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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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Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart


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    from Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test (number of quotes indicated):
  • Alan Lowenthal (3) Democrat U.S. Rep California-47
  • Angus King (1) Maine Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)
  • Champ Edmunds (6) Republican Challenger Montana
  • Doug Collins (6) Republican U.S. Rep Georgia-9
  • Jared Huffman (6) Democrat U.S. Rep California-2
  • Jim Bridenstine (10) Republican U.S. Rep Oklahoma-1
  • Joe Kennedy III (9) Democrat U.S. Rep Massachusetts-4
  • Kevin Cramer (9) Republican U.S. Rep North Dakota-0
  • Richard Hudson (6) Republican U.S. Rep North Carolina-8
  • Ted Yoho (9) Republican U.S. Rep Florida-3
    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."
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Ted Yoho: Keynesian economics is no way to stimulate the economy.
Civil Rights
    Champ Edmunds: Marriage between one man and one woman.
    Kevin Cramer: Marriage is defined in Scripture.
Crime
    Champ Edmunds: Capital punishment , but not for juveniles.
    Doug Collins: Supports capital punishment.
    Ted Yoho: Support capital punishment.
    Jared Huffman: Life-without-parole instead of capital punishment.
    Jim Bridenstine: Swift capital punishment saves lives.
    Joe Kennedy III: Opposes capital punishment.
    Kevin Cramer: 100% pro-life includes opposing death penalty.
Drugs
    Champ Edmunds: Decriminalize marijuana; support substance abuse treatment.
Education
    Champ Edmunds: State funding for charters and vouchers.
    Ted Yoho: Department of Education should be eliminated over 3-5 years.
    Jim Bridenstine: No federal standards; local control & spending.
    Joe Kennedy III: I support the President's Race to the Top program.
Energy & Oil
    Doug Collins: Human activity is not contributing to climate change.
    Ted Yoho: Department of Energy needs to be eliminated.
    Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases.
    Jim Bridenstine: No credible evidence that CO2 affects global climate.
    Joe Kennedy III: Human activity is contributing to climate change.
Government Reform
    Champ Edmunds: No limits on political contributions.
    Doug Collins: Increased transparency about campaign contributions.
    Ted Yoho: Regulate campaign contributions.
    Alan Lowenthal: Regulate corporate & union campaign contributions.
    Jared Huffman: Ban "independent expenditures"; they're out of control.
    Jim Bridenstine: First Amendment includes campaign spending.
    Joe Kennedy III: Citizens United decision should be reversed.
    Kevin Cramer: First Amendment is clear: unregulated campaign contributions.
    Richard Hudson: Eliminate 527s and force full disclosure.
Gun Control
    Jared Huffman: 2nd amendment right is not absolute.
    Joe Kennedy III: Keep assault weapons ban; end gun-show loophole.
Health Care
    Alan Lowenthal: KeepObamaCare; require purchasing insurance.
    Kevin Cramer: ObamaCare is an insult to the constitution.
Homeland Security
    Doug Collins: Protect citizenry from terrorists while respecting rights.
    Jared Huffman: Reduce defense spending to balance the budget.
    Jared Huffman: Diplomacy and due process, instead of military action.
    Jim Bridenstine: Smart defense reductions; don't jeopardize national security.
    Joe Kennedy III: Reduce defense spending, not Medicaid/Medicare.
    Kevin Cramer: Every agency, including defense, should cut programs.
    Richard Hudson: I do not support Obama's proposal to cut $1T from Defense.
    Angus King: Ok to target suspected terrorists outside of war zones.
Immigration
    Ted Yoho: First, secure the borders; then a path to citizenship.
    Jim Bridenstine: Secure the borders to stop movement of narcotics and slaves.
    Joe Kennedy III: Provide an opportunity to earn citizenship.
    Kevin Cramer: Harder for illegals to get benefits & become citizens.
    Richard Hudson: End "birth right citizenship".
Social Security
    Ted Yoho: Option of 100% privatization.
    Jim Bridenstine: Give younger people option of personal retirement accounts.
    Kevin Cramer: Allow future workers to invest more of their own money.
    Richard Hudson: Reform the system for those my age and younger.
Tax Reform
    Champ Edmunds: Eliminate income taxes and corporate taxes.
    Jim Bridenstine: High taxes inhibit economic growth and job creation.
War & Peace
    Doug Collins: Afghan withdrawal when commanders say, on secret timetable.
    Doug Collins: Iran is an imminent threat to the US.
    Ted Yoho: Support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Ted Yoho: Defend if Iran attacks us, but no military prevention.
    Jared Huffman: Timetable for Afghan withdrawal should be immediately!
    Jim Bridenstine: Don't set timetables for withdrawal from any conflict.
    Jim Bridenstine: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Joe Kennedy III: Bring troops home quickly & prudently before end of 2014.
    Joe Kennedy III: Crippling sanctions on Iran to ensure no nuclear arms.
    Kevin Cramer: Withdraw from Afghanistan, but no timetable.
    Kevin Cramer: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Richard Hudson: No timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Richard Hudson: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.


The above quotations are from Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart.

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