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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Meet the Press: Meet the Candidates 2006-2007 series, individual interviews with Tim Russert, throughout 2007


 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Claire McCaskill: Support embryonic stem cell research but not cloning.
    Claire McCaskill: Support a ban on partial-birth abortion.
    Jim Talent: Oppose embryonic stem cell research that involves cloning.
    Jim Talent: Favor exemptions in abortion law but not stem cell research.
    Bob Casey: Plan B morning-after pill is contraception, not abortion.
    Rick Santorum: Exception for rape & incest ok, even though they take a life.
    Rick Santorum: Plan B morning-after pill is abortion, and dangerous.
Budget & Economy
    Claire McCaskill: $300 billion in Iraq is a lot of money.
    Jim Talent: The $300 billion spent on Iraq is 1 percent of the GDP.
    Brad Carson: Rid waste & fraud and close loopholes to balance the budget.
    Tom Coburn: Creating deficit is stealing from our children.
    Tom Coburn: Freeze any increase in spending except homeland security.
    Tom Coburn: Hard to repay the ever expanding discretionary spending.
Civil Rights
    Barack Obama: African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances.
Education
    Inez Tenenbaum: Embraced No Child Left Behind.
    Barack Obama: Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism.
Foreign Policy
    Jim DeMint: The Iraqis would not be voting to set up an Islamic regime.
Government Reform
    Tom Coburn: Rejected a road bill that came with a bribe.
    Barack Obama: People are really ready for a message for change.
Homeland Security
    Claire McCaskill: Support surveillance with civil rights protection.
    Bob Casey: Keep the wiretaps and keep the intelligence programs.
    Rick Santorum: War against Islamic fascism will be won or lost in America.
    Jim DeMint: Opposed the 9/11 Commission at first but now for it.
    Brad Carson: Coburn voted against efforts to crack down on terrorism.
    Tom Coburn: Would have voted for the Patriot Act.
Jobs
    Barack Obama: Make sure that African-American men have access to jobs.
Principles & Values
    Claire McCaskill: Hastert should resign his speakership for a cover-up.
    Jim Talent: Hastert should resign his speakership if found responsible.
    Bob Casey: We need an independent voice; not a rubber stamp for Bush.
    Rick Santorum: I agree with Bush 98% of the time, but I say when I don’t.
    Rick Santorum: Accused of taking home-school money while residing out of PA.
    Tom Coburn: Chose Alan Keyes over George W. Bush in GOP Primary.
    Barack Obama: Want common-sense solutions, not liberal-conservative labels.
Social Security
    Bob Casey: The crisis is privatization.
    Rick Santorum: Switched from raising retirement age to personal accounts.
    Rick Santorum: Guaranteed benefit if over 50; personal account if younger.
Tax Reform
    Bill Nelson: National sales tax raises taxes $4,500 versus income tax.
    Katherine Harris: Supports Fair Tax: 23% sales tax to replace income tax.
    Katherine Harris: Income tax requires 5 billion hours for annual compliance.
    Bob Casey: Change estate tax to save $730B over 10 years.
    Rick Santorum: Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730B.
    Inez Tenenbaum: Proposed a 2-cent sales tax increase to help with education.
    Inez Tenenbaum: Flat income taxes mean raising taxes.
    Jim DeMint: Cut taxes and get rid of the IRS.
    Jim DeMint: Flat income taxes will not hurt the middle class.
    Brad Carson: Opposed to rolling back the top bracket tax cut.
War & Peace
    Claire McCaskill: Need to change course in Iraq.
    Claire McCaskill: Redeploy our troops in Iraq to Afghanistan to find bin Laden.
    Jim Talent: Oppose an artificial timetable for withdrawing from Iraq.
    Jim Talent: Need to season the Iraqi army before leaving Iraq.
    Jim Talent: Our troops must stay in Iraq until the job is done.
    Jim Talent: Would still have invaded Iraq knowing there were no weapons.
    Bob Casey: Iraq: No deadline, no timeline, but replace Rumsfeld.
    Bob Casey: Would have voted for Iraq War, but based on false evidence.
    Bob Casey: No withdrawal deadline in Iraq; but we must change course.
    Bob Casey: We need more Special Forces and better body armor.
    Bob Casey: Sanctions against Iran, but in a tough and skilled way.
    Rick Santorum: Iraq: We have a great game plan, and Rumsfeld does fine job.
    Rick Santorum: War in Iraq is one front in war on Islamic fascism.
    Rick Santorum: Iran is at the heart of the Iraq war.
    Rick Santorum: Saddam had no new WMDs, but did have old WMDs.
    Rick Santorum: Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but still a necessary war.
    Rick Santorum: My Iraq plan, and my opponent’s plan, is same as Bush’s.
    Rick Santorum: Needed exit strategy & objective in Kosovo, but not in Iraq.
    Rick Santorum: Sanctions against Iran, despite Administration disagreement.
    Inez Tenenbaum: We had justification for going into Iraq and remove Saddam.
    Inez Tenenbaum: The Iraqi war is justified even without finding WMD.
    Inez Tenenbaum: Units in Iraq should have better equipment.
    Jim DeMint: Help the Iraqi people set up a democratic government.
    Brad Carson: Success in Iraq is critical to our future.
    Barack Obama: Set a new tone to internationalize the Iraqi reconstruction.
    Barack Obama: Iraq war was sincere but misguided, ideologically driven.
    Barack Obama: Would have voted no to authorize the President to go to war.
    Wesley Clark: Include moderate Arabs in US-led Mideast contact group.
    John Kerry: Vietnam was genocide, but no point calling it “war crimes”.


The above quotations are from Meet the Press: Meet the Candidates 2006-2007 series, individual interviews with Tim Russert, throughout 2007.

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