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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Commonwealth of Virginia Politicians: Archives

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  • Bob Marshall (4) Former Republican Senate Challenger (2012) Virginia
  • Bob McDonnell (20) Virginia Republican Governor
  • Don Beyer (21) Democratic House Member U.S. Rep Virginia- 8
  • Ed Gillespie (28) Virginia Republican 2017 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Frank Wagner (3) Virginia Republican
  • George Allen (32) Republican
  • Harris Miller (1) Former Democratic challenger (2006) Virginia
  • James Webb (4) Former Virginia Senator; Democratic Presidential candidate
  • Jamie Radtke (18) Former Republican Senate Challenger (2012) Virginia
  • Justin Fairfax (5) Virginia Virginia Democratic Governor
  • Ken Cuccinelli (19) Virginia Republican Challenger
  • Mark Warner (12) Virginia Former Democratic Governor (2002-2006); elected Senator 2008
  • Ralph Northam (14) Virginia Democratic Governor
  • Robert Sarvis (26) Virginia Libertarian nominee for Governor
  • Terry McAuliffe (25) Virginia Democratic Challenger
  • Tim Kaine (26) Virginia Democratic Nominee for Vice President
  • Tom Garrett (1) Republican U.S. Rep Virginia- 5
  • Tom Perriello (6) Virginia Democratic candidate for Governor
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    Don Beyer: Politicians have no business interfering in right to choose.
    Ed Gillespie: I never supported a Personhood amendment.
    Ed Gillespie: Sell contraceptives over-the-counter to avoid Hobby Lobby.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Human life begins at conception.
    Ed Gillespie: Opposes abortion.
    Ken Cuccinelli: I believe life begins at conception.
    Ken Cuccinelli: No new abortion restrictions as governor.
    Terry McAuliffe: Supports abortion rights.
    George Allen: Define that life begins at conception, but contraception ok.
    Tim Kaine: If life begins at conception, we must outlaw contraception.
    Robert Sarvis: Supports embryonic stem cell research.
    Robert Sarvis: Early term abortions ok, but parental consent for minors.
Budget & Economy
    Ken Cuccinelli: Free enterprise is key to national prosperity.
    Robert Sarvis: Free enterprise is key to national prosperity.
    Mark Warner: Sequester was stupidest way to cut; shutdown cost even more.
    Tim Kaine: Tea Party's reckless economic policies create uncertainty.
    Jamie Radtke: Congress should have reformed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    Jamie Radtke: Focus on cutting spending; Allen voted to spend trillions.
    Jamie Radtke: We need someone who is going to focus on cutting spending.
    George Allen: FactCheck: Vvoted against the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere.
    George Allen: No future debt-limit increases until spending is restrained.
    George Allen: Stimulus spending failed to create promised jobs.
    Jamie Radtke: If we do not deal with spending, nothing else matters.
    Tim Kaine: I cut state spending $5B while investing in infrastructure.
Civil Rights
    Justin Fairfax: Wrong to honor Robert E Lee in VA state senate.
    Ralph Northam: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Don Beyer: Support the Paycheck Fairness Act: equal pay for women.
    Don Beyer: Full GLBT equality; repeal DOMA; support ENDA.
    Ed Gillespie: Maintain state same-sex marriage ban, but leave it to states.
    Mark Warner: Switched to supporting same-sex marriage in 2013.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Robert Sarvis: Government has authority to redefine marriage.
    Ed Gillespie: Increase share of African-American vote in midterm elections.
    Robert Sarvis: Libertarian platform: allow same-sex couples to marry.
    Ed Gillespie: OpEd: Lobbied for company that paid women 39% less than men.
    Ed Gillespie: Marriage is the legal union of one man and one woman.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Traditional marriage ought to be protected.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Homosexuality is against nature and harmful to society.
    Terry McAuliffe: Supports marriage equality for gays.
    George Allen: Gay judges ok; activist judges not ok.
    Bob Marshall: Blocked gay judge's nomination.
    Tim Kaine: No discrimination against nominating gay judges.
    Tim Kaine: GOP agenda on gay marriage is divisive social legislation.
    Robert Sarvis: Supports gay marriage.
    Robert Sarvis: Opposes affirmative action.
    James Webb: Supports civil unions; opposes constitutional ban.
    Terry McAuliffe: Made 267 economic development deals, with $5.58B in capital.
    Don Beyer: Close corporate tax loopholes.
    Robert Sarvis: End ALL government subsidies of specific industries.
    George Allen: Encourage corporations to repatriate their foreign earnings.
    George Allen: Focus on small business and job creation.
    Ed Gillespie: Lobbied to restrict class action lawsuits on corporate fraud.
    Terry McAuliffe: Second chance for youthful offenders.
    Tom Perriello: Replace school-to-prison pipeline with school-to-workforce.
    Terry McAuliffe: Restore voting rights to former offenders.
    Robert Sarvis: Reverse the militarization of law-enforcement tactics.
    Bob McDonnell: Tough punishment and no parole works.
    Robert Sarvis: Capital punishment should be legal but rare.
    Bob McDonnell: Tough statutes and sentences; but also re-entry programs.
    Ralph Northam: Think innovatively about treating pain, to avoid opioids.
    Ralph Northam: Make marijuana possession a civil penalty only.
    Tom Perriello: Lead the fight to take on our backwards marijuana laws.
    Ralph Northam: Be open-minded about medicinal plants like marijuana.
    Tom Garrett: Decriminalize pot at the federal level.
    Tom Perriello: Has spoken favorably towards marijuana decriminalization.
    Ed Gillespie: Opposes decriminalization, but align penalty to pot offense.
    Ralph Northam: Blacks are twice as likely to be arrested for pot possession.
    Robert Sarvis: Libertarian platform: Legalize marijuana.
    Robert Sarvis: Legalize marijuana & decriminalize harder drugs.
    Bob McDonnell: Tough sentences for dealers; but new drug courts too.
    Ralph Northam: Pay raise for teachers, to retain the best and brightest.
    Ralph Northam: More tuition assistance; protect consumers on student loans.
    Ralph Northam: Borrower's Bill of Rights to manage student debt.
    Terry McAuliffe: Borrower's Bill of Rights to manage student debt.
    Terry McAuliffe: Don't wait until kindergarten to prepare for success.
    Don Beyer: Department of Education makes colleges stronger.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Teach intelligent design in schools.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Free market competition for education dollars.
    Robert Sarvis: Free market competition for education dollars.
    Ed Gillespie: We spend $12 on safe sex ed for every $1 on abstinence.
    Robert Sarvis: Bad schools persist because politicians are in charge.
    Robert Sarvis: Supports vouchers, tax credit, charters, & parental triggers.
    Bob McDonnell: Top Jobs for the 21st Century: STEM-H degrees.
    Bob McDonnell: Zero tolerance policy for failing schools.
    Jamie Radtke: Would vote against No Child Left Behind as too expensive.
    George Allen: Lower student loan rates; freeze tuition rates.
    Jamie Radtke: Feds should not be in the student loan business.
    Tim Kaine: More student loan interest cuts; more tuition assistance.
    Tim Kaine: FactCheck: Cut college funding & led to 30% tuition increase.
    Mark Warner: Involve whole communities in schools.
Energy & Oil
    Frank Wagner: Enable more utility-based solar power & renewable projects.
    Terry McAuliffe: Signed 11 bills to promote solar & renewable energy.
    Terry McAuliffe: Diversify our fuel mix with zero-carbon emitting sources.
    Don Beyer: Reduce carbon emissions with tax on carbon pollution.
    Ed Gillespie: Sea levels are rising, but it's debatable what causes it.
    Mark Warner: All-of-the-above approach, including pro-coal.
    Terry McAuliffe: Co-founded GreenTech electric car company, in Mississippi.
    Terry McAuliffe: 2012: Started GreenTech electric car company & soon resigned.
    Bob McDonnell: Replace gas tax with sales and use tax.
    George Allen: If you use electricity, you should vote for me.
    Tim Kaine: Cut subsidies to big oil companies.
    George Allen: Energy independence instead of cap-and-trade.
    George Allen: Use the blessings of our plentiful American energy.
    George Allen: We are blessed to be #1 in energy resources: so use them.
    Tim Kaine: We are producing more energy than ever; find alternatives.
    Robert Sarvis: Humans cause climate change, but don't regulate CO2.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Opposes tailpipe emission rules for CO2 reductions.
    Ed Gillespie: Democrats' energy policy is an attack on our quality of life.
    Don Beyer: Humane treatment of animals is element of civilized society.
    Ed Gillespie: OpEd: Lobbied for company that received 50 EPA warnings.
    Robert Sarvis: No open space funding, but environmental harm regulations ok.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Kill rats around Occupy DC camps; don't move them to VA.
    Bob McDonnell: $5 million for open space land conservation.
    Ken Cuccinelli: EPA should stand for "the Employment Prevention Agency".
Families & Children
    Terry McAuliffe: Children's Cabinet, and Council on Childhood Success.
    Terry McAuliffe: Allow same-sex couples to adopt.
Foreign Policy
    Don Beyer: Oppose any UN declaration of Palestinian statehood.
    Don Beyer: As Swiss Ambassador, negotiated release of Iranian hostages.
    Don Beyer: Served as Ambassador to Switzerland and in Dept. of Commerce.
    Don Beyer: Outlook of engagement toward the world.
    Robert Sarvis: Libertarians want less intervention in foreign policy.
    George Allen: End foreign aid to Egypt until they join War on Terror.
Free Trade
    Terry McAuliffe: Travel the globe selling VA agricultural & forestry products.
    Terry McAuliffe: Rebuild shipping container gateway at Port of Virginia.
    Ed Gillespie: Opposes the Export-Import Bank.
    Mark Warner: Renew Export-Import Bank to support U.S. businesses globally.
    Bob McDonnell: Trade missions worked in London, Shanghai, and Mumbai.
    Bob McDonnell: Compete more vigorously to attract jobs from abroad.
    Ed Gillespie: Lobbied to remove tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
Government Reform
    Ralph Northam: Finally allow no-excuse absentee voting.
    Ralph Northam: Make absentee voting easier.
    Terry McAuliffe: Make absentee voting easier.
    Terry McAuliffe: $100 cap on gifts to public officials & families.
    Don Beyer: 18-year term limits for Supreme Court justices.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Photo ID for voting.
    Jamie Radtke: Country's biggest problem is activist judges.
    George Allen: Sexual orientation not a factor in judges' qualifications.
    George Allen: Judges shouldn't invent law or impose their political views.
    Jamie Radtke: FactCheck: Yes, George Allen voted for 52,000 earmarks.
    Jamie Radtke: Line-item veto to get rid of earmark spending.
    Jamie Radtke: No more blank checks for Congress.
    Robert Sarvis: No limit on campaign contributions; limit government instead.
    James Webb: Increasing number of lobbyists is a problem.
    Ed Gillespie: Paid $27M in lobbying fees in early 2000s.
Gun Control
    Justin Fairfax: Spoke for strong gun control after Virginia Beach shooting.
    Ralph Northam: More deaths due to guns than car accidents: so let's act.
    Ralph Northam: Supports universal background checks.
    Terry McAuliffe: Supports universal background checks.
    Terry McAuliffe: Restore the one handgun a month law.
    Don Beyer: Close gun show loophole; ban high capacity magazines.
    Ed Gillespie: Fight UN gun ban treaty, & fight bans on guns or ammunition.
    Mark Warner: Restrict but don't ban high-capacity magazines.
    Robert Sarvis: Gun-control measures fail to reduce violent crime.
    George Allen: Instant criminal records check on all gun purchases.
    George Allen: Endorsed by NRA for record of defending Second Amendment.
    Jamie Radtke: Oppose the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban.
    Jamie Radtke: Second Amendment avoids infringement on civil liberties.
Health Care
    Justin Fairfax: VA should have expanded Medicaid for 400,000 people.
    Ed Gillespie: Ebola: Impose a flight ban from West Africa.
    Mark Warner: Ebola: screen passengers on flights from West Africa.
    Don Beyer: Support & improve ObamaCare.
    Ed Gillespie: Benefits from GOP resistance to the new health law.
    Mark Warner: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Robert Sarvis: Focus on catastrophic insurance & cash subsidies.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Opposes ObamaCare and opposes delaying its implementation.
    Terry McAuliffe: Supports ObamaCare's expanding the state's Medicaid program.
    Bob McDonnell: ObamaCare is expensive, bureaucratic, and inflexible.
    Frank Wagner: Expand Medicaid as long as federal share stays overs 90%.
    George Allen: ObamaCare hurts seniors by taking $700B from Medicare.
    Tim Kaine: Let Medicare negotiate rates for prescription drug prices.
    George Allen: I want to be the deciding vote to repeal ObamaCare.
    Tim Kaine: Inaction was not a solution for healthcare.
    Jamie Radtke: Repeal Obama's health care overhaul.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Challenged & won on Constitutionality of ObamaCare's mandate.
    Ken Cuccinelli: ObamaCare has 6 years of costs vs. 10 years of tax revenue.
    Mark Warner: Answer seniors’ questions with “Senior Navigator”.
Homeland Security
    Ralph Northam: Tuition assistance for National Guard, plus Tech Talent.
    Terry McAuliffe: Foolish sequestration cost VA $9.8B in military contracts.
    Don Beyer: We owe veterans and families the best our nation can offer.
    Don Beyer: Be wise in defense budget & achieve efficiencies.
    Tim Kaine: Budget cuts made us vulnerable to Libya embassy attack.
    Tim Kaine: Let Bush tax cuts expire instead of automatic defense cuts.
    Bob Marshall: Against "don't ask, don't tell" as Navy officer in 1990s.
    George Allen: Military readiness more important than congressional consent.
    George Allen: More concerned with army's readiness than war authorization.
    George Allen: Spending necessary to bolster the military, post-9-11.
    Tim Kaine: All-cuts approach leaves TRICARE & nat'l defense vulnerable.
    George Allen: 52,000 earmarks, but mostly for defense & security.
    Jamie Radtke: Creating Department of Homeland Defense was not necessary.
    Bob McDonnell: In-state tuition for all members of Virginia National Guard.
    James Webb: Supports don’t ask, don’t tell rule for military.
    Tom Perriello: Welcome immigrants; they make up 1 in 9 Virginians.
    Tom Perriello: Commonsense policies for immigrants like drivers licenses.
    Don Beyer: I fully support the DREAM Act & a path to citizenship.
    Ed Gillespie: Send migrant kids back to parents in Central America.
    Mark Warner: Send migrant kids back to Central America, after processing.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Robert Sarvis: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Robert Sarvis: Liberalize immigration; population growth lowest since 1930s.
    Ed Gillespie: Unapologetic supporter of comprehensive immigration overhaul.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Path to citizenship ok as part of compromise.
    Terry McAuliffe: Support the DREAM Act for legalizing minors.
    Tim Kaine: Make it easier for foreign students to get green cards.
    Harris Miller: Tamper-proof ID card; limited enforcement against employers.
    Justin Fairfax: Increase minimum wage to $15 per hour.
    Terry McAuliffe: Workforce development package: apprenticeships and training.
    Bob McDonnell: Campaign bumper sticker: "Bob's for Jobs".
    Bob McDonnell: $38 million to spur job creation in targeted programs.
Principles & Values
    Ed Gillespie: Don't let the Left fill the vacuum of minority voters.
    Bob McDonnell: Indicted on corruption charges days after leaving office.
    Tim Kaine: Smash-mouth partisanship is yesterday's politics.
    Tim Kaine: Served as a missionary in Honduras.
    Jamie Radtke: Career politicians are part of the problem.
    Bob McDonnell: Create a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians.
    Ed Gillespie: Planned political reporting career at Catholic U. of America.
    Ed Gillespie: Raised a Democrat; first job with Democrat; switched to GOP.
Social Security
    Mark Warner: Opposes privatizing social security.
    Don Beyer: I oppose any effort to privatize Social Security.
    George Allen: Raise retirement age, plus options for younger people.
    Tim Kaine: Fight against any privatization proposals.
    George Allen: Raise retirement age & end benefits to wealthy.
    Tim Kaine: Lift the payroll tax cap.
    George Allen: Raise retirement age; more retirement security options.
    Jamie Radtke: Raise retirement age; private retirement security options.
    Tim Kaine: No dangerous privatization schemes for Social Security.
    Bob McDonnell: 5% additional retirement contribution from state employees.
    Tom Perriello: Our promise lets seniors retire with security and dignity.
Tax Reform
    Ed Gillespie: Use 40% of projected revenue growth for tax relief.
    Frank Wagner: More taxes to pay for chronic lack of transportation funding.
    Don Beyer: Restore highest personal income tax rate to 39.6%.
    Ed Gillespie: Believes in conservative ideas of lower taxes.
    Robert Sarvis: Eliminate or dramatically reduce the income tax.
    Ken Cuccinelli: Cut taxes by $1.4 billion a year.
    George Allen: Letting Bush tax cuts expire is a tax hike.
    Tim Kaine: Keep Bush tax cuts except for the wealthy.
    George Allen: No tax increases; no defense cuts; no bargaining.
    Tim Kaine: Open to some minimum income tax level for everyone.
    George Allen: Freedom-to-choose flat tax: present tax code or flat rate.
    Tim Kaine: Balance taxes: let Bush tax cuts expire at the top end.
    Tim Kaine: No need for millionaire's tax: just let Bush cuts expire.
    Bob McDonnell: I will veto any bill or budget which raises taxes.
    Ralph Northam: Ensure universal broadband access.
    Justin Fairfax: Transportation infrastructure crucial to state's economy.
    Terry McAuliffe: $4.2M to compete for high energy Electron Ion Collider.
    Terry McAuliffe: Launched Cybersecurity Commission & bioscience summit.
    Robert Sarvis: 21st-century transportation policy based on user-pays.
    Bob McDonnell: $14B on 900 transportation projects, including more Amtrak.
    George Allen: Keep taxes off Internet.
    George Allen: No online sales tax for out-of-state websites.
    Tim Kaine: Force online retailers to collect sales taxes.
    Bob McDonnell: $4 billion for 6-year highway and rail project plan.
War & Peace
    Don Beyer: Iranian development of nuclear weapons is unacceptable.
    Ed Gillespie: Keep troops in Afghanistan; military on table with Iran.
    Mark Warner: Keep military action on the table against Iran.
    George Allen: Iran is a threat; prevent getting nuclear weapons.
    Bob Marshall: No US military in Libyan war without congressional consent.
    Jamie Radtke: No US military in Libyan war without congressional consent.
    Bob Marshall: Opposes sending troops overseas without declaration of war.
    Jamie Radtke: Opposes sending troops overseas without declaration of war.
    Bob McDonnell: 230 Virginians gave lives for War on Terror, including Iraq.
    Tim Kaine: Supported Obama's stopping the Iraq War.
    Ed Gillespie: As Bush spokesperson, defended Iraqi surge & al Qaeda link.
    James Webb: It was a mistake to go to Iraq; said so before Senate vote.
Welfare & Poverty
    Don Beyer: Expand the EITC, a successful anti-poverty program.
    Robert Sarvis: Foster a competitive market for community-based services.

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