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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 debate at St. Anselm College, Manchester N.H., June 3, 2007, moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer

Civil Rights
   Bill Richardson: For hate crimes law, domestic partnerships, civil unions.
   Dennis Kucinich: Overturn the Patriot Act as unconstitutional.
   Hillary Clinton: Don’t ask don’t tell was an important transition step.
   Joe Biden: Nobody asks if you’re gay in a foxhole.
   John Edwards: Support all partnership benefits for same-sex couples.
   Mike Gravel: Don’t ask don’t tell should have gone 20 years ago.
   Bill Richardson: Require renewable technologies and ask for conservation.
   Chris Dodd: Support a carbon tax and a 50-miles-per-gallon CAFE standard.
   Chris Dodd: Spend oil profits on research of alternative energy sources.
   Joe Biden: Take away the billions of subsidy to the oil companies.
   John Edwards: Investigate & enforce clean air laws against the refineries.
   Mike Gravel: Support a carbon tax and stop fighting wars for oil.
Health Care
   Barack Obama: Give people the choice to buy affordable health care.
   Barack Obama: Take on insurance companies; drive down health care costs.
   Bill Richardson: NM plan: mandatory; prevention-based; choose your own plan.
   Chris Dodd: Democrats agree about universality; but not getting job done.
   Dennis Kucinich: Half of all bankruptcies come from medical bills.
   Hillary Clinton: Lower costs and improve quality and cover everybody.
   Hillary Clinton: Electronic medical records save $120 billion in health care.
   John Edwards: End Bush’s tax cuts to pay for health care.
   John Edwards: Obama’s health plan will leave about 15 million uncovered.
Homeland Security
   Barack Obama: Address the deficiencies in the VA system.
   Barack Obama: The cost of the Iraq war should not shortchange VA benefits.
   Barack Obama: Make sure the outpatient facilities work for veterans.
   Bill Richardson: Provide veterans with health care anywhere they want.
   Chris Dodd: Reassess military priorities and systems from the Cold War.
   Dennis Kucinich: Cut military spending by 25%; fund diplomacy instead.
   Dennis Kucinich: Believe in international law, not assassination politics.
   Barack Obama: Do a better job patrolling the Canadian and Mexican borders.
   Barack Obama: Give immigrants who are here a rigorous path to citizenship.
   Bill Richardson: A wall divides families and doesn’t solve the problem.
   Bill Richardson: The 2007 immigration bill is not an amnesty bill.
   Chris Dodd: More language training is needed in a global economy.
   Hillary Clinton: Making English official imperils crises needing translators.
   Joe Biden: It’s impractical to deport 14 million illegal immigrants.
   Joe Biden: Voted for border fence, but to tackle drug trafficking.
   Mike Gravel: Make English the official language of the US.
War & Peace
   Barack Obama: We live in a more dangerous world because of Bush’s actions.
   Barack Obama: Focus on battle in Afghanistan and root out al Qaeda.
   Barack Obama: Bush cracked down on some terrorists’ financial networks.
   Barack Obama: Late to vote against war is not late to oppose war.
   Barack Obama: Case for war was weak, but people voted their best judgment.
   Barack Obama: Spending on the Cold War relics should be for the veterans.
   Bill Richardson: De-authorize the war; withdraw during 2007.
   Bill Richardson: Move troops to Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda.
   Chris Dodd: Pushed the issue of having a date certain for withdrawal.
   Dennis Kucinich: The Iraq war has been based on lies.
   Dennis Kucinich: Democrats were elected to end the war.
   Dennis Kucinich: End the Iraq occupation & use the military for peacekeeping.
   Hillary Clinton: I have seen firsthand terrorists’ terrible damage.
   Hillary Clinton: The Iraq war is Bush’s war.
   Hillary Clinton: Iraq war wouldn’t have happened had the inspectors been sent.
   Hillary Clinton: It was a mistake to trust Bush on his judgment to wage war.
   Hillary Clinton: Iran having a nuclear weapon is absolutely unacceptable.
   Joe Biden: Rather lose elections than to lose troops’ lives.
   Joe Biden: Start to draw down troops immediately and all out by ‘08.
   Joe Biden: Fund the safety of the troops till 67 anti-war votes reached.
   Joe Biden: Do away with the policy of regime change for Iran.
   John Edwards: The War on Terror is just a bumper sticker slogan.
   John Edwards: Insist a funding bill with a troops withdrawal timetable.
   John Edwards: Did not read pre-war NIE, but was fully informed.
   John Edwards: Drive wedge between Iranian people & radical leader.
   Mike Gravel: Vietnam caused no dominoes; Iraq won’t either.
   Mike Gravel: Someone who voted for the Iraq war shouldn’t be president.

The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic debate at St. Anselm College, Manchester N.H., June 3, 2007, moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

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