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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)

Book Reviews

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2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library


The 2011 Republican primary debate was held on Sept. 7, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Library in in Simi Valley California.

It was sponsored by Politico and broadcast by MSNBC.

The debate marked the first appearance against his rivals by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic growth: stop picking winners & losers.
    Michele Bachmann: Problem is $1 in tax increases for each $3 in spending.
    Mitt Romney: I understand how the economy works because I lived in it.
    Mitt Romney: Let middle-income Americans save money tax-free.
    Mitt Romney: QE2 didn't work; focus on jobs & higher growth.
    Newt Gingrich: The Fed's secrecy & power are antithetical to a free society.
    Newt Gingrich: Put people back to work to raise revenues without taxes.
    Rick Perry: Keynesian theory is now done; never again in America.
    Rick Perry: Balanced Budget Amendment is the only way to sleep at night.
    Ron Paul: 1980s had huge deficits, despite Reagan's message.
Corporations
    Rick Santorum: Cut the corporate tax to zero, to create jobs.
Crime
    Rick Perry: If you kill a TX citizen, you will face ultimate justice.
Drugs
    Ron Paul: Our drug war is driving our immigration policy.
Education
    Newt Gingrich: I liked charter school programs in Obama's Race to the Top.
    Rick Perry: We reduced school spending in TX and raised graduation rates.
Energy & Oil
    Jon Huntsman: Gas is $13/gal if we count cost of troop deployments.
    Michele Bachmann: Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallon.
    Rick Perry: Don't put economy in jeopardy based on unsettled science.
    Rick Perry: FactCheck: Yes, climate change is settled science.
    Ron Paul: I can get you a gallon of gas for a silver dime.
Environment
    Michele Bachmann: EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not science.
    Rick Perry: We reduced NO2 and ozone in TX without scientists dictating.
Families & Children
    Michele Bachmann: Best results when family involved; worst with government.
Foreign Policy
    Michele Bachmann: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear Iran.
    Rick Perry: America shouldn't be in the business of adventurism.
Government Reform
    Ron Paul: I believe in market regulation, but not federal regulation.
    Ron Paul: Everything government does is a mandate.
    Ron Paul: Don't use Executive Orders for controversial laws.
    Ron Paul: FEMA just conditioned people to build where they shouldn't.
Health Care
    Jon Huntsman: We reformed UT healthcare without mandates.
    Michele Bachmann: ObamaCare is killing jobs.
    Michele Bachmann: FactCheck: CBO never claimed ObamaCare was a job-killer.
    Mitt Romney: On Day One, ObamaCare waivers to all 50 states.
    Rick Perry: Individual mandate just won't work.
    Rick Perry: Wipe out ObamaCare; block grant healthcare back to states.
    Rick Perry: TX wants freedom for healthcare menus & co-pays; feds refuse.
    Rick Perry: HillaryCare did not address agricultural needs.
    Rick Perry: I hate cancer; inoculate girls against HPV.
    Rick Perry: FactCheck: Yes, Perry sought mandatory HPV immunizations.
    Ron Paul: Markets instead of lobbyists writing drug laws.
    Ron Paul: Vaccinating 12-year-olds against HPV is bad medicine.
Homeland Security
    Herman Cain: Fix FEMA; don't abolish FEMA.
    Jon Huntsman: We need a DHS that doesn't make us feel like a shakedown.
    Jon Huntsman: 9-11 shattered our innocence and lost our confidence.
    Newt Gingrich: We have enemies that want disasters on an enormous scale.
    Rick Perry: Unprincipled to create Department of Homeland Security.
    Rick Perry: Glad Obama kept Gitmo open; America is safer because of it.
    Rick Santorum: Department of Homeland Security fixed an internal mess.
    Ron Paul: Abolish the TSA; let airlines establish security.
Immigration
    Herman Cain: Secure the border with more boots on the ground.
    Jon Huntsman: Focus on fixing legal immigration as well as illegal.
    Michele Bachmann: Our immigration law worked beautifully until 1960s.
    Michele Bachmann: Lack of border fence yields our sovereignty.
    Mitt Romney: Build 2,600-mile fence with enough guards to secure it.
    Mitt Romney: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrants.
    Newt Gingrich: Require official English plus American history.
    Newt Gingrich: I voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program.
    Rick Perry: El Paso border is not safe until we have boots on the ground.
    Rick Santorum: No tricks like 1986; secure the border first.
    Rick Santorum: No promises & no government benefits to immigrants.
    Ron Paul: ID cards and border fences are not the American way.
Jobs
    Mitt Romney: Bain Capital created thousands of jobs during my time there.
    Mitt Romney: America is an extraordinary jobs machine.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Reduced unemployment in MA from 5.6% to 4.7%.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Jobs grew faster in MA under Romney's predecessor.
    Rick Perry: We created 1M jobs in TX while US lost 2.5M.
    Rick Perry: FactCheck: Texas has highest number of minimum wage workers.
    Rick Perry: FactCheck: Jobs grew faster in TX under Perry's predecessors.
Principles & Values
    Mitt Romney: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending.
Social Security
    Herman Cain: Chilean model: they fixed the same broken system as US.
    Mitt Romney: Funding for Social Security is not working, but system works.
    Rick Perry: It's a monstrous lie that young people will get benefits.
    Rick Perry: Cannot keep the Social Security status quo.
    Rick Perry: FactCheck: Softened "fraud" rhetoric in current campaign.
Tax Reform
    Herman Cain: 9-9-9 economic plan: 9% income tax + 9% sales tax.
    Jon Huntsman: Let's take a pledge to not take any pledges, including taxes.
Technology
    Jon Huntsman: For GOP to win, we can't run from science.
War & Peace
    Jon Huntsman: Bring troops home from Afghanistan.
    Michele Bachmann: It was wrong for US to go into Libya.
    Rick Santorum: No isolationism on Libya; but Obama did it wrong.
    Ron Paul: Cut $20B in Green Zone air conditioning to force troops home.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ron Paul: Welfare state isn't in the Constitution.


The above quotations are from 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library.

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