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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
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)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)

Book Reviews

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    Beto O`Rourke: Trust women to make their own decisions.
    Ted Cruz: No exceptions for rape or incest; de-fund Planned Parenthood.
    Lupe Valdez: Endorsed by Planned Parenthood.
    Andrew White: Firm proponent of women's right to make her own decisions.
    Greg Abbott: Protect unborn children and promote a culture of life.
    Jodey Arrington: All human life is a gift from God and begins at conception.
    Jodey Arrington: Unborn children have the constitutional right to life.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Increase funding for family planning services.
    Donald Trump: Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports abortion as a woman's right.
    Brian Babin: Steadfast defender of the unborn.
    David Alameel: Always fight to protect Roe v. Wade.
    John Cornyn: Endorsed by Texas Right to Life.
    Steve Stockman: AdWatch: If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted.
    David Dewhurst: Pushed the sonogram bill with pro-life advocates.
    David Dewhurst: Proud of defunding Planned Parenthood.
    Tom Leppert: Companies can deny insuring birth control.
    Ted Cruz: Companies can deny insuring birth control.
    David Dewhurst: Require women seeking abortions to view a sonogram.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: I am pro-life; I will support pro-life legislation.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Supports umbilical cord blood stem cells.
    Rick Perry: Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement.
    Randy Weber: Require parental notification and parental consent.
    Randy Weber: No embryonic stem cell research.
    Jon Roland: Let states regulate abortion, not feds.
    Jon Roland: Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Rick Noriega: No limits on Roe vs. Wade.
    Rick Noriega: I stand with science; fund embryonic stem cell research.
    Alan Keyes: Do everything to overthrow Roe vs. Wade to acknowledge God.
    Paul Sadler: No funding; no second trimester; no partial-birth.
Budget & Economy
    Lupe Valdez: Economy should provide security & opportunity.
    Ted Cruz: Choose individual liberty over more & more spending.
    Beto O`Rourke: Promote antitrust & regulations that promote competition.
    Jodey Arrington: I cut FDIC budgets by millions & shrunk bureaucracy.
    Marco Rubio: Reduce debt to save key programs like Social Security.
    Greg Abbott: Constitutional amendment to limits growth of state budget.
    Emily Sanchez: Federal stimulus as better than market-led recovery.
    John Cornyn: We've had 17 federal shutdowns since 1976; Obama is AWOL.
    David Alameel: Capitalism has become feudalistic and oppressive.
    David Dewhurst: Cut $14B in state spending last year; cut 10.2% since 2003.
    John Cornyn: Inaction on $700B bailout is unacceptable leadership.
    John Cornyn: Voting for $700B bailout demonstrates leadership.
    Rick Noriega: Voting for $700B bailout demonstrates herd mentality.
    Barack Obama: Can’t do anything at home with $12 billion a month on Iraq.
    Al Gore: Bush avoids Texas budget woes.
    George W. Bush: The Texas budget is balanced, despite Gore’s attack.
Civil Rights
    Lupe Valdez: Pledges to fight for equality for gay community.
    Andrew White: No more political games; fight for all human rights.
    Jodey Arrington: Marriage is sacred union of one man and one woman.
    Ben Carson: Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights.
    John Kasich: Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them.
    Greg Abbott: Wife is first Hispanic First Lady in Texas history.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports affirmative action.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports same-sex marriage.
    David Alameel: Demand equal pay for equal work between men and women.
    David Alameel: Supports same-sex marriage.
    David Dewhurst: Define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
    Ted Cruz: Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage.
    Tom Leppert: Marched in gay pride parade, but opposes gay marriage.
    Randy Weber: No affirmative action; no "gender identity".
    Jon Roland: Allow same-sex couples to marry.
    Jon Roland: Discontinue affirmative action programs.
    Rick Noriega: Government should adopt domestic partner benefit policies.
    Barack Obama: Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable.
    Joaquin Castro: Supports affirmative action for all state decisions.
    Alan Keyes: The belief that you can’t legislate morality is nonsensical.
    Paul Sadler: No same-sex marriage; no hate crime definition for gays.
    Paul Sadler: No affirmative action in state government decisions.
    George W. Bush: Reject quotas, double standards & “group thought”.
    George W. Bush: Celebrate diversity but don’t put people into boxes.
    Beto O`Rourke: Protect consumers from predatory financial behavior.
    Ted Cruz: Free businesses from the CFPB's regulatory blockades.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Cut bureaucratic red-tape that burdens job-creators.
    Greg Abbott: $2 billion reduction in the business franchise tax.
    Emily Sanchez: The Occupy Movement woke me up and gave me hope.
    Brian Babin: Government regulations stymie entrepreneurship.
    David Alameel: Big corporations & executives should pay fair share in taxes.
    David Dewhurst: I formed a business from scratch; bring that to government.
    David Dewhurst: I formed a business from scratch; bring that to government.
    David Alameel: Abandon Washington dependence on big money from Wall Street.
    Tom Leppert: I'm a career businessman; I've actually created jobs.
    Lupe Valdez: End the era of mass incarceration, plus major reforms.
    Greg Abbott: Raise bail when past criminals are re-arrested.
    Lupe Valdez: Too many people are kept in jail simply because they're poor.
    Greg Abbott: Make it a hate crime to target uniformed police officers.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Increase investments & resources for local law enforcement.
    Greg Abbott: 2003 Fugitive unit resulted in 4,400 more arrests.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes stricter punishment to reduce crime.
    Steve Stockman: Admits being jailed in 1970s, but suing group for saying so.
    David Dewhurst: Mandatory 25-year-to-life sentence for first-time child rape.
    Rick Perry: Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders.
    Randy Weber: Supports the death penalty.
    Randy Weber: Alternative sentencing ok; trying minors sometimes ok.
    Jon Roland: Supports death penalty for federal crimes.
    Jon Roland: Repeal most federal criminal statutes as unconstitutional.
    Rick Perry: Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration.
    Rick Perry: Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent.
    Joaquin Castro: More community centers; more job assistance for inmates.
    Rick Perry: Vetoes ban on execution of mentally retarded inmates.
    Pete Gallego: No death penalty for the mentally retarded.
    Rick Perry: Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders.
    Paul Sadler: End parole for repeat violent felons.
    George W. Bush: Send juvenile criminals to “boot camp”.
    Brian Babin: Broaden death penalty; more truth-in-sentencing.
    Beto O`Rourke: Long-time advocate for marijuana legalization.
    Ted Cruz: Opposed to marijuana legalization, but let states choose.
    Greg Abbott: More drug testing for unemployment insurance applicants.
    Ben Carson: Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism.
    George Pataki: Let's see what happens in Colorado with legalization.
    Rick Santorum: Marijuana is a controlled substance for a reason.
    Greg Abbott: Respond to the evil threat posed by drug cartels.
    Emily Sanchez: Legalize marijuana.
    John Cornyn: Legal pot causes similar attitudes to other illegal drugs.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Secure our borders against Mexican drug cartels.
    Rick Perry: Criminalize "doctor-shopping" to obtain prescription opiates.
    Rick Perry: Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war.
    Pete Gallego: Criminalize "doctor-shopping" to obtain prescription opiates.
    Randy Weber: Keep marijuana possession criminalized.
    Rick Perry: Protect the border from drug traffickers.
    Joaquin Castro: Strengthen sentences for drug-related crimes.
    Paul Sadler: Strengthen drug penalties; also strengthen rehabilitation.
    Brian Babin: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Steve Stockman: AdWatch: Arrested for drug possession in 1977.
    Beto O`Rourke: Vouchers funnel public school $ into private schools.
    Lupe Valdez: The right education starts with fixing school finance system.
    Ted Cruz: Private school vouchers is civil rights issue of our time.
    Andrew White: Close $5 billion property tax loophole to aid schools.
    Greg Abbott: Fully fund GURI: Governor's University Research Initiative.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Fight for pre-kindergarten and Head Start.
    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.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports parents choosing schools via vouchers.
    David Alameel: Quality education for ALL children, not just privileged few.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Advocate of parental choice in education.
    David Dewhurst: Protect student's right to pray and reflect in schools.
    Julian Castro: Take "Race to the Top" Funds despite governor's refusal.
    Rick Perry: No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached.
    Rick Noriega: Scrap “No Child Left Behind”.
    Joaquin Castro: More funds for schools, teachers, and college.
    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.
    Brian Babin: Amendment for moment of silence in schools.
    Brian Babin: Vouchers for public, private or religious schools.
Energy & Oil
    Beto O`Rourke: Unprecedented action to build clean energy economy.
    Ted Cruz: Paris Accord destroys $3 trillion in American GDP by 2040.
    Lupe Valdez: Supporter of clean energy options in wind and solar.
    Andrew White: Believes in climate change and will act to address it.
    Beto O`Rourke: Incentivize renewable energy.
    Jodey Arrington: Repeal the 1970s Oil Export Ban.
    Marco Rubio: Let ethanol program expire.
    Greg Abbott: Clean Power Plan is an EPA power grab.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports prioritizing green energy.
    Emily Sanchez: Fracking is running rampant & endangers our air & water.
    David Dewhurst: Open the Gulf; more hydro-fracking; less "green" energy.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: America needs America's energy.
    David Alameel: Energy independence is a national security priority.
    Jon Roland: Alternative non-carbon, non-nuclear energy sources.
    Joaquin Castro: Supports alternative fuel plus traditional sources.
    Beto O`Rourke: Ensure EPA's funding & independence.
    Lupe Valdez: Protect the environment by taking proactive measures.
    Ted Cruz: EPA ran amok under Obama.
    Jodey Arrington: Rein in excessive EPA regulations.
    Greg Abbott: EPA is a runaway federal agency that must be reined in.
    Emily Sanchez: Federal regulation for clean air and water.
    Emily Sanchez: The Earth sustains all life processes.
    Rick Perry: Unsuccessfully had rural agency rebuild after Hurricane Ike.
    David Dewhurst: Repeal EPA's job-killing regulations.
    Rick Perry: Flexible permitting to reduce ozone & NOx levels.
    Rick Noriega: Reports for National Guard duty for Hurricane Ike response.
    Rick Perry: Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs.
    Brian Babin: Limit endangered species list; sell pollution credits.
    Stephen Breyer: Look for alternatives to environmental regulations.
Families & Children
    Lupe Valdez: Pro paid sick leave; choosing job over sick family is wrong.
    Ted Cruz: Amendment to define marriage as between man & a woman.
    Greg Abbott: Reform Child Protective System or more children will die.
    Marco Rubio: Hispanic values: Burning desire that kids have it better.
    Ted Cruz: Hispanic values: faith, family & patriotism.
    Greg Abbott: Conscience dictates if marriage is only one man & one woman.
    Rick Perry: Let foster teens act as their own medical consenters.
    Ron Paul: Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids.
    George W. Bush: More daycare funds; caseworkers; “Second Chance” homes.
    Paul Sadler: Supports abstinence education in schools.
    George W. Bush: Teach kids right (abstinence) and wrong (drugs & gangs).
Foreign Policy
    Greg Abbott: Texas is exceptional; we'd be world's 10th largest economy.
    Jodey Arrington: World is safer when America's military projects power.
    Ben Carson: Every Israeli thinks we have turned our backs on them.
    Ben Carson: North Korea's leader is unstable, but understands strength.
    Donald Trump: Don't take sides with Israel, so we can lead negotiations.
    Donald Trump: I could negotiate a deal with Israel and Palestinians.
    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.
    Ted Cruz: Neutrality on Israel is moral relativism.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports maintaining U.S. sovereignty from the U.N.
    Charlie Hardy: Rejuvenate the Peace Corps.
    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.
    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.
    Rick Perry: Divest state funds from companies doing business in Sudan.
    Brian Babin: Foreign aid should reflect US interests.
Free Trade
    Beto O`Rourke: Tariffs on China will devastate our economy.
    Ted Cruz: Supports tariffs; opposes bailouts to those hurt by them.
    Greg Abbott: Expand Texas' robust trade relationship with Canada.
    Jodey Arrington: Break down unfair trade barriers.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Strengthen trade ties along the Texas-Mexico border.
    Donald Trump: With a $58 billion trade deficit, Mexico will pay for wall.
    Marco Rubio: Instead of trade war against Mexico, bring jobs home.
    Greg Abbott: Expand Texas' long-standing trade partnership with Mexico.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes expanding free trade.
    Ted Cruz: Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft.
    David Alameel: Put America first; change unfair free-trade agreements.
    Jon Roland: Free trade ok as long as sovereignty considered.
    Barack Obama: Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade.
    Hillary Clinton: Have a trade prosecutor to enforce the trade agreements.
    Ralph Nader: It’s not free trade; it’s corporate-managed trade.
    George W. Bush: Free & fair trade is key to economic future.
    Brian Babin: Opposes NAFTA and GATT.
Government Reform
    Beto O`Rourke: End secret spending flooding American elections.
    Beto O`Rourke: Empower communities by ending gerrymandering.
    Lupe Valdez: Fight against discriminatory voter identification laws.
    Ted Cruz: Disclosing campaign spending violates free speech.
    Ted Cruz: Political gerrymandering is legitimate, unless racial.
    Beto O`Rourke: Committed to personal term limit for serving in Congress.
    Andrew White: Fight to end the non-competitive gerrymandering system.
    Jodey Arrington: Limit the time a politician can stay in Washington.
    John Kasich: My judicial appointments are solid conservatives.
    Marco Rubio: The Constitution is not a living and breathing document.
    Ted Cruz: Need principled constitutionalist on high court.
    Greg Abbott: Voter fraud is real; voter ID is nondiscriminatory.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes stricter enforcement of voting rights.
    John Cornyn: Create anti-Tea Party PACs to counter Super PACs.
    Paul Sadler: It's crazy to think Democrats want dependency.
    Ted Cruz: Dems want to get as many Americans as possible dependent.
    Charlie Hardy: 2012 House race: Won't accept any campaign contributions.
    Rick Perry: Require voters to present photo ID at polling places.
    George W. Bush: 1990s: $750,000 punitive damage cap in Texas tort reform.
    David Alameel: Money is not free speech; corporations are not people.
    Randy Weber: No limits on campaign contributions nor campaign spending.
    Rick Noriega: Legislative escape tp Okla. protected Voting Rights Act.
    Scott Jameson: Increase limits on contributions to federal campaigns.
    Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate campaign finances.
    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.
    Ron Paul: Signing statements erode constitutional balance.
    Joaquin Castro: Limit campaign donations, plus full disclosure.
    George W. Bush: No lawsuits on good-faith acts.
    Paul Sadler: Limit PAC and other contributions to legislative campaigns.
    George W. Bush: Restore individual potential by focusing govt.
Gun Control
    Beto O`Rourke: Universal background checks; ban assault weapons.
    Lupe Valdez: For common sense gun control measures; keep community safe.
    Ted Cruz: Led fight not to ban assault weapons.
    Andrew White: Not anti-gun but we need universal background checks.
    Jodey Arrington: Second Amendment is about individual right to bear arms.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports common sense gun laws.
    Greg Abbott: Individual right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes an absolute right to gun ownership.
    Brian Babin: Rock-solid defender of the 2nd Amendment.
    Steve Stockman: The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears.
    Steve Stockman: 1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound.
    Steve Stockman: AR-15 giveaway: the perfect Mother's Day gift.
    Steve Stockman: Consider impeachment for Obama's unilateral gun controls.
    John Cornyn: Focus on mental illness, not on background checks.
    David Dewhurst: Strongly supports our constitutional right to bear arms.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Defend right to purchase and possess firearms.
    Jon Roland: Restore militia system--everyone trained in proper gun use.
    Ron Paul: Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it’s not just a “collective right”.
    George W. Bush: 1995: Concealed carry doesn't make TX more dangerous.
    George W. Bush: Arrest for guns in school; track juvenile offenders.
    Paul Sadler: Maintain existing restrictions on firearms.
Health Care
    Beto O`Rourke: Improve ObamaCare, including public option.
    Lupe Valdez: Must expand Medicaid; give access to rural communities.
    Ted Cruz: ObamaCare caused millions to lose their jobs.
    Andrew White: 4-step plan to reduce healthcare costs for everyone.
    Jodey Arrington: Work tirelessly for repeal of ObamaCare.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Treat healthcare as a basic human right.
    Ben Carson: Health empowerment accounts for families.
    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.
    John Kasich: Give financial incentive for low cost & good outcomes.
    Marco Rubio: Let people decide how to spend health care dollars.
    Greg Abbott: ObamaCare was a bad law from the beginning.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports expanding ObamaCare.
    Brian Babin: Work tirelessly to repeal ObamaCare.
    Steve Stockman: Supported Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare.
    Steve Stockman: Challenge incumbent because he supported ObamaCare.
    John Cornyn: End Congress' carve-out exemption from ObamaCare penalties.
    Paul Sadler: Keep ObamaCare benefits for young adults & elderly.
    Ted Cruz: Vow to repeal ObamaCare.
    Ted Cruz: Throw my body in front of a train to stop ObamaCare.
    David Dewhurst: Reduce medical lawsuit abuse clogging our court system.
    David Dewhurst: Replace ObamaCare with free-market healthcare.
    Rick Perry: Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough".
    John Cornyn: Don’t expand CHIP nationally until all Texans are covered.
    Rick Noriega: Enroll all Texas kids in CHIP and other government plans.
    Jon Roland: Universal health program for military; not general public.
    Rick Noriega: Every American has a right to healthcare.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Don’t criminalize Medicare negotiating for drug prices.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Rx Plan has private companies competing to lower drug prices.
    Scott Jameson: Supports universal mandatory health insurance.
    Al Gore: Bush policies leave Texas with large Medicaid deficits.
    George W. Bush: Health insurance for kids from tobacco settlement.
    George W. Bush: Choose doctor for pay outside of HMOs.
Homeland Security
    Lupe Valdez: Wants all veterans to receive the benefits they have earned.
    Andrew White: Help first responders with citizen-led response teams.
    Lupe Valdez: Worked for Dept. of Homeland Security & then elected sheriff.
    Jodey Arrington: Reinvest in our Armed Forces.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Fulfill our promise to veterans.
    Donald Trump: Charge rich countries like Germany more to defend them.
    John Kasich: $100B more to rebuild the military, with Pentagon reforms.
    Marco Rubio: US security is more important than Apple.
    Greg Abbott: Exempt veterans from state business fees.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes expanding the armed forces.
    Brian Babin: Our military must be prepared and second to none.
    David Dewhurst: No blanket cuts to military, but trim back some spending.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Maintain strong modern military to face dangerous challenges.
    Jon Roland: Treat terrorists as pirates; military tribunals ok.
    Jon Roland: More SDI funding & more state homeland security funding.
    Rick Noriega: Warrantless phone-tapping abandons the Constitution.
    Barack Obama: Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital.
    George W. Bush: US military is key to preserving world peace.
    Beto O`Rourke: DREAMers are as American as my kids.
    Lupe Valdez: Wants immigration reform that gives a pathway to citizenship.
    Ted Cruz: No path to citizenship to DREAMers or anyone else.
    Andrew White: Weak borders are "Open for Business" for criminals.
    Andrew White: Sanctuary City laws force police to do border patrol work.
    Greg Abbott: Enforce against sanctuary cities or more Texans will die.
    Jodey Arrington: Mandatory jail for illegals who return after deportation.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Common-sense compassionate reform like DACA.
    Ben Carson: Stop illegal immigration, then have a fair path to residency.
    Donald Trump: Let the good ones come back in; that's not amnesty.
    Marco Rubio: 45% of the problem is visa over-stays.
    Marco Rubio: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is unconstitutional.
    Ted Cruz: Children deported with parents can come back, if citizens.
    Greg Abbott: 500 new state troopers plus Texas Rangers at the border.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports illegal immigrants earning citizenship.
    Brian Babin: We must secure the borders.
    David Alameel: Supports the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform.
    Steve Stockman: Opposes comprehensive immigration bill, and no negotiation.
    Paul Sadler: Path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas.
    Ted Cruz: No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas.
    David Dewhurst: Limit police power to ask detainees about immigration status.
    Ted Cruz: Give police more power to ask about immigration status.
    Paul Sadler: Pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
    Tom Leppert: No border wall.
    David Dewhurst: Boots on the ground, plus a wall.
    Ted Cruz: Boots on the ground, plus a wall.
    David Dewhurst: No amnesty & no tuition for illegals; go home and re-apply.
    Ted Cruz: Triple the size of the Border Patrol.
    David Dewhurst: Triple the size of the Border Patrol.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Greater emphasis on interdiction and deportation.
    Annise Parker: Report illegals to ICE, but don't look for illegals.
    John Cornyn: More secure documents needed to enforce immigration laws.
    Rick Noriega: Immigration system is broken; deport undocumented workers.
    Jon Roland: Secure border from illegal entry.
    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.
    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.
    Rick Perry: $100 million investment in a more secure border.
    Beto O`Rourke: Raise minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $15.
    Ted Cruz: Raising minimum wage costs jobs for the most vulnerable.
    Lupe Valdez: Supports increasing minimum wage, making college affordable.
    Andrew White: Knows how to create jobs and make progress.
    Greg Abbott: No state deductions of union dues on paychecks.
    Vicente Gonzalez: Support equal pay for equal work for women.
    Donald Trump: I'm the only one on this stage who's hired people.
    David Alameel: Raise minimum wage so families can work with dignity.
    David Alameel: End tax breaks for sending jobs overseas.
    Tom Leppert: I have created thousands of jobs; we need that in DC.
    David Dewhurst: Less federal meddling on labor relations.
    Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate private hiring.
    Brian Babin: Opposes affirmative action programs.
Local Issues
    Rick Perry: Texas is nation's top moving destination for last 8 years.
    Rick Perry: Can-do culture: Texas is not merely strong, but exceptional.
Principles & Values
    Lupe Valdez: Supports Texas Bill of Rights, rooted in Democratic values.
    Beto O`Rourke: Supports Congress term limits; leaving House after 6 years.
    Jodey Arrington: The inerrant Bible is the source of all truth.
    Jodey Arrington: Stop targeting citizens for their religious beliefs.
    Ben Carson: Our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction.
    Donald Trump: Make America great again.
    John Kasich: America's great, and you can shoot for the stars.
    Marco Rubio: Do we prey on anger & fears, or hopes & dreams?
    Ted Cruz: I hear, "I didn't vote for you but you did what you said".
    Greg Abbott: Defend "One Nation, Under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes keeping God in the public sphere.
    Emily Sanchez: Spicybrown for Senate: Top of Green Party ticket.
    David Alameel: Defeated LaRouche Democrat in primary.
    Steve Stockman: Lost campaigns in 1990 and 1992 before winning in 1994.
    David Dewhurst: PAC ad: "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a false conservative.
    Ted Cruz: OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign.
    Rick Noriega: Served in Afghanistan as Lt. Colonel in Army National Guard.
    John Cornyn: Criticizes Noriega for campaigning during Hurricane Ike.
    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: Wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I was prepared.
    Barack Obama: I have shown the right judgment to lead.
    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.
    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.
Social Security
    Vicente Gonzalez: Oppose privatization of safety nets.
    Emily Sanchez: Opposes privatizing Social Security.
    David Alameel: Vows to NEVER cut or privatize Social Security and Medicare.
    David Alameel: Vows to NEVER cut Social Security and Medicare.
    Ted Cruz: Raise retirement age; cap increases to inflation rate.
    Jon Roland: Eliminate social security as unconstitutional.
    Ron Paul: Federal government won’t keep its entitlement promises.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Privatization is a terrible idea.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Reform Social Security now, while it’s still easy.
    Scott Jameson: Replace entitlements with market alternatives.
Tax Reform
    Andrew White: Unfair tax burden at state level on homeowners.
    Beto O`Rourke: GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle class.
    Greg Abbott: The only good tax is a dead tax.
    Lupe Valdez: Open to increasing taxes but not a state income tax.
    Jodey Arrington: Fairer, more sensible tax system.
    Ben Carson: The IRS is not honest and we need to get rid of them.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports higher taxes on the wealthy.
    Brian Babin: Oppose ANY tax increase.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    David Dewhurst: State income tax would pass over my dead, cold body.
    David Dewhurst: I favor a fairer and flatter tax.
    Ted Cruz: Permanent Washington elite protects the tax code.
    Tom Leppert: Flat tax is an opportunity to expand the base.
    David Dewhurst: Passed the largest tax cut in Texas history.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: When raising taxes, government takes a little more freedom.
    Rick Perry: Balance our budget without raising taxes.
    David Alameel: Repeal individual income tax and lower corporate taxes.
    Jon Roland: Permanently repeal the federal estate tax.
    Barack Obama: Tax cut for seniors and those making $75,000 a year or less.
    Hillary Clinton: Rescind tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.
    Rick Perry: Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending.
    Paul Sadler: No state sales tax; decrease property tax.
    Beto O`Rourke: Stimulus spending invests in areas like infrastructure.
    Beto O`Rourke: Rolling back net neutrality hurts democracy.
    Ted Cruz: Net neutrality puts government in charge of internet.
    Lupe Valdez: Invest in expanded transportation infrastructure.
    Greg Abbott: Innovation renaissance: biotech, wearable tech, clean tech.
    Ted Cruz: Require Apple to unlock iPhones used by terrorists.
    Greg Abbott: Proposition 1: the people have demanded $4B for roads.
    Steve Stockman: Accepts Bitcoin donations as an alternative to fiat currency.
    Rick Perry: $40M for 5,500 students in Texas Technology Grants.
    Tony Sanchez: Create incentives to keep technology workers in state.
War & Peace
    Beto O`Rourke: Nuclear treaty was best path to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Ted Cruz: Nuke treaty didn't sufficiently rein in Iran's nuke program.
    Ted Cruz: SWIFT: commit to maintain ongoing sanctions against Iran.
    Beto O`Rourke: We need to think before acting in Mideast.
    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.
    John Kasich: Arm the Ukrainians and fight ISIS in Syria, Libya.
    Ted Cruz: Russia too strong for Syria cease-fire to hold.
    Emily Sanchez: Supports staying out of Iran.
    David Alameel: time for us to bring the troops & funding home.
    John Cornyn: No ransom to North Korea on nukes; we've tried that before.
    David Dewhurst: More combat troops were needed in Iraq, and for longer.
    Ted Cruz: Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan went on too long.
    Jon Roland: One more year of the surge, then withdraw.
    Rick Noriega: Safely remove 2 brigades per month from Iraq, for 10 months.
    Barack Obama: $2.7 billion each week of Iraq spending is unsustainable.
    Hillary Clinton: Up to the Iraqis to decide the future they will have.
    Hillary Clinton: The purpose of the surge has not been fulfilled.
    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.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Need ideas like option for semi-autonomous regions.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: I can’t think of anything worse than cut-and-run.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Would have voted against war if current WMD info were known.
    Scott Jameson: No immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
    Scott Jameson: Iraq war should not be funded as an emergency.
Welfare & Poverty
    David Alameel: I don't see upward mobility for the middle class.
    David Alameel: I started out very very poor, and I don't forget it.
    Steve Stockman: 1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park.
    Joaquin Castro: Job training & childcare subsidies for welfare recipients.

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