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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)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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2010-2012 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart

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    from 2010-2012 Political Courage Test (number of quotes indicated):
  • Brian Bosma (11) Republican Senate candidate Indiana
  • Bruce Westerman (1) Republican House Member U.S. Rep Arkansas- 4
  • Cam Cavasso (2) Republican Challenger Hawaii
  • John Lynch (3) New Hampshire Former Democratic Governor (2005-2013)
  • Mark Zaccaria (11) Republican Senate Challenger Rhode Island
  • Randall Batson (9) Libertarian Senate challenger Kansas
  • Rick Scott (4) Florida Republican Governor
  • Robert Sarvis (9) Virginia Libertarian nominee for Governor
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
    The "Political Courage Test", according to Project Vote-Smart, "measures each candidate’s willingness to provide citizens with their positions on key issues. Most candidates, fearing their opponents might use their positions in attack ads, refuse or only respond to a few questions that their consultants stamp as safe. Each candidate is repeatedly confronted with these issue questions by Vote Smart, national media and political leaders of both major parties."
This set of Political Courage Tests is by gubernatorial candidates and 3rd-party presidential candidates who filled in the questionnaire in 2010 or 2011, or in the run-up to the 2012 elections.
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Robert Sarvis: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Robert Sarvis: Early term abortions ok, but parental consent for minors.
    John Lynch: Emergency contraception without a prescription.
    Mark Zaccaria: Make abortion unthinkable but not illegal.
    Mark Zaccaria: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Randall Batson: No state funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Budget & Economy
    Brian Bosma: Reduce government regulations; reduce unemployment benefits.
    Randall Batson: No rainy day fund; reduce all spending.
    Rick Scott: 777 economic plan: 7 Steps to 700,000 Jobs in 7 Years.
Civil Rights
    Brian Bosma: No civil unions; no gay marriage.
    Bruce Westerman: Opposes affirmative action.
    Robert Sarvis: Supports gay marriage.
    Robert Sarvis: Opposes affirmative action.
    Mark Zaccaria: End federal affirmative action programs.
    Randall Batson: Civil unions ok; let churches decide on same-sex marriage.
    Randall Batson: State use of affirmative action ok, but not private.
    Brian Bosma: Supports capital punishment, and use of deadly force at home.
    Robert Sarvis: Capital punishment should be legal but rare.
    John Lynch: Maintain truth-in-sentencing law.
    Cam Cavasso: Supports capital punishment for certain crimes.
    Mark Zaccaria: Supports capital punishment.
    Brian Bosma: Decriminalize marijuana; but no medicinal marijuana.
    John Lynch: Decriminalize marijuana once concerns are addressed.
    Rick Scott: Drug courts & alternatives to incarceration.
    Mark Zaccaria: Mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Brian Bosma: Supports vouchers and charter schools.
    Mark Zaccaria: Supports vouchers but not charters.
    Randall Batson: Abstinence education ok, but not abstinence-only.
Energy & Oil
    Brian Bosma: Develop traditional domestic energy sources.
    Robert Sarvis: Humans cause climate change, but don't regulate CO2.
    Randall Batson: Don't fund alternative energy; don't fund oil & gas either.
    Robert Sarvis: No open space funding, but environmental harm regulations ok.
    Brian Bosma: State funding for open space preservation.
    Randall Batson: No state funding for open space preservation.
    Rick Scott: Base environmental policy on sound science, not politics.
Free Trade
    Mark Zaccaria: Today's free trade agreements are stacked against the US.
Government Reform
    Brian Bosma: No limits on PAC contributions; but full disclosure.
    Brian Bosma: Require a photo ID in order to vote.
    Robert Sarvis: No limit on campaign contributions; limit government instead.
    Rick Scott: Free speech includes financially supporting candidates.
    Cam Cavasso: Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns.
    Mark Zaccaria: Keep contribution limits & campaign finance regulations.
    Randall Batson: No term limits; no campaign contribution limits.
Gun Control
    Brian Bosma: Do all I can to protect the 2nd amendment rights.
Health Care
    Brian Bosma: Tort reform instead of individual mandate.
    Randall Batson: Quit preventing the Free Market to fix itself.
Homeland Security
    Mark Zaccaria: Cut government, including cutting military (except salary).
    Robert Sarvis: Opposes local enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Social Security
    Mark Zaccaria: Privatize elements of Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Mark Zaccaria: Eliminate the estate tax; cut spending to match tax cuts.

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