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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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Survey of 2008 & 2012 Presidential campaign websites


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Abortion
    Andy Martin: Strongly opposed to abortion.
    Virgil Goode: Zero funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Gary Johnson: No federal funding for stem cell research.
    Barack Obama: Stem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases.
    Michael Badnarik: Veto any legislation restricting right to choose.
    Michael Badnarik: Oppose government control over the abortion issue.
    Wesley Clark: Let a woman and her doctors decide about reproductive health.
    Wesley Clark: Women deserve access to birth control & reproductive choice.
Budget & Economy
    Roseanne Barr: Federal Reserve stole our money and our future.
    Virgil Goode: Balance the budget now, not in 10 years, by cutting agencies.
    Mike Huckabee: Created state surplus in AR; cut spending to do same for US.
    Wesley Clark: Plan for jobs-invest in security & budget relief to states.
    Wesley Clark: A healthy economy depends on long-term deficit reduction.
    Bob Dole: Stop deficit spending and balance the budget.
Civil Rights
    Roseanne Barr: Laws should not restrict people on whom they can love.
    Roseanne Barr: Racial profiling is not American.
    Barack Obama: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
    Barack Obama: No federal laws should hinder state-based same-sex marriage.
    Virgil Goode: No gay marriage; no gay civil unions.
    Buddy Roemer: Protect sexual preference; decide gay marriage by each state.
    Barack Obama: Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act.
    Barack Obama: Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    Ralph Nader: Patriot Act associated with abuse of Muslim’s civil rights.
    Michael Badnarik: Help minorities by removing barriers to self-employment.
    Michael Badnarik: Let people, including gays, marry as they see fit.
    Wesley Clark: Eliminate wage gap for women.
    Wesley Clark: Strong enforcement of Civil Rights Act including hate crimes.
Corporations
    Rocky Anderson: End the legal concept of corporate "personhood".
    Herman Cain: Excessive regulation drives up prices; market self-regulates.
    Gary Johnson: Lower the tax burden; eliminate corporate tax.
    Barack Obama: End tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas.
    Barack Obama: Hold corporations responsible for pensions & work conditions.
Crime
    Virgil Goode: Capital punishment for certain murders.
    Gary Johnson: 1994: Proponent of death penalty, but willing to debate it.
    Gary Johnson: Death penalty as a public policy is flawed.
    Mike Gravel: Eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
    Michael Badnarik: Require offenders to compensate their victims.
    Michael Badnarik: End mandatory minimums for drug offendors.
    John Edwards: More DNA testing to reduce wrongful capital convictions.
Drugs
    Roseanne Barr: End all Drug Wars; stop monopoly of subsidized prisons.
    Herman Cain: Illegal immigration exacerbates horrendous drug smuggling.
    Gary Johnson: Drug policy today parallels Prohibition in the 1920's.
    Mike Gravel: War on drugs loses an entire generation to our prisons.
    Michael Badnarik: Self-medication should be up to individuals, not government.
    Michael Badnarik: Drug War also has funded terrorism.
    Michael Badnarik: Block federal spending on the War on Drugs.
    John Edwards: Disparity in penalty for crack vs. powder is not justified.
Education
    Roseanne Barr: Forgive all student loans; they're debt slavery.
    Virgil Goode: End the federal Department of Education.
    Buddy Roemer: Competition & choice are antidotes to flab & irrelevance.
    Herman Cain: Expand school vouchers and charter schools.
    Gary Johnson: Put educational funds in the hands of the people who use it.
    Gary Johnson: End the Department of Education.
    Barack Obama: STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged.
    Barack Obama: First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100.
    Wesley Clark: No vouchers for private schools.
    Wesley Clark: Fund Elementary & Secondary Education Act and more.
    Wesley Clark: Fully fund Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
    Wesley Clark: Would support initiatives to make teaching prestigious.
    Wesley Clark: School buildings must be safe places to learn.
    Wesley Clark: Develop flexible systems to measure schools’ success.
    Wesley Clark: Will ensure universal access to pre-school.
Energy & Oil
    Andy Martin: Strongly oppose cap-and-trade.
    Virgil Goode: Drill in Alaska, in continental US, and off our coasts.
    Herman Cain: Loosen government's grip; expand domestic energy resources.
    Mike Gravel: Make Global Warming a matter of national security.
    Michael Badnarik: End oil company subsidies & restrictions on alternatives.
Environment
    Roseanne Barr: Corporations befoul our food and water supply.
    Ron Paul: Eliminate the ineffective EPA.
    Mitt Romney: Replace "green jobs" program with American competitiveness.
    Herman Cain: No ethanol subsidies; let markets decide forms of energy.
    Mike Huckabee: Stewardship of the air and land and soil is very important.
    Barack Obama: Reduce mercury and lead to protect community health.
    Barack Obama: Protect the Great Lakes & our National Parks and Forests.
    Michael Badnarik: Protect the environment by defending property rights.
    Wesley Clark: Reinvigorate EPA action on environmental justice.
    Wesley Clark: Will enforce Clean Air Act, and no net loss of wetlands.
    Wesley Clark: Will hold business accountable for toxic waste.
    Wesley Clark: No drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
    Wesley Clark: Incentives for energy efficiency & alternative fuels.
Families & Children
    Michele Bachmann: Leading advocate for foster and adopted children.
    Bill Richardson: Supports paid family leave; voted for Family & Medical Leave.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports convenant marriage; adopted it in Arkansas.
    Wesley Clark: Give workers flexibility & increase production.
    Wesley Clark: Same sex couples should have same rights as heterosexuals.
Foreign Policy
    Andy Martin: I understand and believe in American Exceptionalism.
    Roseanne Barr: Self-determination and right of return for Palestinians.
    Virgil Goode: Curtail expenditures to the United Nations.
    Gary Johnson: No foreign aid spending unless it protects U.S. interests.
    Barack Obama: Strengthen NATO to face 21st-century threats.
    Barack Obama: $50B annually to strengthen weak states at risk of collapse.
    Wesley Clark: End China’s currency manipulation to help US manufacturers.
    Wesley Clark: Establish “Civilian Reserve” for times of military need.
Free Trade
    Virgil Goode: No North American Union; preserve our sovereignty.
    Gary Johnson: Eliminate needless barriers to free trade.
    Barack Obama: Stand firm against CAFTA for labor & environmental standards.
    Michael Badnarik: Peace and free trade are mutually dependent.
    Wesley Clark: Labor rights are human rights: promote free and fair trade.
    Wesley Clark: Free trade will work if terms are fair for labor.
Government Reform
    Andy Martin: Operation Greylord: led to 80 corrupt judiciary convictions.
    Roseanne Barr: Ballot Access in all 50 states; end Electoral College.
    Virgil Goode: Term limits for US House & Senate.
    Barack Obama: Public campaign financing with free television & radio time.
    Barack Obama: Create “Google for Government” to track government spending.
    Mike Gravel: Repeal the Electoral College; enact federal term limits.
    Michael Badnarik: Every regulator we fire creates 150 new jobs.
Gun Control
    Andy Martin: Strongly support First and Second Amendment.
    Virgil Goode: Co-chair of the Second Amendment Caucus.
    Mike Gravel: Require license & training for gun ownership.
    Michael Badnarik: Criminals won’t prey on armed victims.
    Michael Badnarik: Gun control means being able to hit your target.
    Wesley Clark: Enforce existing laws & close gun show loophole.
    Wesley Clark: Renew ban on assault weapons, & hold gun makers accountable.
Health Care
    Virgil Goode: End ObamaCare; support tort reform.
    Herman Cain: ObamaCare is health care "deform": repeal & replace.
    Gary Johnson: Repeal ObamaCare & failed Medicare prescription drug benefit.
    Barack Obama: Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets.
    Barack Obama: National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage.
    Michael Badnarik: Tax credits for personal Health Savings Accounts.
    Michael Badnarik: Excess regulations cause high pharmaceutical prices.
    Wesley Clark: Insure children & make all coverage more affordable.
Homeland Security
    Andy Martin: I believe in strong national defense.
    Roseanne Barr: Military Industrial Complex is our shadow government.
    Virgil Goode: Cut defense spending, but not veterans benefits.
    Gary Johnson: Let the PATRIOT Act expire; respect habeas corpus.
    Gary Johnson: Due process at Guantanamo; no torture of terrorist suspects.
    Buddy Roemer: No more "oil duty" for Marines: stronger but more focused.
    Buddy Roemer: Patriot Act ok after full debate and temporary modifications.
    Herman Cain: Best military training, equipment, & technology.
    Barack Obama: Repeal Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.
    Barack Obama: Support veterans via the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act.
    Bill Richardson: Convince Muslims by closing Guantanamo & stopping renditions.
    Mike Gravel: Raze Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib prisons to the ground.
    Ralph Nader: Repeal the Patriot Act; end secret detentions.
    Michael Badnarik: Mideast hatred comes from US actions, not US lifestyle.
    Wesley Clark: Replace Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell with British policy.
Immigration
    Virgil Goode: Stop illegal aliens & terrorists on our Southern border.
    Virgil Goode: End anchor babies and reduce legal immigration.
    Jill Stein: Provide a legal path to citizenship for immigrant residents.
    Gary Johnson: 2 year grace period for illegals to get work visas.
    Gary Johnson: 1 strike & you're out for legal immigrants who violate terms.
    Buddy Roemer: The border needs to be sealed, with no amnesty.
    Herman Cain: Secure our borders; enforce our laws.
    Michael Badnarik: Eliminate restriction on work permits.
Jobs
    Rick Santorum: Workers should have secret-ballot elections for unions.
    Herman Cain: Employee Free Choice Act is really forced unionization.
    Mike Huckabee: Supports farm subsidies & fully-funded crop insurance.
    Barack Obama: Give public safety officers collective bargaining rights.
    Wesley Clark: Stop rewarding companies that shift jobs overseas.
    Wesley Clark: Will support unions and a fair living wage.
Principles & Values
    Herman Cain: Pledge's "under God" is a collective reaffirmation.
    Barack Obama: Active in the Trinity faith community.
Social Security
    Virgil Goode: Preserve and protect Social Security.
    Herman Cain: Modernize entitlements; nothing should be off the table.
    Gary Johnson: Change escalator from wage-based to inflation-based.
    Mike Huckabee: Replace payroll tax & fund Social Security with FairTax.
    Barack Obama: Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security.
    Mike Gravel: Put real money in the Trust Fund & invest it properly.
Tax Reform
    Virgil Goode: Eliminate the Death Tax; institute modified FairTax.
    Herman Cain: Federal government taxes too much and too often.
    Mike Gravel: Repeal the income tax and close down the IRS.
    Wesley Clark: Tax simplification via a $2,250 child tax credit.
    Wesley Clark: Families First tax plan: fair,progressive,simple,responsible.
Technology
    Rick Santorum: Moon base is fiscal insanity.
    Rick Santorum: Moon colony is fiscal insanity during debt crisis.
    Mike Huckabee: Infrastructure: Stimulus, Safety, Security, & Sustainability.
    Barack Obama: Increase funding for basic research; expand broadband access.
War & Peace
    Andy Martin: Strong opponent of Iraq invasion beginning in 2002.
    Virgil Goode: Come home from Afghanistan now.
    Jill Stein: End the Oil Wars.
    Buddy Roemer: Avoid occupying foreign lands: too expensive & too deadly.
    Herman Cain: Diplomacy must never compromise military might.
    Gary Johnson: Eliminate ineffective interventions in Iraq & Afghanistan.
    Bill Richardson: Open an ideological front in the war against Jihadism.
    Mike Gravel: Commence an immediate and orderly withdrawal from Iraq.
    Michael Badnarik: More Americans are opposing Iraq War.
Welfare & Poverty
    Herman Cain: Safety net has become dependency on the government.
    Barack Obama: Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service.
    Wesley Clark: Lift 2 million children out of poverty by 2008.
    Wesley Clark: Promote homeownership; end redlining; end predatory lending.


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