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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

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2007 Democratic primary debate in South Carolina, sponsored by MSNBC, April 26, 2007

   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.
Civil Rights
   Barack Obama: Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house.
   Chris Dodd: Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage.
   Hillary Clinton: Corporate elite treat working-class America as invisible.
   John Edwards: Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty.
   Joe Biden: Pay teachers more to get better educational results.
   Joe Biden: FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China.
Energy & Oil
   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.
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.
   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.
Government Reform
   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
   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
   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.
Homeland Security
   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.
   Hillary Clinton: Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows.
Principles & Values
   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.
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.
   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
   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.

The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic primary debate in South Carolina, sponsored by MSNBC, April 26, 2007.

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