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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)

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2014 Iowa Senate Debates

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    from 2014 Iowa Senate Debates (number of quotes indicated):
  • Bruce Braley (1) Democratic Challenger Iowa
  • Joni Ernst (12) Republican Challenger Iowa
  • Matthew Whitaker (8) Republican Senate Challenger Iowa
  • Sam Clovis (6) Republican Senate Challenger Iowa
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    Iowa Senate debates and race coverage:
  • The Hill weblog, "Steyer starts ads in Iowa Senate race," by Timothy Cama, July 30, 2014
  • CBS News, "Iowa Democrat's 'chick' ad draws cries of sexism," by Jake Miller, 6/7/2014
  • Huffington Post, "Self-Contradictory Take On Gay Marriage", by Mollie Reilly, May 29, 2014
  •, "Candidate Profile: Q&A with Matt Whitaker", by Jacob Hall, May 21, 2014
  • AdWatch: "How castrating hogs transformed Iowa's Senate race," Washington Post, May 11, 2014
  • AdWatch transcript: "Taking Aim at Obamacare", May 5, 2014
  •, "Iowa Senate approves cannabis oil bill", Apr 25, 2014
  • Time magazine, "candidate Says Castration Gives Her Conservative Cred", by Michael Scherer, 3/25/2014
  • Washington Post, "RightNOW Women PAC endorses Joni Ernst"Jackie Kucinich, 3/11/2014
  •, "Matt Whitaker: Common Core is Wrong" 3/4/2014
  •, "Sam Clovis: Obama to Solve Winter in February" 2/18/2014
  • KMA Land, 99.1 FM on Joni Ernst, 1/2/2014
  • Caffeinated Thoughts on Sam Clovis, Nov. 22, 2013
  • Kristen Johnson in Siouxland News KTIV coverage of forum at Ida Grove Skate Palace, Nov. 19, 2013
  • Charles Crumm in Michigan Daily Tribune, on Republican National Committee email campaign, Nov.5, 2013
  • First Republican Senate primary debate: Oct 24, 2013, in Windsor Heights, sponsored by Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, at the Walnut Creek Community Church.
  • Coverage of Oct. 24 debate by Indianapolis Star, The Iowa Republican and CaffeinatedThoughts blog.
  • Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier coverage of joint Republican candidate appearance in Black Hawk County, 9/23/2013
  •, "Matt Whitaker on Football, Geography and Bear's", by Kyle Trygstad, July 25, 2013 excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Matthew Whitaker: Top priority: Grow the economy.
    Sam Clovis: Top priority: Balancing the budget.
    Joni Ernst: I've castrated hogs so I know how to cut pork.
Civil Rights
    Joni Ernst: Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women".
    Matthew Whitaker: My faith requires me to support traditional marriage.
    Joni Ernst: Voted to legalize medical cannabis oil.
    Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is one-size-fits-all, top-down solution.
    Sam Clovis: FactCheck: Common Core originated with governors, not feds.
    Sam Clovis: Common Core is federal overreach in spending and control.
    Joni Ernst: No federal involvement in Common Core standards.
    Matthew Whitaker: Common Core is cram-it-down-your-throat reform.
Energy & Oil
    Sam Clovis: Obama's "Climate Resilience Fund" just redistributes wealth.
    Matthew Whitaker: Cap-and-trade proposal stifles the American dream.
Foreign Policy
    Matthew Whitaker: No foreign aid to countries that don't like us.
Government Reform
    Joni Ernst: AdWatch: I grew up castrating hogs; I know how to cut pork.
Health Care
    Bruce Braley: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Joni Ernst: Voted against Medicaid expansion in Iowa.
    Sam Clovis: Keep ObamaCare rule: kids can stay on parent's plan until 26.
Homeland Security
    Joni Ernst: Military experience always plays role in decision-making.
    Joni Ernst: Keep veterans in forefront of all foreign policy decisions.
    Joni Ernst: Top priority: Jobs and economy.
Principles & Values
    Joni Ernst: AdWatch: "Let's make 'em squeal" in Washington.
    Matthew Whitaker: OpEd: disagrees with entire liberal laundry list.
    Joni Ernst: Values we grew up with are being threatened now.
Social Security
    Matthew Whitaker: No hope that Social Security will be there for future.
Tax Reform
    Joni Ernst: Passed the largest tax cut in Iowa history.
Welfare & Poverty
    Sam Clovis: Don't trading spending cuts for entitlement reform.

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