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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
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The Path to Prosperity
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Ten Letters
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
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The Path to Prosperity
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Promises to Keep
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The Audacity of Hope
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by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
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2014 South Carolina Senate debates

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    from 2014 SC Senate debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Brad Hutto (1) Democratic Challenger South Carolina
  • Jack Reed (1) Democratic Sr Senator Rhode Island
  • Jay Stamper (7) Republican Challenger South Carolina
  • Joyce Dickerson (3) Democratic Senate Challenger South Carolina
  • Lee Bright (9) Republican Challenger South Carolina
  • Lindsey Graham (23) Republican Sr Senator South Carolina
  • Nancy Mace (8) Republican Senate challenger South Carolina
  • Newt Gingrich (1) Republican
  • Rick Wade (13) Democratic Senate Challenger South Carolina
  • Thomas Ravenel (15) Republican Senate challenger South Carolina
  • Tim Scott (5) Republican Senator-Appointee South Carolina
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    South Carolina has two simultaneous Senate races this year, both with election dates of November 4th, 2014.

  • The 6-year seat is the normal re-election campaign for Senator Lindsey Graham, whose 6-year term expires this year.

  • The 2-year seat is for the seat vacated by Senator Jim DeMint, who resigned to run a think-tank.

  • The 2-year seat is temporarily filled by Senator Tim Scott, who was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley, until his appointment expires in November.

  • Sen. Scott is also running for the 2-year term to serve out the original term of Sen. DeMint.

    South Carolina Senate debates: 2-year seat:
  • The Greenville News, "Joyce Dickerson, Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate", by Tim Smith, May 30, 2014
  • The Greenville News, "Dems seeking Senate seat back MOX project", by Meg Kinnard, May 30, 2014
  • The Greenville News, "3 Democrats seek chance at Senate seat", by Tim Smith, May 17, 2014
  • The State magazine, "Rick Wade drops out", March 6, 2014
  • Andrew Shain on The State, published in The Greenville News, 12/15/2013
  • Andrew Shain in The Island Packet, "Introduce Tim to Rick", 12/14/2013
  • TheGrio webzine interview of Rick Wade, Dec. 13, 2013
  • coverage, "Rick Wade Challenge", Dec. 13, 2013
  • CBS "Face the Nation" interview of Sen. Tim Scott, Dec. 23, 2012
  • Associated Press, "Democrat Joyce Dickerson challenging US Sen. Tim Scott", Nov 8 2013
  •, "Graham Challenger Dismisses Financial Disadvantage", by Kyle Trygstad, Sept. 23, 2013
  • The State magazine on Rick Wade, Aug. 29, 2013
  • Human Events magazine on Rick Wade, April 24, 2013

    South Carolina Senate debates: 6-year seat:
  • The Island Packet, "Ravenel launches political comeback on Lady's Island", by Zach Murdock, July 21, 2014
  • WLTX, "Thomas Ravenel Running For US Senate", by Laura McElveen, July 4, 2014
  • TheDailyBeast blog, "T-Rav: The Reality TV Star Running for Senate", by Patricia Murphy, July 4, 2014
  • The State magazine, "Dickerson & Hutto win", June 11, 2014
  • Mother Jones magazine, "This Ex-Con Reality TV Star Wants to Challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham", by Patrick Caldwell, May 12, 2014
  • The Hill, "Has foreign policy saved Lindsay Graham?", by Cameron Joseph, March 23, 2014
  • The Hill, "Graham touts fiscal conservative bona fides in new ad", by Cameron Joseph, March 3, 2014
  • Greenville News, "Graham: it's time to pressure Putin", by Clark Brooks, March 3, 2014
  • Spartanburg Herald-Journal, by Felicia Kitzmiller, "Stamper finds 'reluctant' support among Democrats", Jan. 13, 2014
  • Lee Bright's editorial, "My Story", on, Jan. 1, 2013
  • Jay Stamper's editorial on, Dec. 3, 2013
  • G. Miller Thompson in Edgefield Advertiser, "Profiles in Politics: Nancy Mace", November 23, 2013
  • Mark Vogl coverage on, November 5, 2013
  • G. Miller Thompson in Edgefield Advertiser, "Profiles in Politics: Lee Bright", October 25, 2013
  • AdWatch: Jay Stamper press release on gay marriage, Oct. 23 and Nov. 1, 2013
  • G. Miller Thompson in Edgefield Advertiser, "Profiles in Politics: Senator Lindsey Graham", October 22, 2013
  • U.S.News & World Report coverage, Sept. 5, 2013
  • coverage, Aug. 22, 2013
  • Meet the Press 2013 interview of Lindsey Graham, August 4, 2013
  • CBS "Face the Nation" interview of Sen. Graham, Feb. 10, 2013
  • CNN "State of the Union" interview of Sen. Graham, January 6, March 3 and April 28, 2013 excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
    Jay Stamper: Limiting abortion isn't limited-government conservatism.
Budget & Economy
    Thomas Ravenel: Federal spending is headed for a doomsday scenario.
    Rick Wade: AdWatch: 5 years in Washington on failed $787B stimulus.
    Nancy Mace: Restore some accountability in the budgeting process.
    Lindsey Graham: Dollar-for-dollar offset: cut spending to raise debt ceiling.
    Tim Scott: Address fiscal cliff with sequestration & tax cut extension.
Civil Rights
    Thomas Ravenel: Stay out of marriage, but if not, treat gays equally.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government should stay out of our bedrooms &our boardrooms.
    Rick Wade: First all-black U.S. Senate race in recent memory.
    Jay Stamper: Asked by Party to exit race after supporting gay marriage.
    Lindsey Graham: AdWatch: Hero of the taxpayer & guardian of small business.
    Jay Stamper: Stop giving away millions in corporate welfare.
    Lindsey Graham: 1997: Created trucking logistics company with 100 employees.
    Rick Wade: Served in Obama's U.S. Commerce Department.
    Jay Stamper: Pleaded guilty to three white-collar felony charges in 2006.
    Thomas Ravenel: End the war on drugs; it's federal overreach & unsuccessful.
    Thomas Ravenel: In favor of ending the war on drugs.
    Rick Wade: All 6 siblings attended public schools.
    Nancy Mace: Strongly supports educational choice.
    Lee Bright: Advocates abolishing the Department of Education.
    Rick Wade: Vision for S.C. focused on education and jobs.
Energy & Oil
    Joyce Dickerson: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
    Lee Bright: Deal with waste, to remove obstacles to new nuclear plants.
    Rick Wade: V.P. of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company.
    Lindsey Graham: Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year.
Foreign Policy
    Brad Hutto: Focus on state's needs, not foreign conflicts.
    Thomas Ravenel: Opposed to foreign interventions.
    Lee Bright: Remove Russia from G-8 over Ukraine invasion.
    Lindsey Graham: Create a democratic noose around Putin's Russia.
    Jay Stamper: Trillions on foreign engagements isn't fiscal conservatism.
    Nancy Mace: No foreign aid to Egypt & countries who are our enemies.
Free Trade
    Lindsey Graham: NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC.
    Rick Wade: Envoy to China, to get investment via EB-5 visas.
Government Reform
    Rick Wade: Washington is broken.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits of 12 years for Senate; 6 years for House.
    Nancy Mace: Term limits are the only way to stop the ruling elitists.
Gun Control
    Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence.
    Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings.
Health Care
    Thomas Ravenel: Against ObamaCare.
    Lindsey Graham: Opposed ObamaCare from day one.
    Rick Wade: ObamaCare addresses closing health care disparities.
    Lee Bright: Full implementation of ObamaCare ends self-governance.
    Lindsey Graham: Let ObamaCare show itself as a continuing debacle.
    Nancy Mace: ObamaCare will be the undoing of our American way of life.
Homeland Security
    Thomas Ravenel: I want a military that defends America, not Germany or Japan.
    Thomas Ravenel: We absolutely must have the world's strongest military.
    Lindsey Graham: Doing nothing about Benghazi leads to a more dangerous world.
    Jay Stamper: NSA domestic spying included innocent U.S. citizens.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA domestic spying only targets terrorism suspects.
    Lindsey Graham: NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a felon, not a hero.
    Lindsey Graham: Cuts to military systems will leave us with a hollow force.
    Jack Reed: Don't over-react to Benghazi; situation was confused.
    Lindsey Graham: President did not do enough to protect Benghazi embassy.
    Thomas Ravenel: Robust worker visa program, plus anything else reasonable.
    Lee Bright: Secure the border first; but no amnesty.
    Lindsey Graham: Secure border now in place with comprehensive immigration.
    Lindsey Graham: New amnesty is tough and ends incoming illegals.
    Lindsey Graham: Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system.
Principles & Values
    Thomas Ravenel: Fiscally conservative and socially moderate libertarian.
    Rick Wade: Withdraws from race, citing too-late entrance.
    Tim Scott: OpEd: Dems call Scott "senator for the Heritage Foundation".
    Rick Wade: Commitment to listen to the people, not special interests.
    Nancy Mace: Give a conservative voice to the people of South Carolina.
    Lee Bright: I live all aspects of my life based on Biblical principles.
    Rick Wade: Ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2002.
    Tim Scott: Grew up poor in a black community in North Charleston.
    Tim Scott: Served in public office for 18 years, with 2 terms in House.
Tax Reform
    Lee Bright: Supports the FairTax to simplify taxes.
    Thomas Ravenel: Government doesn't belong in your email inbox.
    Rick Wade: Infrastructure investment in the poorest areas of S.C.
    Joyce Dickerson: Ensure the county has reliable public transportation.
    Lee Bright: Dredge the Port of Charleston to a 50-foot depth.
War & Peace
    Thomas Ravenel: U.S. military is over-involved overseas.
    Thomas Ravenel: Republicans are pro-invading this or that country.
    Lindsey Graham: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Newt Gingrich: Obama "screams loudly & carries no stick," in Russia & Syria.
    Jay Stamper: Don't go on "war footing" against Russia over Ukraine.
    Lindsey Graham: Support the Syrian rebels against Assad & Iran.
    Lee Bright: Intervention in Syria would help the Muslim Brotherhood.
    Lindsey Graham: Intervention in Syria to degrade Assad's chemical weapons.
    Lindsey Graham: Getting Syria wrong leads to Iranian nukes & war with Israel.
    Nancy Mace: Intervention in Syria would bolster al-Qaida.
    Lindsey Graham: Syria: Assad must go, and small arms won't do it.
    Lindsey Graham: Get involved in Syria to protect against al Qaeda and Iran.
    Lindsey Graham: Slow Afghan withdrawal, with 15,000 US troops left behind.
Welfare & Poverty
    Thomas Ravenel: New Deal & Great Society are examples of federal overreach.

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