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The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi

Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin

A Woman in Charge, by Carl Bernstein

What Obama Means, by Jabari Asim

Barack Obama For Beginners, by Bob Neer

Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton

An American Son, by Senator Marco Rubio

The Rise of Marco Rubio, by Manuel Roig-Franzia

Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell

Madame Hillary, by R. Emmett Tyrell of The American Spectator

Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, by Judith Warner

Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson

A Bound Man, by Shelby Steele

America by Heart, by Sarah Palin

Her Way, by Jeff Gerth & Don Van Natta

God and Hillary Clinton: A Spiritual Life, by Paul Kengor

Do the Right Thing, by Mike Huckabee

The Contenders, by Laura Flanders et al.

America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson

For Love of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years, by Sally Bedell Smith

A Life of Trial and Redemption, by Jules Witcover

Game Change, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Change We Can Believe In

FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 primary debates

Stand For Something, by John Kasich

Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, by Joe Biden

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, by Joe McGinniss

Hopes and Dreams: The Story of Barack Obama, by Steve Dougherty

Hard Choices, by Senator Hillary Clinton

Every Other Monday, by John Kasich

Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President, by Lincoln Chafee

Guilty, by Ann Coulter

Fed Up!, by Rick Perry (Nov. 15, 2010)

The FAITH of Barack Obama, by Stephen Mansfield

The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama

The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Rand Paul (Feb. 22, 2011)

On My Honor, by Rick Perry

Jeb: America's Next Bush, by S.V. Date

Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal

Friends in High Places, by Webb Hubbell

The Extreme Makeover of Hillary (Rodham) Clinton, by Bay Buchanan

Character Makes a Difference, by Mike Huckabee

Seven Principles of Good Government: Gary Johnson

In the President`s Secret Service, by Ronald Kessler

Outsider in the House, by Senator Bernie Sanders (I, VT)

Obama's Challenge, by Robert Kuttner

Hillary's Choice, by Gail Sheehy

Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race

Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to be Intentional about the Legacy You Leave, by Mike Huckabee

Survey of 2012 Presidential contenders' campaign websites

Should Barack Obama Be President? by Fred Zimmerman, published Oct. 2006

Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success, by Donald Trump

Think Like a Champion, by Donald Trump

Trump: How to Get Rich, by Donald J. Trump and Meredith McIver

How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down

Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump

The Final Days, by Barbara Olson, published Oct. 2001

My Father, My President, by Doro Bush Koch

The Battle for America 2008, by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson

Washington Post, "The Fact Checker"

What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe and Steve Kettman

The Obamians, by James Mann

The Natural, by Joe Klein

2010: Take Back America, by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann

Barack Obama in His Own Words, by Barack Obama, edited by Lisa Rogak

One Nation, by Dr. Ben Carson, M.D.

Meet the Next President, by Bill Sammon

Kids Who Kill, by Mike Huckabee

Immigration Wars, by Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick

Confidence Men, by Ron Suskind

Character IS the Issue, by Mike Huckabee

American Dreams, by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump

"Road to Majority" Policy Conference

2011 Republican primary debate on Twitter.com, July 21, 2011

Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, by Amanda Carpenter

The Unique Voice of Hillary Clinton

Tough Choices, by CEO Carly Fiorina

Ten Letters, by Eli Saslow

It Takes a Family, by Rick Santorum (April 30, 2006)

Saving Freedom, by Sen. Jim DeMint

The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williams

Real Change, by Speaker Newt Gingrich

Profiles in Character, by Jeb Bush & B.Yablonski, published January 1996

Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader by Joe Hilley

Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian: Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton On The Issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Obamanomics, by John R. Talbott, published July 1, 2008

Man Behind The Mask, by Andy Martin

My Life, by Bill Clinton

The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by Kitty Kelley

From Hope to Higher Ground, by Gov. Mike Huckabee

Slouching Towards Gomorrah, by Supreme Court Nominee Robert Bork

The Faith and Values of Sarah Palin. by Stephen Mansfield

Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove

The 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit, Ag Summit, and other Iowa events

Survey of 2010 House campaign websites

2008 VA Senate Debate between Jim Gilmore and Mark Warner, July 19th, 2008

FactCheck.org analysis of 2008 campaign ads

Survey of 2006 Senate campaign websites

100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future, by Marco Rubio

Unintimidated: A Governor's Story, by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Third World America, by Arianna Huffington

The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter

How Bill Clinton Won, by Bob Woodward

The 100: Insight and Lessons from 100 of the Greatest Speeches Ever Delivered

Take the Risk, by Ben Carson

Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan

Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate, by Bob Woodward

A Senator Speaks Out, by Rick Santorum (June 8, 2005)

Republican Leader: ~ by John David Dyche

The Party's Over, by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist

Obama-Biden vs. Romney-Ryan On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues, by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org

Obamanomics: How Barack Obama Is Bankrupting You, by Timothy P. Carney

Now Or Never, by Sen. Jim DeMint

Nine and Counting, by Catherine Whitney

Republican Leader, by John David Dyche

Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork, by Mike Huckabee

Hopes and Prospects, by Noam Chomsky

God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy, by Gov. Mike Huckabee

Give Us Liberty, by Rep. Dick Armey

Fortunate Son, by J. H. Hatfield

The Dysfunctional President, by Paul Fick

Courage to Stand, by Tim Pawlenty (Jan. 11, 2011)

Core of Conviction, by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, MN)

The Blair Years, by Alastair Campbell

And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since, by Charles Rangel

American Dynasty: The House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips

Jeb Bush: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert E. Crew

2016 Kentucky Senate race

The Hill on 2014 campaigns

Roll Call on 2014 campaigns

The Hill on 2010-2013 campaigns

Fact-checking on the 2012 Presidential and Senatorial races

2011 FactCheck

Survey of 2009 and 2010 Senate campaign websites

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Roseanne Barr on Principles & Values
Peace and Freedom Party nominee for President
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  • Make the presidential game less crooked. (Oct 2012)
  • Lesser of two evils is a false choice. (Sep 2012)
  • We do need a little bit more socialism in America. (Sep 2012)
Joe Biden on Principles & Values
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
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  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Paul Ryan. (Aug 2012)
  • Tea Party should learn compromise, but are not 'terrorists'. (Aug 2012)
  • Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. (Jan 2012)
  • 2010: Negotiated trades in bipartisan Senate bills. (Sep 2011)
  • 1973: Base Nixon's resignation on violations, not politics. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987: Clarion call: rekindle fires of idealism. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987: Anti-Bork most organized opposition to Court nominee. (Oct 2010)
  • Models his role on LBJ’s vice presidency. (Oct 2008)
  • 35-year track record of accomplishments. (Oct 2008)
  • Failure is at times inevitable but giving up is unforgivable. (Aug 2008)
  • Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 97.0% of 233 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: engaging in civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Politics is a noble calling. (Jul 2007)

    Barack Obama

  • Vice-presidency is derivative; it reflects president's power. (Mar 2014)
  • 2008: I would not be anyone's V.P. nor Secretary of State. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Preferred Secretary of State role to Vice Presidency. (Jan 2010)
  • 2008 primary: Obama is "articulate & bright & clean". (Jan 2009)
  • As VP, I’ll be point person in Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • We need a wise leader like Obama, not just a good soldier. (Aug 2008)
  • We should embrace change just like the previous generations. (Aug 2008)
  • Apologized for saying Barack Obama was clean and articulate. (Apr 2007)

    Past Campaigns

  • 1987: Accused of plagiarizing Neil Kinnock's speech. (Oct 2010)
  • 1966: Required to retake law school course for plagiarism. (Oct 2010)
  • 2008: Lawsuits accused him of defrauding business partner. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Praised as poorest US Senator; but earns $248K. (Nov 2009)
  • Insulted Indian-Americans in attempt to compliment vibrancy. (Nov 2007)
  • MoveOn.org has not changed politics. (Sep 2007)
  • 1970: won first election, to County Council, in GOP district. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: beat GOP incumbent; 2nd youngest Senator ever elected. (Jul 2007)
  • His book “Promises to Keep” written before presidential race. (Jul 2007)
  • Knocked out of 1988 race due to plagiarizing a speech. (Oct 2005)

    Personal Background

  • Greatest gift God gave mankind is the ability to forget. (Mar 2014)
  • Favorite movie: “Chariots of Fire”, for real heroism. (Oct 2008)
  • Childhood stuttering strengthened me. (Jul 2007)
  • 1972: Wife & child killed in pre-inauguration auto accident. (Jul 2007)
  • Remarried in 1977, willing to give up Senate for Jill. (Jul 2007)
  • 1988: suffered aneurysm requiring brain surgery. (Jul 2007)


  • 1973: Reconsidered priesthood after losing wife in car crash. (Oct 2010)
  • Prayer gives you strength, but doesn’t prevent crises. (Aug 2007)
  • Religion informs my values; my reason dictates outcomes. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Jeb Bush on Principles & Values
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 37 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • I admire my father & brother, but I am my own man. (Feb 2015)
  • Issues where Jeb agrees with Hillary Clinton. (Dec 2014)
  • Voracious reader and self-described nerd. (May 2014)
  • GOP isn't about orthodoxy & disallowing disagreement. (Apr 2014)
  • 1986: Appointed state secretary of commerce. (Feb 2014)
  • GOP must stop being the party of 'anti' everything. (Mar 2013)
  • We need to be the party of inclusion and acceptance. (Mar 2013)
  • Obama divided into "them vs. us"; GOP needs alternatives. (Mar 2013)
  • Reach out to Hispanics based on tone, policy, and religion. (Mar 2013)
  • America is different because identity derives from ideals. (Mar 2013)
  • Romney lost because of changing demographics. (Mar 2013)
  • Returned home to deal with 2000 post-election crisis. (Nov 2010)
  • Bush family name is a detriment that limits career choices. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Wealthy have high morals, until proven otherwise. (Feb 2007)
  • 1994 and 1998 campaign theme: Think outside the box. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Balanced mix of campaigning and governing. (Feb 2007)
  • Company handbook focused on doing what you are told. (Feb 2007)
  • 9/11/2001: after emergency meeting, went to church to pray. (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd on 2016 Hillary: Which family dynasty do you want? (Feb 2007)
  • OpEd: Delivered FL in 2004, by robbing blacks of their votes. (Jan 2007)
  • Floridians bravely face the rigors of our paradise. (Nov 2006)
  • Named after Uncle Johnny Bush and Uncle Sandy Ellis. (Oct 2006)
  • Married at age 21 to Columba, age 19. (Oct 2006)
  • 2000: Duty to conduct recount in proper manner. (Oct 2006)
  • Bill Clinton is using my dad, to benefit his own character. (Oct 2006)
  • Poll: Jeb would lose to Hillary because of “Bush fatigue”. (May 2006)
  • Pres. Bush plugs Jeb for President; Jeb declines comment. (May 2006)
  • 1967: Repeated the 9th grade at Andover Prep School. (Sep 2004)
  • Married high school sweetheart, exchange student from Mexico. (Sep 2004)
  • 1994: Anti-abortion; anti-crime; anti-government; anti-taxes. (Aug 1999)
  • Priorities: public education & public safety. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on virtue & character, not values. (Nov 1995)
  • Pass moral judgment & teach virtue to our children. (Nov 1995)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Ben Carson on Principles & Values
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    Personal Background

  • I'm the only one on this stage who separated Siamese twins. (Aug 2015)
  • Raised in inner-city Detroit; poor student in grade school. (Mar 2013)
  • Neurosurgeon who specialized in separating conjoined twins. (Mar 2013)
  • DIRECT: Deny, Ignore, Resist, Exempt, Conform, Transform. (Jan 2012)
  • Naively committed plagiarism in college psychology course. (Jan 2012)

    Political Philosophy

  • I was a radical Democrat but then I listened to Reagan. (Sep 2015)
  • I will not lick the boots of billionaires. (Sep 2015)
  • Important experience is having a brain, not being politician. (Aug 2015)
  • Secular progressives cause our problems; Hillary is epitome. (Aug 2015)
  • Our brain makes us who we are, not our skin. (Aug 2015)
  • President needs common sense understand of Constitution. (May 2014)
  • PC police make us afraid to say "Merry Christmas". (May 2014)
  • Five doctors signed Declaration; we solve problems. (May 2014)
  • Our flag symbolizes one nation, under God, indivisible. (May 2014)
  • Raised a Democrat, but became a registered Independent. (Jan 2012)
  • Democracy was never intended as a spectator sport. (Jan 2012)
  • Wise voters look at their representatives' voting records. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Partiers & Independents reject spoon-fed biased media. (Jan 2012)
  • For eagle to fly straight, balance left wing & right wing. (Jan 2012)
  • B/WA: Best/Worst Analysis for risk assessment. (Dec 2007)


  • Bible study overcame youthful violence and anger. (Mar 2013)
  • Not running for office, but God may call on me. (Mar 2013)
  • End the "war on God". (Mar 2013)
  • 2010: Vetted for Lt. Gov., but decision to run "up to God". (Feb 2013)
  • All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable. (Jan 2012)
  • National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement. (Jan 2012)
  • God granted me a miracle in passing freshman chemistry. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Principles & Values
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
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  • The Republican Party changed and I never changed. (Apr 2015)
  • 1994: two dozen moderate GOP Senators; by 1999: only 5. (Apr 2008)
  • 2000: GOP promised Americans an end to political conflict. (Apr 2008)
  • Mayor of Warwick RI, as the All-But-Lone Republican. (Apr 2008)
  • As mayor, I'd rather take a beating than be a no-show. (Apr 2008)
  • 1999: Appointed to Senate when his father died. (Apr 2008)
  • 2004 election: Voted for George H. W. Bush, underlining "H". (Apr 2008)
  • Real flag desecration is ignoring the First Amendment. (Apr 2008)
  • Disenchanted centrist voters will seek 3rd-party candidate. (Apr 2008)
  • The Club for Growth is pouring the money for Laffey. (Aug 2006)
  • Being deliberate and responsible is not indecisive. (Aug 2006)
  • Vote my conscience while keeping good relations with GOP. (Aug 2006)
  • #1 on Human Events’ list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans; supports gay rights. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
Hillary Clinton on Principles & Values
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 174 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 71 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Obama calls her "likable enough"; GOP says "untrustworthy". (Aug 2015)
  • Sings to baby granddaughter, but can't carry a tune. (Apr 2015)
  • We survive trauma by people showing kindness. (May 2014)
  • Appointed by Obama as "team of rivals," like Lincoln. (Jun 2012)
  • 2005 advice to Sen. Obama: avoid limelight & do homework. (Jan 2010)
  • On V.P. prospect: "I've already done that job". (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Whitewater's crime was scamming the poor and gullible. (Nov 2009)
  • Lives by Wesleyan credo: Do all the good you can. (Aug 2009)
  • Confidence and optimism enable us to meet our challenges. (Aug 2008)
  • My own crises are nothing compared to what people often face. (Feb 2008)
  • Democrats much more in step with America than GOP. (Feb 2008)
  • Being the president is much more than being a CEO. (Jan 2008)
  • Focus on foreign policy and revising executive orders. (Dec 2007)
  • Purpose of politics is to gain power and enact programs. (Oct 2007)
  • Owes opportunity for presidency to generations of women. (Aug 2007)
  • 1963: called Saul Alinsky “great seducer” of young minds. (Jul 2007)
  • DC home, “Whitehaven”, became center of “Hillaryland”. (Jun 2007)
  • 1974: Studied Nixon’s White House for impeachment committee. (Jun 2007)
  • Despite critics, fervent believer in public service. (Jun 2007)
  • Prefers role as knowledgeable expert to role of visionary. (May 2007)
  • Biggest mistakes: mishandling healthcare; believing in WMDs. (Apr 2007)
  • Comfortable in conservative agricultural settings. (Jan 2007)
  • Chair of powerful Steering and Coordinating Committee. (Feb 2004)
  • Polarize issues and then compromise on best terms possible. (Feb 2004)
  • Alinsky's Rules: focus on tactics & ongoing confrontation. (Feb 2004)
  • Alinsky Thesis: merge alien radicalism with US conditions. (Feb 2004)
  • Bill talked about social change; I embodied it. (Nov 2003)
  • I liked headbands; but First Lady's appearance matters. (Nov 2003)
  • "Saint Hillary" pushes politics of meaning and spirituality. (Nov 2003)
  • Death of her father spurred questioning 'spiritual vacuum'. (Nov 2003)
  • $8M book advance not vetted by Senate ethics panel. (Oct 2001)
  • Claimed no role in Travelgate firings. (Oct 2001)
  • Empathized with Eleanor Roosevelt: criticized for outspoken. (Aug 1993)
  • First to participate as First Lady in policy decisions. (Aug 1993)
  • 1969: Humanness goes beyond acquisitiveness. (May 1969)

    Bill Clinton

  • I have loved & been loved; all the rest is background music. (May 2014)
  • 1995: Rumors that she would divorce Bill and run against him. (Jun 2009)
  • Bill’s role includes sounding board; but I make decisions. (Feb 2008)
  • Bill would be her adviser, and represent US around the world. (Feb 2008)
  • Key to Bill & Hillary’s marriage is shared love of politics. (Oct 2007)
  • Hillary and Bill made joint decisions during presidency. (Oct 2007)
  • OpEd: Bill and Hillary together are "force multipliers". (Oct 2007)
  • Bill & I started a conversation 36 years ago & never stopped. (Sep 2007)
  • Judge me on my merits, not as Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton. (Jul 2007)
  • Endured Monicagate through faith and inward spirituality. (Jul 2007)
  • Secret “20-Year Project” with Bill to revolutionize Dems. (Jun 2007)
  • 1986: Attacked for accepting state fee with Bill as governor. (Jun 2007)
  • 1998: “Conspiracy” infuriated Starr; resonated with public. (Jun 2007)
  • Whitewater deal: the only “stupid dumb thing we ever did”. (Jun 2007)
  • Changed name from Rodham because many were offended. (Jun 2007)
  • 1978: “Name issue” of Rodham raised in Bill’s first race. (Jun 2007)
  • 1980: Synthesized basic principles into “New Dem” concept. (Jun 2007)
  • 1982 campaign: served as Bill’s de facto campaign director. (Jun 2007)
  • Whitewater deal: maybe conflict-of-interest; but not illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • In Arkansas and Washington, subject to unprecedented vitriol. (Jun 2007)
  • Travelgate: Office WAS sloppy; firings looked like cronyism. (Jun 2007)
  • Replay of “2 for price of 1” has big pluses & big minuses. (May 2007)
  • OpEd: Dynasties offer donors, free media, & brand extension. (Sep 2004)
  • Role in Nixon’s impeachment prepared her for Bill’s ordeal. (Feb 2004)
  • OpEd: Hillary & Bill deeply influence all elements of Dems. (Feb 2004)
  • Case for Bill’s impeachment was unjustified constitutionally. (Nov 2003)
  • Monica investigation abused process to undermine presidency. (Nov 2003)
  • Loves Bill despite affairs; not just “Stand By Your Man”. (Nov 2003)
  • Hillaryland meant active & influential First Lady staff. (Nov 2003)
  • Vince Foster’s suicide spurred conspiracy theories galore. (Nov 2003)
  • Not happy with what Bill did, but impeachment isn't answer. (Nov 2003)
  • Appointed to chair AR commissions despite obvious issues. (Jun 2000)
  • “Vast right wing conspiracy”. (Dec 1999)
  • Stands by her man despite “pain in marriage”. (Dec 1999)
  • Never left Bill because they were a team. (Dec 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Life is about making hard choices; so is governing. (May 2014)
  • Making hard choices, I listened to both my heart and my head. (May 2014)
  • Listening Tour: gracious in public; but events were staged. (Jun 2009)
  • I have the experience to be commander in chief. (Feb 2008)
  • Words matter, but actions speak louder than words. (Feb 2008)
  • The next president faces a stack of problems on day one. (Jan 2008)
  • Campaigning on the legacy that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • Right has no sex and truth has no color. (Jan 2008)
  • Running to continue work I’ve done for 35 years. (Dec 2007)
  • Cultivates grassroots groups & “grass-top” leaders. (Nov 2007)
  • Bring your brooms & vacuum cleaners; we got to clean up DC. (Aug 2007)
  • If you want a winner to take on right wing, I’m your girl. (Aug 2007)
  • I consider myself a modern American progressive. (Jul 2007)
  • Maybe, finally, break that hardest of all glass ceilings. (Jul 2007)
  • The politics of meaning: individuality is part of society. (Jul 2007)
  • New progressive vision for the 21st century. (Jun 2007)
  • A mind conservative and a heart liberal. (Jun 2007)
  • Already made change and will continue to make change. (Jan 2006)
  • Message of candidacy: hardworking experienced collaborator. (Oct 2005)
  • OpEd: Alinsky’s rule: tactics over principles. (Feb 2004)
  • OpEd: Hillary has mastered politics of self victimization. (Feb 2004)
  • New Democrat: individual responsibility and community. (Apr 2000)

    Past Elections

  • Resignation in 2013 ended 20 years of government roles. (Apr 2015)
  • 2004: Insisted on attending Obama Senate fundraiser. (Jan 2010)
  • Initially seemed inevitable nominee, even among blacks. (Aug 2009)
  • 2007: Portrayed as lobbyist-funded status quo candidate. (Aug 2009)
  • 1998: Unforeseen turning point when Moynihan resigned. (Oct 2007)
  • Stumble of “baking cookies” was moment of authenticity. (Oct 2007)
  • Rove is obsessed with me because I take them on & beat them. (Aug 2007)
  • 2000: campaigned heavily in African-American churches. (Jul 2007)
  • 1996: Enthusiastic crowd at DNC got her “bitten by the bug”. (Jun 2007)
  • Critics call it “extreme makeover” but admit its success. (May 2007)
  • HILLPAC donated to 30 Senate & Governor candidates. (Nov 2006)
  • HILLPAC focus: electing Congressional Democratic majority. (Nov 2006)
  • Fined $35,000 for under-reporting expenses in 2000. (Oct 2006)
  • House of Representatives has been run like a plantation. (Jan 2006)
  • 1979 commodities deal: profit is not evidence of corruption. (Jun 2004)
  • Timing was paramount to the Clintons’ success in ‘92. (Feb 2004)
  • Not vast conspiracy, but well-financed right-wing network. (Feb 2004)
  • Held both titles, First Lady and Senator, for 3-week overlap. (Jul 2000)
  • Hillary’s feminism a liability for Bill’s gubernatorial race. (Aug 1999)
  • 1989 speculation: Hillary would run for Arkansas governor. (Aug 1999)
  • 1990: Considered running for AR Governor instead of Bill. (Nov 1997)

    Personal Background

  • I read novels, but also Bush's & McCain's memoirs. (Jun 2014)
  • No lingering effects of concussion; will release records. (Jun 2014)
  • Vietnam converted her from conservative to liberal. (Jun 2012)
  • 1999: Paid $1.7M for personal home in Chappaqua. (Jun 2009)
  • 2007: I'm the most famous person you don't really know. (Dec 2007)
  • Born to a Democratic mother and Republican father. (Dec 2007)
  • An anti-agitator; never sought changing system from outside. (Nov 2007)
  • Mastered public speaking in high school. (Oct 2007)
  • I don't do spontaneity. (Oct 2007)
  • Early character development: standing up to a bully. (Jul 2007)
  • Pre-Wellesley, confident her conservatism wouldn’t change. (Jun 2007)
  • 1969: Entered law school as “vehicle for social change”. (Jun 2007)
  • As Goldwater Girl in 1960s, canvassed Chicago slums. (Jun 2007)
  • Childhood of parsimonious parents; favored equal opportunity. (Jun 2007)
  • Father a rock-ribbed Republican but ran for office as Dem. (Jun 2007)
  • Staff attorney on Watergate/Nixon impeachment investigation. (Jun 2007)
  • Taught at AR Law School using “all business” style. (Jun 2007)
  • Suffers from endometriosis; Chelsea’s conception difficult. (Jun 2007)
  • Family myth: named after Everest’s Sir Edmund Hillary. (May 2007)
  • OpEd: World-class worrier when it came to money. (Jan 2007)
  • 1980s: Earned more at Rose Law than Bill did as Governor. (Jun 2004)
  • My mom could not live my life; father could not imagine it. (Nov 2003)
  • AuH2O: Supported Goldwater on basis of individual rights. (Nov 2003)
  • 1976: Organized Indiana for Carter-Mondale campaign. (Nov 2003)
  • 1980: Bill practiced Lamaze, but Chelsea delivered Caesarian. (Nov 2003)
  • Hillary bred in conservative community. (Aug 1999)
  • Began college career as a conservative. (Aug 1999)
  • 1977: At Rose Law, her strength was one-on-one discussion. (Nov 1997)
  • 1976: Got Rose Law Firm job via Vince Foster. (Nov 1997)
  • OpEd: "Politics of meaning" was 1960s student radicalism. (May 1996)
  • 1969: Criticized Senator's speech as lacking relevance. (Aug 1993)


  • OpEd: Sincerely religious, unlike Bill Clinton. (Dec 2014)
  • Religious freedom is a human right unto itself. (Jun 2014)
  • Have faith in God, in our country, and in each other. (Aug 2008)
  • Faith is not just something to cling to in hard times. (Apr 2008)
  • Faith sustains us in bitter times; faith isn’t bitterness. (Apr 2008)
  • I have always felt the presence of God in my life. (Apr 2008)
  • Favorite Bible story: Purim story of Esther. (Apr 2008)
  • Called by my faith & upbringing to serve others at young age. (Feb 2008)
  • Gives guest church sermon: “What It Means to be a Methodist”. (Oct 2007)
  • I believe in prayer; I’m dependent on my faith. (Aug 2007)
  • Sought pastoral guidance on doubts about capital punishment. (Jul 2007)
  • Dealt with Bill’s infidelity via counseling & Book of Psalms. (Jul 2007)
  • Sincere Christian & lifelong member of religious left. (Jul 2007)
  • Old-fashioned Methodist; reads Book of Resolutions & Bible. (Jul 2007)
  • Tolerating Bill’s foibles echoes mom’s Methodist forgiveness. (Jun 2007)
  • Turned to prayer when father dying, & anytime under duress. (Jun 2007)
  • Has one Jewish step-grandfather. (Oct 2005)
  • Early family life steeped in Methodism. (Feb 2004)
  • Steeped in Methodist tradition of Social Gospel. (Feb 2004)
  • Methodist of straight-laced, moralizing, 19th-century type. (Feb 2003)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Ranked 16th most liberal in Senate. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.7% of 304 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Reaches out to conservatives but voting record is liberal. (May 2007)
  • Hillary’s paradox: she’s not as liberal as people think. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Ted Cruz on Principles & Values
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  • I'm a consistent conservative, not a campaign conservative. (Aug 2015)
  • I'm despised by GOP establishment, but so was Reagan. (Feb 2015)
  • We win elections by bold principles & a positive agenda. (Mar 2014)
  • Washington would be better with more farmers & fewer lawyers. (Mar 2014)
  • Great Awakening: response to mess from career politicians. (Aug 2012)
  • OpEd: His law firm donated $200,000 to Obama's campaign. (Apr 2012)
  • Defend Ten Commandments and "under God" in the Pledge. (Jul 2011)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Carly Fiorina on Principles & Values
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  • Look to Lady Liberty and Lady Justice. (Sep 2015)
  • I started as a secretary and became CEO. (Aug 2015)
  • Conservatives see people as gifted by God;progressives don't. (Aug 2015)
  • Started "Unlock Your Potential PAC" in 2014. (Feb 2015)
  • I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein. (Oct 2010)
  • We need purpose to motivate us & confidence to move forward. (Sep 2007)
  • Great leaders inspire others to do it themselves. (Sep 2007)
Jim Gilmore on Principles & Values
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
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  • Will be conservative voice in Democratic-controlled Congress. (Sep 2008)
  • Warner is ducking debates; doesn’t want his positions known. (Sep 2008)
  • Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it. (May 2007)
  • GOP dissatisfied because Rudy McRomney isn’t conservative. (May 2007)
  • I keep my word & I am a consistent conservative. (Apr 2007)
  • Religious affiliation: Methodist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Lindsey Graham on Principles & Values
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
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  • Experienced leader for libertarians,vegetarians, you name it. (Sep 2015)
  • Reagan drank with opponents; let's drink more like that. (Sep 2015)
  • My dad ran a pool room; I'm not elite. (Sep 2015)
  • Voted with Republican Party 87.5% of 312 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Mike Huckabee on Principles & Values
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
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  • America is in trouble, but it's not beyond repair. (Aug 2015)
  • Even elected officials shouldn't squelch dissenting views. (Jan 2015)
  • Chivalry is respect for women, not sexism. (Jan 2015)
  • Cultural bubbles of NY, DC, and LA divide them from us. (Jan 2015)
  • Joked at NRA talk about Obama ducking gunshots. (Jan 2009)
  • Faux-cons (false conservatives) include libertarians. (Nov 2008)
  • Do The Right Thing to change America's future. (Nov 2008)
  • Underdog victory in IA caucus propelled campaign to top tier. (Nov 2008)
  • GOP puts faith in individual; Dems put faith in government. (Nov 2008)
  • Vertical solutions, not horizontal right-left nonsense. (Nov 2008)
  • Everyone deciding what's right & wrong is stupid. (Nov 2008)
  • Faith voters flocked to me because GOP left them. (Nov 2008)
  • Press misunderstands: support comes from non-religious to. (Nov 2008)
  • The Huckaboom: consensus candidate among Values Voters. (Nov 2008)
  • TV ad with Xmas cross was ad-libbed & completely accidental. (Nov 2008)
  • TV ad "Chuck Norris Approved" became Internet phenomenon. (Nov 2008)
  • I didn’t want to wait for the government to rescue me. (Sep 2008)
  • Competition breeds excellence, including in the GOP race. (Feb 2008)
  • Kenneth Copeland is a friend, innocent until proven guilty. (Feb 2008)
  • Hunted and ate fried squirrel in college days. (Feb 2008)
  • Without moral absolutes, we are lost and confused. (Feb 2008)
  • Childhood heroes in AR: Jesus, Elvis, and FDR. (Feb 2008)
  • American’s greatness is because we’re rooted in our faith. (Feb 2008)
  • Not exiting; I didn’t major in math; I majored in miracles. (Feb 2008)
  • Limbaugh is a great voice for conservatism, not infallible. (Jan 2008)
  • Presumptuous and arrogant to suggest Reagan would endorse me. (Jan 2008)
  • Only candidate who’s faced Clinton political machine before. (Jan 2008)
  • Ought to be able to respect people who don’t have any faith. (Jan 2008)
  • People should deal with the use of faith in my campaign. (Jan 2008)
  • Declined to answer Boston Globe questions on Executive Power. (Dec 2007)
  • Treat others as you wish to be treated. (Dec 2007)
  • I’m a conservative, but I’m not mean about it. (Nov 2007)
  • The social conservative’s candidate for president. (Oct 2007)
  • Even if GOP loses elections, we should not lose our honor. (Sep 2007)
  • N.H. strategy: stick with convictions & straight answers. (Aug 2007)
  • Not thinking about Vice Presidency despite heavy speculation. (Aug 2007)
  • Never forget that ordinary citizens are the President’s boss. (Aug 2007)
  • Valuing life is the country’s most pressing moral issue. (Jun 2007)
  • Character IS the issue; we DO legislate morality. (Jun 2007)
  • Our culture of life separates us from Islamic fascists. (May 2007)
  • America needs optimistic leadership to revive national soul. (Jan 2007)
  • George W. Bush has done a magnificent job. (Jan 2007)
  • Vertical lift-up politics rather than horizontal left-right. (Jan 2007)
  • Finished Little Rock marathon in 4:38 after 3 years training. (Jan 2007)
  • Thermometer leaders just read room; thermostats adjusts room. (Jan 2007)
  • Abstains from alcohol as part of Baptist religion. (May 2005)
  • Live beyond your lifetime by planting seeds in others. (Oct 2000)
  • Positive thinking works, if based on positive principles. (Oct 2000)
  • Dealt with Yellow Dog Democrats as governor. (Sep 1997)
  • I freely admit, I love the excitement of campaigning. (Sep 1997)
  • Governorship principles: leadership, family, & participation. (Sep 1997)
  • GOP lost 2006 election because they failed to do their job. (Jun 2007)

    Faith & Religion

  • Judge Romney, & any candidate, by record, not by faith. (Dec 2007)
  • Jesus was too smart to ever run for public office. (Nov 2007)
  • I believe the Bible is the word of revelation. (Nov 2007)
  • Plenty of choices for candidates who don’t believe in God. (Jun 2007)
  • One worldview will prevail: God-centered or human-centered. (Jun 2007)
  • Pastors & politicians have same skill set in common. (Jun 2007)
  • Ten Commandments are basis for appropriate behavior. (Jun 2007)
  • A “grace Christian”: dislikes “law Christians” AND liberals. (Jun 2007)
  • My faith does affect my decision process; it explains me. (May 2007)
  • We are a nation of faith, and we are stewards of God’s world. (Jan 2007)
  • Ordained Baptist minister; I make no apology for my faith. (Jan 2007)
  • People of faith feel responsible for God’s world. (Jan 2007)
  • 10 Commandments: principles to live by, not just pop culture. (Oct 2000)
  • The spiritual side of our lives really does matter. (Oct 2000)
  • Faith gives us a focus for the future. (Oct 2000)
  • American triad of values: faith, family, & work. (Jun 1998)
  • Faith reorients us away from sin & toward future & maturity. (Jun 1998)
  • Working in faith will restore our downgraded culture. (Jun 1998)

    Personal Background

  • Defining mistake: neglecting his health for decades. (Aug 2007)
  • Took office amid felony investigation of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. (Jun 2007)
  • Plays bass guitar in rock band “Capitol Offense”. (Jan 2007)
  • Published four books; completed Little Rock marathon in 4:38. (Dec 2006)
  • Religious affiliation: Southern Baptist. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Principles & Values
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
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    Past Campaigns

  • Get rid of Republican Party and create a party with backbone. (Sep 2015)
  • I ran for office to make generational change, not popularity. (Aug 2015)
  • We can't just be the party of no. (Feb 2014)
  • We've got to stop being the stupid party. (Jan 2013)
  • 2009 Obama response speech: I blew it. (Nov 2010)

    Personal Background

  • Parents accepted my conversion; but they are actively Hindu. (May 2014)
  • Journey from Hinduism to Christianity began in high school. (Nov 2010)
  • Mother was pregnant with him when parents arrived from India. (Feb 2009)

    Political Philosophy

  • Reagan's 11th commandment only applies to real conservatives. (Sep 2015)
  • Don't turn the American dream into the European nightmare. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: Appeals to both Ivy League-coasts and Bible Belt. (Sep 2014)
  • Dems are for government expansion & economic contraction. (Mar 2013)
  • Crisis principles: urgency; listening; informing public. (Nov 2010)
  • I'm a son of the Deep South. (Nov 2010)


  • Washington is waging "silent war" against religious liberty. (Jun 2014)
  • Traditional Hindu values mesh with Bible Belt beliefs. (Nov 2010)
  • Elite harbor condescending view of people of faith. (Nov 2010)
  • Rated B by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted. (Sep 2004)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Gary Johnson on Principles & Values
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
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  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Mitt Romney. (Aug 2012)
  • My desire to serve has been with me since childhood. (Aug 2012)
  • I view government in the same way as philosopher Ayn Rand. (Aug 2012)
  • Seven Principles of Good Government for work & life. (Aug 2012)
  • Graduated from UNM and married college sweetheart. (Aug 2012)
  • Gave fiancee "Atlas Shrugged" to explain his politics. (Aug 2012)
  • Let people drive 75 mph & buy beer on Sundays. (Nov 2011)
  • Favorite philosopher: Milton Friedman. (Aug 2011)
  • Tea Party insures that Republicans are part of the solution. (Jul 2011)
  • Calls himself classical liberal; others prefer libertarian. (Jun 2011)
  • Majority of America is fiscal conservative & social liberal. (Jun 2011)
  • Religious affiliation: Lutheran. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
John Kasich on Principles & Values
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
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  • Battle radicals by showing greatness of west. (Sep 2015)
  • America is great because it's run from the bottom up. (Sep 2015)
  • We turned Ohio around; people have hope again. (Aug 2015)
  • The Lord wants America to succeed and for America to lead. (Aug 2015)
  • OpEd: Impatient with bureaucracy & with partisan posturing. (Mar 2015)
  • Kasich rhymes with Basic. (Nov 2010)
  • Host of weekly news show, "Heartland with John Kasich". (Nov 2010)
  • Biblical manifesto: old law is gone; have faith in God. (Jun 2010)
  • Belonged to Bible study group for 20 years. (Jun 2010)
  • I find God every other Monday. (Jun 2010)
  • Learned faith via pastor dying of cancer. (Jun 2010)
  • Sought God after parents' death in car crash. (Jun 2010)
  • Living life of faith can be a liberating thing. (Jun 2010)
  • Objective moral values have existed since Creation. (Jun 2010)
  • Hosted Fox News program "Heartland with John Kasich". (Jun 2010)
  • I can't figure out how anyone gets along without the Bible. (May 2006)
  • I don't care what you stand for, but stand for something. (May 2006)
  • Catholic Church has been unaccountable on sex abuse charges. (May 2006)
  • Always carries copy of St Augustine's "Confessions". (May 2006)
  • As college student, wrote to Pres. Nixon and then they met. (May 2006)
  • 1970s: Beat entrenched incumbent state senator 56%-44%. (May 2006)
  • 2004: If Kerry OR Bush wins, America will be fine. (May 2006)
  • 2000: Ran for president until money ran out. (May 2006)
  • Built relationship with God after parents died in car crash. (May 2006)
  • Power flows from the individual to the government. (May 1999)
  • Tax cuts and national renewal. (Mar 1999)
  • Religious affiliation: Christian. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Peter King on Principles & Values
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
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  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating opposition to church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress. (Sep 1994)
Lawrence Lessig on Principles & Values
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  • Acknowledge elephant in the room: partisanship doesn't work. (Sep 2015)
Martin O`Malley on Principles & Values
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  • History celebrates courage, not triangulation. (Mar 2015)
  • Fundraising via O'Say Can You See PAC. (May 2014)
  • American dream requires modern investments in middle class. (Sep 2012)
  • Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism. (Aug 2000)
Barack Obama on Principles & Values
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
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  • Put nation's interests before party. (Feb 2013)
  • If all Americans get opportunity, we're all better off. (Oct 2012)
  • Letters from Americans: This is who we are fighting for. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Offered a third way; but hid left-of-center agenda. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Many blacks voted for Obama only because he's black. (Jan 2012)
  • Compact in past decades: do your job & make it in America. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: seeks newer New Deals and greater Great Societies. (Feb 2011)
  • American exceptionalism is same as any other exceptionalism. (Nov 2010)
  • 92% of Tea Partiers: "Obama is moving US toward socialism". (Sep 2010)
  • Loyal opposition is not just valuable, but a necessity. (Jan 2010)
  • Hard times test us, like we have been tested in the past. (Jan 2010)
  • Despite setbacks, Americans don't quit; & I don't quit. (Jan 2010)
  • OpEd: Comfortable with differences; downplays separations. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Master of values-laden over outcome-laden language. (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Unflappability comes from Methodist grandparents. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: Combines clergy oratory with intellectual eloquence. (Jan 2009)
  • "Obama Messiah Watch": Keep eye on media gushing hyperbolic. (Jan 2009)
  • Ordinary people found the courage to keep the promise alive. (Aug 2008)
  • Measure progress by observing how ordinary people are doing. (Aug 2008)
  • Our government must keep the promise of America. (Aug 2008)
  • Fulfilling America’s promise means individual participation. (Aug 2008)
  • The American promise is our greatest inheritance. (Aug 2008)
  • Traditional conservatives value temperance & restraint. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Themes of "hope" and "change" has numerous antecedents. (Aug 2008)
  • We have to demand more from ourselves. (Jul 2008)
  • Michelle: My husband demands you move out of comfort zone. (Jul 2008)
  • The Clinton years were undeniably better than the Bush years. (Jan 2008)
  • Turn the page on the failed politics & policies of the past. (Jan 2008)
  • Criticizes voter cynicism from decades of disappointment. (Oct 2007)
  • Post-1960s politics more about moral attitude than issues. (Oct 2006)
  • Americans dislike partisanship--not solution like Dems think. (Oct 2006)
  • Enlist the American people in the process of self-government. (Jan 2006)
  • Guilt is a luxury that not everyone can afford. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Themes

  • Opportunity is who we are: let's restore that promise. (Jan 2014)
  • I want to build on our strengths; invest in America. (Oct 2012)
  • This election about vision of restoring middle class values. (Sep 2012)
  • Fundamental American promise: work hard & build better life. (Sep 2012)
  • Appointed Clinton & Biden as "team of rivals," like Lincoln. (Jun 2012)
  • Effective citizenship means listening to opposing views. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Transformative from individualism to collectivism. (Apr 2010)
  • Campaign slogan: "Yes, we can". (Mar 2010)
  • We've had lots of plans; but a shortage of hope. (Jan 2010)
  • We’re more decent & compassionate than last 8 years. (Aug 2008)
  • ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!. (Jun 2008)
  • Life experiences taught me how to bring people together. (Feb 2008)
  • People understand we must bring the country together. (Feb 2008)
  • End politics of division; make it about addition. (Jan 2008)
  • Hope is the bedrock of this nation. (Jan 2008)
  • Resounds with American theme of overcoming burden of history. (Nov 2007)
  • Cultivates comparison to Jack Kennedy. (Nov 2007)
  • Campaigns assiduously in black churches. (Nov 2007)
  • Community politics: merges Alinsky & political activism. (Oct 2007)
  • Turn the page: invite GOP & independents to join in agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • People have an urgent desire for change in Washington. (Jul 2007)
  • A “hopemonger”, having seen the power of hope. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington can change if we say: Yes we can. (Mar 2007)
  • Replace partisan bickering with politics of hope. (Feb 2007)
  • I’ve been in DC long enough to know that it must change. (Feb 2007)
  • Progressives should recognize common morality with religion. (Oct 2006)
  • “Audacity of Hope” to change politics to reflect common good. (Oct 2006)
  • Seek common ground, not a moral crusade. (Oct 2004)
  • I’m living my parents’ dreams and the American dream. (Jul 2004)
  • Greatness based on Declaration of Independence, not military. (Jul 2004)
  • We are one people all defending the United States of America. (Jul 2004)
  • Want common-sense solutions, not liberal-conservative labels. (Jul 2004)

    Community Organizing

  • OpEd: greatest talent is chairing balanced meetings. (May 2010)
  • 2008 HQ phone greeting: "What can you do for us?". (Apr 2010)
  • Required email list from every candidate event he attended. (Jan 2010)
  • Headed "Project Vote!" in Chicago in 1990s. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama worked in same community as Saul Alinsky. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama implements Alinsky's ideas of radical change. (Aug 2008)
  • Used community organizer skills as State Senator. (Aug 2008)
  • Organizer's method: from issue to action to power. (Apr 2008)
  • 1980s: Registered 150,000 voters in Chicago "Project Vote". (Apr 2008)
  • Moved to Illinois as community organizer, for $13,000 a year. (Feb 2007)
  • Poverty of political organizers was proof of their integrity. (Aug 1996)

    Family of Origin

  • Maternal grandfather fought in WWII. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Black father abandoned him, yet identifies with him. (Nov 2009)
  • Father had wife in Africa when he met and married Ann Dunham. (Aug 2008)
  • Father left family for Harvard education. (Aug 2008)
  • Father's upbringing was Muslim, although never religious. (Aug 2008)
  • Father had 3 or 4 wives; Barack has at least 5 half-siblings. (Aug 2008)
  • Many attribute mother's marriages to being anthropologist. (Aug 2008)
  • Lived with grandparents in Hawaii over mother in Indonesia. (Aug 2008)
  • Would be first president to have extended family abroad. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama invented the dreams in "Dreams from my Father". (Jul 2008)
  • Greatest mistake: absence from mother when she died. (Apr 2008)
  • Father's family from the Luo tribe of Kenya. (Apr 2008)
  • Related to both Vice Pres. Cheney and Pres. Truman. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother described as "the original feminist" at 1960 college. (Apr 2008)
  • In his 20s, searched for his identity, absent both parents. (Apr 2008)
  • Father was first African exchange student at U. Hawaii. (Aug 2007)
  • Traces ancestry to Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy. (Feb 2007)
  • Greeted as hero on visit to ancestral Kenya. (Feb 2007)
  • Father died in car crash before Barack got to know him. (Feb 2007)
  • Full name: Barack Hussein Obama; family calls him “Barry”. (Oct 2006)

    Past Campaigns

  • 2008: supported by both Hollywood and Wall Street. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Big Business gave more to Obama than McCain. (Nov 2009)
  • 2006: Started from scratch compared with Hillary & McCain. (Aug 2009)
  • 1999 Congressional loss: "I got my rear end handed to me". (Aug 2008)
  • Borrowed "Yes, we can" slogan from Cesar Chavez 1960s UFW. (Aug 2008)
  • 1996: job of state senator is organizer, teacher, & advocate. (Apr 2008)
  • 5th African-American ever elected to US Senate. (Apr 2008)
  • June 2008: YouTube hit, "I Got a Crush on Obama". (Apr 2008)
  • Campaigning on change from the bottom up that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • 1990: Elected Law Review president with conservative support. (Aug 2007)
  • Senate 2004 campaign theme: “Yes we can”. (Aug 2007)
  • Lost Congressional primary in 1999 to Bobby Rush. (Feb 2007)

    Personal History

  • Being president doesn't change you--it reveals who you are. (Sep 2012)
  • OpEd: Pal Bill Ayres was a bomb-throwing terrorist. (Nov 2009)
  • Developed style & attitude based on exposure to pop culture. (Jan 2009)
  • 1970s: Teen basketball player & fan of Julius "Dr. J" Erving. (Jan 2009)
  • Favorite movie: “The Godfather”, for respect & family. (Sep 2008)
  • Visited Africa 3 times; 1986, then 1992 & 2006 with Michelle. (Aug 2008)
  • In no other country is my story even possible. (Mar 2008)
  • “Dreams From My Father” is an archetypal search. (Dec 2007)
  • Obama REPRESENTS something; doesn’t have to DO anything. (Dec 2007)
  • Won Grammy for recording “Dreams from My Father”. (Nov 2007)
  • First major politician of the post-Baby Boom generation. (Oct 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: transition from high school to college. (Aug 2007)
  • High school jock--played football as defensive lineman. (Aug 2007)
  • Goal as youth: Leave the world a better place. (Aug 2007)
  • Planned on presidency since well before 2004 Convention. (Aug 2007)
  • Dreams from My Father originally about Harvard Law Review. (Aug 2007)
  • Favorite authors: E. L. Doctorow & Shakespeare. (Aug 2007)
  • To understand Obama, understand Hawaii’s cultural mix. (Aug 2007)
  • Met Michelle Robinson at law firm; married in 1990. (Aug 2007)
  • A reformed smoker but occasionally burns one. (Mar 2007)
  • Personal story is basis of political desire to unite. (Feb 2007)
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review. (Jul 2004)

    Racism & Race

  • OpEd: Jackson & Sharpton were articulate black predecessors. (Oct 2010)
  • OpEd: Elections of underclass occurred in many countries. (Jun 2010)
  • New Yorker cover: Islamic garb & fist-bumping Michelle. (Jan 2009)
  • Am I somehow responsible for fate of entire black race? (Jan 2009)
  • No contradiction as black voice & constituent representative. (Jan 2009)
  • OpEd: March 2008 "race speech" reminder of ongoing struggle. (Jan 2009)
  • March 2008 speech on race began with "We, the people". (Jan 2009)
  • Speaks about racial anxiety from personal experience. (Aug 2008)
  • 1995: Participated in Million Man March. (Aug 2008)
  • Apocryphal story: race awareness began with skin-bleach ad. (Aug 2008)
  • Taking a black candidate for granted is measure of progress. (Jun 2008)
  • Epiphany at age 21 settled his racial identity. (Apr 2008)
  • We’ve never really worked through complexities of race. (Mar 2008)
  • Intertwined search for father and racial identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Rooted in African-American community but also more than that. (Dec 2007)
  • In college, rejected multiracialism for black identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Fans see Obama as opportunity to vote for redemption. (Dec 2007)
  • Veiled racism in dismissing Obama as “unqualified”. (Oct 2007)
  • Catching a cab, no one questions he’s “authentically black”. (Jul 2007)
  • America’s race and class problems are intertwined. (Aug 1996)
  • There is some hope of eventual reconciliation between races. (Aug 1996)
  • Racism wasn’t merely the cruelty involved, but arrogance too. (Aug 1996)


  • Suspected by opponents of being Muslim, Communist, & Nazi. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: installed secularism as America's state religion. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: Wrote glowingly of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's first sermon. (Nov 2009)
  • First American president not raised in a Christian home. (Aug 2008)
  • Religious Left calls Obama "called" and "anointed". (Aug 2008)
  • Grandmother raised as strict Methodist, but saw hypocrisy. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother raised in Unitarian Church with secular values. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother declared herself an atheist during high school. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama's Trinity Church is based on black-liberation theology. (Aug 2008)
  • Moved to & attended church in neighborhood he was organizing. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama was born a Muslim, and is now a Christian. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: never a Muslim, but school listed him as Muslim. (Jun 2008)
  • In hard times, people take refuge in traditions, God & guns. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Religion is foundational; not clinging nor elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright helped bring me to Christianity. (Apr 2008)
  • Exposure to Islam taught me that Muslims can partner with us. (Apr 2008)
  • Kenyan grandfather converted to Christianity & then to Islam. (Apr 2008)
  • Barack's UCC church motto: Unabashedly Black & Christian. (Apr 2008)
  • Father was raised Muslim but became an atheist. (Apr 2008)
  • Registered as Muslim at Catholic & secular Indonesian school. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a proud Christian who believes deeply in Jesus Christ. (Jan 2008)
  • Despite attack email, pledges Allegiance & uses Bible. (Jan 2008)
  • Attends church with press, to dispel rumors that he’s Muslim. (Dec 2007)
  • Grandfather converted from Christianity to Islam. (Dec 2007)
  • Joined church that emphasized a “Black Value System”. (Dec 2007)
  • Uses prayer to take stock of his moral compass. (Oct 2007)
  • Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square. (Sep 2007)
  • Active in the Trinity faith community. (Aug 2007)
  • Carries Bible on campaign trail, & refers to it weekly. (Aug 2007)
  • Embrace Christ as an ally. (Mar 2007)
  • Source of his book title “Audacity of Hope” was a sermon. (Feb 2007)
  • Raised secular, but with working knowledge of world religion. (Oct 2006)
  • Baptized as an adult in the Trinity United Church of Christ. (Oct 2006)
  • Religious concerns ok, if translated into universal values. (Oct 2006)
  • There’s a call to evangelize in politics. (Apr 2004)
  • I’m a big believer in the separation of church and state. (Apr 2004)
  • Spent time in both Muslim and Catholic schools. (Aug 1996)


  • Neighbor Bill Ayres admits 1970s violent radicalism. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Distances himself from 1970s radical Bill Ayres. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko: large contributor & active member of campaigns. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko helped Obama buy home in prestigious neighborhood. (Aug 2008)
  • Segments of Wright sermons were "caricatures of the church". (Aug 2008)
  • Photographed without hand over heart during national anthem. (Aug 2008)
  • I revere the American flag; I don’t refuse to wear flag pins. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, refused to wear a flag pin, last year. (Apr 2008)
  • Mar. 2008: Campaign uproar over Rev. Wright's anti-US sermon. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Took Rezko’s donations, but never represented him. (Jan 2008)
  • Gave away all Rezko “boneheaded” donations to charity. (Nov 2007)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Ranked most liberal in Senate, based on 99 votes. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.0% of 251 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Sarah Palin on Principles & Values
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
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  • Don't rebrand the party; rebuild the country. (Mar 2013)
  • Mayor is like community organizer but actually responsible. (Nov 2011)
  • Troopergate's one merited charge: shot moose without permit. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Won election as fresh, feisty, girl-next-door. (Sep 2011)
  • 2008: TrooperGate replacement asked to resign for harassment. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Her energy is the fuel of grassroots politics. (Jan 2011)
  • "Mama Grizzlies": tough candidates also raising families. (Nov 2010)
  • Tea Partiers love America & dislike what's happening to her. (Nov 2010)
  • American exceptionalism based on idea of right to be free. (Nov 2010)
  • Elites in "lame stream media" consider Americans alien. (Nov 2010)
  • I label myself a "Commonsense Constitutional Conservative". (Nov 2010)
  • McCain is a genuine American hero for enduring Vietnam. (Nov 2010)
  • Everything worthwhile comes through effort. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Rural roots treated harshly by urban elite. (Sep 2010)
  • Competitive GOP primaries are good for voters, not civil war. (Feb 2010)
  • I'm a big supporter of the Tea Party movement. (Feb 2010)
  • Republican Party should absorb Tea Party movement. (Feb 2010)
  • Support those who understand the foundation of our country. (Feb 2010)
  • Tea Party is not just hard-core registered Republicans. (Feb 2010)
  • 2008: Unruffled throughout process because "It's God's plan". (Jan 2010)
  • Resigned because relentless tabloidizing prevented work. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Darling of the Democrats for taking on GOP incumbent. (Nov 2009)
  • Dressed up as Tina Fey before Saturday Night Live show. (Nov 2009)
  • Commonsense Conservative: respect for history & tradition. (Nov 2009)
  • Followed Reagan's advice of sticking to core agenda. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: Autobiography sounds like presidential ambition. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Press accused all of Palin's family of iniquities. (Nov 2009)
  • Named first female GOP VP candidate on suffrage anniversary. (Oct 2008)
  • By working with all parties, never had to compromise. (Oct 2008)
  • Admires Geraldine Ferraro & George Bush Sr. (Oct 2008)
  • Favorite movie: “Hoosiers”, for underdog tenacity. (Oct 2008)
  • Shares McCain world view of US as shining city on the hill. (Oct 2008)
  • Officiated a marriage in the aisle of Wal-Mart. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: Vetting process for V.P. included no one in Alaska. (Sep 2008)
  • Proud of being a Washington outsider. (Sep 2008)
  • Good-old-boy networks are created by both parties. (Sep 2008)
  • Americans are just getting sick & tired of politics as usual. (Sep 2008)
  • When I hear our National Anthem, I get a lump in my throat. (Sep 2008)
  • Came of age in the era of Reagan; thinks about him daily. (Sep 2008)
  • There is a plan for this world and that plan is for good. (Sep 2008)
  • Small towns produced Harry Truman as V.P.; and produced me. (Sep 2008)
  • OpEd: shores up McCain as a conservative AND as a maverick. (Sep 2008)
  • Before selection, questioned role of vice president. (Sep 2008)
  • Gained political prominence as a whistleblower. (Aug 2008)
  • Shatter that glass ceiling once and for all. (Aug 2008)
  • Leadership is a responsibility to prepare for tomorrow. (Jan 2008)
  • Decries “politics as usual” of attacking opponents. (Nov 2006)
  • Endorsed by United Fishermen of Alaska (commercial group). (Oct 2006)

    Mayorship & Governorship

  • 2002: Ran for Lieutenant Governor; came in close second. (Sep 2011)
  • 2006 & 2008: Addressed convention of secessionist AIP. (Sep 2011)
  • Fought each Xmas as mayor to keep Jesus manger in Wasilla. (Nov 2010)
  • Let's not be afraid of contested primaries. (Feb 2010)
  • Even before nomination, "Most popular governor in America". (Jan 2010)
  • 2005 gubernatorial race: Ambition drives; purpose beckons. (Nov 2009)
  • 2002: Ran for governor to take on political back-scratching. (Nov 2009)
  • 2002: Lost unenergetic campaign for lieutenant governor. (Nov 2009)
  • 2006 ad campaign: Little House on the Tundra. (Nov 2009)
  • Known to Wasilla residents as personable multi-tasker. (Sep 2008)
  • Embraced “City of Character” religious program as mayor. (Sep 2008)
  • Underestimating Sarah always proved to be a big mistake. (Sep 2008)
  • Signed up for PTA; then ran for City Council; then Mayor. (Sep 2008)
  • Trounced incumbent governor in 2006 on platform of reform. (Aug 2008)
  • Top priorities for AK include ethics & balanced budget. (Mar 2007)
  • Endorsed by Sen. Ted Stevens. (Oct 2006)

    McCain Campaign

  • Resounding response to 2008 nomination: "Who?". (Jun 2014)
  • OpEd: McCain's moribund campaign pulsed with Sarah's energy. (Sep 2011)
  • 2008 V.P. debate sparked more curiosity than substance. (Oct 2010)
  • OpEd: Palin made most sense in election about change. (Sep 2010)
  • Katie Couric interviews were edited to show worst moments. (Nov 2009)
  • Election day speech: thank you for honor of a lifetime. (Nov 2009)
  • McCain chose me to shake things up. (Nov 2009)

    Personal History

  • Son, Track, so named because born during spring track season. (Nov 2009)
  • Father rejected Hollywood upbringing for sports & outdoor. (Nov 2009)
  • Family moved to Alaska when Sarah was an infant. (Nov 2009)
  • First interest in politics was Watergate, at age 10. (Nov 2009)
  • Invaluable life lessons from running a 3:59 marathon. (Nov 2009)
  • Fell for Todd at first sight; clinched when he was baptized. (Nov 2009)
  • Proud of Bristol but not happy that she's an unwed teen mom. (Nov 2009)
  • Sarah Heath born in Idaho; moved to Alaska at age 2 months. (Sep 2008)
  • Entered beauty contests to help pay for college. (Sep 2008)
  • Family emphasized education; read newspapers as child. (Sep 2008)
  • Miss Congeniality in statewide beauty pageant in 1984. (Aug 2008)
  • Star high school athlete in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted “Miss Wasilla” in local beauty contest; eloped at 24. (Aug 2008)
  • Husband left oil job to avoid conflict; now works for BP. (Aug 2008)
  • Husband is part Eskimo; won Iron Dog snowmobile races. (Aug 2008)
  • Raises kids with network of relatives, plus Todd as Mr. Mom. (Aug 2008)
  • Had 6 months to adapt & prepare for Down syndrome baby. (Aug 2008)
  • Studied journalism; ran for office to make a difference. (Aug 2008)


  • Duck Dynasty: fired for expressing devout Christian views. (Mar 2014)
  • As child, joined "Missionettes" at Assembly of God church. (Sep 2011)
  • OpEd: Feels called by God; chosen to do certain things. (Sep 2011)
  • We are free as consequence of being made in image of God. (Nov 2010)
  • We are a prayerful country. (Nov 2010)
  • Member of Pentecostal church; world's fastest-growing church. (Sep 2010)
  • Raised as Assembly of God member; then nondenominational. (Nov 2009)
  • Decided at youth camp to put life into God's hands. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Core values defined by political ambition plus church. (Sep 2008)
  • I’m one of those bitter people clinging to guns & religion. (Sep 2008)
  • Religion: non-denominational Bible-believing Christian. (Aug 2008)
  • Declare a National Day of Prayer in Alaska. (Apr 2008)
  • The Bible has profoundly influenced America. (Oct 2007)
  • Recognize America’s historic and founding Christian heritage. (Sep 2007)
  • Fight for freedom of religion and freedom of expression. (Oct 2006)


  • Relieved when sister Molly divorced state trooper husband. (Nov 2009)
  • OpEd: Popularity hurt by Troopergate and at-home per-diem. (Sep 2008)
  • Troopergate: brother-in-law tasered child, but still trooper. (Sep 2008)
  • Fired controversial state trooper for threatening family. (Aug 2008)
  • Investigated for firing ex-brother-in-law in custody battle. (Aug 2008)
  • Independent prosecutor probing Cabinet firing. (Jul 2008)
  • Replaced Public Safety commissioner based on lack of results. (Jul 2008)
  • Denies all allegations in Department of Public Safety affair. (Jul 2008)
George Pataki on Principles & Values
Republican NY Governor
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  • Need judges and courts that support the rule of law. (Sep 2015)
  • I've seen government from the outside as well as the inside. (Aug 2015)
  • Served as mayor, Assemblyman & state Senator before Governor. (May 2015)
  • Raised in a small town where the American Dream was real. (May 2015)
  • People safe in their homes are free to pursue their dreams. (Nov 2006)
  • #6 on Human Events’ list of Top Ten RINOs. (Dec 2005)
  • Bush does what he says he’ll do. (Sep 2004)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Republican Main Street Partnership . (Jan 2001)
Rand Paul on Principles & Values
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  • I spend my days defending the Bill of Rights. (Sep 2015)
  • Conservative on spending; libertarian-ish on other issues. (Apr 2015)
  • Defeat the Washington machine; unleash the American Dream. (Apr 2015)
  • Under KY law,can't run for Senate & President on same ballot. (Feb 2015)
  • Politicians should apply medical oath: "First, do no harm". (Jan 2015)
  • Elect lovers of liberty, not just Republicans. (Mar 2014)
  • We don't need new principles, just to stand by those we have. (Mar 2013)
  • America's exceptionalism is notion that all should be free. (Feb 2013)
  • I am a Christian but not always a good one. (Sep 2012)
  • Sometimes evil people win, and saintly heroes are martyred. (Sep 2012)
  • America's crisis is not fiscal, but moral & spiritual. (Sep 2012)
  • Wife Kelley gave Randal Paul his nickname "Rand". (Feb 2011)
  • My victory was part of a much larger Tea Party movement. (Feb 2011)
  • Being Ron Paul's son means being unique-minded independent. (Feb 2011)
  • Met Wife Kelley at age 26 in Atlanta. (Feb 2011)
  • Moved to wife's home in Kentucky & raised three boys. (Feb 2011)
  • Accused of belonging to secret society NoZe Brotherhood. (Oct 2010)
  • I'm "a pro-life Christian"; denies worshiping "Aqua Buddha". (Oct 2010)
  • This is not Wendell Ford's seat; it's the people's seat. (Oct 2010)
  • This election really is about the president's agenda. (Oct 2010)
  • A career doctor, not a career politician. (Jul 2010)
  • Son of Rep. Ron Paul; endorsed by Sarah Palin. (Apr 2010)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Rick Perry on Principles & Values
Republican Governor (TX)
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  • Studied as veterinarian; organic chemistry made him a pilot. (Jun 2015)
  • Western ideology respects others; ISIS ideology does not. (Oct 2014)
  • It is time for a little rebellion on battlefield of ideas. (Mar 2014)
  • Obama's a socialist; Founding Fathers didn't want socialists. (Jan 2012)
  • Debates are just not my thing. (Dec 2011)
  • Repudiates pastor's opinion that Mormonism is a cult. (Oct 2011)
  • I converted from Democrat at a younger age than Reagan did. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama is "hell bent" on taking America towards socialism. (Sep 2011)
  • Unelected judges shouldn't tell us when & where we can pray. (Feb 2011)
  • Modern liberals shifting back to term "Progressive". (Nov 2010)
  • Take back America: Stand up and lead. (Nov 2010)
  • America is great; Washington is broken. (Nov 2010)
  • Route to success is lower taxes & smaller government. (Nov 2010)
  • Some GOP not on right page; but Dems can't find the library. (Nov 2010)
  • Prohibiting school prayer is federal overreach. (Nov 2010)
  • Supreme Court shouldn't choose how & where we may pray. (Nov 2010)
  • Elected Democrat; switched to run statewide as Republican. (Mar 2010)
  • Hometown of Paint Creek TX is a "throw-back in time". (Feb 2008)
  • Entered politics in 1984; 5th generation in political family. (Feb 2008)
  • It's about freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. (Feb 2008)
  • Romney disallowed Boy Scouts to participate in Olympics. (Feb 2008)
  • No state-sponsored morality; but sponsor value organizations. (Feb 2008)
  • Secular humanism emanates out of man's sin of pride. (Feb 2008)
  • Member, National Governors Association/Economic Development. (Jan 2001)
  • Member of Republican Governors Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of Southern Governors' Association. (Sep 2001)
  • Member of the Western Governors' Association. (Aug 2001)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
Marco Rubio on Principles & Values
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  • America is based on freedom of choice. (Sep 2015)
  • This election needs to be about the future, not the past. (Aug 2015)
  • Expand American Dream to reach more people than ever before. (Aug 2015)
  • I believe God has blessed our country. (Aug 2015)
  • Success hinges on opportunity, family, and security. (Jan 2015)
  • Founders promoted and protected our God-given rights. (Jan 2015)
  • Strong values like discipline, hard work are keys to success. (Jan 2015)
  • American Dream slipping due to command-&-control liberalism. (Jan 2015)
  • America is exceptional: we value every life at every stage. (Feb 2013)
  • Come together or our generation will begin American decline. (Feb 2013)
  • Obama's "Change" is that "Hope" has been hard to find. (Aug 2012)
  • 1996: Surrogate for Bob Dole in Spanish radio debate. (Jun 2012)
  • We cannot keep God out of our lives, even in public realm. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009: Considered running for Governor instead of Senate. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009 campaign: proxy fight against moderates for soul of GOP. (Jun 2012)
  • I've had hecklers in audience, but never on debate stage. (Jun 2012)
  • Rules of Senate push for bipartisanship, and so do Americans. (Jun 2012)
  • Acknowledge God in everything we do & everywhere we go. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Leader for next generation of conservative movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Without America, the world would be a worse place. (Mar 2010)
  • God does not love America more than Belgium. (Jan 2010)

    Florida Politics

  • Prayed for guidance & got job that allowed Legislature too. (Jun 2012)
  • Goal as Speaker: House is vibrant laboratory of policy ideas. (Jun 2012)
  • Primary strategy based on FL rule that only GOP could vote. (Jun 2012)
  • Strategized in 3-way race to split Dem. & independent vote. (Jun 2012)
  • FactCheck: 24 of "100 Ideas" now law; 10 partially enacted. (Jun 2012)
  • 1998: Elected to West Miami City Commission at age 26. (Jun 2012)
  • Accumulated power in 2003, to take Speaker seat in 2006. (Jun 2012)
  • Fundraised via "Floridians for Conservative Leadership". (Jul 2010)
  • As Speaker, passed 57 of "100 Innovative Ideas". (Jul 2010)
  • Are Floridians better off than they were four years ago? No!. (Mar 2010)

    Personal History

  • Family moved to Las Vegas to avoid Miami crime. (Jun 2012)
  • 1979: Born Catholic; but baptized as Mormon in NV. (Jun 2012)
  • 1980s: Studied Mormonism as child; church member for 3 years. (Jun 2012)
  • I am the heir to two generations of unfulfilled dreams. (Jun 2012)
  • Married to Jeanette in 1998; four kids since. (Jun 2012)
  • Children baptized Catholic; but attend Christ Fellowship. (Jun 2012)
  • 1991: Interned for Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. (Jun 2012)
  • Wife & her sister both cheerleaders for NFL's Miami Dolphins. (Jun 2012)
  • As LDS Youth, idolized Donny & Marie Osmond. (Jun 2012)
  • At age 13, urged family to convert back to Catholicism. (Jun 2012)
  • Mocked as "too American" by Miami Hispanic classmates. (Jun 2012)
  • Football star: not fastest nor biggest, but intellectual. (Jun 2012)
  • Attended Tarkio College in Missouri on football scholarship. (Jun 2012)
  • 1990: Left Tarkio College amid school's loan scandal. (Jun 2012)
  • 1990: Met future wife while at Santa Fe Community College. (Jun 2012)
  • I am privileged to be citizen of greatest society in history. (Jan 2012)
  • From poor Cuban family; privileged to be a citizen in US. (Feb 2010)


  • Accused of spending $160,000 on GOP party credit card. (Jun 2012)
  • Ignore political press' hyped controversy; stick to message. (Jun 2012)
  • 2003 campaign finance scandal: Rubio sloppy, but not corrupt. (Jun 2012)
  • 2011: Accused of constitutional ineligibility for presidency. (Jun 2012)
  • Repaid Florida GOP for overspending on party credit card. (Jul 2010)
  • Home purchases funded by very GOP-friendly bank boards. (Jul 2010)
  • $600,000 fund was not taxpayer money, & is fully accounted. (Mar 2010)

    Voting / Ratings / Memberships

  • 2011: Formed "Reclaim America PAC" to support conservatives. (Jun 2012)
  • Declined to join Senate Tea Party Caucus; keep it grassroots. (Jun 2012)
  • Attended 15-20 Tea Party events; but not formally vetted. (Mar 2010)
  • Member of the Tea Party movement. (Aug 2010)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating opposition to separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Bernie Sanders on Principles & Values
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
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  • Family immigrated from Poland in WWII, escaping Holocaust. (Sep 2015)
  • What's wrong with modeling U.S. on socialist Scandinavia? (May 2015)
  • Registered Independent; calls himself a democratic socialist. (Apr 2015)
  • Lost campaigns in 1972, 1974 & 1988 before winning in 1990. (Mar 2014)
  • My form of democratic socialism is not Communism. (Mar 2014)
  • Corporate interests fund the Tea Party. (Mar 2014)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 94.1% of 324 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • Current administration has numbed American outrage. (Jun 2005)
  • 1971: Ran for Vermont Senate seat under Liberty Union Party. (Jun 1997)
  • Revolution will not start at "progressive bastion" Harvard. (Jun 1997)
  • First Independent elected to Congress in 40 years. (Jun 1997)
  • GOP convinces middle class to vote for interests of the rich. (Jun 1997)
  • Progressive movement fights for social justice. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)
  • Religious affiliation: Jewish. (Nov 2000)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Oct 2001)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 83% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Rated 0% by the AU, indicating support of separation of church & state. (Jan 2013)
Rick Santorum on Principles & Values
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
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  • Pass a 1st Amendment Defense Act. (Sep 2015)
  • Won 11 state primaries in 2012 presidential race. (May 2015)
  • Obama's worldview: secular socialistic culture like Europe. (Feb 2012)
  • Vital to put a conservative crusader into the White House. (Feb 2012)
  • We need command leadership; not business experience. (Jan 2012)
  • I'm a conservative but not a libertarian; some government OK. (Jan 2012)
  • I appeal to blue-collar voters, not Wall Street. (Jan 2012)
  • I ran & won as a conservative in a swing state. (Oct 2011)
  • Obama is the new King George III, dictating from on high. (Sep 2011)
  • The soul of America is God-given liberty. (Jul 2011)
  • Tea Party is now the backbone of the conservative movement. (Jul 2011)
  • Govern via both faith & reason. (Jun 2011)
  • I agree with Bush 98% of the time, but I say when I don’t. (Sep 2006)
  • Accused of taking home-school money while residing out of PA. (Sep 2006)
  • Liberalism is an ideology; conservatism is common sense. (Apr 2006)
  • Church-state "neutrality" is not in US Constitution. (Apr 2006)
  • We're plagued by tragedies when we turn our back on God. (May 2000)
  • Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)
  • Fund the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program. (Dec 1997)
Jill Stein on Principles & Values
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
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  • Moral foundation for society good; religious basis bad. (Jul 2015)
  • Raised Jewish; married to a Protestant atheist. (Jul 2015)
  • Arrested for attempt to participate in presidential debate. (Feb 2015)
  • Greens are only non-corporate party: we win by being heard. (Feb 2015)
  • Grew up in a middle-class, suburban, apolitical family. (Feb 2015)
  • Petition to open up debates to more than two candidates. (Oct 2012)
  • At breaking point for people, planet, economy, & democracy. (Oct 2012)
  • Side-by-side issue comparison to Barack Obama. (Aug 2012)
  • Tea Party hijacked by funding from major corporations. (Mar 2012)
  • Occupy Movement: coming of age of a younger generation. (Feb 2012)
  • Dems & GOP are both sinking ships; one just sinks faster. (Feb 2012)
  • Ran as Green Party nominee for MA governor in 2002 & 2010. (Jan 2012)
  • Silence is not an effective political strategy. (Jan 2012)
  • Dems & GOP blame each other while both support establishment. (Jan 2012)
  • Green New Deal: emergency 4-part anti-recession program. (Jan 2012)
  • Join with Occupy movement to throw off rule by the 1%. (Dec 2011)
Donald Trump on Principles & Values
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
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  • I want to win as a Republican, but might run as Independent. (Aug 2015)
  • In NYC almost everyone is Democrat, but I'm Republican. (Aug 2015)
  • Attended military academy & Wharton Business School. (Jun 2015)
  • Stoked Tea Party suspicions about Obama's legitimacy. (Jan 2012)
  • No more morning in America; we'll be mourning FOR America. (Dec 2011)
  • 5-point plan to return America to her former greatness. (Dec 2011)
  • USA is the greatest force for freedom world has ever known. (Dec 2011)
  • Bad students (like Obama) shouldn't go to Harvard. (Apr 2011)
  • One hour to produce my birth certificate; Obama should too. (Feb 2011)
  • If I run & win, our country will be great again. (Feb 2011)
  • Greatest fear? I don't have any; I only have "concerns". (Apr 2010)
  • I believe in the toot-your-own-horn theory. (Apr 2010)
  • I'm more humble than people might think. (Apr 2010)
  • Build your reputation as "responsible, professional & loyal". (Apr 2010)
  • Never give up; look at the solution, not the problem. (Jan 2008)
  • To negotiate well, prepare and know as much as possible. (Jan 2008)
  • In the best negotiations, everyone wins. (Jan 2008)
  • Failure is not permanent. (Jan 2008)
  • Tell people you’re successful or they won’t know it. (Mar 2004)
  • Good management requires hiring good people. (Mar 2004)
  • Lessons: stay focused on big picture. (Mar 2004)
  • Surround yourself with people you can trust. (Mar 2004)
  • 3 principles: One term, two-fisted policies, zero excuses. (Jul 2000)
  • Non-politicians are the wave of the future. (Jul 2000)
  • In business & politics, stands for getting things done. (Jul 2000)
  • Burned by press too often to be available any more. (Jul 1990)
  • Rules for surviving the perils of success. (Jul 1990)
  • Separated from Ivana after long less-than-perfect marriage. (Jul 1990)
  • Toughness is equally strength, intelligence, & self-respect. (Jul 1990)
  • Appealing to middle Americans leery of political elite. (Nov 1999)
Scott Walker on Principles & Values
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  • I ran for office because I was worried about my kids' future. (Aug 2015)
  • My relationship with God drives every major decision. (Apr 2015)
  • Raised as a "P.K.", Pastor's Kid, by his father Pastor Llew. (Apr 2015)
  • Run for governor & president are determined by God's will. (Mar 2015)
  • Even if people disagree, they want politicians who lead. (Feb 2015)
  • I won with independents' and young people's votes. (Nov 2014)
  • Book "Unintimidated" isn't my biography, but about reforms. (Jan 2014)
  • 19 Walker associates involved in "John Doe" scandal. (Jun 2002)
James Webb on Principles & Values
Democratic Sr Senator
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  • Endorsed Allen in 2000; turned away because of Iraq blunder. (Sep 2006)
  • America doesn’t lack ideas, it lacks leaders. (May 2006)
  • Progressive approach prioritizing fairness and justice. (May 2006)
  • Marines take care of their people; politicians have not. (Apr 2006)
  • Secretary of the Navy, published author; decorated veteran. (Jan 2006)
  • Converted from Republican; supported Robb & Kerry. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (Aug 2009)


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