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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
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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
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2002 Congressional National Political Awareness Test, by Project Vote Smart


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    from 2002 National Political Awareness Test (number of quotes indicated):
  • Brad Henry (8) Oklahoma Previously Democratic Governor
  • Chuck Hagel (2) Cabinet
  • David Vitter (5) Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative Louisiana
  • Denise Majette (14) 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative Georgia
  • Dick Durbin (6)
  • Doug LaMalfa (9) Republican U.S. Rep California-1
  • Eric Fingerhut (11) 2004 former Democratic challenger; previously US Rep Ohio
  • Jack Conway (7) 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; formerly Attorney General Kentucky
  • Jack Hoogendyk (5) Republican Senate challenger (2008) Michigan
  • Jim Holt (6) 2010 Republican challenger (lost primary) Arkansas
  • Jim Sykes (11) 2004 former Green challenger Alaska
  • John Sununu (2) Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) New Hampshire
  • Kevin McCarthy (11) Republican U.S. Rep California-23
  • Lisa Murkowski (3) Republican Sr Senator Alaska
  • Lloyd Doggett (4) Democrat U.S. Rep Texas-35
  • Mark Amodei (7) Republican U.S. Rep Nevada-2
  • Mark Pryor (2) Democratic Sr Senator Arkansas
  • Matt Dunlap (7) Democratic Senate Challenger (2012) Maine
  • Max Baucus (2) Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) Montana
  • Peter Camejo (9) Former Green Challenger (2003)
  • Rick Berg (4) Republican Challenger North Dakota
  • Scott Brown (1) Previsouly MA Republican Jr Senator New Hampshire
  • Stuart Starky (7) 2004 former Democrat challenger; also ran for Senate in '00 Arizona
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Eric Fingerhut: I support Roe vs. Wade.
    Brad Henry: Government should not be involved in.
    Doug LaMalfa: Abortion is a poor substitute for abstinence.
    Jack Conway: Abortion should be rare, but safe and legal.
    Kevin McCarthy: Eliminate public funding for abortions.
    Lloyd Doggett: Legal abortions only for rape, incest, & maternal health.
    Mark Amodei: Abortions should always be legally available.
    Mark Pryor: Legal only for incest, rape, or maternal health.
    Matt Dunlap: Abortions should always be legally available.
    Peter Camejo: Abortions should always be legally available.
    Jim Holt: Choose to save mother’s life, not to kill babies.
    Jim Sykes: Decision must ultimately be made by a woman.
Civil Rights
    David Vitter: Discontinue affirmative action programs.
    Eric Fingerhut: Affirmative action is a good outreach strategy.
    Eric Fingerhut: Recognize same-sex civil unions and marriage.
    Brad Henry: No affirmative action in state contracts; yes in colleges.
    Doug LaMalfa: No affirmative action; reduce government interference.
    Jack Conway: Affirmative action addresses proven past discrimination.
    Kevin McCarthy: No civil unions; define marriage as one-man-one-woman.
    Mark Amodei: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions.
    Mark Amodei: Support affirmative action in schools & workplaces.
    Matt Dunlap: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws.
    Matt Dunlap: Affirmative action ok, but not on state contracts.
    Rick Berg: No affirmative action for state employment nor college.
    Denise Majette: Supports affirmative action.
    Denise Majette: Continue affirmative action programs.
    Jim Holt: Don’t consider race, ethnicity, or gender when hiring.
    Lisa Murkowski: Support Alaska/native hire on government projects.
    Peter Camejo: Recognize civil unions & allow homosexual marriage.
    Peter Camejo: Ban racial profiling; expand definition of hate crime.
Corporations
    Jack Hoogendyk: Ease regulations & tax burdens on businesses.
Crime
    David Vitter: Impose truth in sentencing.
    David Vitter: Broaden use of death penalty.
    Eric Fingerhut: Support death penalty; ban racial profiling.
    Eric Fingerhut: No parole for repeat offenders.
    Brad Henry: Supports the death penalty.
    Brad Henry: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Chuck Hagel: Prosecute most dangerous crimes with full range of options.
    Dick Durbin: Maintain death penalty for the most heinous crimes.
    Dick Durbin: Impose “truth in sentencing” for violent criminals.
    Doug LaMalfa: Supports the death penalty.
    Doug LaMalfa: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Kevin McCarthy: Support death penalty; build more prisons.
    Kevin McCarthy: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Mark Amodei: Support the use of the death penalty in Nevada.
    Mark Amodei: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Matt Dunlap: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders.
    Max Baucus: Truth in sentencing with no chance of parole.
    Rick Berg: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Denise Majette: Eliminate the use of the death penalty.
    Denise Majette: Support alternative sentencing and rehabilitation programs.
    Jim Holt: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Jim Sykes: Eliminate the death penalty.
    Jim Sykes: Support alternative sentencing and rehabilitation.
    Lisa Murkowski: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Stuart Starky: Support the use of the death penalty.
    Stuart Starky: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Peter Camejo: Moratorium on death penalty.
    Peter Camejo: Don’t use Three Strikes for small crimes.
Drugs
    Eric Fingerhut: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
    Dick Durbin: Strengthen enforcement against Ecstasy and other club drugs.
    Dick Durbin: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
    Doug LaMalfa: Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
    Kevin McCarthy: Stricter penalties for drug-related crimes.
    Lloyd Doggett: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Mark Pryor: More penalties & more jail sentences for illegal drug sales.
    Denise Majette: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
    Jim Holt: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
    Jim Sykes: Eliminate funding for the war on drugs.
    Stuart Starky: Decriminalize medical marijuana.
Education
    David Vitter: Supports vouchers for private & religious schools.
    David Vitter: Supports charter schools & increased flexibility.
    Eric Fingerhut: Teach abstinence; require exit exams in high schools.
    Eric Fingerhut: Better teacher pay; expanded early education.
    Doug LaMalfa: Post the Ten Commandments in public schools.
    Doug LaMalfa: Vouchers for public, private, and religious schools.
    Jack Conway: Support charter schools & eliminate federal restrictions.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Ten Commandments & voluntary prayer in public schools.
    John Sununu: Supports private-school vouchers & charter schools.
    Kevin McCarthy: Supports vouchers for public, private, & religious schools.
    Kevin McCarthy: Supports Ten Commandments & abstinence-only sex ed.
    Lloyd Doggett: Supports charter schools.
    Mark Amodei: Support national standards and testing.
    Denise Majette: Supports charter schools and flexible funding.
    Jim Holt: Teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
    Jim Holt: Vouchers OK for public, private, religious schools.
    Jim Sykes: Supports charters and other flexible funding options.
    Lisa Murkowski: Require high school exit exams.
    Stuart Starky: Additional funding for Master Teachers.
Energy & Oil
    Brad Henry: Promote fuel technology.
    Denise Majette: Re-enter the Kyoto treaty process.
    Peter Camejo: Tax all carbon sources, including gasoline.
Environment
    Eric Fingerhut: Aggressive effort to increase clean air.
    Mark Amodei: Supports open space preservation & alternative fuel.
    Scott Brown: State funding for open space & pollution cleanup.
    Denise Majette: More open space; less commercial logging in USFS land.
    Stuart Starky: Focus on new water resources.
Foreign Policy
    Jim Sykes: Take a more active role in the UN.
Free Trade
    Dick Durbin: Supports NAFTA, GATT, and WTO.
    Denise Majette: Supports NAFTA, GATT, WTO.
    Denise Majette: End Cuba trade embargo; undecided on China.
    Jim Sykes: Human rights record shouldn’t affect trade.
Government Reform
    Brad Henry: Limit contributions to political campaigns.
    Doug LaMalfa: No limits on campaign donations, with full disclosure.
    Kevin McCarthy: Limit campaign donations, but no public funding.
    Lloyd Doggett: Opposes congressional term limits.
    Matt Dunlap: No campaign donation limits; just disclosure.
    Peter Camejo: Full disclosure, spending limits, & state campaign finance.
    Peter Camejo: Supports IRV, on-line voting, & same-day registration.
Gun Control
    Eric Fingerhut: Supports safety locks, background checks, semi-auto ban.
    Jack Conway: I support the 2nd Amendment.
    Matt Dunlap: Ease or repeal restrictions on purchase & possession of guns.
    Max Baucus: Allow concealed carry; ease other gun restrictions.
    Denise Majette: Require gun safety courses before purchasing.
    Jim Sykes: Require background checks and safety locks.
    Stuart Starky: Concealed carry ok; require background checks.
Health Care
    Eric Fingerhut: Fund basic health care for all citizens.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Government should not guarantee medical care.
    Kevin McCarthy: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
    Stuart Starky: Ensure access to basic health care.
Homeland Security
    Jack Conway: Greater discretion to read email & tap phones.
    John Sununu: Military tribunals OK; reading domestic mail & email OK.
    Rick Berg: Core responsibility is to have a strong military.
    Jim Sykes: Switch funding from military hardware to energy research.
Immigration
    Denise Majette: Allow legalization for aliens working in US.
    Jim Sykes: Social services and legalization for illegal immigrants.
Jobs
    Kevin McCarthy: No affirmative action at state agencies nor colleges.
    Denise Majette: Increase the minimum wage.
Local Issues
    Brad Henry: Restrict smoking in most public places.
    Brad Henry: Ban cockfighting.
Social Security
    Jim Sykes: Medicare too important to trust to for-profit corporations.
Tax Reform
    Peter Camejo: Streamline all departments to reduce taxes.
War & Peace
    Jack Conway: Only enter Iraq if they have WMD or 9/11 involvement.
Welfare & Poverty
    Chuck Hagel: Fund welfare via churches & block grants to states.
    Dick Durbin: Block grants for state & local welfare programs.
    Doug LaMalfa: Redirect welfare funding to faith-based organizations.
    Jack Conway: Faith-based program funding competing with secular programs.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Welfare funding to faith-based organizations.
    Kevin McCarthy: Provide welfare through non-profit & religious organizations.
    Matt Dunlap: Expand state services to include the working poor.
    Rick Berg: Job training & child care for welfare recipients.
    Denise Majette: Poverty aid thru religious and community groups.


The above quotations are from 2002 Congressional National Political Awareness Test, by Project Vote Smart.

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