Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
| Fire and Fury,|
by Michael Wolff (2018)
| Trump Revealed,|
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
| The Truths We Hold,|
by Kamala Harris (2019)
| Smart on Crime,|
by Kamala Harris (2010)
| Guide to Political Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
| Where We Go From Here,|
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
|Conscience of a Conservative,|
by Jeff Flake (2017)
| Two Paths,|
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
|Every Other Monday,|
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
|Courage is Contagious,|
by John Kasich (1998)
| Shortest Way Home,|
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Higher Loyalty,|
by James Comey (2018)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
State of South Carolina Politicians: secondary Archives
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Joe Cunningham: Fetal Heartbeat Bill is restrictive and draconian.
Joe Cunningham: Society benefits when women have autonomy over their bodies.
Henry McMaster: Send me the heartbeat bill and I will immediately sign it.
Jaime Harrison: Should be between a woman, her doctor, her God.
Lindsey Graham: Eliminate abortion on demand at 20 weeks.
Henry McMaster: Prevent funneling of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.
Jaime Harrison: NARAL: Harrison "outspoken champion of reproductive freedom".
Catherine Templeton: Define personhood from conception; no exceptions for incest.
Henry McMaster: Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception.
Kevin Bryant: Supports Personhood Bill, defining life from conception.
Henry McMaster: Stop providing state funds to abortion clinics.
Henry McMaster: Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers.
Kevin Bryant: Budget shouldn't "contain a penny" for abortion providers.
Yancey McGill: Opposes abortion, even as Democratic State Senator.
Thomas Dixon: Women choose what is best for their bodies.
Donald Trump: Planned Parenthood does great work on women's health.
Tim Scott: Human life begins at conception.
Thomas Ravenel: Hired abortion activist as campaign Communications Director.
Lee Bright: Human life begins at conception.
Jay Stamper: Limiting abortion isn't limited-government conservatism.
Mitt Romney: Courts added tax-paid abortions to RomneyCare; not me.
Mitt Romney: I had no litmus test for appointing judges, but I'm pro-life.
Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Under 1/4 of pregnancies end in abortion, not 1/3.
Gary Johnson: Right to choose up until viability of the fetus.
Tim Pawlenty: Stem-cell research ok on previous embryos, but not new ones.
Tim Scott: Don't require 24 hours after ultrasound; 1 hour is enough.
Lee Bright: Require 24 hours after ultrasound before abortion.
Mike Huckabee: “Hate but allow abortion” is like “hate but allow slavery”.
Rudy Giuliani: Allowing choice keeps government out of people’s lives.
Rudy Giuliani: Seek bipartisan ways to reduce abortion & increase adoption.
Sam Brownback: Opposes abortion even for women pregnant by rapists.
Tommy Thompson: New stem cell research means embryos need not be destroyed.
Barack Obama: Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion.
Chris Dodd: Courts should decide abortion cases based on woman’s health.
Dennis Kucinich: Litmus test on Roe, but as part of a culture of life.
Joe Biden: Nominees should agree on constitutional right to privacy.
John Edwards: Gov’t should not decide for women on partial-birth abortion.
Budget & Economy|
Henry McMaster: Propose nearly doubling rainy day reserve fund.
Lindsey Graham: Won't shut country down; getting back to business.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Raise minimum wage to $15/hour if not higher.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic justice is the number one issue.
Catherine Templeton: I took a buzz-saw to government.
Jeb Bush: Florida thrived under my leadership.
John Kasich: Ohio went from $8 billion deficit to $2 billion surplus.
Tim Scott: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Thomas Ravenel: Federal spending is headed for a doomsday scenario.
Lee Bright: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Rick Wade: AdWatch: 5 years in Washington on failed $787B stimulus.
Rick Wade: Oversaw Obama stimulus implementation at Commerce Department.
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.
Gary Johnson: On verge of financial collapse unless we balance budget.
Tim Pawlenty: I left MN with a balanced budget, not a $6B deficit.
Mitt Romney: Washington is broken; needs fundamental change.
Tom Tancredo: Reduce budget deficit--restrict feds to Constitutional role.
Tim Scott: Require state employees to undergo implicit bias training.
Jaime Harrison: HRC: Harrison among strongest advocate for LGBTQ equality.
Jaime Harrison: Encourage voter drives among unregistered African Americans.
Jaime Harrison: Opposes voters having to provide Social Security numbers.
James Clyburn: Voted for Hate Crimes Act & to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Joe Cunningham: Endorsed by South Carolina Equality for LGBTQ rights.
James Emerson Smith: History of supporting LGBTQ rights earned their endorsement.
Catherine Templeton: Opposes accommodating transgender people.
Catherine Templeton: Transgender people should use bathroom matching birth gender.
Henry McMaster: No need for any new transgender bathroom law.
Nikki Haley: No need for any new transgender bathroom law.
Catherine Templeton: Proud of the Confederacy; don't rewrite history.
Tim Scott: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Brad Hutto: Equal pay for equal work is the next women's milestone.
Thomas Ravenel: Stay out of marriage, but if not, treat gays equally.
Lee Bright: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
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.
Herman Cain: Ignoring DOMA is treasonous breach of presidential duty.
Ron Paul: Government is totally unnecessary for gay marriage laws.
Kevin Bryant: No affirmative action in schools or government.
John McCain: Confederate flag on top of capitol was wrong; in front is ok.
Barack Obama: Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house.
Chris Dodd: Supports civil unions but opposes gay marriage.
Jeb Bush: Hedge fund managers should pay taxes the same as others.
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.
Mitt Romney: Capitalism works; free enterprise works; & profit works.
Nikki Haley: Reduce red tape; time is money.
Mark Sanford: Cut corporate income tax by raising cigarette tax.
Hillary Clinton: Corporate elite treat working-class America as invisible.
John Edwards: Hedge fund investors help figure out and reduce poverty.
Henry McMaster: Shield companies providing drugs for lethal injection.
Jaime Harrison: Bring police and community together to address problems.
Lindsey Graham: I believe in reform but cops need our support more than ever.
Jaime Harrison: Done with racial profiling, bias, and over-policing.
Henry McMaster: Invest $100 million in upgrading prisons.
Krystle Matthews: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
Nancy Mace: Clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offenders.
Henry McMaster: Don't clear record for first time drunk/disorderly offender.
Henry McMaster: Jam cellphone signals inside state prisons.
Thomas Dixon: Ban the box: let ex-cons get jobs.
Jay Stamper: Pleaded guilty to three white-collar felony charges in 2006.
Nikki Haley: Save millions by reducing recidivism.
Kevin Bryant: Build more prisons; support the death penalty.
Lindsey Graham: Capital punishment for child rapists.
Gary Bauer: Miranda rights not as important as victim rights.
Orrin Hatch: Appointing conservative judges is more critical than Miranda.
Jaime Harrison: Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana like alcohol, tobacco.
Lindsey Graham: For medical legalization; opposes recreational legalization.
Henry McMaster: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
Krystle Matthews: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
Nancy Mace: Require reporting of administration of opioid antidote.
Henry McMaster: Opioids: awareness, information, treatment, & enforcement.
Kevin Bryant: Change Medicare incentives to address opioid addiction.
Tommy Pope: Curb the opioid epidemic and focus on future prevention.
Thomas Dixon: Self-described former alcoholic and drug addict.
Thomas Ravenel: End the war on drugs; it's federal overreach & unsuccessful.
Thomas Ravenel: In favor of ending the war on drugs.
Rick Wade: State director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services.
Tim Scott: Marijuana is unhealthy, but states' rights are important too.
Gary Johnson: Harm-reduction: health issue rather than criminal issue.
Ron Paul: We don't need laws to tell us to not use heroin.
James Emerson Smith: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
Lee Bright: No additional licensure for drug treatment facilities.
Nikki Haley: Vetoed additional licensure for drug treatment facilities.
Tommy Pope: Abstained from vote on licensing drug treatment facilities.
Yancey McGill: Additional licenses for more drug treatment facilities.
Krystle Matthews: Frustrated with SC's consistent inadequacy with education.
Henry McMaster: $13 million to establish Education Scholarship Accounts.
Henry McMaster: Remove outdated "Common Core" textbooks from classrooms.
Jaime Harrison: We need 50-state strategy to open up schools: testing, masks.
Jaime Harrison: Reduce college tuition, address student loan crisis.
Tim Scott: COVID: direct some relief funding to school choice programs.
Jaime Harrison: Losing a whole generation of teachers because of low pay.
Elizabeth Warren: We have an obligation to treat our teachers better.
Bernie Sanders: Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation.
Henry McMaster: Boost teacher pay; surpass southeastern average salaries.
Henry McMaster: Fund PreK for needy kids, including religious schools.
Henry McMaster: 5% funding increase for colleges not raising tuition.
Henry McMaster: ReadySC: triple funding for technical training.
Henry McMaster: Full-time police officer to combat threats to schools.
Kevin Bryant: We leave jobs unfilled with "one size fits all" higher ed.
Catherine Templeton: Arm teachers: the only defense is a good offense.
Henry McMaster: Supports arming teachers in schools.
Kevin Bryant: Consider arming teachers and other school employees.
Henry McMaster: Invest in school choice & robust charter school program.
James Emerson Smith: Led fight against vouchers.
Kevin Bryant: Joins "Stop Fed Ed" vows to reject all Federal Ed mandates.
Tommy Pope: $100 million for repairs in poor rural school districts.
Thomas Dixon: Entitlement to quality education, including college.
Ben Carson: Free college is a non-starter.
Nikki Haley: Incentivize teachers to work in rural districts.
Nikki Haley: Higher education system is flush with cash.
Nikki Haley: Incentives for teachers, including tuition & grad school.
Lindsey Graham: Sex education about abstinence, not contraception.
Tim Scott: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
Lee Bright: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
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.
Lee Bright: Real choice including private schools and home-schooling.
Tim Pawlenty: Let school districts decide on teaching intelligent design.
Nikki Haley: Educate kids not based on where they happen to live.
Kevin Bryant: Vouchers for public, private, or religious schools.
Kevin Bryant: Abstinence-only and voluntary prayer in public schools.
Mitt Romney: Supports English immersion & abstinence education.
Mitt Romney: Changed from closing Education Dept. to supporting NCLB.
Joe Biden: Pay teachers more to get better educational results.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Japan pays teachers more, but not India & China.
Thomas Ravenel: Charter schools' success prove point of local empowerment.
Energy & Oil|
Jaime Harrison: Green New Deal too expensive, but must reduce emissions.
Lindsey Graham: Green New Deal is crazy; would destroy economy.
Jaime Harrison: Offshore oil spill would destroy jobs, harm environment.
Henry McMaster: Signed SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
Krystle Matthews: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
Nancy Mace: Supported SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power.
Kevin Bryant: Open to exploring the risks/benefits of offshore drilling.
Henry McMaster: Oppose offshore drilling & onshore infrastructure.
Thomas Dixon: Climate change is real and we must prepare for its effects.
Tim Scott: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Lee Bright: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Joyce Dickerson: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
Nikki Haley: Open the Savannah River Site nuclear reactor fuel project.
Rick Wade: Head of China Operations for Green Tech Automotive.
Lee Bright: Deal with waste, to remove obstacles to new nuclear plants.
Rick Wade: V.P. of GreenTech Automotive, the "green car" company.
Herman Cain: Establish real energy independence, with existing resources.
Tim Pawlenty: I made a mistake in considering cap-and-trade in MN.
Kevin Bryant: Coal, gas, oil, AND alternative fuel technology.
Sam Brownback: Get more biodiesel & biofuels into system to prevent $4 gas.
Tom Tancredo: Global warming could be from humans, or could be nature.
Tom Tancredo: FactCheck: Global warming has dissent, but not 50-50 split.
Bill Richardson: Sacrifice for Apollo-like program for renewable fuel.
Joe Biden: Make every automobile sold be a flex-fuel automobile.
John Edwards: Bold transformation to stop importing 12M bbl of oil per day.
John Edwards: Cap carbon emissions & invest in carbon sequestration.
Mike Gravel: I started the nuclear critique in this country.
Joe Cunningham: Great American Outdoors Act sets funding for public land.
Nancy Mace: Don't rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
Henry McMaster: Vetoed bill to rebuild banned sea wall for gated community.
Henry McMaster: Oppose drilling and seismic testing along our coast.
Thomas Dixon: Make sure our planet is habitable for future generations.
Donald Trump: Eminent domain is something you need very strongly.
Jeb Bush: Eminent domain should not be used for private purposes.
Lindsey Graham: Green diesel regulations cost $367 per truck per year.
Families & Children|
Jaime Harrison: How do I tell my black sons that this could be them?
John Kasich: Put pimps in jail & treat women as victims of trafficking.
John Kasich: A big mosaic: we all take care of each other.
Marco Rubio: Make investing in kids deductible like business expenses.
Lindsey Graham: Support traditional families & right to pray.
Thomas Ravenel: Let churches provide for families in need, not state.
Kevin Bryant: No civil unions; no same-sex spousal rights.
Bernie Sanders: Cuba: Teaching people to read and write is a good thing.
Thomas Dixon: Lead by example and be a good actor.
Hillary Clinton: Post-Gadhafi Libya replaced dictator with democracy.
Donald Trump: Figure out who our allies are.
Donald Trump: Iran deal is one of the worst I've ever seen.
Jeb Bush: Russia's Putin is not an ally of the US & everyone knows it.
John Kasich: US should not be world's police in places like Iraq.
Marco Rubio: Three main threats: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Russia.
Marco Rubio: I voted against the president's inadequate Syria strategy.
Brad Hutto: Focus on state's needs, not foreign conflicts.
Brad Hutto: We should not act as the world's policeman.
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.
Jon Huntsman: 80 million bloggers in China will take China down.
Rick Perry: China will end up on the ash heap of history, like USSR.
Tim Pawlenty: Never subordinate US decisions to UN, as Obama did in Libya.
Barack Obama: Europe & Japan are allies, but China is a competitor.
Barack Obama: Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: Palestinian suffering from stalled peace effort.
Bill Richardson: Strategic interests in Russia: loose nukes & Chechnya.
Bill Richardson: Being stubborn isn’t a foreign policy--diplomacy is.
Bill Richardson: Re-evaluate embargo for post-Castro Cuba.
Joe Biden: Biggest threat to US is from North Korea, Iran, & Russia.
John Edwards: Russia has moved from democracy to autocracy.
John Edwards: Lead international effort on economic development.
Mike Gravel: US has no important enemies, so treat world as equals.
Thomas Dixon: Look at how trade impacts our own workforce.
Donald Trump: Trade pacts are no good for us and no good for our workers.
Tim Scott: Yes to trade adjustment; Yes to fast-track.
Tim Scott: Opposes currency manipulation as trade negotiation topic.
Nikki Haley: Trade mission to India to build S.C. ties.
Lindsey Graham: NAFTA drained away textile trade from Upstate SC.
Rick Wade: Advocated for Asian-Pacific and African cooperation.
Rick Wade: Envoy to China, to get investment via EB-5 visas.
Ron Paul: China trade benefits American consumers.
Mitt Romney: Trade with China only if they follow international rules.
Mitt Romney: Go to WTO about China; we're already in a trade war.
Richard Burr: Oppose preferential trade for China & others that bend rules.
Duncan Hunter: China is cheating on trade by devaluing their currency.
Alan Keyes: Banks and American clout should help farmers.
Gary Bauer: Revoke China’s MFN & help US farmers.
George W. Bush: Sow free trade and farmers will reap.
John McCain: Substitute trade treaties for protectionism.
Krystle Matthews: Provide transparency between citizens and state government.
Krystle Matthews: Grassroots effort to register 150,000 new voters.
Henry McMaster: Magistrate judges should be lawyers, publicly screened.
Joe Cunningham: Criticized state officials for challenging Trump's loss.
Jaime Harrison: Overturn Citizens United, end decade of Dark Money.
Amy Klobuchar: Voter restrictions hit with surgical precision on minorities.
Kevin Bryant: Reforms should include eliminating current ethics loopholes.
Catherine Templeton: Fight corruption & waste & good ol' boy system in Columbia.
Thomas Dixon: Voting rights need to be protected from attack.
Donald Trump: I wouldn't nominate my sister to Supreme Court.
Ben Carson: Supreme Court was not partisan, but it has become so.
Ben Carson: Appointing a justice before election would be divisive.
Ben Carson: We have 645 federal agencies--that's way, way too many.
Donald Trump: Delay, delay, delay on Supreme Court appointment.
Donald Trump: I would build consensus, not use Executive Orders.
Jeb Bush: I'm an Article II guy: Presidency over Supreme Court.
John Kasich: Country too partisan to appoint justice before election.
Marco Rubio: No to a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court justice.
Marco Rubio: I will reverse US decline, both at home and abroad.
Ted Cruz: 80-year history of no Supreme Court changes in election year.
Tim Scott: Photo ID for voting.
Lee Bright: Photo ID for voting.
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.
Nikki Haley: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
Lee Bright: Require photo ID, and inspection of ID, in order to vote.
James Emerson Smith: Voted NO on requiring photo ID in order to vote.
Mark Sanford: End unlimited and undisclosed campaign donations.
Mark Sanford: Change rules of governorship and state officers.
Kevin Bryant: No limits on campaign donations nor campaign spending.
Ron Paul: Close departments of Energy, Education & Homeland Security.
Rudy Giuliani: Gets credit for killing the line-item veto.
Tommy Thompson: Eliminate CDC stockpiles; they’re wasteful & inefficient.
Tommy Thompson: FactCheck: Only improve CDC stockpiles; don’t eliminate them.
Barack Obama: First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform.
Barack Obama: FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses.
Bill Richardson: Delayed call for Gonzales to resign until failed testimony.
Chris Dodd: Supports public campaign finance, despite personal history.
Dennis Kucinich: Impeach VP Cheney for taking US into Iraq War based on lies.
Jaime Harrison: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
Elizabeth Warren: Treat gun violence as the public health emergency it is.
Kevin Bryant: Wants schools to have ability to shoot back in defense.
Thomas Dixon: Close the gun show loophole and the Charleston Loophole.
Tim Scott: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Lee Bright: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Joyce Dickerson: Right to guns, but address issues of gun violence.
Tim Scott: Don't rush to judgment on gun control after school shootings.
Richard Burr: Hunter and sportsman; teach heritage & respect for firearms.
Mitt Romney: Supports Second Amendment rights but also assault weapon ban.
Bill Richardson: The 2nd Amendment is precious.
Hillary Clinton: Background check system could prevent Virginia Tech massacre.
Hillary Clinton: FactCheck: VA Tech shooter not declared a danger to others.
Joe Biden: Keep assault weapons ban; close gun show loophole.
Jaime Harrison: COVID: Put blame on how we handled it, I take it seriously.
Lindsey Graham: COVID: no one attacked Wilson when he got Spanish flu.
Jaime Harrison: Lower access to care "ripping a heart out of a community".
Elizabeth Warren: On tobacco: Have an FDA head who believes in science.
Elizabeth Warren: Home health care workers to become critical occupation.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Work toward making health care more affordable.
Catherine Templeton: Blow up state health agency, from the inside out.
Thomas Dixon: ObamaCare needs to be protected and expanded.
Donald Trump: Taking care of poor sick people isn't single-payer.
John Kasich: Ohio expanded Medicaid but not for ObamaCare.
John Kasich: We save $22,500 a year by treating addicts & mentally ill.
Tim Scott: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Lee Bright: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Thomas Ravenel: Against ObamaCare.
Lindsey Graham: Opposed ObamaCare from day one.
Nikki Haley: Reject ObamaCare state exchange; reject Medicaid expansion.
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.
Ron Paul: Legalizing prostitution is about protecting liberty.
Tim Pawlenty: No top-down, government-run, limited-choice system.
Nikki Haley: Let Medicaid buy generics for AIDS, cancer, & mental health.
Barack Obama: National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance.
Bill Richardson: Focus on preventive healthcare without raising taxes.
Dennis Kucinich: Universal not-for-profit health care.
Hillary Clinton: Still scarred from ‘94 failure, but ready for universal care.
Hillary Clinton: 1990s plan failed after big pharma & insurance worked on it.
John Edwards: Require employer coverage for every single American.
Thomas Ravenel: Tort reform will reduce medical liability.
Steve Forbes: Solve health care affordability with choice.
Joe Cunningham: COVID: provide healthcare benefits for National Guard.
Henry McMaster: Don't tax uniformed retirees: veterans, cops, firefighters.
Henry McMaster: Proposes a significant investment in National Guard armories.
Catherine Templeton: Military shouldn't pay for gender reassignment surgery.
Kevin Bryant: Kneeling during anthem disrespects veterans.
Tommy Pope: Allow opt-out for REAL ID rules for drivers licenses.
Bernie Sanders: CIA activities in Iran and Chile led to dictatorships.
Ted Cruz: Increase armed forces to 1.4 million troops.
Donald Trump: How did W keep us safe? WTC came down during his watch.
Jeb Bush: Reverse the sequester and rebuild the military.
Marco Rubio: George W. Bush kept us safe and dealt with Hussein.
Tim Scott: Require stronger evidence for FISA electronic surveillance.
Tim Scott: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Thomas Ravenel: No NSA snooping; defend the Fourth Amendment.
Thomas Ravenel: No more blood & treasure on 'nation-building' in Iraq.
Thomas Ravenel: I want a military that defends America, not Germany or Japan.
Thomas Ravenel: We absolutely must have the world's strongest military.
Lee Bright: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
Joyce Dickerson: I'm mad as heel about delays in veterans' care.
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.
Herman Cain: Trust military to determine torture; waterboarding is not.
Jon Huntsman: Waterboarding is torture & diminishes our standing in world.
Michele Bachmann: Waterboarding is effective; don't let the ACLU run the CIA.
Rick Santorum: Giving money to Iran rebels is not enough.
Ron Paul: Waterboarding is torture: illegal, uncivilized, and immoral.
Gary Johnson: No waterboarding under any circumstances.
Herman Cain: Protect our people by whatever means, even waterboarding.
Rick Santorum: Waterboarding gets useful info, like on Osama bin Laden.
Ron Paul: Waterboarding doesn't achieve anything.
Tim Pawlenty: Enhanced interrogation techniques counter radical jihadists.
John McCain: Torture is ineffective as interrogation & for world opinion.
Mike Huckabee: Islamic jihadists celebrate death; we have culture of life.
Mitt Romney: Double Guantanamo, to avoid terrorist access to lawyers.
Ron Paul: DHS is unmanageable bureaucracy--eliminate it.
Rudy Giuliani: Use every method you can think of to interrogate terrorists.
Tom Tancredo: Use Jack Bauer-like methods to protect Western civilization.
Chris Dodd: Stateless terrorism requires a multinational response.
Dennis Kucinich: Global war on terror is pretext for aggressive war.
Hillary Clinton: Big disconnect between rhetoric and reality on security.
Mike Gravel: Threatening nukes is immoral foreign policy.
Mike Gravel: Fighting terrorism with a war doesn’t work.
Mike Gravel: US is the greatest violator of the non-proliferation treaty.
Thomas Ravenel: We need bold leadership combating terrorists & terror states.
Jaime Harrison: Congress should enact DACA into law with DREAM Act.
Henry McMaster: Say "no" "sanctuary cities"; don't tolerate lawlessness.
Henry McMaster: No sanctuary cities; plus annual compliance checks.
Jeb Bush: Show compassion to illegals with a path to legal status.
John Kasich: Nuts to deport 11M people; legalize with fine & back taxes.
Marco Rubio: Amnesty means no consequences; I was never for that.
Ted Cruz: I led the fight to defeat the Reid-Schumer amnesty bill.
Kevin Bryant: Says no refuge resettlement until federal security is better.
Tim Scott: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Thomas Ravenel: Robust worker visa program, plus anything else reasonable.
Lee Bright: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
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.
Nikki Haley: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
Lee Bright: Charge 1% foreign wire fee;& police check immigration status.
James Emerson Smith: Voted NAY on police checking immigration status.
Kevin Bryant: Local law enforcement should enforce federal immigration law.
Duncan Hunter: This administration has “the slows” on border enforcement.
John McCain: America expects us to work on immigration together.
Mitt Romney: McCain’s plan gives special pathway to those here illegally.
Rudy Giuliani: Allow immigrants to work, with tamper-proof ID cards.
Sam Brownback: Toughen the borders & combine enforcement with legalization.
Tom Tancredo: McCain’s plan is soft on immigration & amnesty.
Hillary Clinton: Comprehensive reform to get 12 million out of shadows.
Jaime Harrison: Current job protections the hard work of unions.
Tim Scott: Opportunity Zone jobs have seen up to 8% wage increase.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Economic freedom includes federal minimum wage increase.
Henry McMaster: S.C.Workforce Partnership: shift from toolboxes to tablets.
Thomas Dixon: Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Donald Trump: Bring jobs back from China, Mexico, Japan, and Vietnam.
Joyce Dickerson: Equal pay for women, and higher minimum wage.
Lindsey Graham: Biggest business headache is worker's compensation system.
Lee Bright: It's just a myth that government can create jobs.
Mitt Romney: End crony capitalism to get Americans back to work.
Newt Gingrich: Create transitional program for returning vets, like in WWII.
Rick Santorum: National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Ron Paul: National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing.
Gary Johnson: Long unemployment benefits postpones dealing with problem.
Steve Forbes: Farmers need policy reform.
Nikki Haley: South Carolina is the "Beast of the Southeast".
Principles & Values|
Larry Elder: The question is which party can get government off our back.
Joe Cunningham: Pols more interested in keeping their jobs than doing it.
Krystle Matthews: Can work with Republicans but confront them when needed.
Henry McMaster: COVID: We slowed down, but safely remained open.
Jaime Harrison: I will never lie to you; won't go back on my word.
Jaime Harrison: First step working with other side is not to call them nuts.
Lindsey Graham: Big choice election: capitalism versus socialism.
Jaime Harrison: Not political issues: about doing what is right.
Elizabeth Warren: I was a special education teacher; we never give up.
Bernie Sanders: Jewish identity means end racism & white nationalism.
Bernie Sanders: Confederate monuments belong in museums not town greens.
Henry McMaster: We believe in faith, family, the flag, and freedom.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu: Dropped Senate bid; endorses Jaime Harrison.
Jaime Harrison: Helping others: cooking dinners, sharing campaign donations.
James Emerson Smith: Lost governor race by 8%; but most Dem candidates in decade.
Yancey McGill: Served for 25 years as Democrat; now running as Republican.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu: 2018 Lt. Gov. candidate; 2012 & 2014 House candidate.
Jeb Bush: Other candidates' religion is none of my business.
Marco Rubio: Suffers from blue-green color blindness.
Ben Carson: 2AM phone calls are about presidential judgement.
Donald Trump: We should have impeached George W. Bush for Iraq War lies.
Jeb Bush: We need someone with a servant's heart and also a backbone.
Nikki Haley: Local government needs to be more accountable.
Joyce Dickerson: For various reasons, I won't campaign for Hillary in 2016.
Tim Scott: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Thomas Ravenel: Values taught by church, not enforced by mandate.
Lee Bright: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
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.
Buddy Roemer: Driving across SC and NH to shake hands & start listening.
Jim Gilmore: Rudy McRomney is not a conservative and knows it.
Barack Obama: Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case.
Bill Richardson: Biggest mistake is impatience, like pushing minimum wage.
Chris Dodd: Biggest professional mistake was the Iraq War.
Dennis Kucinich: Biggest mistake was firing police chief on Good Friday.
Hillary Clinton: Biggest mistakes: mishandling healthcare; believing in WMDs.
Joe Biden: Biggest mistake was thinking he could work with George Bush.
John Edwards: Biggest professional mistake was voting for Iraq War.
Mike Gravel: Did not plan on presidency, but candidates are frightening.
Ralph Nader: Won’t run as a Green-maybe as an independent.
Jaime Harrison: Social Security and Medicare are more than a promise.
Lindsey Graham: Link size of cost of living increases to income.
Henry McMaster: Shift pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution.
Tommy Pope: Fund the state retirement system to keep our promises.
Donald Trump: I will save Social Security with more jobs, less waste.
Thomas Ravenel: Voluntary personal accounts for younger workers.
Richard Burr: Protect retiree benefits & protect Trust Fund.
Jim Gilmore: Cap entitlements & create a culture of independence.
Howard Dean: Reverse Bush tax cuts to shore up trust fund-don’t privatize.
Krystle Matthews: Exempt feminine hygiene products from state sales tax.
Henry McMaster: 15% across-the-board reduction for all personal brackets.
Jaime Harrison: Repeal 2017 tax cuts which were for the wealthy.
Henry McMaster: Cut income tax by $2.6 billion over five years.
Henry McMaster: Lower taxes helps us compete: $2.2B tax cut.
Henry McMaster: Low taxes spur economic growth and prosperity.
Kevin Bryant: Vicious cycle of paying back a lot of earned tax credits.
Ben Carson: Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that.
Ted Cruz: Tax returns on a postcard.
Lee Bright: Supports the FairTax to simplify taxes.
Herman Cain: Abolish the IRS; implement 23% national sales tax.
John McCain: Voted against Bush tax cuts for not reining in spending.
Mike Huckabee: FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS.
Mike Huckabee: FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement.
Mitt Romney: Pledges no new taxes in 2007 after refusing pledge in 2002.
Mitt Romney: FactCheck: Did not raise MA taxes, but DID raise MA fees.
Thomas Ravenel: Tax cuts lead to growing economy with higher revenues.
Jaime Harrison: Our infrastructure in this state sucks.
Lindsey Graham: $10 billion proposal for rural high speed internet.
Kevin Bryant: Keep politics out of fixing infrastructure; use common sense.
Tommy Pope: Fix our dangerous and crumbling roads for the long-term.
Joyce Dickerson: Serves on COMET transit system board of directors.
Thomas Ravenel: Government doesn't belong in your email inbox.
Nikki Haley: Invest in infrastructure, but no gas tax or any other tax.
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.
Mitt Romney: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speech.
Newt Gingrich: I favor Internet freedom; SOPA favors Hollywood.
Mitt Romney: China must respect intellectual property if they want trade.
Rick Perry: Stand up cyber-command against China's cyber-crime.
Alan Keyes: Abolish the income tax and eventually tax the Internet.
Gary Bauer: Keep Internet tax-free; lower taxes for Main Street too.
George W. Bush: Internet may or may not help mom & pop - wait & see.
John McCain: Internet tax ban saved consumers $600M this Xmas.
Orrin Hatch: Internet will not replace touching in stores.
Steve Forbes: Internet tax ban fosters growth.
War & Peace|
Hillary Clinton: Continue anti-ISIS actions in Libya, with Europe & Arabs.
Ben Carson: Replacing Mideast dictators leads to chaos, like in Iraq.
Ben Carson: Bomb oil tankers even if it hurts the environment.
Donald Trump: We've spent $5T in the Mideast and gotten nothing.
Jeb Bush: Policy of containment against ISIS just doesn't work.
John Kasich: How to deal with Russia on Ukraine: Punch 'em in the nose.
John Kasich: If there weren't WMDs in Iraq, we shouldn't have gone.
Ted Cruz: Overwhelming air power against ISIS, & arm the Kurds.
Lindsey Graham: More intervention in Iraq avoids an American city in flames.
Thomas Ravenel: Intervention in Iraq based on same nonsense as in past.
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.
Herman Cain: Economic sanctions on Iran, but no military.
Mitt Romney: If we reelect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon.
Mitt Romney: Crippling sanctions against Iran, & military, to stop nukes.
Newt Gingrich: Covert operations & military, if needed, to stop Iran nukes.
Rick Perry: Shut down the Iranian Central Bank to stop nukes.
Rick Perry: Complete the mission in Afghanistan, with no timetable.
Rick Santorum: Afghanistan victory means Taliban is neutered, not wiped out.
Rick Santorum: Work with Israel to take out Iranian nukes by force.
Ron Paul: No war propaganda against Iran; learn from Iraq.
Gary Johnson: I opposed the Iraq War from the beginning.
Gary Johnson: No Afghan timetable; start tomorrow & finish in a few months.
Herman Cain: No clear strategy in either Libya or Syria.
Duncan Hunter: Iraqi forces have stopped running and started fighting.
Jim Gilmore: Mandatory sanctions against nuclear Iran & possible strike.
John McCain: Willing to be last man standing for US involvement in Iraq.
Mitt Romney: Iraq part of global jihadist effort to bring down the West.
Ron Paul: Intervention abroad incites hatred & attacks like 9/11.
Ron Paul: We should have declared war in Iraq, or not gone in at all.
Ron Paul: Ronald Reagan had the courage to turn tail & run in Lebanon.
Ron Paul: When we go to war carelessly, the wars don’t end.
Rudy Giuliani: Democrat timetable for retreat “fundamentally irresponsible”.
Rudy Giuliani: We did not invite the 9/11 attack by attacking Iraq.
Rudy Giuliani: FactCheck: Did say GOP is fundamentally irresponsible on war.
Sam Brownback: We have not lost war; we can win by pulling together.
Tom Tancredo: Convert from constabulary force to supporting force.
Tom Tancredo: Opposed the troop surge, but supports the troops.
Tom Tancredo: Muslims attack us because it’s a dictate of their religion.
Tommy Thompson: Split oil revenue 1/3 federal; 1/3 local; 1/3 to people.
Barack Obama: Iraq has distracted us from Taliban in Afghanistan.
Barack Obama: War in Iraq is “dumb” but troops still need equipment.
Barack Obama: Increase ground forces in Iraq to decrease troop rotations.
Barack Obama: Iran with nuclear weapons is a profound security threat.
Bill Richardson: Stop funding for Iraq war-it is a disaster and must end.
Chris Dodd: Cut off the funding spigot for Iraq in one year.
Dennis Kucinich: One cannot be against Iraq war yet still fund it.
Dennis Kucinich: Lack of info was no excuse for voting for Iraq war.
Dennis Kucinich: 2003 war vote was audition for presidential decision-making.
Dennis Kucinich: We’re in Iraq for oil & looking at attacking Iran for oil.
Dennis Kucinich: FactCheck: Iraqi oil production has fallen during war.
Hillary Clinton: This war is up to Iraqi people to win or lose, not the US.
Hillary Clinton: Voted for Iraq war based on available info; now would not.
Joe Biden: Change the fundamental premise of Iraq engagement.
Joe Biden: Replace pre-emption doctrine with prevention.
John Edwards: Apologized for Iraq war vote; others must search conscience.
Mike Gravel: Soldiers in Iraq are dying in vain; so just get out.
Mike Gravel: Iraq war was lost the day Bush invaded-make it illegal.
Welfare & Poverty|
Larry Elder: Compassion is our job, not the Federal government's.
Henry McMaster: Require able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.
Ben Carson: We the people--not government--should take care of indigent.
Marco Rubio: Poverty means free enterprise not reaching people.
Ted Cruz: Regulations like ObamaCare lead to layoffs of the poorest.
Thomas Ravenel: New Deal & Great Society are examples of federal overreach.
Nikki Haley: Trade welfare check for dignity of paycheck.
Chris Dodd: No drug tests for welfare recipients.
Hillary Clinton: Hedge funds incentivize risk, but need regulation.
John Edwards: Despite mistake on $400 haircut, understands poverty.
The above quotations are from State of South Carolina Politicians: secondary Archives.