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Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Leadership
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney
Turnaround

(click a book cover for excerpts and a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)

2007 Democratic Primary Debate at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina, July 23, 2007, sponsored by YouTube and CNN


Abortion
   Bill Richardson: Stem cell research as part of preventive healthcare.
   Chris Dodd: Conduct stem cell research to help Alzheimers and diabetes.
Civil Rights
   Barack Obama: Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage.
   Bill Richardson: Full civil unions with full marriage rights.
   Chris Dodd: Treat same-sex couples equally in all rights except marriage.
   Dennis Kucinich: Supports reparations for slavery, to “repair the breach”.
   Dennis Kucinich: Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender right to marry.
   John Edwards: No reparations for slavery; but plenty more we can do.
   John Edwards: Better advocate for women than Hillary Clinton.
   John Edwards: Opposes gay marriage due to his religion; but conflicted.
Crime
   Joe Biden: Authored the Clinton crime bill & 100,000 cops on the street.
Education
   Barack Obama: Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all.
   Bill Richardson: Scrap No Child Left Behind; it doesn’t work.
   Bill Richardson: Help failing schools; don’t penalize by defunding them.
   Bill Richardson: Minimum wage of $40,000 for teachers.
   Chris Dodd: Daughter attends public school.
   Chris Dodd: Reform No Child Left Behind to invest in failing schools.
   Dennis Kucinich: Sent kids to public school; apply that to all kids.
   Hillary Clinton: Sent Chelsea to public schools in Arkansas, but not DC.
   Joe Biden: Voting for No Child Left Behind was a mistake.
   Joe Biden: Sent kids to private school after death of their mother.
   John Edwards: Sent all four kids to public schools.
   Mike Gravel: Sent kids to some private school; likes a little competition.
Energy & Oil
   Barack Obama: Explore nuclear power as part of alternative energy mix.
   Barack Obama: Cheney met environmentalists once; but Big Oil 40 times.
   Chris Dodd: Raise standard to 50 mpg by 2017; make federal fleet hybrids.
   Chris Dodd: Impose corporate carbon tax; need price incentives for GHGs.
   Chris Dodd: FactCheck: Two other candidates also call for carbon taxes.
   Dennis Kucinich: Current approach to energy results in war for oil.
   Hillary Clinton: End Big Oil tax break; $50 billion for strategic energy fund.
   Hillary Clinton: Agnostic about nuclear power until waste & cost issue solved.
   Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: There was no Big Oil tax break under Bush-Cheney.
   John Edwards: No new nuclear power plants; no liquified coal either.
Environment
   Bill Richardson: Lack of Katrina response by our government was inexcusable.
   Chris Dodd: Bush’s lack of Katrina response was shameful.
   Mike Gravel: To get Americans to conserve, change the tax structure.
Families & Children
   Barack Obama: All kids should learn about sexual abuse.
   Barack Obama: FactCheck: ‘Sex Ed for Kindergarten’ means ‘age-appropriate’.
   Chris Dodd: Proudest of authoring the Family and Medical Leave Act.
   John Edwards: Talked to his kids about sex abuse & inappropriate touching.
Foreign Policy
   Barack Obama: Meet with enemy leaders; it’s a disgrace that we have not.
   Bill Richardson: UN troops in Darfur, & UN-enforced no-fly zone.
   Chris Dodd: Iraq lost US moral leadership to deal with Darfur.
   Hillary Clinton: US support & no-fly zone, but UN troops on ground in Darfur.
   Hillary Clinton: Arabic and Muslim countries take women leaders seriously.
   Hillary Clinton: Diplomacy yes; propaganda no; when meeting enemy leaders.
   Joe Biden: American troops on the ground in Darfur now.
   John Edwards: Meet with enemy leaders after diplomacy first.
   Mike Gravel: No US troops in Darfur; Africans don’t trust US.
Free Trade
   Dennis Kucinich: Go back to trade based on worker’s rights.
Government Reform
   Barack Obama: Doesn’t take PAC money or federal lobbyists’ money.
   Barack Obama: People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law.
   Barack Obama: FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby.
   Bill Richardson: Same-day registration to increase voter participation.
   Bill Richardson: FactCheck: 28 states have verified paper trails, not just 10.
   John Edwards: Big change means take power from Big Oil & Big Drugs.
   Mike Gravel: Obama avoids PAC money, but takes lobbyists’ bundled money.
Gun Control
   Bill Richardson: No guns for mentally ill or those with criminal background.
Health Care
   Barack Obama: Reform failed in ‘90s because of drug company lobbying.
   Barack Obama: No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it.
   Bill Richardson: Cover undocumented workers under health plan.
   Bill Richardson: FactCheck: Correct that 33% of Medicare is diabetes.
   Chris Dodd: Cover undocumented workers & their kids under health plan.
   John Edwards: For universal coverage, must mandate everyone be covered.
Homeland Security
   Barack Obama: Register women for draft, but not for combat.
   Chris Dodd: Opposed to draft, but advocates universal nation service.
   Chris Dodd: Served in National Guard; several family members in Navy.
   Hillary Clinton: Opposed to draft, but register women for draft.
   Hillary Clinton: Forgive student loans for universal national service.
   Mike Gravel: Filibustered to end the draft; but women should register.
Jobs
   Barack Obama: Pres. candidates can afford minimum wage; most folks can’t.
   Bill Richardson: Would accept minimum wage as president.
   Chris Dodd: Couldn’t afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it.
   Dennis Kucinich: Would accept minimum wage as president, reluctantly.
   Hillary Clinton: No salary increase for Congress until minimum wage increased.
   Hillary Clinton: Would accept minimum wage as president.
   Joe Biden: Couldn’t afford living at minimum wage; advocates raising it.
   John Edwards: Would accept minimum wage as president.
   Mike Gravel: Minimum wage as president OK, but we need living wage.
Principles & Values
   Barack Obama: People have an urgent desire for change in Washington.
   Barack Obama: Catching a cab, no one questions he’s “authentically black”.
   Hillary Clinton: After 35 years of experience, ready to lead on day one.
   Hillary Clinton: I consider myself a modern American progressive.
   Hillary Clinton: Maybe, finally, break that hardest of all glass ceilings.
   Hillary Clinton: Judge me on my merits, not as Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton.
   Joe Biden: Religion informs my values; my reason dictates outcomes.
   John Edwards: Doesn’t want your vote if you won’t vote for blacks or women.
   Mike Gravel: Clintons & DLC sold out the Democratic Party to Wall Street.
Social Security
   Barack Obama: No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500.
   Bill Richardson: Stop talking about privatization; stop raiding trust fund.
   Chris Dodd: No privatization; but raise earning cap over $97,000.
Tax Reform
   Joe Biden: Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners.
   Joe Biden: FactCheck: Top 1% only got $67B in 2007 tax cuts, not $85B.
War & Peace
   Barack Obama: Be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in.
   Barack Obama: Troops not dying in vain; but we need plans for success.
   Bill Richardson: Iraq has become an endless quagmire.
   Dennis Kucinich: Strength through peace: pursue science of human relations.
   Dennis Kucinich: Democrats have failed the American people by not ending war.
   Hillary Clinton: Pentagon calls her unpatriotic for asking about exit plan.
   Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Correct that DoD has no plan to remove all troops.
   Joe Biden: We can’t just pull out; one year to remove 160,000 troops.
   John Edwards: Troops not dying in vain if they do their duty.
   Mike Gravel: Soldiers in Vietnam died in vain; now same in Iraq.


The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina, July 23, 2007, sponsored by YouTube and CNN.

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