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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)

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2014 Iowa Senate Debates


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    from 2014 Iowa Senate Debates (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bruce Braley (9) Democratic Challenger Iowa
  • Doug Butzier (20) Libertarian Senate challenger Iowa
  • Joni Ernst (30) Republican Challenger Iowa
  • Matthew Whitaker (8) Republican Senate Challenger Iowa
  • Sam Clovis (17) Republican Senate Challenger Iowa
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    Iowa Senate debates and race coverage:
  • Washington Post, AdWatch, "Braley seeks to cut through ad attacks", by Matea Gold, October 2, 2014
  • Des Moines Register, TheHill.com, and politico.com on first Senate debate, sponsored by KCCI-TV and hosted by Simpson College, Sept. 28, 2014
  • Yahoo News, "Joni Ernst's flirtations with the political fringe", by Meredith Shiner, August 13, 2014
  • The Hill weblog, "Steyer starts ads in Iowa Senate race," by Timothy Cama, July 30, 2014
  • CBS News, "Iowa Democrat's 'chick' ad draws cries of sexism," by Jake Miller, 6/7/2014
  • Huffington Post, "Self-Contradictory Take On Gay Marriage", by Mollie Reilly, May 29, 2014
  • CaffeinatedThoughts.com, "Candidate Profile: Q&A with Matt Whitaker", by Jacob Hall, May 21, 2014
  • AdWatch: "How castrating hogs transformed Iowa's Senate race," Washington Post, May 11, 2014
  • AdWatch transcript: "Taking Aim at Obamacare", May 5, 2014
  • BleedingHeartland.com, "Iowa Senate approves cannabis oil bill", Apr 25, 2014
  • The Gazette , "Few of Ernst's missed Iowa Senate votes due to National Guard Duty", by .A. Morelli, April 14, 2014
  • The Daily Caller, "Cruz wades into ugly Iowa Senate fight", by Alexis Levinson, 4/03/2014
  • Time magazine, "candidate Says Castration Gives Her Conservative Cred", by Michael Scherer, 3/25/2014
  • Washington Post, "RightNOW Women PAC endorses Joni Ernst"Jackie Kucinich, 3/11/2014
  • CaffeinatedThoughts.com, "Matt Whitaker: Common Core is Wrong" 3/4/2014
  • CaffeinatedThoughts.com, "Sam Clovis: Obama to Solve Winter in February" 2/18/2014
  • KMA Land, 99.1 FM on Joni Ernst, 1/2/2014
  • Caffeinated Thoughts on Sam Clovis, Nov. 22, 2013
  • Kristen Johnson in Siouxland News KTIV coverage of forum at Ida Grove Skate Palace, Nov. 19, 2013
  • Charles Crumm in Michigan Daily Tribune, on Republican National Committee email campaign, Nov.5, 2013
  • First Republican Senate primary debate: Oct 24, 2013, in Windsor Heights, sponsored by Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, at the Walnut Creek Community Church.
  • Coverage of Oct. 24 debate by Indianapolis Star, The Iowa Republican and CaffeinatedThoughts blog.
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier coverage of joint Republican candidate appearance in Black Hawk County, 9/23/2013
  • The Iowa Republican, "Braley's gun control stance to the left of every U.S. Senator", by Jeff Patch, 6/13/2013

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Joni Ernst: Human life begins at conception.
    Joni Ernst: Affordable access to contraception.
    Joni Ernst: Personhood amendment is a statement of pro-life principle.
    Doug Butzier: Leave abortion decisions to the states.
    Sam Clovis: Human life begins at conception.
Budget & Economy
    Doug Butzier: Market-led recovery better than federal stimulus.
    Sam Clovis: BBA to stop saddling generations to come.
    Matthew Whitaker: Top priority: Grow the economy.
    Sam Clovis: Top priority: Balancing the budget.
    Joni Ernst: I've castrated hogs so I know how to cut pork.
Civil Rights
    Joni Ernst: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Doug Butzier: Affirmative action is government interference in marketplace.
    Doug Butzier: Declaration's "All men are created equal" applies to gays.
    Sam Clovis: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Joni Ernst: Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women".
    Matthew Whitaker: My faith requires me to support traditional marriage.
Corporations
    Joni Ernst: Eliminate rules which inhibit strong free-market economy.
Crime
    Doug Butzier: Stricter punishment doesn't reduce crime.
Drugs
    Doug Butzier: Legalize marijuana & all drugs; $80B wasted on War on Drugs.
    Joni Ernst: Voted to legalize medical cannabis oil.
Education
    Joni Ernst: Eliminate Department of Education but keep Pell Grants.
    Doug Butzier: Vouchers for school choice are a good start.
    Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is one-size-fits-all, top-down solution.
    Sam Clovis: FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds.
    Sam Clovis: Common Core is federal overreach in spending and control.
    Joni Ernst: No federal involvement in Common Core standards.
    Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is cram-it-down-your-throat reform.
Energy & Oil
    Bruce Braley: Supported Keystone Pipeline initially, then rejected it.
    Joni Ernst: Drives hybrid car, but doubts climate change is man-made.
    Doug Butzier: Prioritizing green energy is just tax favors.
    Sam Clovis: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Sam Clovis: Obama's "Climate Resilience Fund" just redistributes wealth.
    Matthew Whitaker: Cap-and-trade proposal stifles the American dream.
Environment
    Doug Butzier: Clean air and water are in the public domain.
    Joni Ernst: No more Agenda 21: no United Nations eminent domain.
Foreign Policy
    Doug Butzier: Dialogue via UN ok, but no US troops under UN control.
    Matthew Whitaker: No foreign aid to countries that don't like us.
Free Trade
    Doug Butzier: Free trade is the very foundation of prosperity.
Government Reform
    Joni Ernst: Photo ID for voting.
    Doug Butzier: Make sure that votes are legal, & that people vote only once.
    Sam Clovis: Photo ID for voting.
    Joni Ernst: AdWatch: I grew up castrating hogs; I know how to cut pork.
Gun Control
    Joni Ernst: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Doug Butzier: Absolute right to gun ownership.
    Sam Clovis: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Bruce Braley: Allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence.
    Bruce Braley: Ban sale of high-capacity magazines & recall existing ones.
    Sam Clovis: Reduce gun violence but not by punishing gun manufacturers.
Health Care
    Joni Ernst: ObamaCare is egregious overreach of federal government.
    Joni Ernst: FactCheck: False claim that ObamaCare cut Medicare benefits.
    Bruce Braley: Vehemently opposes tort reform: don't take away right to sue.
    Bruce Braley: ObamaCare should be fixed and improved, not repealed.
    Doug Butzier: Opposes ObamaCare.
    Sam Clovis: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Bruce Braley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Joni Ernst: Voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa.
    Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26.
Homeland Security
    Joni Ernst: I understand the importance a strong national defense.
    Bruce Braley: Yes, missed 75% of Veterans' hearings; but made 97% of votes.
    Doug Butzier: Stop expanding the military.
    Sam Clovis: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Joni Ernst: Military experience always plays role in decision-making.
    Joni Ernst: Keep veterans in forefront of all foreign policy decisions.
Immigration
    Joni Ernst: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Bruce Braley: Supports comprehensive reform but not amnesty.
    Doug Butzier: Turn illegal aliens into taxpayers by legalizing them.
    Sam Clovis: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Jobs
    Joni Ernst: Raising the minimum wage would not improve the economy.
    Joni Ernst: Top priority: Jobs and economy.
Principles & Values
    Joni Ernst: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Doug Butzier: Oppose limits on prayer in public places.
    Sam Clovis: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Joni Ernst: AdWatch: "Let's make 'em squeal" in Washington.
    Matthew Whitaker: OpEd: disagrees with entire liberal laundry list.
    Joni Ernst: Values we grew up with are being threatened now.
Social Security
    Bruce Braley: Privatizing Social Security turns it over to Wall Street.
    Joni Ernst: Open to privatizing Social Security, but honor promises.
    Doug Butzier: Privatize the Ponzi scheme in gradual and voluntary manner.
    Matthew Whitaker: No hope that Social Security will be there for future.
Tax Reform
    Joni Ernst: Make tax code fairer, flatter and simpler: but not FairTax.
    Doug Butzier: Higher taxes on the wealthy are counterproductive to economy.
    Joni Ernst: Passed the largest tax cut in Iowa history.
War & Peace
    Doug Butzier: Stay out of Iran & stay out of everywhere.
Welfare & Poverty
    Sam Clovis: Don't trading spending cuts for entitlement reform.


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