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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
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Ten Letters
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
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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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    Rick Snyder: Vetoed total abortion ban; signed abortion restrictions.
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which bans abortion.
    Randy Hekman: Life begins at conception.
    Rick Snyder: Signed partial-birth abortion ban into law.
    Rick Snyder: Firmly pro-life, which begins at conception.
    Rick Snyder: Embryos are human life; but support stem cell initiative.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Constitutionally guaranteed right to life from conception.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Supports adult stem cell research but not embryonic research.
    Mike Bouchard: Voted against partial-birth abortion; 100% pro-life.
    Mike Bouchard: Co-sponsored legislation to ban human cloning.
    Bret McAtee: Abortion is ethnocide.
    George W. Bush: No pro-life pledge; VP & judges will simply be qualified.
    Steve Forbes: Recommends pledging pro-life platform, VP, & judges.
Budget & Economy
    Rick Snyder: Create an environment that encourages job growth.
    Terri Lynn Land: Opposed reopening government, due to ObamaCare, not jobs.
    Terri Lynn Land: Opposed deal to re-open federal government.
    Terri Lynn Land: Federal shutdown was opportunity to address spending.
    Peter Hoekstra: TARP & debt ceiling increase were needed to fund two wars.
    Peter Hoekstra: Cut agencies which are not in the constitution.
    Scotty Boman: The government is the problem: cut out welfare and warfare.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Pay down the National Debt until it reaches zero.
    Fred Thompson: Mandatory future spending lockdown is unsustainable.
    Fred Thompson: No reason to believe weíre headed for recession.
    Fred Thompson: Weak dollar damages us internationally.
    Mitt Romney: Giuliani increased spending by 2.8%; I held increase to 2.2%.
    Ron Paul: Currency inflation counterfeits prosperity & destroys poor.
    Rudy Giuliani: Fundamentals: low taxes; few regulations; control spending.
    Rudy Giuliani: Romney increased spending by 8%; I cut spending by 7%.
    Debbie Stabenow: We waste billions on subsidies for Halliburton.
    Mike Bouchard: We need a line item veto.
    Mike Bouchard: Federal tax-and-spend is out of control & costs jobs.
    John Engler: Michigan lagged in 1990s; now restored & renewed.
Civil Rights
    Terri Lynn Land: AdWatch: No discrimination, but "no comment" on gay- bashing.
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which bans same-sex marriage.
    Scotty Boman: Backs gay marriage.
    Rick Snyder: Against benefits for domestic partners.
    Mitt Romney: Equality for Muslims; but follow hate-preachers into mosques.
    Mike Bouchard: Helped pass Michiganís ban on assisted suicide.
    Mike Bouchard: Opposes gay marriage.
    Alan Keyes: The path to your freedom is standing firm for Godís will.
    Alan Keyes: We live under the tyranny of the federal judges.
    Alan Keyes: Protect religion from the state, but not vice versa.
    Alan Keyes: Right to acknowledge God is the foundation of all our rights.
    Mark Schauer: Supports affirmative action.
    Mark Schauer: Build economy that works for everyone--not just the wealthy.
    Rick Snyder: Pure Michigan Business Connect: match-making for purchasing.
    Rick Snyder: One Tough Nerd: venture capitalist & high-tech executive.
    Rick Wade: Last 10 years were good for rich, but not for middle class.
    Fred Thompson: Do better than worldís second-highest corporate tax penalty.
    Fred Thompson: Donít intervene with automakers unless drastic circumstances.
    Mitt Romney: Donít apply Sec. 404 of Sarbanes-Oxley to smaller companies.
    Rudy Giuliani: Business goes abroad when we overregulate and overtax.
    Mark Schauer: Restore funding for police & fire.
    Rick Snyder: Improve legal representation for poor.
    Rick Snyder: Collect prisoner DNA samples to help solve cold cases.
    Rick Snyder: Parole decisions by Dept. of Corrections, not Governor.
    Rick Snyder: Reduce supply, combating production of meth.
    George W. Bush: A leader learns from his mistakes and shares wisdom.
    Mark Schauer: End mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes.
    Rick Snyder: Mandatory school choice for every school; remove boundaries.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Abolish Department of Education; parents direct education.
    John Engler: Expand public school choice; lift cap on charters.
Energy & Oil
    Rick Wade: $8B for new nuclear plants; plus offshore oil & gas drilling.
    Rick Wade: Too many clean energy investors sit on the sidelines.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Expand oil production and expand nuclear energy.
    Fred Thompson: Get ethanol market up, then let free market take over.
    John McCain: Climate change is real; nuclear power is solution.
    John McCain: Public pressure on oil industry to invest in alternatives.
    Mike Huckabee: Ethanol & biofuels are part of future energy.
    Mitt Romney: Develop energy technology like nuclear or liquefied coal.
    Rudy Giuliani: Donít draw the line anywhere--advance all technologies.
    Sam Brownback: Energy security: drill every place you can find resources.
    Tom Tancredo: Drill off the coasts of Florida and California.
    Debbie Stabenow: Global Warming is real and Iím focused on solving it.
    Mike Bouchard: Conflicted on whether global warming is from human sources.
    Mike Bouchard: Kyoto agreement is restrictive & extraordinarily expensive.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports atomic energy & new nuclear plant construction.
    Rick Snyder: Voluntary pollution prevention program for farmers.
    Rick Snyder: Protect natural resources; user fees contribute $3B/year.
    Debbie Stabenow: Authored ban on Great Lakes drilling.
    Mike Bouchard: Water diversions shouldnít happen.
    John Engler: More investment of Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Families & Children
    Rick Snyder: Healthy Kids Dental: coverage for 440,000 kids in need.
    Alan Keyes: Save kidsí souls-they donít need free speech.
Foreign Policy
    Peter Hoekstra: China is a nation that cheats and steals; no MFN.
    Fred Thompson: Relationship with Canada important for economy & security.
    Alan Keyes: Africa: No money for AIDS, because money wonít cure AIDS.
    Gary Bauer: Africa: Needs better governments, not bailouts.
    George W. Bush: Entrepreneurial China trade differs from totalitarian Cuba.
    George W. Bush: Cuba: No trade, since investments prop up Castro regime.
    George W. Bush: Africa: Rally world to help AIDS, but not with US funds.
    John McCain: Africa: Money for AIDS would be lost to corruption.
    Orrin Hatch: Africa: Helping with AIDS is our duty as a great nation.
    Steve Forbes: Africa: Unshackle drug companies, not US aid, to fight AIDS.
Free Trade
    Rick Snyder: Took 24 attempts to get New International Trade Crossing.
    Rick Snyder: Open new doors to global markets.
    Rick Snyder: Increase Canada trade with new Detroit River bridge.
    Rick Wade: NEI: government-wide export-promotion strategy.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Mirror trade policy of other nations.
    Duncan Hunter: Reflect tariffs back at competitors.
    Fred Thompson: Focus on protecting infrastructure for national security.
    John McCain: Every time US went protectionist, we paid heavy price.
    John McCain: Supports ethanol, but by exporting, not by subsidies.
    Mike Huckabee: We need fair trade because weíre losing jobs.
    Mitt Romney: Open up markets to American goods and services.
    Mitt Romney: Businesspeople should negotiate trade, not politicians.
    Rudy Giuliani: Good deals pending with Peru, Colombia, Panama, South Korea.
    Rudy Giuliani: Balance foreign debt by selling more things overseas.
    Tom Tancredo: Enforce trade & currency rules against China.
    Tom Tancredo: CAFTA should be about trade; get rid of immigration parts.
    Debbie Stabenow: End trade agreements to keep jobs here.
    Mike Bouchard: Trade agreements should be fair and enforceable.
    Mike Bouchard: Associates CAFTA with currency manipulation.
    Gary Bauer: Entrepreneurial China trade same as with totalitarian Cuba.
Government Reform
    Rick Snyder: Vetoed voter identification bill.
    Gary Peters: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees.
    Terri Lynn Land: Super PACs are committed to Michigan.
    Terri Lynn Land: Allow "dark money": secret campaign donations for issue ads.
    Peter Hoekstra: Setting 12-year term limit a mistake; after serving 18 years.
    Rick Snyder: Michigan Dashboard: measure progress & present it publicly.
    Rick Wade: Government doesn't invent but does create business framework.
    Mitt Romney: Line-item veto can & should pass constitutional muster.
    Rudy Giuliani: Frivolous lawsuits eat up 2.2% of GDP.
    Rudy Giuliani: Supports line-item veto, but Clintonís was unconstitutional.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports line-item veto on spending bills.
    Alan Keyes: Surrendering moral government to courts surrenders freedom.
    George W. Bush: Agrees to no negative ads; stop tearing each other down.
    Steve Forbes: Negative ads are OK if they tell the truth.
Gun Control
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which opposes magazine limit.
    Rick Snyder: Absolutely uphold the 2nd Amendment.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Rated ďAĒ by the National Rifle Association.
    Bret McAtee: End constant meddling with our 2nd amendment rights.
Health Care
    Terri Lynn Land: Fix ObamaCare so Michiganders can keep insurance as promised.
    Gary Peters: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Terri Lynn Land: Embrace threat of federal shutdown to defund ObamaCare.
    Rick Snyder: Get communities more involved in mental health courts;.
    Rick Snyder: Improve cost, quality and access with wellness & prevention.
    John McCain: Control health costs so manufacturers stay competitive.
    Mike Huckabee: Individually-controlled insurance, not government SCHIP.
    Mitt Romney: Same tax treatment if people buy insurance without employers.
    Mitt Romney: Get everybody insured with state-based market dynamics.
    Debbie Stabenow: Health coverage needs to be a right, not a privilege.
    Mike Bouchard: No government-run universal healthcare.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports Health Savings Accounts to empower individuals.
    John Engler: No assisted suicide; but End of Life Care & more pain relief.
    Alan Keyes: AIDS is a moral crisis based on licentious behavior.
    Steve Forbes: Fight AIDS by changing peopleís personal behavior.
Homeland Security
    Mark Schauer: Ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned.
    Rick Snyder: There is a cost to sending our military into harm's way.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Military tribunals & domestic spying OK.
    Fred Thompson: We face a global war declared on us by Islamic fascism.
    Fred Thompson: Spend more than current 4% of budget on military.
    John McCain: After 9/11, ask Americans to join military or AmeriCorps.
    John McCain: Let loose smart, tough spies to catch Bin Laden.
    Debbie Stabenow: Push to pass the 9/11 Report.
    Debbie Stabenow: Critical balance between staying safe and keeping our rights.
    Mike Bouchard: Canít give up basic rights to stay safe.
    Mike Bouchard: If we donít fix terrorist security, people die.
    Mike Bouchard: Proposes ďSkycopsĒ, incentives for off-duty officers to fly.
    Rick Snyder: 50,000 skilled worker visas to repopulate Detroit.
    Randy Hekman: Secure the borders but encourage legal immigration.
    Rick Snyder: Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate.
    Debbie Stabenow: Opposed immigration bill because it cost us jobs.
    Mike Bouchard: 52% of illegal immigrants have criminal backgrounds.
    Bret McAtee: We need a sane immigration policy.
    Rick Snyder: MAT2: Michigan Advanced Technician Training for skills gap.
    Gary Peters: Extend jobless benefit for long-term unemployed.
    Terri Lynn Land: Extend jobless benefit for long-term unemployed seeking work.
    Mark Schauer: Opposes right-to-work law; protested on Capitol lawn.
    Rick Snyder: Quietly signed law making Michigan a right-to-work state.
    Rick Snyder: Extend unemployment benefits; plan for future.
    Duncan Hunter: Unions built the middle class.
    Fred Thompson: In a dynamic economy, some jobs lost and some gained.
    Fred Thompson: Donít use union dues for political purposes.
    John McCain: Unions are monopolies; donít compel people to join.
    Mike Huckabee: Unions more prominent to fight high CEO salaries.
    Mitt Romney: I believe in domestic supports for our agriculture industry.
    Mitt Romney: Good unions train members; bad unions hurt their company.
    Ron Paul: Right to organize; but no special benefits for unions.
    Rudy Giuliani: Vibrant unions good; but compelling membership bad.
    Sam Brownback: Unions do good, but need effective oversight.
    Tom Tancredo: Union conflict is creative, but shouldnít influence policy.
    Debbie Stabenow: President should meet with Big 3 Automakers.
    Mike Bouchard: Big 3 Automakers need tax cuts so no job cuts.
Local Issues
    Rick Snyder: Detroit bankruptcy is an opportunity to stabilize Detroit.
    Rick Snyder: Reform no-fault auto insurance: We have largest claims in US.
Principles & Values
    Debbie Stabenow: End the ongoing debate over debates: No Senate debates.
    Peter Hoekstra: I will either debate her or an empty chair; it's her choice.
    Peter Hoekstra: Accused of anti-Chinese racism in Super Bowl TV ad.
    Rick Snyder: Refuses to answer political organizations' questionnaires.
    Ron Paul: Only support GOP nominee if they end war & reduce spending.
    Tom Tancredo: Wonít vote GOP if nominee is lesser of two evils.
    Debbie Stabenow: A clear choice against failed Bush policies.
    Mike Bouchard: 8-point plan: Renewing Michiganís Economy.
    Bret McAtee: Running as US Taxpayers Party, also Constitution Party.
    Bret McAtee: Awaken benumbed people from their moral torpor.
    Alan Keyes: Anything the government gives you destroys your liberty.
    John Engler: The ďNext MichiganĒ: attitude for the future.
Social Security
    Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform plank for personal accounts.
    Rick Snyder: Maintain generous pension benefits for existing retirees.
    Fred Thompson: Benefits ok in short-term, but weíre eating our seed corn.
    Fred Thompson: Index benefits to inflation instead of indexing to wages.
    Tom Tancredo: Private Social Security accounts needed to end deficit.
    Debbie Stabenow: Led the fight to stop privatization.
    Mike Bouchard: Supports privatization of Social Security.
Tax Reform
    Rick Snyder: Simplify the tax code; end job-killing Business Tax.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Lower corporate taxes; keep tax cuts; end death tax.
    Duncan Hunter: Sponsored FairTax proposal.
    Fred Thompson: Phase out the AMT; lower taxes grow the economy.
    John McCain: Tax system is fair; wealthy pay bulk of taxes.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export.
    Tom Tancredo: Takes the oath: no tax increase.
    Mike Bouchard: Prioritize our spending and hold ourselves accountable.
    Mike Bouchard: Growth in government stunts economic growth.
    Mike Bouchard: Make the Bush tax cuts permanent.
    Bret McAtee: Current confiscatory tax policy is unconstitutional.
    John Engler: Exempt new high-tech sectors from state business tax.
    John Engler: Has cut and will continue to cut personal & business tax.
    John Engler: Strengthen Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
    George W. Bush: People should not pay more in taxes than they do for food.
    George W. Bush: Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending.
    George W. Bush: 1997 no-tax pledge: judge results, despite breaking pledge.
    George W. Bush: Cut top tax rate to 33% while cutting lower income taxes too.
    George W. Bush: ďA tax-cutting personĒ in TX, would do same for US.
    John McCain: Tax cuts should go to middle- & lower-income people.
    John McCain: Leaving money in Washington means President vetoes spending.
    Orrin Hatch: Leaving money in Washington means bigger budget spending.
    Steve Forbes: Evidence that Bush broke 1997 no-tax pledge.
    Mark Schauer: Decrease corporate tax; support individual flat tax.
    Mark Schauer: Restore tax incentives for high-tech businesses.
    Rick Snyder: Take leadership role in cyber defense and development.
    Rick Snyder: Census figures reinforce need for aggressive administration.
    Rick Wade: Double the budget for basic scientific research.
    John McCain: Donít police Internet crime; go after money to reduce crime.
    Mike Huckabee: Air tech is Jetsons but air traffic control is Flintstones.
    Rudy Giuliani: Police the Internet, but donít tax the Internet.
    Sam Brownback: Cut the Advanced Technology Program; itís corporate welfare.
    John Engler: Establish ďCybercourtĒ to resolve disputes on-line & quickly.
War & Peace
    Terri Lynn Land: No military action in Syrian civil war.
    Gary Peters: Undecided on military intervention in Syria.
    Terri Lynn Land: No military intervention in Syria.
    Jack Hoogendyk: Let Gen. Petraeus make decisions on troop strength in Iraq.
    Duncan Hunter: No Congressional authorization needed to attack Iranís nukes.
    Fred Thompson: Stabilizing Iraq, and not leaving, is the right policy.
    Fred Thompson: Iraq certainly had WMDs in the past & would have nukes now.
    Fred Thompson: Ask Congress, even if not required, to attack Iranís nukes.
    John McCain: Congressional consultation before attacking Iranís nukes.
    Mike Huckabee: Attack Iranís nukes even if Congress says no.
    Mitt Romney: Let lawyers decide if authorization needed to attack Iran.
    Ron Paul: Mercantilist oil dependency was reason for war.
    Ron Paul: Congressional authorization needed to attack Iranís nukes.
    Rudy Giuliani: Desirable but unneeded to ask Congress to attack Iran nukes.
    Sam Brownback: Iraq war is about terrorism, not oil.
    Debbie Stabenow: We are not in Iraq forever.
    Debbie Stabenow: Iraq was a war of choice, not a necessity.
    Mike Bouchard: Pre-emptive war ok if we have actual intel.
    Mike Bouchard: We cannot leave a vacuum in Iraq.
    Bret McAtee: Theyíre turning the American Republic into an empire.
Welfare & Poverty
    Randy Hekman: Transform to nonprofit/charity model to provide assistance.
    Rick Snyder: No welfare benefits for people with felony warrants.

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