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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)

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    Barack Obama: Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion.
    Catherine Templeton: Define personhood from conception; no exceptions for incest.
    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.
    Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood does great work on women's health.
    Gary Johnson: Right to choose up until viability of the fetus.
    Henry McMaster: Stop providing state funds to abortion clinics.
    Henry McMaster: Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception.
    Henry McMaster: Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers.
    Henry McMaster: Prevent funneling of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.
    Henry McMaster: Send me the heartbeat bill and I will immediately sign it.
    Jaime Harrison: NARAL: Harrison "outspoken champion of reproductive freedom".
    Jaime Harrison: Should be between a woman, her doctor, her God.
    Jay Stamper: Limiting abortion isn't limited-government conservatism.
    Joe Biden: Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy.
    Joe Cunningham: Fetal Heartbeat Bill is restrictive and draconian.
    Joe Cunningham: Society benefits when women have autonomy over their bodies.
    John Edwards: Gov't should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion.
    Kevin Bryant: Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception.
    Kevin Bryant: Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers.
    Krystle Matthews: We must codify a woman's right to choose.
    Lee Bright: Human life begins at conception.
    Lee Bright: Require 24 hours after ultrasound before abortion.
    Lindsey Graham: Eliminate abortion on demand at 20 weeks.
    Mia McLeod: Fiercely advocate for reproductive rights and freedoms.
    Mike Huckabee: "Hate but allow abortion" is like "hate but allow slavery".
    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.
    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.
    Thomas Dixon: Women choose what is best for their bodies.
    Thomas Ravenel: Hired abortion activist as campaign Communications Director.
    Tim Pawlenty: Stem-cell research ok on previous embryos, but not new ones.
    Tim Scott: Human life begins at conception.
    Tim Scott: Don't require 24 hours after ultrasound; 1 hour is enough.
    Tommy Thompson: New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed.
    Yancey McGill: Opposes abortion, even as Democratic State Senator.
Budget & Economy
    Catherine Templeton: I took a buzz-saw to government.
    Gary Johnson: On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic justice is the number one issue.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Raise minimum wage to $15/hour if not higher.
    Henry McMaster: Propose nearly doubling rainy day reserve fund.
    Jeb Bush: Florida thrived under my leadership.
    John Kasich: Ohio went from $8 billion deficit to $2 billion surplus.
    Lee Bright: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Lindsey Graham: Dollar-for-dollar offset: cut spending to raise debt ceiling.
    Lindsey Graham: Won't shut country down; getting back to business.
    Mia McLeod: Got SC Ports Authority to triple minority business goal.
    Mia McLeod: Allocate critical funds for infrastructure.
    Mitt Romney: Washington is broken; needs fundamental change.
    Nancy Mace: Restore some accountability in the budgeting process.
    Rick Wade: Oversaw Obama stimulus implementation at Commerce Department.
    Rick Wade: AdWatch: 5 years in Washington on failed $787B stimulus.
    Thomas Ravenel: Federal spending is headed for a doomsday scenario.
    Tim Pawlenty: I left MN with a balanced budget, not a $6B deficit.
    Tim Scott: Address fiscal cliff with sequestration & tax cut extension.
    Tim Scott: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Tom Tancredo: Reduce budget deficit--restrict feds to Constitutional role.
Civil Rights
    Barack Obama: Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house.
    Brad Hutto: Equal pay for equal work is the next women's milestone.
    Catherine Templeton: Proud of the Confederacy; don't rewrite history.
    Catherine Templeton: Opposes accommodating transgender people.
    Catherine Templeton: Transgender people should use bathroom matching birth gender.
    Chris Dodd: Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage.
    Henry McMaster: No need for any new transgender bathroom law.
    Herman Cain: Ignoring DOMA is treasonous breach of presidential duty.
    Jaime Harrison: Encourage voter drives among unregistered African Americans.
    Jaime Harrison: Opposes voters having to provide Social Security numbers.
    Jaime Harrison: HRC: Harrison among strongest advocate for LGBTQ equality.
    James Clyburn: Voted for Hate Crimes Act & to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
    James Emerson Smith: History of supporting LGBTQ rights earned their endorsement.
    Jay Stamper: Asked by Party to exit race after supporting gay marriage.
    Joe Cunningham: Endorsed by South Carolina Equality for LGBTQ rights.
    John McCain: Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok.
    Kevin Bryant: No affirmative action in schools or government.
    Krystle Matthews: Criticized Tim Scott for claiming America isn't racist.
    Krystle Matthews: Opposed transgender sports law, leave transgender kids alone.
    Lee Bright: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Nikki Haley: No need for any new transgender bathroom law.
    Rick Wade: First all-black U.S. Senate race in recent memory.
    Ron Paul: Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government should stay out of our bedrooms &our boardrooms.
    Thomas Ravenel: Stay out of marriage, but if not, treat gays equally.
    Tim Scott: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Tim Scott: Require state employees to undergo implicit bias training.
    Hillary Clinton: Corporate elite treat working-class America as invisible.
    Jay Stamper: Stop giving away millions in corporate welfare.
    Jeb Bush: Hedge fund managers should pay taxes the same as others.
    John Edwards: Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty.
    Lindsey Graham: 1997: Created trucking logistics company with 100 employees.
    Lindsey Graham: AdWatch: Hero of the taxpayer & guardian of small business.
    Mark Sanford: Cut corporate income tax by raising cigarette tax.
    Mitt Romney: Capitalism works; free enterprise works; & profit works.
    Nikki Haley: Reduce red tape; time is money.
    Rick Wade: Served in Obama's U.S. Commerce Department.
    Russell Fry: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
    Gary Bauer: Miranda rights not as important as victim rights.
    Henry McMaster: Jam cellphone signals inside state prisons.
    Henry McMaster: Invest $100 million in upgrading prisons.
    Henry McMaster: Don't clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offender.
    Henry McMaster: Shield companies providing drugs for lethal injection.
    Jaime Harrison: Done with racial profiling, bias, and over-policing.
    Jaime Harrison: Bring police and community together to address problems.
    Jay Stamper: Pleaded guilty to three white-collar felony charges in 2006.
    Kevin Bryant: Build more prisons; support the death penalty.
    Krystle Matthews: We do need to reimagine the way we do policing.
    Krystle Matthews: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
    Lindsey Graham: Capital punishment for child rapists.
    Lindsey Graham: I believe in reform but cops need our support more than ever.
    Mia McLeod: Will continue to push for meaningful criminal justice reform.
    Mia McLeod: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
    Nancy Mace: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
    Nikki Haley: Save millions by reducing recidivism.
    Orrin Hatch: Appointing conservative judges is more critical than Miranda.
    Thomas Dixon: Ban the box: let ex-cons get jobs.
    Russell Fry: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Gary Johnson: Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue.
    Henry McMaster: Opioids: awareness, information, treatment, & enforcement.
    Henry McMaster: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Jaime Harrison: Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana like alcohol, tobacco.
    James Emerson Smith: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
    Kevin Bryant: Change Medicare incentives to address opioid addiction.
    Krystle Matthews: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Krystle Matthews: South Carolina should be ready to support medical marijuana.
    Lee Bright: No additional licensure for drug treatment facilities.
    Lindsey Graham: For medical legalization; opposes recreational legalization.
    Mia McLeod: Sponsored bill that would decriminalize marijuana.
    Mia McLeod: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Mia McLeod: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
    Nancy Mace: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
    Nikki Haley: Vetoed additional licensure for drug treatment facilities.
    Rick Wade: State director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
    Ron Paul: We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin.
    Thomas Dixon: Self-described former alcoholic and drug addict.
    Thomas Ravenel: In favor of ending the war on drugs.
    Thomas Ravenel: End the war on drugs; it's federal overreach & unsuccessful.
    Tim Scott: Marijuana is unhealthy, but states' rights are important too.
    Tommy Pope: Curb the opioid epidemic and focus on future prevention.
    Tommy Pope: Abstained from vote on licensing drug treatment facilities.
    Yancey McGill: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
    Ben Carson: Free college is a non-starter.
    Bernie Sanders: Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation.
    Catherine Templeton: Arm teachers: the only defense is a good offense.
    Elizabeth Warren: We have an obligation to treat our teachers better.
    Henry McMaster: Invest in school choice & robust charter school program.
    Henry McMaster: Supports arming teachers in schools.
    Henry McMaster: ReadySC: triple funding for technical training.
    Henry McMaster: Full-time police officer to combat threats to schools.
    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: $13 million to establish Education Scholarship Accounts.
    Henry McMaster: Remove outdated "Common Core" textbooks from classrooms.
    Jaime Harrison: Losing a whole generation of teachers because of low pay.
    Jaime Harrison: We need 50-state strategy to open up schools: testing, masks.
    Jaime Harrison: Reduce college tuition, address student loan crisis.
    James Emerson Smith: Led fight against vouchers.
    Joe Biden: Pay teachers more to get better educational results.
    Joe Biden: FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China.
    Kevin Bryant: Consider arming teachers and other school employees.
    Kevin Bryant: Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools.
    Kevin Bryant: Abstinence-only and voluntary prayer in public schools.
    Kevin Bryant: Joins "Stop Fed Ed" vows to reject all Federal Ed mandates.
    Kevin Bryant: We leave jobs unfilled with "one size fits all" higher ed.
    Krystle Matthews: Frustrated with SC's consistent inadequacy with education.
    Lee Bright: Advocates abolishing the Department of Education.
    Lee Bright: Real choice including private schools and home-schooling.
    Lee Bright: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
    Lindsey Graham: Sex education about abstinence, not contraception.
    Mia McLeod: Prioritize pay increases for teachers, administrators, staff.
    Mitt Romney: Supports English immersion & abstinence education.
    Mitt Romney: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB.
    Nancy Mace: Strongly supports educational choice.
    Nikki Haley: Educate kids not based on where they happen to live.
    Nikki Haley: Incentives for teachers, including tuition & grad school.
    Nikki Haley: Incentivize teachers to work in rural districts.
    Nikki Haley: Higher education system is flush with cash.
    Rick Wade: All 6 siblings attended public schools.
    Rick Wade: Vision for S.C. focused on education and jobs.
    Thomas Dixon: Entitlement to quality education, including college.
    Thomas Ravenel: Charter schools' success prove point of local empowerment.
    Tim Pawlenty: Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design.
    Tim Scott: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
    Tim Scott: COVID: direct some relief funding to school choice programs.
    Tommy Pope: $100 million for repairs in poor rural school districts.
    Tim Scott: In America a good education is the closest thing to magic.
Energy & Oil
    Russell Fry: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Bill Richardson: Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel.
    Henry McMaster: Oppose offshore drilling & onshore infrastructure.
    Henry McMaster: Signed SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Herman Cain: Establish real energy independence, with existing resources.
    Jaime Harrison: Green New Deal too expensive, but must reduce emissions.
    Jaime Harrison: Offshore oil spill would destroy jobs, harm environment.
    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.
    Joyce Dickerson: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Kevin Bryant: Coal, gas, oil, AND alternative fuel technology.
    Kevin Bryant: Open to exploring the risks/benefits of offshore drilling.
    Krystle Matthews: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Lee Bright: Deal with waste, to remove obstacles to new nuclear plants.
    Lee Bright: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Lindsey Graham: Green New Deal is crazy; would destroy economy.
    Mia McLeod: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Mike Gravel: I started the nuclear critique in this country.
    Nancy Mace: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
    Nikki Haley: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Rett Newton: There's strong bipartisan opposition to offshore drilling.
    Rick Wade: Head of China Operations for Green Tech Automotive.
    Rick Wade: V.P. of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company.
    Sam Brownback: Get more biodiesel & biofuels into system to prevent $4 gas.
    Thomas Dixon: Climate change is real and we must prepare for its effects.
    Tim Pawlenty: I made a mistake in considering cap-and-trade in MN.
    Tim Scott: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Tom Tancredo: Global warming could be from humans, or could be nature.
    Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Global warming has dissent, but not 50-50 split.
    Henry McMaster: AdWatch: Ban offshore drilling for oil and gas.
    Russell Fry: Rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
    Donald Trump: Eminent domain is something you need very strongly.
    Henry McMaster: Oppose drilling and seismic testing along our coast.
    Henry McMaster: Vetoed bill to rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
    Jeb Bush: Eminent domain should not be used for private purposes.
    Joe Cunningham: Great American Outdoors Act sets funding for public land.
    Lindsey Graham: Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year.
    Mia McLeod: Rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
    Nancy Mace: Don't rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
    Rett Newton: As mayor of coastal town has made clean water a priority.
    Thomas Dixon: Make sure our planet is habitable for future generations.
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.
    Kevin Bryant: No civil unions; no same-sex spousal rights.
    Lindsey Graham: Support traditional families & right to pray.
    Marco Rubio: Make investing in kids deductible like business expenses.
    Thomas Ravenel: Let churches provide for families in need, not state.
Foreign Policy
    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.
    Bernie Sanders: Cuba: Teaching people to read and write is a good thing.
    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.
    Brad Hutto: Focus on state's needs, not foreign conflicts.
    Brad Hutto: We should not act as the world's policeman.
    Donald Trump: Iran deal is one of the worst I've ever seen.
    Donald Trump: Figure out who our allies are.
    Hillary Clinton: Post-Gadhafi Libya replaced dictator with democracy.
    Jay Stamper: Trillions on foreign engagements isn't fiscal conservatism.
    Jeb Bush: Russia's Putin is not an ally of the US & everyone knows it.
    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.
    John Kasich: US should not be world's police in places like Iraq.
    Jon Huntsman: 80 million bloggers in China will take China down.
    Lee Bright: Remove Russia from G-8 over Ukraine invasion.
    Lindsey Graham: Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia.
    Marco Rubio: Three main threats: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Russia.
    Marco Rubio: I voted against the president's inadequate Syria strategy.
    Mike Gravel: US has no important enemies, so treat world as equals.
    Nancy Mace: No foreign aid to Egypt & countries who are our enemies.
    Rick Perry: China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR.
    Thomas Dixon: Lead by example and be a good actor.
    Thomas Ravenel: Opposed to foreign interventions.
    Tim Pawlenty: Never subordinate US decisions to UN, as Obama did in Libya.
Free Trade
    Alan Keyes: Banks and American clout should help farmers.
    Donald Trump: Trade pacts are no good for us and no good for our workers.
    Duncan Hunter: China is cheating on trade by devaluing their currency.
    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.
    Lindsey Graham: NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC.
    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.
    Nikki Haley: Trade mission to India to build S.C. ties.
    Richard Burr: Oppose preferential trade for China & others that bend rules.
    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.
    Thomas Dixon: Look at how trade impacts our own workforce.
    Tim Scott: Opposes currency manipulation as trade negotiation topic.
    Tim Scott: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track.
Government Reform
    Amy Klobuchar: Voter restrictions hit with surgical precision on minorities.
    Barack Obama: First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform.
    Barack Obama: FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses.
    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.
    Bill Richardson: Delayed call for Gonzales to resign until failed testimony.
    Catherine Templeton: Fight corruption & waste & good ol' boy system in Columbia.
    Chris Dodd: Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history.
    Dennis Kucinich: Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies.
    Donald Trump: Delay, delay, delay on Supreme Court appointment.
    Donald Trump: I wouldn't nominate my sister to Supreme Court.
    Donald Trump: I would build consensus, not use Executive Orders.
    Henry McMaster: Magistrate judges should be lawyers, publicly screened.
    Jaime Harrison: Overturn Citizens United, end decade of Dark Money.
    James Emerson Smith: Voted NO on requiring photo ID in order to vote.
    Jeb Bush: I'm an Article II guy: Presidency over Supreme Court.
    Joe Cunningham: Criticized state officials for challenging Trump's loss.
    John Kasich: Country too partisan to appoint justice before election.
    Kevin Bryant: No limits on campaign donations nor campaign spending.
    Kevin Bryant: Reforms should include eliminating current ethics loopholes.
    Krystle Matthews: Grassroots effort to register 150,000 new voters.
    Krystle Matthews: Provide transparency between citizens and state government.
    Lee Bright: Photo ID for voting.
    Lee Bright: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
    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.
    Mark Sanford: End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations.
    Mark Sanford: Change rules of governorship and state officers.
    Mia McLeod: Voted NO on requiring photo ID in order to vote.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits are the only way to stop the ruling elitists.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits of 12 years for Senate; 6 years for House.
    Nikki Haley: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
    Rick Wade: Washington is broken.
    Ron Paul: Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security.
    Rudy Giuliani: Gets credit for killing the line-item veto.
    Ted Cruz: 80-year history of no Supreme Court changes in election year.
    Thomas Dixon: Voting rights need to be protected from attack.
    Tim Scott: Photo ID for voting.
    Tommy Thompson: Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they're wasteful & inefficient.
    Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don't eliminate them.
    Tim Scott: Jim Crow 2.0 exaggerates compared to historical Jim Crow.
Gun Control
    Bill Richardson: The 2nd Amendment is precious.
    Elizabeth Warren: Treat gun violence as the public health emergency it is.
    Hillary Clinton: Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre.
    Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others.
    Jaime Harrison: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
    Joe Biden: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole.
    Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence.
    Kevin Bryant: Wants schools to have ability to shoot back in defense.
    Krystle Matthews: Gun owner, strong advocate for gun reform laws.
    Lee Bright: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Mia McLeod: AR-15s shouldn't be in the hands of civilians.
    Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban.
    Richard Burr: Hunter and sportsman; teach heritage & respect for firearms.
    Thomas Dixon: Close the gun show loophole and the Charleston Loophole.
    Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings.
    Tim Scott: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance.
    Bill Richardson: Focus on preventive healthcare without raising taxes.
    Catherine Templeton: Blow up state health agency, from the inside out.
    Dennis Kucinich: Universal not-for-profit health care.
    Donald Trump: Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer.
    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.
    Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from ‘94 failure, but ready for universal care.
    Hillary Clinton: 1990s plan failed after big pharma & insurance worked on it.
    Jaime Harrison: Lower access to care "ripping a heart out of a community".
    Jaime Harrison: COVID: Put blame on how we handled it, I take it seriously.
    John Edwards: Require employer coverage for every single American.
    John Kasich: Ohio expanded Medicaid but not for ObamaCare.
    John Kasich: We save $22,500 a year by treating addicts & mentally ill.
    Lee Bright: Full implementation of ObamaCare ends self-governance.
    Lee Bright: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Lindsey Graham: Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle.
    Lindsey Graham: Opposed ObamaCare from day one.
    Lindsey Graham: COVID: no one attacked Wilson when he got Spanish flu.
    Mia McLeod: Join 39 other states in expanding Medicaid.
    Nancy Mace: ObamaCare will be the undoing of our American way of life.
    Nikki Haley: Let Medicaid buy generics for AIDS, cancer, & mental health.
    Nikki Haley: Reject ObamaCare state exchange; reject Medicaid expansion.
    Rick Wade: ObamaCare addresses closing health care disparities.
    Ron Paul: Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty.
    Steve Forbes: Solve health care affordability with choice.
    Thomas Dixon: ObamaCare needs to be protected and expanded.
    Thomas Ravenel: Against ObamaCare.
    Thomas Ravenel: Tort reform will reduce medical liability.
    Tim Pawlenty: No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system.
    Tim Scott: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Homeland Security
    Bernie Sanders: CIA activities in Iran and Chile led to dictatorships.
    Catherine Templeton: Military shouldn't pay for gender reassignment surgery.
    Chris Dodd: Stateless terrorism requires a multinational response.
    Dennis Kucinich: Global war on terror is pretext for aggressive war.
    Donald Trump: How did W keep us safe? WTC came down during his watch.
    Gary Johnson: No waterboarding under any circumstances.
    Henry McMaster: Don't tax uniformed retirees: veterans, cops, firefighters.
    Henry McMaster: Proposes a significant investment in National Guard armories.
    Herman Cain: Trust military to determine torture; waterboarding is not.
    Herman Cain: Protect our people by whatever means, even waterboarding.
    Hillary Clinton: Big disconnect between rhetoric and reality on security.
    Jack Reed: Don't over-react to Benghazi; situation was confused.
    Jay Stamper: NSA domestic spying included innocent U.S. citizens.
    Jeb Bush: Reverse the sequester and rebuild the military.
    Joe Cunningham: COVID: provide healthcare benefits for National Guard.
    John McCain: Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion.
    Jon Huntsman: Waterboarding is torture & diminishes our standing in world.
    Joyce Dickerson: I'm mad as heel about delays in veterans' care.
    Kevin Bryant: Kneeling during anthem disrespects veterans.
    Lee Bright: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA domestic spying only targets terrorism suspects.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a felon, not a hero.
    Lindsey Graham: President did not do enough to protect Benghazi embassy.
    Lindsey Graham: Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force.
    Lindsey Graham: Doing nothing about Benghazi leads to a more dangerous world.
    Marco Rubio: George W. Bush kept us safe and dealt with Hussein.
    Michele Bachmann: Waterboarding is effective; don't let the ACLU run the CIA.
    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.
    Mike Huckabee: Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life.
    Mitt Romney: Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers.
    Rett Newton: Served 28 years in Air Force including post 9/11 air patrols.
    Rick Santorum: Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough.
    Rick Santorum: Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden.
    Ron Paul: DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it.
    Ron Paul: Waterboarding is torture: illegal, uncivilized, and immoral.
    Ron Paul: Waterboarding doesn't achieve anything.
    Rudy Giuliani: Use every method you can think of to interrogate terrorists.
    Ted Cruz: Increase armed forces to 1.4 million troops.
    Thomas Ravenel: I want a military that defends America, not Germany or Japan.
    Thomas Ravenel: We absolutely must have the world's strongest military.
    Thomas Ravenel: We need bold leadership combating terrorists & terror states.
    Thomas Ravenel: No NSA snooping; defend the Fourth Amendment.
    Thomas Ravenel: No more blood & treasure on 'nation-building' in Iraq.
    Tim Pawlenty: Enhanced interrogation techniques counter radical jihadists.
    Tim Scott: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Tim Scott: Require stronger evidence for FISA electronic surveillance.
    Tom Tancredo: Use Jack Bauer-like methods to protect Western civilization.
    Tommy Pope: Allow opt-out for REAL ID rules for drivers licenses.
    Duncan Hunter: This administration has “the slows” on border enforcement.
    Henry McMaster: No sanctuary cities; plus annual compliance checks.
    Henry McMaster: Say "no" "sanctuary cities"; don't tolerate lawlessness.
    Hillary Clinton: Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows.
    Jaime Harrison: Congress should enact DACA into law with DREAM Act.
    James Emerson Smith: Voted NAY on police checking immigration status.
    Jeb Bush: Show compassion to illegals with a path to legal status.
    John Kasich: Nuts to deport 11M people; legalize with fine & back taxes.
    John McCain: America expects us to work on immigration together.
    Kevin Bryant: Local law enforcement should enforce federal immigration law.
    Kevin Bryant: Says no refuge resettlement until federal security is better.
    Lee Bright: Secure the border first; but no amnesty.
    Lee Bright: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Lee Bright: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
    Lindsey Graham: Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration.
    Lindsey Graham: New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals.
    Marco Rubio: Amnesty means no consequences; I was never for that.
    Mia McLeod: For equitable access licensure for undocumented immigrants.
    Mia McLeod: Voted NO on police checking immigration status.
    Mitt Romney: McCain's plan gives special pathway to those here illegally.
    Nikki Haley: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
    Rudy Giuliani: Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards.
    Sam Brownback: Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization.
    Ted Cruz: I led the fight to defeat the Reid-Schumer amnesty bill.
    Thomas Ravenel: Robust worker visa program, plus anything else reasonable.
    Tim Scott: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Tom Tancredo: McCain's plan is soft on immigration & amnesty.
    Donald Trump: Bring jobs back from China, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam.
    Gary Johnson: Long unemployment benefits postpones dealing with problem.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic freedom includes federal minimum wage increase.
    Henry McMaster: S.C.Workforce Partnership: shift from toolboxes to tablets.
    Jaime Harrison: Current job protections the hard work of unions.
    Joyce Dickerson: Equal pay for women, and higher minimum wage.
    Lee Bright: It's just a myth that government can create jobs.
    Lindsey Graham: Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system.
    Mia McLeod: Raise minimum wage to at least $15/hour.
    Mia McLeod: Let people decide whether to unionize, against right to work.
    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.
    Steve Forbes: Farmers need policy reform.
    Thomas Dixon: Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
    Tim Scott: Opportunity Zone jobs have seen up to 8% wage increase.
Principles & Values
    Barack Obama: Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case.
    Ben Carson: 2AM phone calls are about presidential judgement.
    Bernie Sanders: Jewish identity means end racism & white nationalism.
    Bernie Sanders: Confederate monuments belong in museums not town greens.
    Bill Richardson: Biggest mistake is impatience, like pushing minimum wage.
    Buddy Roemer: Driving across SC and NH to shake hands & start listening.
    Chris Dodd: Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War.
    Dennis Kucinich: Biggest mistake was firing police chief on Good Friday.
    Donald Trump: We should have impeached George W. Bush for Iraq War lies.
    Elizabeth Warren: I was a special education teacher; we never give up.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: 2018 Lt. Gov. candidate; 2012 & 2014 House candidate.
    Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Dropped Senate bid; endorses Jaime Harrison.
    Henry McMaster: We believe in faith, family, the flag, and freedom.
    Henry McMaster: COVID: We slowed down, but safely remained open.
    Hillary Clinton: Biggest mistakes: mishandling healthcare; believing in WMDs.
    Jaime Harrison: Helping others: cooking dinners, sharing campaign donations.
    Jaime Harrison: Not political issues: about doing what is right.
    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.
    James Emerson Smith: Lost governor race by 8%; but most Dem candidates in decade.
    Jeb Bush: Other candidates' religion is none of my business.
    Jeb Bush: We need someone with a servant's heart and also a backbone.
    Jim Gilmore: Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it.
    Joe Biden: Biggest mistake was thinking he could work with George Bush.
    Joe Cunningham: Pols more interested in keeping their jobs than doing it.
    John Edwards: Biggest professional mistake was voting for Iraq War.
    Joyce Dickerson: For various reasons, I won't campaign for Hillary in 2016.
    Krystle Matthews: Can work with Republicans but confront them when needed.
    Krystle Matthews: Not easily swayed without information, will read everything.
    Larry Elder: The question is which party can get government off our back.
    Lee Bright: I live all aspects of my life based on Biblical principles.
    Lee Bright: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Lindsey Graham: Big choice election: capitalism versus socialism.
    Marco Rubio: Suffers from blue-green color blindness.
    Mike Gravel: Did not plan on presidency, but candidates are frightening.
    Nancy Mace: Give a conservative voice to the people of South Carolina.
    Nikki Haley: Local government needs to be more accountable.
    Ralph Nader: Won't run as a Green-maybe as an independent.
    Rett Newton: Pursuing doctorate while serving as mayor.
    Rick Wade: Commitment to listen to the people, not special interests.
    Rick Wade: Ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002.
    Rick Wade: Withdraws from race, citing too-late entrance.
    Thomas Ravenel: Fiscally conservative and socially moderate libertarian.
    Thomas Ravenel: Values taught by church, not enforced by mandate.
    Tim Scott: Served in public office for 18 years, with 2 terms in House.
    Tim Scott: OpEd: Dems call Scott "senator for the Heritage Foundation".
    Tim Scott: Grew up poor in a black community in North Charleston.
    Tim Scott: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Yancey McGill: Served for 25 years as Democrat; now running as Republican.
Social Security
    Donald Trump: I will save Social Security with more jobs, less waste.
    Henry McMaster: Shift pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution.
    Howard Dean: Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-don't privatize.
    Jaime Harrison: Social Security and Medicare are more than a promise.
    Jim Gilmore: Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence.
    Lindsey Graham: Link size of cost of living increases to income.
    Richard Burr: Protect retiree benefits & protect Trust Fund.
    Thomas Ravenel: Voluntary personal accounts for younger workers.
    Tommy Pope: Fund the state retirement system to keep our promises.
Tax Reform
    Ben Carson: Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that.
    Henry McMaster: Low taxes spur economic growth and prosperity.
    Henry McMaster: Lower taxes helps us compete: $2.2B tax cut.
    Henry McMaster: Cut income tax by $2.6 billion over five years.
    Henry McMaster: 15% across-the-board reduction for all personal brackets.
    Herman Cain: Abolish the IRS; implement 23% national sales tax.
    Jaime Harrison: Repeal 2017 tax cuts which were for the wealthy.
    John McCain: Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending.
    Kevin Bryant: Vicious cycle of paying back a lot of earned tax credits.
    Krystle Matthews: Exempt feminine hygiene products from state sales tax.
    Lee Bright: Supports the FairTax to simplify taxes.
    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.
    Ted Cruz: Tax returns on a postcard.
    Thomas Ravenel: Tax cuts lead to growing economy with higher revenues.
    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.
    Jaime Harrison: Our infrastructure in this state sucks.
    John McCain: Internet tax ban saved consumers $600M this Xmas.
    Joyce Dickerson: Ensure the county has reliable public transportation.
    Joyce Dickerson: Serves on COMET transit system board of directors.
    Kevin Bryant: Keep politics out of fixing infrastructure; use common sense.
    Lee Bright: Dredge the Port of Charleston to a 50-foot depth.
    Lindsey Graham: $10 billion proposal for rural high speed internet.
    Mitt Romney: China must respect intellectual property if they want trade.
    Mitt Romney: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speech.
    Newt Gingrich: I favor Internet freedom; SOPA favors Hollywood.
    Nikki Haley: Invest in infrastructure, but no gas tax or any other tax.
    Orrin Hatch: Internet will not replace touching in stores.
    Rick Perry: Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime.
    Rick Wade: Infrastructure investment in the poorest areas of S.C.
    Steve Forbes: Internet tax ban fosters growth.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government doesn't belong in your email inbox.
    Tommy Pope: Fix our dangerous and crumbling roads for the long-term.
War & Peace
    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.
    Ben Carson: Replacing Mideast dictators leads to chaos, like in Iraq.
    Ben Carson: Bomb oil tankers even if it hurts the environment.
    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.
    Donald Trump: We've spent $5T in the Mideast and gotten nothing.
    Duncan Hunter: Iraqi forces have stopped running and started fighting.
    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.
    Herman Cain: Economic sanctions on Iran, but no military.
    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.
    Hillary Clinton: Continue anti-ISIS actions in Libya, with Europe & Arabs.
    Jay Stamper: Don't go on "war footing" against Russia over Ukraine.
    Jeb Bush: Policy of containment against ISIS just doesn't work.
    Jim Gilmore: Mandatory sanctions against nuclear Iran & possible strike.
    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.
    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.
    John McCain: Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq.
    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.
    Lindsey Graham: Support the Syrian rebels against Assad & Iran.
    Lindsey Graham: Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it.
    Lindsey Graham: Slow Afghan withdrawal, with 15,000 US troops left behind.
    Lindsey Graham: Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran.
    Lindsey Graham: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Lindsey Graham: More intervention in Iraq avoids an American city in flames.
    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.
    Nancy Mace: Intervention in Syria would bolster al-Qaida.
    Mitt Romney: Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West.
    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.
    Newt Gingrich: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    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: 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: Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11.
    Ron Paul: When we go to war carelessly, the wars don't end.
    Ron Paul: No war propaganda against Iran; learn from Iraq.
    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.
    Ted Cruz: Overwhelming air power against ISIS, & arm the Kurds.
    Thomas Ravenel: Republicans are pro-invading this or that country.
    Thomas Ravenel: U.S. military is over-involved overseas.
    Thomas Ravenel: Intervention in Iraq based on same nonsense as in past.
    Tom Tancredo: Opposed the troop surge, but supports the troops.
    Tom Tancredo: Muslims attack us because it's a dictate of their religion.
    Tom Tancredo: Convert from constabulary force to supporting force.
    Tommy Thompson: Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ben Carson: We the people--not government--should take care of indigent.
    Chris Dodd: No drug tests for welfare recipients.
    Henry McMaster: Require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.
    Hillary Clinton: Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation.
    John Edwards: Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty.
    Larry Elder: Compassion is our job, not the Federal government's.
    Marco Rubio: Poverty means free enterprise not reaching people.
    Nikki Haley: Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck.
    Ted Cruz: Regulations like ObamaCare lead to layoffs of the poorest.
    Thomas Ravenel: New Deal & Great Society are examples of federal overreach.

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