 2008)
  • ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!. (Jun 2008)
  • Life experiences taught me how to bring people together. (Feb 2008)
  • People understand we must bring the country together. (Feb 2008)
  • End politics of division; make it about addition. (Jan 2008)
  • Hope is the bedrock of this nation. (Jan 2008)
  • Resounds with American theme of overcoming burden of history. (Nov 2007)
  • Cultivates comparison to Jack Kennedy. (Nov 2007)
  • Campaigns assiduously in black churches. (Nov 2007)
  • Community politics: merges Alinsky & political activism. (Oct 2007)
  • Turn the page: invite GOP & independents to join in agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • People have an urgent desire for change in Washington. (Jul 2007)
  • A “hopemonger”, having seen the power of hope. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington can change if we say: Yes we can. (Mar 2007)
  • Replace partisan bickering with politics of hope. (Feb 2007)
  • I’ve been in DC long enough to know that it must change. (Feb 2007)
  • Progressives should recognize common morality with religion. (Oct 2006)
  • “Audacity of Hope” to change politics to reflect common good. (Oct 2006)
  • Seek common ground, not a moral crusade. (Oct 2004)
  • I’m living my parents’ dreams and the American dream. (Jul 2004)
  • Greatness based on Declaration of Independence, not military. (Jul 2004)
  • We are one people all defending the United States of America. (Jul 2004)
  • Want common-sense solutions, not liberal-conservative labels. (Jul 2004)

    Community Organizing

  • OpEd: greatest talent is chairing balanced meetings. (May 2010)
  • 2008 HQ phone greeting: "What can you do for us?". (Apr 2010)
  • Required email list from every candidate event he attended. (Jan 2010)
  • Headed "Project Vote!" in Chicago in 1990s. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama worked in same community as Saul Alinsky. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama implements Alinsky's ideas of radical change. (Aug 2008)
  • Used community organizer skills as State Senator. (Aug 2008)
  • Organizer's method: from issue to action to power. (Apr 2008)
  • 1980s: Registered 150,000 voters in Chicago "Project Vote". (Apr 2008)
  • Moved to Illinois as community organizer, for $13,000 a year. (Feb 2007)
  • Poverty of political organizers was proof of their integrity. (Aug 1996)

    Family of Origin

  • Maternal grandfather fought in WWII. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Black father abandoned him, yet identifies with him. (Nov 2009)
  • Father had wife in Africa when he met and married Ann Dunham. (Aug 2008)
  • Father left family for Harvard education. (Aug 2008)
  • Father's upbringing was Muslim, although never religious. (Aug 2008)
  • Father had 3 or 4 wives; Barack has at least 5 half-siblings. (Aug 2008)
  • Many attribute mother's marriages to being anthropologist. (Aug 2008)
  • Lived with grandparents in Hawaii over mother in Indonesia. (Aug 2008)
  • Would be first president to have extended family abroad. (Aug 2008)
  • Greatest mistake: absence from mother when she died. (Apr 2008)
  • Father's family from the Luo tribe of Kenya. (Apr 2008)
  • Related to both Vice Pres. Cheney and Pres. Truman. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother described as "the original feminist" at 1960 college. (Apr 2008)
  • In his 20s, searched for his identity, absent both parents. (Apr 2008)
  • Father was first African exchange student at U. Hawaii. (Aug 2007)
  • Traces ancestry to Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy. (Feb 2007)
  • Greeted as hero on visit to ancestral Kenya. (Feb 2007)
  • Father died in car crash before Barack got to know him. (Feb 2007)
  • Full name: Barack Hussein Obama; family calls him “Barry”. (Oct 2006)

    Past Campaigns

  • 2008: supported by both Hollywood and Wall Street. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Big Business gave more to Obama than McCain. (Nov 2009)
  • 2006: Started from scratch compared with Hillary & McCain. (Aug 2009)
  • 1999 Congressional loss: "I got my rear end handed to me". (Aug 2008)
  • Borrowed "Yes, we can" slogan from Cesar Chavez 1960s UFW. (Aug 2008)
  • 1996: job of state senator is organizer, teacher, & advocate. (Apr 2008)
  • 5th African-American ever elected to US Senate. (Apr 2008)
  • June 2008: YouTube hit, "I Got a Crush on Obama". (Apr 2008)
  • Campaigning on change from the bottom up that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • 1990: Elected Law Review president with conservative support. (Aug 2007)
  • Senate 2004 campaign theme: “Yes we can”. (Aug 2007)
  • Lost Congressional primary in 1999 to Bobby Rush. (Feb 2007)

    Personal History

  • Being president doesn't change you--it reveals who you are. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Pal Bill Ayres was a bomb-throwing terrorist. (Nov 2009)
  • Developed style & attitude based on exposure to pop culture. (Jan 2009)
  • 1970s: Teen basketball player & fan of Julius "Dr. J" Erving. (Jan 2009)
  • Favorite movie: “The Godfather”, for respect & family. (Sep 2008)
  • Visited Africa 3 times; 1986, then 1992 & 2006 with Michelle. (Aug 2008)
  • In no other country is my story even possible. (Mar 2008)
  • “Dreams From My Father” is an archetypal search. (Dec 2007)
  • Obama REPRESENTS something; doesn’t have to DO anything. (Dec 2007)
  • Won Grammy for recording “Dreams from My Father”. (Nov 2007)
  • First major politician of the post-Baby Boom generation. (Oct 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: transition from high school to college. (Aug 2007)
  • High school jock--played football as defensive lineman. (Aug 2007)
  • Goal as youth: Leave the world a better place. (Aug 2007)
  • Planned on presidency since well before 2004 Convention. (Aug 2007)
  • Dreams from My Father originally about Harvard Law Review. (Aug 2007)
  • Favorite authors: E. L. Doctorow & Shakespeare. (Aug 2007)
  • To understand Obama, understand Hawaii’s cultural mix. (Aug 2007)
  • Met Michelle Robinson at law firm; married in 1990. (Aug 2007)
  • A reformed smoker but occasionally burns one. (Mar 2007)
  • Personal story is basis of political desire to unite. (Feb 2007)
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review. (Jul 2004)

    Racism & Race

  • OpEd: Jackson & Sharpton were articulate black predecessors. (Oct 2010)
  • OpEd: Elections of underclass occurred in many countries. (Jun 2010)
  • New Yorker cover: Islamic garb & fist-bumping Michelle. (Jan 2009)
  • Am I somehow responsible for fate of entire black race? (Jan 2009)
  • No contradiction as black voice & constituent representative. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: March 2008 "race speech" reminder of ongoing struggle. (Jan 2009)
  • March 2008 speech on race began with "We, the people". (Jan 2009)
  • Speaks about racial anxiety from personal experience. (Aug 2008)
  • 1995: Participated in Million Man March. (Aug 2008)
  • Apocryphal story: race awareness began with skin-bleach ad. (Aug 2008)
  • Taking a black candidate for granted is measure of progress. (Jun 2008)
  • Epiphany at age 21 settled his racial identity. (Apr 2008)
  • We’ve never really worked through complexities of race. (Mar 2008)
  • Intertwined search for father and racial identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Rooted in African-American community but also more than that. (Dec 2007)
  • In college, rejected multiracialism for black identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Fans see Obama as opportunity to vote for redemption. (Dec 2007)
  • Veiled racism in dismissing Obama as “unqualified”. (Oct 2007)
  • Catching a cab, no one questions he’s “authentically black”. (Jul 2007)
  • America’s race and class problems are intertwined. (Aug 1996)
  • There is some hope of eventual reconciliation between races. (Aug 1996)
  • Racism wasn’t merely the cruelty involved, but arrogance too. (Aug 1996)

    Religion

  • Suspected by opponents of being Muslim, Communist, & Nazi. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: installed secularism as America's state religion. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Wrote glowingly of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's first sermon. (Nov 2009)
  • First American president not raised in a Christian home. (Aug 2008)
  • Religious Left calls Obama "called" and "anointed". (Aug 2008)
  • Grandmother raised as strict Methodist, but saw hypocrisy. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother raised in Unitarian Church with secular values. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother declared herself an atheist during high school. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama's Trinity Church is based on black-liberation theology. (Aug 2008)
  • Moved to & attended church in neighborhood he was organizing. (Aug 2008)
  • GovWatch: never a Muslim, but school listed him as Muslim. (Jun 2008)
  • In hard times, people take refuge in traditions, God & guns. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Religion is foundational; not clinging nor elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright helped bring me to Christianity. (Apr 2008)
  • Exposure to Islam taught me that Muslims can partner with us. (Apr 2008)
  • Kenyan grandfather converted to Christianity & then to Islam. (Apr 2008)
  • Barack's UCC church motto: Unabashedly Black & Christian. (Apr 2008)
  • Father was raised Muslim but became an atheist. (Apr 2008)
  • Registered as Muslim at Catholic & secular Indonesian school. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a proud Christian who believes deeply in Jesus Christ. (Jan 2008)
  • Despite attack email, pledges Allegiance & uses Bible. (Jan 2008)
  • Attends church with press, to dispel rumors that he’s Muslim. (Dec 2007)
  • Grandfather converted from Christianity to Islam. (Dec 2007)
  • Joined church that emphasized a “Black Value System”. (Dec 2007)
  • Uses prayer to take stock of his moral compass. (Oct 2007)
  • Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square. (Sep 2007)
  • Active in the Trinity faith community. (Aug 2007)
  • Carries Bible on campaign trail, & refers to it weekly. (Aug 2007)
  • Embrace Christ as an ally. (Mar 2007)
  • Source of his book title “Audacity of Hope” was a sermon. (Feb 2007)
  • Raised secular, but with working knowledge of world religion. (Oct 2006)
  • Baptized as an adult in the Trinity United Church of Christ. (Oct 2006)
  • Religious concerns ok, if translated into universal values. (Oct 2006)
  • There’s a call to evangelize in politics. (Apr 2004)
  • I’m a big believer in the separation of church and state. (Apr 2004)
  • Spent time in both Muslim and Catholic schools. (Aug 1996)

    Scandals

  • Neighbor Bill Ayres admits 1970s violent radicalism. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Distances himself from 1970s radical Bill Ayres. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko: large contributor & active member of campaigns. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko helped Obama buy home in prestigious neighborhood. (Aug 2008)
  • Segments of Wright sermons were "caricatures of the church". (Aug 2008)
  • Photographed without hand over heart during national anthem. (Aug 2008)
  • I revere the American flag; I don’t refuse to wear flag pins. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, refused to wear a flag pin, last year. (Apr 2008)
  • Mar. 2008: Campaign uproar over Rev. Wright's anti-US sermon. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Took Rezko’s donations, but never represented him. (Jan 2008)
  • Gave away all Rezko “boneheaded” donations to charity. (Nov 2007)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Ranked most liberal in Senate, based on 99 votes. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.0% of 251 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Sarah Palin on Principles & Values
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
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  • Don't rebrand the party; rebuild the country. (Mar 2013)
  • Mayor is like community organizer but actually responsible. (Nov 2011)
  • Troopergate's one merited charge: shot moose without permit. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Won election as fresh, feisty, girl-next-door. (Sep 2011)
  • 2008: TrooperGate replacement asked to resign for harassment. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Her energy is the fuel of grassroots politics. (Jan 2011)
  • "Mama Grizzlies": tough candidates also raising families. (Nov 2010)
  • Tea Partiers love America & dislike what's happening to her. (Nov 2010)
  • American exceptionalism based on idea of right to be free. (Nov 2010)
  • Elites in "lame stream media" consider Americans alien. (Nov 2010)
  • I label myself a "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative". (Nov 2010)
  • McCain is a genuine American hero for enduring Vietnam. (Nov 2010)
  • Everything worthwhile comes through effort. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Rural roots treated harshly by urban elite. (Sep 2010)
  • Competitive GOP primaries are good for voters, not civil war. (Feb 2010)
  • I'm a big supporter of the Tea Party movement. (Feb 2010)
  • Republican Party should absorb Tea Party movement. (Feb 2010)
  • Support those who understand the foundation of our country. (Feb 2010)
  • Tea Party is not just hard-core registered Republicans. (Feb 2010)
  • 2008: Unruffled throughout process because "It's God's plan". (Jan 2010)
  • Resigned because relentless tabloidizing prevented work. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Darling of the Democrats for taking on GOP incumbent. (Nov 2009)
  • Dressed up as Tina Fey before Saturday Night Live show. (Nov 2009)
  • Commonsense Conservative: respect for history & tradition. (Nov 2009)
  • Followed Reagan's advice of sticking to core agenda. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Autobiography sounds like presidential ambition. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Press accused all of Palin's family of iniquities. (Nov 2009)
  • Named first female GOP VP candidate on suffrage anniversary. (Oct 2008)
  • By working with all parties, never had to compromise. (Oct 2008)
  • Admires Geraldine Ferraro & George Bush Sr. (Oct 2008)
  • Favorite movie: “Hoosiers”, for underdog tenacity. (Oct 2008)
  • Shares McCain world view of US as shining city on the hill. (Oct 2008)
  • Officiated a marriage in the aisle of Wal-Mart. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: Vetting process for V.P. included no one in Alaska. (Sep 2008)
  • Proud of being a Washington outsider. (Sep 2008)
  • Good-old-boy networks are created by both parties. (Sep 2008)
  • Americans are just getting sick & tired of politics as usual. (Sep 2008)
  • When I hear our National Anthem, I get a lump in my throat. (Sep 2008)
  • Came of age in the era of Reagan; thinks about him daily. (Sep 2008)
  • There is a plan for this world and that plan is for good. (Sep 2008)
  • Small towns produced Harry Truman as V.P.; and produced me. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: shores up McCain as a conservative AND as a maverick. (Sep 2008)
  • Before selection, questioned role of vice president. (Sep 2008)
  • Gained political prominence as a whistleblower. (Aug 2008)
  • Shatter that glass ceiling once and for all. (Aug 2008)
  • Leadership is a responsibility to prepare for tomorrow. (Jan 2008)
  • Decries “politics as usual” of attacking opponents. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorsed by United Fishermen of Alaska (commercial group). (Oct 2006)

    Mayorship & Governorship

  • 2002: Ran for Lieutenant Governor; came in close second. (Sep 2011)
  • 2006 & 2008: Addressed convention of secessionist AIP. (Sep 2011)
  • Fought each Xmas as mayor to keep Jesus manger in Wasilla. (Nov 2010)
  • Let's not be afraid of contested primaries. (Feb 2010)
  • Even before nomination, "Most popular governor in America". (Jan 2010)
  • 2005 gubernatorial race: Ambition drives; purpose beckons. (Nov 2009)
  • 2002: Ran for governor to take on political back-scratching. (Nov 2009)
  • 2002: Lost unenergetic campaign for lieutenant governor. (Nov 2009)
  • 2006 ad campaign: Little House on the Tundra. (Nov 2009)
  • Known to Wasilla residents as personable multi-tasker. (Sep 2008)
  • Embraced “City of Character” religious program as mayor. (Sep 2008)
  • Underestimating Sarah always proved to be a big mistake. (Sep 2008)
  • Signed up for PTA; then ran for City Council; then Mayor. (Sep 2008)
  • Trounced incumbent governor in 2006 on platform of reform. (Aug 2008)
  • Top priorities for AK include ethics & balanced budget. (Mar 2007)
  • Endorsed by Sen. Ted Stevens. (Oct 2006)

    McCain Campaign

  • OpEd: McCain's moribund campaign pulsed with Sarah's energy. (Sep 2011)
  • 2008 V.P. debate sparked more curiosity than substance. (Oct 2010)
  • Katie Couric interviews were edited to show worst moments. (Nov 2009)
  • Election day speech: thank you for honor of a lifetime. (Nov 2009)
  • McCain chose me to shake things up. (Nov 2009)

    Personal History

  • Son, Track, so named because born during spring track season. (Nov 2009)
  • Father rejected Hollywood upbringing for sports & outdoor. (Nov 2009)
  • Family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant. (Nov 2009)
  • First interest in politics was Watergate, at age 10. (Nov 2009)
  • Invaluable life lessons from running a 3:59 marathon. (Nov 2009)
  • Fell for Todd at first sight; clinched when he was baptized. (Nov 2009)
  • Proud of Bristol but not happy that she's an unwed teen mom. (Nov 2009)
  • Sarah Heath born in Idaho; moved to Alaska at age 2 months. (Sep 2008)
  • Entered beauty contests to help pay for college. (Sep 2008)
  • Family emphasized education; read newspapers as child. (Sep 2008)
  • Miss Congeniality in statewide beauty pageant in 1984. (Aug 2008)
  • Star high school athlete in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted “Miss Wasilla” in local beauty contest; eloped at 24. (Aug 2008)
  • Husband left oil job to avoid conflict; now works for BP. (Aug 2008)
  • Husband is part Eskimo; won Iron Dog snowmobile races. (Aug 2008)
  • Raises kids with network of relatives, plus Todd as Mr. Mom. (Aug 2008)
  • Had 6 months to adapt & prepare for Down syndrome baby. (Aug 2008)
  • Studied journalism; ran for office to make a difference. (Aug 2008)

    Religion

  • As child, joined "Missionettes" at Assembly of God church. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Feels called by God; chosen to do certain things. (Sep 2011)
  • We are free as consequence of being made in image of God. (Nov 2010)
  • We are a prayerful country. (Nov 2010)
  • Member of Pentecostal church; world's fastest-growing church. (Sep 2010)
  • Raised as Assembly of God member; then nondenominational. (Nov 2009)
  • Decided at youth camp to put life into God's hands. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Core values defined by political ambition plus church. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m one of those bitter people clinging to guns & religion. (Sep 2008)
  • Religion: non-denominational Bible-believing Christian. (Aug 2008)
  • Declare a National Day of Prayer in Alaska. (Apr 2008)
  • The Bible has profoundly influenced America. (Oct 2007)
  • Recognize America’s historic and founding Christian heritage. (Sep 2007)
  • Fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression. (Oct 2006)

    Troopergate

  • Relieved when sister Molly divorced state trooper husband. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Popularity hurt by Troopergate and at-home per-diem. (Sep 2008)
  • Troopergate: brother-in-law tasered child, but still trooper. (Sep 2008)
  • Fired controversial state trooper for threatening family. (Aug 2008)
  • Investigated for firing ex-brother-in-law in custody battle. (Aug 2008)
  • Independent prosecutor probing Cabinet firing. (Jul 2008)
  • Replaced Public Safety commissioner based on lack of results. (Jul 2008)
  • Denies all allegations in Department of Public Safety affair. (Jul 2008)
Deval Patrick on Principles & Values
Democrat
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  • Learned Arabic while crossing the Sudanese desert. (Apr 2011)
  • My life is often described as "improbable". (Apr 2011)
  • Father left family when Deval was age four. (Apr 2011)
  • Born in grandmother's bed, with no doctor. (Apr 2011)
  • Bullied at school as "high yellow": not black enough. (Apr 2011)
  • Circumstances, however difficult, need not be permanent. (Apr 2011)
  • Met wife, at Halloween party, while dressed as Masai warrior. (Apr 2011)
  • Father & grandfather were accomplished jazz musicians. (Apr 2011)
  • Faith is less about what you say & more about how you live. (Apr 2011)
  • American idealism: believe we can perfect our country. (Apr 2011)
  • 2007: Just words? No, rhetoric can be inspirational vision. (Apr 2011)
  • Learned "WASP Code" at Milton Academy. (Apr 2011)
  • Grace and generosity feel contrarian in today's culture. (Apr 2011)
  • Running to reach out to all & create a stake in the future. (Sep 2006)
  • Do we stay on this path, or do we make a change? (Sep 2006)
  • Outsider governor balances entrenched establishment. (Sep 2006)
  • Brings leadership and grassroots power to Beacon Hill. (Sep 2006)
  • Patrick wins first test at caucuses, by 2-1 margin. (Feb 2006)
  • Galvin withdraws; it’s head-to-head against Tom Reilly. (Dec 2005)
Rand Paul on Principles & Values
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  • We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have. (Mar 2013)
  • America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be free. (Feb 2013)
  • I am a Christian but not always a good one. (Sep 2012)
  • Sometimes evil people win, and saintly heroes are martyred. (Sep 2012)
  • Wife Kelley gave Randal Paul his nickname "Rand". (Feb 2011)
  • My victory was part of a much larger Tea Party movement. (Feb 2011)
  • Being Ron Paul's son means being unique-minded independent. (Feb 2011)
  • Met Wife Kelley at age 26 in Atlanta. (Feb 2011)
  • Moved to wife's home in Kentucky & raised three boys. (Feb 2011)
  • Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood. (Oct 2010)
  • I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha". (Oct 2010)
  • This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat. (Oct 2010)
  • This election really is about the president's agenda. (Oct 2010)
  • A career doctor, not a career politician. (Jul 2010)
  • Son of Rep. Ron Paul; endorsed by Sarah Palin. (Apr 2010)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Principles & Values
Republican Governor (TX)
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  • Obama's a socialist; Founding Fathers didn't want socialists. (Jan 2012)
  • Debates are just not my thing. (Dec 2011)
  • Repudiates pastor's opinion that Mormonism is a cult. (Oct 2011)
  • I converted from Democrat at a younger age than Reagan did. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama is "hell bent" on taking America towards socialism. (Sep 2011)
  • Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray. (Feb 2011)
  • Modern liberals shifting back to term "Progressive". (Nov 2010)
  • Take back America: Stand up and lead. (Nov 2010)
  • America is great; Washington is broken. (Nov 2010)
  • Route to success is lower taxes & smaller government. (Nov 2010)
  • Some GOP not on right page; but Dems can't find the library. (Nov 2010)
  • Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach. (Nov 2010)
  • Supreme Court shouldn't choose how & where we may pray. (Nov 2010)
  • Elected Democrat; switched to run statewide as Republican. (Mar 2010)
  • Hometown of Paint Creek TX is a "throw-back in time". (Feb 2008)
  • Entered politics in 1984; 5th generation in political family. (Feb 2008)
  • It's about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. (Feb 2008)
  • Romney disallowed Boy Scouts to participate in Olympics. (Feb 2008)
  • No state-sponsored morality; but sponsor value organizations. (Feb 2008)
  • Secular humanism emanates out of man's sin of pride. (Feb 2008)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Rob Portman on Principles & Values
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (OH-2)
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  • If you like the way things are going, support my opponent. (Oct 2010)
  • A top adviser to President George W. Bush. (Oct 2010)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Condoleezza Rice on Principles & Values
Secretary of State
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  • We overcame the birth defect of slavery; we can overcome now. (Aug 2012)
  • American greatness from values of our forefathers. (Feb 2012)
  • 1991: Considered for Senate; but no interest in running. (Mar 2007)
  • OpEd: Faith & heritage tied in personal passion for God. (Mar 2007)
  • Not a day of my life have I doubted the existence of God. (Mar 2007)
  • Grieving is a privilege; optimistic in face of suffering. (Mar 2007)
  • Only through struggle so we realize depth of our resilience. (Mar 2007)
  • Considers herself an evangelical "contagious Christian". (Mar 2007)
  • Legislating morality is browbeating about faith. (Mar 2007)
  • Only viable Republican who can beat Hillary. (Oct 2005)
  • Doing layoffs at Stanford: “I don’t do committees”. (Oct 2005)
  • Faith & prayer guide me on difficult matters. (Mar 2005)
  • GOP principles: individuality, family, liberty, strength. (Aug 2000)

    Family of Origin

  • Two white great-grandfathers, one on each side of family. (Jan 2012)
  • Father brought 1960s black radicals to dinner table. (Jan 2012)
  • Played piano as child at church where father was pastor. (Mar 2010)
  • Descended from black slaves and white slave owners. (Mar 2007)
  • Father, John, initiated church's community "Youth Night". (Mar 2007)
  • Baptized by her father at Westminster Presbyterian Church. (Mar 2007)

    Personal History

  • Named after musical term "con dolcezza" or "with sweetness". (Jan 2012)
  • Grandmother gave Condi piano lessons starting at age 3. (Jan 2012)
  • 1986: Suffered myomectomy surgery for uterine fibroids. (Jan 2012)
  • Tested with genius IQ and skipped first grade. (Mar 2007)
  • First classical piano recital at age four. (Mar 2007)
  • 1967: Moved from Alabama to integrated middle-class Denver. (Mar 2007)
  • Presbyterian family history led to college and advancement. (Aug 2000)
Mitt Romney on Principles & Values
Former Republican Governor (MA); presidential nominee-apparent
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  • Documentary movie "Mitt" about post-2012 recovery. (Feb 2014)
  • I know how to work across the aisle; did it in Massachusetts. (Oct 2012)
  • All my foreign investments are managed by a blind trust. (Oct 2012)
  • 47% don't pay taxes; but my campaign is about the 100%. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Majority are fiscal conservatives and social liberals. (Aug 2012)
  • OpEd: Turnaround specialist when nation needs one. (Jan 2012)
  • 1994: donated milk for years to Shelter for Homeless Vets. (Jan 2012)
  • Business entrepreneurialism is leadership experience. (Jan 2012)
  • Dismisses former Mormon polygamy as awful and abhorrent. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Faith informs his political and social positions. (Jan 2012)
  • Paid college students 10% of dollars fundraised for him. (Nov 2011)
  • Bipartisanship worked in MA; we looked beyond elections. (Nov 2011)
  • Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending. (Sep 2011)
  • Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. (Nov 2010)
  • Hard times made us the people we are today. (Mar 2010)
  • America is freedom and freedom must be strong. (Mar 2010)
  • The "Party of No" is ok when it comes to spending. (Feb 2010)
  • OpEd: 1994 press portrayed Romney as uncaring robber baron. (Nov 2009)
  • Opportunity is what lets hope become reality. (Sep 2008)
  • Liberals replace opportunity with dependency on government. (Sep 2008)
  • Favor justices like Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. (Jan 2008)
  • People look to governors, not senators, for a leader. (Jan 2008)
  • I’m proud of my experience as a leader. (Jan 2008)
  • Abraham Lincoln was not a military expert. (Jan 2008)
  • Freedom requires religion in society, not in individuals. (Dec 2007)
  • Ok to appoint atheists or agnostics--no litmus test of faith. (Dec 2007)
  • Draw upon the strengths of the conservative principles. (Dec 2007)
  • Strong families, a strong economy and a strong military. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn’t dislike anything about America. (May 2007)
  • Address issues so America can remain a superpower. (Dec 2006)
  • Success in DC: Tell truth, find right fit, never give up. (Aug 2004)
  • Experience to lead to prosperity after fiscal mismanagement. (Mar 2002)
  • Aspiring to greatness is its own reward. (Jun 2001)
  • Values family, faith, education, sport, & healing. (Jun 2001)

    Mormonism

  • Kids cared more about what sports I played than my church. (Aug 2012)
  • Wife Ann, from Protestant family, converted to Mormon. (Jan 2012)
  • 1966-68: Served as Mormon missionary in France. (Jan 2012)
  • Serve no one religion; serve only the people. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Constitution ok on voters questioning religion. (Jan 2012)
  • Parents-in-law not allowed to attend Mitt's Mormon marriage. (Jan 2012)
  • Led charge for building Boston Mormon Temple. (Jan 2012)
  • Fully ordained in Melchizedek Priesthood (Mormon pastor). (Jan 2012)
  • As LDS Bishop, decided who was "temple-worthy". (Jan 2012)
  • 1994: Kennedy attacked Mormonism; bishops defended Romney. (Nov 2011)
  • We shouldn't choose leaders by their religion. (Oct 2011)
  • Endorsed by Bob Jones, despite calling Mormonism a “cult”. (Dec 2007)
  • Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. (Dec 2007)
  • I believe Jesus is savior of mankind & Son of God. (Dec 2007)
  • Ignoring religion in policy is at odds with our founders. (Dec 2007)
  • No church authorities will exert influence on my decisions. (Dec 2007)
  • Will serve no one religion, but will not distance himself. (Dec 2007)
  • We share a common creed despite differences in theology. (Dec 2007)
  • Bible is the word of God; I don’t disagree with Bible. (Nov 2007)
  • Reid(D) vs. Hatch(R) show that LDS doesn’t control opinions. (Aug 2007)
  • Stresses commonality of Mormonism to mainstream Christianity. (Aug 2007)
  • Evangelicals know Mormons are fiscal & social conservatives. (Aug 2007)
  • Americans want person of faith as president, whatever brand. (Aug 2007)
  • Mormons for president included Udall (1976) & Hatch (2000). (Aug 2007)
  • 1984: As Mormon bishop, led recovery after church fire. (Aug 2007)
  • Mormons believe in God, the Bible, & Jesus Christ as savior. (Jun 2007)
  • Roman Catholic bishops can do whatever the heck they want. (May 2007)
  • Every person of any faith has deeply-held values. (May 2007)
  • Romney is the 5th Mormon to run for President. (Mar 2007)
  • George Romney never questioned on Mormonism during 1968 race. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitution is explicit: no religious test for presidency. (Mar 2007)
  • Faces questions on Mormonism like Kennedy did on Catholicism. (Apr 2006)

    Obama

  • We lost the election, but we haven't lost our way. (Mar 2013)
  • Obama promised to heal planet; I promise to help your family. (Aug 2012)
  • Americans deserved "hope and change" but didn't get it. (Aug 2012)
  • Obama's record: debt, decline, and disappointment. (Jan 2012)
  • Obama's policies have made the recession deeper. (Jan 2012)
  • 2010: Obama passes citizenship test; no more Birthers. (Nov 2011)
  • Obama takes political inspiration from socialist Europe. (Sep 2011)
  • Obama Misery Index: record unemployment & bankruptcies. (Feb 2011)
  • President should proudly defend US, not apologize for her. (Mar 2010)

    Past Elections

  • OpEd: 1994 race gave Kennedy the scare of his political life. (Nov 2011)
  • 2008: Cast himself as a doer, not just a dreamer. (Aug 2009)
  • Reagan would endorse my candidacy. (Jan 2008)
  • Changing views: I’ve learned from experience & made mistakes. (Jan 2008)
  • Proud of his accomplishments in fighting the Liberal Lion. (Oct 2007)
  • 1967: Father was presidency frontrunner until “brainwashed”. (Aug 2007)
  • Bush & Cheney have made mistakes, but have kept us safe. (Aug 2007)
  • AdWatch: Stood up for conservatism in most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • FactCheck: VT would disagree that MA is most liberal state. (Jun 2007)
  • #8 on Human Events’ list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Ran against Kennedy in 1993 to offer a different vision. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran for MA governor to help people. (Aug 2004)
  • Drafted to run for MA governor; incumbent was unelectable. (Aug 2004)

    Personal History

  • I was born in middle of the century in middle of the country. (Aug 2012)
  • Met wife Ann at high school dance; now 5 sons & 18 grandkids. (Aug 2012)
  • As college athlete, learned to pace himself. (Jan 2012)
  • Near-fatal accident at age 21; in coma for 3 days. (Jan 2012)
  • At age 24, two kids while grad student at Harvard. (Jan 2012)
  • Wife Ann effectively treats her chronic Multiple Sclerosis. (Jan 2012)
  • One of four children; two brothers got divorced. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Never accepts "no"; but doesn't read people well. (Nov 2011)
  • Wife Ann's father was mayor of Bloomfield Hills MI. (Nov 2011)
  • 2008: Caught eating KFC chicken with a knife & fork. (May 2010)
  • Father George Romney born & raised until age 5 in Mexico. (Aug 2007)
  • Valedictorian at Brigham Young University. (Aug 2007)
  • Wife Ann in remission from Multiple Sclerosis. (Aug 2007)
  • 1983: Carried dog in kennel on car roof, against MA law. (Aug 2007)
  • Has “over-developed community service gene”. (Aug 2004)
  • Pronounced dead at age 20 from car accident in Paris. (Aug 2004)
  • Dad inspired him to public service. (Mar 2002)

    Salt Lake Olympic Committee

  • My job was to ask Congress for earmarks for Olympics. (Feb 2012)
  • Took on 2000 Olympics because it was a big mess. (Jan 2012)
  • 2002 Winter Olympics often identified as "The Mormon Games". (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: SLOC's real need was fundraising and media relations. (Nov 2011)
  • Shut out Boy Scouts from Olympics due to age requirements. (Feb 2008)
  • 2002: Offered Olympic job as “turnaround king”. (Aug 2007)
  • Salvaged Olympic games from financial and scandal disaster. (Mar 2007)
  • Olympic slogan “Light the Fire Within”:it’s more than sports. (Aug 2004)
  • SLOC’s guiding principles: teamwork, pride, integrity, fun. (Aug 2004)
  • Did not consider political value of Olympics. (Aug 2004)
  • Worked for Olympics with no salary and no expense account. (Aug 2004)
  • $100M in SLOC donations criticized as special deals for rich. (Aug 2004)
  • $99M in deferred payments from State of Utah paid for SLOC. (Aug 2004)
  • World Trade Center flag shown at Olympic opening ceremony. (Aug 2004)
  • Ran Olympics in spirit of volunteerism. (Mar 2002)
Marco Rubio on Principles & Values
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  • America is exceptional: we value every life at every stage. (Feb 2013)
  • Come together or our generation will begin American decline. (Feb 2013)
  • Obama's "Change" is that "Hope" has been hard to find. (Aug 2012)
  • 1996: Surrogate for Bob Dole in Spanish radio debate. (Jun 2012)
  • Prayed for guidance & got job that allowed Legislature too. (Jun 2012)
  • Goal as Speaker: House is vibrant laboratory of policy ideas. (Jun 2012)
  • We cannot keep God out of our lives, even in public realm. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009: Considered running for Governor instead of Senate. (Jun 2012)
  • Primary strategy based on FL rule that only GOP could vote. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009 campaign: proxy fight against moderates for soul of GOP. (Jun 2012)
  • Strategized in 3-way race to split Dem. & independent vote. (Jun 2012)
  • I've had hecklers in audience, but never on debate stage. (Jun 2012)
  • Rules of Senate push for bipartisanship, and so do Americans. (Jun 2012)
  • 1991: Interned for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. (Jun 2012)
  • Wife & her sister both cheerleaders for NFL's Miami Dolphins. (Jun 2012)
  • As LDS Youth, idolized Donny & Marie Osmond. (Jun 2012)
  • At age 13, urged family to convert back to Catholicism. (Jun 2012)
  • Mocked as "too American" by Miami Hispanic classmates. (Jun 2012)
  • Football star: not fastest nor biggest, but intellectual. (Jun 2012)
  • Attended Tarkio College in Missouri on football scholarship. (Jun 2012)
  • 1990: Left Tarkio College amid school's loan scandal. (Jun 2012)
  • 1990: Met future wife while at Santa Fe Community College. (Jun 2012)
  • FactCheck: 24 of "100 Ideas" now law; 10 partially enacted. (Jun 2012)
  • 2011: Formed "Reclaim America PAC" to support conservatives. (Jun 2012)
  • 1998: Elected to West Miami City Commission at age 26. (Jun 2012)
  • Accumulated power in 2003, to take Speaker seat in 2006. (Jun 2012)
  • 2003 campaign finance scandal: Rubio sloppy, but not corrupt. (Jun 2012)
  • Acknowledge God in everything we do & everywhere we go. (Jun 2012)
  • Declined to join Senate Tea Party Caucus; keep it grassroots. (Jun 2012)
  • 2011: Accused of constitutional ineligibility for presidency. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Leader for next generation of conservative movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership". (Jul 2010)
  • As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas". (Jul 2010)
  • Without America, the world would be a worse place. (Mar 2010)
  • Attended 15-20 Tea Party events; but not formally vetted. (Mar 2010)
  • Are Floridians better off than they were four years ago? No!. (Mar 2010)
  • God does not love America more than Belgium. (Jan 2010)

    Personal History

  • Family moved to Las Vegas to avoid Miami crime. (Jun 2012)
  • 1979: Born Catholic; but baptized as Mormon in NV. (Jun 2012)
  • 1980s: Studied Mormonism as child; church member for 3 years. (Jun 2012)
  • I am the heir to two generations of unfulfilled dreams. (Jun 2012)
  • Married to Jeanette in 1998; four kids since. (Jun 2012)
  • Children baptized Catholic; but attend Christ Fellowship. (Jun 2012)
  • I am privileged to be citizen of greatest society in history. (Jan 2012)
  • From poor Cuban family; privileged to be a citizen in US. (Feb 2010)

    Scandals

  • Accused of spending $160,000 on GOP party credit card. (Jun 2012)
  • Ignore political press' hyped controversy; stick to message. (Jun 2012)
  • Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card. (Jul 2010)
  • Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards. (Jul 2010)
  • $600,000 fund was not taxpayer money, & is fully accounted. (Mar 2010)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Paul Ryan on Principles & Values
Republican nominee for Vice President; U.S. Rep. (WI-1)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Paul Ryan OR click here for Paul Ryan on other issues.
  • Progressives seem to have answers, but can't keep promises. (May 2013)
  • Lives now on same block in Janesville where he grew up. (Aug 2012)
  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Joe Biden. (Aug 2012)
  • I credit Ayn Rand for getting me involved in public service. (Aug 2012)
  • Ayn Rand is thought-provoking, but objectivism is ridiculous. (Aug 2012)
  • Pursue three goals: Freedom; Growth; and Renewal. (Aug 2012)
  • Won Tea Party Express poll based on fiscal conservatism. (Aug 2012)
  • Adhere to principles to avoid squabbles among conservatives. (Apr 2012)
  • Elected at age 28 & immediately focused on budget issues. (Apr 2012)
  • FactCheck: "Progressivists" is intentionally insulting term. (May 2011)
  • Liberals started calling themselves Progressivists. (Sep 2010)
  • Thinker of the "Young Guns" conservative movement. (Sep 2010)
  • America's greatest strengths lie in Americans themselves. (Jul 2009)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the House Republican Young Guns. (Sep 2010)
Rick Santorum on Principles & Values
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 18 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Obama's worldview: secular socialistic culture like Europe. (Feb 2012)
  • We need command leadership; not business experience. (Jan 2012)
  • I'm a conservative but not a libertarian; some government OK. (Jan 2012)
  • I appeal to blue-collar voters, not Wall Street. (Jan 2012)
  • I ran & won as a conservative in a swing state. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama is the new King George III, dictating from on high. (Sep 2011)
  • The soul of America is God-given liberty. (Jul 2011)
  • Tea Party is now the backbone of the conservative movement. (Jul 2011)
  • Govern via both faith & reason. (Jun 2011)
  • I agree with Bush 98% of the time, but I say when I don’t. (Sep 2006)
  • Accused of taking home-school money while residing out of PA. (Sep 2006)
  • Liberalism is an ideology; conservatism is common sense. (Apr 2006)
  • Church-state "neutrality" is not in US Constitution. (Apr 2006)
  • We're plagued by tragedies when we turn our back on God. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)
Donald Trump on Principles & Values
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 23 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Stoked Tea Party suspicions about Obama's legitimacy. (Jan 2012)
  • No more morning in America; we'll be mourning FOR America. (Dec 2011)
  • 5-point plan to return America to her former greatness. (Dec 2011)
  • USA is the greatest force for freedom world has ever known. (Dec 2011)
  • Bad students (like Obama) shouldn't go to Harvard. (Apr 2011)
  • One hour to produce my birth certificate; Obama should too. (Feb 2011)
  • If I run & win, our country will be great again. (Feb 2011)
  • Never give up; look at the solution, not the problem. (Jan 2008)
  • To negotiate well, prepare and know as much as possible. (Jan 2008)
  • In the best negotiations, everyone wins. (Jan 2008)
  • Failure is not permanent. (Jan 2008)
  • Tell people you’re successful or they won’t know it. (Mar 2004)
  • Good management requires hiring good people. (Mar 2004)
  • Lessons: stay focused on big picture. (Mar 2004)
  • Surround yourself with people you can trust. (Mar 2004)
  • 3 principles: One term, two-fisted policies, zero excuses. (Jul 2000)
  • Non-politicians are the wave of the future. (Jul 2000)
  • In business & politics, stands for getting things done. (Jul 2000)
  • Burned by press too often to be available any more. (Jul 1990)
  • Rules for surviving the perils of success. (Jul 1990)
  • Separated from Ivana after long less-than-perfect marriage. (Jul 1990)
  • Toughness is equally strength, intelligence, & self-respect. (Jul 1990)
  • Appealing to middle Americans leery of political elite. (Nov 1999)
Jesse Ventura on Principles & Values
Former Independent MN Governor
Click here for 28 full quotes by Jesse Ventura OR click here for Jesse Ventura on other issues.
  • 2003: Self-portrait as knight in armor on stallion. (May 2010)
  • Patriotism means wondering if were told the truth. (Mar 2010)
  • Stormed out from Paul Wellstone's memorial service. (Nov 2009)
  • Supports libertarianism with a small "l". (Apr 2008)
  • Enlisted in Navy SEALs during Vietnam. (Apr 2008)
  • Met wife Terry while working as a bouncer in a bar. (Apr 2008)
  • Taught "Wrestling Then Politics: The Perfect Preparation". (Apr 2008)
  • Chose stage name after Jesse James and California town. (Apr 2008)
  • Grew with sport of wrestling as "bad guy" character. (Apr 2008)
  • Personal hero is Muhammad Ali, who also shocked the world. (Apr 2008)
  • 2000: Offered to run as John McCain's independent VP. (Apr 2008)
  • Co-starred with Gov. Schwarzenegger in two action films. (Apr 2008)
  • Taught a semester at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. (Apr 2008)
  • Political “horse races” ignore the issues. (Jul 2000)
  • Parties need ideological base as well as grassroots. (Jul 2000)
  • Religious Right & extreme left are both “morality brokers”. (Jul 2000)
  • Considers himself a moderate libertarian. (Jul 2000)
  • Independent Party, not Reform Party. (Feb 2000)
  • I didn’t need this job (as governor). (Jan 1999)
  • Voters want honesty; he provides it. (Jan 1999)
  • Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. (Jan 1999)
  • Two traditional parties are out-of-control monsters. (Jan 1999)
  • Does not plan to run for president; but won’t rule it out. (Jan 1999)
  • Problem is with fundamentalist fanatics, not religion. (Jan 1999)
  • Big Plan: smart government and self-sufficiency. (Jan 1999)
  • Wanted to be mayor & governor; doesn’t want to be president. (Jan 1999)
  • Member of Midwestern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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