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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)

Book Reviews

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Mitt Romney vs. Newt Gingrich On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org



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BOOK SUMMARY by OnTheIssues.org:

This book puts OnTheIssues' web content into book form -- a direct comparison of issue stances -- not personal biographies, not political horserace analysis, not scandal histories. Each headline below is backed up with a referenced citation, in context, so you can compare for yourself what each candidate says. The comparisons are made convenient in a side-by-side layout, with book reviews and a VoteMatch issue summary at the end.

  • Domestic Issues
  • Economic Issues
  • Social Issues
  • International Issues
  • Book Reviews
  • VoteMatch questionnaire
  • Other books in this series


    Domestic Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Newt Gingrich

    Gun Rights:Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten policeDon't redefine Constitution with no individual right to arms
    Alternative Sentencing:One Strike, You're Ours: lifetime GPS tracking3-strike laws are constitutional; enforce courts compliance
    Death Penalty:Supports death penalty in heinous murdersNO on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment
    Drugs in Society:Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in ColombiaDrug-free society focuses on both drug supply & demand
    Marijuana Legalization:Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuanaMarijuana legalization would tear America apart
    Environmental Philosophy:Clean environment will be a campaign themeCombine healthy environment and a healthy economy
    Nuclear Waste:Compensate Nevada for nuclear waste in Yucca MountainPut nuclear waste in deep storage for 10,000 years
    EPA Regulations:States should be able to have their own emissions standardsReplace EPA with new Environmental Solutions Agency
    Infrastructure Investment:Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxesWe can't compete with China with an inferior infrastructure
    Transportation Policy:$20 billion package for energy research & new car technologyEstablish three high-speed rail corridors; NY-MA; FL; & CA
    Outer Space Policy:Focus manned space program on commercial productsGet an American on the moon before the Chinese get there
    R&D Spending: National R&D spending OK; picking winners not OKCreate tax incentives that encourage R&D
    Internet Policy: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speechI favor Internet freedom, even though SOPA favors Hollywood
    Health Mandate: Personal responsibility instead of employer mandatesIf you mandate healthcare, you mandate everything in life
    Medicare: Reform Medicare, but don't cancel prescription programBlock grant Medicaid; create individual incentives & bonuses
    ObamaCare:I stand by what I did in Massachusetts; but not ObamaCareRepeal ObamaCare; sign tort reform instead


    Economic Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Newt Gingrich

    Corporation Policy: Corporations are peopleBusinesses focus on customers; apply Lean Six Sigma to gov't
    Wall Street Reform: I was CEO at mainstream businesses, not Wall St.Dodd-Frank kills small business & small banks
    Automaker Bailout: TARP should not be used for auto company bailoutsBailout combines bad policy with worst of Detroit's decay
    Financial Bailout: Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankruptInsure banks rather than pass out checks
    Economic Stimulus: Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuffNo sequel to failed stimulus & job-killing policies
    Mortgage Crisis: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were source of housing bubbleDon't bail out Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae; break them up
    National Debt: The "Party of No" is ok when it comes to spendingDemocrats say they oppose earmarks, but proposed 8,000
    Balanced Budget: Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDPDemand a Balanced Budget amendment
    Campaign Finance Reform:McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First AmendmentIncrease federal limits on individual campaign contributions
    Growth of Government: Make government simpler, smaller, and smarterBigger government lead to more food stamps, not more jobs
    Union Policy: "Card check" is a massive imposition on worker freedomDefund National Labor Relations Board; favor right-to-work
    Unemployment: Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accountsGo to college instead of 99 weeks of unemployment
    Social Security Privatization: Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely boldTake Social Security off federal budget; give young a choice
    Death Tax: Death tax just doesn't make senseDeath tax is a direct assault on civil society
    Income Tax:Reduce the tax burden on middle-income familiesAdopt a single-rate tax system


    Social Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Newt Gingrich

    Federal Abortion Laws: Would be delighted to sign federal ban on all AbortionsStop forcing pro-choice morality on religious organizations
    Stem Cells: Stem cell research lofty goals don't justify destroying lifeEmbryonic stem-cell research desensitizes us to killing babies
    Judicial Activism: Firmly pro-life; including Court nominationsImpeach judges who don't abide by Constitution as written
    Welfare State: Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiativeWhen free welfare is provided, people choose not to work
    Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell: Don't ask, don't tell sounds silly, but it's effectiveArmy & Marines wanted Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell
    Defense of Marriage Act: MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriageI helped author DOMA; if it fails, amend Constitution
    Affirmative Action: Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issueAffirmative action OK individually, but not by group
    College Loans: China & India graduate more science & engineering PhDsCollege students should work and graduate with no debt
    School Vouchers: Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schoolsVoucherize inner-city programs from schools to groceries
    Department of Education: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLBDramatically shrink the federal Department of Education
    School Prayer: Schools can teach family values, but not religion or prayerVoluntary school prayer creates bond between you and Creator
    the Fathers In Families: Child development enhanced by having a mother & fatherResponsibility for child's education resides with parents
    the Tea Party: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spendingTea Party prevents mistake of electing conservative Democrats
    Religious Values: Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedomDeclaration of Independence assumes God created man
    American Exceptionalism: American Exceptionalism means America need not declineFive habits of liberty sustain American Exceptionalism
    Liberals exploit weakness; conservatives offer strength


    International Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Newt Gingrich

    Climate Change: They don't call it "America warming" but "global warming"Kyoto treaty is bad for the environment and bad for America
    Oil Drilling:Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR2008 book: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less
    China Trade: China doesn't want to have a trade war; so push hardProtectionism helps China & India challenge US supremacy
    Self-Deportation: Enforce employment and illegal immigrants will self-deportRomney's "self-deportation" is an Obama-level fantasy
    Immigrant Policy: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrantsReview all illegal aliens & if you have no ties, go home
    Guest Workers: I like legal immigration; let business determine visasI voted for Reagan's legal guest worker program
    Official English: English should be the official language of the USRequire official English plus American history
    Cuba Policy: Free Cuba and eliminate threat of people like Hugo ChavezI supported Helms-Burton to isolate the Castro regime
    Iranian Sanctions: Unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nationSabotage Iran's oil refinery
    Israel/Palestine: Disagree with Israelis in private; stand with them in publicTell the truth: Palestinians are an "invented people"
    International Diplomacy: Encourage others to welcome democracy, without militaryWe need a dramatically expanded use of statecraft
    the Patriot Act: No Miranda rights for suicide bombersDefend America & allies with information policies
    Defense Spending: Increase defense spending to at least 4% of GDPDefense as percentage of GDP is lowest since WWII
    Sources of Terrorism: To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim worldThe "Irreconcilable Wing of Islam" threatens our way of life
    Afghanistan War: Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leaveWe have mismanaged region-wide crisis in Middle East
    America vs. Socialism: Critical time for American century vs. European socialismMany newspaper editorial boards contain socialists
     OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Corporations
        Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney's economic stances compared to Newt's.
    Families & Children
        Mitt Romney: Newt Gingrich's Family Values compared to Mitt's.
    Free Trade
        Newt Gingrich: Mitt Romney's trade & immigration stances compared to Newt's.
    Gun Control
        Mitt Romney: Newt Gingrich's gun, crime & drug issues compared to Mitt's.


    The above quotations are from Mitt Romney vs. Newt Gingrich On The Issues:
    Side-by-side stances on the issues

    by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.



    VoteMatch Social Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    Abortion is a woman’s rightopposes strongly opposes
    Require companies to hire more women & minoritiesstrongly favors strongly opposes
    Same-sex domestic partnership benefitsopposes opposes
    Teacher-led prayer in public schoolsstrongly favors strongly favors
    Parents choose schools via vouchersstrongly favors strongly favors

    VoteMatch Domestic Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    More federal funding for health coverageneutral strongly opposes
    Death Penalty strongly favors strongly favors
    Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing lawsstrongly favors favors
    Absolute right to gun ownership opposes favors
    Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against itstrongly favors strongly favors

    VoteMatch Economic Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    Privatize Social Securitystrongly favors strongly favors
    Make taxes more progressivestrongly opposes opposes
    Stricter limits on political campaign fundsopposes strongly opposes
    Allow churches to provide welfare servicesfavors favors
    Replace coal & oil with alternativesopposes strongly opposes

    VoteMatch International Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

    Newt Gingrich
    Illegal immigrants earn citizenshipopposes Neutral
    Support & expand free trade neutral favors
    The Patriot Act harms civil libertiesstrongly opposes strongly opposes
    Expand the armed forces strongly favors strongly favors
    US out of Iraq & Afghanistanstrongly opposes favors


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