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Crippled America,
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United,
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The Truths We Hold,
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Smart on Crime,
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Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
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Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
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Two Paths,
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Every Other Monday,
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Courage is Contagious,
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Shortest Way Home,
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The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Abortion
    Debbie Stabenow: Countless women rely on Planned Parenthood.
    John James: De-fund Planned Parenthood; bad abortion even for rape.
    Bill Schuette: Supports the rights of the unborn.
    John James: 100% pro-life; always have been; always will be.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Support pro-choice, Planned Parenthood.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Support Planned Parenthood.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Will stop anti-choice legislation.
    Bob Young: Life begins at conception.
    Marcia Squier: Fund Planned Parenthood; abortion is an unrestricted right.
    Gretchen Whitmer: No insurance riders to get an abortion covered.
    Jack Bergman: Only allow abortion when maternal life at risk.
    Jack Bergman: Right to life includes the lives of those yet unborn.
    Dave Trott: Sanctity of life from conception.
    Mike Bishop: 100% Pro-life record.
    Mike Bishop: Pro-life with exception only for life of the mother.
    Rick Snyder: Vetoed total abortion ban; signed abortion restrictions.
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which bans abortion.
    Randy Hekman: Life begins at conception.
    Rick Snyder: Signed partial-birth abortion ban into law.
    Rick Snyder: Make partial-birth abortion a criminal offense.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Don't make partial-birth abortion a criminal offense.
    John Moolenaar: Make partial-birth abortion a criminal offense.
    Rick Snyder: Firmly pro-life, which begins at conception.
    Rick Snyder: Embryos are human life; but support stem cell initiative.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Constitutionally guaranteed right to life from conception.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Supports adult stem cell research but not embryonic research.
    Mike Bouchard: Voted against partial-birth abortion; 100% pro-life.
    Mike Bouchard: Co-sponsored legislation to ban human cloning.
    Bret McAtee: Abortion is ethnocide.
    Mike Bishop: Abortions should always be illegal.
    George W. Bush: No pro-life pledge; VP & judges will simply be qualified.
    Steve Forbes: Recommends pledging pro-life platform, VP, & judges.
Budget & Economy
    Bill Schuette: Make better jobs cutting taxes, regulations and wastefulness.
    John James: Focus on cutting waste and getting to a balanced budget.
    Rick Snyder: Government sets stage for business success.
    Marcia Squier: Stimulus counters ever-growing income inequality.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Most important metric is rising family income.
    Jack Bergman: Balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
    Dave Trott: Rein in out-of-control federal spending.
    Mike Bishop: Overregulation & red tape stifle job growth & stall economy.
    Mike Bishop: Stop out-of-control spending policies.
    Rick Snyder: Create an environment that encourages job growth.
    Terri Lynn Land: Opposed reopening government, due to ObamaCare, not jobs.
    Terri Lynn Land: Opposed deal to re-open federal government.
    Terri Lynn Land: Federal shutdown was opportunity to address spending.
    Peter Hoekstra: TARP & debt ceiling increase were needed to fund two wars.
    Peter Hoekstra: Cut agencies which are not in the constitution.
    Scotty Boman: The government is the problem: cut out welfare and warfare.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Pay down the National Debt until it reaches zero.
    Fred Thompson: Mandatory future spending lockdown is unsustainable.
    Fred Thompson: No reason to believe we�re headed for recession.
    Fred Thompson: Weak dollar damages us internationally.
    Mitt Romney: Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%.
    Ron Paul: Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor.
    Rudy Giuliani: Fundamentals: low taxes; few regulations; control spending.
    Rudy Giuliani: Romney increased spending by 8%; I cut spending by 7%.
    Debbie Stabenow: We waste billions on subsidies for Halliburton.
    Mike Bouchard: We need a line item veto.
    Mike Bouchard: Federal tax-and-spend is out of control & costs jobs.
    John Engler: Michigan lagged in 1990s; now restored & renewed.
Civil Rights
    John James: Employers shouldn't be able to fire someone for being gay.
    John James: Opposed laws protecting LGBTQ from employment discrimination.
    Bill Schuette: Include LGBT gender identity in laws against discrimination.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Equal pay, more opportunity, for women.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Guarantee equal pay for equal work.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Expand civil rights laws.
    Marcia Squier: Support affirmative action and reparations like urban repair.
    Marcia Squier: Comfortable with same-sex marriage.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Sensitive to women's rights and transgender people's rights.
    Marcia Squier: Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem.
    Rick Snyder: Add LGBT anti-discrimination to civil rights law.
    Terri Lynn Land: Equal pay for equal work for men and women.
    Mike Bishop: Marriage is union of one man & one woman.
    Terri Lynn Land: Equal pay good; but Paycheck Fairness Act bad.
    Terri Lynn Land: Women want job flexibility more than equal pay.
    Terri Lynn Land: AdWatch: No discrimination, but "no comment" on gay- bashing.
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which bans same-sex marriage.
    Scotty Boman: Backs gay marriage.
    Rick Snyder: Against benefits for domestic partners.
    Rocky Raczkowski: Keep Don't Ask, Don't Tell military policy.
    Mitt Romney: Equality for Muslims; but follow hate-preachers into mosques.
    Mike Bouchard: Helped pass Michigan�s ban on assisted suicide.
    Mike Bouchard: Opposes gay marriage.
    Alan Keyes: The path to your freedom is standing firm for God�s will.
    Alan Keyes: We live under the tyranny of the federal judges.
    Alan Keyes: Protect religion from the state, but not vice versa.
    Alan Keyes: Right to acknowledge God is the foundation of all our rights.
    Mike Bishop: No affirmative action in colleges nor public employment.
    Mike Bishop: No same-sex civil unions, nor marriage.
    Mark Schauer: Supports affirmative action.
    Bill Schuette: No same-sex marriage; no LGBT anti-discrimination laws.
Corporations
    John James: Trump tax cuts encourage companies to do business in America.
    Debbie Stabenow: Supported recession bailouts saving the auto industry.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Government can help small business thrive.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Shift tax burden to corporations.
    Bob Young: Cut corporate taxes; tax those who pay zero taxes.
    Bob Young: Regulatory overreach hurts small businesses.
    Bob Young: Regulation hurts liberty AND hurts communities.
    Bob Young: I believe in limited government (but not no-government).
    Marcia Squier: Taxes & fees for overseas corporations; incentives at home.
    Debbie Dingell: Don't bash the domestic auto industry.
    Gary Peters: I supported auto bailout; my opponent opposed it.
    Mark Schauer: Build economy that works for everyone--not just the wealthy.
    Rick Snyder: Pure Michigan Business Connect: match-making for purchasing.
    Rick Snyder: One Tough Nerd: venture capitalist & high-tech executive.
    Rick Wade: Last 10 years were good for rich, but not for middle class.
    Fred Thompson: Do better than world�s second-highest corporate tax penalty.
    Fred Thompson: Don�t intervene with automakers unless drastic circumstances.
    Mitt Romney: Don�t apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies.
    Rudy Giuliani: Business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax.
Crime
    Bill Schuette: History of getting justice for rape victims.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Move from prison to productive citizenship.
    Marcia Squier: End mass incarceration.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Cleaned up County Prosecutor office after a sex scandal.
    Bernie Sanders: Crime bill had good parts (VAWA) & bad parts (death penalty).
    Hillary Clinton: Crime bill was about outrage, but parts were mistakes.
    Mark Schauer: Restore funding for police & fire.
    Rick Snyder: Improve legal representation for poor.
    Rick Snyder: Collect prisoner DNA samples to help solve cold cases.
    Rick Snyder: Parole decisions by Dept. of Corrections, not Governor.
    Mike Bishop: Supports death penalty; opposes parole for repeat offenders.
Drugs
    Debbie Stabenow: Time to decriminalize medical and recreational marijuana.
    John James: Opposes marijuana legalization for recreational use.
    Bill Schuette: The opioid epidemic cannot be solved with just arresting.
    Abdul El-Sayed: End marijuana prohibition; tax it and regulate it.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Addicts need treatment, not punishment.
    Marcia Squier: Cannabis is a life-saving drug and must be legalized.
    Marcia Squier: Legalization will help utilize the endless benefits of pot.
    Marcia Squier: Legalization of pot will help healthcare costs.
    Rick Snyder: Enforce prescription law, but Good Samaritans get treatment.
    Rick Snyder: Supports medical marijuana.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Voted NO on medical marijuana.
    John Moolenaar: Voted NO on medical marijuana.
    Rick Snyder: Reduce supply, combating production of meth.
    Gary Peters: Implement voter legalization of medical marijuana.
    Rocky Raczkowski: No further expansion of medical marijuana laws.
    George W. Bush: A leader learns from his mistakes and shares wisdom.
    Mark Schauer: End mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes.
Education
    Debbie Stabenow: Supports student loan refinancing and Pell Grants.
    John James: Supports public money for private schools.
    Bill Schuette: Give parents more choices for their kids' education.
    Bill Schuette: Advocate of partnerships between schools and companies.
    John James: Every high school student should be career- or college-ready.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Get profit motive out of public education.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Invest in education; hold charters accountable.
    Marcia Squier: No vouchers for schools, but ok for colleges.
    Bob Young: Parents should decide to which school they send their kids.
    Marcia Squier: More funding needed for public schools; now more than ever.
    Rick Snyder: CCSTEP: capital equipment for training in community colleges.
    Jack Bergman: Government monopoly on education is a tragedy.
    Brenda Lawrence: Public-private partnerships to connecting college to jobs.
    Marcia Squier: Extend free public education from pre-school to PhD.
    Dave Trott: Opposes government control by Common Core standards.
    Brenda Lawrence: Refinance college loans to reduce student debt.
    Mike Bishop: Oppose Common Core nationwide standards.
    Terri Lynn Land: Local funding and local control of schools.
    Mark Schauer: OpEd: Schauer focused on wages and benefits of the teachers.
    Rick Snyder: Mandatory school choice for every school; remove boundaries.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Abolish Department of Education; parents direct education.
    John Engler: Expand public school choice; lift cap on charters.
    Mike Bishop: Supports charter schools; support corporate investment.
    Mike Bishop: Supports Ten Commandments & voluntary prayer in schools.
Energy & Oil
    Debbie Stabenow: Climate change is real & human activity contributes.
    Bill Schuette: Joins lawsuit challenging Obama's Clean Power Plan.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Electric user fee raises $3.3B for clean energy in 15 years.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Green energy a priority.
    Marcia Squier: Green energy is intertwined with job creation and education.
    Marcia Squier: Fund renewables by defunding the military.
    Rick Snyder: Protect our environment while meeting our energy needs.
    Marcia Squier: Green New Deal & fossil fuel-free vehicles by 2030.
    Bernie Sanders: I oppose fracking; anyone who says it is safe is wrong.
    Hillary Clinton: I support fracking if environmental protections are all met.
    Mike Bishop: Don't use government to develop wind and solar energy.
    Gary Peters: AdWatch: Yes, I own petcoke stock, but I can still speak out.
    Gary Peters: Proudly voted to invest in renewable energy sources.
    Gary Peters: Cap and trade is an option we need to look at.
    Gary Peters: FactCheck: Mich. gets back more in gas tax than it collects.
    Rick Wade: $8B for new nuclear plants; plus offshore oil & gas drilling.
    Rick Wade: Too many clean energy investors sit on the sidelines.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Expand oil production and expand nuclear energy.
    Fred Thompson: Get ethanol market up, then let free market take over.
    John McCain: Climate change is real; nuclear power is solution.
    John McCain: Public pressure on oil industry to invest in alternatives.
    Mike Huckabee: Ethanol & biofuels are part of future energy.
    Mitt Romney: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal.
    Rudy Giuliani: Don�t draw the line anywhere--advance all technologies.
    Sam Brownback: Energy security: drill every place you can find resources.
    Tom Tancredo: Drill off the coasts of Florida and California.
    Debbie Stabenow: Global Warming is real and I�m focused on solving it.
    Mike Bouchard: Conflicted on whether global warming is from human sources.
    Mike Bouchard: Kyoto agreement is restrictive & extraordinarily expensive.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports atomic energy & new nuclear plant construction.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Environment
    Debbie Stabenow: Reverse cuts to Great Lakes funding.
    Bill Schuette: Charged 15 city and state officials for Flint water crisis.
    Bill Schuette: Opposing EPA regulations earns him polluter protector label.
    John James: Protect the national treasure of the Great Lakes.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Environmental policy based on science.
    Bob Young: Regulations hurt farms and small businesses.
    Marcia Squier: End the War on Oil, for national security AND environment.
    Marcia Squier: EPA should regulate for-profit corporations.
    Marcia Squier: Repeal the DARK Act: require full GMO labeling.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Advocate for environmental justice on lead exposure.
    Rick Snyder: Pure Michigan: promote tourism like U.P. and brewery trail.
    Rick Snyder: More resources to fight invasive species in Great Lakes.
    Rick Snyder: Work tirelessly, plus $27M, to make Flint's water safe.
    Brenda Lawrence: Flint water crisis is example of environmental injustice.
    Marcia Squier: Federal funding for Flint; and prosecution for poisoning too.
    Bill Schuette: Sue firms that caused Flint drinking water crisis.
    Rick Snyder: Voluntary pollution prevention program for farmers.
    Rick Snyder: Protect natural resources; user fees contribute $3B/year.
    Debbie Stabenow: Authored ban on Great Lakes drilling.
    Mike Bouchard: Water diversions shouldn�t happen.
    John Engler: More investment of Natural Resources Trust Fund.
    Mike Bishop: Suspend federally-mandated environmental protection.
Families & Children
    Debbie Stabenow: Schools must prohibit bullying due to sexual orientation.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Invest in Detroit to keep millennials in Michigan.
    Rick Snyder: Adoption rate in Michigan is up 25 percentage points.
    Rick Snyder: Healthy Kids Dental: coverage for 440,000 kids in need.
    Alan Keyes: Save kids� souls-they don�t need free speech.
Foreign Policy
    Marcia Squier: End our interventionist strategies, and welcome refugees.
    John James: More military influence on the foreign policy team.
    Marcia Squier: We need to support our troops by bringing them home.
    Gary Peters: Be actively engaged in the Middle East.
    Peter Hoekstra: China is a nation that cheats and steals; no MFN.
    Fred Thompson: Relationship with Canada important for economy & security.
    Alan Keyes: Africa: No money for AIDS, because money won�t cure AIDS.
    Gary Bauer: Africa: Needs better governments, not bailouts.
    George W. Bush: Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba.
    George W. Bush: Cuba: No trade, since investments prop up Castro regime.
    George W. Bush: Africa: Rally world to help AIDS, but not with US funds.
    John McCain: Africa: Money for AIDS would be lost to corruption.
    Orrin Hatch: Africa: Helping with AIDS is our duty as a great nation.
    Steve Forbes: Africa: Unshackle drug companies, not US aid, to fight AIDS.
Free Trade
    John James: Let master negotiator Trump re-work trade deals.
    John James: Free but fair trade, to keep jobs in Michigan.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Free trade deals favor elites over workers.
    Marcia Squier: Replace free trade deals with zero export taxes.
    Jack Bergman: I support free and fair trade, not TPP.
    Brenda Lawrence: Oppose TPP, NAFTA, and similar trade deals.
    Marcia Squier: Oppose TPP, NAFTA, and similar trade deals.
    Donald Trump: I've been moving clothing-making from China to U.S.
    Terri Lynn Land: Free trade agreements only with reciprocal market access.
    Rick Snyder: Took 24 attempts to get New International Trade Crossing.
    Rick Snyder: Open new doors to global markets.
    Rick Snyder: Increase Canada trade with new Detroit River bridge.
    Rick Wade: NEI: government-wide export-promotion strategy.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Mirror trade policy of other nations.
    Duncan Hunter: Reflect tariffs back at competitors.
    Fred Thompson: Focus on protecting infrastructure for national security.
    John McCain: Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price.
    John McCain: Supports ethanol, but by exporting, not by subsidies.
    Mike Huckabee: We need fair trade because we�re losing jobs.
    Mitt Romney: Open up markets to American goods and services.
    Mitt Romney: Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians.
    Rudy Giuliani: Good deals pending with Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea.
    Rudy Giuliani: Balance foreign debt by selling more things overseas.
    Tom Tancredo: Enforce trade & currency rules against China.
    Tom Tancredo: CAFTA should be about trade; get rid of immigration parts.
    Debbie Stabenow: End trade agreements to keep jobs here.
    Mike Bouchard: Trade agreements should be fair and enforceable.
    Mike Bouchard: Associates CAFTA with currency manipulation.
    Gary Bauer: Entrepreneurial China trade same as with totalitarian Cuba.
Government Reform
    Debbie Stabenow: Repeal Citizens United; fight big money in politics.
    Debbie Stabenow: Voter ID places undue burden on voters.
    Bill Schuette: Terminate government pensions for those caught embezzling.
    Bill Schuette: Wants tax returns released from all top elected officials.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Fundamental right to be heard at the ballot box.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Strict separation of church and state.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Promote universal voter access.
    Bob Young: Cut costs; make government accountable.
    Marcia Squier: Easier voter registration; restrict superdelegates.
    Marcia Squier: Dem. superdelegates cheated Michigan voters of their choice.
    Marcia Squier: Repeal Citizens United; publicly fund campaigns.
    Donald Trump: Get rid of waste, fraud, & abuse in every single agency.
    Mike Bishop: Make state legislature part-time, with pay cuts.
    Mike Bishop: Limit people driven by thirst for power, pride, and envy.
    Rick Snyder: Vetoed voter identification bill.
    Gary Peters: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
    Terri Lynn Land: Super PACs are committed to Michigan.
    Terri Lynn Land: Allow "dark money": secret campaign donations for issue ads.
    Rick Snyder: No photo ID for absentee voting.
    Peter Hoekstra: Setting 12-year term limit a mistake; after serving 18 years.
    Gretchen Whitmer: No photo ID for absentee voting.
    John Moolenaar: Require photo ID for absentee voting.
    Rick Snyder: Michigan Dashboard: measure progress & present it publicly.
    Rick Wade: Government doesn't invent but does create business framework.
    Mitt Romney: Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster.
    Rudy Giuliani: Frivolous lawsuits eat up 2.2% of GDP.
    Rudy Giuliani: Supports line-item veto, but Clinton�s was unconstitutional.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports line-item veto on spending bills.
    Alan Keyes: Surrendering moral government to courts surrenders freedom.
    Mike Bishop: Limit campaign contributions; but no state funding.
    George W. Bush: Agrees to no negative ads; stop tearing each other down.
    Steve Forbes: Negative ads are OK if they tell the truth.
    Bill Schuette: Supports term limits and campaign finance disclosure.
Gun Control
    John James: Second Amendment says semi-automatic weapons ok.
    Bill Schuette: Proud protector of the 2nd Amendment, NRA rates him "A".
    Abdul El-Sayed: No gun possession for convicted domestic abusers.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Take on the corporate gun lobby; enough is enough.
    John James: 2nd Amendment is enough said.
    Bob Young: Right to bear arms is one of our most cherished rights.
    Marcia Squier: Graduated licensing & training for guns, like military.
    Jack Bergman: Right to bear arms is about being a free nation.
    Brenda Lawrence: Enact common sense gun control reforms & close loopholes.
    Marcia Squier: Universal background checks to reduce gun crime.
    Dave Trott: 2nd Amendment is important cornerstone of nation's freedoms.
    Mike Bishop: Personally a gun owner with a CPL.
    Debbie Dingell: Deal with mental illness and gun control laws.
    Mike Bishop: Oppose restrictive gun control laws.
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which opposes magazine limit.
    Rick Snyder: Absolutely uphold the 2nd Amendment.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Rated �A� by the National Rifle Association.
    Bret McAtee: End constant meddling with our 2nd amendment rights.
    Mike Bishop: Ease restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Health Care
    John James: Remove the monstrosity of ObamaCare.
    Bill Schuette: End Medicaid expansion and put in work requirement.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Supports universal healthcare.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Support Medicaid expansion.
    Bob Young: ObamaCare destroys jobs.
    Bob Young: ObamaCare should be repealed to increase competition.
    Marcia Squier: Expand ObamaCare towards universal health care.
    Bob Young: The federal government broke our health care system.
    Marcia Squier: Universal single-payer healthcare is the way to go.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Public health suffers when you run government as a business.
    Jack Bergman: Number one priority is to repeal ObamaCare.
    Brenda Lawrence: ObamaCare is sound policy, but deal with consequences.
    Marcia Squier: Repeal ObamaCare & replace with full coverage for all.
    Dave Trott: Repeal & replace the onerous ObamaCare law.
    Mike Bishop: Fought against ObamaCare from the start.
    Mike Bishop: Replace ObamaCare with patient-centered reforms.
    Terri Lynn Land: Pre-tax health savings accounts & cross-states insurers.
    Terri Lynn Land: Fix ObamaCare so Michiganders can keep insurance as promised.
    Gary Peters: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Terri Lynn Land: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
    Rick Snyder: Get communities more involved in mental health courts;.
    Gretchen Whitmer: Require insurers to treat autism like other conditions.
    John Moolenaar: Don't require insurers to treat autism like other conditions.
    Rick Snyder: Improve cost, quality and access with wellness & prevention.
    Rocky Raczkowski: Repeal ObamaCare.
    John McCain: Control health costs so manufacturers stay competitive.
    Mike Huckabee: Individually-controlled insurance, not government SCHIP.
    Mitt Romney: Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers.
    Mitt Romney: Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics.
    Debbie Stabenow: Health coverage needs to be a right, not a privilege.
    Mike Bouchard: No government-run universal healthcare.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports Health Savings Accounts to empower individuals.
    John Engler: No assisted suicide; but End of Life Care & more pain relief.
    Mike Bishop: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
    Alan Keyes: AIDS is a moral crisis based on licentious behavior.
    Steve Forbes: Fight AIDS by changing people�s personal behavior.
Homeland Security
    Bill Schuette: Provided two new legal resources for all members of military.
    John James: Help prepare our veterans for re-entry into society.
    Marcia Squier: Cut the military budget by at least 50%.
    Marcia Squier: Reappropriate military spending to social needs.
    Jack Bergman: Give my all to implement V.A. reform.
    Donald Trump: Snowden was a spy; if Russia respected us, they'd deport him.
    Ted Cruz: Snowden guilty of treason, but exposed massive surveillance.
    Rick Snyder: 24/7/365 service to our veterans for benefits.
    Dave Trott: Unyielding enthusiasm for our troops.
    Mike Bishop: Number one responsibility is to provide a national defense.
    Mike Bishop: Maintain a numerically superior nuclear arsenal.
    Mark Schauer: Ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned.
    Rick Snyder: There is a cost to sending our military into harm's way.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Military tribunals & domestic spying OK.
    Fred Thompson: We face a global war declared on us by Islamic fascism.
    Fred Thompson: Spend more than current 4% of budget on military.
    John McCain: After 9/11, ask Americans to join military or AmeriCorps.
    John McCain: Let loose smart, tough spies to catch Bin Laden.
    Debbie Stabenow: Push to pass the 9/11 Report.
    Debbie Stabenow: Critical balance between staying safe and keeping our rights.
    Mike Bouchard: Can�t give up basic rights to stay safe.
    Mike Bouchard: If we don�t fix terrorist security, people die.
    Mike Bouchard: Proposes �Skycops�, incentives for off-duty officers to fly.
Immigration
    John James: We must end illegal immigration & secure the border.
    John James: Proponent of Kate's Law; defund sanctuary cities.
    John James: No nonsense view of illegal immigration--has to stop now.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Support pathway to citizenship.
    Bob Young: Penalize the insanity of sanctuary cities.
    Bob Young: We have the right to kick out people we don't want here.
    Marcia Squier: Support pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Biracial families like mine inspire more diverse government.
    Abdul El-Sayed: People who look like me are not sitting on the sidelines.
    Bill Schuette: It isn't a ban on Muslims; Trump puts security first.
    Jack Bergman: Immigration is a privilege, not a right.
    Brenda Lawrence: Refugees aren't terrorist; that's just more fear tactics.
    Marcia Squier: Moratorium on deportation of undocumented immigrants.
    Dave Trott: Secure our nation's borders before discussing reform.
    Mike Bishop: Opposed to any amnesty.
    Mike Bishop: Protect the border and prevent illegal entry.
    Terri Lynn Land: No amnesty; seal the border; more H-1B visas.
    Rick Snyder: 50,000 skilled worker visas to repopulate Detroit.
    Randy Hekman: Secure the borders but encourage legal immigration.
    Rick Snyder: Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate.
    Debbie Stabenow: Opposed immigration bill because it cost us jobs.
    Mike Bouchard: 52% of illegal immigrants have criminal backgrounds.
    Bret McAtee: We need a sane immigration policy.
Jobs
    John James: Opposes raising federal minimum wage to $15/hr.
    John James: Incumbent does not do enough to create or protect jobs.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Raise minimum wage; support unions.
    Marcia Squier: Stop stiffing tipped worker wages!
    Rick Snyder: People now moving to Michigan for good jobs.
    Marcia Squier: Minimum wage of $15 per hour, including Congress.
    Mike Bishop: 2007: publicly called for right-to-work in Michigan.
    Brenda Lawrence: Paid sick leave helps women & minorities most.
    Brenda Lawrence: Fight to raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
    Rick Snyder: MAT2: Michigan Advanced Technician Training for skills gap.
    Gary Peters: Extend jobless benefit for long-term unemployed.
    Terri Lynn Land: Extend jobless benefit for long-term unemployed seeking work.
    Mark Schauer: Opposes right-to-work law; protested on Capitol lawn.
    Rick Snyder: Quietly signed law making Michigan a right-to-work state.
    Rick Snyder: Extend unemployment benefits; plan for future.
    Duncan Hunter: Unions built the middle class.
    Fred Thompson: In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained.
    Fred Thompson: Don�t use union dues for political purposes.
    John McCain: Unions are monopolies; don�t compel people to join.
    Mike Huckabee: Unions more prominent to fight high CEO salaries.
    Mitt Romney: I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry.
    Mitt Romney: Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company.
    Ron Paul: Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions.
    Rudy Giuliani: Vibrant unions good; but compelling membership bad.
    Sam Brownback: Unions do good, but need effective oversight.
    Tom Tancredo: Union conflict is creative, but shouldn�t influence policy.
    Debbie Stabenow: President should meet with Big 3 Automakers.
    Mike Bouchard: Big 3 Automakers need tax cuts so no job cuts.
Local Issues
    Rick Snyder: $28M to deal with Flint water treatment crisis.
    Rick Snyder: Detroit has a bright future, but more work to be done.
    Rick Snyder: Detroit bankruptcy is an opportunity to stabilize Detroit.
    Rick Snyder: Reform no-fault auto insurance: We have largest claims in US.
Principles & Values
    Bill Schuette: Served 3 terms in Congress & then as state Attorney General.
    John James: Fight for the Constitution's principles, as written.
    Marcia Squier: Government should be separate from private religion.
    Jack Bergman: I believe the Bible is the true word of God.
    Jack Bergman: Commitment to being the best made most exceptional nation.
    Bernie Sanders: I am very proud to be Jewish; it is much of what I am.
    Hillary Clinton: I am a praying person & I pray for God's will to be known.
    Mike Bishop: Uphold the principles of faith, family and freedom.
    Terri Lynn Land: AdWatch: Grew up in a trailer park, then managed motels.
    Debbie Stabenow: End the ongoing debate over debates: No Senate debates.
    Peter Hoekstra: I will either debate her or an empty chair; it's her choice.
    Peter Hoekstra: Accused of anti-Chinese racism in Super Bowl TV ad.
    Rick Snyder: Refuses to answer political organizations' questionnaires.
    Ron Paul: Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending.
    Tom Tancredo: Won�t vote GOP if nominee is lesser of two evils.
    Debbie Stabenow: A clear choice against failed Bush policies.
    Mike Bouchard: 8-point plan: Renewing Michigan�s Economy.
    Bret McAtee: Running as US Taxpayers Party, also Constitution Party.
    Bret McAtee: Awaken benumbed people from their moral torpor.
    Alan Keyes: Anything the government gives you destroys your liberty.
    John Engler: The �Next Michigan�: attitude for the future.
Social Security
    John James: Returning lifelong investment to seniors is moral obligation.
    Marcia Squier: Strongly opposes privatizing Social Security.
    Brenda Lawrence: Protect social security, Medicare and Medicaid programs.
    Marcia Squier: Including eldercare services in universal health care.
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform plank for personal accounts.
    Rick Snyder: Maintain generous pension benefits for existing retirees.
    Fred Thompson: Benefits ok in short-term, but we�re eating our seed corn.
    Fred Thompson: Index benefits to inflation instead of indexing to wages.
    Tom Tancredo: Private Social Security accounts needed to end deficit.
    Debbie Stabenow: Led the fight to stop privatization.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports privatization of Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Bill Schuette: Signed pledge to oppose any tax increase.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Limit tax foreclosures for over-assessed Detroit properties.
    John James: Trump's tax reform will aid working families & entrepreneurs.
    Bob Young: Taxes need to be made simpler and flatter.
    Marcia Squier: Wealthiest get wealthier via tax loopholes.
    Jack Bergman: Simplify and lower tax rates for everyone.
    Brenda Lawrence: I believe in a progressive tax.
    Marcia Squier: Highest earners should pay the highest taxes.
    Dave Trott: Reduce regulations & update the cumbersome tax code.
    Mike Bishop: Put forth more than $1 billion in cuts in Michigan.
    Rick Snyder: Simplify the tax code; end job-killing Business Tax.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Lower corporate taxes; keep tax cuts; end death tax.
    Duncan Hunter: Sponsored FairTax proposal.
    Fred Thompson: Phase out the AMT; lower taxes grow the economy.
    John McCain: Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export.
    Tom Tancredo: Takes the oath: no tax increase.
    Mike Bouchard: Prioritize our spending and hold ourselves accountable.
    Mike Bouchard: Growth in government stunts economic growth.
    Mike Bouchard: Make the Bush tax cuts permanent.
    Bret McAtee: Current confiscatory tax policy is unconstitutional.
    John Engler: Exempt new high-tech sectors from state business tax.
    John Engler: Has cut and will continue to cut personal & business tax.
    John Engler: Strengthen Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
    George W. Bush: People should not pay more in taxes than they do for food.
    Mike Bishop: Supports flat tax; opposes internet sales tax.
    George W. Bush: Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending.
    George W. Bush: 1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge.
    George W. Bush: Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too.
    George W. Bush: �A tax-cutting person� in TX, would do same for US.
    John McCain: Tax cuts should go to middle- & lower-income people.
    John McCain: Leaving money in Washington means President vetoes spending.
    Orrin Hatch: Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending.
    Steve Forbes: Evidence that Bush broke 1997 no-tax pledge.
    Mark Schauer: Decrease corporate tax; support individual flat tax.
Technology
    Debbie Stabenow: Supports net neutrality.
    Abdul El-Sayed: We need $4B per year for Pure Michigan Infrastructure Bank.
    Bill Schuette: Invest in infrastructure but vows to lower taxes.
    Gretchen Whitmer: We need $3B per year for inadequate infrastructure.
    John James: Repair of infrastructure is stepping stone to the future.
    Rick Snyder: Invest billions to address risk of aging infrastructure.
    Heritage Foundation: FHA highway funds are skewed because strings are attached.
    Mark Schauer: Restore tax incentives for high-tech businesses.
    Rick Snyder: Take leadership role in cyber defense and development.
    Rick Snyder: Census figures reinforce need for aggressive administration.
    Rick Wade: Double the budget for basic scientific research.
    John McCain: Don�t police Internet crime; go after money to reduce crime.
    Mike Huckabee: Air tech is Jetsons but air traffic control is Flintstones.
    Rudy Giuliani: Police the Internet, but don�t tax the Internet.
    Sam Brownback: Cut the Advanced Technology Program; it�s corporate welfare.
    John Engler: Establish �Cybercourt� to resolve disputes on-line & quickly.
War & Peace
    John James: Iran nuclear treaty was a fatally flawed deal.
    John James: Army veteran who flew Apache helicopters in Iraq.
    Marcia Squier: No more profit-driven interventionist military strikes.
    Marcia Squier: Refuse donations from the military-industrial complex.
    Jack Bergman: Only use troops when it is absolutely necessary.
    Marcia Squier: Immediate US cease-fire and weapons embargo on all countries.
    John Kasich: We need more than Special Forces in Libya.
    Marco Rubio: I've warned about ISIS in Libya for 2 years; US troops there.
    Terri Lynn Land: No military action in Syrian civil war.
    Gary Peters: Undecided on military intervention in Syria.
    Terri Lynn Land: No military intervention in Syria.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Let Gen. Petraeus make decisions on troop strength in Iraq.
    Duncan Hunter: No Congressional authorization needed to attack Iran�s nukes.
    Fred Thompson: Stabilizing Iraq, and not leaving, is the right policy.
    Fred Thompson: Iraq certainly had WMDs in the past & would have nukes now.
    Fred Thompson: Ask Congress, even if not required, to attack Iran�s nukes.
    John McCain: Congressional consultation before attacking Iran�s nukes.
    Mike Huckabee: Attack Iran�s nukes even if Congress says no.
    Mitt Romney: Let lawyers decide if authorization needed to attack Iran.
    Ron Paul: Mercantilist oil dependency was reason for war.
    Ron Paul: Congressional authorization needed to attack Iran�s nukes.
    Rudy Giuliani: Desirable but unneeded to ask Congress to attack Iran nukes.
    Sam Brownback: Iraq war is about terrorism, not oil.
    Debbie Stabenow: We are not in Iraq forever.
    Debbie Stabenow: Iraq was a war of choice, not a necessity.
    Mike Bouchard: Pre-emptive war ok if we have actual intel.
    Mike Bouchard: We cannot leave a vacuum in Iraq.
    Bret McAtee: They�re turning the American Republic into an empire.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bill Schuette: Welfare must balance hand up aid with helping able find work.
    John James: Eliminate poverty instead of just making it more comfortable.
    Bob Young: We can't continue with an entitlement mentality.
    Abdul El-Sayed: Economic well-being means helping those less privileged.
    Randy Hekman: Transform to nonprofit/charity model to provide assistance.
    Rick Snyder: No welfare benefits for people with felony warrants.
    Mike Bishop: Require able-bodied welfare recipients to work.


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