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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

Book Reviews

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    Joe Cunningham: Fetal Heartbeat Bill is restrictive and draconian.
    Joe Cunningham: Society benefits when women have autonomy over their bodies.
    Henry McMaster: Send me the heartbeat bill and I will immediately sign it.
    Jaime Harrison: Should be between a woman, her doctor, her God.
    Lindsey Graham: Eliminate abortion on demand at 20 weeks.
    Henry McMaster: Prevent funneling of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.
    Jaime Harrison: NARAL: Harrison "outspoken champion of reproductive freedom".
    Catherine Templeton: Define personhood from conception; no exceptions for incest.
    Henry McMaster: Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception.
    Kevin Bryant: Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception.
    Henry McMaster: Stop providing state funds to abortion clinics.
    Henry McMaster: Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers.
    Kevin Bryant: Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers.
    Yancey McGill: Opposes abortion, even as Democratic State Senator.
    Thomas Dixon: Women choose what is best for their bodies.
    Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood does great work on women's health.
    Tim Scott: Human life begins at conception.
    Thomas Ravenel: Hired abortion activist as campaign Communications Director.
    Lee Bright: Human life begins at conception.
    Jay Stamper: Limiting abortion isn't limited-government conservatism.
    Mitt Romney: Courts added tax-paid abortions to RomneyCare; not me.
    Mitt Romney: I had no litmus test for appointing judges, but I'm pro-life.
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Under 1/4 of pregnancies end in abortion, not 1/3.
    Gary Johnson: Right to choose up until viability of the fetus.
    Tim Pawlenty: Stem-cell research ok on previous embryos, but not new ones.
    Tim Scott: Don't require 24 hours after ultrasound; 1 hour is enough.
    Lee Bright: Require 24 hours after ultrasound before abortion.
    Mike Huckabee: “Hate but allow abortion” is like “hate but allow slavery”.
    Rudy Giuliani: Allowing choice keeps government out of people’s lives.
    Rudy Giuliani: Seek bipartisan ways to reduce abortion & increase adoption.
    Sam Brownback: Opposes abortion even for women pregnant by rapists.
    Tommy Thompson: New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed.
    Barack Obama: Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion.
    Chris Dodd: Courts should decide abortion cases based on woman’s health.
    Dennis Kucinich: Litmus test on Roe, but as part of a culture of life.
    Joe Biden: Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy.
    John Edwards: Gov’t should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion.
Budget & Economy
    Henry McMaster: Propose nearly doubling rainy day reserve fund.
    Lindsey Graham: Won't shut country down; getting back to business.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Raise minimum wage to $15/hour if not higher.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic justice is the number one issue.
    Catherine Templeton: I took a buzz-saw to government.
    Jeb Bush: Florida thrived under my leadership.
    John Kasich: Ohio went from $8 billion deficit to $2 billion surplus.
    Tim Scott: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Thomas Ravenel: Federal spending is headed for a doomsday scenario.
    Lee Bright: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Rick Wade: AdWatch: 5 years in Washington on failed $787B stimulus.
    Rick Wade: Oversaw Obama stimulus implementation at Commerce Department.
    Nancy Mace: Restore some accountability in the budgeting process.
    Lindsey Graham: Dollar-for-dollar offset: cut spending to raise debt ceiling.
    Tim Scott: Address fiscal cliff with sequestration & tax cut extension.
    Gary Johnson: On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget.
    Tim Pawlenty: I left MN with a balanced budget, not a $6B deficit.
    Mitt Romney: Washington is broken; needs fundamental change.
    Tom Tancredo: Reduce budget deficit--restrict feds to Constitutional role.
Civil Rights
    Tim Scott: Require state employees to undergo implicit bias training.
    Jaime Harrison: HRC: Harrison among strongest advocate for LGBTQ equality.
    Jaime Harrison: Encourage voter drives among unregistered African Americans.
    Jaime Harrison: Opposes voters having to provide Social Security numbers.
    James Clyburn: Voted for Hate Crimes Act & to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
    Joe Cunningham: Endorsed by South Carolina Equality for LGBTQ rights.
    James Emerson Smith: History of supporting LGBTQ rights earned their endorsement.
    Catherine Templeton: Opposes accommodating transgender people.
    Catherine Templeton: Transgender people should use bathroom matching birth gender.
    Henry McMaster: No need for any new transgender bathroom law.
    Nikki Haley: No need for any new transgender bathroom law.
    Catherine Templeton: Proud of the Confederacy; don't rewrite history.
    Tim Scott: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Brad Hutto: Equal pay for equal work is the next women's milestone.
    Thomas Ravenel: Stay out of marriage, but if not, treat gays equally.
    Lee Bright: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government should stay out of our bedrooms &our boardrooms.
    Rick Wade: First all-black U.S. Senate race in recent memory.
    Jay Stamper: Asked by Party to exit race after supporting gay marriage.
    Herman Cain: Ignoring DOMA is treasonous breach of presidential duty.
    Ron Paul: Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws.
    Kevin Bryant: No affirmative action in schools or government.
    John McCain: Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok.
    Barack Obama: Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house.
    Chris Dodd: Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage.
    Jeb Bush: Hedge fund managers should pay taxes the same as others.
    Lindsey Graham: AdWatch: Hero of the taxpayer & guardian of small business.
    Jay Stamper: Stop giving away millions in corporate welfare.
    Lindsey Graham: 1997: Created trucking logistics company with 100 employees.
    Rick Wade: Served in Obama's U.S. Commerce Department.
    Mitt Romney: Capitalism works; free enterprise works; & profit works.
    Nikki Haley: Reduce red tape; time is money.
    Mark Sanford: Cut corporate income tax by raising cigarette tax.
    Hillary Clinton: Corporate elite treat working-class America as invisible.
    John Edwards: Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty.
    Henry McMaster: Shield companies providing drugs for lethal injection.
    Jaime Harrison: Bring police and community together to address problems.
    Lindsey Graham: I believe in reform but cops need our support more than ever.
    Jaime Harrison: Done with racial profiling, bias, and over-policing.
    Henry McMaster: Invest $100 million in upgrading prisons.
    Krystle Matthews: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
    Nancy Mace: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
    Henry McMaster: Don't clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offender.
    Henry McMaster: Jam cellphone signals inside state prisons.
    Thomas Dixon: Ban the box: let ex-cons get jobs.
    Jay Stamper: Pleaded guilty to three white-collar felony charges in 2006.
    Nikki Haley: Save millions by reducing recidivism.
    Kevin Bryant: Build more prisons; support the death penalty.
    Lindsey Graham: Capital punishment for child rapists.
    Gary Bauer: Miranda rights not as important as victim rights.
    Orrin Hatch: Appointing conservative judges is more critical than Miranda.
    Jaime Harrison: Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana like alcohol, tobacco.
    Lindsey Graham: For medical legalization; opposes recreational legalization.
    Henry McMaster: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Krystle Matthews: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Nancy Mace: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Henry McMaster: Opioids: awareness, information, treatment, & enforcement.
    Kevin Bryant: Change Medicare incentives to address opioid addiction.
    Tommy Pope: Curb the opioid epidemic and focus on future prevention.
    Thomas Dixon: Self-described former alcoholic and drug addict.
    Thomas Ravenel: End the war on drugs; it's federal overreach & unsuccessful.
    Thomas Ravenel: In favor of ending the war on drugs.
    Rick Wade: State director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
    Tim Scott: Marijuana is unhealthy, but states' rights are important too.
    Gary Johnson: Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue.
    Ron Paul: We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin.
    James Emerson Smith: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
    Lee Bright: No additional licensure for drug treatment facilities.
    Nikki Haley: Vetoed additional licensure for drug treatment facilities.
    Tommy Pope: Abstained from vote on licensing drug treatment facilities.
    Yancey McGill: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
    Krystle Matthews: Frustrated with SC's consistent inadequacy with education.
    Henry McMaster: $13 million to establish Education Scholarship Accounts.
    Henry McMaster: Remove outdated "Common Core" textbooks from classrooms.
    Jaime Harrison: We need 50-state strategy to open up schools: testing, masks.
    Jaime Harrison: Reduce college tuition, address student loan crisis.
    Tim Scott: COVID: direct some relief funding to school choice programs.
    Jaime Harrison: Losing a whole generation of teachers because of low pay.
    Elizabeth Warren: We have an obligation to treat our teachers better.
    Bernie Sanders: Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation.
    Henry McMaster: Boost teacher pay; surpass southeastern average salaries.
    Henry McMaster: Fund PreK for needy kids, including religious schools.
    Henry McMaster: 5% funding increase for colleges not raising tuition.
    Henry McMaster: ReadySC: triple funding for technical training.
    Henry McMaster: Full-time police officer to combat threats to schools.
    Kevin Bryant: We leave jobs unfilled with "one size fits all" higher ed.
    Catherine Templeton: Arm teachers: the only defense is a good offense.
    Henry McMaster: Supports arming teachers in schools.
    Kevin Bryant: Consider arming teachers and other school employees.
    Henry McMaster: Invest in school choice & robust charter school program.
    James Emerson Smith: Led fight against vouchers.
    Kevin Bryant: Joins "Stop Fed Ed" vows to reject all Federal Ed mandates.
    Tommy Pope: $100 million for repairs in poor rural school districts.
    Thomas Dixon: Entitlement to quality education, including college.
    Ben Carson: Free college is a non-starter.
    Nikki Haley: Incentivize teachers to work in rural districts.
    Nikki Haley: Higher education system is flush with cash.
    Nikki Haley: Incentives for teachers, including tuition & grad school.
    Lindsey Graham: Sex education about abstinence, not contraception.
    Tim Scott: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
    Lee Bright: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
    Rick Wade: All 6 siblings attended public schools.
    Nancy Mace: Strongly supports educational choice.
    Lee Bright: Advocates abolishing the Department of Education.
    Rick Wade: Vision for S.C. focused on education and jobs.
    Lee Bright: Real choice including private schools and home-schooling.
    Tim Pawlenty: Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design.
    Nikki Haley: Educate kids not based on where they happen to live.
    Kevin Bryant: Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools.
    Kevin Bryant: Abstinence-only and voluntary prayer in public schools.
    Mitt Romney: Supports English immersion & abstinence education.
    Mitt Romney: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB.
    Joe Biden: Pay teachers more to get better educational results.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China.
    Thomas Ravenel: Charter schools' success prove point of local empowerment.
Energy & Oil
    Jaime Harrison: Green New Deal too expensive, but must reduce emissions.
    Lindsey Graham: Green New Deal is crazy; would destroy economy.
    Jaime Harrison: Offshore oil spill would destroy jobs, harm environment.
    Henry McMaster: Signed SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Krystle Matthews: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Nancy Mace: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Kevin Bryant: Open to exploring the risks/benefits of offshore drilling.
    Henry McMaster: Oppose offshore drilling & onshore infrastructure.
    Thomas Dixon: Climate change is real and we must prepare for its effects.
    Tim Scott: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Lee Bright: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Joyce Dickerson: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Nikki Haley: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Rick Wade: Head of China Operations for Green Tech Automotive.
    Lee Bright: Deal with waste, to remove obstacles to new nuclear plants.
    Rick Wade: V.P. of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company.
    Herman Cain: Establish real energy independence, with existing resources.
    Tim Pawlenty: I made a mistake in considering cap-and-trade in MN.
    Kevin Bryant: Coal, gas, oil, AND alternative fuel technology.
    Sam Brownback: Get more biodiesel & biofuels into system to prevent $4 gas.
    Tom Tancredo: Global warming could be from humans, or could be nature.
    Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Global warming has dissent, but not 50-50 split.
    Bill Richardson: Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel.
    Joe Biden: Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile.
    John Edwards: Bold transformation to stop importing 12M bbl of oil per day.
    John Edwards: Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration.
    Mike Gravel: I started the nuclear critique in this country.
    Joe Cunningham: Great American Outdoors Act sets funding for public land.
    Nancy Mace: Don't rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
    Henry McMaster: Vetoed bill to rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
    Henry McMaster: Oppose drilling and seismic testing along our coast.
    Thomas Dixon: Make sure our planet is habitable for future generations.
    Donald Trump: Eminent domain is something you need very strongly.
    Jeb Bush: Eminent domain should not be used for private purposes.
    Lindsey Graham: Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year.
Families & Children
    Jaime Harrison: How do I tell my black sons that this could be them?
    John Kasich: Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking.
    John Kasich: A big mosaic: we all take care of each other.
    Marco Rubio: Make investing in kids deductible like business expenses.
    Lindsey Graham: Support traditional families & right to pray.
    Thomas Ravenel: Let churches provide for families in need, not state.
    Kevin Bryant: No civil unions; no same-sex spousal rights.
Foreign Policy
    Bernie Sanders: Cuba: Teaching people to read and write is a good thing.
    Thomas Dixon: Lead by example and be a good actor.
    Hillary Clinton: Post-Gadhafi Libya replaced dictator with democracy.
    Donald Trump: Figure out who our allies are.
    Donald Trump: Iran deal is one of the worst I've ever seen.
    Jeb Bush: Russia's Putin is not an ally of the US & everyone knows it.
    John Kasich: US should not be world's police in places like Iraq.
    Marco Rubio: Three main threats: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Russia.
    Marco Rubio: I voted against the president's inadequate Syria strategy.
    Brad Hutto: Focus on state's needs, not foreign conflicts.
    Brad Hutto: We should not act as the world's policeman.
    Thomas Ravenel: Opposed to foreign interventions.
    Lee Bright: Remove Russia from G-8 over Ukraine invasion.
    Lindsey Graham: Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia.
    Jay Stamper: Trillions on foreign engagements isn't fiscal conservatism.
    Nancy Mace: No foreign aid to Egypt & countries who are our enemies.
    Jon Huntsman: 80 million bloggers in China will take China down.
    Rick Perry: China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR.
    Tim Pawlenty: Never subordinate US decisions to UN, as Obama did in Libya.
    Barack Obama: Europe & Japan are allies, but China is a competitor.
    Barack Obama: Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: Palestinian suffering from stalled peace effort.
    Bill Richardson: Strategic interests in Russia: loose nukes & Chechnya.
    Bill Richardson: Being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy--diplomacy is.
    Bill Richardson: Re-evaluate embargo for post-Castro Cuba.
    Joe Biden: Biggest threat to US is from North Korea, Iran, & Russia.
    John Edwards: Russia has moved from democracy to autocracy.
    John Edwards: Lead international effort on economic development.
    Mike Gravel: US has no important enemies, so treat world as equals.
Free Trade
    Thomas Dixon: Look at how trade impacts our own workforce.
    Donald Trump: Trade pacts are no good for us and no good for our workers.
    Tim Scott: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track.
    Tim Scott: Opposes currency manipulation as trade negotiation topic.
    Nikki Haley: Trade mission to India to build S.C. ties.
    Lindsey Graham: NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC.
    Rick Wade: Advocated for Asian-Pacific and African cooperation.
    Rick Wade: Envoy to China, to get investment via EB-5 visas.
    Ron Paul: China trade benefits American consumers.
    Mitt Romney: Trade with China only if they follow international rules.
    Mitt Romney: Go to WTO about China; we're already in a trade war.
    Richard Burr: Oppose preferential trade for China & others that bend rules.
    Duncan Hunter: China is cheating on trade by devaluing their currency.
    Alan Keyes: Banks and American clout should help farmers.
    Gary Bauer: Revoke China’s MFN & help US farmers.
    George W. Bush: Sow free trade and farmers will reap.
    John McCain: Substitute trade treaties for protectionism.
Government Reform
    Krystle Matthews: Provide transparency between citizens and state government.
    Krystle Matthews: Grassroots effort to register 150,000 new voters.
    Henry McMaster: Magistrate judges should be lawyers, publicly screened.
    Joe Cunningham: Criticized state officials for challenging Trump's loss.
    Jaime Harrison: Overturn Citizens United, end decade of Dark Money.
    Amy Klobuchar: Voter restrictions hit with surgical precision on minorities.
    Kevin Bryant: Reforms should include eliminating current ethics loopholes.
    Catherine Templeton: Fight corruption & waste & good ol' boy system in Columbia.
    Thomas Dixon: Voting rights need to be protected from attack.
    Donald Trump: I wouldn't nominate my sister to Supreme Court.
    Ben Carson: Supreme Court was not partisan, but it has become so.
    Ben Carson: Appointing a justice before election would be divisive.
    Ben Carson: We have 645 federal agencies--that's way, way too many.
    Donald Trump: Delay, delay, delay on Supreme Court appointment.
    Donald Trump: I would build consensus, not use Executive Orders.
    Jeb Bush: I'm an Article II guy: Presidency over Supreme Court.
    John Kasich: Country too partisan to appoint justice before election.
    Marco Rubio: No to a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court justice.
    Marco Rubio: I will reverse US decline, both at home and abroad.
    Ted Cruz: 80-year history of no Supreme Court changes in election year.
    Tim Scott: Photo ID for voting.
    Lee Bright: Photo ID for voting.
    Rick Wade: Washington is broken.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits of 12 years for Senate; 6 years for House.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits are the only way to stop the ruling elitists.
    Nikki Haley: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
    Lee Bright: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
    James Emerson Smith: Voted NO on requiring photo ID in order to vote.
    Mark Sanford: End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations.
    Mark Sanford: Change rules of governorship and state officers.
    Kevin Bryant: No limits on campaign donations nor campaign spending.
    Ron Paul: Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security.
    Rudy Giuliani: Gets credit for killing the line-item veto.
    Tommy Thompson: Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they’re wasteful & inefficient.
    Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don’t eliminate them.
    Barack Obama: First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses.
    Bill Richardson: Delayed call for Gonzales to resign until failed testimony.
    Chris Dodd: Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history.
    Dennis Kucinich: Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies.
Gun Control
    Jaime Harrison: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
    Elizabeth Warren: Treat gun violence as the public health emergency it is.
    Kevin Bryant: Wants schools to have ability to shoot back in defense.
    Thomas Dixon: Close the gun show loophole and the Charleston Loophole.
    Tim Scott: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Lee Bright: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence.
    Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings.
    Richard Burr: Hunter and sportsman; teach heritage & respect for firearms.
    Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban.
    Bill Richardson: The 2nd Amendment is precious.
    Hillary Clinton: Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others.
    Joe Biden: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole.
Health Care
    Jaime Harrison: COVID: Put blame on how we handled it, I take it seriously.
    Lindsey Graham: COVID: no one attacked Wilson when he got Spanish flu.
    Jaime Harrison: Lower access to care "ripping a heart out of a community".
    Elizabeth Warren: On tobacco: Have an FDA head who believes in science.
    Elizabeth Warren: Home health care workers to become critical occupation.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Work toward making health care more affordable.
    Catherine Templeton: Blow up state health agency, from the inside out.
    Thomas Dixon: ObamaCare needs to be protected and expanded.
    Donald Trump: Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer.
    John Kasich: Ohio expanded Medicaid but not for ObamaCare.
    John Kasich: We save $22,500 a year by treating addicts & mentally ill.
    Tim Scott: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Lee Bright: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Thomas Ravenel: Against ObamaCare.
    Lindsey Graham: Opposed ObamaCare from day one.
    Nikki Haley: Reject ObamaCare state exchange; reject Medicaid expansion.
    Rick Wade: ObamaCare addresses closing health care disparities.
    Lee Bright: Full implementation of ObamaCare ends self-governance.
    Lindsey Graham: Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle.
    Nancy Mace: ObamaCare will be the undoing of our American way of life.
    Ron Paul: Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty.
    Tim Pawlenty: No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system.
    Nikki Haley: Let Medicaid buy generics for AIDS, cancer, & mental health.
    Barack Obama: National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance.
    Bill Richardson: Focus on preventive healthcare without raising taxes.
    Dennis Kucinich: Universal not-for-profit health care.
    Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from ‘94 failure, but ready for universal care.
    Hillary Clinton: 1990s plan failed after big pharma & insurance worked on it.
    John Edwards: Require employer coverage for every single American.
    Thomas Ravenel: Tort reform will reduce medical liability.
    Steve Forbes: Solve health care affordability with choice.
Homeland Security
    Joe Cunningham: COVID: provide healthcare benefits for National Guard.
    Henry McMaster: Don't tax uniformed retirees: veterans, cops, firefighters.
    Henry McMaster: Proposes a significant investment in National Guard armories.
    Catherine Templeton: Military shouldn't pay for gender reassignment surgery.
    Kevin Bryant: Kneeling during anthem disrespects veterans.
    Tommy Pope: Allow opt-out for REAL ID rules for drivers licenses.
    Bernie Sanders: CIA activities in Iran and Chile led to dictatorships.
    Ted Cruz: Increase armed forces to 1.4 million troops.
    Donald Trump: How did W keep us safe? WTC came down during his watch.
    Jeb Bush: Reverse the sequester and rebuild the military.
    Marco Rubio: George W. Bush kept us safe and dealt with Hussein.
    Tim Scott: Require stronger evidence for FISA electronic surveillance.
    Tim Scott: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Thomas Ravenel: No NSA snooping; defend the Fourth Amendment.
    Thomas Ravenel: No more blood & treasure on 'nation-building' in Iraq.
    Thomas Ravenel: I want a military that defends America, not Germany or Japan.
    Thomas Ravenel: We absolutely must have the world's strongest military.
    Lee Bright: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Joyce Dickerson: I'm mad as heel about delays in veterans' care.
    Lindsey Graham: Doing nothing about Benghazi leads to a more dangerous world.
    Jay Stamper: NSA domestic spying included innocent U.S. citizens.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA domestic spying only targets terrorism suspects.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a felon, not a hero.
    Lindsey Graham: Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force.
    Jack Reed: Don't over-react to Benghazi; situation was confused.
    Lindsey Graham: President did not do enough to protect Benghazi embassy.
    Herman Cain: Trust military to determine torture; waterboarding is not.
    Jon Huntsman: Waterboarding is torture & diminishes our standing in world.
    Michele Bachmann: Waterboarding is effective; don't let the ACLU run the CIA.
    Rick Santorum: Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough.
    Ron Paul: Waterboarding is torture: illegal, uncivilized, and immoral.
    Gary Johnson: No waterboarding under any circumstances.
    Herman Cain: Protect our people by whatever means, even waterboarding.
    Rick Santorum: Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden.
    Ron Paul: Waterboarding doesn't achieve anything.
    Tim Pawlenty: Enhanced interrogation techniques counter radical jihadists.
    John McCain: Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion.
    Mike Huckabee: Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life.
    Mitt Romney: Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers.
    Ron Paul: DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it.
    Rudy Giuliani: Use every method you can think of to interrogate terrorists.
    Tom Tancredo: Use Jack Bauer-like methods to protect Western civilization.
    Chris Dodd: Stateless terrorism requires a multinational response.
    Dennis Kucinich: Global war on terror is pretext for aggressive war.
    Hillary Clinton: Big disconnect between rhetoric and reality on security.
    Mike Gravel: Threatening nukes is immoral foreign policy.
    Mike Gravel: Fighting terrorism with a war doesn’t work.
    Mike Gravel: US is the greatest violator of the non-proliferation treaty.
    Thomas Ravenel: We need bold leadership combating terrorists & terror states.
    Jaime Harrison: Congress should enact DACA into law with DREAM Act.
    Henry McMaster: Say "no" "sanctuary cities"; don't tolerate lawlessness.
    Henry McMaster: No sanctuary cities; plus annual compliance checks.
    Jeb Bush: Show compassion to illegals with a path to legal status.
    John Kasich: Nuts to deport 11M people; legalize with fine & back taxes.
    Marco Rubio: Amnesty means no consequences; I was never for that.
    Ted Cruz: I led the fight to defeat the Reid-Schumer amnesty bill.
    Kevin Bryant: Says no refuge resettlement until federal security is better.
    Tim Scott: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Thomas Ravenel: Robust worker visa program, plus anything else reasonable.
    Lee Bright: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Lee Bright: Secure the border first; but no amnesty.
    Lindsey Graham: Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration.
    Lindsey Graham: New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals.
    Nikki Haley: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
    Lee Bright: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
    James Emerson Smith: Voted NAY on police checking immigration status.
    Kevin Bryant: Local law enforcement should enforce federal immigration law.
    Duncan Hunter: This administration has “the slows” on border enforcement.
    John McCain: America expects us to work on immigration together.
    Mitt Romney: McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally.
    Rudy Giuliani: Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards.
    Sam Brownback: Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization.
    Tom Tancredo: McCain’s plan is soft on immigration & amnesty.
    Hillary Clinton: Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows.
    Jaime Harrison: Current job protections the hard work of unions.
    Tim Scott: Opportunity Zone jobs have seen up to 8% wage increase.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic freedom includes federal minimum wage increase.
    Henry McMaster: S.C.Workforce Partnership: shift from toolboxes to tablets.
    Thomas Dixon: Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
    Donald Trump: Bring jobs back from China, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam.
    Joyce Dickerson: Equal pay for women, and higher minimum wage.
    Lindsey Graham: Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system.
    Lee Bright: It's just a myth that government can create jobs.
    Mitt Romney: End crony capitalism to get Americans back to work.
    Newt Gingrich: Create transitional program for returning vets, like in WWII.
    Rick Santorum: National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no.
    Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
    Ron Paul: National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing.
    Gary Johnson: Long unemployment benefits postpones dealing with problem.
    Steve Forbes: Farmers need policy reform.
Local Issues
    Nikki Haley: South Carolina is the "Beast of the Southeast".
Principles & Values
    Larry Elder: The question is which party can get government off our back.
    Joe Cunningham: Pols more interested in keeping their jobs than doing it.
    Krystle Matthews: Can work with Republicans but confront them when needed.
    Henry McMaster: COVID: We slowed down, but safely remained open.
    Jaime Harrison: I will never lie to you; won't go back on my word.
    Jaime Harrison: First step working with other side is not to call them nuts.
    Lindsey Graham: Big choice election: capitalism versus socialism.
    Jaime Harrison: Not political issues: about doing what is right.
    Elizabeth Warren: I was a special education teacher; we never give up.
    Bernie Sanders: Jewish identity means end racism & white nationalism.
    Bernie Sanders: Confederate monuments belong in museums not town greens.
    Henry McMaster: We believe in faith, family, the flag, and freedom.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Dropped Senate bid; endorses Jaime Harrison.
    Jaime Harrison: Helping others: cooking dinners, sharing campaign donations.
    James Emerson Smith: Lost governor race by 8%; but most Dem candidates in decade.
    Yancey McGill: Served for 25 years as Democrat; now running as Republican.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: 2018 Lt. Gov. candidate; 2012 & 2014 House candidate.
    Jeb Bush: Other candidates' religion is none of my business.
    Marco Rubio: Suffers from blue-green color blindness.
    Ben Carson: 2AM phone calls are about presidential judgement.
    Donald Trump: We should have impeached George W. Bush for Iraq War lies.
    Jeb Bush: We need someone with a servant's heart and also a backbone.
    Nikki Haley: Local government needs to be more accountable.
    Joyce Dickerson: For various reasons, I won't campaign for Hillary in 2016.
    Tim Scott: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Thomas Ravenel: Values taught by church, not enforced by mandate.
    Lee Bright: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Thomas Ravenel: Fiscally conservative and socially moderate libertarian.
    Rick Wade: Withdraws from race, citing too-late entrance.
    Tim Scott: OpEd: Dems call Scott "senator for the Heritage Foundation".
    Rick Wade: Commitment to listen to the people, not special interests.
    Nancy Mace: Give a conservative voice to the people of South Carolina.
    Lee Bright: I live all aspects of my life based on Biblical principles.
    Rick Wade: Ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002.
    Tim Scott: Grew up poor in a black community in North Charleston.
    Tim Scott: Served in public office for 18 years, with 2 terms in House.
    Buddy Roemer: Driving across SC and NH to shake hands & start listening.
    Jim Gilmore: Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it.
    Barack Obama: Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case.
    Bill Richardson: Biggest mistake is impatience, like pushing minimum wage.
    Chris Dodd: Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War.
    Dennis Kucinich: Biggest mistake was firing police chief on Good Friday.
    Hillary Clinton: Biggest mistakes: mishandling healthcare; believing in WMDs.
    Joe Biden: Biggest mistake was thinking he could work with George Bush.
    John Edwards: Biggest professional mistake was voting for Iraq War.
    Mike Gravel: Did not plan on presidency, but candidates are frightening.
    Ralph Nader: Won’t run as a Green-maybe as an independent.
Social Security
    Jaime Harrison: Social Security and Medicare are more than a promise.
    Lindsey Graham: Link size of cost of living increases to income.
    Henry McMaster: Shift pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution.
    Tommy Pope: Fund the state retirement system to keep our promises.
    Donald Trump: I will save Social Security with more jobs, less waste.
    Thomas Ravenel: Voluntary personal accounts for younger workers.
    Richard Burr: Protect retiree benefits & protect Trust Fund.
    Jim Gilmore: Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence.
    Howard Dean: Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-don’t privatize.
Tax Reform
    Krystle Matthews: Exempt feminine hygiene products from state sales tax.
    Henry McMaster: 15% across-the-board reduction for all personal brackets.
    Jaime Harrison: Repeal 2017 tax cuts which were for the wealthy.
    Henry McMaster: Cut income tax by $2.6 billion over five years.
    Henry McMaster: Lower taxes helps us compete: $2.2B tax cut.
    Henry McMaster: Low taxes spur economic growth and prosperity.
    Kevin Bryant: Vicious cycle of paying back a lot of earned tax credits.
    Ben Carson: Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that.
    Ted Cruz: Tax returns on a postcard.
    Lee Bright: Supports the FairTax to simplify taxes.
    Herman Cain: Abolish the IRS; implement 23% national sales tax.
    John McCain: Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS.
    Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement.
    Mitt Romney: Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002.
    Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees.
    Thomas Ravenel: Tax cuts lead to growing economy with higher revenues.
    Jaime Harrison: Our infrastructure in this state sucks.
    Lindsey Graham: $10 billion proposal for rural high speed internet.
    Kevin Bryant: Keep politics out of fixing infrastructure; use common sense.
    Tommy Pope: Fix our dangerous and crumbling roads for the long-term.
    Joyce Dickerson: Serves on COMET transit system board of directors.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government doesn't belong in your email inbox.
    Nikki Haley: Invest in infrastructure, but no gas tax or any other tax.
    Rick Wade: Infrastructure investment in the poorest areas of S.C.
    Joyce Dickerson: Ensure the county has reliable public transportation.
    Lee Bright: Dredge the Port of Charleston to a 50-foot depth.
    Mitt Romney: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speech.
    Newt Gingrich: I favor Internet freedom; SOPA favors Hollywood.
    Mitt Romney: China must respect intellectual property if they want trade.
    Rick Perry: Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime.
    Alan Keyes: Abolish the income tax and eventually tax the Internet.
    Gary Bauer: Keep Internet tax-free; lower taxes for Main Street too.
    George W. Bush: Internet may or may not help mom & pop - wait & see.
    John McCain: Internet tax ban saved consumers $600M this Xmas.
    Orrin Hatch: Internet will not replace touching in stores.
    Steve Forbes: Internet tax ban fosters growth.
War & Peace
    Hillary Clinton: Continue anti-ISIS actions in Libya, with Europe & Arabs.
    Ben Carson: Replacing Mideast dictators leads to chaos, like in Iraq.
    Ben Carson: Bomb oil tankers even if it hurts the environment.
    Donald Trump: We've spent $5T in the Mideast and gotten nothing.
    Jeb Bush: Policy of containment against ISIS just doesn't work.
    John Kasich: How to deal with Russia on Ukraine: Punch 'em in the nose.
    John Kasich: If there weren't WMDs in Iraq, we shouldn't have gone.
    Ted Cruz: Overwhelming air power against ISIS, & arm the Kurds.
    Lindsey Graham: More intervention in Iraq avoids an American city in flames.
    Thomas Ravenel: Intervention in Iraq based on same nonsense as in past.
    Thomas Ravenel: U.S. military is over-involved overseas.
    Thomas Ravenel: Republicans are pro-invading this or that country.
    Lindsey Graham: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Newt Gingrich: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Jay Stamper: Don't go on "war footing" against Russia over Ukraine.
    Lindsey Graham: Support the Syrian rebels against Assad & Iran.
    Lee Bright: Intervention in Syria would help the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Lindsey Graham: Intervention in Syria to degrade Assad's chemical weapons.
    Lindsey Graham: Getting Syria wrong leads to Iranian nukes & war with Israel.
    Nancy Mace: Intervention in Syria would bolster al-Qaida.
    Lindsey Graham: Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it.
    Lindsey Graham: Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran.
    Lindsey Graham: Slow Afghan withdrawal, with 15,000 US troops left behind.
    Herman Cain: Economic sanctions on Iran, but no military.
    Mitt Romney: If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.
    Mitt Romney: Crippling sanctions against Iran, & military, to stop nukes.
    Newt Gingrich: Covert operations & military, if needed, to stop Iran nukes.
    Rick Perry: Shut down the Iranian Central Bank to stop nukes.
    Rick Perry: Complete the mission in Afghanistan, with no timetable.
    Rick Santorum: Afghanistan victory means Taliban is neutered, not wiped out.
    Rick Santorum: Work with Israel to take out Iranian nukes by force.
    Ron Paul: No war propaganda against Iran; learn from Iraq.
    Gary Johnson: I opposed the Iraq War from the beginning.
    Gary Johnson: No Afghan timetable; start tomorrow & finish in a few months.
    Herman Cain: No clear strategy in either Libya or Syria.
    Duncan Hunter: Iraqi forces have stopped running and started fighting.
    Jim Gilmore: Mandatory sanctions against nuclear Iran & possible strike.
    John McCain: Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq.
    Mitt Romney: Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West.
    Ron Paul: Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11.
    Ron Paul: We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all.
    Ron Paul: Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon.
    Ron Paul: When we go to war carelessly, the wars don’t end.
    Rudy Giuliani: Democrat timetable for retreat “fundamentally irresponsible”.
    Rudy Giuliani: We did not invite the 9/11 attack by attacking Iraq.
    Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Did say GOP is fundamentally irresponsible on war.
    Sam Brownback: We have not lost war; we can win by pulling together.
    Tom Tancredo: Convert from constabulary force to supporting force.
    Tom Tancredo: Opposed the troop surge, but supports the troops.
    Tom Tancredo: Muslims attack us because it’s a dictate of their religion.
    Tommy Thompson: Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people.
    Barack Obama: Iraq has distracted us from Taliban in Afghanistan.
    Barack Obama: War in Iraq is “dumb” but troops still need equipment.
    Barack Obama: Increase ground forces in Iraq to decrease troop rotations.
    Barack Obama: Iran with nuclear weapons is a profound security threat.
    Bill Richardson: Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end.
    Chris Dodd: Cut off the funding spigot for Iraq in one year.
    Dennis Kucinich: One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it.
    Dennis Kucinich: Lack of info was no excuse for voting for Iraq war.
    Dennis Kucinich: 2003 war vote was audition for presidential decision-making.
    Dennis Kucinich: We’re in Iraq for oil & looking at attacking Iran for oil.
    Dennis Kucinich: FactCheck: Iraqi oil production has fallen during war.
    Hillary Clinton: This war is up to Iraqi people to win or lose, not the US.
    Hillary Clinton: Voted for Iraq war based on available info; now would not.
    Joe Biden: Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement.
    Joe Biden: Replace pre-emption doctrine with prevention.
    John Edwards: Apologized for Iraq war vote; others must search conscience.
    Mike Gravel: Soldiers in Iraq are dying in vain; so just get out.
    Mike Gravel: Iraq war was lost the day Bush invaded-make it illegal.
Welfare & Poverty
    Larry Elder: Compassion is our job, not the Federal government's.
    Henry McMaster: Require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.
    Ben Carson: We the people--not government--should take care of indigent.
    Marco Rubio: Poverty means free enterprise not reaching people.
    Ted Cruz: Regulations like ObamaCare lead to layoffs of the poorest.
    Thomas Ravenel: New Deal & Great Society are examples of federal overreach.
    Nikki Haley: Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck.
    Chris Dodd: No drug tests for welfare recipients.
    Hillary Clinton: Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation.
    John Edwards: Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty.

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