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

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IFFY disendorsement by OnTheIssues.org: Condemnation for Issue-Free campaigns


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    from IFFY disendorsement (number of quotes indicated):
  • Anthony Brown (1) Democrat U.S. Rep Maryland- 4
  • Brian Schatz (1) Democratic Jr Senator Appointee Hawaii
  • Jim Justice (1) West Virginia Democratic nominee for governor
  • Lou Correa (1) Democrat U.S. Rep California- 46
  • Ted Budd (1) Republican U.S. Rep North Carolina- 13
  • Trey Hollingsworth (1) Republican U.S. Rep Indiana- 9
    OR click on an issue category below for a subset.

OnTheIssues condemns candidates with an "IFFY Award" for running an "Issue-Free campaign." These are "iffy" candidates because they refused to provide voters with information on what they believe and how they will legislate. They are likely to be "iffy legislators" too -- never providing their constituents with information, on the belief that the less voters know, the more likely the "iffy" candidates are to get re-elected.

An IFFY award is a non-partisan condemnation: OnTheIssues doesn't care WHAT candidates' issue stances are -- as long as they HAVE issue stances!

At OnTheIssues, we believe that candidates should make clear their issue stances, and if they don't do that, then they should not run for office at all, and if they get elected and still won't divulge their issue stances, that they should resign or be driven from office by outraged constituents. Following is an example of a long-serving "iffy" legislator who was driven from office.

State Rep. Carl Sciortino ran an issue-based campaign in the Democratic primary 2004 against 8-term Democratic incumbent Vinnie Ciampa, and I served as a volunteer for Sciortino's campaign. Carl knocked on thousands of doors across the district, talking about schools and the environment and his plans to improve them. Sure, Ciampa knocked on doors too -- and would always know the ages of the voters' kids and the name of the voters' dog -- he must have kept an impressive file updating all of that information -- but he never said where he stood on schools nor the environment, nor anything else. Carl won -- and Ciampa was the first "issue-free" campaigner I ever encountered. Ciampa served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for 16 years, and was nominated and endorsed by the Massachusetts Democratic Party numerous times -- although it's unclear WHAT he was endorsed for. Did he support the Massachusetts Democratic Party platform? No -- the organization that Carl and me and others founded, the MassScorecard, scored Ciampa at a "C" (from "A" to "F") on his votes in the House compared to that platform. In fact, Ciampa never made a speech on the floor of the Massachusetts House -- not once in 16 years -- so no one really knew WHAT he believed in. But he did keep that impressive file with kids' ages and dogs' names -- and we hope politicians like him stay away from politics forever.

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Principles & Values
    Anthony Brown: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.
    Lou Correa: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.
    Ted Budd: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.
    Trey Hollingsworth: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.
    Jim Justice: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.
    Brian Schatz: Condemned with IFFY award for running "Issue-Free" campaign.


The above quotations are from IFFY disendorsement by OnTheIssues.org: Condemnation for Issue-Free campaigns.

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