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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test, by Project Vote Smart

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    from Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test (number of quotes indicated):
  • Alan Lowenthal (3) Democrat U.S. Rep California-47
  • Amanda Curtis (6) Democratic Challenger Montana
  • Angus King (1) Maine Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)
  • Brad Hutto (4) Democratic Challenger South Carolina
  • Champ Edmunds (6) Democrat Challenger Montana
  • David Ige (8) Hawaii Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee
  • Doug Collins (6) Republican U.S. Rep Georgia-9
  • Jared Huffman (6) Democrat U.S. Rep California-2
  • Jim Bridenstine (10) Republican U.S. Rep Oklahoma-1
  • Joe Kennedy III (9) Democrat U.S. Rep Massachusetts-4
  • Kevin Cramer (9) Republican U.S. Rep North Dakota-0
  • Pat McGeehan (6) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Richard Hudson (6) Republican U.S. Rep North Carolina-8
  • Sam Rankin (8) Reform Senate Challenger Montana
  • Ted Yoho (9) Republican U.S. Rep Florida-3
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
    The "Political Courage Test", according to Project Vote-Smart, "measures each candidate’s willingness to provide citizens with their positions on key issues. Most candidates, fearing their opponents might use their positions in attack ads, refuse or only respond to a few questions that their consultants stamp as safe. Each candidate is repeatedly confronted with these issue questions by Vote Smart, national media and political leaders of both major parties."
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    David Ige: Pro-choice; no parental consent; no public funding.
    Sam Rankin: Pro-choice.
Budget & Economy
    Ted Yoho: Keynesian economics is no way to stimulate the economy.
Civil Rights
    Champ Edmunds: Marriage between one man and one woman.
    David Ige: Civil unions ok; gay marriage not ok.
    Pat McGeehan: Civil unions ok; anti-discrimination laws not ok.
    Sam Rankin: Supports same-sex marriage.
    Kevin Cramer: Marriage is defined in Scripture.
    Amanda Curtis: No to capital punishment; yes to alternative sentencing.
    Brad Hutto: Supports capital punishment.
    Champ Edmunds: Capital punishment , but not for juveniles.
    David Ige: Opposes capital punishment.
    Doug Collins: Supports capital punishment.
    Pat McGeehan: No capital punishment; don't prosecute minors as adults.
    Ted Yoho: Support capital punishment.
    Jared Huffman: Life-without-parole instead of capital punishment.
    Jim Bridenstine: Swift capital punishment saves lives.
    Joe Kennedy III: Opposes capital punishment.
    Kevin Cramer: 100% pro-life includes opposing death penalty.
    Champ Edmunds: Decriminalize marijuana; support substance abuse treatment.
    David Ige: No marijuana decriminalization but alternative sentencing ok.
    Pat McGeehan: Decriminalize marijuana possession.
    Amanda Curtis: No vouchers; no charters; yes Common Core.
    Champ Edmunds: State funding for charters and vouchers.
    David Ige: Opposes vouchers, but supports charters.
    Pat McGeehan: Vouchers to send children to any school.
    Sam Rankin: New reforms to replace No Child Left Behind.
    Ted Yoho: Department of Education should be eliminated over 3-5 years.
    Jim Bridenstine: No federal standards; local control & spending.
    Joe Kennedy III: I support the President's Race to the Top program.
Energy & Oil
    Doug Collins: Human activity is not contributing to climate change.
    Sam Rankin: Federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
    Ted Yoho: Department of Energy needs to be eliminated.
    Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases.
    Jim Bridenstine: No credible evidence that CO2 affects global climate.
    Joe Kennedy III: Human activity is contributing to climate change.
    Pat McGeehan: No state funding for open space preservation.
Government Reform
    Amanda Curtis: Limit campaign contributions; and no photo ID's to vote.
    Brad Hutto: Limit corporate and PAC campaign contributions.
    Champ Edmunds: No limits on political contributions.
    David Ige: Limit campaign donations and campaign spending.
    David Ige: Require photo identification in order to vote.
    Doug Collins: Increased transparency about campaign contributions.
    Pat McGeehan: No limits on campaign contributions for PACs or parties.
    Sam Rankin: Excessive campaign money is our country's greatest problem.
    Ted Yoho: Regulate campaign contributions.
    Alan Lowenthal: Regulate corporate & union campaign contributions.
    Jared Huffman: Ban "independent expenditures"; they're out of control.
    Jim Bridenstine: First Amendment includes campaign spending.
    Joe Kennedy III: Citizens United decision should be reversed.
    Kevin Cramer: First Amendment is clear: unregulated campaign contributions.
    Richard Hudson: Eliminate 527s and force full disclosure.
Gun Control
    Amanda Curtis: No gun licensing; allow concealed carry.
    Brad Hutto: Supports only current gun laws.
    David Ige: Supports background checks; opposes concealed carry.
    Sam Rankin: Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
    Jared Huffman: 2nd amendment right is not absolute.
    Joe Kennedy III: Keep assault weapons ban; end gun-show loophole.
Health Care
    Alan Lowenthal: KeepObamaCare; require purchasing insurance.
    Kevin Cramer: ObamaCare is an insult to the constitution.
Homeland Security
    Doug Collins: Protect citizenry from terrorists while respecting rights.
    Jared Huffman: Reduce defense spending to balance the budget.
    Jared Huffman: Diplomacy and due process, instead of military action.
    Jim Bridenstine: Smart defense reductions; don't jeopardize national security.
    Joe Kennedy III: Reduce defense spending, not Medicaid/Medicare.
    Kevin Cramer: Every agency, including defense, should cut programs.
    Richard Hudson: I do not support Obama's proposal to cut $1T from Defense.
    Angus King: Ok to target suspected terrorists outside of war zones.
    Amanda Curtis: Illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition.
    Sam Rankin: Don't deport illegal immigrants.
    Ted Yoho: First, secure the borders; then a path to citizenship.
    Jim Bridenstine: Secure the borders to stop movement of narcotics and slaves.
    Joe Kennedy III: Provide an opportunity to earn citizenship.
    Kevin Cramer: Harder for illegals to get benefits & become citizens.
    Richard Hudson: End "birth right citizenship".
Social Security
    Ted Yoho: Option of 100% privatization.
    Jim Bridenstine: Give younger people option of personal retirement accounts.
    Kevin Cramer: Allow future workers to invest more of their own money.
    Richard Hudson: Reform the system for those my age and younger.
Tax Reform
    Amanda Curtis: Increase income taxes on wealthy, but not others.
    Brad Hutto: Maintain current tax levels, except gas tax to improve roads.
    Champ Edmunds: Eliminate income taxes and corporate taxes.
    Jim Bridenstine: High taxes inhibit economic growth and job creation.
War & Peace
    Doug Collins: Afghan withdrawal when commanders say, on secret timetable.
    Doug Collins: Iran is an imminent threat to the US.
    Sam Rankin: Timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Ted Yoho: Support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Ted Yoho: Defend if Iran attacks us, but no military prevention.
    Jared Huffman: Timetable for Afghan withdrawal should be immediately!
    Jim Bridenstine: Don't set timetables for withdrawal from any conflict.
    Jim Bridenstine: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Joe Kennedy III: Bring troops home quickly & prudently before end of 2014.
    Joe Kennedy III: Crippling sanctions on Iran to ensure no nuclear arms.
    Kevin Cramer: Withdraw from Afghanistan, but no timetable.
    Kevin Cramer: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.
    Richard Hudson: No timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan.
    Richard Hudson: Military force OK to prevent Iranian nukes.

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