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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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Meet the Press interviews during 2014
(David Gregory interviewing candidates for 2014 and 2016 races)

    A long-standing political tradition is the Sunday morning talk show, beginning with "Meet the Press" in 1947. Currently, five separate "talking head" programs appear on five different TV stations every Sunday morning.

    Making an appearance on all five talk shows on one Sunday is known as a Full Ginsburg, because it was first accomplished by William Ginsburg (Monica Lewinsky's attorney) in 1998.

    In 2013, both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio accomplished a Full Ginsburg, fueling speculation that both are planning a presidential run in 2016.

    In 2014, John Kerry was the only person to accomplish a Full Ginsburg, but no one thinks he is planning a presidential run in 2016.

    In 2015 so far, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough accomplished a Full Ginsburg in the follow-up to the January 2015 State of the Union speech.

    OnTheIssues.org excerpts all five of the shows, listed below, with their respective interviewing pundits and each pundit's political affiliation:

  • ABC This Week: (George Stephanopoulos; liberal; from Bill Clinton's staff)
  • CNN "State of the Union": (Candy Crowley; moderate liberal)
  • Fox News Sunday: (Chris Wallace; conservative)
  • Meet the Press: (Chuck Todd; moderate)
  • CBS Face the Nation: (Bob Schieffer; moderate; ran briefly as Democrat for governor of Texas in 2009)

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Jerry Brown: Fiscal discipline is fundamental to a free society.
Civil Rights
    James Webb: Evolution on gay marriage has been good for the country.
    Carly Fiorina: Women professionals are not treated the same as men.
    Jerry Brown: 40 years ago, wording didn't exist to talk about gay rights.
    Marco Rubio: Balance gay anti-discrimination with religious rights.
    Rand Paul: Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden.
    Cory Booker: MLK's dream still demands work to do, after 50 years.
    Scott Walker: Put power into hands of job creators, and job growth results.
    James Webb: If you've got capital, you're feeling pretty good.
    Bernie Sanders: Americans want change: corporations get rich & people don't.
    Ben Carson: Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common.
    Ben Carson: Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness.
    Deval Patrick: Police & black people often don't understand each other.
    Rand Paul: Blacks look who's in prison & conclude cops out to get them.
    Rand Paul: Let convicted felons regain the right to vote.
    Rick Perry: Death penalty is appropriate for those who kill cops or kids.
    Rick Perry: Don't apply one-size-fits-all to state's death penalties.
    Cory Booker: Bipartisan solution to reduce recidivism.
    Bill Clinton: Medical marijuana ok; leave recreational pot to the states.
Energy & Oil
    Carly Fiorina: Pass the Keystone Pipeline even if Obama vetoes it.
Families & Children
    Rand Paul: Volunteer eye surgery for blind kids in Guatemala.
    Mitt Romney: Impact of same-sex marriage on kids won't be known for years.
Foreign Policy
    Marco Rubio: Cuba embargo was designed to protect American companies.
    James Webb: We need a clearly articulated doctrine for the Mideast.
    James Webb: Arab Spring: stay out if no Americans at risk.
    Ben Carson: US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world.
    Marco Rubio: Putin wants to reconstitute Russian power & Russian prestige.
    Marco Rubio: The Russian government is a government of liars,.
    Mitt Romney: Russia & China waster $50B on Olympics; should be $3B.
    Jack Reed: Suspend aid to Egypt while military crushes protestors.
Free Trade
    Howard Schultz: Bring manufacturing back, even at cost to bottom line.
Government Reform
    Mike Rounds: America is not broken, but Washington is.
    Bernie Sanders: Citizens United opens up the road to oligarchy.
Health Care
    Deval Patrick: ObamaCare is interconnected with debt and other problems.
    Carly Fiorina: Repeal ObamaCare; it's vast legislative overreach.
    Carly Fiorina: Competitive insurance market instead of crony capitalism.
    Mike Rounds: Remove medical devices tax & payment advisory board.
    Scott Walker: No Medicaid expansion means no waiting list for poor.
    Ben Carson: ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life.
Homeland Security
    Howard Schultz: Imagine if politicians lived by "Honor, country, and duty".
    Howard Schultz: Volunteer army means 98% of us have no skin in the game.
    Bill Clinton: On Benghazi: No outrage when 10 were killed under Bush.
    Rand Paul: Multiple requests for security at Benghazi were ignored.
    Rand Paul: Benghazi disqualifies Hillary from the presidency.
    Newt Gingrich: Snowden should be tried as a felon for releasing secrets.
    Richard Durbin: $48M to protect US Embassies around the world.
    Carly Fiorina: Pass immigration reform in a series of bills.
    Paul Ryan: Send illegal immigrant kids back to Central America.
    Rand Paul: Status quo is untenable; we must do some sort of reform.
    Rand Paul: Move beyond amnesty, but eventually to path to citizenship.
    Mitch McConnell: Border security first: the key to getting a final outcome.
    Richard Durbin: Immigration reform bill makes America safer.
    Rick Perry: Focus on maximizing wages, not the minimum wage.
    Rob Portman: Opposed unemployment extension as unpaid-for, & needs reform.
    Cory Booker: 1/3 of all NJ development is in Newark, where only 3% live.
Principles & Values
    Gwen Graham: The North Florida way: compromise when you don't agree.
    Scott Walker: I won with independents' and young people's votes.
    Bill Clinton: Clintons were millions in debt when leaving White House.
    James Inhofe: Flying is his passion, but lost his son in plane accident.
Social Security
    Richard Durbin: Simpson-Bowles got it right. put everything on the table.
Tax Reform
    Mitch McConnell: Comprehensive tax reform can work if it's revenue-neutral.
    John Hickenlooper: $5 trillion of tax cuts to the wealthy is not the answer.
    Rand Paul: 5% tax on overseas profits & put it all into infrastructure.
War & Peace
    James Webb: Iraq invasion empowered Iran & led to sectarian violence.
    James Webb: Anti-ISIS alliances are fluid; we've trained some ISIS.
    Bill Clinton: ISIS would not be in Iraq if we had not invaded.
    Rand Paul: ISIS are nasty terrorists but no clear-cut American interest.
    Rand Paul: Iraq War gave Iran regional hegemony & caused Mideast chaos.
    Mitt Romney: ISIS: bad things happen as a result of inaction.
    Mitt Romney: Leave 20,000 US troops in Iraq as an ongoing presence.
    Peter King: ISIS creates a privileged sanctuary from which to attack US.
    Rick Santorum: Obama left Iraq because it was politically popular to do so.
    Tom Udall: Chemical weapons are despicable, but avoid Syrian civil war.
    Lindsey Graham: Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it.
    Tom Cotton: Jihadists attack us for who we are.
Welfare & Poverty
    Paul Ryan: Switch from poverty management to get people out of poverty.
    Paul Ryan: Customize benefits for each person, run by the states.
    Paul Ryan: End dependency culture; end disincentives to work.

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(David Gregory interviewing candidates for 2014 and 2016 races).

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