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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)

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State of West Virginia Politicians: secondary Archives

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    from State of West Virginia secondary Archives (number of quotes indicated):
  • Al Gore (1) Democrat
  • Ben Salango (12) West Virginia Democratic Governor Challenger
  • Bill Cole (8) West Virginia Republican 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Bob Wise (16) West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (2001-2004)
  • Don Blankenship (13) Constitution Party candidate for President
  • Doris Haddock (1) 2004 former Democratic challenger New Hampshire
  • Earl Ray Tomblin (12) West Virginia Democratic Governor (term-limited 2016)
  • Evan Jenkins (4) Republican House Member U.S. Rep West Virginia-3
  • Jay Wolfe (11) Republican Challenger (2008) West Virginia
  • Jeff Kessler (3) West Virginia Democratic 2016 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Jim Justice (66) West Virginia Democratic governor
  • Joe Manchin III (36) West Virginia Former Democratic Governor (Until 2010)
  • John Buckley (16) Libertarian Senate challenger West Virginia
  • John Raese (10) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • John Rockefeller (1) Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) West Virginia
  • Lisa Murkowski (1) Republican Sr Senator Alaska
  • Michael Folk (27) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Natalie Tennant (19) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Pat McGeehan (9) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Patrick Morrisey (26) Republican candidate for West Virginia U.S. Senator West Virginia
  • Paula Jean Swearengin (40) Democratic candidate for West Virginia U. S. Senator West Virginia
  • Richard Ojeda (18) Democratic Senate Challenger West Virginia
  • Ron Stollings (12) West Virginia Democratic candidate for governor
  • Shelley Moore Capito (8) Republican (Senate run 2014) U.S. Rep West Virginia-2
  • Stephen Noble Smith (5) West Virginia Democratic 2020 Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Woody Thrasher (21) West Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Zane Lawhorn (1) Republican Senate Challenger West Virginia
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    Don Blankenship: AdWatch: Positions himself as anti-abortion and pro-Trump.
    Jeff Kessler: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
    Jim Justice: The Supreme Court ruled on abortion, and the law is the law.
    Jim Justice: Without any question whatsoever, I stand with the unborn.
    Joe Manchin III: Prohibit abortions after 20 weeks; prohibit public funding.
    John Buckley: Pro-life Libertarian, because life begins at conception.
    Michael Folk: All life is precious, even when inconvenient.
    Patrick Morrisey: Overturn Roe v. Wade.
    Patrick Morrisey: Overturn Roe v Wade; stop the pro-abortion agenda.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Pro-choice, including abortion alternatives.
    Richard Ojeda: Wholeheartedly support a woman's right to choose.
    Richard Ojeda: Opposing abortion makes you pro-birth, not pro-life.
    Ron Stollings: For access to birth control; against age requirements.
    Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the right to life.
Budget & Economy
    Ben Salango: State has yet to spend most of CARES Act money.
    Bob Wise: Limit capital assistance find to new businesses.
    Bob Wise: The cupboard is bare, despite national economic growth.
    Don Blankenship: Republican control will eventually improve state economy.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: We will not impose financial burdens on future generations.
    Jim Justice: Cut Rainy Day fund by $123M for WV's biggest depression ever.
    Jim Justice: Balanced $217M budget deficit with no new taxes.
    Jim Justice: Proposed nearly $3 billion for infrastructure.
    Jim Justice: $30 to 50 million to entice business to West Virginia.
    Jim Justice: Proposes Inflatocine: one-time pay bonus for public workers.
    Joe Manchin III: CAREFULLY plan stimulus: in planning mode; not panic mode.
    John Buckley: National debt beggars future generations.
    Michael Folk: Support free enterprise, job creation, and tax reform.
    Michael Folk: State money not spent should go into rainy day fund.
    Pat McGeehan: Real crisis is $17T in debt and future unfunded liabilities.
    Pat McGeehan: The Fed printing money for debt causes inflation.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Create investment banks that will create jobs.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Modernize roadways, bridges, water systems; expand broadband.
    Ron Stollings: Promote economic growth during coronavirus pandemic.
    Woody Thrasher: Delays lead to roads needing to be rebuilt, not repaired.
    Woody Thrasher: Economic development requires numerous approaches.
    Joe Manchin III: We're not spending money, we're investing.
    Joe Manchin III: We're not spending money, we're investing.
Civil Rights
    Ben Salango: One can support both Black Lives Matter and the police.
    Bob Wise: Restrict and regulate video gambling.
    Jay Wolfe: No affirmative action; less government in job sector.
    Jim Justice: Governor's Minority Affairs director condemned by NAACP.
    Jim Justice: State human rights commission is understaffed & underfunded.
    Jim Justice: Black lives matter because all lives matter.
    Jim Justice: Would sign Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ in housing, jobs.
    John Buckley: Shares home with his same-sex partner.
    John Buckley: Live and let live: support the freedom to marry.
    Natalie Tennant: Treat gay couples equally, but no mandates on churches.
    Pat McGeehan: Civil unions ok; anti-discrimination laws not ok.
    Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with gay marriage legalization.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Worrying about somebody's sexuality is just ridiculous.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Marriage is between a man and a woman.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Saved businesses $548M on taxes and workers' comp.
    Jim Justice: Raise business B&O tax, sales tax, state fees, & gas tax.
    Jim Justice: Just Cut Taxes And Win: start with business taxes.
    Jim Justice: Eliminate business inventory and machinery tax if we can.
    Joe Manchin III: 8 goals for Open for Business commitments.
    John Buckley: I'm for limited government and free enterprise.
    John Raese: OpEd: Sounded alarm in 2010 on international competitiveness.
    Michael Folk: Shouldn't have taxes that drive business out of state.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Help shift who has wealth and political power in our state.
    Bob Wise: $1.5M to raise pay for police and prison guards.
    Don Blankenship: Past criminal conviction not a barrier to running for office.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Take preventative approach to juvenile justice.
    Evan Jenkins: Tough on crime, but open to reforms.
    Jay Wolfe: Support the use of the death penalty.
    Jay Wolfe: Mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
    Jim Justice: Stiffer laws for drug pushers; treatment for addicts.
    Joe Manchin III: Accelerated parole system for non-violent offenders.
    Michael Folk: Supports capital punishment; supports prosecuting minors.
    Pat McGeehan: No capital punishment; don't prosecute minors as adults.
    Patrick Morrisey: Tougher sentences for drug kingpins.
    Patrick Morrisey: More funding, more equipment, more hiring for state police.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: End mandatory minimum sentencing.
    Ben Salango: For medical marijuana; roadside test for recreational use.
    Bill Cole: Supports combating our growing drug epidemic.
    Bill Cole: People who sell drugs belong in jail.
    Don Blankenship: Mandatory drug testing for all teachers.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Not just criminal penalties: use technology for enforcement.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Prioritize combating substance abuse from many angles.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Behavioral therapies MUST accompany anti-addiction meds.
    Jay Wolfe: Treat addiction, but mandatory jail sentences for selling.
    Jim Justice: We have to have stiffer laws to fix the drug problem.
    Jim Justice: Jim's Dream: job training program for drug addicts.
    Jim Justice: Jim's Dream: $10M for equipment at vo-tech training centers.
    Jim Justice: Adamantly opposed to recreational marijuana, but medical ok.
    Jim Justice: Jobs & Hope: $29.7 million to guide people in recovery.
    Jim Justice: Create Narcotics Intelligence Unit strike force.
    Jim Justice: Partnership to bring prevention programs to all schools.
    Joe Manchin III: Declare war on meth & dangerous make-shift labs.
    John Buckley: Democrats are afraid to touch the failed War on Drugs.
    Michael Folk: Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
    Michael Folk: Government can't solve drug problem; only community can.
    Michael Folk: Led push to force vote to legalize medical marijuana.
    Natalie Tennant: It costs us less to rehabilitate than to jail someone.
    Natalie Tennant: Federal registry to prevent "doctor shopping.
    Pat McGeehan: Decriminalize marijuana possession.
    Patrick Morrisey: Fight opioid epidemic with criminal prosecutions & education.
    Patrick Morrisey: Opioids: we're losing a generation of people to despair.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Hemp & cannabis can be cash crops for West Virginia.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: End the wasteful, harmful, war on drugs.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Address the causes of addiction; not severe punishments.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for opioid crisis.
    Richard Ojeda: An advocate for medical marijuana.
    Richard Ojeda: Marijuana can be used for clinical, medical purposes.
    Richard Ojeda: Supports medical marijuana, co-founded CBD oil company.
    Ron Stollings: Establish the Governor's Office of Substance Abuse.
    Ron Stollings: Addiction is a disease; integrate recovery into primary care.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Fund advertisements intended to reduce methamphetamine use.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Rapidly expand access to drug treatment services.
    Woody Thrasher: Execute drug dealers whose sales result in death.
    Woody Thrasher: Addiction is a disease; but no compassion for dealers.
    Woody Thrasher: Focus on treatment, prevention, helping families.
    Ben Salango: Fund public education so all can prosper.
    Bill Cole: High speed internet access in every classroom.
    Bill Cole: Student potential diminished by crippling bureaucracy.
    Bob Wise: First priority: PROMISE College Scholarship Program.
    Bob Wise: Raise teacher salaries by $1,000; plus $2,500 in incentives.
    Don Blankenship: Teachers should be graded and denied raises if sub-standard.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Create rewards program to educational innovation.
    Jim Justice: Return education back from bureaucracies to local level.
    Jim Justice: Replace Smarter Balance with ACT testing.
    Jim Justice: We're dead last: 2% teacher raise; and dump state testing.
    Jim Justice: Support non-college career paths.
    Jim Justice: 5% teacher's pay raise, as part of education reform.
    Jim Justice: Cool to education savings accounts & charter schools.
    Jim Justice: Supports education, with focus on public school teachers.
    Joe Manchin III: $540 million in ongoing school construction.
    Joe Manchin III: More accountability & more audits in the education system.
    Joe Manchin III: Keep public education infrastructure strong.
    Joe Manchin III: Limit student loan repayment to 15% of income.
    Joe Manchin III: Vouchers pull resources from schools that need them most.
    John Raese: Competition is what's good for education.
    John Raese: Allow families a voucher to send kids to private schools.
    Michael Folk: State funding for charters and vouchers.
    Michael Folk: Repeal Common Core and Testing.
    Michael Folk: Don't need to buy new math books every few years.
    Michael Folk: Teach basics to young children, not how to use devices.
    Natalie Tennant: Address numerous small reforms, not huge sweeping measures.
    Natalie Tennant: Public moneys should go to public schools, not charters.
    Pat McGeehan: Vouchers to send children to any school.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Free college or trade school to all qualified students.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Ensure adequate funding; encourage best practices.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Free state colleges, community colleges, trade schools.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Supports federal subsidies in childcare.
    Richard Ojeda: Outspoken support for teachers during strike.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in education; value our educators.
    Woody Thrasher: For charter schools; not sure on education savings accounts.
    Woody Thrasher: I fundamentally believe in choice and competition.
Energy & Oil
    Ben Salango: Don't turn back on coal miners, but focus on future.
    Bob Wise: Renew 5-cent gas tax to pay for road-building.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Fight the federal government's war on coal.
    Evan Jenkins: I'm fighting for coal by reducing EPA regulatory burdens.
    Jim Justice: Lower the severance tax on coal and gas.
    Jim Justice: Lower, and then tier, the severance tax on coal and gas.
    Jim Justice: Coal miners back work is good; let's have more.
    Jim Justice: State's coal can be used for construction instead of fuel.
    Jim Justice: I truly believe that coal has a future, a real future.
    Jim Justice: We should help our coal, gas, and oil companies.
    Joe Manchin III: Stand up for our coal miners and their families.
    Joe Manchin III: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
    Joe Manchin III: I fought for coal in past & will fight for coal in future.
    Joe Manchin III: EPA regulatory practices unfairly hurt Appalachian coal.
    Joe Manchin III: No one is going to stop using fossil fuels for a long time.
    John Raese: Obama administration has caused decline of coal.
    John Raese: 2010 alternative energy bill was WV's own cap-and-trade Bill.
    John Rockefeller: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
    Lisa Murkowski: No regulation of greenhouse gases by EPA.
    Michael Folk: Don't fund oil development, but no restrictions on fracking.
    Natalie Tennant: Responsible development of Marcellus shale.
    Natalie Tennant: All-of-the-above energy approach, with priority on coal.
    Patrick Morrisey: Fought against clean power rules.
    Patrick Morrisey: Led states suing to overturn Obama Clean Power Plan.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Need to invest in renewable energy now.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Federal investment in the renewable energy sector.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: We must transition from coal, move to clean energy.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Congress needs to support the Green New Deal.
    Richard Ojeda: Coal is going down; politicians need to stop lying.
    Shelley Moore Capito: AdWatch: Fights back against Obama's war on coal.
    Woody Thrasher: Praise for ending "Obama's war on coal".
    Bob Wise: Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy.
    Don Blankenship: EPA is biggest polluter,moving jobs to unregulated countries.
    Don Blankenship: AdWatch: role of MSHA in mine disaster was covered up.
    Don Blankenship: AdWatch: Year in prison for contaminating drinking water.
    Jim Justice: Invest $14M in tourism and revenue comes flying right back.
    Jim Justice: EPA regulations have been difficult, overreaching, and wrong.
    Jim Justice: Paid $900,000 fine for poor pollution controls at mines.
    Jim Justice: I love the outdoors, but regulatory agencies tell you no.
    Jim Justice: $60M upgrade to state parks.
    John Raese: Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy.
    Michael Folk: No new regulations on mountaintop mining.
    Natalie Tennant: Raise motor vehicle fees, but gradually, not $40M at once.
    Pat McGeehan: No state funding for open space preservation.
    Patrick Morrisey: Led coalition against "Clean Power Plan".
    Patrick Morrisey: EPA exceeds its authority on Clean Water & Cross-State Air.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: West Virginia rivers and streams are constantly threatened.
    Woody Thrasher: Eliminate unnecessary regulations, balance with conservation.
Families & Children
    Joe Manchin III: 5 basic promises to our children: healthy, safe, cared-for.
    Joe Manchin III: Opposes gay marriage personally, but accepts as settled law.
    Michael Folk: Civil union contracts for same-sex couples, but no marriage.
    Michael Folk: Wrong incentives put kids in foster care instead of families.
    Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with legalization of gay marriage.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Make 6 months of family leave available to all parents.
    Ron Stollings: We need to invest in first 1,000 days of a child's life.
Foreign Policy
    Don Blankenship: Soft on China if one is related to a "Chinaperson".
    Don Blankenship: Double headline - Already Done.
    Patrick Morrisey: America must assert its interests.
Free Trade
    Bob Wise: Protect steel industry from illegal imports.
    Bob Wise: Require use of US steel in state-funded projects.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: West Virginia is a strong international competitor.
    Jay Wolfe: Free trade ok, but sanctions on China & Venezuela.
    Jim Justice: Bring manufacturing back from Vietnam, China and Mexico.
    Jim Justice: Change the trade imbalance with China.
    Jim Justice: Supports tariffs that lead to good deals when dust settles.
    Jim Justice: Supports USMCA trade agreement to replace NAFTA.
    Joe Manchin III: Supports tariffs on China; trade hasn't been good for WV.
    Patrick Morrisey: Supports tariffs on China to gain negotiating leverage.
Government Reform
    Don Blankenship: Media & Republicans conspired to defame me.
    Doris Haddock: Vote against any candidate who supports soft money.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Dissolve state boards & councils that no longer operate.
    Evan Jenkins: Important to keep information secure.
    Jay Wolfe: Increase campaign donation limits.
    Jim Justice: Appoint a Waste Czar to root out agency excess.
    Jim Justice: Create cabinet posts on tourism & economic development.
    Joe Manchin III: Public financing pilot for state Supreme Court races.
    Joe Manchin III: Not more government, but easier government.
    Joe Manchin III: Citizens United decision has destroyed this country.
    John Raese: I think we need less government.
    John Raese: End the coalition of taking & government control.
    Michael Folk: Require voter ID, but for free.
    Michael Folk: Government is not the answer.
    Michael Folk: Cut red tape on state purchasing.
    Natalie Tennant: OpEd: Suppress voting by requiring change-of-address cards.
    Natalie Tennant: I learned "make-do" attitude via my upbringing on a farm.
    Natalie Tennant: 18-month investigation into stolen election: 3 convictions.
    Pat McGeehan: No limits on campaign contributions for PACs or parties.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Cut regulations favoring big businesses.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Upgrade equipment to safeguard elections.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Voter turnout depressed due to money influencing elections.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: We as voters need to hold representatives accountable.
    Richard Ojeda: Federal employees/appointees should donate excess assets.
    Richard Ojeda: Introduced bill: lobbyists should wear body cameras.
    Richard Ojeda: Move toward public financing for campaigns.
    Joe Manchin III: Protect election workers from threats & intimidation.
Gun Control
    Ben Salango: Protect WV gun owners from federal overreach.
    Jay Wolfe: Bearing arms is an individual right.
    Jeff Kessler: Don't require permit and training for concealed carry.
    Jim Justice: The Second Amendment is ingrained in me.
    Joe Manchin III: Background checks ok; not no ban on semi-automatic weapons.
    John Buckley: Freedom to carry AND freedom to marry.
    Michael Folk: No background checks; yes concealed carry.
    Michael Folk: Red flag gun laws unconstitutional & unacceptable.
    Natalie Tennant: Vehemently disagrees with Obama administration on gun rights.
    Patrick Morrisey: Fights the "gun grabbers".
    Patrick Morrisey: Keep Washington liberal gun grabbers off our guns.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Common-sense gun regulations & background checks.
    Richard Ojeda: Deaths and injuries every month from senseless gun violence.
    Woody Thrasher: I am a strong defender of the Second Amendment.
Health Care
    Ben Salango: Health care must be accessible and affordable.
    Bob Wise: $1.5M to provide healthcare access for every child.
    Bob Wise: Improve patient rights by allowing to sue HMOs.
    Bob Wise: More discounts for prescription drugs.
    Jeff Kessler: ObamaCare gets thousands of the poor onto Medicaid.
    Jim Justice: Don't plan on repealing Obamacare/ACA's Medicaid expansion.
    Jim Justice: We can all agree on protection for preexisting conditions.
    Jim Justice: Establish Medicaid Families First Reserve Fund.
    Jim Justice: Vaccinations helped me, but won't require vaccinations.
    Joe Manchin III: ObamaCare makes healthcare more affordable for everyone.
    Joe Manchin III: Reform & repair ObamaCare, not repeal.
    Joe Manchin III: Unacceptable to go back to pre-ObamaCare days.
    John Buckley: Less government in healthcare; more individual choice.
    John Buckley: ObamaCare is a Big Government bacterial infection.
    John Raese: ObamaCare is the problem, not the solution.
    John Raese: ObamaCare relies on poor business model; use private-sector.
    Michael Folk: No universally-accessible public health insurance.
    Michael Folk: Abolish "Certificate of Need" law as anti-competitive.
    Michael Folk: We need a free market in health care.
    Natalie Tennant: Supports access to insurance for all.
    Natalie Tennant: FactCheck: GOP says 147,000 lose insurance; really 8,800.
    Patrick Morrisey: Was lobbyist for pharmaceutical distributors; wife still is.
    Patrick Morrisey: Sued to end coverage of preexisting conditions.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Medicare for all as part of insurance free market.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Health care is a human right, decouple health care from jobs.
    Ron Stollings: Affordable health care should include oral and mental health.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in more mental health services & foster care crisis.
    Ron Stollings: Coronavirus: $2m to prepare a plan now.
    Ron Stollings: Supports bill to cap monthly supply of insulin at $25.
    Ron Stollings: Re-examine Medicaid reimbursement rates to medical providers.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Vote for repeal & replace; but work for fixing ObamaCare.
    Woody Thrasher: AdWatch: Be proactive on coronavirus, not reactive.
Homeland Security
    Bill Cole: Honor and support military as guardians of our freedoms.
    Jay Wolfe: Military tribunals ok; monitoring domestic communications ok.
    Jay Wolfe: Expand missile defense; support pre-emptive military strikes.
    Jim Justice: More programs for National Guard and veterans.
    John Buckley: National Defense Authorization Act is Big Brother spying.
    John Buckley: Opposes NSA spying & foreign policy meddling.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Rein in our bloated military budget.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Weak Iraq policy let ISIS foment into power.
    Jay Wolfe: Establish English as the official national language.
    Jim Justice: Attacks Democrats for not supporting border security.
    Jim Justice: I hope and pray we never have sanctuary cities here.
    Joe Manchin III: Give DREAMers a path to citizenship.
    John Buckley: Create a mechanism to normalize people already here.
    Natalie Tennant: Secure the borders first, then send illegals to back of line.
    Patrick Morrisey: Aggressive efforts against illegal immigration.
    Patrick Morrisey: Lax immigration laws pose a security risk to our homeland.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Create swift, secure path to citizenship.
    Richard Ojeda: Taking benefits from illegal immigrants sounds good.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Secure the borders first, then comprehensive reform.
    Ben Salango: Diversify economy and ensure WV gets federal assistance.
    Jim Justice: Free college has led to record high employment.
    Joe Manchin III: Raise minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $10.10.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Supports living wage and workers' rights.
    Natalie Tennant: Raise payroll cap to $240,000; and raise minimum wage.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Raise minimum wage; tie rate to inflation.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Supports protections for unions, ending "right to work" laws.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Wants a living wage, but not advocating for set amount.
    Richard Ojeda: Against right to work laws, active union participant.
    Richard Ojeda: Ensure coal miners able to transition to "real jobs".
    Richard Ojeda: Strongly against right to work laws.
    Woody Thrasher: State must help diversify economy.
    Woody Thrasher: WV needs jobs or we'll keep losing population.
    Woody Thrasher: Lower taxes, fewer regulations, incentivize small business.
Principles & Values
    Ben Salango: Stop secret tax deals for public officials.
    Ben Salango: Shouldn't have to sue governor to live in capital city.
    Ben Salango: Focused on public service rather than self-service.
    Bob Wise: Treat citizens as customers of government, not as subjects.
    Don Blankenship: I'm Trumpier than Trump, despite Trump opposition.
    Evan Jenkins: A proud ally of our president Trump.
    Jim Justice: God is responsible for miracle of West Virginia.
    Jim Justice: Shedding image of being uneducated, dusty, poor, backward.
    Joe Manchin III: We can only fix things by coming together.
    John Buckley: Former Republican state legislator.
    John Buckley: Cousin to William F. Buckley; long background in GOP.
    John Buckley: Elected as Republican to VA House; running as Libertarian.
    Natalie Tennant: 55-county "Talk with Tennant" tour: represent W.V., not D.C.
    Pat McGeehan: Constitutional conservative: pro-life, pro-gun and pro-coal.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Part of "Brand New Congress" to fight special interests.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: When we unite for justice, we can accomplish our goals.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: We need Congress to do right, even if breaking with party.
    Richard Ojeda: Democrats becoming more a party of elites.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Declined to debate with 3rd-party candidates.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Wants to be an ally, not the face of any movement.
    Stephen Noble Smith: We get what we want when we unite, build power to take it.
    Woody Thrasher: West Virginia is hurting, we need strong leadership.
    Woody Thrasher: If elected, I'll put my businesses in a blind trust.
    Zane Lawhorn: We're seeping into era of chaos, as foretold in the Bible.
Social Security
    Al Gore: Bush’s “federal program” flub indicates ingrained hostility.
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Privatize W.V.'s workers' compensation system.
    Jay Wolfe: Allow investing payroll tax in private accounts.
    Jim Justice: Totally exempt on your Social Security from State income tax.
    Jim Justice: Eliminate state tax on Social Security benefits.
    Jim Justice: Signs law phasing out tax on Social Security for most.
    Joe Manchin III: Expand Social Security without privatization.
    Michael Folk: Eliminate state tax on Social Security.
    Patrick Morrisey: Reforms to keep Social Security & Medicare solvent.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Fix solvency by lifting cap on incomes over $137,000.
    Shelley Moore Capito: Raise payroll cap above $200,000.
Tax Reform
    Bill Cole: Work with legislature to reform our tax code.
    Bob Wise: Top-to-bottom review of business taxes & regulations.
    Don Blankenship: Stands behind Trump's agenda including the tax reform bill.
    Jim Justice: Increase fees, gas tax, and business tax to close deficit.
    Jim Justice: Repeal income tax; increase sales tax 1 «%, add wealth tax.
    Joe Manchin III: Wealthy corporations got greatest benefit from Trump tax cut.
    Michael Folk: Don't raise taxes on shrinking population.
    Patrick Morrisey: Favors a flat tax.
    Patrick Morrisey: Trump tax cuts mean West Virginians receive bonuses & raises.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Cut taxes for middle/working class.
    Richard Ojeda: Raise taxes on natural gas companies building pipelines.
    Woody Thrasher: We are not in favor of tax increases.
    Ben Salango: Upgrade and fix roads and bridges throughout WV.
    Bill Cole: Federal investment in West Virginia roads & infrastructure.
    Bill Cole: Recommends action--not more studies--on transportation.
    Bob Wise: Make e-government service available 24/7.
    Jim Justice: Bid all road jobs, with 5% construction severance.
    Jim Justice: Do everything we can to blanket state with broadband.
    Joe Manchin III: Supports infrastructure investment.
    Joe Manchin III: Overturn FCC repeal of net neutrality.
    Michael Folk: Opposes "bridge to nowhere" projects, even for job creation.
    Natalie Tennant: Find funding to keep our infrastructure strong.
    Patrick Morrisey: Improving infrastructure a must.
    Patrick Morrisey: Supports infrastructure investment.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Invest $4.6 trillion in infrastructure.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: Federal government must help states expand broadband.
    Ron Stollings: Invest in infrastructure and site development.
    Woody Thrasher: More Internet infrastructure, to keep young people in W.V.
    Woody Thrasher: Broadband is a must; recruit tech companies.
    Woody Thrasher: Only build highways that generate new economic activity.
War & Peace
    Joe Manchin III: Withdraw from Iranian nuclear treaty.
    Natalie Tennant: We should consider ground troops against ISIS.
    Patrick Morrisey: Withdraw from Iranian nuclear treaty.
    Paula Jean Swearengin: End wars of choice; protect human rights when needed.
    Richard Ojeda: Criticizes those wanting war with Iran: talk is easy.
Welfare & Poverty
    Earl Ray Tomblin: Homelessness is devastating; revive Interagency Council.
    Jim Justice: If we can't find money to fight hunger, then we're not much.
    Jim Justice: Fighting food insecurity is a big priority of mine.
    John Buckley: Eliminate DOE, HUD, HHS, NPR, FAA, and more.
    Stephen Noble Smith: Try This: individual communities decide what they need.

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