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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 GOP primary debate, at Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley California, hosted by MSNBC and, May 3, 2007

   Duncan Hunter: Good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed.
   Duncan Hunter: Adult stem cell research instead of embryonic stem cells.
   Jim Gilmore: Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided; good day when repealed.
   Jim Gilmore: Right to abortion in the first 8 to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
   Jim Gilmore: Embryonic stem cell research experiments with people.
   John McCain: Supports repealing Roe v. Wade.
   John McCain: Supports federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
   Mike Huckabee: Certainly good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed.
   Mike Huckabee: Embryonic stem cell research creates life to end a life.
   Mitt Romney: Absolute good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed.
   Mitt Romney: Personally pro-life, but government should not intrude.
   Mitt Romney: Was effectively pro-choice until cloning changed his opinion.
   Mitt Romney: Altered nuclear transfer instead of embryonic stem cells.
   Ron Paul: Embryonic stem cell programs not constitionally authorized.
   Rudy Giuliani: Ok to repeal Roe v. Wade, but ok to view it as precedent too.
   Rudy Giuliani: Allow states to fund or not fund abortion.
   Rudy Giuliani: Encourage adoptions; ban partial-birth abortion.
   Rudy Giuliani: Embryonic stem cell research ok if limited properly.
   Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Encouraged adoptions; but over-stated results.
   Sam Brownback: Glorious day for human liberty when Roe v. Wade is repealed.
   Sam Brownback: Could support a pro-choice nominee, as part of coalition.
   Sam Brownback: Adult stem cell healing instead of embryonic stem cells.
   Sam Brownback: FactCheck: Adult stem cell canít replace embryonic stem cell.
   Tom Tancredo: Greatest day in history when Roe v. Wade is repealed.
   Tom Tancredo: Embryonic stem cell research is morally reprehensible.
   Tommy Thompson: Good day for America when Roe v. Wade is repealed.
   Tommy Thompson: Right to abortion should be left to states.
   Tommy Thompson: Pluripotent adult stem cells instead of embryonic stem cells.
Budget & Economy
   John McCain: Congress spends money like a drunken sailor.
   John McCain: Veto all pork-barrel bills and announce pork spenders.
Civil Rights
   Tommy Thompson: Ok for private business to fire employees for being gay.
   Tommy Thompson: Bringing people together abrogates racism.
   Tommy Thompson: Apologizes for okíing firing employees for being gay.
   John McCain: Believes in evolution, but sees the hand of God in nature.
   Mike Huckabee: Does not believe in evolution.
   Sam Brownback: Does not believe in evolution.
   Tom Tancredo: Does not believe in evolution.
Energy & Oil
   Duncan Hunter: Take taxes down to zero for the alternative energy sources.
   Mike Huckabee: Follow Boy Scout rule: leave earth better than we found it.
Foreign Policy
   Ron Paul: Non-intervention is traditional American & Republican policy.
Free Trade
   Duncan Hunter: Eliminate all manufacturing taxes to increase US hiring.
Government Reform
   Mike Huckabee: Honor the Tenth Amendment & strengthen the states.
   Mitt Romney: McCain-Feingold law prevents free speech in campaigns.
Health Care
   Mitt Romney: MA health plan insures all without taxes or socialization.
   Mitt Romney: FactCheck: MA plan not yet in place so analysis premature.
   Tom Tancredo: Ridiculous to clone people for donating organs.
Homeland Security
   Duncan Hunter: Rebuild national defense for emerging threats.
   John McCain: Clean up waste in defense acquisition.
   Ron Paul: Military aggressiveness weakens our national defense.
   Ron Paul: Be cautious about warrantless searches & habeas corpus.
   Duncan Hunter: Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   Duncan Hunter: I built the 854-mile border fence and it cut down crime.
   Duncan Hunter: FactCheck: 854-mile fence shifted crime more than cutting it.
   Jim Gilmore: Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   John McCain: Change rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   John McCain: Comprehensive reform requires temporary worker program.
   Mike Huckabee: Change rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   Mitt Romney: Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   Ron Paul: Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   Rudy Giuliani: Change rule barring immigrants from running for president.
   Tom Tancredo: Keep law that bars immigrants from running for president.
   Tom Tancredo: Letting immigrants stay is amnesty.
   Tommy Thompson: Keep rule barring immigrants from running for president.
Principles & Values
   Mike Huckabee: Our culture of life separates us from Islamic fascists.
   Mike Huckabee: My faith does affect my decision process; it explains me.
   Mitt Romney: Doesnít dislike anything about America.
   Mitt Romney: Roman Catholic bishops can do whatever the heck they want.
   Mitt Romney: Every person of any faith has deeply-held values.
   Rudy Giuliani: Optimism returns us to ďmorning in AmericaĒ.
   Sam Brownback: Invite faith into the public square and celebrate it.
Tax Reform
   Jim Gilmore: Alternative minimum tax drives people into higher brackets.
   John McCain: New tax cuts account for contingencies and over-spending.
   John McCain: Alternative minimum tax is eating Americans alive.
   Mike Huckabee: Flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul: Fair Tax.
   Mitt Romney: End taxes on interests, dividends & capital gains.
   Ron Paul: Immediately work to phase out the IRS.
   Ron Paul: Get rid of the inflation tax with sound money.
   Rudy Giuliani: Adjust the alternative minimum tax & get rid of death tax.
   Sam Brownback: Alternative flat tax to replace entire tax code system.
   Tom Tancredo: Support the fair tax & repeal of the 16th Amendment.
   Tommy Thompson: Replace alternative minimum tax with flat tax.
   John McCain: Special interest influence corruptly took HDTV frequencies.
   John McCain: FactCheck: Special interests only delayed HDTV transfer.
   Ron Paul: Trusts the Internet a lot more than the mainstream media.
War & Peace
   Duncan Hunter: Stand up the Iraqi military then rotate US units out.
   Duncan Hunter: Iranís behavior gives license to US to take necessary action.
   Jim Gilmore: Fight war on terror like Cold War: on moral high ground.
   John McCain: War has been mismanaged, but we are now on the right track.
   John McCain: Iran is sponsor of terrorism; US strike if they get nukes.
   John McCain: Follow Osama bin Laden to the gates of hell.
   Mike Huckabee: We needed 300,000 troops to win Iraq; must finish the job.
   Mike Huckabee: Donít judge Iraq war while weíre in the middle of the war.
   Mitt Romney: Donít decide policy by polls; donít leave Iraq precipitously.
   Mitt Romney: Osama bin Laden will die for the outrage he has exacted.
   Ron Paul: Voted against war because Iraq was not a national threat.
   Rudy Giuliani: Only thing worse than invading Iran is Iran having nukes.
   Sam Brownback: Iran is the lead sponsor of terrorism around the world.
   Sam Brownback: Contain, confront, and convey those that wonít engage.
   Sam Brownback: Push politically for 3-state, 1-country solution in Iraq.
   Tom Tancredo: Ok to attack Iran if they develop nukes & threaten Israel.
   Tommy Thompson: Elect 18 Iraqi provincial governments, & share oil revenues.
Welfare & Poverty
   Rudy Giuliani: Moving people off welfare reduces crime.

The above quotations are from 2007 GOP primary debate, at Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley California, hosted by MSNBC and, May 3, 2007.

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