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Books by and about 2016 presidential candidates
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Crippled America ,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
American Dreams,
by Marco Rubio (2015)
Taking a Stand,
by Rand Paul (2015)
Unintimidated,
by Scott Walker (2013)
A Time for Truth,
by Ted Cruz (2015)
One Nation,
by Ben Carson (2014)
Trump/Pence vs. Clinton/Kaine On the Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Living History ,
by Hillary Rodham Clinton (2003)
Between Hope and History ,
by Bill Clinton (1996)
In Harmís Way ,
by Dr. Jill Stein (2000)
Democrat vs. Republican vs. Green vs. Libertarian,
Four Party's Presidential Nominees On The Issues (2016)
Books by and about 2012 presidential candidates
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)

Book Reviews

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Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Eight by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans



    Click on a participant to pop-up their full list of quotations
    from Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate (number of quotes indicated):
  • Ben Carson (6) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Bobby Jindal (8) Louisiana Republican Presidential candidate
  • Carly Fiorina (10) Republican Presidential Challenger
  • Chris Christie (9) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Donald Trump (10) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Jeb Bush (11) Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich (12) Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio (12) FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee (9) Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
  • Rand Paul (13) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
  • Rick Santorum (12) Republican Presidential candidate
  • Ted Cruz (13) Republican 2016 Primary Challenger
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

    The Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Republican presidential primary debate on November 10, 2015 was "two-tiered":
  • 8 GOP candidates in the prime-time slot (9 PM EST)
  • The remaining 4 GOP candidates in an earlier slot (7 PM EST)
  • The top tier was determined by 4 averaged poll results prior to the debate: The first tier candidates scored over 2.5% and the second tier scored over 1%.
  • The poll result order is shown on the left below and the graphic above.
  • Viewership ratings for this debate set a record for Fox Business (which averages 0.1 million viewers per day), as did previous debates for their network viewership (shown on right below)
      First Tier
    • CEO Donald Trump
    • Dr. Ben Carson
    • Sen. Marco Rubio
    • Sen. Ted Cruz
    • Gov. Jeb Bush
    • CEO Carly Fiorina
    • Gov. John Kasich
    • Sen. Rand Paul
      Second Tier
    • Gov. Chris Christie
    • Gov. Mike Huckabee
    • Gov. Bobby Jindal
    • Sen. Rick Santorum

      Did not qualify
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham
    • Gov. George Pataki
    • Gov. Jim Gilmore
      Viewership ratings
    • 13.5 million viewers for Nov. 10 Fox Business top-tier GOP debate
    • 4.7 million viewers for Fox Business second-tier GOP debate
    • 15.3 million viewers for Oct. 13 CNN Democratic debate
    • 14.0 million viewers for CNBC GOP debate
    • 24.6 million viewers for Fox News GOP debate
    • 22.6 million viewers for CNN GOP debate
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Ben Carson: Stop tinkering around the edges & address the problem.
    Bobby Jindal: Wanting to cut is easy; actually cutting is harder.
    Bobby Jindal: Cut the government economy to grow the American economy.
    Carly Fiorina: Combine zero-based budget with tax reform.
    Carly Fiorina: Dodd-Frank bank regulation is how socialism starts.
    Chris Christie: Hillary is coming for your wallet.
    Chris Christie: The Fed should stop maintaining low interest rates.
    Jeb Bush: Dodd-Frank increased costs of community banking.
    Jeb Bush: Don't accept new norm of 2% growth; strategize for 4%.
    Jeb Bush: 2% growth hurts the middle class.
    John Kasich: Economic theory is fine, but people need help.
    Marco Rubio: Raising the minimum wage is an economic disaster.
    Rand Paul: Fiscal conservative on both domestic & military spending.
    Rand Paul: The Fed is destroying the value of our currency.
    Rick Santorum: Over-taxation and over-regulation shut down our economy.
    Ted Cruz: Would I bail out the banks again? Absolutely not!
    Ted Cruz: I would not bail out Bank of America.
    Ted Cruz: 1.2% annual growth over last 8 years is a disaster.
Corporations
    Bobby Jindal: We all want to get rid of death tax & reduce power of IRS.
    Donald Trump: Get U.S. money back into U.S.: address corporate inversion.
    John Kasich: Never let depositors lose their bank deposits.
    Marco Rubio: Regulations favor big banks because small ones can't keep up.
    Mike Huckabee: Stop punishing manufacturing; stop punishing work.
    Rick Santorum: No bailouts: I'm a capitalist, not a corporatist.
    Ted Cruz: End sugar subsidies and corporate welfare.
Drugs
    Ben Carson: Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs.
Energy & Oil
    Jeb Bush: Economic growth pays for environmental clean-up.
    John Kasich: 20,000 jobs from fracking plus 300,000 other jobs.
    Rand Paul: Repeal energy regulations like Clean Power Act.
Environment
    Jeb Bush: Repeal EPA restrictions on clean water and clean power.
Families & Children
    Marco Rubio: Pro-family tax code: increase child-care tax credit.
    Marco Rubio: Most important job is being a parent.
    Rick Santorum: This campaign is all about two words: "Working Families".
Foreign Policy
    Carly Fiorina: Arm the Kurds, the Emiratis, and more.
    Donald Trump: Let Russia bash ISIS; let Germany defend Ukraine.
    Jeb Bush: Big difference between world's policeman and world's leader.
    Jeb Bush: Syria & Iraq talk to Russia due to lack of U.S. leadership.
    John Kasich: China doesn't own the South China Sea; show US Navy there.
    Marco Rubio: Void in the Middle East, so gangster Putin steps in.
    Ted Cruz: Under Hillary's leadership, every region of world is worse.
Free Trade
    Rick Santorum: FactCheck: Several other candidates support EXIM Bank too.
    Donald Trump: TPP is a horrible deal; no one has read its 5,600 pages.
    John Kasich: TPP is a strategic alliance against China.
    Rand Paul: Senate should be involved in trade deals, not just President.
    Rick Santorum: Export financing to level playing field for US manufacturers.
Government Reform
    Carly Fiorina: We've become a nation of rules, not a nation of laws.
    Carly Fiorina: Problem is government growing bigger, crushing growth.
    Chris Christie: There's nothing for free; federal programs mean taxes.
    Jeb Bush: A powerful D.C. hurts economic growth.
    Mike Huckabee: State budget basics: educate, medicate, and incarcerate.
    Ted Cruz: Obama-era regulations hurt small business.
    Ted Cruz: Eliminate IRS, HUD, and Departments of Commerce & Energy.
Health Care
    Bobby Jindal: My plan puts patients & doctors back in control.
    Carly Fiorina: ObamaCare is failing; replace 10,000 pages with free market.
    Carly Fiorina: Replace ObamaCare with state-managed high-risk pools.
    Chris Christie: No single-payer system; no healthcare nationalization.
    John Kasich: We reduced Medicaid funding by 7.5% with no benefit cuts.
    Rick Santorum: Let veterans go to private hospitals instead of VA hospitals.
    Ted Cruz: Don't exempt Congress from ObamaCare, or any law.
Homeland Security
    Ben Carson: Goal of global jihadists is to destroy our way of life.
    Chris Christie: Yes, there is a crisis at the VA.
    Donald Trump: We worry about Iranian nukes but why not North Korean nukes?
    Jeb Bush: We don't need a divider-in-chief: rebuild the V.A.
    Marco Rubio: World is safer when America is the strongest military power.
    Rand Paul: How is it conservative to add $1T in military expenditures?
    Rand Paul: We spoke to Russians throughout the Cold War; keep doing so.
    Rand Paul: FactCheck: Yes, military spending as much as next 10 nations.
    Rick Santorum: Commander-in-chief is not an entry-level position.
Immigration
    Donald Trump: Ship millions back to Mexico, like Eisenhower did.
    Donald Trump: Walls on borders work; just ask Israel.
    Donald Trump: We must stop illegal immigration; it hurts us economically.
    Jeb Bush: We need practical plan; not possible to deport 11M illegals.
    John Kasich: It's a silly argument to ship 11M illegals back to Mexico.
    Mike Huckabee: Take care of jobless Americans rather than save Syrians.
    Ted Cruz: Illegals are an economic calamity for low-wage Americans.
Jobs
    Ben Carson: Raising the minimum wage increases unemployment.
    Bobby Jindal: 60 months in a row of job growth in Louisiana.
    Donald Trump: Don't raise minimum wage; it makes us non-competitive.
    Donald Trump: I have relevant experience by creating jobs and assets.
    John Kasich: I created jobs in Congress & in Ohio; let's make it thrice.
    John Kasich: When you balance the budget & cut taxes, people get work.
    Marco Rubio: Raising minimum wage would replace people with machines.
    Mike Huckabee: Wages for bottom 90% of the economy stagnant for 40 years.
    Rick Santorum: Jobs are open in manufacturing but no skilled workers.
Principles & Values
    Bobby Jindal: Republicans should embrace Republican principles.
    Carly Fiorina: Take back government and restore security and prosperity.
    John Kasich: Capitalism needs values to avoid unfettered greed.
    John Kasich: Conservative government will rebuild American from bottom up.
    Marco Rubio: This election is a generational choice about 21st century.
    Marco Rubio: Each generation has left America better, until now.
    Mike Huckabee: I want to give a chance for American dream.
    Rick Santorum: I'm a real conservative who won in a blue state.
    Ted Cruz: We the people can turn this nation around.
Social Security
    Marco Rubio: Child tax credit refundable against payroll tax.
    Mike Huckabee: Entitlements are earned benefits, not welfare.
    Rand Paul: Eliminate payroll tax for employees.
    Ted Cruz: Personal accounts for young; no changes for elderly.
    Ted Cruz: Eliminate payroll tax entirely. and IRS entirely.
Tax Reform
    Ben Carson: Cancel mortgage deduction and charitable deduction.
    Bobby Jindal: 3-tiered tax rate: 25%/10%/2%, with 2% for even the poorest.
    Chris Christie: Get rid of deductions except charitable & mortgage deduction.
    Chris Christie: Get rid of all deductions; get government off our backs.
    Mike Huckabee: 22% of cost of goods is embedded taxes; take that tax out.
    Mike Huckabee: FairTax is better than punishing productivity.
    Rand Paul: Refundable tax credits are same as welfare transfers.
    Rand Paul: Penny Plan: cut 1% across the board; balance budget in 2020.
    Rick Santorum: 20% flat tax on all income of all types.
    Ted Cruz: There are more words in the tax code than in the Bible.
Technology
    Carly Fiorina: The secret sauce of America is innovation.
    Chris Christie: The Chinese don't take us seriously, and why should they?
    Marco Rubio: Fast change: Candy Crush got 100 million people in 1 year.
    Rick Santorum: Get federal government out of the infrastructure business.
War & Peace
    Carly Fiorina: Aggressive exercises in Baltic; more US troops in Germany.
    Chris Christie: I'll fly Air Force One over China's artificial islands.
    Donald Trump: Assad is a bad guy, but his replacement could be worse.
    Jeb Bush: We should have a no fly zone in Syria.
    John Kasich: Work with allies like Israel, Egypt, Jordan.
    Marco Rubio: ISIS hates our way of life; either they win or we win.
    Rand Paul: A no-fly zone in Iraq means shooting war with Russia.
    Rand Paul: Arming al Qaeda let it become ISIS.
Welfare & Poverty
    Ben Carson: Give poor people opportunity to not be poor people.
    Bobby Jindal: Cut government to reclaim American dream with good jobs.
    Mike Huckabee: Poverty system was set up by poverty industry.
    Rand Paul: Income inequality comes from Democrats & the Fed.
    Rick Santorum: Going to work while on welfare loses money.


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  • Carly Fiorina Republican Presidential Challenger
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  • Jeb Bush Florida Former FL Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • John Kasich Ohio Republican presidential candidate
  • Marco Rubio FL Senator; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Mike Huckabee Arkansas Republican Presidential candidate
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The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Eight by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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  • Miami Republican debate, March 10, 2016
  • Miami Democratic debate, March 9, 2016
  • Democratic primary debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016
  • Republican primary debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016
  • CNN-Telemundo Republican debate on eve of Texas primary., Feb. 25, 2016
  • Democratic and Republican primary Town Hall, on eve of S.C. primary
  • 2016 CNN GOP Town Hall in South Carolina, Feb. 17-18, 2016
  • 2016 CBS News Republican Debate in S.C., Feb. 13, 2016
  • PBS Democratic Primary Debate in Wisconsin, Feb. 11, 2016
  • 2016 ABC News/IJReview Republican Debate in N.H., Feb. 6, 2016
  • MSNBC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Feb. 4, 2016
  • 2016 CNN Democratic Town Hall in N.H., Feb. 3, 2016
  • 2016 Fox News GOP primary debate in Iowa, Jan. 28, 2016
  • 2016 NBC Democratic primary debate, Jan. 17, 2016
  • 2016 Fox Business two-tiered GOP primary debate, Jan. 14, 2016
  • 2015 ABC Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire, Dec. 19, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Republican primary debate in Nevada, Dec. 15, 2015
  • 2015 CBS Democratic primary debate, Nov. 14, 2015
  • 2015 Fox Business/WSJ two-tiered GOP primary debate, Nov. 10, 2015
  • 2015 CNBC two-tiered GOP primary debate, Oct. 28, 2015
  • 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate, Oct. 13, 2015
  • 2015 CNN two-tiered GOP primary debate, Sept. 16, 2015
  • Red State Gathering, Aug 6-9, 2015
  • 2015 Fox News/Facebook two-tiered GOP primary debate, August 6, 2015
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition "Road to Majority" Policy Conferences, April 25, 2015
  • 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Feb. 26-27, 2015
  • Forbes Magazine "Candidates Want You to Know" series, March-June 2015
  • Sunday Political Talk Show interviews, throughout 2015
  • Pre-Iowa caucus political summits, throughout 2015
  • Brennan Center for Justice essays
  • National Journal 2016 series
  • Interviews on 2016 races with OnTheIssues
  • PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series
  • PolitiFact fact-checking on 2016 campaigns
  • Survey of 2016 Presidential campaign websites
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