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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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Sunday Political Talk Show interviews during 2013-2015, interviewing presidential hopefuls for 2016


This collection of excerpts comes from the 5 Sunday Talk Show interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls.

    A long-standing political tradition is the Sunday morning talk show, beginning with "Meet the Press" in 1947. Currently, five separate "talking head" programs appear on five different TV stations every Sunday morning.

    Making an appearance on all five talk shows on one Sunday is known as a Full Ginsburg, because it was first accomplished by William Ginsburg (Monica Lewinsky's attorney) in 1998. In 2013, both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio accomplished a Full Ginsburg, fueling speculation that both are planning a presidential run in 2016.

    OnTheIssues.org excerpts all five of the shows, listed below, with their respective interviewing pundits and each pundit's political affiliation:

  • ABC This Week: (George Stephanopoulos; liberal; from Bill Clinton's staff)
  • CNN "State of the Union": (Candy Crowley; moderate liberal)
  • Fox News Sunday: (Chris Wallace; conservative)
  • Meet the Press: (David Gregory; moderate)
  • CBS Face the Nation: (Bob Schieffer; moderate; ran briefly as Democrat for governor of Texas in 2009)

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Abortion
    Scott Walker: I'm proudly pro-life, but focus on fiscal issues.
    Rick Perry: More restrictions on abortion clinics; 5-month limit.
Budget & Economy
    Chris Christie: Five balanced budgets in a row, without tax increases.
    Martin O`Malley: Closed $1.7 billion budget deficit in 7 years.
    Martin O`Malley: Middle-out economics instead of trickle-down economics.
    Paul Ryan: Tea Party helps keep the taxpayer in the game.
    Paul Ryan: My budget deal got Democrats to agree to long-term sequester.
    Paul Ryan: When Fed "tapers", interest rates rise & hurts us fiscally.
    Rand Paul: The sequester is the law of the land: can't compromise on it.
    Paul Ryan: Sequester on discretionary spending yes; no on $1.2T savings.
Civil Rights
    Jeb Bush: Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments.
    Jeb Bush: 1994: LGBT protections are tantamount to elevating sodomy.
    James Webb: Evolution on gay marriage has been good for the country.
    Carly Fiorina: Women professionals are not treated the same as men.
    Rand Paul: Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden.
    Martin O`Malley: Respect dignity of individuals & support same-sex marriage.
    Mike Huckabee: Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust.
    Colin Powell: We have not yet fully accomplished MLK's dream.
    Rand Paul: Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it.
    Rob Portman: Change of heart: give gays the joy & stability of marriage.
    Scott Walker: Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government.
Corporations
    Scott Walker: Put power into hands of job creators, and job growth results.
    James Webb: If you've got capital, you're feeling pretty good.
    Bernie Sanders: Americans want change: corporations get rich & people don't.
    Elizabeth Warren: In 1980s, cops were taken off the beat in financial services.
    Mike Huckabee: Axis of evil exists between Washington and Wall Street.
Crime
    Jeb Bush: 1994: build more prisons; serve longer sentences.
    Jeb Bush: 1990s: punishment over therapy; 2010s: that hardens people.
    Ben Carson: Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common.
    Ben Carson: Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness.
    Ben Carson: Develop inner city resources to build alternatives to crime.
    Rand Paul: Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them.
    Rand Paul: Let convicted felons regain the right to vote.
    Rick Perry: Death penalty is appropriate for those who kill cops or kids.
    Rick Perry: Don't apply one-size-fits-all to state's death penalties.
    Bobby Jindal: Open to method of execution but lethal injection ok.
    Rick Perry: I think our justice system is color blind.
Drugs
    Rand Paul: Jailing people for 10 years for marijuana is ridiculous.
    Rick Perry: Indicted for defunding D.A. who got caught drunk-driving.
    Rand Paul: War on drugs has unintentionally had a racial outcome.
    Bobby Jindal: We lock up too many people for casual drug use.
    Martin O`Malley: Proportionality in marijuana arrests, but not legalization.
    Martin O`Malley: Let Colorado experiment with legalization, not Maryland.
    Rand Paul: Don't promote marijuana but don't jail non-violent criminals.
Education
    Jeb Bush: 1994: cut Department of Education from 2,000 to 50 staff.
    Elizabeth Warren: Allow refinancing student loans; it's a crushing $1.2T.
    Bobby Jindal: For school choice & tenure reform.
    Marco Rubio: Turn over Head Start to states.
    Jeb Bush: No Child Left Behind got states to start reforms.
    Jeb Bush: Common core lets 1,000 different curriculum flowers bloom.
    Jeb Bush: We test too much; focus on accountability instead.
Energy & Oil
    Carly Fiorina: Pass the Keystone Pipeline even if Obama vetoes it.
    Bobby Jindal: Keystone pipeline creates jobs without environmental damage.
    Bobby Jindal: Cheap, affordable domestic energy is economically critical.
    Jeb Bush: A "patriotic energy policy" will yield far more revenue.
Environment
    Jeb Bush: 1990s: Compensate landowners; 2010s: state-run conservation.
    Mike Bloomberg: Smoking ban has spread from NYC to every big city.
Families & Children
    Rand Paul: Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala.
Foreign Policy
    Marco Rubio: North Korea is a criminal syndicate, not a government.
    Marco Rubio: Our policy should lead to more liberty for the Cuban people.
    Marco Rubio: Cuba must improve on human rights for engagement to continue.
    Marco Rubio: Engagement with Vietnam & China has not led to freedom.
    Marco Rubio: Cuba embargo was designed to protect American companies.
    Rand Paul: No quarantine on returning Ebola doctors unless symptomatic.
    Rand Paul: Temporary stop on elective travel to fight Ebola.
    Ted Cruz: Cuba is oppressive but never misses chance to propagandize.
    James Webb: We need a clearly articulated doctrine for the Mideast.
    James Webb: Arab Spring: stay out if no Americans at risk.
    Rick Perry: There shouldn't be any air between us & our best ally Israel.
    Carly Fiorina: Lack of American leadership causes world trouble.
    Ted Cruz: Vigorous sanctions against Putin; help eastern Ukraine.
    Rick Perry: We can't isolate ourselves within our shores; we must engage.
    Marco Rubio: Provide more assistance to Jordan, to prepare against ISIS.
    Marco Rubio: Stay involved against ISIS or Iran becomes regional hegemon.
    Ben Carson: US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world.
    Mitt Romney: Russia is our adversary but not our enemy.
    Mitt Romney: World has been losing respect for America for last 5 years.
    Chris Christie: America should be clear to world about what we stand for.
Government Reform
    Jeb Bush: Vetoed more than $2.3 billion in earmarks.
    Ted Cruz: Executive actions override Congress & the Constitution.
    Rand Paul: Supports early voting; but voter ID also ok.
    Bernie Sanders: Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy.
    Elizabeth Warren: It's THEIR money & power against OUR voices & votes.
    Rand Paul: President should not bypass Congress with executive orders.
    Ted Cruz: Debt ceiling limits "blank check" of federal spending.
    Colin Powell: Voter ID laws unnecessarily make minority voting harder.
Gun Control
    Marco Rubio: Has a concealed weapon permit, but does not carry a weapon.
    Marco Rubio: New gun laws are ineffective, so don't pass them.
    Mike Bloomberg: 80% of NRA members support background checks.
    Mike Bloomberg: Background checks do work, and should be highest priority.
Health Care
    Ted Cruz: Government shutdown on ObamaCare worked: GOP won in 2014.
    Carly Fiorina: Repeal ObamaCare; it's vast legislative overreach.
    Carly Fiorina: Competitive insurance market instead of crony capitalism.
    Scott Walker: No Medicaid expansion means no waiting list for poor.
    Chris Christie: Mandatory quarantine for travelers from Ebola areas.
    Chris Christie: 3-week quarantine for Ebola medical workers.
    Ted Cruz: Suspend commercial air travel to Ebola-infected areas.
    Ben Carson: ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life.
    Martin O`Malley: ObamaCare will get past the scare tactics and will work.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn.
    Ted Cruz: 5 million had health insurance canceled because of ObamaCare.
    Marco Rubio: Medicaid expansion fails because funded only for a few years.
    Martin O`Malley: ObamaCare website has problems, but we're enrolling citizens.
    Scott Walker: To best benefit economy, replace ObamaCare.
    Mike Huckabee: TEFRA model: subsidize extraordinary medical expenses.
    Scott Walker: Didn't accept additional Medicaid money from ObamaCare.
    Chris Christie: Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange.
    Chris Christie: ObamaCare was a mistake; a failed policy from the start.
    Rand Paul: ObamaCare cuts hundreds of choices down to just four.
    Jeb Bush: Let ObamaCare fail due to its own dysfunction.
    Ben Carson: ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery.
    Rob Portman: Repeal and replace ObamaCare.
    Rand Paul: It's Congress' job to fight to change ObamaCare.
    Jon Huntsman: Politics aside, let's see if ObamaCare works or not.
    Bill Richardson: ObamaCare will be crowning achievement once we get it done.
    Paul Ryan: Strategize to delay ObamaCare; don't try for repeal yet.
    Mike Bloomberg: Obesity kills more people than smoking; limit portion size.
    Paul Ryan: Call for repealing ObamaCare despite lack of votes to do so.
    Mike Bloomberg: Large sugary drink rule is portion control, not a ban.
    Paul Ryan: Don't expand Medicare & Medicaid; they don't work.
    Paul Ryan: Medicare premium support harnesses the power of competition.
Homeland Security
    Marco Rubio: ISIL's goal is to drive us out of the region.
    Marco Rubio: ISIL is a threat because many members have US passports.
    Paul Ryan: We need strategy to defeat ISIS, before they come to America.
    Rick Perry: NSA listening in on our phones breaches rule of law.
    Rick Perry: Hamas uses civilians as shields; help Israel defend itself.
    Marco Rubio: ISIS is a more serious threat than al Qaeda.
    Rand Paul: Multiple requests for security at Benghazi were ignored.
    Rand Paul: Benghazi disqualifies Hillary from the presidency.
    Hillary Clinton: More Benghazi hearings ok only to learn what to do better.
    Bernie Sanders: Don't let released terrorists get back onto the battlefield.
    James Webb: President should consult Congress about POW exchanges.
    Bernie Sanders: V.A. doesn't have resources to accommodate 2 million vets.
    Rand Paul: Don't let people who make money off weapons define policy.
    Rand Paul: National defense is important, but no blank check.
    Mitt Romney: No new cold war with Russia, just very different interests.
    Peter King: NSA needs secrecy, and has had no abuses.
    Rand Paul: Allow challenges to NSA in open court, not FISA court.
    Peter King: N.S.A. spying has saved thousands of lives.
    Peter King: Problem with Snowden leak is lack of presidential leadership.
    Paul Ryan: Restrict NSA and surveillance, but don't scrap PATRIOT Act.
    Rand Paul: Give trials to Guantanamo detainees.
    Rudy Giuliani: It's not ethnic profiling to focus on Muslims.
    Rand Paul: Filibuster to establish no drones on citizens in America.
    Newt Gingrich: Train women for combat, even if not formally in combat.
Immigration
    Ted Cruz: End Obama's illegal amnesty via Congress' checks & balances.
    Ted Cruz: Defund amnesty; and refuse any nominees until rescinded.
    Carly Fiorina: Pass immigration reform in a series of bills.
    Mitt Romney: Executive action on immigration is only a temporary solution.
    Marco Rubio: Modernize immigration to win global competition for talent.
    Rick Perry: Texas border "surge" reduced influx of unaccompanied kids.
    Rick Perry: No comprehensive immigration reform until border is secure.
    Marco Rubio: Human trafficking law & deferred action caused border crisis.
    Rick Perry: Illegal immigrants have committed 3,000 homicides.
    Paul Ryan: Send illegal immigrant kids back to Central America.
    Rick Perry: I warned of crisis of Central American kids in 2012.
    Rick Perry: Secure the border to end Central American kids' crisis.
    Rick Perry: Boots on the ground and the border sends a visual message.
    Rand Paul: Status quo is untenable; we must do some sort of reform.
    Rand Paul: Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship.
    Marco Rubio: FactCheck: No MarcoPhones, and no executive DREAMers either.
    Rand Paul: Illegals are not bad people, but we have to control border.
    Bobby Jindal: We need a high walls and wide gate.
    Bobby Jindal: We've got a backwards system: low walls and a narrow gate.
    Bobby Jindal: A secure border means that border governors certify it.
    Marco Rubio: Give kids of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.
    Chris Christie: Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system.
    Paul Ryan: Step-by-step approach, not a big massive immigration bill.
    Rick Perry: Why isn't D.C. talking with border states about the border?
    Jeb Bush: FactCheck: Yes, immigrants are more fertile.
    Marco Rubio: Compare reform to existing situation of 11 million illegals.
    Marco Rubio: Green cards after 10 years; secure border; & e-Verify.
    Marco Rubio: Border control: 90% apprehension and 100% surveillance.
    Marco Rubio: Not amnesty: 15-year wait, plus fee, minus federal benefits.
    Rand Paul: Legal status, but not citizenship, for illegal immigrants.
    Jeb Bush: Reform must make it easier to come legally than illegally.
    Jeb Bush: People come illegally because there's no legal path to come.
    Jeb Bush: My plan is legalization, not self-deportation.
    Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
    Jeb Bush: Path to citizenship or path to legalization: both could work.
    Paul Ryan: Earned legalization while respecting the rule of law.
Jobs
    Chris Christie: Don't raise minimum wage; create better-paying jobs instead.
    Rick Perry: Focus on maximizing wages, not the minimum wage.
    Ted Cruz: Lowest labor force participation in over three decades.
    Marco Rubio: Ok to extend unemployment if it's paid for.
    Martin O`Malley: Extend unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless.
    Martin O`Malley: Raise minimum wage to $10 per hour.
    Rand Paul: Unemployment insurance ok if fully paid for & short-term.
    Scott Walker: Link unemployment benefits to job search every week.
    Scott Walker: Don't raise minimum wage; train for higher-wage jobs.
    Paul Ryan: No more unemployment extension after 13th time since 2008.
    Rand Paul: Extending unemployment benefits does disservice to workers.
Principles & Values
    Scott Walker: I won with independents' and young people's votes.
    Hillary Clinton: No lingering effects of concussion; will release records.
    Elizabeth Warren: Registered Independent & Republican in Pennsylvania in 1990s.
    Bobby Jindal: We can't just be the party of no.
    Chris Christie: Parties should become pragmatic when they are out of power.
    Rand Paul: We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have.
    Jeb Bush: Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives.
    Bobby Jindal: We've got to stop being the stupid party.
    Jon Huntsman: No Labels--stop fighting, start fixing.
Social Security
    Mike Bloomberg: To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements.
    Paul Ryan: Federal employees pension contributions like private sector.
    Rob Portman: Payroll taxes don't pay for the benefits going out.
    Paul Ryan: 60% of Americans get more benefits than they pay in taxes.
Tax Reform
    Jeb Bush: 1994: Require voter approval of any new taxes.
    Martin O`Malley: Cut taxes on bottom 85% while raising taxes on top 15%.
    Jeb Bush: Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package.
    Paul Ryan: Are we for more revenues? No, we're not.
Technology
    Marco Rubio: Release anti-North Korea movie despite cyber-attack.
    Chris Christie: Focus on bipartisan reforms instead of Bridgegate.
    Chris Christie: Bridgegate: Staff made some significant mistakes in judgment.
    Chris Christie: Fired aides for Bridgegate: traffic jam as retribution.
    Rand Paul: Bridgegate is unsettling; government should not bully people.
    Rand Paul: 5% tax on overseas profits & put it all into infrastructure.
    Rand Paul: Generalized warrants for all cellphones is unconstitutional.
    Rand Paul: Snowden revealed NSA abuses, but a fair prison term is ok.
    Rand Paul: 4th Amendment bans NSA from collecting everyone's phone data.
War & Peace
    Mitt Romney: Do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS-including ground troops.
    Ted Cruz: Bomb ISIS back to the Stone Age.
    Ted Cruz: Arm & aid the Peshmerga Kurds against ISIS.
    Bernie Sanders: Get Saudis & regional powers involved with fighting ISIS.
    Bernie Sanders: Arm the Peshmerga against ISIS, as international effort.
    James Webb: Iraq invasion empowered Iran & led to sectarian violence.
    James Webb: Anti-ISIS alliances are fluid; we've trained some ISIS.
    Marco Rubio: Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq to target ISIL.
    Marco Rubio: Airstrikes to topple Syrian government are counterproductive.
    Ted Cruz: Bomb ISIS back into the Stone Age, with Congress' approval.
    Rand Paul: How many Americans should die to defend Iraq?
    Marco Rubio: Stay involved in Iraq to fight ISIS, not for nation-building.
    Rand Paul: ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest.
    Rand Paul: Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos.
    Mitt Romney: ISIS: bad things happen as a result of inaction.
    Mitt Romney: Leave 20,000 US troops in Iraq as an ongoing presence.
    Peter King: ISIS creates a privileged sanctuary from which to attack US.
    Rand Paul: Keep all options on the table, but don't declare war on Iran.
    Marco Rubio: Timetable in Afghanistan emboldened Taliban to wait us out.
    Marco Rubio: Lack of long-term US status in Iraq opens it for al Qaeda.
    Marco Rubio: Assist Iraqi government in fighting ISIL.
    Brian Schweitzer: No reason to stay in Afghanistan after 12 years of war.
    Brian Schweitzer: Attacking Iraq was a mistake that empowered al Qaeda.
    Chris Christie: Governors shouldn't offer opinions about Syria.
    Peter King: Stop being so defensive about drones.
    Rand Paul: No involvement in Syria, even if gas attack proven.
    Rand Paul: No US interests in either side of Syrian war.
    Marco Rubio: Syria: arm rebels last year; now just work with some.
    Marco Rubio: New Iranian leader is more moderate but still supports nukes.
    Peter King: Assad is evil, but arming rebels brings another dictator.
    Rudy Giuliani: Al Qaeda isn't on the run; be more proactive.
    Marco Rubio: Goal for Korea: denuclearize the peninsula and to unify it.
    Jon Huntsman: North Korea manipulates world to get concessions.
    Jeb Bush: Over time, people will respect our resolve in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jeb Bush: 1994 Phoenix Project: end welfare culture.
    Paul Ryan: Switch from poverty management to get people out of poverty.
    Paul Ryan: Customize benefits for each person, run by the states.
    Paul Ryan: End dependency culture; end disincentives to work.
    Elizabeth Warren: Nobody should work full-time and still live in poverty.
    Rand Paul: Tax cuts help the poor because local businesses will hire.
    Chris Christie: Focus on income inequality drives America toward mediocrity.
    Marco Rubio: Take next step in War on Poverty: provide opportunity.
    Martin O`Malley: Anti-poverty programs grow our middle class.
    Rand Paul: Economic freedom zones: low taxes in high unemployment areas.
    Marco Rubio: Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it.
    Rand Paul: Economic freedom zones in depressed inner cities.


The above quotations are from Sunday Political Talk Show interviews during 2013-2015, interviewing presidential hopefuls for 2016.

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