Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
| 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)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
|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)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
| 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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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Dianne Feinstein: Trump's Supreme Court nominee could end Roe v. Wade.
Cynthia Coffman: Pro-choice; moderate on social issues.
John Bel Edwards: Unblemished anti-abortion voting record.
Kelly Ayotte: Make birth control pills available without prescription.
Jeb Bush: OpEd: Jeb avoids extremism on women's issues.
Rodney Glassman: Not conservative on abortion.
Barbara Boxer: Don't go back to criminalizing women and doctors.
Carly Fiorina: Overturn the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
Carly Fiorina: Embryonic stem cell research ok if not created for purpose.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Financially supported by Emily's List.
Kathleen Sebelius: Archbishop of Kansas chides governor for supporting abortion.
John Roberts: Wife is strongly pro-life.
John Roberts: Finds no support for abortion rights in Constitution.
Betty Castor: Abortion should be rare, safe and legal.
John Ashcroft: Restricting abortion has been a hallmark of his career.
John Ashcroft: Would enforce laws against abortion clinic attacks.
John Ashcroft: Life begins at conception.
John Ashcroft: Supports “human rights amendment” against abortion.
Ralph Nader: Threats to overturn Roe are “scare tactics”.
George W. Bush: Every child born and unborn ought to be protected.
Budget & Economy|
Wink Hartman: Run Kansas like a business.
Doug Robinson: State budget is a mess; improve it by cutting spending.
Jerry Brown: $27B budget gap then; multibillion-dollar surplus now.
David Dewhurst: Cut $14B in state spending last year; cut 10.2% since 2003.
Jill Stein: Top 1% are rolling in dough; the rest are in crisis.
Carly Fiorina: Stimulus package is a failure; more tax cuts instead.
Carly Fiorina: Key to recovery is less government, taxation, & regulation.
Dick Durbin: Doing nothing in economic crisis abdicates responsibility.
Steven Sauerberg: Opposes $700 billion rescue plan.
Dirk Kempthorne: Reluctantly proposed higher taxes to close Idaho deficit.
Andrew Cuomo: Upstate economy will be a priority, not “caboose”.
George W. Bush: Gore: Feds spend surplus; Bush: taxpayers spend it.
George W. Bush: 1980 tax cuts, deregulation, and trade led to strong economy.
George W. Bush: Country is not better off as a result of Clinton/Gore years.
George W. Bush: Private sector responsible for economic boom.
John McCain: $9B of pork in current budget bills; cut subsidies.
Jared Polis: Would be Colorado's first openly gay Governor.
Alex Pires: Unequivocal support for legalization of same-sex marriage.
Kevin Wade: Same-sex marriage is a "fringe issue" and a distraction.
Tom Carper: Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
Newt Gingrich: Helped oust Iowa justices who approved same-sex marriage.
Barbara Boxer: Full equality only with same-sex marriage.
Carly Fiorina: No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT.
Jerry Sanders: Supports gay marriage as a Constitutional right.
Rand Paul: Illegal to impose racial segregation in the private sector.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Supports gay marriage.
Bob Barr: I authored DOMA, but now it should be repealed.
Bob Barr: Replace DOMA with state decisions on gay marriage.
Barack Obama: Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage.
John McCain: Supports CA Prop. 8: one-man-one-woman marriage.
Jon Tester: Opposes gay marriage; but not worth amending Constitution.
Kathy Castor: Banning Gay Pride Month promotes discrimination.
John Neely Kennedy: Affirmative action is a fair chance.
Al Gore: Mass violations of civil liberties in the war on terror.
Al Gore: Repeal the USA Patriot Act.
John Ashcroft: USA Patriot Act is respectful of civil liberties.
Pat Buchanan: Condemns gays, women in combat, and abortion.
Dan Bongino: Lessen the tax burden on residents and businesses.
Kevin Wade: Remove deductions and loopholes so GE pays some tax.
Jill Stein: Romney & Obama are both pro-1% big corporation.
Mitt Romney: Corporations are people.
Ralph Nader: Help for ordinary people should replace corporate welfare.
Mike Johnston: Ban police chokeholds; push the CLEAR Act.
John Roberts: Ok to prosecute for eating french fries on city trains.
George W. Bush: Death penalty decisions are profound, but made in 15 minutes.
George W. Bush: Ignored Byrd hate crime bill despite plea by Byrd’s family.
Ezola Foster: Foster claims she was gang target in her Los Angeles home.
Ayn Rand: Crime involves force; no such thing as crime against society.
Antonio Villaraigosa: Supports marijuana legalization.
Gavin Newsom: Let California legalization continue.
Travis Allen: Opposed pot law barring state cooperation with Feds.
Doug Robinson: Ran anti-recreational marijuana group, Smart Colorado.
Antonio Villaraigosa: Pro-legalization with safeguards.
Betsy DeVos: Use federal funds for private schools for military kids.
Cary Kennedy: Led Amendment 23: reduce budget cuts to public schools.
Mike Johnston: Make college more affordable.
John Bel Edwards: Make charter school creation a local issue; end Common Core.
Jerry Brown: No government-imposed standards for public schools.
Hillary Clinton: OpEd: Common Core recycled from Clintons in 1980s and 1990s.
Scott D`Amboise: Money should follow child from kindergarten to college.
Michele Bachmann: Charter school ran afoul due to Christian teaching.
Barbara Boxer: $1.2 billion to save the jobs of 16,500 California teachers.
Dwight Grotberg: Home-schools his seven children.
Dick Cheney: Money from failed schools can be used as parents decide best.
George W. Bush: Education is most important campaign issue.
Ezola Foster: Illegal immigration causes school overcrowding.
Joseph Lieberman: Supports charter schools, private education savings accounts.
Joseph Lieberman: Lieberman’s view on vouchers closer to Bush’s than Gore’s?
George W. Bush: $1.3B to help students in college-prep math & science.
Winona LaDuke: Supports increased funding for tribal colleges.
George W. Bush: “Silver Scholarships” for kids from seniors who volunteer.
John Kasich: Tax money for entrepreneurial private schools.
Energy & Oil|
Benjamin Cardin: End special breaks to oil industries.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Greenhouse gas policy should be decided by EPA, not courts.
Barbara Boxer: Prop. 23: California clean energy policy creates jobs here.
Carly Fiorina: Examine the science; US can't act alone on global warming.
Mark Begich: Advocate for opening up ANWR to drilling.
John Neely Kennedy: Incentives for non-petroleum automobiles are a tax increase.
John Neely Kennedy: More domestic drilling, including in Gulf of Mexico & ANWR.
Mary Landrieu: Member of bipartisan “Gang of 10” for comprehensive oil plan.
Mary Landrieu: Voted against allowing exploration in oil shale in Colorado.
Ralph Nader: Kyoto treaty is so watered down there’s nothing to fight for.
John Cox: Environmental regs crush business.
Neil Gorsuch: Mother ran EPA; accused of being soft on polluters.
Eric Garcetti: No-sunset transportation sales tax to fund Los Angeles Metro.
Rob Maness: Reject Katrina aid bill if pork-laden with other projects.
Dick Durbin: Drives a Ford hybrid that gets 30 mpg.
Steven Sauerberg: Drives a Lexus that gets 23 mpg.
Bret Schundler: Protect green spaces.
Families & Children|
Michele Bachmann: Raised 23 foster kids, with her own kids,as "treatment home".
Ralph Nader: TV ads targeting kids are “electronic child molesting”.
George W. Bush: V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better.
Jill Stein: End foreign aid to countries with human rights abuses.
Kamala Harris: The way to keep us safe is NOT to keep outsiders out.
John Bolton: Help Egyptian Army over Muslim Brotherhood, even if elected.
Rob Sobhani: Focus on bringing foreign investment to Maryland.
Rob Sobhani: Marshall Plan for Mexico; micro-finance for start-up capital.
Joe DioGuardi: Yes, I was a lobbyist; to fight Albanian genocide.
John Roberts: Foreign law is irrelevant to US elected officials.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Citing foreign law ok; we're not bound by it.
Betty Castor: Bush’s travel restrictions to Cuba are wrong.
Pat Buchanan: Interventionism is the incubator of terrorism.
Al Gore: Chernomyrdin Commission produced results despite corruption.
George W. Bush: Chernomyrdin Commission: Gore ignored corruption.
George W. Bush: Chernomyrdin threatens to sue Bush for slander re corruption.
George W. Bush: Will keep sanctions against Cuba.
George W. Bush: US will be a friend to Latin American democracies.
George W. Bush: Patrol borders, but also invest in Latin America.
Gary Bauer: End appeasement based on corporate bottom line.
Ayn Rand: Economic boycott of Russia & they will retreat.
Steve Mnuchin: Free market proponent but tariffs OK to reduce trade deficit.
Charles Boustany: 2013: Supported TPP; 2016: too many concessions.
Foster Campbell: TPP is skewed to the advantage of big business.
John Fleming: TPP means open season on American jobs.
John Neely Kennedy: TPP lacks safeguards against currency manipulation.
Joseph Cao: No trade deal with Vietnam due to human rights abuses.
Rob Maness: Criticized TPP for its closed-door negotiations.
Jerry Brown: Opposed the Northern American Free Trade Agreement.
Mike Bloomberg: Protectionist viewpoint has a heavy price to country.
Mike Bloomberg: Global economy isn’t zero-sum game: US & China can both gain.
Mike Bloomberg: Staunchly for free trade and against protectionism.
George W. Bush: Free trade with China creates expectations for democracy.
George W. Bush: Fast Track in west; WTO in east.
Antonio Villaraigosa: Increase voter turnout among Latinos & all demographics.
Travis Allen: Sponsored voter ID law.
Steve Barlock: Drain the swamp of Colorado politics.
Joe DioGuardi: In Congress, served as president of Truth In Government.
Joe DioGuardi: 1987: Voted NO on Congress pay raise; donated his to charity.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Sunlight Report: lobbyist meetings & earmarks on website.
Joe Biden: Transparency on earmarks: $250B earmarked for Del. In 2009.
Sarah Palin: 1996 mayoral election focus: ideology, term limits, religion.
Chuck Pennacchio: Corporate money is an albatross for politicians.
John Roberts: Disabled people can sue government for discrimination.
Dick Cheney: Didn’t vote in local elections because his focus was global.
John Hagelin: Supports holistic and pragmatic approach to government.
Winona LaDuke: Supports increased party choices for voters.
Joseph Lieberman: Preserve the independent counsel law, with limits.
Mike Espy: Imposed USDA-wide job freeze and cuts.
Gavin Newsom: Supports background checks.
Jerry Brown: Pushed back against liberals on gun control.
Antonio Villaraigosa: Supports Life Act: restrict ammunition, licenses, & weapons.
Carly Fiorina: Opposed 1994 assault weapon ban; opposes no-fly list gun ban.
Carly Fiorina: Let people on no-fly list purchase guns; it's poorly managed.
Barbara Boxer: Assault weapon ban has kept people safe.
Carly Fiorina: Assault weapon ban is arbitrary about which weapons qualify.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Earned high rating from the National Rifle Association.
John Kerry: Supports 2nd Amendment, but wants to ban assault weapons.
Dick Cheney: Now might outlaw plastic guns & cop-killer bullets.
Al Gore: Agrees with Bush on banning weapons; but wants registration.
George W. Bush: Agrees with Gore on trigger locks;but wants more enforcement.
John McCain: Supports ban on certain assault weapons.
George W. Bush: Gun restrictions OK within basic right to own guns.
Antonio Delgado: Public option benefits rural areas by providing competition.
Jay Dardenne: Introduced law requiring no-smoking areas in restaurants.
Bill Cassidy: AdWatch: propose ObamaCare-lite plan in state legislature.
Mary Landrieu: Let consumers keep health plans, but only if told options.
Benjamin Cardin: We need to move forward, not repeal ObamaCare.
Dan Bongino: ObamaCare places too much power in the hands of bureaucrats.
Rob Sobhani: Build on ObamaCare so it's not all government controlled.
Tom Carper: Suffers from glaucoma & high blood pressure.
Marc Scaringi: ObamaCare is profoundly unconstitutional.
Steve Welch: Lunacy that consumers don't know real prices.
Jill Stein: ObamaCare took single-payer & public option off the table.
Elena Kagan: Broad Congressional power for commerce, like ObamaCare.
Stephen Breyer: Broad authority for interstate commerce, like ObamaCare.
Betty Castor: Expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
George Nethercutt: Limit malpractice judgments against OB/GYNs.
George W. Bush: $3.5B of Bush’s $4.7B on uninsured is from private sources.
Al Gore: Curb excess pharmaceutical profits made at consumer expense.
Al Gore: All children should have health care by 2004.
George W. Bush: Endorses tax-subsidized medical savings accounts.
Tom Vilsack: Sees parallel skills between soldiers and farmers.
Rocky Chavez: Block Syrian refugees until we upgrade our intel and vetting.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Torture, even under extreme need, makes us like our enemy.
Dick Durbin: Veterans angry over accusations that Guantanamo like gulag.
Steven Sauerberg: Apologized for saying Guantanamo is like gulag.
John Roberts: Bar veterans from suing the new Iraqi government.
Charles Schumer: Got NY a very fair share of funding.
Gary Bauer: Abandon the ABM Treaty; build SDI over Asia.
Kevin de Leon: Abolish ICE at "Abolish Ice Cream Social".
Adam Laxalt: Stop illegal immigration & stop sanctuary states.
Tom Steyer: $2.3M to recruit and train immigrant advocates.
Delaine Eastin: Supports Dreamers against deportation.
Loretta Sanchez: Refugees are not the enemy, today nor in our history.
Rocky Chavez: We are home for the tired and oppressed, even Syrians.
Marco Rubio: Give kids of illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.
Rand Paul: We will find a place for illegal immigrants in America.
Rand Paul: Replace de facto amnesty with bipartisan reform.
Donald Trump: Citizenship for illegal immigrants is a GOP suicide mission.
Rob Sobhani: Make English the official language of the United States.
Rob Sobhani: 5-year moratorium on immigration & 75,000 work visas.
Marc Scaringi: Secure America's borders.
Steve Welch: Secure America's borders.
Rob Sobhani: Let in poor Mexicans & we will only impoverish ourselves.
Rodney Glassman: Not conservative on immigration.
Barbara Boxer: Cosponsored DREAM Act: legal status from college or military.
Carly Fiorina: No comprehensive reform; but yes to DREAM Act.
Antonio Villaraigosa: AZ immigration law is unpatriotic & unconstitutional.
Pat Buchanan: Terrorists are among us as undocumented immigrants.
Anthony Kennedy: No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
Antonin Scalia: No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
Clarence Thomas: No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
David Souter: 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
John Paul Stevens: 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
Sandra Day O`Connor: 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
Stephen Breyer: 6-month limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
William Rehnquist: No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants.
Ezola Foster: Illegal immigration causes school overcrowding.
Jerry Brown: Extend unemployment benefits federally.
Tom Leppert: I have created thousands of jobs; we need that in DC.
Barbara Boxer: TV ad: Fiorina fired thousands and moved their jobs to China.
Mike Bloomberg: Assist workers displaced by globalization.
Mike Bloomberg: Tariffs to protect jobs end up helping foreign competitors.
Ralph Nader: Unions struggle even in heart of union country.
Ralph Nader: Top CEOs make 415 times entry wages.
Principles & Values|
Dianne Feinstein: Asked state Dems to not endorse, but they endorsed opponent.
David Hadley: Social moderate and fiscal conservative.
Eric Garcetti: There ARE two Americas: Washington DC, and the rest of us.
Xavier Becerra: Appointed as California's first Latino attorney general.
Kamala Harris: First Indian-American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Gary Johnson: Only third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.
John Neely Kennedy: I speak my mind, & some politicians call me a troublemaker.
John Fleming: Passionate conservative: Obama doesn't share our values.
Jeb Bush: Voracious reader and self-described nerd.
Kevin Wade: Career politicians can't change Washington.
Tom Carper: Rumors about my health are "baloney" and "hogwash".
Antonio Villaraigosa: Reinsert "God" into DNC platform despite vote against it.
Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
Elizabeth Emken: Wins primary slot against 14 Republicans and 5 Democrats.
Jill Stein: Occupy Movement: coming of age of a younger generation.
Jill Stein: Dems & GOP are both sinking ships; one just sinks faster.
Jerry Brown: Protect the Earth, serve the people, & explore the universe.
Carly Fiorina: I'll work across the aisle, including with Sen. Feinstein.
Parker Griffith: Changed party from Democrat to Republican.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Interned for Republican Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.
Steven Sauerberg: Put $1.3M of his own money into campaign.
Sarah Palin: Shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
Conrad Burns: Apologizes for calling Arabs “ragheads”.
Jon Tester: Opposes flag-burning; but not worth amending Constitution.
Al Gore: On 2008: “Been there, done that; not pursuing it”.
Al Gore: On 2008: can bide his time & raise Internet money later.
Dwight Grotberg: Compares running against Conrad to US Olympic hockey team.
Dwight Grotberg: Farmer in Barnes County; serves on Township board.
Dwight Grotberg: Worked as a missionary in New Zealand.
John Roberts: Adopted two children.
John Roberts: Reliable conservative and perfect judicial temperament.
Carol Moseley-Braun: Withdraws from presidential race; endorses Howard Dean.
Howard Dean: Carol Moseley Braun withdraws from race and endorses Dean.
John Breaux: Announces retirement in 2004.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Investigated his father’s past; uncovered that he was a Nazi.
Ralph Nader: Decision on run to be based on Kucinich & Dean’s standing.
Pat Buchanan: Buchanan more spoiler than Nader, in state-based analysis.
Ralph Nader: Nader less spoiler than Buchanan, in state-based analysis.
Al Gore: Thanks for allowing Clinton and me to bring change.
Ralph Nader: Waited 16 years; Dems no different than GOP about power.
George W. Bush: Not running for president on father’s name.
Joseph Lieberman: Hollywood deserves reprimands at times, but not censorship.
George W. Bush: Gore’s call for debates is about semantics, not sincerity.
Al Gore: Agrees to further debates if Bush agrees to 3 main debates.
Joseph Lieberman: Freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion.
Ezola Foster: Worker’s Comp claim not based on real mental disorder.
George W. Bush: No need to excuse Cheney from energy issues.
George W. Bush: Bush hopes Lieberman will civilize Gore campaign.
Joseph Lieberman: Nominated for V.P. because of faith, not despite faith.
Joseph Lieberman: Christian right leaders call Lieberman an ally.
George W. Bush: Love and compassion are from God, not government.
George W. Bush: Bush has “hands-off” style, says the test is good decisions.
Dick Cheney: Would vote differently today on ERA, Head Start, not Mandela.
George W. Bush: No regrets for spontaneous personality.
Al Gore: VP search quiet and respectful; VP will fight for people.
John Hagelin: Alternative to Buchanan for Reform Party nomination.
George W. Bush: Baseball is fun, politics is not.
Harley Rouda: Social Security is vitally important to seniors' well-being.
Steve Barlock: Fully fund Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA).
Donald Trump: Cannot change Medicare or Soc.Sec. and still win elections.
Alex Pires: Attack plans to privatize Social Security.
Tom Carper: Private accounts as an add-on, not full privatization.
John Neely Kennedy: Endorses voluntary private retirement savings accounts.
Mary Landrieu: Credit immigrants for FICA paid while status was illegal.
Betty Castor: Privatizing Social Security will reduce benefits.
Gil Cisneros: 2017 tax bill helped billionaires, not average homeowners.
Tom Carper: Broaden the base of taxable income by removing deductions.
Joe DioGuardi: Fined by IRS in 1978 for deducting commodity spreads.
Dwight Grotberg: Abolish the estate tax.
Dwight Grotberg: Allow more rapidly depreciating farm equipment.
Jack McMullen: The Bush tax cuts are working.
Andrew Cuomo: Tax business based on how much business they do in NY.
John McCain: Keep lump-sum earned income tax credit.
George W. Bush: Tax plan will focus on jobs and inner cities.
Mike Bloomberg: Investing in infrastructure critical to competitiveness.
Charles Schumer: Favors building the No. 7 line before a stadium.
Marilyn O`Grady: Against building a stadium for the New York Jets.
Al Gore: Loss of Mars orbiters in part from “reinvention” reductions.
George W. Bush: V-chip OK, but cultural changes are better.
War & Peace|
Donald Trump: Take $1.5T in oil from Iraq to pay for US victims.
Dan Bongino: Too late to act if Iran gets even just a few nukes.
Jill Stein: We're not safer internationally with drone wars.
Rob Sobhani: Decouple Iran from Palestine; free Iran then Palestine state.
Jon Huntsman: Boots on the ground: expensive & not critical for security.
Dick Durbin: We can’ afford $10B to $15B a month in Iraq.
Steven Sauerberg: Critical to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to help Iraqis.
John Roberts: As student during Vietnam, disturbed by anti-war protests.
Al Gore: Renounce policy of holding US citizens as enemy combatants.
George W. Bush: Seeking $87B and UN Aid for Iraqi War Effort.
George W. Bush: Defeating terrorists in Iraq will require time and sacrifice.
George W. Bush: Seeking $87B and UN Aid for War Effort.
Rudy Giuliani: You are either with civilization or with terrorism.
Rudy Giuliani: No need to understand reasons for terrorism-just stop them.
Pat Buchanan: No all-out terror war: do the job and then exit.
Pat Buchanan: Avoid slaughtering innocents or more terrosism will follow.
George W. Bush: Israel’s capital should be in Jerusalem.
Al Gore: Israel: support full UN participation.
Al Gore: Iraq: support Saddam’s opposition, until he’s gone.
George W. Bush: Israel: America should be a stronger friend.
John McCain: Distrust Milosevic, and Verify.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jay Dardenne: Campaign theme: fight poverty & fix the state budget.
Marco Rubio: Feds help deal with poverty; states can help escape it.
Mike Bloomberg: Count poverty based on all costs, minus welfare assistance.
Mel Martinez: A buck an hour is not going to bring someone out of poverty.
George W. Bush: Religious groups must be part of solution to society’s ills.
George W. Bush: Establish federal & state “offices of faith-based action”.
George W. Bush: Bush’s Texan philosophy for the poor: up-by-the-bootstraps.
Al Gore: Investing in inner cities is good deed & good business.