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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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Romney vs. Obama 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

    Barack Obama

    Alternative Sentencing:One Strike, You're Ours: lifetime GPS trackingSupports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation
    Death Penalty:Supports death penalty in heinous murdersBattled legislatively against the death penalty
    Gun Rights:Ok to ban lethal weapons that threaten policeRespect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok
    Drugs in Society:Combat the ruthless narco-terrorists in ColombiaExpand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse
    Marijuana Legalization:Opposes legalization of recreational or medical marijuanaNot first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it
    Nuclear Waste:Compensate Nevada for nuclear waste in Yucca MountainOpposes Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage
    Environmental Philosophy:Clean environment will be a campaign themeGenesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future
    Emissions Standards:States should be able to have their own emissions standardsLet states define stricter-than-federal emission standards
    Energy Efficient Cars:$20 billion package for energy research & new car technologyLet's build a fuel-efficient car in America, not abroad
    Infrastructure Investment:Invest in infrastructure from growing economy by lower taxesNational Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank: $60B in 10 years
    Outer Space Policy:Mining the moon costs too muchCancel moon program; develop human mission to Mars
    R&D Spending: National R&D spending OK; picking winners not OKSpace-race-level investment in R&D; biotech; & green tech
    Health Mandate: Personal responsibility instead of employer mandatesZero fines & no mandate for small business
    Medicare: Reform Medicare, but don't cancel prescription programMedicare is major driver of our long-term liabilities
    ObamaCare:I stand by what I did in Massachusetts; but not ObamaCareRepealing healthcare reform would cost $250B


    Economic Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Barack Obama

    Corporation Policy: Corporations are peopleI will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it
    Financial Bailout: Bailout program wasted money; let companies go bankruptWe all hated the bank bailout; but it was necessary
    Wall Street Reform: I was CEO at mainstream businesses, not Wall St.Pay attention to Main Street, not just Wall Street
    Economic Stimulus: Key to economic stimulus: get companies to buy more stuff$1T avoided Depression; but I took office with $8T debt
    Trickle-Down Economics: Lowering taxes, like Bush tax cuts, grows the economyNot enough to help those at the top: it doesn't trickle down
    National Debt: The "Party of No" is ok when it comes to spendingFreeze annual domestic spending for next five years
    Balanced Budget: Cap how much government can spend as a percentage of GDPAppoint bipartisan fiscal commission and re-establish PAYGO
    Campaign Finance Reform:McCain-Feingold hurt our party and hurt the First Amendment Public campaign financing with free television & radio time
    Card Check: "Card check" is a massive imposition on worker freedomFactCheck: Yes, wants to limit secret balloting for unions
    Unemployment: Replace jobless benefits with unemployment savings accounts$4,000 tax credit for companies who hire unemployed workers
    Social Security Privatization: Favors private accounts; prepared to be entirely boldWhat do we do with the losers of privatizing?
    Trust Fund: Congress taking money from Trust Fund is criminalMust capture new revenue; no new Social Security Commission
    Entitlement Policy:Rein in the excessive growth in entitlement programsGood health care and tax reform will save entitlements
    Tax-and-Spend Policies:Reduce the tax burden on middle-income familiesWe need a tax code where everybody pays their fair share
    Death Tax:Death tax just doesn't make sense2011 budget proposed to raise Death Tax to 45%


    Social Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Barack Obama

    Partial-Birth Abortion: No punishment for women who have partial birth abortionsTrust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion
    Stem Cells: Stem cell research lofty goals don't justify destroying lifeStem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases
    Judicial Activism: Firmly pro-life; including Court nominationsNo litmus test; nominate to Court based on their fairness
    Welfare State: Opportunity is in our DNA; dependency is death to initiativeCut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help
    Welfare-to-Work: Would require welfare recipients to workWelfare recipients know how to succeed but need help
    Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell: Don't ask, don't tell sounds silly, but it's effectiveRepeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell
    Defense of Marriage Act: MA Constitution, by John Adams, has no same-sex marriageDecisions about marriage should be left to the states
    Affirmative Action: Failure to educate minorities is a civil rights issueInclude class-based affirmative action with race-based
    College Loans: China & India graduate more science & engineering PhDs$10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service
    No Child Left Behind: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLBWe need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB
    School Vouchers: Supported means-tested vouchers for public & private schoolsVouchers don't solve the problems of our schools
    the Fathers In Families: Child development enhanced by having a mother & fatherI know what it means to have an absent father
    the Tea Party: Me & Tea Party are both for small government & low spending92% of Tea Partiers: "Obama is moving US toward socialism"
    Personal Faith: My faith would inform my presidencyI am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith
    Religious Values: Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedomListening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line


    International Issues

    Mitt Romney

    Barack Obama

    Climate Change: They don't call it "America warming" but "global warming"Aggressively address accelerating climate change
    Oil Drilling:Develop alternative energy but also drill in ANWR We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil
    Nuclear Power: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coalNuclear power ok if we safeguard against waste & terrorism
    China Trade: China doesn't want to have a trade war; so push hardChina is a competitor but not an enemy
    Immigrant Benefits: Turn off the magnet that attracts immigrantsPathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it
    Guest Workers: I like legal immigration; let business determine visasAnti-immigrant bitterness stems from joblessness
    American Exceptionalism: American Exceptionalism means America need not declineAmerican exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism
    Iranian Sanctions: Unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear nationIran is more isolated and will face growing consequences
    International Diplomacy: Encourage others to welcome democracy, without militaryThe UN has succeeded in avoiding a Third World War
    the Patriot Act: FBI wiretaps and spying on immigrants OKThe politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties
    Defense spending: Increase defense spending to at least 4% of GDPReduce defense spending 1% in 2013; add 2% per year after
    Sources of Terrorism: To win the war on jihad, we need friends in Muslim worldBattling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation
    Torture Policy: Best to not say whether waterboarding is torture or notNo torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear
    Guantanamo Prison: Closing Gitmo leaves America vulnerable to another 9/11OpEd: Promised to close Guantanamo but it's still open
    Afghanistan War: Stay in Afghanistan until our generals say to leaveTroops will begin to exit Afghanistan in July 2011
     OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Budget & Economy
        Barack Obama: Obama economic stances compared to Romney.
    Education
        Barack Obama: Romney education stances compared to Obama.
    Health Care
        Mitt Romney: Romney healthcare stances compared to Obama.
    Homeland Security
        Mitt Romney: Obama defense issue stances compared to Romney.


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

    by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.



    VoteMatch Social Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

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

    VoteMatch Domestic Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

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

    VoteMatch Economic Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

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

    VoteMatch International Issues


    Mitt Romney

    vs.

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


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