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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Abortion
    Jasmine Crockett: Voted NO on abortion ban with no rape & incest exceptions.
    Greg Abbott: Signed abortion ban; no exception for rape or incest.
    Alan Keyes: Do everything to overthrow Roe vs. Wade to acknowledge God.
    Andrew White: Firm proponent of women's right to make her own decisions.
    Beto O`Rourke: Trust women to make their own decisions.
    Brian Babin: Steadfast defender of the unborn.
    Chad Prather: I vow to protect the sanctity of life in all my decisions.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Women, not politicians, should decide reproductive rights.
    David Alameel: Always fight to protect Roe v. Wade.
    David Dewhurst: Proud of defunding Planned Parenthood.
    David Dewhurst: Pushed the sonogram bill with pro-life advocates.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Life is life! We cannot choose!
    Don Huffines: Favors restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion.
    Don Huffines: I will protect innocent life regardless of Supreme Court.
    Donald Trump: Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports abortion as a woman's right.
    Greg Abbott: Protect unborn children and promote a culture of life.
    Greg Abbott: Favors restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion.
    Greg Abbott: Abortions unnecessary except for woman's life or health.
    Greg Abbott: Ensure every child is spared from ravages of abortion.
    Greg Abbott: Bans mail-order abortion drugs.
    Greg Abbott: No abortions for rape, claims he'll "eliminate all rapists".
    Jake Ellzey: As a dad and Christian, 100% support for right to life.
    Jodey Arrington: Unborn children have the constitutional right to life.
    Jodey Arrington: All human life is a gift from God and begins at conception.
    John Cornyn: Endorsed by Texas Right to Life.
    Jon Roland: Let states regulate abortion, not feds.
    Jon Roland: Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Lupe Valdez: Endorsed by Planned Parenthood.
    MJ Hegar: Politicians shouldn't legislate a woman's intimate decisions.
    MJ Hegar: NARAL endorsement: proud to fight for reproductive rights.
    Paul Sadler: No funding; no second trimester; no partial-birth.
    Randy Weber: No embryonic stem cell research.
    Randy Weber: Require parental notification and parental consent.
    Republican Party: Life begins at fertilization.
    Rick Noriega: No limits on Roe vs. Wade.
    Rick Noriega: I stand with science; fund embryonic stem cell research.
    Rick Perry: Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement.
    Royce West: Pro-choice, but voted for parental consent.
    Royce West: A woman has the right to make decisions about her body.
    Royce West: Opposes restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion.
    Sema Hernandez: Support Supreme Court nominees who will uphold Roe v. Wade.
    Steve Stockman: AdWatch: If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted.
    Sylvia Garcia: Opposes restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion.
    Sylvia Garcia: Women capable of making own decision with doctor's advice.
    Ted Cruz: Companies can deny insuring birth control.
    Ted Cruz: No exceptions for rape or incest; de-fund Planned Parenthood.
    Tom Leppert: Companies can deny insuring birth control.
    Van Taylor: Favors restrictions of judicial bypass for minor's abortion.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Increase funding for family planning services.
    Mayra Flores: South Texas is pro-life.
Budget & Economy
    Al Gore: Bush avoids Texas budget woes.
    Allen West: Was CEO of think tank that went bankrupt.
    Barack Obama: Canít do anything at home with $12 billion a month on Iraq.
    Beto O`Rourke: Promote antitrust & regulations that promote competition.
    David Alameel: Capitalism has become feudalistic and oppressive.
    David Dewhurst: Cut $14B in state spending last year; cut 10.2% since 2003.
    Emily Sanchez: Federal stimulus as better than market-led recovery.
    George W. Bush: The Texas budget is balanced, despite Gore's attack.
    Greg Abbott: Constitutional amendment to limits growth of state budget.
    Jodey Arrington: I cut FDIC budgets by millions & shrunk bureaucracy.
    John Cornyn: Voting for $700B bailout demonstrates leadership.
    John Cornyn: Inaction on $700B bailout is unacceptable leadership.
    John Cornyn: We've had 17 federal shutdowns since 1976; Obama is AWOL.
    Lupe Valdez: Economy should provide security & opportunity.
    Marco Rubio: Reduce debt to save key programs like Social Security.
    Rick Noriega: Voting for $700B bailout demonstrates herd mentality.
    Royce West: End predatory lending practices.
    Ted Cruz: Choose individual liberty over more & more spending.
Civil Rights
    Alan Keyes: The belief that you canít legislate morality is nonsensical.
    Allen West: Liberal women have been neutering American men.
    Allen West: Denounced "new religion" of same-sex marriage.
    Allen West: Gay marriage is an oxymoron.
    Allen West: We should be censoring American news agencies.
    Andrew White: No more political games; fight for all human rights.
    Barack Obama: Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable.
    Ben Carson: Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Defend LGBTQ+ Rights, supports protective laws.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Combat White Supremacy and hate crimes.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Pass Voting Rights Advancement Act, make elections a holiday.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Real democracy a threat to people in power.
    David Alameel: Demand equal pay for equal work between men and women.
    David Alameel: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Include people from varied backgrounds for policy diversity.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Consistent Justice for All.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Diversity is not divisive: include different genders.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports affirmative action.
    George P. Bush: Allow Muslims in leadership roles in state Republican Party.
    George P. Bush: Redesign Alamo without statue of Mexican Pres. Santa Ana.
    George W. Bush: Reject quotas, double standards & "group thought".
    George W. Bush: Celebrate diversity but don't put people into boxes.
    Greg Abbott: Wife is first Hispanic First Lady in Texas history.
    Joaquin Castro: Supports affirmative action for all state decisions.
    Jodey Arrington: Marriage is sacred union of one man and one woman.
    John Kasich: Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them.
    Jon Roland: Allow same-sex couples to marry.
    Jon Roland: Discontinue affirmative action programs.
    Lupe Valdez: Pledges to fight for equality for gay community.
    MJ Hegar: Celebrated LGBT job protection decision as huge victory.
    Paul Sadler: No affirmative action in state government decisions.
    Paul Sadler: No same-sex marriage; no hate crime definition for gays.
    Randy Weber: No affirmative action; no "gender identity".
    Republican Party: Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.
    Rick Noriega: Government should adopt domestic partner benefit policies.
    Royce West: Every person should have access to the voting booth.
    Royce West: Pass Equality Act; end trans-phobic policies.
    Sema Hernandez: End discrimination for sexual orientation & gender identity.
    Sema Hernandez: End the exploitation of Native Americans.
    Ted Cruz: Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage.
    Ted Cruz: Allow Muslims in leadership roles in state Republican Party.
    Tom Leppert: Marched in gay pride parade, but opposes gay marriage.
Corporations
    Beto O`Rourke: Protect consumers from predatory financial behavior.
    Brian Babin: Government regulations stymie entrepreneurship.
    Chad Prather: We don't need California empires relocating to Texas.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Increase funding for Small Business Administration.
    David Alameel: Big corporations & executives should pay fair share in taxes.
    David Alameel: Abandon Washington dependence on big money from Wall Street.
    David Dewhurst: I formed a business from scratch; bring that to government.
    David Dewhurst: I formed a business from scratch; bring that to government.
    Elizabeth Warren: Companies can be umpires or team-owners, but cannot be both.
    Emily Sanchez: The Occupy Movement woke me up and gave me hope.
    Greg Abbott: $2 billion reduction in the business franchise tax.
    MJ Hegar: Corporations & wealthy need to pay higher taxes.
    Sema Hernandez: Entitled millionaires are free-loading from us.
    Sema Hernandez: Break the oligarchy protecting Wall Street instead of people.
    Ted Cruz: Free businesses from the CFPB's regulatory blockades.
    Tom Leppert: I'm a career businessman; I've actually created jobs.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Cut bureaucratic red-tape that burdens job-creators.
Crime
    Beto O`Rourke: 1995 burglary arrest: charges dropped by U. Texas.
    Brian Babin: Broaden death penalty; more truth-in-sentencing.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Abolish mandatory minimums & private for-profit prisons.
    Deirdre Gilbert: WE THE PEOPLE have been stripped of constitutional rights.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes stricter punishment to reduce crime.
    George W. Bush: Send juvenile criminals to "boot camp".
    Greg Abbott: 2003 Fugitive unit resulted in 4,400 more arrests.
    Greg Abbott: Make it a hate crime to target uniformed police officers.
    Greg Abbott: Raise bail when past criminals are re-arrested.
    Greg Abbott: Crack down on human trafficking.
    Greg Abbott: Emergency laws to prevent cities from defunding the police.
    Joaquin Castro: More community centers; more job assistance for inmates.
    John Cornyn: Co-wrote bill for data-driven cooperation to fight crime.
    Jon Roland: Supports death penalty for federal crimes.
    Jon Roland: Repeal most federal criminal statutes as unconstitutional.
    Lupe Valdez: Too many people are kept in jail simply because they're poor.
    Lupe Valdez: End the era of mass incarceration, plus major reforms.
    MJ Hegar: Police brutality is not just "a few poisoned apples".
    MJ Hegar: We have a mass incarceration problem.
    Paul Sadler: End parole for repeat violent felons.
    Pete Gallego: No death penalty for the mentally retarded.
    Randy Weber: Supports the death penalty.
    Randy Weber: Alternative sentencing ok; trying minors sometimes ok.
    Rick Perry: Vetoes ban on execution of mentally retarded inmates.
    Rick Perry: Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders.
    Rick Perry: Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders.
    Rick Perry: Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration.
    Rick Perry: Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent.
    Royce West: Now for reform, in 1995 for 14- year-olds tried as adults.
    Royce West: Total reform needed at all levels of the judiciary.
    Royce West: Reexamine the use of deadly force by police.
    Sema Hernandez: End the militarization of law enforcement.
    Steve Stockman: Admits being jailed in 1970s, but suing group for saying so.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Increase investments & resources for local law enforcement.
Drugs
    Jasmine Crockett: Expand medical marijuana use for cancer, PTSD .
    Greg Abbott: Expand medical marijuana use for cancer, PTSD .
    Ben Carson: Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism.
    Beto O`Rourke: Long-time advocate for marijuana legalization.
    Beto O`Rourke: 1998 drunk driving: arresting officers say he tried to flee.
    Brian Babin: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Supports the legalization of marijuana.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Community-based alternatives instead of mandatory minimums.
    Emily Sanchez: Legalize marijuana.
    George Pataki: Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization.
    Greg Abbott: Respond to the evil threat posed by drug cartels.
    Greg Abbott: More drug testing for unemployment insurance applicants.
    Joaquin Castro: Strengthen sentences for drug-related crimes.
    John Cornyn: Legal pot causes similar attitudes to other illegal drugs.
    MJ Hegar: Absolutely for legalizing marijuana, expunging records.
    Paul Sadler: Strengthen drug penalties; also strengthen rehabilitation.
    Pete Gallego: Criminalize "doctor-shopping" to obtain prescription opiates.
    Randy Weber: Keep marijuana possession criminalized.
    Republican Party: No legalization of drugs, no decriminalization of pot.
    Rick Perry: Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war.
    Rick Perry: Protect the border from drug traffickers.
    Rick Perry: Criminalize "doctor-shopping" to obtain prescription opiates.
    Rick Santorum: Marijuana is a controlled substance for a reason.
    Sema Hernandez: Legalize marijuana; would bring in tax revenue.
    Steve Stockman: AdWatch: Arrested for drug possession in 1977.
    Ted Cruz: Opposed to marijuana legalization, but let states choose.
Education
    Andrew White: Close $5 billion property tax loophole to aid schools.
    Beto O`Rourke: Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools.
    Brian Babin: Amendment for moment of silence in schools.
    Brian Babin: Vouchers for public, private or religious schools.
    Chad Prather: Encourage strong support of 4-H and FFA programs.
    Chad Prather: Reject Common Core; expand civics, US/Texas history programs.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Make Universal Childcare and Pre-K a guaranteed right.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Cancel student debt; make public universities tuition free.
    David Alameel: Quality education for ALL children, not just privileged few.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Invest in the state's education system.
    Don Huffines: Vouchers decrease growth and help public schools in long run.
    Don Huffines: Require evaluation of schools with A-F grades.
    Don Huffines: Supports school choice and teaching creationism.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
    George W. Bush: Teach values and moral responsibility in schools.
    George W. Bush: No-nonsense basic curriculum focusing on results.
    George W. Bush: Set clear goals, use early tests.
    Greg Abbott: Additional funding for schools to adopt high-quality Pre-K.
    Greg Abbott: Ensure having the best teachers by saying NO to Common Core.
    Greg Abbott: Fully fund GURI: Governor's University Research Initiative.
    Greg Abbott: Increase teacher pay, with best earning six figures.
    Greg Abbott: Focus on mental health for safer schools.
    Greg Abbott: Require evaluation of schools with A-F grades.
    Greg Abbott: Teach students what it means to be American & to be a Texan.
    Jake Ellzey: Don't force teachers to comply with radical indoctrination.
    Joaquin Castro: More funds for schools, teachers, and college.
    Julian Castro: Take "Race to the Top" Funds despite governor's refusal.
    Lupe Valdez: The right education starts with fixing school finance system.
    MJ Hegar: Investment in public school is investment in nation's future.
    MJ Hegar: Lower interest rates on student debt, ensure affordability.
    MJ Hegar: Government should not profit off of student loan interest.
    Republican Party: School choice: public, private, charter, or homeschool.
    Sylvia Garcia: Oppose vouchers for students to leave public schools.
    Rick Noriega: Scrap "No Child Left Behind".
    Rick Perry: No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached.
    Ronny Jackson: K-12 education should have local and state control.
    Royce West: Free community college, not sure about student debt.
    Royce West: Offer debt relief & free tuition for low income students.
    Royce West: Investing in public schools a top priority.
    Royce West: Oppose evaluation of schools with A-F grades.
    Sema Hernandez: Opposes government funding of charter schools.
    Sema Hernandez: Trade schools & public colleges should be tuition-free.
    Sylvia Garcia: Require evaluation of schools with A-F grades.
    Ted Cruz: Private school vouchers is civil rights issue of our time.
    Van Taylor: Vouchers decrease growth and help public schools in long run.
    Van Taylor: Require evaluation of schools with A-F grades.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Fight for pre-kindergarten and Head Start.
Energy & Oil
    Allen West: Opposes Green New Deal; protect petrochemical industry.
    Andrew White: Believes in climate change and will act to address it.
    Beto O`Rourke: Incentivize renewable energy.
    Beto O`Rourke: Unprecedented action to build clean energy economy.
    Chad Prather: I oppose efforts to classify carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Rejoin Paris Climate Accord.
    David Alameel: Energy independence is a national security priority.
    Don Huffines: Ban local regulation of oil and gas operations.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports prioritizing green energy.
    Emily Sanchez: Fracking is running rampant & endangers our air & water.
    Greg Abbott: Clean Power Plan is an EPA power grab.
    Greg Abbott: Ban local regulation of oil and gas operations.
    Joaquin Castro: Supports alternative fuel plus traditional sources.
    Jodey Arrington: Repeal the 1970s Oil Export Ban.
    Jon Roland: Alternative non-carbon, non-nuclear energy sources.
    Lupe Valdez: Supporter of clean energy options in wind and solar.
    Marco Rubio: Let ethanol program expire.
    MJ Hegar: Texas can lead country on wind and solar energy.
    MJ Hegar: Make sure carbon tax don't increase food costs.
    MJ Hegar: Set aggressive goals for expanding clean, renewable energy.
    MJ Hegar: Fracking not long-term solution, but against ban.
    Royce West: Reengage in Paris Climate Accords.
    Royce West: Allow local regulation of oil and gas operations.
    Sema Hernandez: Green New Deal ends environmental racism.
    Sylvia Garcia: Ban local regulation of oil and gas operations.
    Ted Cruz: Paris Accord destroys $3 trillion in American GDP by 2040.
    Van Taylor: Ban local regulation of oil and gas operations.
Environment
    Beto O`Rourke: Ensure EPA's funding & independence.
    Brian Babin: Limit endangered species list; sell pollution credits.
    Don Huffines: Slash red tape to ensure water rights.
    Emily Sanchez: Federal regulation for clean air and water.
    Emily Sanchez: The Earth sustains all life processes.
    Greg Abbott: EPA is a runaway federal agency that must be reined in.
    Greg Abbott: Vetoed bill protecting dogs, then backtracked.
    Jake Ellzey: No to government land grabs for rail projects.
    Jodey Arrington: Rein in excessive EPA regulations.
    Lupe Valdez: Protect the environment by taking proactive measures.
    MJ Hegar: Fight for children's future: clean air and water.
    Rick Noriega: Reports for National Guard duty for Hurricane Ike response.
    Rick Perry: Flexible permitting to reduce ozone & NOx levels.
    Rick Perry: Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs.
    Rick Perry: Unsuccessfully had rural agency rebuild after Hurricane Ike.
    Stephen Breyer: Look for alternatives to environmental regulations.
    Sylvia Garcia: Keep administrative restrictions on water rights.
    Ted Cruz: EPA ran amok under Obama.
    Van Taylor: Slash red tape to ensure water rights.
Families & Children
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Paid Parental Leave keeps families healthy and happy.
    Don Huffines: Adoption agencies ok to disallow LGBT adoptions.
    George W. Bush: Teach kids right (abstinence) and wrong (drugs & gangs).
    George W. Bush: More daycare funds; caseworkers; "Second Chance" homes.
    Greg Abbott: Reform Child Protective System or more children will die.
    Greg Abbott: Conscience dictates if marriage is only one man & one woman.
    Greg Abbott: Adoption agencies ok to disallow LGBT adoptions.
    John Cornyn: Supports using campaign funds for candidate child care.
    John Cornyn: Respect the traditional institution of marriage.
    Lance Gooden: Adoption agencies ok to disallow LGBT adoptions.
    Lupe Valdez: Pro paid sick leave; choosing job over sick family is wrong.
    Marco Rubio: Hispanic values: Burning desire that kids have it better.
    MJ Hegar: Asked FEC to allow campaign funds for candidate child care.
    MJ Hegar: Paid family leave for both mothers and fathers.
    Pat Fallon: Adoption agencies ok to disallow LGBT adoptions.
    Paul Sadler: Supports abstinence education in schools.
    Republican Party: Pornography and pedophilia are public health hazards.
    Rick Perry: Let foster teens act as their own medical consenters.
    Ron Paul: Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids.
    Royce West: Don't allow LGBT discrimination by adoption agencies.
    Sylvia Garcia: Don't allow LGBT discrimination by adoption agencies.
    Ted Cruz: Hispanic values: faith, family & patriotism.
    Ted Cruz: Amendment to define marriage as between man & a woman.
    Van Taylor: Adoption agencies ok to disallow LGBT adoptions.
Foreign Policy
    Barack Obama: Meet with Cuban leaders only with agenda of US interests.
    Barack Obama: Cuba: Loosen restrictions now; normalization later.
    Barack Obama: Important to undo the damage of the last seven years.
    Ben Carson: Every Israeli thinks we have turned our backs on them.
    Ben Carson: North Korea's leader is unstable, but understands strength.
    Ben Sasse: Unstinting advocate for American engagement in the world.
    Beto O`Rourke: Invest in improving Northern Triangle of Central America.
    Brian Babin: Foreign aid should reflect US interests.
    Charlie Hardy: Rejuvenate the Peace Corps.
    Donald Trump: Don't take sides with Israel, so we can lead negotiations.
    Donald Trump: I could negotiate a deal with Israel and Palestinians.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports maintaining U.S. sovereignty from the U.N.
    Greg Abbott: Texas is exceptional; we'd be world's 10th largest economy.
    Hillary Clinton: Meet with Cuban leaders only after evidence of change.
    Hillary Clinton: Diplomacy with Iran & Cuba, but no presidential meetings.
    Hillary Clinton: Would use very vigorous and bipartisan diplomacy.
    Jodey Arrington: World is safer when America's military projects power.
    MJ Hegar: Blaming China for COVID19 comes from "very racist place".
    John Kasich: I have a longer track record with Israel than any candidate.
    John Kasich: Chinese are best way to calm down North Korea.
    Marco Rubio: No honest broker on Israel: we are on their side.
    Marco Rubio: Stay with Japan & South Korea or they will be nuclear powers.
    MJ Hegar: Withdrawal from world damages position as global superpower.
    Rick Perry: Divest state funds from companies doing business in Sudan.
    Ted Cruz: Neutrality on Israel is moral relativism.
Free Trade
    Barack Obama: Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade.
    Beto O`Rourke: Tariffs on China will devastate our economy.
    Brian Babin: Opposes NAFTA and GATT.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Smart trade policy protects workers, not just businesses.
    David Alameel: Put America first; change unfair free-trade agreements.
    Donald Trump: With a $58 billion trade deficit, Mexico will pay for wall.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes expanding free trade.
    George W. Bush: Free & fair trade is key to economic future.
    Greg Abbott: Expand Texas' robust trade relationship with Canada.
    Greg Abbott: Expand Texas' long-standing trade partnership with Mexico.
    Hillary Clinton: Have a trade prosecutor to enforce the trade agreements.
    Jodey Arrington: Break down unfair trade barriers.
    Jon Roland: Free trade ok as long as sovereignty considered.
    Marco Rubio: Instead of trade war against Mexico, bring jobs home.
    MJ Hegar: Supported USMCA; wish environmental groups more involved.
    Ralph Nader: It's not free trade; it's corporate-managed trade.
    Sema Hernandez: Move from free trade to fair trade.
    Ted Cruz: Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft.
    Ted Cruz: Supports tariffs; opposes bailouts to those hurt by them.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Strengthen trade ties along the Texas-Mexico border.
Government Reform
    Andrew White: Fight to end the non-competitive gerrymandering system.
    Barack Obama: Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda.
    Barack Obama: Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks.
    Barack Obama: Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending.
    Barack Obama: Need a government that listens to the people again.
    Beto O`Rourke: Committed to personal term limit for serving in Congress.
    Beto O`Rourke: End secret spending flooding American elections.
    Beto O`Rourke: Empower communities by ending gerrymandering.
    Chad Prather: Texas should govern itself, not 2.5 million bureaucrats.
    Charlie Hardy: 2012 House race: Won't accept any campaign contributions.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: No corporate PAC money, but other PACs ok.
    David Alameel: Money is not free speech; corporations are not people.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Texas has a 150 year history of voter suppression.
    Don Huffines: Texans rightfully don't have faith in our elections.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes stricter enforcement of voting rights.
    George W. Bush: Restore individual potential by focusing govt.
    George W. Bush: No lawsuits on good-faith acts.
    George W. Bush: 1990s: $750,000 punitive damage cap in Texas tort reform.
    Greg Abbott: Voter fraud is real; voter ID is nondiscriminatory.
    Greg Abbott: Election integrity essential to our democracy.
    Greg Abbott: No "heavy hand of regulation" attracts business to Texas.
    Greg Abbott: Increased penalty for illegal voting & 2020 election audit.
    Jake Ellzey: D.C. should cut wasteful tax and spend policies.
    Joaquin Castro: Limit campaign donations, plus full disclosure.
    Jodey Arrington: Limit the time a politician can stay in Washington.
    John Cornyn: Create anti-Tea Party PACs to counter Super PACs.
    John Cornyn: Supports Citizens United.
    John Cornyn: COVID: Against mail-in voting.
    John Kasich: My judicial appointments are solid conservatives.
    Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate campaign finances.
    Lupe Valdez: Fight against discriminatory voter identification laws.
    Marco Rubio: The Constitution is not a living and breathing document.
    Mayra Flores: Cast doubt on Trump's 2020 reelection loss on social media.
    MJ Hegar: Refuses corporate PAC money, endorsed by End Citizens United.
    MJ Hegar: Overturn gerrymandering, fight voter suppression.
    MJ Hegar: Day one: work on campaign finance, ethics reforms.
    Paul Sadler: It's crazy to think Democrats want dependency.
    Paul Sadler: Limit PAC and other contributions to legislative campaigns.
    Randy Weber: No limits on campaign contributions nor campaign spending.
    Rick Noriega: Legislative escape tp Okla. protected Voting Rights Act.
    Rick Perry: Require voters to present photo ID at polling places.
    Ron Paul: Signing statements erode constitutional balance.
    Royce West: Government contracts raise issues of conflicts of interest.
    Scott Jameson: Increase limits on contributions to federal campaigns.
    Sema Hernandez: Create uniform requirements for voting.
    Ted Cruz: Dems want to get as many Americans as possible dependent.
    Ted Cruz: Need principled constitutionalist on high court.
    Ted Cruz: Disclosing campaign spending violates free speech.
    Ted Cruz: Political gerrymandering is legitimate, unless racial.
    Greg Abbott: Congratulated Biden 2020 victory, but supported state audit.
Gun Control
    Jasmine Crockett: Oppose concealed carry without training or permit.
    Greg Abbott: Support concealed carry without training or permit.
    Allen West: Supports permitless concealed carry of handguns.
    Andrew White: Not anti-gun but we need universal background checks.
    August Pfluger: Second amendment protects us against government tyranny.
    Beto O`Rourke: Universal background checks; ban assault weapons.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports common sense gun laws.
    Beto O`Rourke: We don't want extremism in our gun laws.
    Brian Babin: Rock-solid defender of the 2nd Amendment.
    Chad Prather: Make Texas a constitutional carry state.
    Chris Bell: Universal background checks; buyback assault weapons.
    Chris Bell: Ban assault weapons, with mandatory buyback.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Ban assault weapons, with mandatory buyback.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: We all want background checks & ban on weapons of war.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Advocates for gun legislation majority of Americans support.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Ban assault style weapons, pass background checks.
    Don Huffines: Favor open carry of holstered handgun.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes an absolute right to gun ownership.
    George W. Bush: Arrest for guns in school; track juvenile offenders.
    George W. Bush: 1995: Concealed carry doesn't make TX more dangerous.
    Greg Abbott: Individual right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791.
    Greg Abbott: Favor open carry of holstered handgun.
    Greg Abbott: Texas must be a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.
    Jake Ellzey: Opposes all federal regulations on the right to bear arms.
    Jodey Arrington: Second Amendment is about individual right to bear arms.
    John Cornyn: Focus on mental illness, not on background checks.
    Jon Roland: Restore militia system--everyone trained in proper gun use.
    Lupe Valdez: For common sense gun control measures; keep community safe.
    MJ Hegar: Ban assault weapons, but no mandatory buyback.
    MJ Hegar: For background checks, red flag laws; end open carry.
    MJ Hegar: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
    MJ Hegar: Supports policies that are pragmatic & enforceable.
    MJ Hegar: Eager to finally put an end to senseless gun violence.
    MJ Hegar: Reverse ban on gun violence research by CDC.
    Paul Sadler: Maintain existing restrictions on firearms.
    Republican Party: No red flag laws; no waiting periods; no age-21 limits.
    Rick Perry: Welcomes NRA with a video of him using semi-automatic rifle.
    Ron Paul: Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it's not just a "collective right".
    Ronny Jackson: Supports gun ownership and public carry.
    Royce West: We can legislate on guns when we turn Texas blue.
    Royce West: We must regulate deadly weapons.
    Royce West: Oppose open carry of holstered handgun.
    Sema Hernandez: Use Commerce Clause to regulate gun sales & manufacturing.
    Steve Stockman: Consider impeachment for Obama's unilateral gun controls.
    Steve Stockman: AR-15 giveaway: the perfect Mother's Day gift.
    Steve Stockman: The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears.
    Steve Stockman: 1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound.
    Sylvia Garcia: Oppose open carry of holstered handgun.
    Ted Cruz: Led fight not to ban assault weapons.
    Ted Cruz: Purpose of Second Amendment is protection against tyranny.
    Van Taylor: Favor open carry of holstered handgun.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports red-flag laws for situations like Uvalde.
    Greg Abbott: No red-flag laws: they violate due process.
Health Care
    Al Gore: Bush policies leave Texas with large Medicaid deficits.
    Allen West: Protested Governor's pandemic-related business closures.
    Allen West: Opposed TX governor for COVID restrictions & accommodations.
    Amy Coney Barrett: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Andrew White: 4-step plan to reduce healthcare costs for everyone.
    Barack Obama: My plan does more than anybody to reduce costs.
    Barack Obama: My health plan does not leave 15 million people uncovered.
    Barack Obama: Adults will get health care as they can afford it.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Donít criminalize Medicare negotiating for drug prices.
    Ben Carson: Health empowerment accounts for families.
    Beto O`Rourke: Improve ObamaCare, including public option.
    Brian Babin: Work tirelessly to repeal ObamaCare.
    Brett Kavanaugh: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Chad Prather: COVID: end mandates, contact tracing, & mask requirements.
    Clarence Thomas: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Supports Medicare for All.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Every person should be able to go to a doctor.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Should not punish people for refusing to get vaccinated.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Attention in healthcare laws for the least of us.
    Don Huffines: COVID: opposed mask mandate; Texas reopened too slowly.
    Donald Trump: Keep pre-existing condition coverage; not individual mandate.
    Donald Trump: Removing cross-state barriers solves many insurance issues.
    Donald Trump: Chief Justice Roberts: a disaster who gave us ObamaCare.
    Elena Kagan: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports expanding ObamaCare.
    George W. Bush: Health insurance for kids from tobacco settlement.
    George W. Bush: Choose doctor for pay outside of HMOs.
    Greg Abbott: ObamaCare was a bad law from the beginning.
    Greg Abbott: We must focus on mental health challenges.
    Greg Abbott: Ensure coverage without being forced into the ObamaCare.
    Greg Abbott: Texas will hire fired unvaccinated Border Patrol officers.
    Hillary Clinton: Make it illegal to discriminate against sick people.
    Hillary Clinton: Tired of health insurance companies deciding who live or die.
    Hillary Clinton: Universal health care will not work if it is voluntary.
    Jodey Arrington: Work tirelessly for repeal of ObamaCare.
    Joe Biden: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    John Cornyn: Don't expand CHIP nationally until all Texans are covered.
    John Cornyn: End Congress' carve-out exemption from ObamaCare penalties.
    John Kasich: Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes.
    John Roberts: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Jon Roland: Universal health program for military; not general public.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Rx Plan has private companies competing to lower drug prices.
    Lupe Valdez: Must expand Medicaid; give access to rural communities.
    Marco Rubio: Let people decide how to spend health care dollars.
    MJ Hegar: Make high-quality care available to all Americans.
    MJ Hegar: Provide Medicare-for-All as public option.
    MJ Hegar: Skyrocketing healthcare costs are unsustainable.
    Nancy Pelosi: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Neil Gorsuch: Individual mandate is unconstitutional even with $0 tax.
    Paul Sadler: Keep ObamaCare benefits for young adults & elderly.
    Rick Noriega: Every American has a right to healthcare.
    Rick Noriega: Enroll all Texas kids in CHIP and other government plans.
    Rick Perry: Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough".
    Rick Perry: Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits.
    Rick Perry: $50 million nursing initiative to address shortage of nurses.
    Rick Perry: Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care.
    Royce West: Expand Medicaid in Texas to cover all uninsured.
    Royce West: Not Medicare-for-All, but health care for all.
    Royce West: Fought to expand Medicaid.
    Royce West: Imperative that mental health services be included.
    Samuel Alito: Individual mandate is unconstitutional even with $0 tax.
    Scott Jameson: Supports universal mandatory health insurance.
    Sema Hernandez: Supports Medicare for All; will re-introduce bill if needed.
    Sonia Sotomayor: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Stephen Breyer: Individual mandate is constitutional even with $0 tax.
    Steve Stockman: Challenge incumbent because he supported ObamaCare.
    Steve Stockman: Supported Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare.
    Ted Cruz: Throw my body in front of a train to stop ObamaCare.
    Ted Cruz: Vow to repeal ObamaCare.
    Ted Cruz: ObamaCare caused millions to lose their jobs.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Treat healthcare as a basic human right.
Homeland Security
    Allen West: Accused of torturing Iraqi informant; firing gun near head.
    Andrew White: Help first responders with citizen-led response teams.
    Barack Obama: Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital.
    Brian Babin: Our military must be prepared and second to none.
    David Dewhurst: No blanket cuts to military, but trim back some spending.
    Donald Trump: Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes expanding the armed forces.
    George W. Bush: US military is key to preserving world peace.
    Greg Abbott: Exempt veterans from state business fees.
    Jodey Arrington: Reinvest in our Armed Forces.
    John Cornyn: Strengthen security at ports and chemical facilities.
    John Kasich: $100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms.
    Jon Roland: Treat terrorists as pirates; military tribunals ok.
    Jon Roland: More SDI funding & more state homeland security funding.
    Lupe Valdez: Worked for Dept. of Homeland Security & then elected sheriff.
    Lupe Valdez: Wants all veterans to receive the benefits they have earned.
    Marco Rubio: US security is more important than Apple.
    MJ Hegar: We must mobilize against epidemic of domestic terrorism.
    MJ Hegar: Will stand against efforts to privatize the VA.
    Rick Noriega: Warrantless phone-tapping abandons the Constitution.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Fulfill our promise to veterans.
Immigration
    Allen West: Texas's sovereignty threatened by Mexico.
    Andrew White: Weak borders are "Open for Business" for criminals.
    Andrew White: Sanctuary City laws force police to do border patrol work.
    Annise Parker: Report illegals to ICE, but don't look for illegals.
    Barack Obama: Encourage every student to learn a second language.
    Barack Obama: Need to look at different aspects of immigration reform.
    Barack Obama: Have border patrolled, surveillance, and deploy technology.
    Barack Obama: Increasing the legal fees on immigrants is not helping.
    Barack Obama: Deporting 12 million people is ridiculous and impractical.
    Ben Carson: Stop illegal immigration, then have a fair path to residency.
    Beto O`Rourke: DREAMers are as American as my kids.
    Beto O`Rourke: Not enough urgency in rewriting law, providing resources.
    Brian Babin: We must secure the borders.
    Chad Prather: Support border wall, ICE; no sanctuary cities in Texas.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Fight for the rights of immigrant families.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Legalize status of DREAMers, other hardworking immigrants.
    David Alameel: Supports the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.
    David Dewhurst: No amnesty & no tuition for illegals; go home and re-apply.
    David Dewhurst: Boots on the ground, plus a wall.
    David Dewhurst: Limit police power to ask detainees about immigration status.
    Deirdre Gilbert: No stance on border immigration.
    Don Huffines: Require local cooperation enforcing immigration laws.
    Don Huffines: Finish building the wall; completely shut down the border.
    Donald Trump: Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
    Greg Abbott: 500 new state troopers plus Texas Rangers at the border.
    Greg Abbott: Enforce against sanctuary cities or more Texans will die.
    Greg Abbott: Require local cooperation enforcing immigration laws.
    Greg Abbott: Texas must fortify its efforts to secure our border.
    Hillary Clinton: No official English, but keep common unifying language.
    Hillary Clinton: Introduce a path to earn citizenship in the first 100 days.
    Hillary Clinton: Consider halting certain raids on illegal immigrant families.
    Hillary Clinton: Border fence that cuts off a college campus is absurd.
    Hillary Clinton: Deploy technology & personnel, not a border fence.
    Jake Ellzey: Complete the wall, secure the border, stop illegal crossings.
    Jodey Arrington: Mandatory jail for illegals who return after deportation.
    John Cornyn: More secure documents needed to enforce immigration laws.
    John Cornyn: First step is securing our porous border with Mexico.
    Jon Roland: Secure border from illegal entry.
    Lance Gooden: Require local cooperation enforcing immigration laws.
    Lupe Valdez: Wants immigration reform that gives a pathway to citizenship.
    Marco Rubio: 45% of the problem is visa over-stays.
    Marco Rubio: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is unconstitutional.
    MJ Hegar: Asylum seekers should not be treated as criminals.
    MJ Hegar: Support DACA recipients, they represent the best of us.
    MJ Hegar: Consider abolishing ICE; prefer better leadership & policies.
    MJ Hegar: Don't waste billions on ineffective border wall.
    Paul Sadler: Pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
    Paul Sadler: Path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas.
    Rick Noriega: Immigration system is broken; deport undocumented workers.
    Rick Perry: $100 million investment in a more secure border.
    Ronny Jackson: US needs border wall to protect us from illegal immigrants.
    Royce West: Putting kids in cages makes "my blood boil".
    Royce West: Must address humanitarian crisis at the border.
    Royce West: We've got to find a way to keep DREAMers in the country.
    Royce West: Oppose local cooperation enforcing immigration laws.
    Sema Hernandez: Remain in Mexico Policy unlawful in US and international law.
    Steve Stockman: Opposes comprehensive immigration bill, and no negotiation.
    Sylvia Garcia: Oppose local cooperation enforcing immigration laws.
    Ted Cruz: Children deported with parents can come back, if citizens.
    Ted Cruz: Triple the size of the Border Patrol.
    Ted Cruz: Boots on the ground, plus a wall.
    Ted Cruz: Give police more power to ask about immigration status.
    Ted Cruz: No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas.
    Ted Cruz: No path to citizenship to DREAMers or anyone else.
    Ted Cruz: Enforce the law but also keep families together.
    Tom Leppert: No border wall.
    Van Taylor: Break immigration issue into little pieces to find solutions.
    Van Taylor: Require local cooperation enforcing immigration laws.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Common-sense compassionate reform like DACA.
    Beto O`Rourke: Orderly path for migrants, including guest worker program.
    Beto O`Rourke: Busing migrants ok if we coordinate with destination cities.
    Greg Abbott: $4 billion and 1000s of troops for border security.
Jobs
    Andrew White: Knows how to create jobs and make progress.
    Beto O`Rourke: Raise minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $15.
    Brian Babin: Opposes affirmative action programs.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Higher pay and safer conditions for workers.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Raise minimum wage to $15 and tie it to inflation.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Get equal pay for women through Paycheck Fairness Act.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Expand right to unionize; fully fund Labor agencies.
    David Alameel: End tax breaks for sending jobs overseas.
    David Alameel: Raise minimum wage so families can work with dignity.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Served as union representative in Houston schools.
    Donald Trump: I'm the only one on this stage who's hired people.
    Greg Abbott: No state deductions of union dues on paychecks.
    John Cornyn: Create jobs by reforming tax code & easing regulations.
    John Cornyn: Co-sponsored National Right-to-Work Act.
    John Cornyn: 2014: raising minimum wage would be a job killer.
    Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate private hiring.
    Lizzie Pannill Fletcher: Attack by AFL-CIO in union case reflects misunderstanding.
    Lupe Valdez: Supports increasing minimum wage, making college affordable.
    MJ Hegar: Supports rights of workers to unionize, collectively bargain.
    MJ Hegar: Raise wages instead of tax cuts for companies exporting jobs.
    Royce West: Fully supports $15 minimum wage.
    Ted Cruz: Raising minimum wage costs jobs for the most vulnerable.
    Tom Leppert: I have created thousands of jobs; we need that in DC.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Support equal pay for equal work for women.
Principles & Values
    Allen West: I don't serve Trump; I serve God, country and Texas.
    Allen West: Likened Democrats to Nazis, Socialists, Communists.
    Allen West: Branded Texas GOP with motto used by QAnon.
    Allen West: Religious coexistence "would give away our country".
    Allen West: 2020 election: Only one view of Constitution (pro-Trump).
    August Pfluger: Running to fight socialism and support rural voices.
    Barack Obama: Go beyond the divisions so that the government can work.
    Barack Obama: Life experiences taught me how to bring people together.
    Barack Obama: Actions can be seen in 20 years of my public service.
    Barack Obama: People understand we must bring the country together.
    Barack Obama: Suggesting that I plagiarized Deval Patrick is silly.
    Barack Obama: Wouldnít be running if I didnít think I was prepared.
    Barack Obama: I have shown the right judgment to lead.
    Ben Carson: Our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports Congress term limits; leaving House after 6 years.
    Chad Prather: Texas is no longer the Texas that most Texans think it is.
    Chad Prather: COVID: Would prefer UFOs to masks and vaccines.
    Chad Prather: I'm going to help Texas secede from socialism that's coming.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Every single family wants the best for their children.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Endorsed by Working Families Party.
    David Alameel: Defeated LaRouche Democrat in primary.
    David Dewhurst: PAC ad: "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a false conservative.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Suing to get on ballot after rejected by state officials.
    Deirdre Gilbert: I believe that God has put me on the road for campaign.
    Don Huffines: If we lose Texas, we are going to lose the free world.
    Don Huffines: I have the courage to save our great state: TEXAS FIRST.
    Don Huffines: Republican leaders can't be trusted; don't follow platform.
    Donald Trump: Make America great again.
    Donald Trump: Lost lawsuit in Supreme Court on overturning election.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes keeping God in the public sphere.
    Emily Sanchez: Spicybrown for Senate: Top of Green Party ticket.
    George W. Bush: Our guiding philosophy: Individual rights & responsibilties.
    George W. Bush: Base "responsibility era" on Judeo-Christian values.
    George W. Bush: De-emphasize economics; focus on compassion.
    Greg Abbott: Defend "One Nation, Under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance.
    Greg Abbott: Prevent government from shutting churches during pandemic.
    Hillary Clinton: Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age.
    Hillary Clinton: I have the experience to be commander in chief.
    Hillary Clinton: My own crises are nothing compared to what people often face.
    Hillary Clinton: Words matter, but actions speak louder than words.
    Hillary Clinton: Using passages from other's speeches is change you can Xerox.
    Jake Ellzey: Lifelong Republican; voted Trump.
    Jodey Arrington: Stop targeting citizens for their religious beliefs.
    Jodey Arrington: The inerrant Bible is the source of all truth.
    John Cornyn: Criticizes Noriega for campaigning during Hurricane Ike.
    John Kasich: America's great, and you can shoot for the stars.
    John Kasich: OpEd: Realism & anti-liberalism define #NeverTrump ideology.
    Lupe Valdez: Supports Texas Bill of Rights, rooted in Democratic values.
    Marco Rubio: Do we prey on anger & fears, or hopes & dreams?
    MJ Hegar: Stop electing people whose lifelong dream is to be a senator.
    MJ Hegar: Reasons for becoming combat pilot same as running for office.
    Republican Party: Biden was not legitimately elected in 2020.
    Rick Noriega: Served in Afghanistan as Lt. Colonel in Army National Guard.
    Sema Hernandez: Member of Democratic Socialists of America.
    Sema Hernandez: The time to break the Patriarchy is now.
    Steve Stockman: Lost campaigns in 1990 and 1992 before winning in 1994.
    Ted Cruz: OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign.
    Ted Cruz: I hear, "I didn't vote for you but you did what you said".
    Ted Cruz: Pushed lawsuit to Supreme Court on overturning 2020 election.
Social Security
    Allen West: Called Social Security "21st century slavery".
    Barbara Radnofsky: Privatization is a terrible idea.
    Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez: Supports Social Security 2100 Act.
    David Alameel: Vows to NEVER cut Social Security and Medicare.
    David Alameel: Vows to NEVER cut or privatize Social Security and Medicare.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
    John Cornyn: Biggest driver of national debt is entitlement spending.
    Jon Roland: Eliminate social security as unconstitutional.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Reform Social Security now, while it's still easy.
    MJ Hegar: Medicare & Social Security not entitlements, but promises.
    Republican Party: Privatize Social Security; eliminate ESOP limits.
    Ron Paul: Federal government won't keep its entitlement promises.
    Scott Jameson: Replace entitlements with market alternatives.
    Ted Cruz: Raise retirement age; cap increases to inflation rate.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Oppose privatization of safety nets.
Tax Reform
    Allen West: Claims Texas tax system based on principles of Karl Marx.
    Andrew White: Unfair tax burden at state level on homeowners.
    Barack Obama: Tax cut for seniors and those making $75,000 a year or less.
    Ben Carson: The IRS is not honest and we need to get rid of them.
    Beto O`Rourke: GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class.
    Brian Babin: Oppose ANY tax increase.
    Chad Prather: Provide lower rates for farmers and ranchers.
    Chad Prather: No state income tax, reduce property tax.
    David Alameel: Repeal individual income tax and lower corporate taxes.
    David Dewhurst: I favor a fairer and flatter tax.
    David Dewhurst: State income tax would pass over my dead, cold body.
    Deirdre Gilbert: One-sided power makes tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.
    Don Huffines: I will phase out the property tax system entirely.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports higher taxes on the wealthy.
    Greg Abbott: The only good tax is a dead tax.
    Greg Abbott: Rein in property taxes; they punish families.
    Hillary Clinton: Rescind tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.
    Jodey Arrington: Fairer, more sensible tax system.
    Jon Roland: Permanently repeal the federal estate tax.
    Lupe Valdez: Open to increasing taxes but not a state income tax.
    MJ Hegar: Use tax credits, incentives to support small business.
    MJ Hegar: Opposed 2017 tax cuts for corporations, extremely wealthy.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    Paul Sadler: No state sales tax; decrease property tax.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    Republican Party: Eliminate death tax & sales tax; make income tax a flat tax.
    Rick Perry: Balance our budget without raising taxes.
    Rick Perry: Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending.
    Ted Cruz: Permanent Washington elite protects the tax code.
    Tom Leppert: Flat tax is an opportunity to expand the base.
Technology
    Beto O`Rourke: Stimulus spending invests in areas like infrastructure.
    Beto O`Rourke: Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy.
    Greg Abbott: Broadband not a luxury; it's an essential tool.
    Greg Abbott: Proposition 1: the people have demanded $4B for roads.
    Greg Abbott: Innovation renaissance: biotech, wearable tech, clean tech.
    John Cornyn: Curb abusive patent litigation that stifles innovation.
    Lupe Valdez: Invest in expanded transportation infrastructure.
    Republican Party: Oppose net-neutrality & social media censorship.
    Rick Perry: $40M for 5,500 students in Texas Technology Grants.
    Steve Stockman: Accepts Bitcoin donations as an alternative to fiat currency.
    Ted Cruz: Net neutrality puts government in charge of internet.
    Ted Cruz: Require Apple to unlock iPhones used by terrorists.
    Tony Sanchez: Create incentives to keep technology workers in state.
War & Peace
    Barack Obama: $2.7 billion each week of Iraq spending is unsustainable.
    Barbara Radnofsky: US presence destabilizes Iraq; leaving causes stability.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Partition of Iraq will increase terrorism.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Secret CIA papers at time of war vote skeptical of WMD info.
    Beto O`Rourke: We need to think before acting in Mideast.
    Beto O`Rourke: Nuclear treaty was best path to prevent Iranian nukes.
    David Alameel: time for us to bring the troops & funding home.
    David Dewhurst: More combat troops were needed in Iraq, and for longer.
    Donald Trump: We would be better off if Gadhafi were in charge right now.
    Donald Trump: Cease-fire in Syria only if all parties involved.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports staying out of Iran.
    Greg Abbott: Help veterans get benefits they've earned.
    Hillary Clinton: Up to the Iraqis to decide the future they will have.
    Hillary Clinton: The purpose of the surge has not been fulfilled.
    John Cornyn: No ransom to North Korea on nukes; we've tried that before.
    John Cornyn: Get US away from ethnic cleansing of Kurds by Turks.
    John Kasich: Arm the Ukrainians and fight ISIS in Syria, Libya.
    Jon Roland: One more year of the surge, then withdraw.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: I can't think of anything worse than cut-and-run.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Need ideas like option for semi-autonomous regions.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Would have voted against war if current WMD info were known.
    MJ Hegar: Reserve deployment of American troops as a last resort.
    Rick Noriega: Safely remove 2 brigades per month from Iraq, for 10 months.
    Scott Jameson: No immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
    Scott Jameson: Iraq war should not be funded as an emergency.
    Sema Hernandez: Overdue for plan to end the wars & bring troops home.
    Ted Cruz: Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan went on too long.
    Ted Cruz: Russia too strong for Syria cease-fire to hold.
    Ted Cruz: SWIFT: commit to maintain ongoing sanctions against Iran.
    Ted Cruz: Nuke treaty didn't sufficiently rein in Iran's nuke program.
    Ted Cruz: Turkey's incursion into Syria is totally unacceptable.
Welfare & Poverty
    David Alameel: I started out very very poor, and I don't forget it.
    David Alameel: I don't see upward mobility for the middle class.
    Deirdre Gilbert: Responsibility to serve the citizenry: "ALL" and not "SOME".
    Joaquin Castro: Job training & childcare subsidies for welfare recipients.
    John Cornyn: Hand-up for citizens, not merely a hand-out.
    Steve Stockman: 1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park.


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