Home Issues Leaders Recent Grid Archive Senate House VoteMatch_Quiz FAQs
 2008 Election:  McCain's book Obama's book Biden's book Palin's booklet Keyes' book Nader's book Barr's book      2008   Debates 

2008 presidential race

2009 State of the Union speech
Presidential Debates: Third Obama-McCain Debate - Second Obama-McCain Debate - V.P. debate, Biden vs. Palin - First Obama-McCain Debate
Vice Presidential background materials:

Gov. Sarah Palin: Booklet - Debate - Profile - Wasilla - Governor
Sen. Joe Biden: Bio - Profile - Debates
Convention coverage:
Dems - GOP - McCain - Palin - Obama - Biden - Nader - Barr
McCain-Obama joint appearances:
Aug.16 -Jul.12 -Jun.28 -
Fox -CNN -
MtP -Ads
2008 Democratic primary debates
Apr.16 -Apr.13 -Feb.26 -Feb.21 -Feb.11 -Jan.31 -Jan.28 -Jan.21 -Jan.15 -Jan.5
2008 Republican primary debates
Feb.7 -Jan.30 -Jan.28 -Jan.24 -Jan.10 -Jan.6 -Jan.5
2008 Green primary debates
Feb.3 -Jan.13
2007 Republican primary debates
Dec.22 -Dec.12 -Dec.9 -Nov.28 -Oct.21 -Oct.9 -Sep.27 -Sep.17 -Sep.5 -Aug.5 -Jun.5 -May 15 -May 3
2007 Democratic primary debates
Dec.22 -Dec.13 -Dec.4 -Dec.1 -Nov.15 -Oct.30 -Sep.26 -Sep.20 -Sep.13 -Sep.9 -Aug.19 -Aug.9 -Aug.7 -Jul.23 -Jun.28 -Jun.3 -Apr.26 -Apr.10

Excerpts from Books by and about 2008 candidates
Sen. John McCain (R, AZ)
Why Courage Matters
Sen. Barack Obama(D, IL)
Dreams From My Father
Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE)
Promises to Keep
Gov. Sarah Palin (R, AK)
New Energy for Alaska
Rep. Bob Barr (L)
The Meaning of IS
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (G)
Green Party Debate
Ralph Nader (I)
The Good Fight
Alan Keyes (NAIP)
Our Character, Our Future

Sen. Hillary Clinton
It Takes A Village
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Gov. Mike Huckabee
Character Makes A Difference
Amb. Alan Keyes
Our Character, Our Future
Rep. Ron Paul
Freedom Under Siege
Gov. Mitt Romney

(click a book cover for excerpts and a review or other books by or about the presidency from

2007 Democratic primary debate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, sponsored by MSNBC, moderated by Tim Russert

Civil Rights
   Barack Obama: The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties.
   Mike Gravel: Hold accountable war-profiteers like NBC and GE.
   John Edwards: Oppose decriminalizing marijuana; it sends wrong signal.
   Bill Richardson: Commit to extending school day and/or the school year.
   Chris Dodd: Named “Senator of the Decade” by the Head Start Association.
   Dennis Kucinich: Cut the Pentagon budget 15% for tuition-free college.
   Joe Biden: For longer school day & school year, & 16-year minimum.
   John Edwards: Should have universal pre-Kindergarten for all 4-year-olds.
Energy & Oil
   Barack Obama: Fuel efficiency and Middle East stability help on fuel costs.
   Bill Richardson: Need an energy revolution in the US.
   Chris Dodd: Propose a gasoline rebate and move to energy independence.
   Hillary Clinton: Investigate & move toward energy efficiency and conservation.
   Joe Biden: Provide for emergency fuel assistance immediately.
   John Edwards: Investigate the oil companies and ask for conservation.
Families & Children
   Hillary Clinton: A family is a child’s first school.
Foreign Policy
   Chris Dodd: Pakistan is a more immediate problem than Iran.
Free Trade
   Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: for NAFTA while First Lady; now against CAFTA.
   Joe Biden: Shut down any imports of toys from China.
Government Reform
   Chris Dodd: Reform the current system that locks up two million in jail.
Health Care
   Barack Obama: Tackle insurance companies on reimbursement system.
   Barack Obama: Help young people deal with the cost of medical education.
   Bill Richardson: Give students incentives to become health professionals.
   Chris Dodd: Address medical malpractice with universality.
   Dennis Kucinich: Insurance companies make money by NOT providing health care.
   Hillary Clinton: Insurance companies cannot deny people coverage.
   Hillary Clinton: Restore National Institutes of Health funding.
   Joe Biden: Help medical students find ways to finance their tuition.
   John Edwards: Provide incentives for students to go to nursing school.
Homeland Security
   Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Yes, in 2006 condoned exceptions on torture.
   Joe Biden: Talks about nations acquiring uranium are more complicated.
   Barack Obama: Illegal immigrants’ lack of ID is a public safety concern.
   Chris Dodd: Driver’s licenses ought not be given to illegal immigrants.
   Hillary Clinton: Immigrant license issue needs federal action on reform.
   Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: Denied saying licensing illegals “made sense”.
Principles & Values
   Barack Obama: Don’t know if life beyond earth; focus on life here on earth.
   Dennis Kucinich: This debate is total flop for ignoring practical aspirations.
   Dennis Kucinich: Sighted a UFO in Washington State.
   Joe Biden: Giuliani is truly not qualified to be president.
   John Edwards: The government should help those hit by natural disasters.
   Mike Gravel: Protests being cut out of debate as free speech issue.
Social Security
   Barack Obama: The wealthy should pay a bit more on the payroll tax.
   Hillary Clinton: Have a bipartisan commission on Social Security and its tax.
Tax Reform
   Barack Obama: Restore progressive tax; close loopholes; relief to seniors.
   Hillary Clinton: Freeze estate tax at 2009 level of $7 million per couple.
   Barack Obama: Increase funding for math and science research & education.
   Barack Obama: Airlines got into trouble after deregulation.
   John Edwards: Use technology to protect children on Internet.
War & Peace
   Barack Obama: Committed to Iran not having nuclear weapons.
   Barack Obama: Iran military resolution sends the region a wrong signal.
   Barack Obama: Clinton has not been consistent on the Iraq War.
   Bill Richardson: Pledge that Iran will not develop a nuclear bomb.
   Bill Richardson: Negotiate with Iran without any conditions.
   Chris Dodd: A military action resolution on Iran is dangerous.
   Dennis Kucinich: There’s no basis for an Iran military resolution.
   Dennis Kucinich: Impeach Bush for violating international law on preemption.
   Dennis Kucinich: The war against Iraq was about oil.
   Dennis Kucinich: Urge Iran to let go nuclear and abolish nuclear in the US.
   Hillary Clinton: Pledge that Iran will not develop a nuclear bomb.
   Hillary Clinton: Rushing to war with Iran vs. doing nothing is a false choice.
   Hillary Clinton: Absolutely oppose the war in Iraq.
   Hillary Clinton: Bring out as many combat troops as quickly as possible.
   Joe Biden: A military action resolution on Iran is a bad policy.
   John Edwards: Iran military resolution enables Bush to invade Iran.
   John Edwards: Keep Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.
   John Edwards: All combat troops out of Iraq in the first year in office.

The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic primary debate at Drexel University in Philadelphia, sponsored by MSNBC, moderated by Tim Russert.

All material copyright 1999-2015
Reprinting by permission only.

Send donations or submit quotations to:
1770 Massachusetts Ave. #630
Cambridge, MA 02140
Home Page
Most recent quotations Archive of books & debates Candidate Matching Quiz