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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 Montana Politicians: Archives


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    from State of Montana Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Amanda Curtis (17) Democratic Challenger Montana
  • Bob Kelleher (9) Republican challenger (2008) Montana
  • Brian Schweitzer (8) Montana Previously Democratic Governor
  • Champ Edmunds (7) Democrat Challenger Montana
  • Conrad Burns (9) Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007) Montana
  • Corey Stapleton (8) Republican Challenger Montana
  • Dennis Rehberg (15) Republican Challenger Montana
  • John Bohlinger (20) Democratic Senate Challenger Montana
  • John Walsh (18) Democratic Senate Challenger Montana
  • Jon Tester (24) Democratic Jr Senator Montana
  • Judy Martz (16) Montana Former Republican Governor (2001-2005)
  • Michael Lange (12) Republican Senate challenger (2008) Montana
  • Sam Rankin (19) Reform Senate Challenger Montana
  • Stan Jones (9) Libertarian Challenger (2006) Montana
  • Steve Bullock (18) Montana Democratic Governor
  • Steve Daines (3) Republican Senate challenger Montana
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Abortion
    Amanda Curtis: 100% pro-choice voting record.
    John Walsh: Opposes extremism like declaring life begins at conception.
    John Bohlinger: 2001: Supported Fetal Protection Act & partial-birth ban.
    John Bohlinger: Supreme Court decided the issue; state cannot overturn it.
    Sam Rankin: Pro-choice.
    Michael Lange: No federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Bob Kelleher: Abortions should always be illegal, including funding.
    Corey Stapleton: Prohibit public funding & partial-birth abortion.
    John Bohlinger: Prohibit partial-birth abortion & funding abortion clinics.
Budget & Economy
    Amanda Curtis: Economy that works for all of us, not just for the richest.
    Steve Bullock: Be responsible, because our children are watching.
    Dennis Rehberg: $787B stimulus package did not create jobs.
    Jon Tester: $787B in stimulus spending was step in the right direction.
    Dennis Rehberg: Refused to toe the party line on CAFTA.
    Conrad Burns: Grow economy & control spending to reduce deficit.
    Jon Tester: Montana suffered from Burns’ cuts in discretionary funding.
    Stan Jones: Eliminate numerous unconstitutional federal departments.
    Judy Martz: Diversify the economy; expand job market.
    Judy Martz: Teach businesses about venture capital, to create jobs.
    John Bohlinger: Loans for businesses; funds for job training & rural roads.
Civil Rights
    John Walsh: Voted against NAACP staffer's appointment to Dept.of Justice.
    Amanda Curtis: Repeal state ban on sodomy; make gay sex legal.
    Champ Edmunds: Marriage between one man and one woman.
    Sam Rankin: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Sam Rankin: Phase out affirmative action over 5-year period.
    Michael Lange: No same-sex marriage.
    Michael Lange: No race and gender in federal contracting decisions.
    Stan Jones: Patriot Act cost us our Fourth Amendment rights.
    Judy Martz: Return human remains to Indian nations.
    Corey Stapleton: No affirmative action in state hiring or colleges.
    Corey Stapleton: No civil unions; no gay marriage.
    John Bohlinger: No anti-gay discrimination, but no same-sex marriage.
    John Bohlinger: Undecided on affirmative action at state institutions.
Corporations
    Amanda Curtis: Wall St. is doing great; recovery hasn't reached rest of us.
    Sam Rankin: End tax subsidies; & tax corporations in foreign countries.
    Steve Bullock: State colleges will offer certificates for needed job skills.
    Jon Tester: Prevent abuses by "too-big-to-fail" banks on Wall Street.
    Jon Tester: Citizens United puts democracy at risk.
    Conrad Burns: Marketplace will force us into conservation and renewables.
    Jon Tester: Energy plan was written by oil companies, so no renewables.
Crime
    Steve Bullock: Arrest and prosecute sex predators and scam artists.
    Amanda Curtis: No to capital punishment; yes to alternative sentencing.
    Champ Edmunds: Capital punishment , but not for juveniles.
    Michael Lange: Supports the death penalty.
    Michael Lange: Reduce prison sentences for non-violent crimes.
    Bob Kelleher: Alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
    Brian Schweitzer: Supports the death penalty.
    Brian Schweitzer: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Judy Martz: After 100 years, we have enough prison cells, for now.
    Corey Stapleton: Support death penalty; private prisons; sex offense registry.
    John Bohlinger: Supports stricter sentencing, including death penalty.
Drugs
    Amanda Curtis: Medical marijuana law is over-restrictive.
    Steve Bullock: Confront the invisible epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
    Champ Edmunds: Decriminalize marijuana; support substance abuse treatment.
    Conrad Burns: Repealing Patriot Act would cost us the Meth Control Act.
    Brian Schweitzer: Stricter penalties for drug criminals.
    Bob Kelleher: The war on drugs has been lost.
    John Bohlinger: Decriminalize medicinal marijuana.
Education
    Amanda Curtis: Math teacher and unabashed backer of public schools.
    Steve Bullock: Invest in higher ed for 21st Century workforce, like Diesel.
    Steve Bullock: Increase from 40% to 60% those with some college.
    Steve Bullock: MT is dead last in investment in early childhood education.
    Amanda Curtis: No vouchers; no charters; yes Common Core.
    Champ Edmunds: State funding for charters and vouchers.
    Sam Rankin: New reforms to replace No Child Left Behind.
    Jon Tester: More tuition tax credits, low-interest loans, & Pell grants.
    Bob Kelleher: Supports voluntary prayer in public schools.
    Bob Kelleher: State-funded vouchers for private or religious school.
    Brian Schweitzer: Invest in K-12 by creating public-private partnerships.
    Judy Martz: More spending; more accountability via testing.
    Judy Martz: 3-Rs of education: recruit, retain, & reward teachers.
    John Bohlinger: More finds for hiring teachers & professional development.
    John Bohlinger: Endorses teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
Energy & Oil
    John Walsh: Energy boom in Montana instead of foreign oil dependence.
    Amanda Curtis: Disclose state property energy efficiency on website.
    Steve Bullock: Develop our resources for American energy independence.
    Sam Rankin: Federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
    Dennis Rehberg: Help avoid closure of Billings coal-fired power plant.
    Dennis Rehberg: Cap-and-trade policy is an energy tax.
    Michael Lange: Develop oil, coal, & nuclear production.
    Conrad Burns: Agricultural oil sources reduce foreign energy dependence.
    Conrad Burns: Global warming has occurred since the Ice Age.
    Conrad Burns: Kyoto Accord hurts economy; focus on alternative fuels.
    Jon Tester: Agricultural oil sources are profitable and renewable.
    Jon Tester: Kyoto Accord needs worldwide communication & US leadership.
    Jon Tester: Global warming is much more rapid now than historically.
    Stan Jones: More nuclear plants and more liquefied coal.
    Stan Jones: Global warming is a natural occurrence since 1000AD.
    Bob Kelleher: Use coal, oil & gas in an environmental manner.
    Brian Schweitzer: Develop renewable energy: ethanol, wind and hydrogen.
    Judy Martz: Protected transition to competitive energy prices in 2002.
    Judy Martz: More energy plants; diversify sources; include renewables.
    John Bohlinger: Require clean-burning fuels; repeal electricity deregulation.
Environment
    Amanda Curtis: Big supporter of protecting access to public lands.
    John Walsh: More regulations to develop natural resources responsibly.
    Dennis Rehberg: EPA is heavy-handed; don't pick winners and losers.
    Jon Tester: Sought removal of wolves from the endangered list.
    Sam Rankin: We live in cycles with all other systems.
    Bob Kelleher: Return rail passenger in southern Montana.
    Judy Martz: Stewardship belongs with the states.
    Judy Martz: Government duty to protect species & water.
    Corey Stapleton: Stricter environmental regulations with federal flexibility.
    John Bohlinger: Control SO2 emissions; fund recycling; no cyanide in mining.
Families & Children
    Sam Rankin: Family is one pillar of society.
Foreign Policy
    Steve Daines: Congressional support for Israel is bipartisan & strong.
    Sam Rankin: Actively engage and assist European nations through NATO.
Free Trade
    John Walsh: On trade mission: Montana is open for business.
    Stan Jones: NAFTA leads to American Union as part of one-world Communism.
    Judy Martz: Trade as “sister-states” in Japan, China, & Taiwan.
Government Reform
    Amanda Curtis: When wealthy in Congress, playing field tilts to wealthy.
    Sam Rankin: Special interests support the status quo; Americans don't.
    Sam Rankin: Eliminate earmarks; 3-year federal pay freeze.
    Steve Bullock: Dark money makes our elections into auctions.
    Amanda Curtis: Limit campaign contributions; and no photo ID's to vote.
    Champ Edmunds: No limits on political contributions.
    Sam Rankin: Excessive campaign money is our country's greatest problem.
    Dennis Rehberg: It's not about campaign spending; it's government spending.
    Jon Tester: Citizens United is scary for democracy.
    Dennis Rehberg: Citizens United ok: political free speech is most important.
    Dennis Rehberg: Supports cutting Public Broadcasting Service & Americorps.
    Jon Tester: Oppose Citizens United: limit corporate political spending.
    Dennis Rehberg: There should be nothing more free than political free speech.
    Jon Tester: Citizens United ruling puts democracy at risk.
    Dennis Rehberg: Citizens United: nothing more free than political speech.
    Michael Lange: Limit PAC donations, and full public disclosure.
    Conrad Burns: Earmarks let me bring Montana a share of federal money.
    Jon Tester: Earmarks without transparency are wrong for democracy.
    Jon Tester: K-Street cronies control Congressional spending decisions.
    Stan Jones: Earmarks are unconstitutional incumbency protection.
    Bob Kelleher: Limit all types of political contributions, and spending.
    Brian Schweitzer: Refuses special interest & PAC money for his campaign.
    Corey Stapleton: Limit political contributions; plus full disclosure.
    John Bohlinger: Supports term limits & campaign contribution limits.
Gun Control
    Amanda Curtis: Common-sense solutions like expanding background checks.
    Steve Bullock: Forever preserve access to public land for hunting & fishing.
    Amanda Curtis: No gun licensing; allow concealed carry.
    Sam Rankin: Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
    Dennis Rehberg: No Supreme Court Justices who are hostile to 2nd Amendment.
    Brian Schweitzer: Protect our 2nd Amendment rights.
Health Care
    Amanda Curtis: ObamaCare: don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
    Sam Rankin: Tort reform plus higher deductibles & co-pays.
    John Walsh: Yes to Medicare Rx negotiations; no to privatization.
    John Bohlinger: Strong advocate of a single-payer system like Medicare.
    John Bohlinger: Expand Medicaid to cover 70,000 low-income Montanans.
    Steve Bullock: Access Health Montana: increase coverage and access.
    Jon Tester: Protect people with pre-existing medical conditions.
    Michael Lange: No nationalized health care system.
    Jon Tester: Families can’t afford to get sick; that’s not health care.
    Judy Martz: Insured 10,000 kids under CHIPs; aim for 20,000.
    Corey Stapleton: Government not responsible for medical care.
    John Bohlinger: Ensure healthcare for uninsured children.
Homeland Security
    Sam Rankin: Reduce our nuclear warhead stockpile & reduce F-35's.
    John Walsh: Worked to prohibit warrantless cell phone tracking.
    John Walsh: Cut wasteful spending in our military.
    Champ Edmunds: Allow easier driver licensing for military service members.
    John Walsh: OpEd: Walsh was fair about National Guard Association dues.
    John Walsh: Commanded Montana Infantry Battalion in combat in Iraq.
    John Walsh: Commanded Montana Infantry Battalion in combat in Iraq.
    Steve Bullock: Wrap-around services to reintegrate heroes to civilian life.
    Jon Tester: Irresponsible to put two wars on credit card.
    Michael Lange: No terrorist military tribunals; no domestic spying.
    Conrad Burns: Patriot Act only affects your freedoms if you’re a terrorist.
    Jon Tester: Build forces to fight terror cells; not take away our rights.
    Stan Jones: Patriot Act is terrorism of the worst kind.
    Stan Jones: Nobody read the Patriot Act before it was corruptly passed.
Immigration
    Amanda Curtis: Illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition.
    Sam Rankin: Don't deport illegal immigrants.
    Jon Tester: Touts bipartisanship; voted against DREAM Act.
Jobs
    John Walsh: Supports increasing the minimum wage.
    Steve Bullock: J.O.B.S. Bill: Jobs and Opportunity by Building Schools.
    Steve Bullock: Enforce that construction projects hire Montana residents.
    Judy Martz: Invest in Agricultural Product Promotion.
Local Issues
    Steve Bullock: Full funding for Indian Country Economic Development.
Principles & Values
    John Walsh: OpEd: 2007 Master's thesis plagiarized from online sources.
    Steve Daines: AdWatch: Walsh appointment was "Big Sky buy-off" D.C. deal.
    John Walsh: AdWatch: "Where's Walsh-o" website: "Walsh is hard to find".
    John Walsh: Appointed to Senate while running in Senate primary.
    John Walsh: AdWatch: "Big Sky buyoff" to appoint Walsh to Senate early.
    Brian Schweitzer: Considered Senate run; now supports both Dem. candidates.
    John Bohlinger: An outsider supported by the people & not the establishment.
    John Bohlinger: Elected as Republican; then ran on Democrat governor ticket.
    Steve Bullock: I teach my kids the same Montana values I was taught.
    Jon Tester: Premature to call for impeachment proceedings against Bush.
    Stan Jones: Bush has committed many impeachable offenses.
Social Security
    Sam Rankin: Phase in age increase and more realistic CPI.
    Michael Lange: Allow investment in private accounts.
    Bob Kelleher: Outlaw tax cuts until Trust Fund can guarantee coverage.
Tax Reform
    Sam Rankin: Simplify to three tax brackets: 12%, 22%, 28%.
    John Walsh: Tax cuts for the wealthy only seek to preserve privilege.
    Steve Bullock: $400 personal rebate instead of $100M property tax cut.
    Amanda Curtis: Increase income taxes on wealthy, but not others.
    Champ Edmunds: Eliminate income taxes and corporate taxes.
    Dennis Rehberg: End the inheritance tax completely.
    Jon Tester: Extend Bush exemption for inheritance tax up to $10M.
    Dennis Rehberg: We need tax certainty ; make Bush tax cuts permanent.
    Dennis Rehberg: Eliminate the death tax entirely.
    Jon Tester: Limit inheritance tax to estates over $5 million.
    Michael Lange: Permanently repeal the federal estate tax.
    Conrad Burns: Bush tax cuts actually more progressive Clinton tax hikes.
    Judy Martz: No tax increase without voter referendum.
    Corey Stapleton: No flat tax; no super-majority; yes to sales tax.
    John Bohlinger: Replace property taxes with a 4% retail sales tax.
Technology
    John Bohlinger: Digital privacy threatened by warrantless NSA invasions.
    John Walsh: Digital privacy threatened by warrantless NSA invasions.
    Steve Bullock: Put state government spending online, in searchable database.
    Jon Tester: Stimulus for Going-to-the-Sun National Park roads.
    Dennis Rehberg: Montana solutions: rural transportation infrastructure.
    Judy Martz: Eliminate geography as a business issue, via E-Government.
War & Peace
    Steve Daines: The best way to ensure Mideast peace is Israeli strength.
    Sam Rankin: Timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Michael Lange: Withdraw US troops from Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty
    Judy Martz: Sell used state vehicles to welfare families.


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