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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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Abortion
    John Cornyn: Endorsed by Texas Right to Life.
    Steve Stockman: AdWatch: If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted.
    David Dewhurst: Pushed the sonogram bill with pro-life advocates.
    David Dewhurst: Proud of defunding Planned Parenthood.
    Tom Leppert: Companies can deny insuring birth control.
    Ted Cruz: Companies can deny insuring birth control.
    David Dewhurst: Require women seeking abortions to view a sonogram.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: I am pro-life; I will support pro-life legislation.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Supports umbilical cord blood stem cells.
    Rick Perry: Protect the unborn via sonogram requirement.
    Randy Weber: Require parental notification and parental consent.
    Randy Weber: No embryonic stem cell research.
    Jon Roland: Let states regulate abortion, not feds.
    Jon Roland: Federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    Rick Noriega: No limits on Roe vs. Wade.
    Rick Noriega: I stand with science; fund embryonic stem cell research.
    Alan Keyes: Do everything to overthrow Roe vs. Wade to acknowledge God.
    Paul Sadler: No funding; no second trimester; no partial-birth.
Budget & Economy
    John Cornyn: We've had 17 federal shutdowns since 1976; Obama is AWOL.
    David Dewhurst: Cut $14B in state spending last year; cut 10.2% since 2003.
    John Cornyn: Inaction on $700B bailout is unacceptable leadership.
    John Cornyn: Voting for $700B bailout demonstrates leadership.
    Rick Noriega: Voting for $700B bailout demonstrates herd mentality.
    Barack Obama: Can’t do anything at home with $12 billion a month on Iraq.
    Al Gore: Bush avoids Texas budget woes.
    George W. Bush: The Texas budget is balanced, despite Gore’s attack.
Civil Rights
    David Dewhurst: Define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
    Ted Cruz: Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage.
    Tom Leppert: Marched in gay pride parade, but opposes gay marriage.
    Randy Weber: No affirmative action; no "gender identity".
    Jon Roland: Allow same-sex couples to marry.
    Jon Roland: Discontinue affirmative action programs.
    Rick Noriega: Government should adopt domestic partner benefit policies.
    Barack Obama: Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable.
    Joaquin Castro: Supports affirmative action for all state decisions.
    Alan Keyes: The belief that you can’t legislate morality is nonsensical.
    Paul Sadler: No same-sex marriage; no hate crime definition for gays.
    Paul Sadler: No affirmative action in state government decisions.
    George W. Bush: Reject quotas, double standards & “group thought”.
    George W. Bush: Celebrate diversity but don’t put people into boxes.
Corporations
    David Dewhurst: I formed a business from scratch; bring that to government.
    David Dewhurst: I formed a business from scratch; bring that to government.
    Tom Leppert: I'm a career businessman; I've actually created jobs.
Crime
    Steve Stockman: Admits being jailed in 1970s, but suing group for saying so.
    David Dewhurst: Mandatory 25-year-to-life sentence for first-time child rape.
    Rick Perry: Life without parole for certain repeat sex offenders.
    Randy Weber: Supports the death penalty.
    Randy Weber: Alternative sentencing ok; trying minors sometimes ok.
    Jon Roland: Supports death penalty for federal crimes.
    Jon Roland: Repeal most federal criminal statutes as unconstitutional.
    Rick Perry: Amachi program: break up generational cycle of incarceration.
    Rick Perry: Tough and smart: jail sexual offenders; release non-violent.
    Joaquin Castro: More community centers; more job assistance for inmates.
    Rick Perry: Supports DNA testing; standards for capital defenders.
    Paul Sadler: End parole for repeat violent felons.
    George W. Bush: Send juvenile criminals to “boot camp”.
Drugs
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Secure our borders against Mexican drug cartels.
    Rick Perry: Fight cross-border violence as part of drug war.
    Randy Weber: Keep marijuana possession criminalized.
    Rick Perry: Protect the border from drug traffickers.
    Joaquin Castro: Strengthen sentences for drug-related crimes.
    Paul Sadler: Strengthen drug penalties; also strengthen rehabilitation.
    Steve Stockman: AdWatch: Arrested for drug possession in 1977.
Education
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Advocate of parental choice in education.
    David Dewhurst: Protect student's right to pray and reflect in schools.
    Julian Castro: Take "Race to the Top" Funds despite governor's refusal.
    Rick Perry: No "Race to the Top" funding; too many strings attached.
    Rick Noriega: Scrap “No Child Left Behind”.
    Joaquin Castro: More funds for schools, teachers, and college.
    George W. Bush: Teach values and moral responsibility in schools.
    George W. Bush: No-nonsense basic curriculum focusing on results.
    George W. Bush: Set clear goals, use early tests.
Energy & Oil
    David Dewhurst: Open the Gulf; more hydro-fracking; less "green" energy.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: America needs America's energy.
    Jon Roland: Alternative non-carbon, non-nuclear energy sources.
    Joaquin Castro: Supports alternative fuel plus traditional sources.
Environment
    David Dewhurst: Repeal EPA's job-killing regulations.
    Rick Perry: Flexible permitting to reduce ozone & NOx levels.
    Rick Noriega: Reports for National Guard duty for Hurricane Ike response.
    Rick Perry: Stop declaring wildlife sanctuaries on water reservoirs.
    Stephen Breyer: Look for alternatives to environmental regulations.
Families & Children
    Ron Paul: Let parents decide on mental health screening for kids.
    George W. Bush: More daycare funds; caseworkers; “Second Chance” homes.
    Paul Sadler: Supports abstinence education in schools.
    George W. Bush: Teach kids right (abstinence) and wrong (drugs & gangs).
Foreign Policy
    Barack Obama: Meet with Cuban leaders only with agenda of US interests.
    Barack Obama: Cuba: Loosen restrictions now; normalization later.
    Barack Obama: Important to undo the damage of the last seven years.
    Hillary Clinton: Meet with Cuban leaders only after evidence of change.
    Hillary Clinton: Diplomacy with Iran & Cuba, but no presidential meetings.
    Hillary Clinton: Would use very vigorous and bipartisan diplomacy.
    Rick Perry: Divest state funds from companies doing business in Sudan.
Free Trade
    Ted Cruz: Defended Chinese company on intellectual property theft.
    Jon Roland: Free trade ok as long as sovereignty considered.
    Barack Obama: Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade.
    Hillary Clinton: Have a trade prosecutor to enforce the trade agreements.
    Ralph Nader: It’s not free trade; it’s corporate-managed trade.
    George W. Bush: Free & fair trade is key to economic future.
Government Reform
    John Cornyn: Create anti-Tea Party PACs to counter Super PACs.
    Paul Sadler: It's crazy to think Democrats want dependency.
    Ted Cruz: Dems want to get as many Americans as possible dependent.
    Randy Weber: No limits on campaign contributions nor campaign spending.
    Rick Noriega: Legislative escape tp Okla. protected Voting Rights Act.
    Scott Jameson: Increase limits on contributions to federal campaigns.
    Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate campaign finances.
    Barack Obama: Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda.
    Barack Obama: Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks.
    Barack Obama: Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending.
    Barack Obama: Need a government that listens to the people again.
    Ron Paul: Signing statements erode constitutional balance.
    Joaquin Castro: Limit campaign donations, plus full disclosure.
    George W. Bush: No lawsuits on good-faith acts.
    Paul Sadler: Limit PAC and other contributions to legislative campaigns.
    George W. Bush: Restore individual potential by focusing govt.
Gun Control
    Steve Stockman: The best gun lubricant around is Liberal Tears.
    Steve Stockman: 1993: Opposed federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound.
    Steve Stockman: AR-15 giveaway: the perfect Mother's Day gift.
    Steve Stockman: Consider impeachment for Obama's unilateral gun controls.
    Jon Cornyn: Focus on mental illness, not on background checks.
    David Dewhurst: Strongly supports our constitutional right to bear arms.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Defend right to purchase and possess firearms.
    Jon Roland: Restore militia system--everyone trained in proper gun use.
    Ron Paul: Opposes the DC Gun Ban; it’s not just a “collective right”.
    George W. Bush: Arrest for guns in school; track juvenile offenders.
    Paul Sadler: Maintain existing restrictions on firearms.
Health Care
    Steve Stockman: Supported Sen. Ted Cruz's fight to stop ObamaCare.
    Steve Stockman: Challenge incumbent because he supported ObamaCare.
    John Cornyn: End Congress' carve-out exemption from ObamaCare penalties.
    Paul Sadler: Keep ObamaCare benefits for young adults & elderly.
    Ted Cruz: Vow to repeal ObamaCare.
    Ted Cruz: Throw my body in front of a train to stop ObamaCare.
    David Dewhurst: Reduce medical lawsuit abuse clogging our court system.
    David Dewhurst: Replace ObamaCare with free-market healthcare.
    Rick Perry: Repeal ObamaCare; simple message to Washington: "Enough".
    John Cornyn: Don’t expand CHIP nationally until all Texans are covered.
    Rick Noriega: Enroll all Texas kids in CHIP and other government plans.
    Jon Roland: Universal health program for military; not general public.
    Rick Noriega: Every American has a right to healthcare.
    Barack Obama: My plan does more than anybody to reduce costs.
    Barack Obama: My health plan does not leave 15 million people uncovered.
    Barack Obama: Adults will get health care as they can afford it.
    Hillary Clinton: Make it illegal to discriminate against sick people.
    Hillary Clinton: Tired of health insurance companies deciding who live or die.
    Hillary Clinton: Universal health care will not work if it is voluntary.
    Rick Perry: Medical liability reforms have reduced frivolous lawsuits.
    Rick Perry: $50 million nursing initiative to address shortage of nurses.
    Rick Perry: Healthier Texas: $200M funding pool for uncompensated care.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Don’t criminalize Medicare negotiating for drug prices.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Rx Plan has private companies competing to lower drug prices.
    Scott Jameson: Supports universal mandatory health insurance.
    Al Gore: Bush policies leave Texas with large Medicaid deficits.
    George W. Bush: Health insurance for kids from tobacco settlement.
    George W. Bush: Choose doctor for pay outside of HMOs.
Homeland Security
    David Dewhurst: No blanket cuts to military, but trim back some spending.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Maintain strong modern military to face dangerous challenges.
    Jon Roland: Treat terrorists as pirates; military tribunals ok.
    Jon Roland: More SDI funding & more state homeland security funding.
    Rick Noriega: Warrantless phone-tapping abandons the Constitution.
    Barack Obama: Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital.
    George W. Bush: US military is key to preserving world peace.
Immigration
    Steve Stockman: Opposes comprehensive immigration bill, and no negotiation.
    Paul Sadler: Path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas.
    Ted Cruz: No path to citizenship for 1.65 million illegals in Texas.
    David Dewhurst: Limit police power to ask detainees about immigration status.
    Ted Cruz: Give police more power to ask about immigration status.
    Paul Sadler: Pathway to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.
    Tom Leppert: No border wall.
    David Dewhurst: Boots on the ground, plus a wall.
    Ted Cruz: Boots on the ground, plus a wall.
    David Dewhurst: No amnesty & no tuition for illegals; go home and re-apply.
    Ted Cruz: Triple the size of the Border Patrol.
    David Dewhurst: Triple the size of the Border Patrol.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: Greater emphasis on interdiction and deportation.
    Annise Parker: Report illegals to ICE, but don't look for illegals.
    John Cornyn: More secure documents needed to enforce immigration laws.
    Rick Noriega: Immigration system is broken; deport undocumented workers.
    Jon Roland: Secure border from illegal entry.
    Barack Obama: Encourage every student to learn a second language.
    Barack Obama: Need to look at different aspects of immigration reform.
    Barack Obama: Have border patrolled, surveillance, and deploy technology.
    Barack Obama: Increasing the legal fees on immigrants is not helping.
    Barack Obama: Deporting 12 million people is ridiculous and impractical.
    Hillary Clinton: No official English, but keep common unifying language.
    Hillary Clinton: Introduce a path to earn citizenship in the first 100 days.
    Hillary Clinton: Consider halting certain raids on illegal immigrant families.
    Hillary Clinton: Border fence that cuts off a college campus is absurd.
    Hillary Clinton: Deploy technology & personnel, not a border fence.
    Rick Perry: $100 million investment in a more secure border.
    Jimmy Carter: Provide education for undocumented worker-children.
Jobs
    Tom Leppert: I have created thousands of jobs; we need that in DC.
    David Dewhurst: Less federal meddling on labor relations.
    Jon Roland: No constitutional authority to regulate private hiring.
Local Issues
    Rick Perry: Texas is nation's top moving destination for last 8 years.
    Rick Perry: Can-do culture: Texas is not merely strong, but exceptional.
Principles & Values
    David Dewhurst: PAC ad: "Shattered Vision" calls Cruz a false conservative.
    Ted Cruz: OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign.
    Rick Noriega: Served in Afghanistan as Lt. Colonel in Army National Guard.
    John Cornyn: Criticizes Noriega for campaigning during Hurricane Ike.
    Barack Obama: Go beyond the divisions so that the government can work.
    Barack Obama: Life experiences taught me how to bring people together.
    Barack Obama: Actions can be seen in 20 years of my public service.
    Barack Obama: People understand we must bring the country together.
    Barack Obama: Suggesting that I plagiarized Deval Patrick is silly.
    Barack Obama: Wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I was prepared.
    Barack Obama: I have shown the right judgment to lead.
    Hillary Clinton: Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age.
    Hillary Clinton: I have the experience to be commander in chief.
    Hillary Clinton: My own crises are nothing compared to what people often face.
    Hillary Clinton: Words matter, but actions speak louder than words.
    Hillary Clinton: Using passages from other’s speeches is change you can Xerox.
    George W. Bush: Our guiding philosophy: Individual rights & responsibilties.
    George W. Bush: Base “responsibility era” on Judeo-Christian values.
    George W. Bush: De-emphasize economics; focus on compassion.
Social Security
    Ted Cruz: Raise retirement age; cap increases to inflation rate.
    Jon Roland: Eliminate social security as unconstitutional.
    Ron Paul: Federal government won’t keep its entitlement promises.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Privatization is a terrible idea.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Reform Social Security now, while it’s still easy.
    Scott Jameson: Replace entitlements with market alternatives.
Tax Reform
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    Paul Sadler: Allow tax cuts to expire for nation's wealthiest residents.
    David Dewhurst: State income tax would pass over my dead, cold body.
    David Dewhurst: I favor a fairer and flatter tax.
    Ted Cruz: Permanent Washington elite protects the tax code.
    Tom Leppert: Flat tax is an opportunity to expand the base.
    David Dewhurst: Passed the largest tax cut in Texas history.
    Elizabeth Ames Jones: When raising taxes, government takes a little more freedom.
    Rick Perry: Balance our budget without raising taxes.
    Jon Roland: Permanently repeal the federal estate tax.
    Barack Obama: Tax cut for seniors and those making $75,000 a year or less.
    Hillary Clinton: Rescind tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year.
    Rick Perry: Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending.
    Paul Sadler: No state sales tax; decrease property tax.
Technology
    Steve Stockman: Accepts Bitcoin donations as an alternative to fiat currency.
    Rick Perry: $40M for 5,500 students in Texas Technology Grants.
    Tony Sanchez: Create incentives to keep technology workers in state.
War & Peace
    John Cornyn: No ransom to North Korea on nukes; we've tried that before.
    David Dewhurst: More combat troops were needed in Iraq, and for longer.
    Ted Cruz: Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan went on too long.
    Jon Roland: One more year of the surge, then withdraw.
    Rick Noriega: Safely remove 2 brigades per month from Iraq, for 10 months.
    Barack Obama: $2.7 billion each week of Iraq spending is unsustainable.
    Hillary Clinton: Up to the Iraqis to decide the future they will have.
    Hillary Clinton: The purpose of the surge has not been fulfilled.
    Barbara Radnofsky: US presence destabilizes Iraq; leaving causes stability.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Partition of Iraq will increase terrorism.
    Barbara Radnofsky: Secret CIA papers at time of war vote skeptical of WMD info.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Need ideas like option for semi-autonomous regions.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: I can’t think of anything worse than cut-and-run.
    Kay Bailey Hutchison: Would have voted against war if current WMD info were known.
    Scott Jameson: No immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
    Scott Jameson: Iraq war should not be funded as an emergency.
Welfare & Poverty
    Steve Stockman: 1990s: Homeless in Fort Worth's Water Gardens park.
    Joaquin Castro: Job training & childcare subsidies for welfare recipients.


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