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)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Andria Tupola: No public funds for abortion, except for incest and rape.
Ron Curtis: Pro-life, but government should not decide.
Bob McDermott: Opposed law disclosing abortion rights to women.
Mark Takai: Faithful defender of a woman's right to choose.
Cam Cavasso: Human life begins at conception.
Eddie Pirkowski: Human life begins at conception.
David Ige: Pro-choice; no parental consent; no public funding.
John Carroll: No abortion after the baby can recognize pain.
Mazie Hirono: Endorsed by EMILY's List for pro-choice women.
Duke Aiona: Pro-life; respect all human life.
Cynthia Thielen: No residency requirement for abortions; clinics ok.
Charles Djou: Waiting periods and notification OK; partial birth not OK.
Brian Schatz: Abortions should be legally available, and funded.
Budget & Economy|
Andria Tupola: Save government money with efficiency; cut waste.
Andria Tupola: Focus on spending efficiency, instead of raising taxes.
Ron Curtis: Balanced budget achievable: stop waste and reduce spending.
David Ige: We are spending more than we take in; fix the imbalance.
Cam Cavasso: Balance the budget; don't pass it on to children.
Eddie Pirkowski: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Charles Djou: Runaway federal spending threatens our economy & job growth.
Cam Cavasso: Government spending sucks oxygen out of the economy.
Duke Aiona: State should be smarter; current resources are sufficient.
Benjamin Cayetano: More funding for tourism infrastructure.
Andria Tupola: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws.
Ron Curtis: Americans are equally entitled to Constitutional rights.
Andria Tupola: Give same rights to American Samoans living here.
John Carroll: Inclusive legislation to banish racism and intolerance.
Bob McDermott: Amendment for marriage only by opposite-sex couples.
David Ige: Follow the lessons offered by our host culture.
Mark Takai: Support ENDA; oppose DOMA; yes to LGBT marriage.
Cam Cavasso: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Eddie Pirkowski: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
David Ige: Civil unions ok; gay marriage not ok.
John Carroll: Opposes same-sex marriage, but 14th Amendment trumps that.
Duke Aiona: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions.
Duke Aiona: Supports affirmative action.
Linda Lingle: Civil unions are same-sex marriage by another name.
Linda Lingle: Vetoed civil unions for couples who cannot marry.
Charles Djou: Supports traditional marriage but also domestic partnerships.
Colleen Hanabusa: Create civil unions for couples who cannot marry.
Colleen Hanabusa: Create civil unions for couples who cannot marry.
David Ige: Create civil unions for couples who cannot marry.
Daniel Akaka: Opposed the Patriot Act renewal on civil liberty grounds.
Ed Case: Supported Patriot Act to provide law enforcement tools.
Cam Cavasso: PATRIOT Act does not go too far.
Benjamin Cayetano: Defend native Hawaiian Homelands project.
Charles Djou: No affirmative action.
David Ige: Vetoed taxing of short term rental accommodations.
Kai Kahele: Don't allow taxing of short term rental accommodations.
Bob McDermott: Allow taxing of short term rental accommodations.
Cynthia Thielen: Allow taxing of short term rental accommodations.
Andria Tupola: Cut corporate taxes and unnecessary regulation.
Eddie Pirkowski: Zero taxes would attract corporate headquarters.
David Ige: $10 million for HI Growth initiative to support innovation.
Mark Takai: End tax breaks for largest oil and drug companies.
Mazie Hirono: US Chamber of Commerce does not reflect business community.
Andria Tupola: Prioritize budget increases for police.
Andria Tupola: Support police who risk their lives for us.
Andria Tupola: No capital punishment; no minors prosecuted as adults.
John Carroll: Keep evidence from stops even without reasonable suspicion.
Brian Schatz: Stop transferring military equipment to local police forces.
David Ige: Opposes capital punishment.
John Carroll: Opposes capital punishment.
Cam Cavasso: Supports capital punishment for certain crimes.
Duke Aiona: Prosecute minors as adults, but no capital punishment.
Duke Aiona: Better schools help Native Hawaiians stay out of prison.
Charles Djou: More prisons; less parole; more penalties; less profiling.
Brian Schatz: End parole for repeat violent felons.
David Ige: Vetoed transport between islands of medical marijuana.
Bob McDermott: Allow transport between islands of medical marijuana.
Cynthia Thielen: Allow transport between islands of medical marijuana.
Andria Tupola: Require welfare applicants to pass a drug test.
Ron Curtis: Keeping drugs illegal means crime, money, and addiction.
John Carroll: Marijuana less damaging than alcohol; legalize it.
Andria Tupola: Voted against medical marijuana dispensaries.
Bob McDermott: Voted against medical marijuana dispensaries.
Cynthia Thielen: Voted against medical marijuana dispensaries.
David Ige: Establish licensing rules for medical marijuana dispensaries.
Brian Schatz: Hawaii not ready for legal pot; needs national conversation.
Colleen Hanabusa: States should determine marijuana legality.
David Ige: No marijuana decriminalization but alternative sentencing ok.
Duke Aiona: No marijuana decriminalization but alternative sentencing ok.
Benjamin Cayetano: Philosophy shift to treatment instead of punishment.
Charles Djou: Prohibit the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Brian Schatz: Criminalize date-rape drugs as controlled substances.
David Ige: Maximize school land by building compatible structures.
David Ige: Universal pre-K crucial to education reform.
Ron Curtis: We can better serve students teaching them the "how" skills.
Andria Tupola: Education needs to be an interconnected community issue.
Bob McDermott: Sues state over overcrowded school.
Mark Takai: Invest in our public schools with federal funds.
Cam Cavasso: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
David Ige: Quality public education necessary for a strong economy.
David Ige: Implement early education through DOE, not private schools.
Neil Abercrombie: Improving public education is one of my top priorities.
David Ige: Improving public education is one of my top priorities.
David Ige: Too many decisions made by state instead of locally.
Eddie Pirkowski: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
Charles Djou: Empower parental involvement in schools over bureaucracy.
David Ige: Opposes vouchers, but supports charters.
Linda Lingle: I support PBS, but Big Bird is not essential to America.
Duke Aiona: Yes to charters; no to national standards.
Benjamin Cayetano: $290M for school capital improvements.
Energy & Oil|
David Ige: 30% renewable energy by 2020; carbon negative by 2045.
Marissa Kerns: Support no-taxpayers-government-bailout for renewable energy.
Ron Curtis: Manage renewable electric power with smaller community farms.
Andria Tupola: For renewable energy if affordable and environmentally safe.
Eddie Pirkowski: Explore oil shale, solar, wind, safe nuclear, cheap hydrogen.
Eddie Pirkowski: Sustainable green development; reduce our carbon footprint.
David Ige: 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045.
Brian Schatz: Use every weapon at our disposal to fight climate change.
Brian Schatz: Work towards passage of carbon fee legislation.
Mark Takai: Invest in alternative energy, including wind and solar.
Cam Cavasso: No subsidies for wind and solar.
David Ige: Reduce fossil fuel use; increase renewable energy.
Neil Abercrombie: Liquefied natural gas is a "bridge fuel" to renewables.
David Ige: Tie rooftop solar into the electric grid.
Eddie Pirkowski: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Brian Schatz: OpEd: Schatz promotes wind turbines requiring huge subsidies.
Brian Schatz: FactCheck: Yes, 97% of Greenland ice surface melted in 2012.
Brian Schatz: Clean energy with Taiwan; smart grid with Korea.
John Carroll: Humans change climate, but don' regulate greenhouse gases.
Duke Aiona: Fund alternative energy over traditional energy.
Daniel Akaka: Offered hydrogen and ethanol bills for energy independence.
Ed Case: Investigate the oil companies & reinstate the CAFE standards.
Cynthia Thielen: Voted YES to suspend the gasoline price cap.
Andria Tupola: Protect environment by partnering with local orgs.
David Ige: Strong guidelines for environmental protection.
Ron Curtis: Protect environment with common sense daily routine changes.
Andria Tupola: People must understand what environmental protections do.
Andria Tupola: If we take care of the land it will take care of our needs.
Andria Tupola: Tension between development & environment is about balance.
John Carroll: Eliminate air and water pollution in every state.
David Ige: Push Congress to spend more on Hawaii tourism.
David Ige: Increase funding for watersheds & against invasive species.
Brian Schatz: Received perfect score from League of Conservation Voters.
Neil Abercrombie: Food labeling good, but not at expense of small businesses.
David Ige: Right to know what is in our food, via federal labeling.
David Ige: Protect Hawaii's fragile resources for future generations.
Brian Schatz: Genetically modified foods aren't unhealthy.
Colleen Hanabusa: Genetically modified foods aren't unhealthy.
Charles Djou: Advocated for recycling and trash services on City Council.
Ed Case: Diversify tourism to include educational & eco-tourism.
Mazie Hirono: Visit the USA Bill: attract 300,000 Chinese by easier visas.
Neil Abercrombie: New Day Work Projects: transit-oriented development.
Duke Aiona: Make Hawai'i the greenest place on Earth.
Benjamin Cayetano: Balance growth against environmental protection.
Benjamin Cayetano: $22M to improve state parks.
Families & Children|
David Ige: Build 17,000 affordable homes on state-owned land.
Andria Tupola: The burden placed on families through taxes needs examining.
Mazie Hirono: Family separation at the border traumatizes children.
David Ige: Government builds a home for our kupuna and our children.
Charles Djou: Deeper appreciation of role faith plays in American families.
Duke Aiona: Supports abstinence-only education.
John Carroll: Capture terrorists for trial, but no assassinations.
David Ige: Hawaii dominated world trade via entrepreneurial innovation.
John Carroll: America should be a leader in international commerce.
Mark Takai: Reject free trade deals that don't protect American jobs.
Colleen Hanabusa: Supports 1920 Jones Act: only US ships HI to West Coast.
Neil Abercrombie: Allow foreign ships to unload in Hawaii en route to US.
Brian Schatz: Promote relations and tourism travel from Asia Pacific.
John Carroll: I believe in Free Trade and a balanced budget.
Andria Tupola: Ease permitting processes for developers.
Brian Schatz: Abolish the Electoral College.
Marissa Kerns: Every bill must be exposed to Hawaiian taxpayers.
Andria Tupola: Video testimony to legislature; no constitutional convention.
Ron Curtis: Take back our elections from lobbyists & special interests.
John Carroll: I pledge to fight for bold reforms and solutions.
Ron Curtis: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
John Carroll: Supports citizen's initiative process & multiparty democracy.
Cam Cavasso: Photo ID for voting.
David Ige: Run government with open & public two-way communication.
Eddie Pirkowski: No photo ID for voting.
David Ige: Support independent redistricting but also voter ID.
David Ige: Limit campaign donations and campaign spending.
David Ige: Require photo identification in order to vote.
John Carroll: Don't regulate campaign contributions; they're free speech.
Ed Case: Only 8% of my campaign money comes from PACs.
Cam Cavasso: Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns.
Duke Aiona: Limit all political contributions: corporate & party.
Brian Schatz: Partial state funding for state level political campaigns.
Ron Curtis: For mandatory background checks but wants minimum age 18.
Andria Tupola: Supporter of 2nd Amendment, it's a right not a privilege.
Tulsi Gabbard: Advocate for sensible gun control.
John Carroll: Hawaii has reasonable gun control laws; no federal bans.
John Carroll: Gun control bans should be handled on state level.
Mark Takai: No military-grade weapons in homes; ban them.
Cam Cavasso: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Eddie Pirkowski: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Neil Abercrombie: Require background checks to register gun from out of state.
Cynthia Thielen: Require background checks to register gun from out of state.
Cynthia Thielen: Oppose background checks to register gun from out of state.
David Ige: Require background checks to register gun from out of state.
David Ige: Supports background checks; opposes concealed carry.
Duke Aiona: Background checks & no concealed carry, within 2nd amendment.
Cam Cavasso: Never diminish a citizen's right to protect themselves.
Andria Tupola: No Medicaid expansion with unfunded mandates.
Ron Curtis: Affordable health care for all calls for effective planning.
David Ige: Move management of public hospitals to private sector.
Cam Cavasso: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
David Ige: Supports employer-mandated health care insurance law.
David Ige: Support unfunded liabilities for State Union Health Benefits.
David Ige: We have failed to execute the Hawaii Health Connector.
Eddie Pirkowski: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
John Carroll: Don't mandate insurance, but don't repeal ObamaCare.
Duke Aiona: No public option; no individual mandate.
Linda Lingle: State QUEST program instead of ObamaCare.
Daniel Akaka: Advocate for expanding and improving Medicaid and Medicare.
Ed Case: Let small businesses pull together resources in health plans.
Ed Case: Support drugs re-importation and bulk purchases of drugs.
Cynthia Thielen: Voted YES on prohibiting smoking in public places.
Benjamin Cayetano: $141M for new medical school at University of Hawaii.
Colleen Hanabusa: Shaped National Defense Authorization Act military roadmap.
Eddie Pirkowski: Cutting edge defensive and offensive security.
Ron Curtis: Welcomes military presence in Hawaii, vital in today's world.
David Ige: Proactive and aggressive support of troops in Hawaii.
Mark Takai: Tax credits for companies that hire veterans.
Mark Takai: Cut defense responsibly, not across-the-board.
Cam Cavasso: Maintain military: peace through strength.
Brian Schatz: Feds stretched too far in snooping on everyday Americans.
Brian Schatz: Reform FISA to protect our Fourth Amendment rights.
Colleen Hanabusa: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should stand trial in US.
Eddie Pirkowski: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
John Carroll: Maintain our Premier national Defense Posture.
Linda Lingle: Don't let up on its defense spending, like pre-WWII.
Mazie Hirono: Sensible compromise needed on $50 billion military cut.
Cam Cavasso: High priority on strengthening our military & intelligence.
Cam Cavasso: Do not reinstate the military draft.
Andria Tupola: No in-state tuition for illegals; let local police enforce.
Ron Curtis: Base immigration policy on meeting job market needs.
Mazie Hirono: Why do we treat children of illegal immigrants as criminals?
Eddie Pirkowski: No wall; no deportation.
David Ige: Hawai'i welcomes refugees.
Cam Cavasso: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Eddie Pirkowski: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Brian Schatz: Take full advantage of new visas available to China.
John Carroll: Require undocumented adults to return home, but not children.
Duke Aiona: No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.
Eddie Pirkowski: Responsible spending for jobs and stable growth.
David Ige: Make Hawaii farms more sustainable; above 15% level now.
Mark Takai: Equal pay for equal work for men and women.
Neil Abercrombie: Put money back into state Employer-Union Trust Fund.
Neil Abercrombie: 2-year agreement with Legislature to raise the minimum wage.
Linda Lingle: OpEd:Did nothing to save jobs when Aloha Airlines went under.
Benjamin Cayetano: Increase the minimum wage.
David Ige: Good hospitals must be distributed throughout the islands.
Neil Abercrombie: Preserve open spaces at Turtle Bay.
Neil Abercrombie: Allow & encourage education in Hawaiian language.
Neil Abercrombie: Allow & encourage education in Hawaiian language.
Principles & Values|
Colleen Hanabusa: Got $75M tax credit for Ko Oilna, and husband got $400,000.
Mazie Hirono: Co-sponsored Do No Harm Act: keep church and state separate.
Ron Curtis: Principles of campaign are liberty and limited government.
John Carroll: Served four terms in Hawaii House; one term in state Senate.
Cam Cavasso: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Neil Abercrombie: I made best decision appointing Schatz instead of Hanabusa.
Eddie Pirkowski: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Colleen Hanabusa: Lost campaigns in 2003 & 2006 before winning in 2010.
Brian Schatz: Endorsed by progressive group "Democracy for America".
Colleen Hanabusa: OpEd: Too old to build seniority to steer pork to Hawaii.
Linda Lingle: Work with national Republicans to get things done for Hawaii.
Mazie Hirono: OpEd: Missed twice as many votes as average Congress member.
Duke Aiona: My Catholic faith is part of my decision making.
Cam Cavasso: Running because Inouye opposed Federal Marriage amendment.
Ron Curtis: Make Social Security sustainable long into the future.
Mark Takai: Keep our promises; raise the payroll tax cap.
David Ige: Double the governor's request for Kupuna Care.
Charles Djou: Never renege on our promises & commitment to our seniors.
John Carroll: Allow personal retirement accounts.
Daniel Akaka: Social Security privatization is a risky investment scheme.
Ed Case: Oppose Social Security privatization, lockbox the trust fund.
Marissa Kerns: I am opposing any new taxes for the next four years.
Ron Curtis: Make tax cuts for individuals permanent; no expiration.
Andria Tupola: Work on local tax policies; give more back to the people.
David Ige: State must operate within its means instead of raising taxes.
Neil Abercrombie: Add alcohol & soft drink tax; repeal state tax deduction.
Duke Aiona: Shift taxes from low-income families to higher-income.
Daniel Akaka: The Bush tax cuts helped the richest, not those in need.
Ed Case: Bush tax cuts unaffordable; targeted middle-class cuts ok.
Brian Schatz: No state flat tax; increase sin tax & decrease sales tax.
David Ige: Hawai'i 2.0: we must pivot to a digital economy.
David Ige: State was unprepared for accidental emergency alert.
Ron Curtis: Personal background in managing evolving technologies.
John Carroll: Take the Oahu rail project to task, and maybe to jail.
Brian Schatz: Address transportation and coastal infrastructure priorities.
David Ige: Broadband capacity integral to economic growth.
Mark Takai: Rebuild transportation and communications infrastructure.
David Ige: Pioneered "paperless Legislature" & government transparency.
Neil Abercrombie: TMT: build $1.3B Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.
Charles Djou: Consistently opposes Honolulu rail project.
Brian Schatz: Complete improvements at Honolulu Airport and Nimitz Highway.
Mazie Hirono: $6 million for new security screening at Hawaii airports.
Duke Aiona: No state funding for any stem cell research.
Benjamin Cayetano: $21M for computers in public schools.
War & Peace|
Ron Curtis: War should be last resort but we need to always be prepared.
Ron Curtis: Surgical strikes to prevent hostile possession of nukes.
John Carroll: Use US air power to enforce peace, but not ground troops.
Mark Takai: Iraq War fought partly because of dependence on foreign oil.
John Carroll: We should have declared Afghan War; but no timetable.
Charles Djou: Don't forget troops in Afghanistan; don't draw down too fast.
Daniel Akaka: Call for troops withdrawal from Iraq by July 2007.
Daniel Akaka: No need to resort to a draft; better recruitment instead.
Ed Case: Oppose a timetable of troops withdrawal from Iraq.
Ed Case: Do not need a draft but the military has been stretched.
Cam Cavasso: Supports invasion of Iraq.
Welfare & Poverty|
David Ige: Affordable housing: 10,000 homes built, 3000 more by 2022.
David Ige: Lease state land for affordable housing.
Andria Tupola: Ohana Zones: state-sanctioned safe zones for the homeless.
Marissa Kerns: Cut taxes & help businesses first to reduce homelessness.
Andria Tupola: Clearinghouse for decentralized solutions on homelessness.
Andria Tupola: Increase affordable housing by tax cuts & fewer regulations.
Bob McDermott: Let homeless sleep in driveways.
Neil Abercrombie: Keep sidewalks open & clear; homeless into housing for good.
David Ige: Build affordable homes and Transit Oriented Development.
David Ige: Increasing funds to Rental Housing Trust Fund for homeless.
Brian Schatz: 100% score on the National Food Policy Scorecard.
Duke Aiona: The chronic homeless choose to not follow the rules.