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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)

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2013 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Response and the Tea Party response: Feb. 12, 2013


President Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term, outlining his agenda for the second term, with particular emphasis on the economy, energy, and gun control. The mainstream media focused on First Lady Michelle Obama's new bangs.

Senator Marco Rubio delivered the official Republican Party response to the President, and Senator Rand Paul delivered the Tea Party response. Both highighted the need for less government as the means to end the Great Recession, in contrast to Obama's call for additional stimulus spending and additional taxes. The mainstream media focused on how Sen. Rubio reached for a glass of water in the middle of his speech.

Coverage of the State of the Union address from Examiner.com:
"Michelle Obama was the toast of the star-studded and politico-filled crowd on hand at Congress to hear her husband's speech, still rocking her much talked about bangs that looked as if they might have been trimmed a bit in recent days but still as flattering as ever as worn by the FLOTUS on Tuesday night."

Coverage of the State of the Union address from The Atlantic Magazine:
"Marco Rubio's mid-speech lunge for an awkwardly placed bottle of Poland Spring water during his delivery of the official Republican Party response to the State of the Union immediately became the break-out moment of his remarks Tuesday night."
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Rand Paul: FactCheck: US borrowing $30,000 per second, not $50,000.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: $2.5T deficit reduction is a debatable estimate.
    Barack Obama: $4T in deficit reduction: tax the top 1%.
    Barack Obama: Uphold full faith & credit of US; keep government open.
    Barack Obama: Home mortgage problems are holding back our economy.
    Marco Rubio: Tax, borrow, & spend is not the way out of the recession.
    Marco Rubio: Real problem is $1T deficit each year since 2009.
    Rand Paul: Borrowing $50,000 per second is not sustainable.
    Rand Paul: America needs Adam Smith, not Robin Hood.
    Rand Paul: Penny Plan: Each $1 by one penny & balance budget by 2019.
    Rand Paul: Keep the sequester, and increase it to $4T.
Civil Rights
    Barack Obama: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Corporations
    Marco Rubio: Lower corporate tax rate; it's the highest in the world.
    Rand Paul: Cut corporate tax in half to create millions of jobs.
Crime
    Rand Paul: Defend trial by jury & oppose unlawful searches.
Education
    Barack Obama: Re-equip high schools to train for jobs right now.
    Barack Obama: College Scorecard: compare schools by affordability.
    Marco Rubio: Give parents chance to send kids to school of their choice.
    Marco Rubio: Give info to students on costs & benefits of student loans.
    Rand Paul: Allow school choice for everyone, white, brown, or black.
Energy & Oil
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Wind & solar doubled, but now only 1.4% of energy.
    John McCain: FactCheck: Pushed cap-and-trade bill in 2009, but not since.
    Barack Obama: Bipartisan market-based solution to climate change.
    Barack Obama: We must do more to combat climate change.
    Barack Obama: Energy Security Trust: oil & gas tax funds green energy R&D.
    Marco Rubio: Our government can't control the weather.
    Marco Rubio: Grow our energy industry, not "clean energy" like Solyndra.
Families & Children
    Barack Obama: Pass the Violence Against Women Act.
    Marco Rubio: Answers lie with family and our faith, not politicians.
Foreign Policy
    Barack Obama: Support stable transition to democracy in Burma & elsewhere.
Free Trade
    Barack Obama: Negotiate a Transatlantic and a Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Government Reform
    Barack Obama: Waiting 6 or 7 hours to cast a ballot betrays our ideals.
    Marco Rubio: More government breeds complicated rules & holds us back.
    Rand Paul: Term limits if budget can't get balanced.
Gun Control
    Barack Obama: Gun violence victims deserve a vote.
    Marco Rubio: Deal with gun violence, but do it constitutionally.
    Rand Paul: Don't let the liberals tread on the Second Amendment.
Health Care
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: ObamaCare is not now forcing loss of insurance.
    Barack Obama: An AIDS-free generation is within our reach.
Homeland Security
    Barack Obama: Defense cuts bad; but non-defense cuts even worse.
    Barack Obama: Define legal framework for targeting & detaining terrorists.
    Marco Rubio: World is a better place when America is the strongest nation.
Immigration
    Barack Obama: Comprehensive immigration reform including legal immigration.
    Rand Paul: See immigrants as assets, not liabilities.
Jobs
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Yes, 500K manufacturing jobs since 2010, but...
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Briefly supported tying minimum wage to inflation.
    Barack Obama: Make America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
    Barack Obama: Raise federal minimum wage to $9 per hour, and tie to COLA.
    Marco Rubio: Grow the middle class; don't grow the government.
Principles & Values
    Barack Obama: Put nation's interests before party.
    Marco Rubio: America is exceptional: we value every life at every stage.
    Marco Rubio: Come together or our generation will begin American decline.
    Rand Paul: America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be free.
Social Security
    Barack Obama: No new promises we can't keep; but keep promises we've made.
Tax Reform
    Rand Paul: Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!
Technology
    Rand Paul: FactCheck: Free "Obama phones" actually started in 1984.
    Barack Obama: $140 for each $1 spent on genome; make more such investments.
    Barack Obama: Fix It First: urgent repairs like 70,000 bridges.
    Barack Obama: Cyber-attacks are real threats to security and economy.
War & Peace
    Barack Obama: Move into support role in Afghanistan; 34,000 troops home.


The above quotations are from 2013 State of the Union address to Congress, plus the Republican Response and the Tea Party response: Feb. 12, 2013.

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