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)
CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2020
(Jake Tapper and Dana Bash interviewing candidates for 2020 races)
(Click for external website)
A long-standing political tradition is the Sunday morning talk show,
beginning with "Meet the Press" in 1947.
Currently, five separate "talking head" programs appear on five different TV stations every Sunday morning.
OnTheIssues.org excerpts all five of the shows, listed below, with their respective interviewing pundits and each pundit's political affiliation:
- ABC This Week: (Martha Raddatz & George Stephanopoulos; liberal; from Bill Clinton's staff)
- CNN "State of the Union": (Jake Tapper and Dana Bash; moderate liberal)
- Fox News Sunday: (Chris Wallace and Bret Baier; conservative)
- Meet the Press: (Chuck Todd; moderate)
- CBS Face the Nation: (Margaret Brennan and John Dickerson; moderate)
2020 CNN "State of the Union" interviews:
- Interview of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, March 15, 2020
- Interview of Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden, March 1, 2020
- CNN, "Ex-Pope Benedict undercuts Francis on priests and celibacy," by Amy Woodyatt, Vasco Cotovio and Hada, 1/13/2020
- (On Trump Cabinet), "How Pompeo convinced Trump to kill Soleimani and fulfilled a decade-long goal," by Nicole Gaouette and Jamie Gangel, January 9, 2020
- CNN analysis of Trump Letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, by Chris Cillizza, Dec. 17, 2019
- "Trump vetoes Congress's directive to end US involvement in bloody Saudi-led war in Yemen," by Tara Golshan, Apr 17, 2019
- ...more citations coming
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Beto O`Rourke: VA must cover full spectrum of women's reproductive care.
Seth Moulton: Strongly supports woman's right to choose.
Marianne Williamson: Abortion is about private morality; government has no role.
John Hickenlooper: Women have the right control their own health care.
John Delaney: Separate church and state; hence pro-choice.
Budget & Economy|
Joe Biden: Under 2009 Recovery Act, we had one place to call.
Andrew Yang: Our winner take all economy causes social problems.
Tom Steyer: Balanced budget in good economies, but spend in tough times.
Gretchen Whitmer: If economy doesn't work for working people, it doesn't work.
Gretchen Whitmer: Kid with a shovel did more for infrastructure than GOP.
Pete Buttigieg: We should support workers going through changes.
Joe Biden: I've benefited from white privilege, & been looked down upon.
Joe Biden: People have the right to protest peacefully.
Joe Biden: Military should not deal with domestic unrest.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: LBJ civil rights laws dwarf any Trump action.
Nancy Mace: Will support John Lewis's legacy.
Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Study social distancing practices while protecting privacy.
Bernie Sanders: End all forms of racial & sex discrimination in this country.
Joe Biden: Made commitment to have women on Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mike Bloomberg: I convinced NY Republicans to vote for gay marriage.
Pete Buttigieg: Federal funding should never be used to discriminate.
Elizabeth Warren: Fight sexism by calling it out over and over.
Amy Klobuchar: Passing the ERA would be a nice thing to do.
Amy Klobuchar: Make fighting hate crimes a priority.
Deval Patrick: Events in Charlottesville show we are in deep trouble.
Tom Steyer: Increase disability funding; we all succeed together.
Donald Trump: Treat Judaism as nationality, not just religion.
Amy Klobuchar: Collect data on GLBT issues so we can persuade Congress.
Amy Klobuchar: Throughout career, fighting hate crimes a priority.
Amy Klobuchar: Ban conversion therapy; it makes no sense at all.
Amy Klobuchar: Yes to federal law that allows third gender on documents.
Beto O`Rourke: Conversion therapy for gay children is tantamount to torture.
Cory Booker: Blacks were fractions of human, in original Constitution.
Cory Booker: We must enforce equal rights in schools.
Cory Booker: Always fights for LGBTQ and will pass Equality Act.
Elizabeth Warren: If you believe in one-man-one-woman, marry just one woman!
Joe Biden: Raised in 1960s to treat homosexuality as basic love.
Joe Biden: Pass Equality Act, enforce Civil Rights Act to protect LGBTQ.
Joe Biden: Yes to transgender in military and right to do as others do.
Kamala Harris: I performed same-sex marriages in 2004, AND later ones.
Kamala Harris: End unequal treatment under law by sexual orientation.
Kamala Harris: Protect those who are more vulnerable to hate.
Pete Buttigieg: I knew I was different long before I knew I was gay.
Pete Buttigieg: An Equality Act will fight discrimination on many fronts.
Beto O`Rourke: Upgrade records of LGBTQ vets who were discharged.
Bernie Sanders: Even prisoners should still have right to vote.
Kamala Harris: Legalize sex work, but fight trafficking and abuse.
Kamala Harris: Women's issues are really about everyone.
Kamala Harris: Ally of LGBTQ community; must end discrimination.
Pete Buttigieg: If U.S. to address human rights, we need to be credible.
Marianne Williamson: Reparations are an appropriate response to country's history.
Marianne Williamson: Attacks on gay rights is attack on us all.
Julian Castro: Supports reparations commission, we need healing process.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Let ex-cons vote; address racism in criminal justice.
Cory Booker: Yes to reparations, but as part of larger conversation.
Cory Booker: Will fight for LGBTQ rights; everyone should feel safe.
Tulsi Gabbard: Must lead in condemning bigotry, regardless of belief.
Tulsi Gabbard: Supports gay rights, 100% record with Human Rights Campaign.
Bernie Sanders: Congressional representation for D.C. residents.
Bernie Sanders: Invest in distressed communities as "reparations".
Tulsi Gabbard: Views on LGBT rights evolved; 100% rating from HRC.
Tulsi Gabbard: Early 2000s: supported father's antigay rights group.
Tulsi Gabbard: Actively supports equal rights on LGBTQ+ issues.
Howard Dean: 2004: I wore a bullet-proof vest to argue for civil unions.
Tulsi Gabbard: Regrets past anti-gay statements; now pro-LGBTQ+ rights.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2002: Amend Constitution to protect traditional marriage.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2004: We shouldn't represent views of homosexual extremists.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2012: Apologized for anti-LGBT past; pro-LGBT bills now.
Kamala Harris: Calling it "identity politics" marginalizes our issues.
Rick Santorum: I don't like dividing America along racial or class lines.
Oprah Winfrey: Credits the civil rights movement for her pathway to success.
Mike Bloomberg: End forced arbitration, like I do in my companies.
Deval Patrick: Focus investments on community as part as long-term value.
Elizabeth Warren: Unfair for big corps to pay no taxes and not contribute.
Elizabeth Warren: Break up big tech platforms like Amazon & Google.
Pete Buttigieg: Anti-trust law must go beyond pricing to deal with high tech.
Bernie Sanders: 1976: I favor the public ownership of utilities & banks.
Bernie Sanders: 1970s: State should take over utilities without compensation.
Bernie Sanders: 1976: Relocating businesses must pay; for public ownership.
John Delaney: Capitalism with regulation, but not socialism.
Howard Schultz: Rich should pay higher taxes, and corporations too.
Beto O`Rourke: Raise corporate rates to fund higher education.
Joe Biden: Bring stakeholders together to agree on police reforms.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Order on statues merely enforces existing law.
Joe Biden: 1994 Crime bill had community policing and crime went down.
Mike Bloomberg: Makeup of police department should reflect city population.
Tom Steyer: We need to break the school-to-prison pipeline.
Tom Steyer: Mistake to invest in private prisons, fought for state ban.
Pete Buttigieg: Country is shockingly over-incarcerated.
Deval Patrick: Black Lives Matter doesn't mean you hate police.
Amy Klobuchar: Safe harbor for prostitutes;but don't decriminalize sex work.
Beto O`Rourke: More resources to fight hate crime against black trans women.
Cory Booker: Presidential office on hate crimes and white supremacy.
Kamala Harris: I fought and ended the "gay panic" defense.
Tom Steyer: Transgendered hate crimes: unequivocally prosecute severely.
Joe Biden: 1994: Billions for state prisons but fewer billions than GOP.
Elizabeth Warren: Must get serious about gun control & background checks.
Kamala Harris: Have a conversation on whether prisoners should vote.
Pete Buttigieg: Restore voting rights for ex-cons, but not those in prison.
John Hickenlooper: Record of being pro-active against police misconduct.
John Hickenlooper: Suspend death penalty; it's too random & doesn't deter.
Tulsi Gabbard: Must expose and punish sexual assaults in military.
Joe Biden: 1993: Don't care why "predators" act; put them in jail.
Joe Biden: 1994 Crime Bill got help for first time offenders, not jail.
Joe Biden: Drugs don't cause mental health issues; it's the reverse.
Amy Klobuchar: Legal marijuana: consider pardon, expunging criminal records.
Pete Buttigieg: Put boundaries on what phamra companies can do.
Andrew Yang: Take billions from drug companies to fix opioid crisis.
Andrew Yang: Jail for dealers; treatment for addicts.
Elizabeth Warren: Opioid crisis has stigma like AIDS & needs increased funding.
Amy Klobuchar: Use drug courts; diversity in law enforcement.
Elizabeth Warren: Change to pro-legalization of marijuana.
Andrew Yang: Decriminalize opiates & marijuana, but not cocaine.
Julian Castro: Crack down on traffickers of dangerous drugs like fentanyl.
Julian Castro: Legalize and regulate marijuana; expunge criminal records.
Jay Inslee: Opposed marijuana legalization; now sees it as success.
Cory Booker: Decriminalize marijuana; expunge past criminal records.
John Hickenlooper: Marijuana legalization works, but leave it to states.
Amy Klobuchar: Reduce sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
John Delaney: Let states regulate and tax marijuana.
Tulsi Gabbard: End failed war on drugs, opioid addiction is medical crisis.
Joe Biden: Harsh sentences for crack were a mistake; worked to rectify.
Amy Klobuchar: Opioid companies should fund addiction treatment.
Beto O`Rourke: Treat drug abuse as public health issue, not criminal.
Donald Trump: Death penalty for drug dealers.
Joe Biden: $100B for school ventilation; part of $1T for infrastructure.
Elizabeth Warren: We have an obligation to treat our teachers better.
Joe Biden: Your zip code shouldn't matter in access to a good education.
Mike Bloomberg: NYC schools did improve; and better for minorities.
Bernie Sanders: Pay for free tuition with tax on Wall Street speculation.
Tom Steyer: Deal with student debt by subsidizing interest rate.
Bernie Sanders: School-to-prison pipeline is a horror show.
Pete Buttigieg: Schoolchildren shouldn't have to have active shooter drills.
Pete Buttigieg: Triple Title I funding; create Education Access Corps.
Bernie Sanders: Freeze private charter schools; they have no accountability.
Deval Patrick: A year of college fees for a year of service.
Pete Buttigieg: Stand up and support public education.
Andrew Yang: Giving families money will improve educational outcomes.
Elizabeth Warren: My secretary of education will be a public school teacher.
Tom Steyer: Hold charter schools to same standards as public schools.
Elizabeth Warren: Secretary of Ed should enforce civil rights and value all.
Bernie Sanders: Save millennials by cancelling student debt.
Amy Klobuchar: Address student debt in ways beyond free college.
Amy Klobuchar: Loan forgiveness for those taking public service jobs.
Elizabeth Warren: Roll back student debt; free college going forward.
Kamala Harris: Change rules on student debt: reduce interest, income based.
Pete Buttigieg: States should take on more of cost of higher education.
Pete Buttigieg: Supports loan forgiveness but not across the board.
Andrew Yang: Pay teachers enough to attract and retain the best.
Marianne Williamson: Wipe out college loans burdening the young.
Julian Castro: Invest in public schools, pre-K through higher ed.
Jay Inslee: Cut college tuition; provide assistance to neediest.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Strongly support education, but one size doesn't fit all.
Beto O'Rourke: 2102: charters are a good idea tdat encourage competition.
Beto O'Rourke: Wife Amy headed a dual-language charter school.
Beto O'Rourke: My kids attend public schools; keep charters accountable.
Elizabeth Warren: Proposed all-voucher education; now opposes charters.
Cory Booker: Support public education including some charter schools.
Cory Booker: Free community college; loan forgiveness; apprenticeships.
John Hickenlooper: Free skills training & free community college.
Elizabeth Warren: Invest in black colleges & minority students.
John Delaney: Free community college and training; student loan reform.
Bernie Sanders: Crucial to invest in pre-K education for our future.
Amy Klobuchar: Free community college; expand Pell Grants.
Howard Schultz: Hold colleges responsible, but help students handle debt.
Beto O`Rourke: Investment in public education pays off.
Energy & Oil|
Joe Biden: Allow fracking, but get to net zero emissions by 2050.
Joe Biden: When I hear global warming, I think jobs.
Mike Bloomberg: You can reduce CO2: turn off your AC & paint your roof white.
Pete Buttigieg: Have to break idea that choice is between climate and jobs.
Deval Patrick: Cap-and-trade via Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Deval Patrick: Massachusetts met Paris Climate rules while he was Governor.
Andrew Yang: Move subsidies from fossil fuel to wind and solar.
Tom Steyer: Cap-and-trade market-based approaches are ineffective.
Elizabeth Warren: Environmental standards in trade agreements.
Seth Moulton: Member of the Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress.
Amy Klobuchar: Would rejoin climate pact & propose new legislation.
Bernie Sanders: End fossil fuel; move toward wind and solar.
Elizabeth Warren: Supports Green New Deal; invest in green infrastructure.
Kamala Harris: Green New Deal sets agenda for dealing with climate change.
Marianne Williamson: Climate change biggest crisis of our time.
Julian Castro: Cut carbon emissions; invest in renewable energy.
Jay Inslee: Decarbonize economy; fund transition for coal/oil workers.
Jay Inslee: Research nuclear energy; many problems unsolved.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Put a price on carbon: supports Green New Deal.
Cory Booker: Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear.
John Hickenlooper: Work with environmentalists & industry to get to solutions.
Elizabeth Warren: America must lead in combatting climate change.
John Delaney: Proposed carbon tax, but also invest in new technology.
Pete Buttigieg: Climate security is priority, invest in renewables.
Tulsi Gabbard: Address climate change; US must lead worldwide effort.
Bernie Sanders: Transform our energy system away from fossil fuel.
Amy Klobuchar: Green New Deal opens discussion on climate change.
Howard Schultz: Green New Deal is unrealistic at $40 trillion.
Pete Buttigieg: Green New Deal is a framework addressing climate & jobs.
Marco Rubio: Address rising sea levels by using natural gas & nuclear.
Marco Rubio: Solar panels are not realistic; focus on mitigation.
Mark Kelly: Trump withdrawal from Paris Accords sets back U.S. progress.
Al Gore: Sustainability revolution at speed of digital revolution.
Al Gore: We're treating the sky as an open sewer.
Donald Trump: Withdraw from Paris Agreement, to put America first.
Nikki Haley: Paris climate agreement cost US too many jobs.
Joe Biden: Green New Deal is in platform and it's not too much.
Joe Biden: WOTUS: clean water rules create rural jobs.
Joe Biden: Pay to put farmland in land banks, for open space & carbon.
Bernie Sanders: Single-use plastic is a crisis among many pollution crises.
Andrew Yang: Eliminate the penny to speed up economy & save environment.
Joe Biden: Will bring polluting country leaders to US to find solutions.
Tom Steyer: Environmental justice means clean air & water.
Marianne Williamson: Deal with factory farming by having environmentalists at EPA.
Families & Children|
Mike DeWine: Got waiver to deliver school lunches to quarantined kids.
Amy Klobuchar: Mental health courts avoid "revolving door" criminals.
Joe Biden: Find purpose in family tragedy.
Mike Bloomberg: Suicides & family violence reduced with 24-hour gun wait.
Mike Bloomberg: Create good alternatives for kids so they avoid guns & crime.
Pete Buttigieg: Teens shouldn't worry that they will be killed at school.
Pete Buttigieg: Not going to take family values lectures from Rush Limbaugh.
Deval Patrick: In my youth, whole community raised its kids.
Deval Patrick: Simplify funding for mental illness treatment.
Pete Buttigieg: Healing & Belonging Grants: more mental healthcare support.
Andrew Yang: More therapists in schools; kids very anxious these days.
Joe Biden: $15 minimum wage and triple money for Title 1 schools.
Tom Steyer: $100M/year for mental health, to reduce suicide & depression.
Amy Klobuchar: Churches & agencies should follow law on gay rights.
Amy Klobuchar: Make it easier for LGBTQ couples to adopt.
Marianne Williamson: Need a cabinet department to focus on children and youth.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Sexual assault and harassment must be treated seriously.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Shouldn't have to choose between caregiving and job.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Pro-vaccines, not sure if they should be Federally mandated.
John Delaney: Family leave good for families & good for economy.
Tulsi Gabbard: 2000: Don't let gay activists force their values on our kids.
Joe Biden: Russia is an opponent, not an enemy.
Mike Bloomberg: Work on China's Uighur human rights, using business pressure.
Mike Bloomberg: China doesn't want a democracy; but don't go to war over it.
Bernie Sanders: Cuba: Teaching people to read and write is a good thing.
Bernie Sanders: Support for Israel & peace doesn't include racist government.
Elizabeth Warren: Let Israelis and Palestinians decide together on Jerusalem.
Elizabeth Warren: Will follow Obama's policy on Iran, in a word, diplomacy.
Joe Biden: Putin wants to weaken NATO and democracy.
Joe Biden: We should not have abandoned the Kurds.
Tom Steyer: America's brand in the world our most important protection.
Joe Biden: US should promote LGBTQ rights worldwide; stop aid if needed.
Tom Steyer: Represent LGBT rights in human rights action abroad.
Bernie Sanders: Supports Israel's right to exist, not Netanyahu.
Marianne Williamson: Support Israeli security & Palestinian human rights.
Marianne Williamson: Return moral principles to our foreign policy.
Julian Castro: 21st century Marshall Plan for Central and Latin America.
Julian Castro: Rebuild alliances & reclaim role as world leader.
Pete Buttigieg: Use diplomatic strategies in Venezuela, not military.
Bernie Sanders: Promote democracy, but don't use military for regime change.
Amy Klobuchar: Stand with our allies, invest in diplomacy.
Howard Schultz: China is not an ally, but we need to work with them.
Tulsi Gabbard: Defends meeting Syria's Assad; supports Trump on North Korea.
John Kasich: Engage the world, instead of acting unilaterally.
Nikki Haley: Recommit that attack on one NATO nation is an attack on all.
Joe Biden: China is a competitor, not an opponent.
Joe Biden: China unfairly competes with state-owned enterprises.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: Yes, US has tried "Buy American" for 100 years.
Mike Bloomberg: China tariff--2015: incalculable damage; 2019: not damaging.
Elizabeth Warren: Countries want to trade with us; so push for human rights.
Bill de Blasio: Democrats should stand for workers not corporations.
Pete Buttigieg: Free trade doesn't have to mean exporting jobs.
Julian Castro: Protect American workers but take part in global economy.
Donald Trump: Nominates opponent of World Bank to lead World Bank.
Howard Schultz: Trump's tariff war is a strategic mistake.
Joe Biden: Push plan to make voting machinery & process secure.
Joe Biden: Early voting, same day registration safeguards elections.
Gretchen Whitmer: Would be nice to have national strategy working with states.
Nancy Pelosi: We don't accept Trump dismissing oversight provisions.
Amy Klobuchar: Voter restrictions hit with surgical precision on minorities.
Elizabeth Warren: AG takes loyalty oath to Constitution, not president.
Joe Biden: Justice Department is not the president's private lawyer.
Ed Markey: Ok with outside PAC ads, if positive ads.
Joe Kennedy III: Supports People's Pledge: no outside PAC spending.
Bernie Sanders: Independent of Our Revolution, group Sanders launched.
Deval Patrick: Democracy Agenda: first legislative package as president.
Andrew Yang: Make Election Day a national holiday.
Andrew Yang: Banning Electoral College non-starter; reform system.
Elizabeth Warren: Current election financing system favors rich.
Amy Klobuchar: Pass Equality Act by marshalling public support.
Cory Booker: Paid family leave and child tax credit expansion for all.
Elizabeth Warren: Pass Equality Act in Senate with more Dems or end filibuster.
Tom Steyer: 12-year Congressional term limits for generational shift.
Andrew Yang: Supports statehood for DC & Puerto Rico.
Marianne Williamson: DC should have representation in Congress.
Marianne Williamson: Must address election security & Russian interference.
Julian Castro: Require candidates to release tax returns.
Julian Castro: We need election security against foreign interference.
Elizabeth Warren: Fight voter suppression; abolish Electoral College.
Pete Buttigieg: Make Supreme Court appointments less partisan.
Jeff Flake: Block judicial appointments until special counsel protected.
Ralph Northam: Appreciate thoughts & prayers but need commonsense gun laws.
Elizabeth Warren: Treat gun violence as the public health emergency it is.
Joe Biden: I go skeet-shooting, badly, and my sons go bird-hunting.
Mike Bloomberg: Second Amendment has guarantees, but gun restrictions ok.
Mike Bloomberg: Sue gun stores which don't require background checks.
Tom Steyer: We license car-owners; we should license gun-owners.
Amy Klobuchar: Close the boyfriend loophole; no guns for abusers.
Deval Patrick: State gun laws don't matter when guns come from other states.
Andrew Yang: Personalize guns so only the owner can fire it.
Andrew Yang: Break stranglehold of NRA on Congress.
Elizabeth Warren: Lethality of guns makes more suicides & domestic violence.
Elizabeth Warren: Multiple solutions to gun deaths, like with highway deaths.
Tim Ryan: Supports universal background checks.
Seth Moulton: Ban bump stocks; bar terrorists from gun purchases.
Kamala Harris: If Congress won't pass gun laws, do it by executive action.
Eric Swalwell: Banning assault weapons does not mean broad gun ban.
Andrew Yang: Treat guns the way we treat motor vehicles.
Marianne Williamson: Gun laws are driven by profits of gun manufacturers.
Julian Castro: Sensible gun laws, and address mental health issues.
Jay Inslee: Lost seat over assault weapons bill; confront NRA again.
Cory Booker: Consensus on common sense gun laws; ready to fight NRA.
John Hickenlooper: Mental illness & weak gun laws both contribute to violence.
Elizabeth Warren: Sensible gun laws have to be at federal level, not state.
Amy Klobuchar: Commonsense gun laws have wide support.
Howard Schultz: Honor Second Amendment but enact sensible gun laws.
Beto O`Rourke: Supports Second Amendment with sensible gun laws.
Steve Bullock: Background checks & age restrictions to reduce gun violence.
John Kasich: Significant changes, while we protect the Second Amendment.
Tim Kaine: Background checks get bipartisan support after marches.
Tom Steyer: Targets youth voter registration for pro gun control votes.
John Kasich: We need bipartisan gun reform to deal with mass shootings.
John Kasich: Background checks and increased attention to mental illness.
Joe Biden: Protect workers and schools from COVID with funding & PPE.
Joe Biden: Wearing a mask is a patriotic requirement, not slavery.
Joe Biden: Add public option to ACA, healthcare is a right.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Coronavirus testing has missed 90% of cases.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Undercut protection for preexisting conditions.
Roger Marshall: He and family took hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus.
Barack Obama: 2014: Africa travel ban to battle Ebola outbreak.
Donald Trump: 1993: Falsely claimed you may get AIDS from kissing.
Nancy Pelosi: President's denial ultimately cost American lives.
Peter Ricketts: Patients can be transferred if rural hospitals not prepared.
Joe Biden: Coronavirus: Deal with health crisis before economic crisis.
Joe Biden: Coronavirus: Let the scientists speak; let them prepare us.
Amy Klobuchar: Billions for CDC for coronavirus; billions for NIH too.
Amy Klobuchar: Provide mental health care with two-cent opioid tax.
Donald Trump: Screen people coming from coronavirus-infected areas.
Elizabeth Warren: The most vulnerable people are susceptible to Coronavirus.
Elizabeth Warren: On tobacco: Have an FDA head who believes in science.
Elizabeth Warren: Home health care workers to become critical occupation.
Joe Biden: We invested in health agencies and kept Ebola out of the US.
Joe Biden: Insist that China let our experts inspect for coronavirus.
Mike Bloomberg: 2011: We're going to cut back Medicaid and Medicare.
Mike Bloomberg: CDC needs funding to fight coronavirus; Trump de-funded it.
Mike Bloomberg: Insurance plans should cover mental health; my companies do.
Pete Buttigieg: Deal with coronavirus with international integration.
Tom Steyer: Mandatory Coronavirus vaccines; and other immediate actions.
Pete Buttigieg: Make it OK to publicly talk about mental health struggles.
Elizabeth Warren: Full health care coverage includes mental health care.
Joe Biden: Public option for ObamaCare; $50 billion for research.
Bernie Sanders: Medicare for All is already a compromise.
Bernie Sanders: Every president since FDR has tried to fix healthcare.
Bernie Sanders: More money into research for pandemics like coronavirus.
Deval Patrick: Crying need for research of Alzheimers & disabling diseases.
Pete Buttigieg: Support people facing assisted suicide from terminal illness.
Joe Biden: Biden Cancer Initiative: data from multiple researchers.
Joe Biden: Tax capital gains at bracket levels to pay for health plan.
Joe Biden: Must divulge cost of health care legislation.
Joe Biden: Invest $50B in new agency to fight cancer.
Gretchen Whitmer: Dems plan to expand health care, GOP wants to take it away.
Amy Klobuchar: Take on Big Pharma, to make drugs more affordable.
Amy Klobuchar: More mental health resources for LGBTQ.
Beto O`Rourke: Distribute PrEP to everyone, at reduced cost.
Cory Booker: Forbid charging more for drugs in U.S. than elsewhere.
Elizabeth Warren: AIDS drugs should be available at cost for all.
Joe Biden: By 2021, ACA says insurance must pay for expensive HIV drugs.
Kamala Harris: Federal funding for PrEP to prevent HIV/AIDS.
Pete Buttigieg: Good care for all and affordable prevention for all.
Tom Steyer: Big Pharma charges Americans 10x what they charge abroad.
Tom Steyer: Directly fund academic research to find cure for AIDS.
Bernie Sanders: Medicare for All: higher taxes but lower healthcare costs.
Joe Biden: Would bring back the individual mandate.
Beto O`Rourke: Expand health care benefits and support for veterans.
Donald Trump: Trump reverses course on vaccinations; now in favor.
Seth Moulton: Improve ObamaCare but not single-payer.
Amy Klobuchar: Ensure vets get equal support for mental health.
Amy Klobuchar: Supports public option for Medicaid & Medicare.
Amy Klobuchar: Take on Big Pharma on prices & lack of competition.
Bernie Sanders: Single payer will transform health care for the better.
Kamala Harris: Private insurance not victims under single payer.
Andrew Yang: Public option would cost less than present system.
Marianne Williamson: Make Medicare for All a public option.
Julian Castro: Medicare for all, but allow private insurance.
Jay Inslee: Lower eligibility for Medicare; provide public option.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Transition to Medicare for all through public option.
Cory Booker: Medicare for all; start with commonsense reforms.
John Hickenlooper: Against single payer; supports public option.
Elizabeth Warren: Start with prescription drugs, then negotiate single payer.
Bernie Sanders: 1970s: For socialized medicine, public drug companies owned.
John Delaney: Create public option but let people opt out.
Pete Buttigieg: Public option is step towards universal care.
Tulsi Gabbard: Supports Medicare for All; address prescription costs.
Bernie Sanders: Elective procedures can be covered by private insurance.
Amy Klobuchar: Medicare-for-All for the future; public option now.
Howard Schultz: ObamaCare is ok, but Medicare-for-All goes too far.
Howard Schultz: President must take responsibility for V.A.
Beto O`Rourke: Open to different ways to get to universal health care.
Bernie Sanders: Don't let Republicans do away with preexisting protection.
Bernie Sanders: Negotiate Medicare prices stop outrageous pharma ripoffs.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Obama signed Veterans Choice, not Trump.
Joe Biden: Coronavirus: Use Defense Production Act for needs.
Bill de Blasio: Coronavirus: We need federalized dynamic as in wartime.
Chris Murphy: Russia never stopped interfering in American politics.
Joe Biden: Protect electoral process from disinformation.
Seth Moulton: Focus on cybersecurity to deal with real threats to US.
Bernie Sanders: CIA torture policy means US service members get tortured too.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: Only 5 out 300 miles of wall are in new places.
Antonin Scalia: DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law.
Barack Obama: DACA recipients make America's shared ideals.
Brett Kavanaugh: DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law.
Clarence Thomas: DACA phase-out legally correct under administrative law.
Donald Trump: DACA phase-out legally correct but politically controversial.
Elena Kagan: DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation.
Jeff Sessions: DACA program was created without proper authority.
Joe Biden: Make DACA permanent; much work remains to be done.
John Roberts: DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation.
Kirstjen Nielsen: DACA program undermines confidence in rule of law.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation.
Samuel Alito: DACA phase-out legally correct; politics is not our business.
Sonia Sotomayor: DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation.
Stephen Breyer: DACA protect childhood immigrants from deportation.
Mike Bloomberg: Staple a Green Card on every foreign student college degree.
Joe Biden: First thing I'll do is send Congress an immigration bill.
Amy Klobuchar: Immigration reform would reduce deficit, raise wages.
Bernie Sanders: Restore legal status of those eligible under DACA.
Pete Buttigieg: Biblical "welcoming the stranger" means immigrants.
Deval Patrick: Allowed MA to shelter Central American refugee children.
Pete Buttigieg: Community Renewal Visas: fast-track rural immigration.
Elizabeth Warren: Restore aid to Central America to reduce emigration.
Elizabeth Warren: Path to citizenship for all here will strengthen America.
Elizabeth Warren: We cannot be a nation that puts children and adults in cages.
Beto O`Rourke: Why do we check for HIV at the border and no other diseases?
Beto O`Rourke: Don't turn away asylum seekers who return home to face death.
Tom Steyer: Trump's border policy is a crime against humanity.
Bill de Blasio: Undocumented folks core to our economy.
Beto O`Rourke: Military service as pathway to citizenship for immigrants.
Seth Moulton: Citizenship path for those who follow law.
Pete Buttigieg: There's a consensus on immigration if we have the will.
Andrew Yang: Immigrants make US stronger and more dynamic.
Andrew Yang: Need more case workers & judges at southern border.
Marianne Williamson: Need to examine how US policy created border crisis.
Julian Castro: Asylum seekers have the right to be heard.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Treat asylum seekers humanely; reform process.
Cory Booker: Support DREAMers, reform immigration to reflect our values.
Elizabeth Warren: A border wall is about hate & division, not security.
Kamala Harris: 2008: Supported SF policy reported arrested juveniles to ICE.
Kamala Harris: Reform system, against "vanity project" of border wall.
Bernie Sanders: Real national emergency is creating path to citizenship.
Howard Schultz: Border security ok, but don't demonize immigrants.
Kirsten Gillibrand: In House, took hardline for border security, ICE funding.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Hadn't understood issues, changed views in Senate.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Pathway to citizenship gets immigrants connected.
Beto O`Rourke: End separating kids; make DREAMers citizens.
Beto O`Rourke: Opposes "open borders," but new wall unnecessary.
Beto O`Rourke: End the inhumane & un-American practice of family separation.
Beto O`Rourke: No 2,000-mile, 30-foot-high, $30 billion wall.
Bernie Sanders: Provide legal status to the 1.8 million DREAMers.
Tim Kaine: DREAMers & DACA saved by executive order, not Congress.
Joe Biden: Require federal contractors to buy American products.
Joe Biden: No one should have to work two jobs to get out of poverty.
Joe Biden: $15 an hour is too little for healthcare workers.
Donald Trump: FactCheck: 9 million jobs offset by 22.2 million job loss.
Joe Biden: Universal paid sick leave' $15 minimum wage; support unions.
Mike Bloomberg: Transition retail & coal workers to other jobs.
Andrew Yang: Help youth get access to trade and technical training.
Cory Booker: Supports $15 minimum wage; pays campaign staff at least that.
Amy Klobuchar: Enact laws to assure equal pay & equal opportunity.
Andrew Yang: Monthly stipend would help us through technological changes.
Andrew Yang: I'm a huge union fan.
Elizabeth Warren: Unions will help rebuild America's middle class.
Pete Buttigieg: Consider guaranteed income, perhaps redefine work.
Bernie Sanders: Make minimum wage a living wage.
Amy Klobuchar: Minimum wage must be raised.
Beto O`Rourke: Invest in training for evolving economy.
Principles & Values|
Jon Ossoff: Parents' success helped me, I want to help others.
Joe Biden: Bring together a divided nation and a world in disarray.
Joe Biden: Trump could have saved 37,000 lives if he had shared info.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: No, only 50% of recent presidents were Ivy league.
Ralph Northam: Now is not the time for divisiveness, time for leadership.
Jay Inslee: We need to make decisions based on science and reality.
Joe Biden: Coronavirus: Trump should do his job, not personalize it.
Joe Biden: Leadership: reassure, rely on experts, management.
Elizabeth Warren: I was a special education teacher; we never give up.
Mike Bloomberg: I will support any Democratic nominee against Trump.
Mike Bloomberg: Ran as Republican because NYC Dems wouldn't let me on ballot.
Mike Bloomberg: If elected will put company into blind trust and sell it.
Bernie Sanders: Jewish identity means end racism & white nationalism.
Bernie Sanders: Confederate monuments belong in museums not town greens.
Pete Buttigieg: Nobody this side of paradise can fix anything alone.
Tom Steyer: US is supposed to be value-driven leader of the world.
Elizabeth Warren: Drew up a release from Bloomberg's NDAs.
Elizabeth Warren: Special needs teacher job taught me to never give up.
Joe Biden: Won't promise to serve one term unless change in health.
Joe Biden: There's nothing beyond the capacity of the American people.
Amy Klobuchar: Watching president speak used to be important for citizens.
Bernie Sanders: I do not believe in online bullying, end of discussion.
Deval Patrick: I am a man of faith; my decisions are grounded in faith.
Pete Buttigieg: Government belongs to people of every religion & no religion.
Elizabeth Warren: Committed to grassroots campaign with small donations.
Joe Biden: If Putin interferes, there will be consequences.
Tom Steyer: I have been a grassroots organizer for 10 years.
Cory Booker: His faith taught love, so he fought his own homophobia.
Kamala Harris: The power of a president's support will help LGBTQ youth.
Pete Buttigieg: Invest in mental health and build community.
Pete Buttigieg: Religious freedom does not mean the right to hurt others.
Justin Amash: People put up with Congress because economy is good.
Bernie Sanders: Government should address income inequality, not support it.
Pete Buttigieg: God does not have a political party.
Pete Buttigieg: National service can unite Americans.
John Kasich: The press is a critical foundation of freedom--not the enemy.
John Kasich: I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me.
Mike Bloomberg: 2009: Called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme".
Mike Bloomberg: 2009: Social Security a Ponzi scheme, 2020: boost receipts.
Amy Klobuchar: Raise cap above "donut hole": FICA over $250,000.
Joe Biden: 6.2% FICA tax on all earnings over $400,000.
Elizabeth Warren: System can be fixed if we have political will.
Cory Booker: Raise the cap on Social Security taxes to fund system.
Beto O`Rourke: 2012: Protect retirees, but make changes for the future.
Beto O`Rourke: 2012: Maybe raise age; 2019: Against raising age.
Amy Klobuchar: Address national debt without cutting entitlements.
Joe Biden: FactCheck: tax hike on top 1%, not on all American families.
Tom Steyer: Unbearable inequality in most unfair tax regime I've seen.
Deval Patrick: Raise the estate tax to 55%.
Beto O`Rourke: War tax on non-military households to support vet healthcare.
Bernie Sanders: Supports progressive taxation; closing loopholes for wealthy.
Elizabeth Warren: Proposes wealth tax for fortunes over $50 million.
Andrew Yang: Fund programs from tech companies now paying no tax.
Bernie Sanders: 1974: 100% tax over $1 million.
Bernie Sanders: Close loopholes that let wealthy avoid taxes.
Julian Castro: Raise the top marginal tax rate; negotiate the numbers.
Tom Steyer: Tax reform bill keeps the rich happy but hurts middle class.
Joe Biden: NASA has cancer expertise: they know most about radiation.
Pete Buttigieg: National data security policy, don't leave it to companies.
Deval Patrick: Infrastructure creates jobs now and builds base for future.
Andrew Yang: Preserve our data rights and our data dignity.
Andrew Yang: Hold Facebook accountable and invest in local news.
Joe Biden: Build half million charging stations on highways.
Tom Steyer: Collect census data on LGBTQ status.
Tim Ryan: Chief manufacturing officer will move US on green technology.
Kamala Harris: Cybersecurity crucial to protect elections & infrastructure.
Pete Buttigieg: Automation is changing the workplace; we need to adapt.
Elizabeth Warren: Investing in infrastructure help future business.
Amy Klobuchar: Users of social media should be able to control their data.
Jay Inslee: Regulate internet to protect privacy & net neutrality.
John Delaney: National strategy for artificial intelligence & automation.
War & Peace|
Joe Biden: Support Afghan counter-terrorism; oppose counter-insurgency.
Joe Biden: Afghanistan: against surging troops; not nation builders.
Mike Pence: Taliban committed to oppose terrorists; now hard work begins.
Chris Murphy: It's dangerous that administration is not talking to Iran.
Amy Klobuchar: Require Congressional approval for war with Iran.
Andrew Yang: Require Congress to declare war.
Andrew Yang: Declaring war is an act of Congress.
Pete Buttigieg: Would use force, but need to think of the consequences.
Joe Biden: FactCheck:No, didn't oppose Iraq War right after war started.
Andrew Yang: Limited foreign intervention; restore Congress's role in war.
Julian Castro: Don't entangle ourselves in wars, but rebuild alliances.
Pete Buttigieg: U.S. not the guarantor of peace in Afghanistan.
Tulsi Gabbard: Oppose regime change wars in Syria, Venezuela, Iran.
John Kasich: Eradicate leadership of North Korea but no military strike.
Welfare & Poverty|
Mike Bloomberg: Greenwood Initiative: a million more homes in black hands.
Mike Bloomberg: More African-American home ownership; study reparations.
Mike Bloomberg: Put more bank branches in minority neighborhoods.
Bernie Sanders: National rent control an appropriate tool.
Bernie Sanders: No time limit for welfare, but guaranteed job program.
Tom Steyer: Billions for affordable housing; market won't do it.
Elizabeth Warren: Need funding to help LGBTQ homeless youth.
Julian Castro: Bring back LGBT non-discrimination policies for HUD housing.
Kamala Harris: Use the tax code to alleviate homelessness.
Bernie Sanders: Would sign reparations bill; wants investment in poor areas.
Andrew Yang: Increase affordable housing; get localities to change zoning.
Elizabeth Warren: Government should subsidize new home building.
Elizabeth Warren: Focus on poverty, not corporate profit: raise minimum wage.
John Delaney: Double the earned income tax credit (EITC).
The above quotations are from CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2020
(Jake Tapper and Dana Bash interviewing candidates for 2020 races).