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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 Republican Primary Debate in Columbia, South Carolina, May 15, 2007, sponsored by Fox News


Abortion
   Mike Huckabee: “Hate but allow abortion” is like “hate but allow slavery”.
   Rudy Giuliani: Allowing choice keeps government out of people’s lives.
   Rudy Giuliani: Seek bipartisan ways to reduce abortion & increase adoption.
   Sam Brownback: Opposes abortion even for women pregnant by rapists.
   Tommy Thompson: New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed.
Budget & Economy
   Mitt Romney: Washington is broken; needs fundamental change.
   Tom Tancredo: Reduce budget deficit--restrict feds to Constitutional role.
Civil Rights
   John McCain: Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok.
Education
   Mitt Romney: Supports English immersion & abstinence education.
   Mitt Romney: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB.
Energy & Oil
   Sam Brownback: Get more biodiesel & biofuels into system to prevent $4 gas.
   Tom Tancredo: Global warming could be from humans, or could be nature.
   Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Global warming has dissent, but not 50-50 split.
Free Trade
   Duncan Hunter: China is cheating on trade by devaluing their currency.
Government Reform
   Ron Paul: Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security.
   Rudy Giuliani: Gets credit for killing the line-item veto.
   Tommy Thompson: Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they’re wasteful & inefficient.
   Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don’t eliminate them.
Gun Control
   Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban.
Homeland Security
   John McCain: Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion.
   Mike Huckabee: Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life.
   Mitt Romney: Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers.
   Ron Paul: DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it.
   Rudy Giuliani: Use every method you can think of to interrogate terrorists.
   Tom Tancredo: Use Jack Bauer-like methods to protect Western civilization.
Immigration
   Duncan Hunter: This administration has “the slows” on border enforcement.
   John McCain: America expects us to work on immigration together.
   Mitt Romney: McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally.
   Rudy Giuliani: Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards.
   Sam Brownback: Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization.
   Tom Tancredo: McCain’s plan is soft on immigration & amnesty.
Principles & Values
   Jim Gilmore: Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it.
Social Security
   Jim Gilmore: Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence.
Tax Reform
   John McCain: Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending.
   Mike Huckabee: FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS.
   Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement.
   Mitt Romney: Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002.
   Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees.
War & Peace
   Duncan Hunter: Iraqi forces have stopped running and started fighting.
   Jim Gilmore: Mandatory sanctions against nuclear Iran & possible strike.
   John McCain: Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq.
   Mitt Romney: Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West.
   Ron Paul: Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11.
   Ron Paul: We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all.
   Ron Paul: Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon.
   Ron Paul: When we go to war carelessly, the wars don’t end.
   Rudy Giuliani: Democrat timetable for retreat “fundamentally irresponsible”.
   Rudy Giuliani: We did not invite the 9/11 attack by attacking Iraq.
   Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Did say GOP is fundamentally irresponsible on war.
   Sam Brownback: We have not lost war; we can win by pulling together.
   Tom Tancredo: Convert from constabulary force to supporting force.
   Tom Tancredo: Opposed the troop surge, but supports the troops.
   Tom Tancredo: Muslims attack us because it’s a dictate of their religion.
   Tommy Thompson: Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people.


The above quotations are from 2007 Republican Primary Debate in Columbia, South Carolina, May 15, 2007, sponsored by Fox News.

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