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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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State of Maine Politicians: Archives


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    from State of Maine Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Angus King (11) Maine Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)
  • Charlie Summers (29) Secretary of State; Republican Senate Challenger Maine
  • Cynthia Dill (11) Democratic Senate Challenger Maine
  • Eliot Cutler (21) Maine Independent Challenger
  • Jean Hay Bright (3) Democratic challenger (2006) Maine
  • John Baldacci (4) Maine Former Democratic Governor (2002-2010)
  • Matt Dunlap (14) Democratic Senate Challenger (2012) Maine
  • Michael Michaud (1) Maine Democratic Challenger
  • Mike Michaud (3)
  • Paul LePage (23) Maine Republican Governor
  • Sarah Palin (2) Alaska Former Governor (resigned 2009); V.P. nominee (2008)
  • Scott D`Amboise (2) Republican Senate Challenger Maine
  • Shenna Bellows (15) Democratic Challenger
  • Susan Collins (15) Republican Sr Senator Maine
  • Tom Allen (5) Democratic Senate Challenger (2008); previously US Rep. Maine
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Abortion
    Eliot Cutler: Unequivocally pro-choice; allow abortions via MaineCare.
    Charlie Summers: Must consider incest or rape.
    Angus King: Favors abortion rights; opposes defunding Planned Parenthood.
    Charlie Summers: Abortions should always be legal.
    Charlie Summers: Funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines.
    Matt Dunlap: Abortions should always be legally available.
Budget & Economy
    Paul LePage: Make the tough decisions to let American Dream survive.
    Charlie Summers: Bailouts and stimulus create $16T debt with no end in sight.
    Charlie Summers: Wasteful spending, even on military, should be eliminated.
    Matt Dunlap: Shore up availability of credit to stimulate job creation.
    Matt Dunlap: Shore up availability of credit to stimulate job creation.
    Tom Allen: Bush administration’s debt has failed middle-class America.
    Susan Collins: We tried & failed in 2005 to tighten mortgage regulations.
    Tom Allen: Driving up debt & unbridled free market caused bank crisis.
Civil Rights
    Eliot Cutler: Worked to uphold a law legalizing same-sex marriage.
    Michael Michaud: Would be 1st openly gay governor; but evolved on LGBT rights.
    Eliot Cutler: Early and vocal supporter of Maine's marriage equality.
    Charlie Summers: Marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Angus King: Supports gay marriage.
    Charlie Summers: No same-sex marriage; defined by Constitutional Amendment.
    Charlie Summers: Affirmative action ok, but not in contracting decisions.
    Matt Dunlap: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws.
    Matt Dunlap: Affirmative action ok, but not on state contracts.
Corporations
    Eliot Cutler: Examine corporate tax breaks; avoid clawbacks by better deal.
    Paul LePage: Capital investment goes where it is welcomed.
    Paul LePage: Depreciate bonuses; reduce business tax rate to under 8%.
    Susan Collins: Excess corporate pay rewards risk-taking over results.
Crime
    Paul LePage: Victim's Compensation Fund to address domestic violence.
    Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail for drug crimes; penalties for online crimes.
    Charlie Summers: Supports the federal death penalty.
    John Baldacci: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Cynthia Dill: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders.
    Matt Dunlap: Alternative penalties for non-violent offenders.
    Angus King: Opposes the death penalty.
    Angus King: More prisons, but more alternative sentencing.
Drugs
    Shenna Bellows: Supports marijuana legalization.
    Paul LePage: Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients.
    Charlie Summers: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Susan Collins: Provide prison inmates with drug addiction treatment.
Education
    Eliot Cutler: Cautious support for virtual charter schools.
    Paul LePage: Strong support for charter schools, virtual or otherwise.
    Paul LePage: Virtual charter schools are not the right answer.
    Eliot Cutler: Earlier schooling; longer school year; more school funding.
    Eliot Cutler: Pay it Forward, Pay it Back: tuition-free college.
    Charlie Summers: Supports vouchers, charters, magnet schools, standard tests.
    Cynthia Dill: More funding for schools, teachers, and Head Start.
    Angus King: More teacher development; more school construction.
    Angus King: Include both abstinence and safe sex in sex-ed.
Energy & Oil
    Paul LePage: Build a natural gas pipeline from Canada.
    Eliot Cutler: Burning fossil fuels is more and more problematic.
    Paul LePage: Global warming helps Maine by opening north shipping lanes.
    Shenna Bellows: Green energy solutions instead of nuclear energy.
    Eliot Cutler: Reduce carbon emissions to Kyoto Protocol targets.
    Charlie Summers: Off-shore exploration for oil, plus nuclear and coal.
    Cynthia Dill: Encourage conservation and renewable energy.
    Charlie Summers: High gas and oil prices threaten our economy.
    Matt Dunlap: Invest in weatherization programs and maintain LIHEAP.
    Charlie Summers: Develop oil and natural gas here on American soil.
    Susan Collins: Double funding for low-income home weatherization programs.
    Tom Allen: 1%-interest loan for home weatherization projects.
Environment
    Eliot Cutler: Helped Senator Ed Muskie craft the Clean Air Act.
    Paul LePage: Abstain from EPA petition to cut Midwest emissions.
    Mike Michaud: AdWatch: Replace LePage with a pro-environment governor.
    Eliot Cutler: More bus services, dedicated HOV lanes, and bike routes.
    Paul LePage: Change environmental laws to replace red tape with jobs.
    Paul LePage: Stop manufacturer recycling; start cost-benefit analyses.
Families & Children
    Eliot Cutler: Empower women to succeed at home and at work.
    Shenna Bellows: Ran micro-credit program for Women in Development.
Foreign Policy
    Shenna Bellows: Served for two years in Peace Corps, in Panama.
Free Trade
    Charlie Summers: I support free trade, but protect shoe factories.
    Cynthia Dill: Keep tariffs against foreign products that compete unfairly.
    Charlie Summers: Free trade yes, but sanctions on Venezuela.
    Susan Collins: Some trade agreements have resulted in more tariffs.
    Tom Allen: Review existing trade agreements that damaged US economy.
Government Reform
    Shenna Bellows: Funding her campaign $5 at a time from local events.
    Eliot Cutler: Oppose all efforts to restrict access to the ballot box.
    Susan Collins: Outrageous for IRS to target Tea Party groups.
    Charlie Summers: OpEd: Pushes for voter registration, with his name on ballot.
    Susan Collins: Reform public financing system to get more opt-in.
    John Baldacci: Limit political campaign donations.
    Matt Dunlap: No campaign donation limits; just disclosure.
    Angus King: Restrict and disclose all campaign donations & spending.
Gun Control
    Eliot Cutler: Restrict access to firearms via universal background checks.
    Shenna Bellows: Was NRA member, but left because they became too extreme.
    Angus King: Supports gun rights.
    Charlie Summers: Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
    John Baldacci: Allow concealed carry.
    Matt Dunlap: Ease or repeal restrictions on purchase & possession of guns.
Health Care
    Eliot Cutler: Universal access to essential health care services.
    Cynthia Dill: Medicaid and Medicare programs need to be strengthened.
    Charlie Summers: 100% deductible cross-state insurance instead of ObamaCare.
    Matt Dunlap: ObamaCare individual mandate is constitutional.
    Paul LePage: MaineCare recipients contribute to statewide health coverage.
    John Baldacci: Ensure access to basic health care.
Homeland Security
    Shenna Bellows: NSA should target only based on individualized suspicion.
    Susan Collins: Increase transparency of NSA but keep NSA programs.
    Susan Collins: Mass surveillance justified by national security.
    Susan Collins: Mass unwarranted surveillance is never justified.
    Shenna Bellows: We cannot afford to be the world's policemen.
    Shenna Bellows: No spying on foreign leaders NOR on ordinary Americans.
    Shenna Bellows: Snowden was a whistle-blower, not a criminal.
    Susan Collins: No justification for spying on Germany's chancellor.
    Susan Collins: Cuts in defense are very troubling to me personally.
    Paul LePage: Wreaths Across America: thank our men and women in uniform.
    Angus King: Ok to target suspected terrorists outside of war zones.
    Cynthia Dill: Cut military spending such as weapons systems.
    Cynthia Dill: Opposes unlimited detention of terror suspects.
    Charlie Summers: Bath Iron Works & Kittery Naval Shipyard are indispensable.
    Charlie Summers: Military tribunals for terrorists; deploy National Guard.
Immigration
    Paul LePage: Welcome immigrants, but no welfare for legal non-citizens.
    Charlie Summers: No citizenship for illegals; yes temporary worker visas.
    Sarah Palin: Has not often expressed views on illegal immigration.
    Jean Hay Bright: Clamp down on undocumented workers via employers.
Jobs
    Paul LePage: Vetoed incrementally raising the state's minimum wage.
    Mike Michaud: AdWatch: Unions endorse Michaud "to represent Maine workers".
    Shenna Bellows: Increase minimum wage to make it a living wage.
    Eliot Cutler: Zealously guard against interference in unionization efforts.
    Paul LePage: Reduce red tape for permitting for principled job creators.
    Angus King: Keep 900 shoe factory jobs in Maine.
    Jean Hay Bright: Raise the minimum wage, then adjust it annually.
Principles & Values
    Shenna Bellows: Calls herself a progressive libertarian.
    Shenna Bellows: Head of Maine ACLU, and community organizer.
    Susan Collins: Focuses on seniority & forging bipartisan solutions.
Social Security
    Mike Michaud: Soc. Sec. & Medicare secure retirement; they're not welfare.
    Paul LePage: Medicare and Social Security are really just welfare.
    Eliot Cutler: Support & strengthen the foundations for Social Security.
    Charlie Summers: Remove disability coverage from Social Security.
    Cynthia Dill: Stop raiding Social Security Trust Fund.
    Matt Dunlap: Remove cap on earnings to sustain system.
    Scott D`Amboise: Option to invest in private retirement program.
    Charlie Summers: Invest portion of workers' payroll tax in private accounts.
    Jean Hay Bright: “Promote the General Welfare” is our founding principle.
Tax Reform
    Eliot Cutler: Shift burden from property tax as part of strategic reform.
    Cynthia Dill: Require the wealthy to pay their fair share.
    Paul LePage: End marriage penalty; increase personal exemptions.
    Angus King: Decrease income taxes, but no flat tax.
Technology
    Eliot Cutler: Invest capital in our backbone infrastructure.
    Shenna Bellows: "Total Information Awareness" undermines our democracy.
    Paul LePage: New website to see how Maine tax dollars are spent.
War & Peace
    Charlie Summers: Iraq & Afghanistan have taken a turn for the positive.
    Cynthia Dill: Afghanistan is not as irresponsible as was Iraq.
    Matt Dunlap: Iraq war was poorly thought out and enormously expensive.
    Scott D`Amboise: Time to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
    Matt Dunlap: We cannot stand by while Syria slaughters its citizens.
    Charlie Summers: Keep troop levels high in Iraq until "peace surge".
    Charlie Summers: More support for Afghanistan; more sanctions for North Korea.
    Susan Collins: Exert economic pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program.
    Tom Allen: We need strong economic sanctions against Iran.
    Sarah Palin: Generally supportive of America’s presence in Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Eliot Cutler: We need welfare reform but not demonization of recipients.
    Paul LePage: Maine grew at 0.8% if we discount federal welfare payments.
    Paul LePage: Maine's TANF welfare system is too generous.
    Eliot Cutler: Never abandon citizens who are unemployed, ill, or hungry.
    Shenna Bellows: No one in Washington stands up for people who are hurting.
    Paul LePage: End welfare-on-day-one: No instant eligibility for benefits.
    Charlie Summers: Welfare recipients must work or train 40 hours a week.
    Susan Collins: Block grants for state and local flexibility in welfare.
    Cynthia Dill: Increased work requirements for able-bodied recipients.
    Matt Dunlap: Expand state services to include the working poor.


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